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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I wrote a few weeks back about how much I enjoy sitting down late on a Monday afternoon to write a weekending post. Writing a TGIF post late on a Friday afternoon is also a joy … especially when the weather gods have been kind enough to grant Marc an afternoon round of golf and me an afternoon “alone” with my podcasts, my thoughts, my sewing machines … and Holly! Thinking about … my making plans. I know. again. (always.) But #memadeMay is helping me identify what I wear, what I like to wear … and where the gaps are. This week, I made progress…

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    Looking Back | April.

    April is always one of the prettiest months around here … and combined with our Beaufort trip, Easter, some wonderful knitting and sewing, a new Saturday night dinner routine … and a delightful afternoon with our favorite little boys … well. I’d do it on repeat anytime. I (finally!) compiled my #1SE video for April this afternoon and shared it on Instagram.   Life is indeed made one second, one photo, one story at a time. These posts are still my favorite way to document mine. Happy Wednesday!  

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    Early May Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! Based on my Instagram feed, I know a lot of y’all saw Spring this weekend – yay! – it’s wonderful to see … and it makes me even more aware that our weekend – yes it really is just early May – kind of feels more like summer. Beginning with our Friday evening walk. Flip flops, pink toes … and a coordinating collar … against green grass! Our snacks as dinner is still the same old good stuff (I’m not sure what nods to the season our plate will take?!) but the sausages have improved dramatically since Marc started shopping at Sprouts. I promise to…

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    TGIF | Hello May.

    Hello friends … and Hello May! I so appreciated all the wonderful comments y’all shared on my last post. Thank you! I’m approaching this new month with a “saving my life” mindset and these TGIF posts are one of my favorite ways to frame a list. Three … days into MeMadeMay. I’ve been watching this parade of me-mades on Instagram for several years … and now that I have a few hand sewn items to mix in with the hand knits, I’m ready to play. My “rules” are really loose, but I’d like to wear something me-made for all 31 days and post a photo of my outfit on Instagram.…

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    Hope | April 2019.

    In spite of my very best efforts to let go of hopelessness, I’m not gonna lie, it continues to be a day-by-day thing. But most days, hope wins. The practices I’ve talked about (naming gratitudes, unplugged mornings, contemplation, stillness) are a big help. and this month, I found another one – and some new voices – that have combined to lighten my spirit. I like to think I’m strong enough to do the hard work to find hope in the dark places, but day in day out, it’s exhausting. Light helps. (so does sleep. and taking care of myself with good food and exercise. but I know I’m preaching to…

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    Late April Weekending.

    I put “late April” in the title of this post to remind myself it really is still April. While parts of the country saw snow (if that’s you, I’m so sorry!), we saw abundant sunshine and felt what might’ve been the last of the 40-some degree mornings. Here’s the whole story – Friday night was our typical dinner and the last three episodes of the latest season of Bosch (we tried to go slow, but our willpower ran out big time after that second episode … I even stayed awake til nearly 10pm to see the end!) This season might be one of my favorites so far and I highly…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I can hear Marc chopping and plating … I’m gonna make this quick to be sure our Friday Night Snacks includes at least a few vegetables. Thinking about pockets. Are y’all fans? At best, I have mixed feelings. I feel like they pull on the front of a sweater and I rarely use them (unless they’re a key design detail¬†… and then only for the photos). I’m cutting out my first Wiksten Dress … and I’m undecided. I think they’re a cute detail, but I cannot imagine ever using them. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Grateful for getting outside today! I enjoyed a morning…

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    Easter Weekending.

    The weekend started out much the same as usual. Friday night snacks with a little knitting and – woot! – the latest season of Bosch on Amazon Prime. Holly is still not quite used to me being home. Normally she cuddles up to Marc … but when I’m gone, Marc tells me she sleeps by my pillow. absence makes the heart grow fonder?! Saturday was pretty typical, too. The day began with a drizzle, proceeded to sewing and ended with our “nice dinner at the table”. This week it was roast pork loin, green beans, corn on the cob, sweet potato and a green salad … and a bottle of…

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    Unfolding Light.

    Two weeks ago, a friend from our Friday morning group introduced us to Unfolding Light, a daily reflection written by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. “Unfolding Light is a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts and the odd weather report I hope to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice and delight.” ~from the About page The reflection from April 5 is one of my favorites. and with a nod to Poem in Your Pocket Day, I’m sharing it with y’all today. Deserted place Leave the noise of the traffic of ideas. Ignore fear’s nicknames…

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    Beaufort Weekending.

    Hello friends! It’s good to be home … sitting at my kitchen counter … looking back through the photos of the weekend. but of course it’s Tuesday. and this past weekend was not the typical Marc & Mary with Holly. Nope – it was our ¬†Girls’ Weekend in Beaufort. The place and the time together are a big part of our family’s story … and mine personally. I love that it comes in a season where I’m reflecting on love, strength, and forgiveness. Gathering with family who are friends and friends who are family seems like the perfect way to celebrate all of that. The “weekend” began Thursday morning when…