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.