Thank you for the Doggie article. Ive been going through that and the more stories of shared grief the less lonely it feels.

Expand full comment

Seconding so much of this but especially grateful for the link about the anti-LGBTQIA bills. We're fighting 500 state-level bills and every voice helps.

My treasure this week was thinking I had finished The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and was a little confused by why they ended it with that specifically but then discovered there are several more episodes beyond what I thought was the end 不 They just didn't drop them all at once. *Face palm

Expand full comment

Prince Louis is my favorite of all the royals. He is who the rest of them wish they could be!

Expand full comment

Well, hello there!

It's been quite a week! I had a bunch of appointments and I got to spend a little time with a nephew and his wife who were passing through town, my uncle who was passing through in the other direction, and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon with an old school friend whom I hadn't seen for six or seven years. I think I've socialized more this week than I normally do in a month.

I've started acupuncture and the effect on my sleep is interesting. I still have trouble sleeping but the sleep I am getting feels deeper and more... effective, I guess? I'm calling it a win!

There are three apple trees in full bloom outside my bedroom window. They're gorgeous! Especially at sunset. Blossoming trees might be the best thing ever. (Minus the pollen.)

Please enjoy this Hamilton inspired version of Itsy Bitsy Spider. https://twitter.com/tkbeynon/status/1656637098647072770

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Expand full comment

We're in the home stretch, y'all! My big girls are done with school next Thursday (hallelujah) and they are gearing up for fun summer times. Oldest going to school summer camp and middle & baby staying home for grandma summer camp.

Anyone else compare that choir teacher to Mr. Holland? Because I'm loving it. Anytime a teacher makes that kind of difference in the lives of all of his students that they will come back after 30 years is a legacy!

Looking forward to the weekend and hoping that Pepper Place is cool and non-rainy tomorrow morning for some summer fun market shopping. Have a great weekend!

Expand full comment

My middle kid came home from college on Wednesday and my oldest came home from his home (is that howd youd say that? this is still a new phase of life for me) for my parents birthdays today. We stayed up so late last night playing euchre and laughing and its just the absolute best. A treasure for sure.

Expand full comment

This morning I unironically whined "but what food do we have anyway" at my SIL as we talked about making lunches... I just want a nap! It hasn't been a bad week, but my period has just knocked me flat on my back and so it's just made the whole week feel worse. Suffice to say, I'm ready for the weekend.

Summer reading kicked off this week with a couple different online communities sharing their SRG. I haven't been able to really dive in yet, but I'm excited to get into it this weekend.

Sunday is a big flower market, so I'm looking forward to that. Having fresh flowers around the house is just so beautiful.

Alright, that's all from me. Gonna power through the work day so I can go home and be cozy.

Expand full comment

Hi all! It has been a MINUTE since I commented here. (Like probably a year?? or more??) I use to have this wonderful habit on Fridays where I'd sit and read/respond/write to all you lovely people whilst joyfully ignoring my adult responsibilities and doing my job that I hated at the time. Well, new job and a wedding and a move later...and I thought time to reengage with some new/old internet friends! I've missed it here. I don't have a ton of treasures to share today, but more of a question/conviction that I've been wrestling with this week...

I'm going to be attending a conference in Orlando next week on behalf of my boss who was originally suppose to attend. Although technically the company I work for is not a ministry, we do a lot of work for ministries in the custom software space. The conference I'm attending is a Christian media convention...traveling by myself and networking is way out of my comfort zone, so I'm a little anxious to say the least. I also have realized this week that a lot of the topics that will be discussed, and special guest speakers at this convention, I really don't align with theologically or politically. I'm worried that these differences will cause me to become closed off, and will prohibit my ability to connect and meet new people. I'm going to the conference with the purpose of networking and meeting other ministry leaders and forming a relationship with them on behalf of the company. I also don't want to "other" an entire group of people. It's very possible that there are others that feel the same way that I do! At the end of the day, I still want to see others who I disagree with as "Imago Dei", created in the image of God. How do you all handle situations like this? Also, would love any networking at conference tips if you have them!!! :) I need all the advice I can get. Thanks!

