Weekend Wanderings {vol. 3}


Beasts of the Southern Wild. I wanted to love it. I thought I would love it. I found it to be mediocre and a bit cliche. And the whole magic realism thing they were trying for with the beasts was shaky at best. I found this an interesting article, The Case Against Beasts of the Southern Wild.

But trailers…my husband and I sat and watched about 30 minutes of trailers the other night. Here are a few that peaked our interest:

  • Olympus Has Fallen – Big, loud, & not so realistic, but it seems an action movie I might actually want to watch.
  • Iron Man 3 – What is he going to be rude and sarcastic and save the day? Again? Oh, I’d never guess. Well…it actually looks interesting.
  • Upside Down – Probably the most intriguing, though it could be a repeat of Across the Universe or I may just be thinking that because of Jim Sturgiss is the lead.
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness – This isn’t really my thing, but my husband was interested. I just kept saying, “It’s Sherlock! It’s Sherlock!” Though there is this one line, “I am better.” “At what?” “Everything.,” which is totally something Sherlock would say.
  • Lore – Intriguing, possibly depressing. About the children of Nazi family on the run after the ally invasion.
  • The Place Behind the Pines – It’s like playing cops and robbers, but with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.


I finished the Harry Potter series last weekend. It was good. I didn’t want it to end. J.K. Rowling is my new writing hero. I’m afraid to watch the movies for fear of being disappointed. I think I’ll go buy a Gryffindor sweater now.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Last week was not a fun week for me and mothering. I finally picked up this book and it was a bit of fresh air. I always appreciate Sally Clarkson’s fresh, grace-filled approach to motherhood, mentoring, and how being faithful won’t look the same for everyone

It requires faith to be yourself. […] But living according to the voice of God’s Spirit is always the way to freedom, joy, and fulfillment. […] Be the best and most excellent and most righteous self you can be, but live in the freedom of God’s call and design on your life.

Do you think that with such a diverse family, as each of us is bound to have, that one single formula could possibly allow them to live in the grace and power God has meant for us?

…Live an exceptional life with your family and children, by faith, and not by formula.

Next weekend I’ll be headed to the Mom Heart Conference in Raleigh with a few friends. I’m soo looking forward to the refreshment and encouragement and a bit of crazy.

People You Should Be Reading But {Perhaps} Aren’t


I’ve been planning and thinking and pinteresting about our new house. We’ve only been browsing houses on trulia and zillow, but I’m eagerly planning putting my collages back up on the wall. I’ve been eyeing these prints from Katie Daisy for a while. Aren’t they gorgeous?

this week’s words…

“When you’re Sense sometimes you just have to throw caution {or well-laid plans} to the wind and follow Sensibility across the muddy hills.

Even if it means getting wet. […]

Oh, it was a bit of Mary Lennox and the magic of secrets and a bit of earth. And it was a bit of Marianne’s hopeless romance even in her brokenheartedness. If only for an hour, my tired mama-dreamer soul smelled hope and joy and the blaring adventure only children conjure.” [read more…]

Where have you been and what have you seen this week?


Weekend Wanderings {vol. 2}


Only one of favorite chick flicks. If you like whimsy, then Penelope’s for you. I wouldn’t mind Penelope’s wardrobe. {also featuring Mr. Tumnus with his shirt on and Mr. Bingley as a bad guy.}


I’ve been listening to The Lumineers whenever my computer’s open. It’s simple, good for the soul, happy music.

{and this video makes me want to hang twinkling lights and roses from my ceiling}

And a live set…

A YouTuber left this comment: “Lumineers: aka woody harrelson, marion cotillard, and cary elwes” So true.


John 15 and 1 John are where I flip to when I don’t know what to read…or when I need a good reminding I’m not meant to live in my own strength. {honestly…that’s every day} But the last few weeks I’ve been thinking on a series I wrote awhile back and this,

Trusting God means in the midst of the crazy I can remain sane.

