happy friday // 08

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Hello all! I disappeared for a bit from my space here last week because we decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Texas to surprise our family there! That was rather fantastic. Those happy reactions we received will forever be favorites. The time we were able to share all together was needed and such a blessing. And watching AK and Joshie’s little friendship/cousin relationship continue to grow even though they get such little face to face time is a gift. They are buddies and it’s the sweetest thing to see. And baby cousin, Caleb, is the hilarious one of the bunch. Oh, that kid lights up a room and has the most kissable cheeks ever.  We also got to see our Roland friends who moved to TX from KY a month ago. It did our hearts good to have some catch-up time with them. We left that great state of TX with our hearts full of encouragement and refreshment and treasured memories.

And then we got home halfway through the week so my hubby only had to go to work for 2 days and now it’s Friday! This is just the best.

01 // J.Crew Factory has 50% off their clearance, people! It’s almost unwise for me to go look.

02 // Speaking of clearance: Old Navy has a ton of summer clearance online as well.

03 // Keeping with the theme, Gap has a summer sale going on now too.

04 // A good ice cream float can the perfect summer treat make. Berries & Cream Float. Green River Float. Strawberry Prosecco Float.

05 // One of our close friends, Emil Handke, is now offering photography coaching. If you’re near to the Louisville, KY area and have a desire to grow your knowledge and ability in the photography realm check him out. He’s a rather talented guy.

06 // Both my sisters-in-law are gluten free/dairy free and one of my close friends is gluten free as well. My sis-in-law, Megan, and my friend, Michelle, both own the cookbook Against All Grain by Danielle Walker. The chocolate chip cookie recipe in that cookbook produced one of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. It was so soft and melt in your mouth. I had a couple and then a couple more. I’m thankful for all the resources and food products that are available now for my friends and family! I’d like to invest in this cookbook at some point for myself so that I might better serve and care for them and to enjoy the benefits of recipes like this for our little family as well! [Danielle Walker also has written a small holiday cookbook and is coming out with her second full cookbook Meals Made Simple this coming fall.]

07 // J introduced me to the app, Day One, this week and I’m so glad he did.

08 // “When we’re tempted to keep and collect for our few short decades here, we need to be reminded that we’ll enjoy forever the fruit of our Christ-exalting investments in people and relationships.” — Excellent post by Marshall Segal on the Desiring God Blog. J and I have been talking and learning much on this subject recently and this post (and the following one) served to encourage and challenge us further in it.

09 // “Is my spending so cautious that it’s captured my heart and keeps me from loving those close to me well?” — A follow-up post to the one I shared above. Great insight into a much more subtle way that money can become an idol in our lives. As Marshall Segal writes, “what if this homicidal mistress lurks in less likely places?” Thankful for the wisdom shared in both these pieces.

Thank you for letting me share thoughts, finds, or encouragements from my week here in my little space. I’m truly grateful for these different ways to connect with all of  you. And I’d love for you to share with me here as well! Pass the love along.

Happy Friday, my friends!

— Jenny

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