Last Saturday I was in heaven. I woke up while the sun was still yawning and found utopia outside my back door. The sky was a bright crystal blue, like a solid piece of paper stretching as far as the eye can see. The deck, lined with overflowing flower baskets (thriving and well-manicured thanks to Al) was my eden as I relished in the lightness of the air- the perfect 72 degree temp where there's just a touch of coolness without actually making you cold. The wall of trees beyond our fence danced in the presence of a friendly breeze while the birds and bugs created the soundtrack for my blissful morning.
Quiet, calm, peace. With every minute that passed I was being replenished, like some desperate thirst within me was being quenched. It felt like I was sitting before a mouthwatering feast and all I wanted to do was devour every last bite. Satisfaction, contentment, and joy was rising up, like water being poured into a glass. If only this treasured moment could last forever.
Those still, silent moments have been few and far between over the last month as so many things are ramping up in our world. On August 1st, Allie had oral surgery to remove five teeth - 4 wisdom teeth and 1 problematic, straggler baby tooth.
And speaking of curriculum night, Zach and I had a chance to meet all Allie's teachers and see some of her work already completed this year, such as this mandala project.
Mount Pisgah also had their first home football game and tailgate party of the season. The student theme for the game was Hawaiian so Allie and I got the essentials from Party City.
Grow Old is NOW AVAILABLE!
And me... besides my full-time job trying to keep up with those two, I had a work trip to Raleigh, NC. My company has a manufacturing facility there and I always love visiting the factories.
lounge furniture is assembled/upholstered at this location and a lot of it is done by hand. I was so blown away by these talented people who have such specialized skills and make our quality products possible.
Raleigh Denim Workshop, a local clothier who also makes all their products by hand and on vintage sewing machines.
The Bridge Club, Iron Chef Ashley Christensen's private venue located above her restaurant Death & Taxes.
In addition to food content, I have also been learning a lot about food storage, particularly how to prolong the shelf-life of fresh produce. I hate throwing out fresh food that has wilted/rotted in the refrigerator or on the counter - namely berries, lettuce, and herbs. I also equally hate constantly making trips to the store to get fresh food because it won't last a week. Slowly, I am learning the right storage techniques and am having success. Finally! Who knew there was so very much to learn when it comes to food?!
And now onto the fun stuff. I wanted to share some things I have come across this past month and have really enjoyed in one way or another. I hope you do too. :)
I love organizing. Even since childhood, I have always liked things neat and tidy and making sure everything is in it's place. I can relax so much better when the house is clean, when my bed is made, and when all the pillows are perfectly fluffed on the sofa. :) Now that I am a parent and our life is moving at a faster pace than ever before, my desire to keep things organized is in overdrive! I recently bought this beautiful book and it has inspired me to take organizing to a whole new level!
Clean Mama has encouraged me to make cleaning beautiful (as well as safe and non-toxic) and now I want to not only make beautiful packaging for my cleaning products, but my pantry items as well! I absolutely salivate over a tidy pantry like this one:
The Kitchen McCabe is totally my role model when it comes to food photography.
Recently I stumbled across the story of Josh Coombes, a British hairdresser who takes to the streets of London to cut hair for the homeless.
Another social media find (thanks Yeti for creating and Facebook for sharing) is the story of Tootsie. I adore this story and how it represents what many have forgotten - the dedicated, often dirty, hardworking heart that is at the core of what America really is.
Tootsie represents so many in this country who work tirelessly (and often unappreciated) to serve their families and/or communities. America might appear divided, conflicted, stupid, doomed...whatever horrible thing you think, but don't forget that there are still many people like Tootsie who make this country a wonderful place and who are leaving a powerful legacy of faithfulness and servanthood.
A Netflix documentary called Chef's Table has been blowing my mind lately. It's causing me to look at food, eating, and dining experiences so differently. I want to visit so many of these places now!
Our favorite episode is Season 2, Episode 1 featuring Grant Achatz and his restaurant Alinea. Check it out to see the infamous "floating food"!
And lastly, there's Aussie Dave. Zach introduced me to Aussie Dave a while back and I love his posts on Instagram. I honestly had NO IDEA he was based in Atlanta, but I love the Bible teaching he does through photography. It makes me think of things and reflect on aspects of Jesus I had never thought of before.