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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday! I feel like TGIF is sort of an honorary Good Newses, so it really doesn’t even need to call it out. I must admit, I haven’t been this glad to see a weekend in a very long time. Trying out … my new skincare routine. I finished up the old products last week and started Monday with all ten steps … well, except I still haven’t used the mask. That’ll be tomorrow. Two of my ten steps live in the shower – the exfoliant and the “water cleanser” – so I didn’t include them in the photo. I know it’s just five days in, but I haven’t really…

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    Good Newses | Thursday.

    Hello friends. I must admit, when I dreamed up the idea for this week’s series, I had no idea things could possibly get as negative, and downright scary as they have. I am grateful for the strong, so-much-better-at-speaking-up voices I’m seeing on-line that are reassuring me I’m not alone in how I’m feeling. I can’t say anything better than any of them and all I can add is a hearty “oh yes!”. So I’ve decided that today’s good newses are going to be personal – three little things I’m celebrating today that have nothing to do with anything you’ll see on-line. I’m happy to put a little joy in your…

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    Good Newses | Tuesday.

    Thank y’all so much for sharing your Good Newses … and embracing the idea! I think the world needs as much good as we can share right now and I would love for y’all to take the idea and RUN WITH IT! I don’t post very often on Instagram, but I might even be tempted to share a square of that photo above (as y’all know, summer in Georgia is not always that pretty) and encourage my few hundred followers to find some good and SHARE it. and if y’all shared something too, well, this could be something good to hold on to. and I know we all need that…

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    Good Newses | Monday.

    When Katie was in high school, she coined the phrase “good newses” … (typically) small bits of good news that, when taken with a few other bits of good news, could change your mood and put a smile on your face. Her good newses were almost always accompanied by a hug, and I’m sure that was part of it, too. (but we all know that virtual hugs work, too.) This past weekend, I realized I was much in need of good newses … and I found some! Specifically, one of the best things I did this weekend was catch up on my favorite podcasts. I missed a few episodes of…

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    TGIF.

    Wow, y’all – thank you so much for your enthusiastic support about Sara’s upcoming move. This will be the fourth time I’ve had the privilege of helping one of my girls settle into a new home … and honestly, I’m still kind of in awe that this time I’ll get a stamp in my passport! …and now back to the reality of a Georgia July 😉 Thinking about … skipping church on Sunday (Wimbledon spoiler alert)! Grateful for … summer morning walks. I got the cast on my right foot a year ago this week. Last summer wasn’t a total loss by any stretch, but remembering where I was is…

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    Good News.

    Happy Thursday, y’all! I’ve been sitting on some good news and I’m delighted I have the official go-ahead to share it. Sara is relocating to Bristol, UK! She’s transferring with Epic (the same company she’s been with since she graduated college) in August. The Epic office is a couple hundred employees strong (including a few folks from Madison who joined the company back when Sara did) and she’s really excited to be part of it. And I am really excited she’s asked me to help her settle in! Delta flies to Bristol via Amsterdam, and we are meeting there early on August 6 (our flights both land at 5:55 am).…

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    Looking Back | June.

      Unlike most of the daily photo mosaics I share, I think y’all have actually seen nearly all of these photos already – either here, or on Instagram, or maybe even Ravelry (that meta moment on the 20th when I was knitting an Espace Tricot pattern while watching the latest Espace Tricot podcast) … so there isn’t much new news here. But still, seeing the whole month together, marveling that yes, I really did take FOUR photos of the daisies by the front gate, THREE of me reading a book, TWO of the butterfly bush in our front yard, ONE more of gardenias, and NONE of the lake … along…

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    July 4th Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! …especially after what was – for us! – a FIVE DAY weekend. Yep, we left for the lake early Wednesday and enjoyed a very full day and night there with Katie and her family before driving home Thursday afternoon. I shared three of my favorite photos from the trip with y’all on Friday. Here are a few more …and – of course – a video (36 hours collapsed into about that many seconds) whoa, no wonder we were tired 😉 The pool, the grounds, s’mores, fireworks, and of course the lake … the Ritz does July 4th in style! The fireworks are open to all,…

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    Hello July.

    Hello July! Hello new photo of Charlie … his mama tells me that’s his “ROAR!!!” face ♥ … and a brand new six-month calendar. Hello trying new things and making new habits. Hello slowing down and maybe even pressing pause. Hello frozen drinks (and at least a few new Cheers!) Welcome!  

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, friends! This week has left me feeling a bit like this field of daisies … a little tired of the heat, but still lifting my face to enjoy the sunshine. Thinking about … all the last minute details – including my opening remarks – for tomorrow morning’s Women’s Gathering at church. We have 51 confirmed attendees, which is a record! Grateful for … the return of Friday Night Snacks. Marc is prepping the platter as I type this. I’m not even going to have to add vegetables … he’s already steamed broccoli and sliced carrots, cucumber and pepper. We recorded the soccer match to watch while we eat.…