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Hooray for Friday Favorites! It’s time once again for all of the internet to share the things that made our week just a little bit better. And to do a little victory dance. And to get the song “My Favorite Things” stuck in our heads. (Sorry.) So here are a few things I am loving lately, as I wrap up a refreshing kind of week with my fantastic family of four.



Me Time

Last week I hit a wall. I was exhausted. The kids weren’t sleeping well and not only did that mean I was tired, all of our attitudes were pretty dismal too. Let’s just say I had a bit of a moment. Then I decided to ask Ry for some time to myself. Time where being a mommy could take a backseat to just being.

He said yes.

I drove to our local coffee shop, and on the way in I saw this in the Christian bookstore nearby. I took it as a sign. (I crack myself up.)


Then I saw another wonderful sign.

coffee house sign


I ordered a spiced chai, and when the person behind the counter asked me what size I wanted, I simply said, “the biggest you have.” Then I found a window seat and made myself at home.

a chai and my happy planner

What did I busy myself with during my “me time”? Well, not a whole lot, just the way I like it. I did some planning, a little writing, and even a little accidental eavesdropping. I enjoyed the view of our small town square, I savored my delicious chai, and tried to turn my mind off a bit. It was lovely.


Hot Chocolate

Those delightful kids and I had some fantastic mornings playing outside in 60 degree weather! I’m not at all embarrassed to report that after the super hot summer we’ve had, we’re now lightweights. We came in feeling pretty chilly, and I didn’t have any hot chocolate mix, so I made up my own.

It was a hit!

my kiddos drinking the first hot chocolate of the season

Hot chocolate might be super easy and fun to whip up, but I also bought a little mix to have on hand for emergencies.

Kai was pumped.



Coloring on Trees

This week, Kai invented a new way to entertain himself with sidewalk chalk: coloring on trees! I love how this looks and how much my kids loved it.

my kids using chalk on our tree

This is a step up from that time they busied themselves by brushing my hair with weeds.


Church Membership

This past Sunday, Ry and I took the plunge and became members of the church we’ve been attending for two years.

We’re used to being involved in our church (especially pre-kids!) and regularly attending. Even so, it’s been awhile since we’ve actually become members of the church we called home. Some reasons for that involve moving around, not seeing the benefits of it, or just being unsure. And, a little confession: I haven’t always felt 100% sure about becoming members of our church. It felt like a risk somehow. And I wasn’t in complete agreement with everything our denomination adheres to (in one or two little things, not doctrinal things).

There’s something pretty special about standing in front of you community, committing yourself to serving and loving them, and hearing them do the same right back to you. Our church isn’t perfect, but no church is. It feels great to belong to them and know they have our back. They are praying for us, they will teach and counsel us, they are going to lead us and love us.

And we promised to do the same for them.


Thankfully, we only had to handle a few snakes.

Ahh, my favorite joke. 😉



What I’m Pinning: My Favorite Pin of the Week

I’m a new fan of the wonderful blog Theodora Love. I found Tania through this particular article, which outlines the kind of mommy attitude and actions that will help your kids immensely.

I’m on Pinterest here, if you want to see what else I’m pinning lately. I’d love to see what you’re pinning too!


A Quick Word About Houston

I can’t believe all of the stories I’m seeing lately about so many people being displaced by the flooding in Texas. When I came across this video on Instagram, posted by a mom of two, it really brought it home. The thought of leaving your home behind, carrying your kids through waist-high water, unsure of what to do and looking for shelter is mind-blowing. If you’re affected by the flood, I’m praying for you every day.

So, what can the rest of us do? I’m going to refer you to this awesome list by fellow blogger Sheaffer that covers all the best ways to help.


Tell me what you’re loving this week. And have a happy Friday!


Linking up with:

Friday Favorites with AndreaNarci, and Erika
High Five for Friday with  Cup of TeaBright on a BudgetbyBMG, and Della Devoted
Five on Friday with Smidge of This

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6 Comments on Friday Favorites: Me Time and Hot Chocolate

  1. Hey there, Laura! I’m glad you got some “me time.” God’s been speaking to me about more self-care, so I appreciated reading this. 🙂 And yes to church membership. Last year, while on home assignment in Dallas, for just 9 months, my husband and I decided to become members of the church were were attending. The young man who was our “counseler” actually CRIED while praying for us the day we committed. So sweet to see. It really made a difference in how we felt about the church. Good experience.

  2. Your me time sounds blissful and much needed! I totally get that. Congrats on joining your church and I cannot wait to show my kids that they can use sidewalk chalk on trees!!

  3. Coloring trees with side walk chalk is genius! My kids will love that! Thank you for the idea. 🙂 I love that you already made hot chocolate. It’s still in the 90’s here so we have a while before I bust that out. I’m so glad you were able to get some me time. It’s so important and does wonders for the soul. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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