Friday, February 11, 2022

Friday Favorites, 2.11.22


Happy Friday, friends! I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika for this weekly blog post. How has your week been? If I'm honest, mine has been full of favorite moments and not-so-favorite moments. I'll explain about this more in a few minutes.

Memories like this are my absolute favorite and crack me up! I remember the night this conversation took place. Leave it to Drew (present and past) to get us laughing. Also, it turns out, they all like tattoos. Drew and Noah each have one and are getting a second one soon. 

This is another favorite memory—when Todd and the older boys would be out all weekend for a youth event, we'd have a sleepover in my room. I can't believe how fast these years flew by! Look at Noah already asleep with Twinkles on his chest. Memories like this help me on the days when I'm frustrated. I remember them all fighting like cats and dogs when they were young. I was talking to someone about that just last week. In my mind I always make those days out to be perfect and wonderful, but the truth is that I've blocked out a lot of that time. The days were hard and long and I remember wondering how we'd all ever survive. This week a couple of these guys have been so argumentative. They're grating on each other's nerves because of too much togetherness, and it puts me in the worst mood! Not my favorite.

Did you see my What's For Dinner post this week? I made chicken tortilla soup per Drew's request and it's my favorite. I've been eating leftovers ever since. If you want to read that post, you can click here

These ladies are some of my favorites! These are my friends and co-authors of the Bible studies that I always talk about helping write at my church. Left to right are Dedee, Lynn, Amy, me and Barbee. I feel so very fortunate to be able to do what we do. Just yesterday when we were at church for a meeting about the project we're currently working on, I was almost overwhelmed with emotion. We bumped into Pastor Chuck in the hall and for a solid two or three minutes, he stood there and affirmed all of us. He encouraged us and thanked us for what we do. I've never been so grateful for a pastor in all of my life! 

This moment was NOT a favorite this week. I was vacuuming and tripped over the cord, hit the table and bumped this glass bowl and it shattered into a bajillion pieces. Not my finest moment! I cannot have nice things for this reason, I break things! 

What are your plans for this weekend? My sister Debi is here, so I'm meeting them for dinner tonight and spending Saturday with them shopping. I'm looking forward to the weekend! I'm also looking forward to seeing Dad. He didn't come last week because of the ice, so we'll have lots to catch up on!

Thanks for reading, friends! Love to all. 


  1. Great picture of you and the ladies writing the Bible study! I think it's true that in looking back on our kids' days with us, it is easy to focus on the fun memories and gloss over the hard times. (And especially true if we're sharing about our kids on social media. I don't think we should air their dirty laundry but it's nice to hear that not everything is/ was perfect in kid land!!). Have a great day and weekend with your dad and sister :).

  2. I think forgetting those less than stellar parenting days/ kids memories are part of self preservation. I remember when I was a new(ish) mom and trying to wrangle a newborn, 2, and 4 year old at the grocery store. Inevitably at least one would be screaming by the time we hit the registers and I'd constantly have older ladies (grandmotherly aged) tell me "they're precious. Enjoy every moment" and I remember thinking... really? Did YOU enjoy moments like this when you were a mom?! But I do understand now what she meant. The years do fly by fast but I think we can easily forget how hard it was when we were deep in the trenches.

  3. Thanks, Maria! You are so right...and who would want to read about nothing but the hard days? I always appreciate seeing a mixture...I just think it's funny that mine completely reverted back to their childhood years this week. I mean, I have to laugh. I hope you have a great weekend, my friend!

  4. Joanne- YES! I think that's true and I also remember being told that as a young mom. It's one of the things I try not to say to people now. Ha! Two times in the last week I've talked to young moms that needed to vent about how hard their lives are right now. I listened with sympathy and shared how I thought all the same things they are thinking now...and then I ended the time by praying for them. Those days were so hard! I'm laughing because of how one of mine reverted back this week...I'm glad that he turned a corner yesterday and his perspective changed. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Oh, I think we can all relate to the gift of blocking out some of those hard times of parenting young children, especially now that they are older :). I am sorry about dropping the bowl. I actually dropped a huge platter from my plate rack this week, and I feel like there are pieces of it hidden everywhere. Enjoy your time with your dad and sister!

  6. I am the biggest clutz always breaking things too - dont feel alone.
    Love the pic of you & your bible Sister friends... all joyful spirits, you can tell!
    I love old pics that bring back the sweetest of memories

  7. I keep meaning to tell you how pretty your new blog header is; love it!

    Oh that precious memory from your boys being so little. I do the same thing, when Joe travels, my two little guys sleep down in my room with me. It's a sweet time that I know will pass too quickly.

    Enjoy your weekend; sounds super fun with being able to see your sister and having time with your dad. Love you, friend.

  8. I also had a mishap. I lifted my antique milk glass lamp and broke the shade. I know the feeling.

  9. So sorry about the broken glass bowl. Sounds like you're going to have a fun weekend with your dad and your sister. Enjoy!

  10. Marilyn, I think the same thing- we all block the less than stellar parts of our early parenting years. I hate that you have glass hidden- I worked for an hour to make sure I got it all up because of our dogs. I didn't want them to have cut paws!

  11. Thanks, Rebecca Jo! We are kindred spirits. ;)

  12. Thanks, Bri! I love it too and it makes me ready for spring. Isn't that a fun part of having a spouse that travels? I loved those nights! Sweet times.

  13. Thanks, Cathy! It was so good. I hope yours was good as well!


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