Currently, September 2016

currently-september

Looking Forward To //

CHRISTMAS, duh! I know, give fall its turn, respect the bird. I can and I will but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited now. The anticipation of the most wonderful time of the year is half of the fun.

Praying //

That Emily gets a good report in November. Prayers for her to adjust to her glasses have been answered. She’ll now talk about it and tell you just how hard it was to wear her glasses at first, but that she loves them now! We are so thankful she loves them.

We have also noticed significant improvement in the eye turning. Dare I say it seems to be gone? I am no Dr. but my eyes don’t even noticed hers being crossed anymore. We are super optimistic she won’t require surgery. Keep praying and we’ll know for sure in about 2 months when she has her follow-up.

Wishing // 

I could go back to the beach. But since that seems pretty unrealistic let’s just say I am hoping that some fall weather arrives soon. The season always arrives before the weather does.

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Learning //

All about the periodic table of elements, chemical reactions, Miles Standish, and sentence diagramming. Can you tell what I am learning is pretty focused around what my girls are learning. Maybe I should relabel this section as teaching. Seriously though, we are LOVING school this year and having a blast which makes life easier.

Counting // 

Dollar signs flying away. HA! Just kidding… kind of.

Listening to // 

David Crowder’s newest release, American Prodigal. Russ and I saw him in concert on Saturday and it was pretty much amazing. Nobody really ever comes to Joplin, let alone someone we actually want to see.

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Drinking //
 

Coffee, water, repeat. I did drink more sprite while on vacation than I have drunk the entire rest of the year combined…. gross. 

Eating //

Every pumpkin spice food that I can get my hands on #cantstopwontsop. Tis the season for all things pumpkin spice and now that it is officially fall people have to leave me alone, correct? I can’t wait to share some pumpkin related recipes with you through the “All Things Pumpkin” link-up this coming October. 

 
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Planning // 

Ahead! Not that that’s new. My planner is filled up through most of November and December is looking pretty full too. So much to blog about, so little time. There are also some pretty exciting plans being made on the home front too, but we can talk about those on a different day. Oh the suspense.

Missing //

THE BEACH! But really I think I just miss the sense of freedom that comes with summer in general.

Enjoying // 

Where we are in life right now. This season that our family is in and the friends and community we have around us. It feels so good to be making connections with others again. So, SO good. 

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Watching // 

I started watching ‘This Is Us’ and I think the first episode alone made me a fan. Plus I was able to text back and forth with Stephanie while we watched so that was pretty great too.

Wearing // 

I FINALLY ordered a chambray shirt that I picked up pretty cheap on sale at Old Navy there is only one problem, I don’t have any non denim pants to wear with it #whoops. (Things I didn’t think about when I actually placed the order.) Being a hair over 5’10” really complicates shopping. Finding pants that are long enough for me is hard, finding pants that I like long enough can be even harder. When the stars align and I find the perfect pair, them being in stock is nothing short of a miracle. I am REALLY wanting to find some Maroon/ burgundy skinny pants. Wish me luck.

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  • Jessica

    I’m excited for Christmas too. I’m still gonna enjoy fall, but what’s not to love about the holiday season? 🙂 I’m ready for the weather to come with the season too. Whew, it’s still freaking hot. Yay for Emily! I’m so glad you have noticed a big difference. Prayers that it continues and she gets a good report.

    • EXACTLY!!! I am hoping you get some relief soon friend. Thank you so much they are SO appreciated.

  • Amy Smith

    You are the cutest! I’m looking ahead/planning for Christmas, too. September just kicks off so many wonderful times!

    I’m so happy to hear that you’ve noticed an improvement with Emily! That is just amazing. Continued prayers your way.

    Can’t wait to hear what you have planned for your house!

    • It really does.

      It is completely amazing and a huge relief. I can’t wait to hear what the Dr. says in November.

      It is pretty stinking exciting. More torture, I know :P.

  • Meghan Flinn

    That’s amazing that Emily’s eye is improving so much that you can’t even notice the cross eye anymore! And yes, I love This Is Us too! If only I watched things live, then we could text during it too!!

    • It is SO amazing right?! Baha ha I was actually just thinking about that earlier. I was thinking oh man if more people watched this live we could totally group text during it :P.

  • I’m the opposite of you – pants are always too long on me!

    • I kinda wished I had that problem. I mean I get that it’s a problem and hemming is expensive but some options are better than none right?!

  • I love having blogger friends to text with in real life…way too fun. Also, This is Us was amazing. I hope it keeps being awesome.

    • It IS the best. I love that my collection of phone numbers is slowly growing too :). It was SO good, it best not disappoint now because I think most of us seem to be hooked.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    This is such a fun post! I’m so excited for the holidays too! I’m already dreaming of chopping our tree down, putting up the lights and so much more!!

    And girl, you are tall! I would love to find some burgundy skinnies too, I’ll share if I find and you do the same!

    • Baha ha! So glad I am not the only one.

