May 2012 archive

High Five for Friday

It’s Friday and there is a lot to be thankful for. Here are five things that made me smile this last week.

My man turned 29! One year closer to 30 and he can stop making fun of me for being “so old.” We had friends over to celebrate and had our first Pickleball game on our court. It poured down rain, but the guys played anyway. 


Peonies. I love peonies and walking by them in the house.


I got crafty this week for Eva’s room. Ok, so I really just hit print and cut the paper. You can find these great free printables here.

Soren was in desperate need of a haircut. Jamba Juice and throwing coins in the fountain was his “reward” for doing so well.


Soren went to his first major league baseball game with his grandpa. I sent him off in REDS gear and he came back with a more appropriate for the day Mariners hat. The catcher for the Mariners threw him a ball and we haven’t stopped playing baseball with it since. 

Goodbye Unit D



We sold our condo today. It’s all said and done. The papers have been signed. Our renter has moved out and the new couple moves in soon. It’s bitter sweet for me. It was the first place Sam and I bought together. When we moved in the carpets were stained, it smelled like a zoo and our inspector said it was the one of the dirtiest houses he had seen in a while. So why on earth did we buy it? We saw passed the stains, smells and dust bunnies monsters. We made all kinds of changes from new carpets, to paint, to new kitchen counters. We filled the condo faster than we ever thought we could and began dreaming of a home that had a yard our kids could run in (not a mossy driveway our kids constantly slipped on.) Our dream came true a year ago when we bought the house we are in now. I turned in the keys to the condo and never wanted to look back. My dream was waiting for me. But, I had to go back a few months later to check on the place. I was flooded with emotions that I hadn’t expected. We brought home our two children to the condo, Soren learned to walk and talk there, we housed dozens of guests, hosted parties and game nights, celebrated birthdays, mourned losses, had the worst of neighbors and the best of neighbors, and we pretended the noise of the highway was just the sound of the waves of the ocean.  Sam and I (ok, mostly Sam) put his blood and sweat into fixing up that dumpy old condo. We had made it our own. I felt guilty for having wanted to move out so badly. I felt like I had turned my back on all of the memories we made. I was mad at myself that I hadn’t enjoyed each second in that condo but rather wished it away until we got our dream. I learned a big lesson that day. Don’t wish away what I have for something that I don’t. I can just hear my dad’s voice in my head. He has always told me “Don’t wish away your life Linnea.” Parents, they’re always right.

I wish I had better pictures to show you, but here is what I have.

My mother-in-law and I ripping out the carpet

Kitchen: mid floor install and then a few years later with new counters.

Extra Room: mid carpet install and then later as Eva's room


Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

In this High Five for Friday post I mentioned a new book I am reading called “Seven: an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.” It is one of those books that you can’t help but talk about to anyone who is willing to listen. Poor Sam, I don’t know how many times he has heard me say “Jen Hatmaker says in her book Seven…”  I have been praying through this book trying to figure out what my response will be. How will I go about getting rid of my unneeded possessions, change my spending habits, be less wasteful? I want to be very intentional and thoughtful about my response. I’m thankful for the group of women who are reading this book along side of me. It’s great to process together. Already so many ideas are forming and I can not wait to see them actually happen. Here is a video that explains a bit more about the book.  If you read it, please let me know. I’d love to have coffee with you and talk with you about it!

High Five for Friday

Thank. Goodness. It’s. Friday.

This week has flown by and I’m super excited for the weekend; it’s my man’s birthday!

1. Pedicure for my girl. This Hello Kitty polish is great for kids. It wipes/washes off really easily.

This is what it takes to get her to sit still for said pedicure. Chocolate Hazelnut butter on a rice cake.

Soren was at his great grandparents house while Eva and I stayed back home for the afternoon. He was so excited to "ride" the horses.

2. Sun! Oh glorious and hot sun!!

3. Finding Eva asleep with my sock on. How did my sock get in her crib anyway?

4. My sister and her husband are currently in Cuba on a missions trip. Pray for them please.

5. I started this devotional for myself. Its been a great to start my mornings in the quiet and in the Word. If you are a mom and need encouragement in all of the roles you play; mother, professional, daughter, wife, friend, and believer, this would be a great study.




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