Life Lately


Happy Friday! What a wonderful week. On Saturday after Nora napped we headed to Saugatuck Dunes and did some hiking. Nora was in her element. She had a blast walking the trails with us and she picked up a whole hat full of pine cones. This week Nora has been napping like a champion so that means I have been doing sewing and even managed to finish (minus hand stitching the binding) my mini quilt for the swap I’m participating.¬†Have a wonderful weekend!


Life Lately

This week had it moments, but over all it was a good one. I’m starting to take some mama free time. {Something I have been needing to do, but would always make excuses, no more excuses!} This week that include a walk with just Berrie and some time at Field’s Fabrics by myself. It’s nice to come back home and see Nora so excited to see me. {Just like when daddy gets home in the evening.} Here’s to a good week and wonderful weekend with my family!


Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

This one has been on my to-read list for a little while and when it was on sale from Amazon for the Kindle I picked it up.

Living intentionally has been on my mind recently. Currently we are in a series at our church about the myths around the 10 Commandments and it has been the best sermon series I have had the pleasure of listening and learning from. Well this past Sundays sermon happened to be about keeping the Sabbath and keeping it holy. And since I was about half way through this book it just struck a chord with me. I was reminded that everyday should be kept holy not just on the Sabbath. And a life outside of the fast lane is a great start.

We live in a society that values quantity over quality and everyone is so busy with this and that and the other thing, it seems like no one can just slow down and enjoy this one life we have to live. It can drive a person crazy. Now granted I am only human and I have been prey to the notion of a busy life. This is just what it expected in our world today.¬†With that said, Derek and I have been making an effort to slow down. We don’t have many things on our calendar and we both like it that way.

The book is broken into sections that they as a family decided they wanted to live more intentionally those included: food, work, entertainment, travel, and education. Told through her experiences she offers advice on how her ideas could translate to your life situation. I mean not everyone can up and move overseas {I would love to but that just isn’t happening right now}. I felt most of the book was an enjoyable book, there were times that I thought she talked a bit too much about being an expat, but since the chapters were short I could live with it. I do wish there would have been a little more in depth examination of a truly simpler life, but leaving it a little more open ended {and with the discussion questions at the end} you as the reader can make those deeper connections that are more important to your life.

There so many times that I would stop and read passages to Derek and then we would discuss how we could incorporate some of the ideas into our own lives. I love when I can put ideas into action right away. One of them, purchasing higher quality ingredients for cooking. Another, starting a small deck garden to help supplement what we purchase at the farmer’s market and for canning. One area that Derek and I have been quite intentional for some time has been entertainment. When we got married we had cable but never watched TV. So when we moved to Holland we purposefully did not get cable, just internet. Between Netflix and Hulu we are covered. As for Nora we try and limit the number of toys she has. Plus we want open ended toys that inspire imagination. And we have a house full of books just for Nora. Lately Nora has been sitting next to me in my reading chair while I read a book and she reads a book.

Now one area that I need to work on myself for a more intentional life is self care. I will put myself last always, making sure Nora and Derek are fine before I take care of myself. Well I’m stating it here, that needs to end! Over the weekend, Derek told me to take at least and hour and a half to myself and you know what it was wonderful! A nice walk was just what I needed after a difficult few days with Nora. Now I just have to be purposeful and just do it.

I knew most of the ideas presented in this book, but the way it was presented really got me to stop and say, yes I need to start doing this not just talk about it. I want to live intentionally and I am the only one who can make that happen. If you are looking for a book to give you a little inspiration to slow day and enjoy life then I would say give this one a try.

Life Lately

Yay! It’s Friday! What a nice and weird week. Derek was home for part of the week, taking some vacation time to work on our downstairs bathroom! It was nice to sleep in and spend good portions of the day together. Nora is finally down to one long nap a day and I’ve been using that time to sew. I have my mini quilt pieced together for my swap partner, now to just decide on the quilting! Looking forward to the weekend, our library is having their Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday with a petting zoo and other cool performers. Nora is going to be in heaven! Hope you had a fabulous week and have a safe and happy weekend!

May Favorites

  • The weather was pretty wonderful!
  • I finished my plus quilt and one quilt for Christmas.
  • Playing on the playground with Nora.
  • Walking and bike riding.
  • Trips to the library.

April Favorites


  • Girls only vacation.
  • Coming home to my wonderful hubby.
  • Sewing a new bag that works wonderful as a diaper bag.
  • Running and training for my upcoming 10k race.
  • Flowers starting blooming, finally it started to feel like spring.
  • Spending lots and lots of time outside with my cute little family.

February Favorites

Is it just me or did February drag by. Oh wait, that’s probably because of the snow and cold. I’m so over this winter!

Favorites from the month:

  • My new sewing machine!!!!
  • Having open weekends to do whatever strikes our fancy
  • Watching Nora light up during worship on Sunday mornings. Girl loves her music!
  • Taking a family day trip to Chicago to visit Shedd Aquarium. Nora LOVED it, she was so enthralled with all of the aquatic animals.
  • Knowing that March is coming and that someday this winter will come to an end!