Sunday, September 27, 2015

Modest Mondays: Mid-Week Lunch Date (Sister and Kid Edition)

Are you guys chomping at the bit to wear fall clothes as much as I am?? Boots, scarves, tights and cute hats? Yes, please. However, in my neck of the woods we are feeling lucky if we get below 90 right now so we are still very much in summer clothes. You can be assured, however, that the minute the temperature drops below 70,we will overzealously pull out all things fall and layer it on, despite the fact that it we will be too hot after a few minutes in the Texas sun.

 When my sister Claire was here this past summer, we all went downtown one afternoon to meet our brother for lunch. As a photographer, this alley was just calling my name to snap a few photos before we went to attack our chips and salsa.

 Thus, the mid-week-lunch-date-sister-and-kid-edition was born. Our outfits are actually perfect colors for transitioning into fall while still staying cool, haha. :)

2 sisters laughing together in an alley is perfectly normal, right?!

Claire's Outfit Details:
Necklace: Gift from her hubby (handmade by the Navajo Indians in AZ)
Top: Stolen from Jenna's closet (NY and Co)
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Sears

Jenna's outfit Details:
Earrings: Gift (Sam Moon)
Necklace: Oragami Owl (bought for a fundraiser for Molly and love love love it)
Pineapple Shirt: Cato (clearance!)
Blue Tank-Top for underneath: Gift (Old Navy)
Cross-Body purse: Sam Moon
Skirt: WalMart (some Wally Worlds still have these for $7 or less!)
Bracelets: Gift (Ny and Co)
Shoes: GAP clearance (years old and still serving me well!)

Brooke's outfit details:
Headband: I think a gift, but possibly stolen, from her Aunts, haha
Shirt: Target clearance
Skirt: Cato (they have awesome clothes for girls starting at size 7!)
Silver Gladiator Sandals: Zulily (they're cute, but I've had 2 bad shoe experiences with them so I won't order from there again)

If you want to gear up for Fall, our Instagram shop has lots of goodies available at a great price! Go check it out here!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Underlying Peace

It's so crazy that we've surpassed the one month mark of school and are cruising right along into Fall--the holidays will be here before we know it!
 School is going really well and we are all enjoying it immensely. Homeschooling fits our family so well and we couldn't be happier that God has led us down this path. Yes, it's a lot of extra work every day for me as a Mom but the rewards of seeing my children learn, work hard and "get" a new concept far surpasses the moments of feeling overwhelmed.

If you pressed your ear to our front door and listened, it would sound chaotic and crazy--maybe even pure madness--but if you stepped inside you would feel the slow, rhythmic heartbeat of our home; the underlying peace that isn't something you necessarily hear, but something you can always feel. The best part about it is I'm feeling the peace more than ever, despite being busier than I've ever been.

We finally celebrated this one's birthday with family--a fun afternoon of swimming and relaxing on Labor day, soaking up the last day of summer.

These two get along 95% of the time. They are laughing and giggling about something almost constantly and I love watching their brother/sister relationship develop because I only had that with sisters, since my brother and I were farther apart in age. Having an even number of kids (at least for now ;) divides them into "the older two" and "the little ones" which is a fun new stage of life to be in.

I hope that while you're in the thick of Motherhood--the snotty noses, dirty diapers, the pages of homework, cooking, cleaning toilets and crying (maybe from all of you ;)--that you'll stop and feel the peaceful heart of your home that can only come from Jesus. Sometimes it seems nonexistent, but it's there, hidden under the to-do lists and full calendar. You just have to take the time to feel it, acknowledge it and thank the Lord for it!
 Happy Monday, friends! Enjoy your week!

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