Sweet dreams…

1 So can we talk for a minute about how absolutely amazing my husband’s photography is? I had no idea what he was doing when he snapped the above picture, and then we got back and I saw it and… man. Gorgeous. Totally worth having to walk through some water and feel awkward posing for.

And this is also a good lesson in “pose even when it feels awkward” because I often feel silly doing poses, but they nearly always look good on camera. So, you know. That’s one of the tricks of the trade, actually; the husband was listening to a podcast with Tom Hanks, and he was explaining how most things you would do naturally don’t actually look natural on camera, so you have to tweak them. And then it feels unnatural, but to the camera’s eye it looks good. 95 This place is my favorite place ever! All of these sweet peas grow by the inlet close to where we live, and it’s just… dreamy. Sweet peas have always been one of my favorite flowers (truth be told, I pretty much look at any flower and go “Oh! That’s my favorite!” Any wildflower, anyway), and they are my birth month flower, so when we discovered that they grow rampant by the road not five minutes away, I was ecstatic! Every time we visit the beach, I pick a handful to bring back with me.  11Sweet Dreams The ones I’m standing in front of actually grow down a bank that is only accessible when the tide is super low — if the tide had been high, I’d have been in water about waist-deep. But we were fortunate enough that the tide had gone out enough to snap these!

Every time we go out for pictures, I just can’t get over the beauty of our neighborhood! I would love to live out here permanently, but my husband doesn’t really like being as far away from everything as we are. Mostly because his truck is a huge gas-guzzler, and we aren’t as close to his parents as we’d like. (We live with my parents, which is great!)
712 We are currently saving up for a house, and I hope that once we’ve got enough for down payments and such, we can find a place that is happily between both parents, and in a good area. I’ve always loved the area where I grew up, which is a farm/hill country, and my husband likes it too. So I’m hoping we can eventually find a farmhouse that needs fixing and have our own space.

Of course, my dreams might be a little high for a first home, but hey. At least we know what we want! It might be a few years before we own something, though.PicMonkey Collage 314 I think the hardest thing for me is actually putting money away to save up for it, though — I have to have automatic transfers so that I don’t have to think about the money at all, or I forget or feel like we don’t have the money for it at the time. It’s silly, because we definitely have the money to put away a good chunk every month, but something always comes up, you know?

I’ve just got to buckle down and set it aside, and not worry about needing it elsewhere. This weekend made me realize how much I really want my own house, though! Not because I’m tired of living with my parents, because I love them, but because it’s just… nice. To have your own space to decorate.

And also, I’m tired of living in dark/windowless rooms.8 PicMonkey Collage 1

Buying a house just seems so unattainable, though. It will happen someday, I know, but right now it’s just… such a far-fetched dream. We’re so blessed to be able to live with my parents so that we can save up easily!10

Dress and sandals, Target | belt, thrifted | headscarf, grandma’s

I hope you all had a good weekend! Thank you for your support about my grandma’s passing; her funeral was overflowing with people whose lives she had touched. It was amazing; my birth-grandma came (my dad was adopted) as well as all of her kids who are in state, and there were literally people flowing out the doors, the service was so full. It was a wonderful celebration of her life as a godly woman. I’ve never been to a funeral so full of joy — bittersweet joy, but joy nonetheless.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Six Months

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Dear Asa Reuben,

Today, you are six months old! How did you get so big so fast? I still remember when you were an itsy bitsy baby, all curled up and old-man looking, and now look at you. It seems like just yesterday, you looked like this:http://scontent-b-sea.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xap1/l/t51.2885-15/926034_259078487590311_1133033009_n.jpg

But now you’re huge.

Watermarked 8Asa Boo 2Watermarked 10And so, so full of personality! Little boy, you love to talk and I hope that never changes! Every morning, you wake me up with a cheerful “ba, ba, ba, ba” like a faithful little squishy alarm clock, and when you see me, you kick your feet, wave your arms, and give me the biggest open-mouthed grin I have ever seen.

Your cheeriness in the morning more than makes up for your crankiness when I put you down for afternoon naps.Watermarked 9 Watermarked 11

You have recently discovered your feet, and love to try to get your toes into your mouth. Most of the time, your  chub gets in the way. But occasionally you prevail!

You are a little water baby, and LOVE  baths. I’m pretty sure as soon as we have hot weather and a nice warm pool, you will love swimming, too. I’ve usually got water up my arms when we’re done with your three-inch baths, because boy do you know how to splash it high!

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Any time I set you down, the above is pretty much your standard thing.  You’re silly. The other day, while I was changing your diaper, you were tickling your own belly and giggling. And boy, let me tell you, you are ticklish anywhere you are chubby. Which is pretty much your whole body.

Even your BUTT is ticklish. (The things I discover while diaper-changing.)

Your chub gets you admiration everywhere we go, and people always adore you for your big grins and friendliness. Occasionally, strangers think you’re a girl because your eyes are so pretty. But that’s okay. You’ll grow out of it soon. Watermarked 15 Asa Boo 3

I sure do love you! I’m excited for you to get bigger and start talking, because I can guarantee you it will be hilarious, knowing the conversations your daddy and I have.

