there has been so much going on in my little brain lately. i'm not sure if that's a product of going back to school (yeah brain cells!), or if i'm just more keenly noticing the small daily delights from the Lord:)
either way, i'm filled with so much joy when I tally up all that I have to be thankful for.
Did you know I am thankful for you, dear reader? Your community brightens my day.
Olympics: as you know, my dad and I are olympics fanatics. For Christmas, I gave my dad the gift of me flying up to northern california to watch the olympics with him! It was a glorious week with my family, where we cozied by the fire and got really into all the olympics stories and sports:) Yesterday I got an email from him that read "Hi Kate – well now we wait for 4 more years. Let’s plan on doing it again! Thank you for coming up to spend time with us and to make a special time of watching the Olympics together. What a great Christmas present. I love you Katie -Dad" I love that my dad and I have this special bond!
My Amish Devotional: Did you know there is such a thing as an Amish devotional? haha, me neither! But last November Kev and I ran to the bookstore and I saw this daily devotional called "Amish Peace". I mentioned it to Kevin, and then forgot about it! But lo and behold, it showed up in my Christmas stocking from him (what a guy!). Friends, this book is amazing. Every day I learn about the simplistic and beautiful ways to approach life. It has been a soothing balm to my soul, and I love it. #iwanttobeamishbutnotbecauseiloveelectricitytoomuch
Bike rides to the park: We've hardly experienced a winter here thus far, and Kevin and I have taken advantage of the beautiful days by riding our cruiser bikes to the park. I love the wind whipping through my hair, and just being side by side with my love. Getting out in nature does a mind/body/soul good:) #summerallyearisfinebyme
Downton Abbey: I watch practically zero tv, but Downton Abbey has my heart. This season took a little while to warm up, but the last few episodes have been truly inspiring and beautiful. I love the way there is such courtesy in the way people treat each other (even if they don't like each other), and the costumes! *sigh* so gorgeous:) Not to mention, can I please put Lady Violet in my pocket? Her comments make me giggle to no end!
My new Blentech Blender: As someone who has cut out gluten, dairy and a few other things, I must say i've found the solution to all my snacking needs…My Blentech Blender!! I saw a demonstration for this baby at Costco, and Kev couldn't tear me away from the table! I literally sat gaping with my mouth hanging open when she showed me how to make ice cream in 45 seconds, and how to make hot soup in 60 seconds. I'm sorry, WHAT? that's right, I can make my own dairy free ice cream in 45 seconds. I know. It's essentially comparable to the Vitamix, but I read better reviews for the Blentech! #freshjuicealldaylong #yesimdrinkingspinach
Kevin: I know I write all the time about how much I love this man, but I just can't help it. Marriage has been the most beautiful earthly blessing I have ever known. This man just loves me deep and wide and I don't deserve it. He stayed up for hours quizzing me last week for a test, left me a good luck note in the morning, lets me cuddle him at night to warm myself up, and always serves me in such a humble way. For a school project I had to identify the things that really bother me about my husband, and honestly, the only thing I could really come up with was that I hated his farts. haha!
Blog friends: This past week two sweet blogger friends, both from Oregon happened to be down in California and we were able to connect. What a sweet community we have, right? Another one of my great blogger friends from Canada is coming to visit around my birthday, and i'm over the moon to meet her in person:) If any of you will be California, please don't hesitate to come and say hello:)
Grad school: I honestly cannot be more thankful that the Lord has led me into this profession. So far, I love all that i'm learning, and feel so humbled to feel like i'm living out my calling:)
Basketball: I used to play basketball in high school, despite the fact that i'm so puny now, haha! But, my dad started a women's city league in our hometown as a way to bring community and share the love. Last week when I was home, my two sisters and I played on my dad's team. It was the first time all 3 of us sisters played together, and oh.my.gee. it was fantastic! Pulled out a few moves from my high school days, hehe:)
below..my sisters are 22 & 12, I'm 24, and my sweet dad in the stripped sweater:)
And lastly, the winner of the Esther & Dorothy give-away is
Chantel from A Harvest of Blessing. Congrats girl!!
Happy Tuesday friends,