Humble Happenings

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately, nothing too crazy has been going on, and honestly I have begun to enjoy the routine. I'm sure that after I post this, something will go crazy, but until then I will enjoy the mundane.

This past weekend, I decided to eliminate as much screen time as possible and enjoy my family. I spent a portion of the weekend cleaning. If my home is happy and clean that usually makes us feel more rested and ready to leave from here to tackle the day. 

While cleaning, I discovered that I never fully unpacked from Memorial Day, oops!

I did post this on Saturday morning, with the caption:

“Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. Above all, stop comparing yourself with other people. This produces feelings of pride and inferiority; sometimes, a mixture of both. He leads each of his children along a path that is uniquely tailor-made for him or her. Comparing is not only wrong, it is also meaningless.”

This quote just stuck with me and I felt like I needed to share it with all of you!

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, full of rest and rejuvenation. 

Pool Rules

Summer is here, and our pool bath will be getting way more use than normal. Wet feet will come in and out, so I have stocked our pool bath with plenty of towels and a little Pool Rules reminder.

I love the wallpaper in the bathroom. It adds visual interest to a somewhat small bathroom. (PS- if you follow the link to the wallpaper, I want to warn you that it looks much darker online than it does in person! Even the stock photo vs my photo is much different.) The wall color is White Duck from Sherwin Williams.

Keeping towels stocked in the pool bath is a must! Someone is always bound to forget their towel, or the floor will get wet, so its great to lay down to keep someone from slipping. 

This chalkboard was super easy to make, and you can make it in any size you want! I got the chalkboard piece cut at my local hardware store, along with the side pieces. Once I got home, I used a nail gun and wood glue to put the sides together. Then I added support across the back. After the glue dried it was good to go!

I hope that you are all ready for the summer! What have you done to prepare?

Happy Summer!

I never thought I would miss summer break as much as I do, but just because I am a grown up that doesn't mean that I can't have a summer bucket list. However, it does mean that its a little different than it might have been a few years ago. 

Here is what made my list this year:

- Start a garden
- Spend less time online, and more time outside
- Declutter and purge clutter from my home 
- Add some landscaping to #OurMagnoliaHome
- Have more dinners around the dinner table than around the coffee table

I love Joanna Gaines' garden, it is most certainly an inspiration for my own, however I am not that ambitious quite yet. I am going to start with a little container garden and grow it from there. I am going to start with some herbs and them move to fruit and veggies. 

Recently, it has occurred to me have much stuff I have, and how much stuff I never use. It disgusted me how much stuff I have accumulated that never gets used and that just sits around. So, I am starting to clean out and get rid of clothes, home decor and anything else in between. I want our home to be clean and a place where we can feel free and relax. I don't want our home to be overcome with clutter and unnecessary stuff.

I started off this morning by purging, and I have plenty of decor items that I need to get rid of!

Do you have a bucket list for this summer?

Simple Tablescape

Summer is here, and I feel like I have more dinner guests during the summer, so I wanted to put together a quick simple tablescape for your next dinner party. I love a grand tablescape, but I also love a simple tablescape. The simplicity allows conversation and the focus to be on the guests and the memories being made, instead of the tablescape itself. 

I went in the backyard and took some boxwood clippings for the napkins. It is a simple 5 minuet task, but adds color and warmth to an almost all white tablescape.

You may or may not have noticed, but the location of the dining room has changed. Our home has 2 living rooms, and right now we do not have a need for 2 living rooms. The old dining room will become my office soon, and KJ will get his old office back. Since we are playing musical rooms, our house is kind of a mess right now, so I needed 1 room to at least look somewhat finished. 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Wait, didn't we just celebrate Mother's Day, and now we are talking about Father's Day! This year really needs to slow down. But, with Father's Day right around the corner I am sharing with y'all great gifts for your father. Is your father a sportsman, a football fanatic, or simply an all American dad? If your dad fits in one of those categories then I have the perfect gift for you!

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What dad wouldn't love something All American for Father's Day? I love the iPhone case and the polo! Your dad is sure to look stylish all summer long while supporting our wonderful country. These are also perfect for military dads. 

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Make your dad the talk of the hunt club with these gifts. I am in love with the dog book ends, and I might have to just get them for myself. They also come with the book, Good Dog, and every time I read this book I cry! Anyone who has loved a dog in their life will appreciate this book.

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Get your dad ready for Football Season by spoiling him with some football goodies! With all these he is sure to be the talk to the tailgate. Smathers and Branson has a full collegiate collection with tons of different colleges, head HERE to see it all. 

Even thought KJ isn't a dad yet, I might have to get him that FSU watch for a Fur Father's Day gift!

And If Not, He Is Still Good!

These words have never resonated more true in my lifetime until this very point. I have experienced one of the greatest highs and the greatest lows in my life. Caution, this post isn't filled with pretty pictures or homes decor tips, instead it is an outpouring of my heart that I pray will reach someone who needs to hear what I have to say. 

When my husband and I get married we were 22 and 21 years old, many people thought we were too young, others circled wondering when we would being to have children. The first opinion never once bothered me, I knew KJ was the man I would spend the rest of my life with. I knew he was the one that was created for me. The second I would laugh off saying, oh it will be 10 years or so before that. We didn't really want children until we were in our 30's or so, there was even a point where we thought we would never have a desire to have them. 

Over these three years, my thoughts on having babies has varied, I would be happy to be a mother one day, but I didn't want to set out on that part of our journey until I knew we were both ready. In February, KJ and I decided that we were ready. After a chemical pregnancy in early March, I was diagnosed with PCOS. The day I found that out I was relieved and confused all at the same time. I was relieved that I finally knew what was going on, but I was confused as to why this was happening to me, why did getting pregnant have to be so hard.

Before this point in my life, I have never thought twice about the emotional toll that 1 little line could cause within someone. I never thought I could long so much for a tiny human to begin growing inside of me. 

I ended up having another chemical pregnancy, and I was frustrated and angry. The thought of being pregnant consumed my every thought. One day, I had to just give it to the Lord. The Bible says, "You shall have no other gods before me." I had taken the desire to be pregnant and I placed it above God. He knows what tomorrow holds, he knows what our future holds. 

There are still no babies on the home front, but I am trusting for the Lord's perfect timing. For those of you out there who are experiencing infertility, I commend you for your persistence to carry on and to keep trying. He has your future in His hands, and He knows your unborn children. 

"Now may The Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16

"His love for us is perfect" 1 Johns 4:18

The Lord will give as He sees fit, cry out to him and share your every thought and desire with Him. He is your Abba Father and he cares for you. He may not answer your prayers with yes, but if not He is still good!!