Tuesday Top 3 – Places in our Home

Tuesday Top 3

Today’s Top 3 is dedicated to my most favorite places in our house. It’s not a dream house, and it’s not a forever home, but it’s our current home and it is already so full of memories (and tends to be full of family and friends too). There are a few particular parts of our home that I enjoy the most, so I thought I’d share! (Disclaimer – I’m definitely not an interior designer, but I do really enjoy finding things to make a house a home – especially if I can get bargains in the process!!)

1. Peanut’s room – I had a lot of fun creating a room to welcome Peanut into… It’s full of so many special things that remind me of some very special people: the shelf that used to belong to a dear friend and roommate that my mom and I refurbished, the baby axe handle made by my boss, the painting over her crib that was made by one of my best friends, the recliner that I was rocked in as a baby, books his parents saved from Max’s childhood, and so many other special details. It’s a place we play, and it’s a place I sit in the quiet as she says goodbye to each day. It’s where I get to go in and get sweet little open-mouth kisses over the railing of her crib in the morning. It’s most definitely one of my favorites.

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2. Our living room – Just like the name says, this is where so much of our living happens in our home. Max and I watch the large majority of our Movie Challenge movies here, we read our devotional together here, we pile onto the couch with family and friends to watch football here, Peanut is slowly learning to walk here while holding onto the couch, we sit here with a hot cup of early morning coffee on the occasional slow weekend, and we nap here. This is where many an hour was spent – on the oversized couch I have come to love – with a tiny sleeping Peanut resting on my stomach/chest.  I love this hub of our household.. from the blue & while pillows my mom and I made from curtains, to the bin of Peanut’s toys.

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3. The dining room – While many who know me would think this choice was made because it involves eating food, that’s not the whole reason. Yes, I definitely enjoy my meal times, but more importantly I love sharing those meals with the people I love. One of the things I love most about Max is that he wants to make it a priority that our family sits down to eat dinner together – no tv, no distractions, just our family. It may sound old-fashioned, and I’m sure we’ll have days where we are running to soccer practice or dance practice, but I think making a point to all connect as a family each evening will prove to be so crucial for us. Love, laughter and a good meal – why wouldn’t it be one of my favorites?? PLUS – we get to look out our big double doors to the flowers blooming in the backyard around the arbor we were married under. Love it.

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And for the sake of honesty and not putting our house out there like it’s always nice and clean… Here’s what our living room tends to look like:

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Happy Tuesday, y’all!!

Tuesday Top 3 – Books

Tuesday Top 3

Today’s Top 3 is all about books!! I’ve always had a love of reading since I was little… I can remember sitting in my childhood bedroom crying as I read “Where the Red Fern Grows”. There’s just something about the way reading can totally transport you into another place and time. It connects you emotionally and in the end you’ve come to know characters that you never knew you missed. This list doesn’t begin to cover the books that I have loved, but it provides a snapshot into a few that I’ve read lately.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read this upon my mother’s recommendation, and I am so glad she suggested it to me!! It is told from such an interesting perspective, and once I got used to the narration, I was totally drawn in. This was one of those books I was sad to end, but I can’t wait to see the movie!!

The Book Thief

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Another book turned movie recently, and another book I enjoyed and movie I want to see! I will be honest and say that yes, I was one of those people who read the whole Hunger Games series in about a week. I really found myself wanting to read “just a few more pages” before bed with this one! Four is intriguing, and the idea of factions honestly got me thinking.  I mean, what if we really had to pick just one of our personality traits to focus on and live within for the remainder of our lives? Kinda makes you think of your own tendencies a little…

Divergent

3. The Language of Flowers by by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Such an interesting book! The concept of communicating through the meaning of certain flowers is really fascinating. I have to admit that I found myself checking to see what the symbolism of my favorite flowers are, including my wedding flowers! The struggle the main character goes through is gut-wrenching at times, but the book is so worth the read.

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What’s been your favorite read recently?

Tuesday Top 3 – Blogs

Tuesday Top 3

 

Today’s Top 3 are a few blogs I truly enjoy following.

1. Gail Werner Photography – I relate so much to Gail, and I think that is a testament to how (and how honestly) well she writes. She works full time at a university, runs her photo business, and is embracing the wonderfully challenging role of “mom” to her ADORABLE little boy. It’s nice to be able to follow along with someone who has so much in common, and her photos are wonderful!

2. Katelyn James Photography – Katelyn is an amazing photographer, and she is such a great example of using your talents and your life to glorify God. Her images are gorgeous, and she has one of the most adorable puppies ever! I really enjoy the mix of topics on her blog – gorgeous session recaps, personal updates and tips for fellow photographers. (Plus her mad interior decorating skills make me want to break the bank in HomeGoods, Target, etc.)

3. Jones Design Company – Speaking of interior decorating skills… this blog is full of great home decor inspiration!

 

Tell me – what blogs do you enjoy following? Why? I’d love to add some more must-reads to my list!