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Onesie, Target | Blanket, self-made

I never ever imagined I would have a baby this cute.

Happy half-birthday, Asa Boo!

Love,

Mama

Sunday Sweets

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Just a few little snaps of Asa and his second-cousin Abigail on a sunny afternoon.

Aren’t they the cutest? I think they look like little tiny chubby old people.

Happy Sunday!

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Summer Dreamin’

2 These aren’t the pictures my husband usually takes, but he was at work and I knew we’d be busy when he got home, so I trudged the tripod out and did it myself. I bought this dress when I was pregnant on the off chance that it might fit me post-pregnancy, and then totally forgot about it until the other day when I was riffling through my costume box and found it!

I love the colors so much. And the waistline is a little bit funky, but adding a belt helps bring the focus to my natural waist instead of my hips, so it’s not a big nitpick.Summer Dreaming3 This afternoon we went to my grandma’s apartment to help clear it out and see if there was anything I wanted, and being there realizing I’d never be there again just… it was hard. It made me realize how real this is, that she’s gone, and that we won’t see her again on this earth. I have been doing pretty well the last few days, but I had a few breakdowns in the apartment and after we left.

But, I have a few plants and some jewelry and some pretty china to remember her by. And a ceramic garden squirrel, because she always fed the squirrels and stray cats at her apartments, even though management told her not to. 5  One of the things I have been thinking about since my grandma had a stroke is the phrase “live with no regrets.” See, grandma called me on the Friday before she stroked, but I thought I was too busy to answer it. Of course, I regretted that once we got the news, and had been beating myself up for it until I realized… it’s not something I can change, ever. Regretting it won’t make it better.

So I think I would modify that saying. Don’t just live with no regrets, because that implies that you are living in a way that might cause you to be sorry for things later. But live so that you will HAVE no regrets. Call people back. Tell people you love them. Hang out with that friend you’ve been missing. Share Jesus with the person at work. Go on the trip you’ve been meaning to take, write the book you’ve been wanting to write, do the things you’ve always wanted to do but are just “too busy.”
7 10 There are so many things in life that we are too busy for, too shy to do, too insecure to try, too scared to share. Don’t let those opportunities pass by. Make time for people. Make time for God. Love loyally, have faith fearlessly, live intentionally. 11 6
Vintage dress, heels, and belt: thrifted | Oasap Sunglasses and necklace

This whole past week has been a hard one, but a good one. It’s been making me think about what I really want to do versus what I AM doing, and those two things are pretty different. I intend to get a lot more intentional with my day-to-day life, and more creative, and more giving.

Tomorrow is her funeral, and it’s going to be a hard day. But it’s okay. I have lots of stories and memories and pretty things to remember her by, and some day I will see her again.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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DIY Herb Planter

DIY Herb Planter www.eccentricowl.comSo my parents have a ton of these old fruit crates in their garage that they’re not really doing too much with, and last week I decided… I really want fresh herbs. What better way to grow them than in a cute little wooden garden?

Making this was super, super easy. With a little help from google to make sure I knew what I was doing, I was able to scrounge up everything I needed from what we had at home (because I don’t have a car and I’m poor). So let’s go!2You will need: a wooden box (they generally sell old milk crate/fruit crates for about $10, I think, at antique stores.), a plastic liner, scissors and duct tape, rocks, potting mix, water, and herbs to plant. Herb Planter

Since my plastic liner is actually from when my mom grew a few plants inside, it was a bit long for the box. I am sure you can find one that is the dimensions you need, but if not, simply cut it down the middle, adjust the size, and tape in place.

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9Next, grab your rocks — which I totally just raked off of my parents’ driveway, because… y’know… why not? — and spread them evenly in the plastic liner. This will ensure that water has a good place to drain through and evaporate, to prevent your plants from having wet feet. Plants don’t like to sit in water.

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And lastly, fill with potting mix — potting mix, by the way, is preferable to potting soil, as the soil will not be as good quality and may have non-organic matter and sticks and stuff in it. I know, because Google told me so. Haha! — plant your herbs, and water generously. How deep you fill the planter with dirt is really up to you– I used about 1/3 of the huge bag of potting mix to fill it within six inches of the top, but you can use less if it suits you. The box doesn’t end up being as heavy as I expected.

Plant your herbs according to their packaging, and water very generously. Be sure to plant like herbs together so that you aren’t over-watering one or under-watering the other — things such as basil and mint are good to plant together, as they both like to be moist all the time, or oregano, sage, and rosemary prefer to be drier and would work well together.

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And there you have it! I love how easy this was, and how I didn’t actually have to purchase anything except the mint plant (which, if you don’t want to go to a home & garden store, you can usually find in your produce section at the grocery store — mine sells living mint and living basil, apparently!). I have quite a few more herb seeds from my  mom that I plan to plant, as I made two more boxes. One box will be drier herbs, and the other box will be flowers.

This will be a good test of my gardening skills… since I tend to kill indoor plants. Haha!

I hope you all have a lovely Thursday!

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