{Flaws by Vancouver Sleep Clinic}

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's been awhile since a band has captured my heart like Bon Iver and Ben Howard.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic, you're better than bacon.

{Morning Thoughts}

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sometimes all we need is a little change in perspective.
Channel your inner Gulliver & King Kong.
Happy Monday, y'all!

{Here's to sNOW}

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekend highlights:
Teaching Brave how to make her first snowball #getitright #packittight
Watching our sweet neighbor shovel our front steps
Escaping the house on snow day #2 to buy cookies for breakFEAST at P&TY
Sledding at Cherokee Park
Thawed pipes
Happy Monday, y'all!
What were your weekend highlights?

{Evening Thoughts}

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sometimes you'll spend an hour carrying snowballs while looking for your
neighbor's cat in the alley before dinner.
#whateverworks #momlife #witchinghour

{Today's Letters}

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dear Timothy James, our date night had me singing glory, glory, fried chicken hallelujah! Thank you from the bottom of my pimento cheese grits for taking me out Fry-day. Dear Brave, I knew you were mine forever when you dug a cookie wrapper out of the trash and starting licking the sprinkles off the kitchen floor. #thestruggleisreal Dear Polar Vortex, after four days of frozen pipes our dishwasher finally cried uncle and flooded the kitchen and basement. Thankful for sweet neighbors who show up with bags of bottled water and a side of moral support. Dear Mr. Loerke, after almost eleven years of marriage you still still lay on my side of the biscuit so it's warm when I crawl into bed. Reason #286 why I adore you.

Happy Saturday, y'all! What are you looking forward to this weekend?

{Southern Weddings}

Friday, January 22, 2016

We were honored to be a part of Southern Weddings home tour and interview this weekend.
Click HERE to read the full article.
Happy Friday, brave ones!

{Favorite Children's Books}

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

One of the highlights of my day is reading with Brave in her Brave Cave before bed.
Recently we read one of my childhood favorites, Are You My Mother?
After asking friends on Instagram and Facebook about their favorite childhood books,
I was able to narrow down over 250 recommendations to these top 20.
Can't wait to read these with sweet B!

1. The Magic Faraway Tree  2.The Gruffalo's Child 3. Big Red Barn
4. We're Going on a Bear Hunt 5. But No Elephants 6. The Red Ripe Strawberry 7. Roxaboxen
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 10. Miss Rumphius 11. Extra Yarn 12. The Velveteen Rabbit 13. Goodnight Moon 14. You Are My I Love You
15. The Giving Tree 16. Dragons Love Tacos 17. The Napping House 18. Are You My Mother?
19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 20. The Mitten

{Gratitude Lately} Snowhere Edition

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for 2 new ricks of wood and the seasons first snow.

For a rooster who doesn't give a cluck about cold temperatures.

For a trunk full of ice melt and time on the river.

And for quiet morning drives through Cherokee Park Narnia.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Tuesday, y'all.
What have you been thankful for lately?

PS: Where do you go in a snow storm? SNOWHERE! Argh, argh, argh ...

{Happy Martin Luther King Day!}

Monday, January 18, 2016

For the past 7 years we've celebrated Martin Luther King day with friends by cooking his favorite meal.
{Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Casserole, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, & Pecan Pie}
We also try and watch a movie or documentary about MLK's efforts to end racial segregation.
If you haven't seen The Butler, 12 Years As A Slave, or Selma we highly recommend them!
As far as food goes, this year's green bean casserole was our favorite.

Happy Monday, brave ones!
We hope your MLK day is memorable and inspiring.
{Past MLK dinners: 2010 // 2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015}

{West Coast Time Capsule}

Sunday, January 17, 2016

If you've been reading our blog for awhile you'll remember our West Coast Road Trip from 2014.
After wading through hundreds of hours of footage Mols was finally able to put together a highlight video!
Watching this reminded me to keep making adventures happen.
What road trips are you looking forward to this year?

{Malibu // Ventura & Big Sur // Santa Cruz // Ashland // Crater Lake // Maupin //
Mount Hood // Portland // Canon Beach}

{Today's Letters}

Monday, January 11, 2016

Dear Timothy James, after 35 years you finally got your first real pair of boots. Thanks Wolverine for making me check-out my dude from head to toe! Dear Bravey Train, lately you've been pushing around a broken spatula in your stroller. It brings me great hope knowing you'd still find a way to entertain yourself if you were ever stranded on a deserted island. Dear Marathon Runners In Training, watching you run in the rain at 7am Saturday was painfully inspiring. Thank you for reminding me to do hard things. Dear Mr. Loerke, for as much time as we spent on the lake growing up this is what every kid's dreams are made of. Let's channel our inner Don Johnson and build this thing! Over and out.

Happy Monday, brave ones. Speaking of marathon runners, are y'all training for any races this year? Thanks to a sweet reader, our family will be running the Christmas Story 5K in Cleveland, Ohio on December 3rd. We've already started eating our double beatloaf and drinking Ovaltine for training purposes. Hopefully some of you will be joining us as we receive our major award finishers medals at the Christmas Story House & Museum!

{Gratitude Lately}

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for warmth on my toes.

For a babe who respects fire instead of being fearful of it.

For holdover bows at Otter Creek.

For indoor shenanigans on rainy days.

And for life found in every dark corner.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Sunday, y'all.
What have you been thankful for lately?  

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Every introvert needs their own space.
Make time to build your #bravecave this year.
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