lots of thoughts to finish the week

My children are still in school. For just a few more days, but still. It feels like y’all in other parts of the country are enjoying your summer and we’re still dodging raindrops and making school lunches here in the Pacific Northwest.

We’re ushering in summer {and hoping for the sun to follow} with an ice cream party.

I’m kind of excited about it. I used these invitations, ordered these bowls and will have fun setting out lots of toppings for the kiddos to make their own sundaes. And celebrate the end of school. And hopefully the start of summer.

I posted a photo of our new washer & dryer on Instagram. A few of you had questions about why we chose a top loader instead of front loader.

Even though front loaders are trendier and offer the counter-over-the-top option, they also have issues with mildew. I know myself well enough to know regularly wiping out my washer is beyond my scope of daily tasks and surely we would be the ones with a rotten washing machine. So we went with the new top-loading technology which takes care of the mold problem. We bought this washer and this dryer. I love them so far.

I had a fashion realization the other day … I dress quite boring. Jeans + solid color shirt or sometimes one with a pattern {stripes!} pretty much every day. But what I do like is a little fun in the form of shoes.

Color, flowers, ruffles, metallic. It helps bring an otherwise boring outfit together. Or at least I’d like to think so.

{from left to right: franco sarto, old navy, joyfolie, joyfolie & target}

A chunky necklace also helps.

acai rope necklace from Noonday

Some shop updates:

we have the Greatest Is Love prints in stock {yippee!}

Name prints are a perfect baby shower gift

Do you like playing with fonts?

Check out my handwriting font and fancy fake calligraphy font.

When you sign up for our mailing list {it’s free}, you get a discount code for 15% off everything in the shop.  You can sign up below:

A few things coming up on the blog:

1. Ruffle Week. Five days of ruffled projects. So fun.

2. a Q & A day. Ask me anything.

3. My sister’s most darling boy nursery {think grey, yellow, houndstooth and chevron}.

4. Printable iphone covers.

5. A new summer schedule for me and the blog. I just have to figure it out first.

I bought a lamp at the thrift store and decided to spray it glossy white for my rearranged office {I know, again.}. You’d think it would be easy, but not so much. It keeps crackling.

At this rate, I should have just bought a finished lamp.  Any spray paint pointers?

Father’s day is this weekend. It’s one of those days that is wonderful {my kids get to celebrate their amazing daddy!}, but also hard.

My parents were divorced when I was in college and to say it was the low point of my life is an understatement. My sisters and I were raised in a happy, Christian, family-oriented family, so when things fell apart, it was completely unexpected and heart-breaking.  Poor choices were made, strongholds and addictions were recognized and we all had to wrap our minds around a new reality for our family. One that no longer included our dad.

But even with the division a divorce brings, the happy memories and love between a father and a daughter remain, even if unspoken.

Redemption is part of our story, I have no doubt. But it is slow-going and hard.

I am thankful for the other dads in my life; my thoughtful father-in-law {hi, Bob!} and mom’s new husband {you’re the best, Sugar Daddy!}.

But I also think about my real dad and miss him. What could have been. What should have been.

Perhaps you relate?

Fathers are so important. And they are not perfect. Which makes things hard.

I woke yesterday with this song in my head and ironically, it is perfect for Father’s Day. An oldie, but goodie.

I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hands

I have a Father
He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call

And a video for your viewing pleasure {keep in mind the song was recorded in 1998. It’s a little dated}.

This Sunday is a good day to celebrate dads. But for those of us with some sadness associated with the word father, I hope this song comforts you as it does me.

Sorry to be all downer about Father’s Day. Goodness.

I’m off on a field trip with a bunch of 2nd graders today. Wish me luck.

See you on Monday!

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55 Responses to lots of thoughts to finish the week

  1. heidi June 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I’ve had the crackly paint before, like the first post said, taking off the paint, sand and clean the surface. spray paint it again and it worked perfect. sorry! such a pain.

  2. Amy June 20, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    I guess I’m in the minority on the washing machine issue. :)

    My ten year old top-loader died about 6 months ago. I did NOT want a front-loading machine. Consumer Reports convinced me, though. These machines clean a lot better than top-loaders. Also, the top- loaders can’t take larger items (ie: comforters) the way a front-loader does. My machine has been a dream. Since the mildew question was big for me, I found out that they now put fans in many of the machines, which circulate if a load is left in the washer for a while. Also, I just leave the door to my washer open overnight to air out, and no problems. You can absolutely “pause” the machine to add more laundry, and you do not have to wait for it to drain before you do so. The machine is VERY quiet, and I am absolutely in love with it. The only bummer was the price. :(


  3. Lisa June 20, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    You aren’t a downer one bit. Being honest and vulnerable is refreshing. Many of your readers will relate. I know my parents divorce when I was fifteen shook me to the core. It changes everything. That is a beautiful song and reminder.

  4. Sandie Gilmer June 21, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    I’m so glad you posted about the spray paint issue…I’ve been running into the same problem as I’ve been painting tea pots for my sister’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Bridal Shower. I think I’m going to try the chalk board paint.

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