      I found some super cute ones at ON and at Kohls but neither are in-stock in talls. Maybe you should check those places out!

  • These posts are my favorite! I totally want to watch This is Us… but I have a feeling my emotions wouldn’t be able to take it! I think I cry now every time I watch Grey’s. I still need to read your vacay post… I can’t believe I haven’t done that yet!
    Keeping y’all in my prayers that you get good news with Emily’s eyes!

    • You TOTALLY do! It is amazing and totally worth any tears I may cry.

      Thank you so much!

  • Stephanie

    Ugh pants length! I feel ya…tall girl problems. Try New York and Company. They have talls online and their sizes run big so you can likely fit in sizes much smaller than other clothing companies which is always a nice self-esteem boost (for me anyways). I got a pair of maroon skinnies there that are great.

    • Thank you so much for the tip and YES! I also love it when that happens. I am typically not a 2 but I love it when Old Navy says I am :P.

  • Good luck on the pants search! I love the picture of you guys at the top of this post. So funny!

    • Thank you so much. I keep finding them. Just never available in my size :(.

  • Your pants are too short and mine are too long. If we made a baby, she or he would be perfectly sized.
    This is Us is our thing, JW. Only ours 😉

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    So. I need to get on the This Is Us bandwagon. Everyone and their dog is raving about it!
    I’d love a little fall weather. I feel like we don’t get that until winter. >eye roll emoji<
    YAY for such great progress with Emily and her eye!!

    • YES! Do it fast before you are too far behind! At least you don’t freeze though. Of all the things in the mid-west the freezing temps is one I would GLADLY give up. We are SO happy.

  • Girl, This is Us is just amazing! We watched the second episode last night and I am completely hooked! Oh, and NBC already picked it up for a full season! Woo hoo!!

    • It IS just amazing. I think I only cried three times this week :P. Woo hoo for sure. That show is going to make them some serious money.

  • I love your family beach picture! Too cute!!
    I am hooked on This Is Us! It’s the best show I’ve seen in a while. The first week made me cry & this week made me laugh out loud. Such good writing and acting!
    Praying for your sweet Emily!

    • Thank you!

      YES! I am laughing and crying through EVERY single episode.

  • Whitney Jordan

    So many great things going on! I’m excited that you’re already seeing such great progress with Emily’s eyes and that she loves them! That’s huge!! Your beach trip sounded like the perfect end to summer and I love that you’ve got all things pumpkin and Christmas on the brain. It’s going to be a great rest of the year 🙂

    • It is so huge friend. We feel encouraged. The last three months of the year are always my favorites. I can’t wait!

  • So much to comment about, such great things happening around your neck of the woods. I can’t wait to watch This is Us, 2 episodes are just waiting for me this weekend. I was going to watch them last weekend, but napping sounded much better 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the rest of the year and next year.

    • Oh my word I almost want to give you my cell number and tell you to text me after you watch them baha ha! It is SO good. Exciting stuff is ahead for sure!

  • Ashley

    I’m really wanting some burgundy pants as well!! Great minds my friend!

    • Well I guarantee without the need to find talls there are plenty of options out there for you friend. I see them EVERYWHERE just none long enough for me :(. Good luck!

  • Stupid west coast time zone prevents me from ever texting anyone while watching any shows. Except people in CA. But seriously this is us. OBSESSED.

    • Lol. I guess everything is an hour off huh? And by the time you do watch it, everyone else is asleep. That does stink.

  • So glad that Emily loves her glasses now! I had to wear them as a kid until I got contacts in high school and it definitely wasn’t always fun. And I have the same pants issue! #tallgirlproblems. Old Navy and Gap always have tall sizes available online so I just end up buying all my pants there!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

    • I didn’t know you were a tall girl too. That is so fun. I guess one of the crazy things about the internet is that you can’t tell exactly how tall someone is by photos :P. I found some PERFECT ones at Old Navy but they were already out of stock. UGH! I should have started my search sooner.

  • I totally love This Is Us too! The big twists/surprises are definitely shocking me every time!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  • chall1018

    Oh how I love that first picture of you all! It’s perfect and precious. Praying those same prayers for sweet Emily, friend. Can’t wait to hear all about the plans on the home front! Now I am so curious!!! This is Us is so, so so good! My jaw dropped at the end of episode 2. Not what I wanted
    for their parents. Ugh!

    Also, you are adorable. That is all.

    • All of my favorite friends are watching this show and it just makes me so stinking happy. I can’t wait to blog about it. Waiting for good timing can be so stinking hard some times. So, confession: I didn’t put it together that THAT guy was the friend until Meghan text me yesterday. I realized it wasn’t the dad and I was thinking What in the world and the show ended. I am still holding out hope that maybe the actual dad just had a face transplant…. but that doesn’t seem likely.

  • Bring on the pumpkin spice I say! Glad you agree 🙂 I hope your report in November for your sweet Emily is good. There is nothing more nerve wracking than waiting on news for our children.

    • Isn’t that the truth! Thank you so much Jen.