{Gratitude Lately}

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for morning coffee dates with my wombmate.

For River's reminders to R-E-S-T.

For evening walks home from the park with these two.

And for shortless wonders and their helping hands.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Monday, y'all.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Hidden Figures Movie Trailer}

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I can't wait to see this movie!
Coming to theaters January 13th, 2017.
Patience, patience, patience young grasshoppers ...

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dear Mr. Loerke, since you've been gone I've mowed the lawn, ordered 4 ricks of firewood, and crawled into our attic to discover a family of raccoons ate 15 ft of duct work and insulation. But don't worry, I got this! {Insert lots of "I think I can, I think I can's" here}. Dear Bravey Train, to the girl who did a sand angel at her school open house and who continues to call her teacher "Miss. Apron" instead of Miss. April, I adore you. Dear Chilly Mornings, it's finally vest weather. So glad you're back so I can start channeling my inner Hans Solo again. Dear Tim, recently I've discovered one of my idols isn't productivity as much as it is effectiveness. You take away my ability to effectively love and serve others and I feel like I've been cut off at the knees. These are the things I'd tell you probably while brushing our teeth next to each other before getting ready for bed. I miss you.

Happy Tuesday, y'all! Speaking of back to school, who was one of your most influential teachers growing up? I'll never forget Mr. Crawford, my shop class teacher in 7th grade. He helped me discovered my love for all things drill press and sawdust. I'll forever be indebted to that man!

{A Sweet Reunion}

Monday, August 22, 2016

When your dude flies all the way to Jackson Hole and gets to return one of August River's
Batman cars left under the couch, your heart feels a little more full.
Day 4 of Tim being gone has meant stronger morning coffee and
a cookies & cream popsicle from Steel City.
{sorry Whole30}
In the wise words of Bruce Wayne, "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up again."
Happy Monday, brave ones!

{Happy Saturday!}

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Front porch sessions with Bravey Train are quickly becoming one of my favorite things!
Here's to channeling your inner John Popper this weekend.
Happy Saturday, y'all!

{Gratitude Lately}

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for a hive that's ready for it's last summer harvest.

For being reminded of one of my favorite books each morning.

For a Friday night on the river with my dude.

For the way this girl makes us laugh.

For new Whole30 recipes {Day 11 is for the birds!}

And for thoughtful gifts left hanging in our loft.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Friday, brave ones.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Today's Letters}

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dear Monsieur Loerke, lately you've been trying to learn French. My favorite phrases so far include: Tu me plais {I have a crush on you}, Voulez-vous danser avec moi? {Do you wanna dance with me?}, and Tu es mannequin? {Are you a model?} Dear Tomato Cheddar Pie, making you was a family effort that took 2 hours. Devouring you was a family effort that took 15 minutes-- the best kind of tribal meal. Dear Mom's of Toddlers, recently a friend equated role playing with her three year old as to dying a slow death. I think of this every time Brave asks me to be a baby so she can put diaper ointment on my rash. Dear Baby Daddy, yesterday while driving home from the grocery store your offspring kept shoving grapes up her shorts saying she was "starting a fruit collection." Pretty sure she gets her food hoarding skills from this one guy I know. Love you more than a squirrel loves acorns!

Walk. No RUN to the store and buy all the ingredients to make this amazing tomato cheddar pie.
It seriously will set you FREEEEEEE!
Happy Monday, brave ones!

{22 OVER SooooN} by Bon Iver

Saturday, August 13, 2016

It's been 5 years since Bon Iver released a new album.
September 30th can't come soon enough!
Here's one of the new songs off of their upcoming album "22, A Million"
It's been great company at the Harvest House this morning.
Happy Saturday, y'all!

{Jefferson Rod Company}

Friday, August 12, 2016

Last fall I had the privilege of fishing with Keith Lyon's while visiting friends at Loon in Oregon.
I have to say I've never met a more humble or talented 24 year old!
Recently he launched a custom rod company called Jefferson Fly Rod Co.
His passion for serving others and making hand crafted high quality fly rods is truly remarkable.
I highly recommend checking him out!
Keep doing great things in the world of fly fishing Keith ...
I'm convinced you're one of the best last men out there.
Happy weekend, y'all!

{Pig Butts Cannot Lie}

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Watching Tim and my dad participate in the Kentuckiana Green Egg BBQ Fest Saturday
brought back so many great childhood memories!
Our last family BBQ competition was in 1994 {shown in the first photo above}.
After 22 years my Papa, Michael "the Pirrrrate" Richmond came out strong and
delivered a mean pork tenderloin and marinated tri-tip.
Tim and Twinner's pig shots were big crowd pleasers as well!
Thanks to my family and river Jesus we had good vibes and smoke rings all day long.

What's your favorite BBQ to eat? Smoked chicken? Pulled pork? Chopped beef?  
My last meal would still be a Zman with fries and a cold Boulevard Single-Wide from Joe's in KC.
It's simply the best BBQ I've ever had!

{Dry} by Foreign Fields

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Foreign Field's next album "Take Cover" releases Octoby 28th.
Just another reason to love the best month of the year {insert all things pumpkin rrrrright hurrrr}
{Other Foreign Fields songs found HERE, HERE, and HERE}

{Boyd's Orchard}

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Spending time at Boyd's Orchard in Versailles, KY was such a gift!
There's nothing quite like your little crawling on your back for a siesta while picking blackberries.
Here's to having enough cobbler and preserves to feed an army!
Happy Saturday, y'all.

{Dear Bravey Train}

Thursday, August 04, 2016

You like to camp out on the front porch.

Prefer bath time to involve goggles and giggles.

Enjoy stuffing your Little People behind the stove firewall.

Will trade hugs for licks of Popsicles.

And love spending rainy days at the science center with Rowan.
We adore you!

{Gratitude Lately}

Monday, August 01, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for flowers that remind me of family.

For standing steady as the stars in the woods.

For a peaceful night of rest here.

For the happiness that comes from eating matos off the vine.

And for the simple things that make this house feel like home.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Monday, ya'll.
What have you been thankful for lately?
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