{Press Coffee} Dayton, OH

Tuesday, September 30, 2014






This weekend's road trip brought us to Press Coffee.
Their cortado was killer and two sweet high school girls held Brave so I could pee.
I was thankful.
Good things in Dayton, y'all.

{Black Mountain} North Carolina

Monday, September 29, 2014





























Last week my Papa, Brave, and I drove to Black Mountain to spend a few days with the Aunties.
Some highlights included:
Morning talks on the deck
Twinner's coffee with a side of Andrew Bird
Windowsill buckeyes
Smoked beef sammies & my first Cheerwine Angel Wing Begonia stories passed down over 30 years
Raspberry pickin' and beet pullin' at the community garden
Celebrating my Papa's 67th Birthday with a shrimp boil & homemade peach cobbler
Afternoon mountain views of the Seven Sisters
Peaches. Peaches. Peaches.
Papa's Banana Bread & Christine's Oat Cakes for brekky
Hammock naps
Late night ice cream runs to The Blue Cone
Reuben's & Grit Cakes on Louise's front porch
Campfire conversations with the great grannies
and breathing in the cool mountain air.
Can't wait to go back!

{Ollie's Trolley}

Sunday, September 28, 2014



When my friend Whit was little she was rewarded with a trip to Ollie's Trolley
after getting shots at the doctor's office.
I loved this story so much that I asked her to take Brave and I to experience it's goodness first hand.
We ordered an Ollie burger "dressed" {unlike Brave} with a side of two seasoned fries.
It was pure greasy goodness.
Next time we'll order two burgers with a side of diaper bag.
Happy Sunday, dear ones.
What was your favorite childhood restaurant?

{Happy 5 Months} Bravey Train!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


She has more rolls than the Pine State and keeps my breastaurants in business.
Happy 5 months, sweet Brave.

{The Front Porch}

Friday, September 26, 2014





On Sunday there were three generations on this front porch.
Everything tasted like apple wood and hickory & smelled like fall. 
We were thankful.

{Conrad by Ben Howard}

Thursday, September 25, 2014



As if October needed anotheer reason to be my favorite month,
Ben Howard's new album "I Forget Where We Were" releases October 20th. 
You can pre-order it HERE.

{Gratitude Lately}

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Lately I've been thankful for flannel shirts and the changing of seasons.


For afternoon donuts and morning coffee.



For lap babes and wrist rolls.


For winter jam enjoyed at summer's end.


For 16 lb packages that still fit here.


For Sunday afternoon drawing lessons.


For homemade salsa and growing our own food.



For shared fried pickles across the river. 


And for daily hugs with stroller buddies.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Thursday, brave ones.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Dear Mr. Loerke, this weekend I learned that "aspirate" is a fancy word for choke. I also learned that brisket is smoked at 45 minutes per pound. I love the things you teach me. Dear Brave, sometimes I lay you on the kitchen floor when I'm cooking dinner. River likes to lick you like a Popsicle, but I tell myself it's a fair trade for getting to cook with both of my hands. Dear Bean Boots, after getting you new laces and resoled this summer I can't wait to start wearing you again. Well loved > buying new. Dear Timothy James, yesterday's errands looked more like dropping me off places while you drove around in circles to keep our offspring asleep. {Insert new understanding for rolled stop signs here}.

Happy Tuesday! What's something new you've learned lately?

{Fresh BiB Winners!}

Monday, September 22, 2014


CONGRATULATIONS TO :

KRISTEN MOSLEY & LISA HALLEN!
Be expecting an email shortly to claim your major award.
Ralphy says only 93 more days until Christmas!

{USE COUPON CODE BRAVE20 for 20% off your FreshBiB order!}
Happy Monday, brave ones!

{Evening Thoughts}

Saturday, September 20, 2014


When your Papa holds your babe for the first time all seems right with the world.
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