Emily Ley Simplified Planner 2018 Launch

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Today is one of the days that feels like Christmas in our house.. Emily Ley's 2018 launch!

You might have read about it in this post, but I'm incredibly loyal to this brand. I've bought a Simplified Planner for the past 4 or 5 years, Beau's beautiful baby book is EL (there's now a gorgeous blush version for sweet baby girls, too!) , and I just plain love what this woman and brand stands for. Grace not Perfection.

I really detailed my love for this planner and this brand in this post I wrote for the academic year launch, so check that out if you'd like, but really this is my PSA that these planners often sell out within 24 hours so I would order, and quick. For anyone interested, I ordered a fancy floral weekly and have been OBSESSED with it. I seriously look forward to every time I use it.

Go get one! Do y'all have any tips for how to keep your planner especially organized? :) 


Bits of Victoria: Our Favorite European Cities

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I have been getting asked a TON of travel questions, so if you have any questions like that, now is the time! Leave your questions in the comments or email me and I'll put together a big post! :)

When hanging out with my family in England last week, I asked my well traveled cousin what his favorite European city is and he said Barcelona, then Edinburgh. This was extra exciting to us because we knew we were about to head to Barcelona. :) The question of course made me think about what my answer was, and then I had to go off to think about a ranking. Ben and I both immediately knew our absolute favorite, no questions.

Our Love Story: Part Four

Monday, September 4, 2017

It's been a long time since I've done a blog post in this series and I'm hoping to not neglect it as much moving forward. If you're new or need a refresher:
 We had graduated high school. I had written all of my close friends letters to tell them how much they meant to me and when I wrote to Ben I told him that being friends with him showed me the standard I would have for the kind of man I wanted to marry one day. Typing that now it seems so over the top but it just made so much sense to communicate that because he was such an incredible guy, I would never waste my time with any one without as solid character as him moving forward.

Sitting together in the back of the van on the way to camp, making sad faces because we were in traffic and were so miserable in the car, haha. 

For those of you not familiar with the "Super Summer" camp model.. each grade is a color. Graduating seniors not called into ministry were khaki. Your grade is called your "school" so we were "khaki school". And you had small groups within that. Our youth pastor, Josh (who eventually performed our wedding ceremony) was the "dean" of khaki school, and basically taught all the lessons and was in charge of everything. He had ended up having an emergency at church (I don't remember what it was) that kept him from being at the trainings the few days before camp started, including the time when small groups were selected. When we arrived, Ben and I were in the same small group. I was mutually excited and frustrated. I would love that time with Ben but I also loved being vulnerable and growing in my small group, and I felt like I would be too distracted from what the Lord had for me to learn that week. A few days into camp Josh explained that if he had been there early with the rest of the crew, he would have moved us apart even though the group placements had been prayed over. He said the clearly this was the plan. 

Somehow we ended up weaving matching headbands. Of course! :)

Friday No. 69

Friday, September 1, 2017

No. 1 
I can't even start this blog post without talking about Hurricane Harvey. I usually keep sad things off of this blog, simply because you don't come to it for an opinionated version of the horrible things that go on in the news. But Harvey is happening in our home state. I told Ben this is the first time a natural disaster like this has really felt REAL to me. Maybe because it's in Texas. Maybe because we're homeowners and parents. Maybe because half the people we know from college and some of our family is in Houston. The photos I've seen aren't from the news, they're from friends of ours. It's horrible and nuts. We continue to pray for the people in South Texas who have had their lives turned upside down by this storm. There are places everywhere where you can find information about how to help, but I thought I would post a few references. Continue praying for these sweet people!! 

One of my favorite bloggers, Mix and Match Mama Shay Shull posted a list of ways you can help, here

One of my best friends is doing a stuffed lunchbox fundraiser and she shared about it on Facebook

No. 2

I mentioned in my post on Monday that I've been making energy balls.. and I said I've been trying different recipes but still had a bunch of people ask for one. This one is the one I've been using, except I don't use coconut (just because I don't buy it usually) and this last time I added a tablespoon of vanilla protein powder. Ben didn't like the protein powder and has requested I skip it next time. :) Use a little less honey than they say because of the no coconut. 

No. 3 
This shirt that goes with the new Well Watered Women study is absolutely perfect. I ordered it and the study and am so excited! :) 

Keeping it short today since I've had so many posts this week.. Happy Weekend! :) Hope y'all like the new blog design!

All of my Friday posts can be found here.

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