The blog has been quiet this past spring and summer months. Unseasonably quiet. And for good reason. After months and months of preparing to move, moving, moving again, working the Day Job, raising the Little Man and trying my darndest to keep up with this blog, it was time to slow down. In fact, the words were clearly spoken to me as the East Texas pines swayed in the spring time breeze. Yes, God, I heard you loud and clear. “Stop chasing. Just be.”
Turns out slowing down was one of the best things I could do. By letting go, I’ve gained so much more. Nothing tangible mind you. But peace. Happiness. Time.
Now that we’re settled at the ole Barker Ranch and I’ve learned a little bit about balance and leaning on God’s direction for myself, I’m cracking the laptop back open.
So what has The Home Team been up to lately? So much, friends. So much.
Today’s been an interesting one. Turns out when you drive down the road with your husband’s keys on your trunk, they end up smashed on the highway. #truestory And I’m about to google “how to make a clothesline in your garage” because the new dryer seems to have popped a belt. #truestorychapter2
But we press onward!
Our little Home Team summer has been good to us! We just returned from a week-long cruise vacation to Key West, Nassau and Freeport. I’m certain there’s a blog post in the future detailing some very gut-wrenching scenes in the Bahamas. You hop off the boat thinking it’s all pretty. Friends, it is not. Postcards don’t show the half of it.
We’ve managed to get Little Man all trained up in helping with chores around the house. He’s doing a great job! I think he likes the money….and the chore chart is super cute.
I’ve been thinking about switching from my trusty Erin Condern Life Planner to something a little more simple. I hear the gasp of at least 3 faithful readers now. I’ve even written about my undying love of the EC Life Planner on two occasions. (here and here) Those posts even helped me earn enough credit to get the second planner for a whopping $15. But ya’ll, I saw the cutest (and more durable) planner in Target. Stay tuned….planner upheaval may occur.
As most of you know, this little show I love is currently filming Season 4! As soon as I get a target premier date, I’ll start the watch party prep. If you’re a new reader and didn’t know my love runs deep for Magnolia…all Fixer Upper recaps can be found here.
AND, if you haven’t seen Open Concept on HGTV, you need to. Need as in the air you breath. It’s the Shanty Sisters and they are killing it! If you don’t know the Shanty Sisters, we cannot be friends. I have only recapped their pilot episode. It was my little donation to helping them get a show full time. Did I mention they’re locals? Yep – DFW girls.
Speaking of sisters, where have those Junk Gypsies been lately? smh
In my time of stop chasing and start being, God has presented me with several opportunities to use my love of decorating for Him. My little heart leapt for joy as I prepared the Father’s Day photo booth for my church. My sweet Instagram famous pew bench was the center piece. If you’d like to see how it turned out, follow my church on FB. Then you’ll have to find them in their photos.
Tomorrow me and some gal-pals are heading north for our first glamping trip. Don’t worry – I’m certain there will be a blog post all about the adventure. Until then, I’m off to find my glamping gear!