Expand full comment

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! The cucumber seeds I planted a few weeks ago are sprouting up beautifully, not so much luck with the bell peppers so I'll be trying again this weekend. Bell peppers are my favorite thing in my little potted plant balcony garden during the summer so I'm going to need them to get moving! I bought some lavender at the farmer's market a few weeks ago and it is nearly dead, I have no idea what I did wrong because the rosemary and basil next to it are thriving. Oh well!

Had a beautiful last weekend celebrating Mother's Day with my boyfriend's mom and enjoying the sunshine while reading on her back porch. I finished The Making of Biblical Womanhood while I was there and it was excellent! I didn't know that many Christians didn't believe women should have any authority in the church (grew up Episcopal, our Bishop was a woman, as was our Presiding Bishop, and a deacon) until I went to college, so the book was both an exploration into complementation beliefs and a quick rebuttal of why that likely is not the path worth pursuing.

I also read The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose this week and thought it was garbage. I just cannot get behind a book where there isn't a single likable character, in addition to numerous other complaints I won't bother you all with. After reading that I needed a sure-fire win, so I picked up the next book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series for my next read, and I'm content. Now I'm just itching for my building's pool to open so I can read on my Kindle for hours with my feet in the water!

Expand full comment

Today is my middle girls 7th birthday, so I am bringing in cupcakes & juice before her Field Day activities AND THEN volunteering for Field Day Im actually very pumped about this, even though I will be 100% responsible for 21 kids sugar crashes today. (But her teacher okayed it so no guilt!)

Also Ive been following 2 art accounts on IG and I just love these women and the art/content they make: @josielewisart & @andrea.nelson.art. Such bright colors, fun artwork, and just generally lovely people!

Happy Friday to you all! Off to find the largest bottle of sunscreen we own!

Expand full comment

Happy Friday friends!

I am fresh from a trip down to Harrisonburg, VA, with my middle to see her godmother/my baby sister. College kids are so inspiring y'all. They're so fresh and full of hope and can eat massive plates of nachos without needing to lie down afterwards. It was a delightful trip (and I got a dozen egg everything bagels to bring home *chef's kiss*)


~ The perfect mix that has been Queen Charlotte and then The Great season 3. Both are fantastic in very different ways. Give me all the historical (fiction) shows all the time.

~ Y'all I think I'm going to reread Throne of Glass this summer, and this will be me https://www.instagram.com/p/CsHxE5pp9J9/

~ It is our 12th anniversary weekend this weekend. We have planned nothing. We might be getting new bed pillows as gifts to each other? It's fine lol https://www.instagram.com/p/CsFMOazru4h/

I hope everyone enjoys their weekends; my son just brought me a picture he drew of me with fangs, an arrow, and a bottle of poison, so. That's our vibe over here I guess?

Expand full comment

Prince Louis is my favorite.

Rapid treasures this week; I was up before the sun seeing my oldest off to San Diego with his grandparents and Imma need at least another coffee before I am coherent:

The Holy Post podcast has a two part interview with Daniel Hummel about his book The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism and it is FASCINATING.

Started a new devotional called Seasons of Wonder by Bonnie Smith Whitehouse and it is wonderful. Its weekly, which feels doable and makes me feel not tied down to one book in the mornings.

We are video games nerds in the Clark house, and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is so fun and so beautiful to look at.

Trying my hand at herbs in pots this year. They are such happy little plants; I hope I dont kill them!

踝 Spring and summer bring more opportunities to host people for dinner and it is just one of my favorite things. The key is: kids eat inside, adults eat outside and you get at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted adult conversation

May your week be filled with miracles - biscuits and gravy or otherwise.

Expand full comment

Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Except for me. I am loudly complaining about my battle. Everybody knows about it. THE TRUTH. Well, depending on the context.

I have been too emotionally exhausted to post anything lately, but its also...

胼儭 The fact that as much as I have stories that are my own, many of those stories are bound up with others and so lately, Ive erred on not sharing too much...even if these people dont know what The Swipe Up is.

延 Also though, Im kind of realizing the older I get, the more Im aware that very few people are just skating through life anymore, not that they ever were. Some hard stuff has come up in my community (for myself and others) and in my little friend circle, there is not a single one of us thats not struggling with something important. Its humbling, for sure.

I do get to try a new pizza place tonight. Please give me alllllllll the cheese.

Expand full comment