{Odyssey by Homeland}

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Our sweet friends spent time backpacking in Alaska this summer.
This is a video of their journey to Denali, Seldovia, Halibut Cove and Homer.
Be inspired.

{Asheville} North Carolina

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This morning Mumford & Sons releases their new album, Babel
This afternoon Tim and I board a plane bound for Louisville.  
This evening we drive 6 hours to Asheville and fall asleep under the stars in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Today is gonna be a good day.

Here's to 4 days of camping, fly fishing, and cabin dwelling in North Carolina with dear friends. 
So much to be thankful for!

{The Wildest Dream}

Monday, September 24, 2012

This weekend Tim and I watched The Wildest Dream, a documentary about George Mallory, the first man to summit Mt Everest in 1924. The film documents the discovery of his body 75 years later by climber, Conrad Anker, who later returns to Everest to help discover the mystery surrounding Mallory's death. Such an inspiring story! That said, Siskel & Loerke give it two thumbs up and encourage you to add this to your freaking Netflix queue!

PollenArts Giveaway Winners Announced! {be sure and email me to claim your major award}
Katie Ann: What to love about fall. Hmmmm...all of it?? But I do so love moist, rich chocolate chip pumpkin bread and warm wooly blankets!
Anna: Fall is my favorite season! I love pumpkin everything! Pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie, cute little babies dressed up as squishy little pumpkins, marshmallow pumpkins... well you get the idea!
Meredith: College football, pumpkin spice lattes, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, sweaters, cooler weather, and stepping on crunchy leaves.

{Happy Monday, friends!}

{Burgh Island EP by Ben Howard}

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Another reason to look forward to Fall ... Happy {first day} of Harvest, littles.

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, September 21, 2012

{Alex Singerman & Friends : Utah State vs University of Utah : 27-20 : First win since 1997!}

{Katie & Scott's rover, Nate : 3 months old : Overland Park, KS : September 2012}

{Mari, Elizabeth & Abe Lincoln : Taylor & Univ of Wisconsin Alum : National's Ballpark : Washington, DC}

Thanks to Alex and her friends we've now completed one more of our FPF challenges! Take a photo of you and your Homies: 1) while riding an elephant 2) with your mailman 3) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville 4) with Twinner at Local123 5) at your favorite BBQ joint 6) at the Pyramids in Egypt 7) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo 8) after running a marathon 9) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome 10) in front of your sorority / fraternity house 11) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC 12) with your grandma or grandpa 13) with your favorite professor or teacher 14) at Caine's Arcade 15) by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco 16) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas 17) on a sailboat 18) while cheering on your favorite team at the ballpark 19) in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia 20) camping with friends 21) at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC 22) at Old Faithful in WY 23) at the Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox Statue in Bemidji, MN 24) at the World's Largest Peanutin Ashburn, GA 25) before / after sky diving 26) while stuffing your boca with fried goodness at your local State Fair 27) with your friends at a college football game 28) on top of Mount Agung in Bali 29) with Naomi, Josh, Eleanor or Samson Davis of Rockstar Diaries 30) while fly fishing 31) in front of your favorite brewery 32) on top of the Empire State building in NYC 33) with the Fremont Bridge Troll in Seattle or 34) at Carhenge in Alliance, NE. To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. Happy freaking Friday, Homies!

{Don't forget to enter our PollenArts Giveaway!}


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mother Nature can sometimes be the best decorator.
Happy {almost} first day of Fall, Littles.

{Food For The Hungry} Update!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Many of you know I traveled back to Africa a couple of months ago with Food For The Hungry. {You can see more photos of our trip here}. I ended up being one of six bloggers who helped spread the message of HOPE through FH's child sponsorship program. Talk about AMAZING.

One of my favorite memories in Ethiopia was meeting our sponsored boy, Moti.

Before meeting him I never truly understood the impact our financial contribution. I quickly learned that child sponsorships mean a renewed spirit for the entire family knowing that at least one child will receive an education. Something I take for granted way too often.

Above are photos of some of you with your newly sponsored child. I just wanted to say THANK YOU!
I can't tell you how much of an impact your letters and monthly financial contribution are making.

Tim and I have stayed faithful to writing Moti and to reminding him how brave he is.
{The one thing I whispered in his ear before I left}. 
If any of you would like more information on FH or have questions about sponsoring a child, let me know.
I promise it'll be the best $32 per month you'll ever steward. 

Happy Wednesday, friends.
{and don't forget to enter our PollenArts Giveaway this week!}

{Holy Giveaway, Batman!} CLOSED

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In honor of Fall my sweet friends Peter & Juwels over at PollenArts are hosting a giveaway!
Four years ago they traded in their fancy high rise loft for a 1975 Winnebago in search of a simpler life.

Since then they've traveled all over making handpoured beeswax and sleeping under the stars.
Yep. They're amazing.

First prize: Canadian Maple Syrup Beeswax Candle {12" tall, retail $50}.

Second prize: Root Mason Full Pint Beeswax Candle {Burns for 125+ hours, retail $35}.

Third prize: Drey 1/2 Pint Beeswax beauty {Burns for 65+ hours, retail $25}.

To enter, swing by PollenArts and leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about Fall. Become one of our Google followers and you can leave two comments, doubling your chances of winning. After all, who wouldn't want to receive a box stamped F-R-A-G-I-L-E from these guys?
Our winner will be drawn at random and announced on the blog on Monday, September 24th.

