Hello Monday…the stitched up, beachy reads, flash sale version


Good morning, lovely friends!


This is a sweet weekly rhythm where we greet a fresh week, open to the possibilities and on the hunt for beauty and joy, even in the mundane and gritty…because sometimes that’s where it grows best of all.


Let’s say some hello’s!


Hello shop happenings


july 4th set 1

{Mommy and Me set}


This a fun and busy week in the shop because not only am I introducing you to some new pieces into the shop on Wednesday, but TONIGHT I’m also having a flash sale on instagram at 7:30pm est.  Woot woot!


These are pretty fun for me and I think this sale’s theme is red, white and blue so make sure you’re following me.  Prices are at their lowest and shipping is included!


Hello less dramatic week {hopefully}





Early last Monday morning I was sitting out on the patio when I heard Isaiah suddenly screaming and Zoe crying from our swing set.  He had been holding her in his lap as he swayed back and forth on the swing {something he sweetly does with her and is very careful to not go fast or high}, but he lost his balance, fell backwards and her chin hit right above his right eyebrow.


Oh y’all.  There was a lot of blood.


He ended up with 4 stitches and they used liquid bandaid on Zoe since her cut wasn’t as deep.  We go today to get the stitches out.


He was SUCH a trooper and Manny was the best helper ever making sure that he did everything I asked right away and helped me get them both to car.  He was also in charge of finding and keeping up with books for us to read in case our wait was long.  Thankfully, it wasn’t and Josh met us at the ER.  The Lord provided so much grace but I definitely don’t want to do that again.


Hello beach




One of my most favorite places on the planet.  We head out soon for a little over a week of lazy days in the sun.  Both sides of our family will be there at some point so we’re starting it with Josh’s family and ending it with mine.  Lots to do this week!  I’m planning on taking a true break from the shop…no supplies are going with me….just lots of reading material and I can’t wait.


Hello reading




It started with Modern Mrs. Darcy - an avid reader - and her summer reading guide {complete with categories like Breezy Novels, Southern Fiction and Food Memoir}.  Then it escalated to her Literary Matchmaking series where she has the readers write in with a few books they loved, one they didn’t and what they most recently read. With that information, she loads them up with suggestions based on their reading preferences.  I became obsessed, revisiting her site over and over, drinking in this beautiful world she describes through the books she reads.


So I made a list, put the kids in the car and headed to the library.  I haven’t darkened the door of a library in 10 years so this wasn’t insignificant {I’m a library fugitive but more on that later}.


They were closed.  What library is closed on Friday?


In the meantime, I’ve had to make do with the sample chapters from each book on my Kindle…which is actually quite a useful tool in narrowing down what you want to read next.  So far, I’ve sampled What Alice Forgot, The Rosie Project, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? {And Other Concerns}.  I liked them all.  Clearly, I’m looking for a fun book to escape into.


Have you read any of these?  Have a recommendation for me?


I’m also picking up the 4th Harry Potter book.  I started the series several years ago and am just now gaining momentum with it.  {See?  I struggle.}


Hello rest




One of the roots of the anxiety I’ve been dealing with, I think, is trying to do too much.  It’s like I’ve bought into the lie that I can do it all.  That I should do it all.  I can preach all day about women putting ridiculous expectations on themselves and yet here I am.


So I’m asking the Lord to restore joy.  To help me find my rest in Him.  To forgive me of my pride in thinking I could do these things powered by my own determination that maybe He hasn’t even called me to.


And I’m asking Him to show me how I rest the best and the daily rhythms that lend itself to our family being healthy and nourished.


Laying in bed all day sounds blissful for awhile, but that doesn’t refresh me for long.  I get twitchy.   Coffee with a friend, being out in open spaces and fresh air with my family, digging in the garden, sinking my toes in the sand, brushing ocean colors on a canvas, getting lost in a story, laughing hard…those things refresh me.


What refreshes you?  What if you worked a few of those into your week this week?


And what are you saying hello to?  I’d love to hear all about it.


psst…see you at the flash sale tonight? :)


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4 Responses to Hello Monday…the stitched up, beachy reads, flash sale version

  1. dana says:

    I just finished the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society…ridiculously long name but such a very good book! It’s a wonderful story with some depth and an easy read. Thanks for posting the others…I need to head to library for some vacay books! And so glad your kiddos are okay! That hasn’t happened to us yet, but with my two boys I foresee it coming!

    • Dana says:

      Oh good, I’m glad you liked it too. I think I’m leaning towards that one right now. And I truly hope you don’t have to deal with stitches and minor injuries {or any for that matter!}…but I can say now that it’s really not as big of a deal as it seems at the time. It’s quite the adrenaline rush though!

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m reading a couple good ones right now. Laura and I are reading a book called Real Love for Real Life by Andi Ashworth. It’s all about caregiving…you know, that thing that moms and friends and church members do? It’s SUPER ENCOURAGING.
    Also I’m reading Call the Midwife. I was kinda obsessed with the TV series so it’s only natural that now I’m tearing through the book.

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