Tuesday, July 29, 2014

summer so far

as promised in a who-knows-how-long-ago-it-was post, here is a recap of my summer so far!
be prepared - 97 pictures follow. and that's, of course, after i narrowed it down. xD

to start it off amazinglyyyy, we FINALLY got to meet sadie from irish ragamuffin's lil sister and her wonderful family!

ice skating - me, sadie, and her mom:)

emily and sadie on a superrrr-early-morning walk, complete, of course, with ice cream cones.

also, you remember my dear, sweet aunt lottie? sadly, she passed away on may 21, and we had her funeral on june 3. she is the closest person i've ever lost, and i've never looked forward to heaven more - but it truly is SO comforting to know that she is singing with the angels in heaven now and that we will see her again someday! <3

family dinner after the funeral:)

and kyle was super awesome and treated us all to jimmie's diner afterwards, too. SO yummy. seriously.

God is so kind. He brought a brand new life on the day that we celebrated aunt lottie's full one.
allow me to introduce my sister, nicole's, second son, tyson graham. <3

lots of restful Jesus time during the quiet mornings has been so needed during the crazy that has been this summer.

little brother, brady, played baseball through a local little league, which of course means lots of crazy selfies taken during the warm up and/or slow times. ;)

meeting sweet tyson for the first time. <3

brady at bat

twizzler 'staches for the win

friends' softball game

random walmart trips....

....and random bonfires.

also, an instagram friend was sweet enough to share which app she uses to transfer her drawings onto her photos, and i've had so. much. fun. playing around with my own. this one is my favorite so far. :)

then there was a random daisy patch in our front yard that was just begging for a selfie. ;)

black-eyed susans all over our front yard, too.


i've also been taking a walk almost every day when it's too hot to bike.


of course i couldn't resist sharing this one of nicole and her sweet family. =)

more walks and photo-doodles.

annnd more walking, this time with the sweeeeet yellow sunglasses that my amazing friends, chasity and kaylee beth gave me for my birthday. :D

brady coming in to home plate like a boss.


sometimes i bike in to town and visit nicole and the boys. and we both agree that geraldine (my bike;)) looks like she belongs at her house. :)

sweet tyson, always sleeping the day away. hehe.

there's been lots of babysitting fun this summer, too. :D

then there was this one day that we girls got to ride along with kyle at sunrise so we could spend the day (as in, the entire day, haha!) with some friends.

quiet time on their porch because i didn't want to get up early enough to do it at home before we left. ;)

some of their boys went and picked a bunch of cherries that afternoon - delicious summery treat.

also, a best friend got married last year and had a baby this year. soooo precious and beautiful. <3

and kyle was amazing and treated us to chipotle - first time everrrr - on our way home that evening!

i believe this was father's day. we make daddy proud, i'm sure. xD

at a bridge that i sometimes walk to

accidental twinning with e. :)

more baseball game fun :D

also i painted my toenails blue for the first time everrrr. and i loved it.

and then sadie and fam surprised us with an overnight visit!! well, okay. most of us actually knew beforehand, but emily was completely shocked. ;)

love this girl so much.


a favorite.

another favorite. even though i actually started blacking out before i could get them to get off me - not really sure how the ones beneath me were still able to breathe, because i for real could. not. xD

james, sadie, & me, accidentally matching in pink that day. =)

another best friend is getting married in a little less than two months now. <3

more babysitting. <3 <3 <3

i was finally able to get myself a custom, designed-by-me iPod case and i'm so in love with it!!!!
i hope to have some of this design available as iPhone and iPod cases in the shop soon, but we shall see what God wants to do as far as that goes. ;)

when friends spend the night, late sonic runs for half-price shakes is a m.u.s.t.

and mountain dew in glass bottles is one of the best things ever.

my niecy-niece turned one (and there are better pictures but this one was too classic to pass up).

i curled my hair at one point, and within just a couple hours, it was down to just wavy - but i loved it even more.

i also made this delicious fruit pizza at this random time when we had a boatload of fresh fruit on hand.

and my wonderful friend, lora, sent me this just because she knew it would bless me when i mentioned to her that psalm 23 was read at aunt lottie's funeral. <3

this house, otherwise known as "the dollhouse," belongs with geraldine, i am forever convinced.

i custom-designed this picture and had it printed on wood for nicole's birthday.
and now i want to always get my art printed on wood.

more coffee and Jesus time. <3

daisy-picking on a walk:)

hanging out after a music ministry our church did

jesse & me

and mcdonald's for ice cream, too! :)

my amazing friend & mentor, susan, took me out for lunch. i always come away so uplifted after spending time with her. <3

baseball game selfie, yet again. :D

i love when God decides to show off. =)

a friend was in town (she lives in colorado) and she and her sisters got to come spend the day with us:)

fourth of july craziness :D

me and the cackster.

jesse, ivan, and, yes, me.

channels only. <3

more adventures with geraldine.

and more babysitting. this kid cracks me up.

God knows what i love. <3 He's so sweet to me.

not only did my niece turn one, this little man turned two! they're already growing up too fast.


this is so much of what God has been teaching me lately - that no matter what, He's still good.

writing letters to far-away friends. <3

early-morning, delicious 55-degree-weather walks down to the mailbox =)


1 peter Bible study at starbucks. =)

more softball games with friends

and more sonic fun :D

rain walks to refresh my soul.

again, God knows what i love. <3

early mornings with Jesus are my very favorite.

but then, biking in to visit the sister and the boys is also my favorite. ;)

"may God grand us faith to completely trust His Word,
even when every other sign points the other way."
(taken from "streams in the desert")

proverbs 31 study for the virtuous woman blog posts. :)

nicole and i have started going through beth moore's "so long, insecurity" with a few friends, and so far it is so. so. good.

another truth God has been teaching me lately. <3

and as i said on instagram - sometimes i believe God cries with us. <3

this was just yesterday - babysitting this munchkin again. he's the cutest.
and he, too, is getting TOO big.

little adventures through the backyard.

love that look of concentration.

he thinks i'm weird. shoot, i am.
but he loves me, i promise. ;)

this morning's Jesus time ended up with me getting the old hymn, "nothing between," stuck in my head.

"nothing between my soul and the Savior."

truly so much harder than it sounds.

cruisin around town with angie with the windows down.
actually she was driving me to my babysitting job. but still, cruisin. ;)

and last but not least, i HAD to show off this gorgeous minty-colored tank that i bought from ekubo ministries. it is SO soft and comfy and perfect. it says, "it is well with my soul," which has always been a favorite hymn, but means even more now that aunt lottie is gone, as it was one of her favorites, too, and i remember her singing it in her living room, and we sang it at her funeral. <3
also, the money from every purchase from ekubo ministries goes to support their children's home in uganda, and they have been under such vicious attack from satan lately. but they are trusting God and they are fighting back! i'd encourage you to go check them out and maybe buy a shirt (or two, or three). you will not be disappointed, i promise!

i am so looking forward to being back, and i have some exciting new things coming that i can't wait to share with you! thanks for hanging in there with me and i figure out how to work blogging in to life. y'all are the best. :)