In the meantime you can contact Peter & Juwels via their Facebook Page and enjoy a free beeswax candle with any purchase from their Etsy shop when using the coupon code "todaysletters" at checkout. Also consider taking advantage of their current 37% off SALE!

Happy Tuesday, friends.

{The Smokehouse by Smith Journal}

Monday, September 17, 2012

Everything about this makes me happy. Officially inspired.

{Today's Letters}

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dear Mr. Loerke, This weekend we watched Blue Like Jazz, wore out the new Lumineers LP recently delivered by Mr. McFeely, put acorns in our pocket, rocked Smartwools, folded 427 loads of laundry, and ran 3mi together in the rain. Loved this weekend. Dear Comparison, You always rob me of joy. Must. remember. this. Dear iPhone 5, Thanks to my sweet dude you'll be arriving this Friday. He tells me you're so smart you'll cook me breakfast. AWESOME. Dear Timothy James, Saturday you ran faster than Usain Bolt in the Tour des Fleurs. Proud of you for training hard and for accomplishing your goal.

Happy Monday, friends! What have you been listening to lately? Are you training for anything this Fall?

{Miss Her When I'm Gone by Sean Hayes}

Saturday, September 15, 2012

In honor of Sean Hayes' latest album, Before We Turn to Dust. Happy Saturday, friends!

Before We Turn to Dust - Sean Hayes

{Timothy James} On WanderLost

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This dude was featured on our sweet friend's Self Portrait series today. Go here to learn more about Tim's favorite childhood memory, as well as read his answers to a dozen other great questions. 
Happy {almost} Friday!

{A Story For Tomorrow}

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

While on a road trip to New Mexico a few weeks ago I read Donald Miller's book, A Million Miles in A Thousand Years. It was life changing. {Which I realize is a bold thing to say, but it's true}. Much like this video, Miller's book reminded me that I base my story on the things I value and find important. He forced me to ask the question, "Am I truly enjoying the story I'm living?" Miller goes on to say, "Once we live a good story we get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and we can't go back to being normal; we can't go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.” I'm thankful for how this video inspired me {thanks M.Hankins} and for a couple of upcoming adventures to look forward to with dear friends. The older I get the more I realize my story reads best when it's shared with those I know and love. Happy Wednesday, friends.

Bowsprit - Constellations

{Louisville} Kentucky

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This weekend I got to do normal with friends in Lou. It was GLORIOUS! Highlights included: watching Molls do a video shoot at Hermitage Farm with Jaclyn Journey and Josh Meredith of OMC, eating Simply Thai down by the Waterfront, hanging out with old and new friends at Four Pegs, sleeping in past 10am, having a 3 hr lunch with Morg at Blue Dog Cafe, getting caught in the rain at Garage Bar, sharing a meal with this sweet girl at Harvest, spending the afternoon at the Flea Off Market with these three, picking black cherry tomatoes at the bungalow, going to church at Sojourn, walking the pups down Frankfort Ave, and eating fish and chips at The Blind Pig in Butchertown. {My belly has never been happier!}. Thankful for time with faraway friends that I don't deserve. Here's to being known and loved!

{Cliffs Along The Sea by Bryan John Appleby}

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Required Saturday morning listening. Enjoy!

Fire On the Vine - Bryan John Appleby

{Now Accepting Fall Sponsors!}

Thursday, September 06, 2012

It's that time again! Our blog receives over 450,00 page views per month and would love to have you listed as one of our OCTOBER sponsors. Just email us for our current rate sheet!

In the meantime, be sure and check out Meghan's shop, Pleasantly Plump {knits}.
WARNING: Her hand-knit baby booties will make you want to chuck your birth control out the window. 

{Gratitude} Lately

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Been thankful for good coffee and baristas who call when you forget your credit card.

For French Toast as thick as 2x4's.

For the fullness of orchestras paired with some of my favorite musicians.

For lazy mornings and mid-day chai breaks.

For homegrown cukes & raw honey from these hives.

For a re-seasoned Griswold #8 that keeps my breakfast from sticking.

For new fishing waders and signs of Fall.

And for local bike shops who make commutes so much sweeter.  What have you been grateful for lately? Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough. Happy Wednesday, brave ones.

{Strange Like We Are by Campfire Ok}

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Currently hooked. {Thanks for the introduction MMR}.

Strange Like We Are - Campfire OK

{Husband's Letters}

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Dear Emma, yesterday morning you brought me breakfast in bed. There's nothing quite like waking up to a beautiful wife holding a cup of coffee and a plate of bacon. Dear College Dudes, Last weekend we reunited for our 7th annual Manathon. We played countless hours of wiffle ball and laughed until our bodies reminded us how old we have become. Grateful for you guys. Dear Team Roberson, I'm excited about our road trip to Asheville at the end of the month! Here's to good times camping, fly fishing, and drinking a Dark Horse IPA at the Thirsty Monk. Dear Emily Anne, I love that after 7 years of marriage and 10 years of being together we are still learning new things about each other. Love you more than cool autumn nights and naps in our Kammoks.

Speaking of breakfast in bed, what's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? I'm a simple guy and stick to coffee and toast most mornings.

{Happy Labor Day}

Monday, September 03, 2012

Look who came home early from his trip last night. Thankful to have an extra day to sleep in and spend time with this handsome man. Hope your Labor Day is lovely and filled with lots of rest and good things.

{Golden Silver} by Martin Dosh

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Required Saturday morning listening. {Inspiration found at 2:07}
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