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Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday! We’ve arrived!

Even though I’m no longer at the office on Fridays counting down the hours until the weekend, Fridays will always hold a special place in my heart. Here’s what’s up with me + a few things I’m loving lately:

A T T E N D I N G  birthing prep classes. What is life that Alex and I are at this stage? I’m full of emotions lately as I think about labor and all of the “unknowns.” But when I fix my eyes on God it is all so much less scary. I believe there are some sweet times ahead.

R E D I S C O V E R I N G  tried and true Crock Pot meals like this and this. I recommend both 100 percent. This girl’s back and tummy start feeling it lately when I stand over a stove too long. Thankfully there is no shortage of Crock Pot meals in the world with little prep and lots of deliciousness!

T H A N K I N G  God more regularly for His gracious gifts during this month of Thanksgiving by writing down at least one thing I'[m grateful for each day. Just takes a minute, yet it changes my whole perspective.

P R A Y I N G for a deeper love for God’s Word and for spending time in it. BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is a huge blessing in my life right now and is teaching me to dig deeper as we study Romans. Having access to the living Word of God is awe-inspiring!!

C O N S I D E R I N G two DIY projects: this wreath and this banner.

A D O R I N G  our baby girl’s name after months of tossing it around with Alex and waiting to see if it’s “the one.” Turns out it is! And check out this amazing sign my sweet, thoughtful friend Emilee made for Juniper! It’s surreal to think that in just a couple of months, this sign will be on the hospital door with all of the details filled out.

Your turn. What’s something you’re loving lately?
Happy weekending, friends!

xoxo,
Sar

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Why We Should Care About Having Fun

Stop what you’re doing and listen to the latest Journeywomen podcast with Annie F. Downs that came out yesterday. I’m not usually one to boss friends around, but trust me on this. It’s all about fun! As simple as the topic of “fun” sounds, the episode really impacted me.

Nashville based author and speaker Annie defines fun as “a shift in how you see the life you already have.” You mean I can think of the everyday tasks and “little” experiences I’m already having as fun?

Here’s a glimpse into Annie’s start to each day that I think we all can learn from:  “Waking up for me involves asking, ‘What is happening today, how is that fun, and what’s good about it?’Can I look at the life that God’s given me and find love and joy and peace in it?”

Can you imagine waking up every morning and asking yourself, “What’s going on today that will be fun?” Maybe you already do that. I don’t. This outlook reminds me of Christy Nockel’s quest to seek out “the glorious in the mundane,” which is something I feel God is nudging me to do lately.

But it’s not about having fun for self’s sake. Annie believes that her life’s calling is “to bring joy and fun into the lives of other people so that they will see God.” I love that. For more on Annie and the topic of fun, listen to her really, really good weekly podcast appropriately named That Sounds Fun.

And of course, listening to that podcast yesterday got me thinking about the everyday things in my life that can and should be fun. Today, that’s:

  • Feeling the cool fall air (something that’s new to us here in Texas) on a walk this morning
  • Doing yoga on a mat in the middle of my baby girl’s room
  • Writing a blog post
  • Going to the doctor’s office to check on Baby B.
  • Cozying up with a blanket, pumpkin spice tea, and a library book
  • Cooking dinner

Other recent/upcoming, everyday fun things I’m thinking about:

  • Going to the grocery store and picking out all kinds of colorful produce
  • Walking the trails near campus with friends
  • Organizing and setting up our baby girl’s room
  • Memorizing scripture
  • Seeing my belly grow beyond what seems possible
  • Attending childbirth classes (neeeever until now did I think this would go on a “that sounds fun” list)
  • Going on an evening walk with my husband
  • Dare I say it? Doing the dishes and wiping down the kitchen counters at the end of the day and facing a clean room in the morning

It’s your turn. What sounds fun to you??

xoxo,
Sar

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Favorite Things Friday: 5 Pregnancy Essentials

Clockwise from Top Left: Mommy-in-Waiting Pregnancy Journal, Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap, Lucy Darling Growing Garden Belly Stickers, Johnson’s Lavender Baby Oil, and NatureWell Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion

Happy Friday! I’ve been thinking about the things I feel have made my pregnancy better – things other than prenatal vitamins (though they are important – I take these) or yoga pants.

These five items because they have either a) helped me savor the journey or b) made me feel more comfortable. There are also some clothes and a pillow I love and may share in the future, but these were the ones I could fit in a snapshot.

If you’re pregnant, I totally recommend these to you . . . or that you give one of these to a pregnant friend!

  • Mommy-in-Waiting Pregnancy Journal: Filled with Bible verses, questions to help a mama reflect, a calendar to record pregnancy milestones and doctor’s appointments, and places to attach photos, this journal is a really sweet keepsake.
  • Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap: This soap came to the rescue when I had an itchy tummy around week 19. I’m not sure exactly why it’s so soothing, but a fellow mama recommended this soap for pregnancy and you can bet I ordered mine on Amazon that very day. The reviews show how this soap is used and loved by both pregnant women and manly men. Lol.
  • Lucy Darling Growing Garden Belly Stickers: It’s been so much fun documenting my pregnancy in photos, and I think these little stickers are just the cutest!
  • Johnson’s Lavender Baby Oil: I use this after I get out of the shower on my tummy while it’s still wet for an extra dose of moisture.
  • NatureWell Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion: My mom gave me this, and it’s fabulous. It goes on silky smooth and is great keeping the tummy moisturized, as well as legs and feet. The dreamy coconut scent is bonus.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,
Sar

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