Saturday, May 16, 2015

Quick Takes Friday (on a Saturday) [vol. 20]

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Happy weekend, friends!! It's a rainy day here but the temps are climbing to the 80's today so I'm going to order some sunshine and some outdoor time this afternoon!!

What's new with you? How was your week? Here's what I've been up to in pictures...


Don't mind my loooong didn't look like that in the square instagram camera, haha!!
My dad invited me to a coffee date this morning!! So beautiful to have this one-on-one time
as his single daughter before I become his married daughter! He is amazing, so blessed
to have such a solid father in my life. I know his love and support are what helped keep me
on the right path in life-- in education and career decisions, in my spiritual life, and even
in chastity-- I knew I was loved by my dad and did not need to seek it in unhealthy ways
from other men. Thank you, Jesus, for this gift.


Baby K is peeking through the front of the's like a Where's Waldo picture but I'm giving you the hint.
My sister and I took her three littles to our town's lilac festival last weekend! I'm treasuring these purposeful moments with friends and family. And I really can't get enough of my always-joyful nephews and niece.


Speaking of lilacs, I received this one five years ago at the first festival I went to. It was the same year I moved out of my parents' home into my apartment (fresh from a broken engagement, too). I planted it and cared for it these last several years and this is the FIRST year it BLOOMED!! What a beautiful gift to have it bloom the year I'm getting married. If you're struggling, don't give up! Keep hoping, keep persevering, keep watering your will bloom for you. God is at work in the soil. 


Enjoying my last days of coffee on this deck in the morning. Oh, the memories at this sweet little place!!

--5-- of joys...

The front porch of our new home! 

I'll have a new coffee place in a month!


Lots of burlap, lace, and chalkboards. Thanks, Pinterest!

I'm so done with society's expectations of a wedding. As we near our day, I'm grateful we choose to do a lot of things ourselves. It added memories and subtracted costs. :) And though it's been tough to swim against the current of the wedding industry, there's a sweet joy in focusing on simplicity and the Sacrament of marriage. Here's a sample picture of our reception table decorations (on my carpet instead of the linen tablecloth ;) ). 


The babies are just chilling out on their "deck" to the left of the nest.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen my posts of this robin's nest and babies! The nest was just outside my sliding door, so I had the most fun watching all the stages of this life cycle-- from the momma on her eggs to the babies outgrowing their nest! What a miracle! Yet another delight during my last spring here...a small gift from my Heavenly Father, perhaps.


Thought I'd share a peek of our engagement pictures. We had a lot of fun with these! I'm so happy with our photographer! 

Have a lovely weekend, friends!


  1. This is such a refreshing post. I love what you said about your dad providing love for you that makes it possible (or at least, easier) for you to pursue chastity. I'm only seventeen, so marriage is a ways away, but that's how I feel and it's really encouraging to see lived out! Your sisters kids are adorable, oh my goodness. And totally JEALOUS of that GORGEOUS front porch! Also, utterly stunning engagement pictures. I'll keep you both in my prayers as you draw nearer to the start of your marriage!! So exciting, what a great time it must be in your lives!! God is so good.

    1. Welcome, Anne Marie!! Thanks for your encouraging comment! You sound like a very wise teen! And hey, I think I know your dad!!

      P.S. Come visit our porch anytime! I'll make you a cup of tea.;)

  2. Love the focus on simplicity for your wedding, Laura! Why people think simple means lame is beyond me, but I think simplicity is beautiful! So excited for you guys and the new coffee spot looks lovely. The pictures are gorgeous too, and I just love your point about the lilacs :-) Continuing to keep you in my prayers!

    1. Thanks, Laura! I so appreciate your support of simplicity and your prayers! <3

  3. I love what you said about the lilacs. It's encouraging. Thank you for sharing your heart and story with us. Best wishes for your wedding!

    1. Glad it could encourage you, Anna! Never give up hope. God loves you and is at work!!