I just have to let go.

be okay with not

having control




Simplicity Parenting is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a few years and finally got around to checking it out from the library. I’ve haven’t gotten to far into it (time mostly). I know it’ll be a challenge to implement, but will probably {hopefully} be healthier for our family.

I finished reading Love & Logic last week. Really good and very practical (unlike most parenting books), but still no magic pill. Sometimes I wish…


Cath is an accessory around these parts. Even the jamies.

It all started with desktop wallpaper. And then, not long before I went to London last year, I discovered Cath Kidston made all sorts of goodies. When we went to Winchester to visit Jane, I got to peruse in the magical world of Cath Kidston. Seriously. This was the stuff dreams are made of. Vintage-esque, kitchsy, bright, with a bit of shabby chic.

My mug and a skirt and dress came home with me, though I would’ve loved to take the whole store.

Stripes & florals is where it’s at! I have a mild love affair with stripes (particularly blue) and polka dots to the point my stylist (aka my sister) has banned me from buying anything striped or polka dotted.

{still taking pictures in mirrors…me and my fancy phone}

Where have you been wandering lately?



Weekend Wanderings {vol. 1}

I’ve been wanting to start weekend wanderings for awhile now and finally remembered to do it. So here’s a few things I’ve enjoyed this week.


It took hearing two or three people rave about Sherlock before I actually watched it, but one late night with Olivia found me perusing Netflix. It’s good. Makes me miss London and is great visually.

It makes me want to pick up a volume of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read one of his Sherlock stories waaaaay back in the day (so far back in the day I don’t even remember which one).

I’ve been rewatching some of my favorite chick flicks since Olivia was born. This week I pulled out Ever After, which after watching again I have to say is the best adaptation of Cinderella ever. A brown-haired heroine who loves books and gets to wear wings? What’s not to love about that!

I first saw Ever After when I was 15 or 16 and the scene where Danielle walks into the ball with the wings, I said, “That’s the music I’m going to walk down the aisle to.” And I did. (The song is called Danielle’s Wings and the whole album makes for good writing music.)


Paleo Beef Stew. We’ve made this twice in the last few weeks and it’s really good. Makes for a nice fall meal.


As we’re getting closer to the Christmas season, I keep having this lyric run through my head over and over.

Peace Peace it’s hard to find
trouble comes like wrecking ball
to your peace of mind
and all that worry you can’t leave behind

all your hopes and fears
are met in Him tonight

Peace Peace, Sara Groves

for laughs…

My husband found this on Google+ and shared it with me.

“Stop says the red light, go says the green
Wait says the yellow light, twinkling in between


A Letter from a Fledgling Artist {on art & vulnerability} from Annie at Be Small Studios

You may see an acorn, and the words Be Small, but I see a heart-cry for meekness in the midst of all my striving and ugly arrogance.

To all the heroes – yes you, the ones up to your elbows in ordinary from Lisa Jo at The Gypsy Mama

Most heroes I know are so ordinary we wouldn’t give them a second glance in the check out line. They reek of homework and figuring out the taxes and how to squeeze a date night into another crazy week of car pool and sports and getting one more stain out of the carpet.

the importance of trying from Rachel at finding joy

Our kids need to be taught to keep trying, to keep pushing, to keep believing in dreams that often don’t even seem possible. Of course we can chat about options, strategies, realities, and ways to implement. We can embrace their dream and help them figure out ways to make it become a reality.  Just don’t stop and squash the dream or the need to try when it’s new and fresh.

Let them invent. Create. Make a mess. Fail. Succeed. Keep trying.



“What is she doing?”


“Can anything be done about it?”

 – Becoming Jane

for this week…

This week I’m starting a 2-week series (minus Thanksgiving) on cultivating a home and heart for Christmas with more joy and less stress. I’d love for you to join A Joy-Filled Christmas with me.

Where have you wandered this week?