Thursday, February 22

growing in gratitude - february edition

Oh Friends, I disappeared again and that was NOT the plan. I very much wanted to get back to at least posting on Friday’s. That is still the goal, and I AM going to get there, I am!

Until then, it’s time for another edition of Growing in Gratitude! I’m running a bit behind with this month’s post but nevertheless, here I am. I love that I’ve committed to posting about five things for which I’m grateful for each month. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday and forget those things for which we should be thankful. This post helps me to stop and smell the roses... and count my blessings.

Julie and I sure hope you’ll join us on the last Thursday of each month. And now, without further ado, here are my five for February. By the way, I’m merging this with Friday Favorites too. I’m a slacker, I know. 

1 || After my return to work from maternity leave, I was offered a new office... with a window. If you’ve ever worked in an office without one, you understand how this can be a day maker. 

2 || Here in KY this week, we experienced some amazing and unusual temperatures for February. I actually had to dig out my sunglasses. It was so gorgeous. We even broke 80 on Tuesday. I’m definitely ready for Spring. 

3 || My Farmer and I had our first date night with zero kids in tow last weekend. It was blissful. We headed to Olive Garden with a group of couples from our church and had a delightful evening out. The Seafood Alfredo was scrumptious. 

4 || I have the best neighbor. She offered to keep my Oldest and Middle Farmers on the day it was going to be gobs of sunshine and 80. I was so thankful they could enjoy a day with her and her son as opposed to spending it in daycare. It really does take a village and I am so grateful for mine. 

5 || Even though it can be time consuming and trying at times, I love living on a farm. My Little Farmers and I pulled in after a long day this week and noticed quite a few of our calves had gotten out. My Farmer wasn’t due home until later so I knew I was going to have to deal with it. Did I mention that it was getting ready to pour the rain? In my dress clothes and pretty flats (that are no longer pretty), my Oldest Little Farmer and I managed to corral them in to the barn with a lot of gumption and a sack of feed. It was just what I needed to take my mind off the mundane of the day. 

Well, I’ve been terrible about taking photos. Forgive me for the post full of words only and zero visuals. I WILL work on it! 

I do hope you’ll link up with us this round or next, and be sure to tell your friends! 

Happy Weekends!

Linking up with April| Five on Friday, Erika | Friday Favorites, and Katie | High Five for Friday


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Friday, January 26

oh hey, remember me?

Happy Friday, Friends!! I hope this post finds you well. I’m so looking forward to catching up with you. My sabbatical has been wonderful, but I know I’ve missed out on a ton. 

As for us, it’s been an adjustment for sure in finding our routine, but we are getting there. I’m learning to plan ahead so mornings aren’t chaos, shower at night, use dry shampoo and embrace unstyled hair and ponytails. I must also confess that I have succumbed to encouraging my two oldest Little Farmers into smoother mornings by rewarding them with Rice Krispie treats on our way out the door. Don’t be quick to judge - you’d do it too. 

Since this is my first Friday post in a few weeks, my favorites might be a little all over the place. 

1 || I finally kept all five pieces of my last Fix. The Kut from the Kloth dress pants are maybe the best fitting pants I’ve ever worn. I love the color of the cardigan, and the striped sweater with elbow patches received tons of compliments. 

2 || My middle Little Farmer is three and we are working with him on dressing himself. He’s doing so well, although socks are still a bit of a struggle. This morning while dropping my Littlest Farmer off, the teacher pulled me aside and informed me my middle Little Farmer’s pants were on backwards. I looked and sure enough the Nike swoosh was on his behind. Made my day, and I didn’t bother to change it. 

3 || This fleece pullover is my favorite piece of clothing of the season. I am wearing it every jeans day at work and on every Saturday outing. It is plum beautiful, super comfy, and definitely keeps me warm.

4 || My Littlest Farmer is reaching the age when he smiles constantly and giggles a little. I absolutely love my baby smiles and giggles at the end of the day. He is so happy to see me when I pick him up and it just melts my heart. Plus, the older Little Farmers are starting to vie for his attention - they want to see who can get the biggest smile. 

5 || Julie and I launched our first link up this week. We are hosting it monthly and are calling it Growing in Gratitude. We’re sharing five things we’re grateful for on the last Thursday of each month. Check out the January edition here. We’d love for you to join us. 

 6 || I discovered that I can borrow ebooks through our local library. As much as I love holding an actual book in my hand, it wasn’t quite as convenient as reading on my Kindle app. So, I’m on the wait list for several titles and The Hating Game just became available.  Have you read it?
7 || I haven’t been carrying my Bible to church since the arrival of my Littlest Farmer. My hands are full with the diaper bag and the car seat. It drives me crazy not having it. So, I perused the KJV Bibles on Amazon and found this Old Scofield Pocket Bible. I love it. It seriously fits inside my crossbody, and I promise I can still read the print. No more cheating and looking off my Farmer’s Bible! 

I’m looking forward to a relatively low key weekend. My oldest Little Farmer has his last basketball games on Saturday and aside from church on Sunday, the rest of the time should be a stay in my pajamas kinda time. 

Happy Friday! 

Linking up with April| Five on Friday, Erika | Friday Favorites, and Katie | High Five for Friday


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Thursday, January 25

growing in gratitude - january edition

Well Friends, I had hoped to return to the blogosphere before now but never could make it happen. I am happy to report that my return to work has actually fared pretty well. However, the days are long and things like blogging and reading and television have taken a back seat to sleep.

Until today... when I am super excited to be hosting my very first monthly link up with Julie. On the last Thursday of every month, we’re going to be sharing five things we are thankful for. We’re calling it Growing in Gratitude and would love it if you’d join us. So grab the image below, share your hearts (get as deep or superficial as you like), link up, and tell your friends. 

By the way, I do hope to get some life updates posted soon, but until then, here are my five for January’s Growing in Gratitude. What are yours?

1 || It’s only been a few months since our kitchen remodel and the installation of my first dish washer. I appreciated it before, but even more now that I’m back to work and have less time in the evenings and bottles and pumpers and pacis oh my to wash and sterilize everyday.

2 || My Littlest Farmer sleeps through the night. I sometimes catch myself taking this for granted when I read or hear how other Mamas aren’t experiencing the same kind of nights.

3 || I love winter; however, I'm not a huge fan of negative temps and driving in seven inches of snow. Over the last couple of weeks, we've had both on separate occasions and for the first time, I've felt very aware of the dangers of breaking down or crashing while traveling in such conditions. I am so thankful for God's hedge of protection while we commuted during those times and then just the normal, everyday travel. 

4 || So much sickness is going around, and we were three for five for the flu right around Christmas time. By the grace of God and He alone did my Littlest Farmer not end up with it. I’m continuing to pray that we all stay healthy. 

5 || Kroger ClickList has saved my sanity now that I’ve returned to work. I can just order my groceries online and pick them up afterwards. No fighting crowds or wrestling children while trying to do our weekly shopping.


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