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Conversations & some other randomness

July 8, 2015
Thank you all SO much for your sweet words on Monday’s post! I am still reading through them and so touched by each one, and knowing that some of you are praying for our journey, as well as birth mom and baby?! I get choked up just thinking about it… those prayers mean so much, thank you!
I am still attempting to relive this last weekend, it was just the best! The 4th of July is my second favorite holiday, yes, but it also had to do with the company involved, my parents. (My brother and his wife were missed!) I could have fun with my family at the bottom of a well – we just always have the best time together and love being with one another. So imagine the fun we have when we actually have things to do in a place such as Nashville. We went to Leiper’s Fork, made a (few) trips to get some Froyo, went downtown to the strip to BB Kings for some blues, grilled out in the backyard, took multiple hikes and walks, watched fireworks from our deck, ate more than we should have, drank just enough ;), watched a marathon of The Twilight Zone, got hooked on Shark Week, and even sang Katy Perry’s Firework in the pouring rain. It was perfect

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a Conversations with my Husband post and while one of those is scheduled to be shared in the near future, did you guys know that I have equally as funny conversations with my parents too?
Mom: “Do you have a yardstick?”
Em: “Uh, no. Wait, what’s a yardstick?”
Dad: “You don’t know what a yardstick is?”
Em: “No.” 
Mom: “You measure with it.” 
Em: “Why would you want to measure the yard?”
Needless to say, by the time this conversation was over, we were all crying from laughing so hard. And yes, guys. I do know what a yardstick is… now. 
Let’s talk Twelve Months of Bliss for a sec! We are eight days into the second challenge, how is it going for you guys so far?? Have you chosen your ONE habit to say goodbye to? I wanted to note- it’s really important in this challenge to only choose one thing to remove from your day-to-day this month. It’s important to be present and intentional in this particular challenge and sometimes when you try to focus on more than one thing to no longer do, when it’s things you’re used to doing all the time, not only is it really difficult but it can also take away from the entire point of the challenge: making room
I’ll be really honest and tell you that I knew by the end of Day One what I’d be removing from my day-to-day… and today is the first day I’ve actually gone through with getting rid of it. Isn’t it scary how easy it is to find excuses to continue with “it”? This particular habit is a really hard one for me and the fact that it’s this hard tells me it really became an unhealthy habit in my life – something that was definitely taking up WAY too much room. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and recap with you all at the end of this month but for the rest of you reading this who are taking part in it with me- DON’T GIVE UP! Keep at this, every single day. Remember that the room you’re making is more precious than you can understand right now but it will click if you continue with this challenge. 
Hope you all are having a great week, despite any 4th of July Aftershocks! 😉 

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  • Yard stick…really?!? Haha…dying over here! Well today Claire went to Ihop with my parents and she learned that it is a pancake restaurant, not a place where Apple products are sold. 🙂

  • I've never heard of a yard stick, either! It sounds like you had such a great time with your family. It's so important to keep those relationships strong!

  • Yes, this month's is a challenge. So much so, I keep switching because one builds on another. I love hearing how adult children enjoy spending time with their parents. I hope I've cultivated that in my children. It seems like I have because they are always spending time with us, but genuinely I hope the feeling is mutual and I'm not living a pipe dream!!

  • Ha, I love the conversations you have! 🙂 Also, your 4th of July looks like a lot of fun!

  • The old Twilight Zone, right? I love those old television shows! If you need a new marathon for the next family holiday check out the Alfred Hitchcock Hour! (I love old, black & white entertainment!)
    I've narrowed down the list to one bad habit and I thought I was doing well-ish…. until today. SO HARD. Excellent challenge, though!

  • I am pretty sure you could have your own reality TV show. I would totally watch it. I love the conversation with your mom. haha. Have a great rest of your week friend!

  • So glad you had a nice holiday and the yard stick omg hahaha

  • Making room and margin is going well.
    Dude. a yardstick??? hahaha
    Also, I've written y'all down in my bullet journal for prayer.

  • I love your conversation posts! So funny! I also admire your awesome relationship with you family! Makes me miss mine that much more. 🙂

  • You crack me up! And yes…I have chosen one thing and I am being very conscious of it! Love this challenge.

  • I love your conversations. You remind me of my brothers girlfriend so much. She would have responded exactly the same way. That is awesome!! I will keep you and your husband in my prayers, I just want a child to be blessed with you both as parents!

  • Your parents are adorable!! I'm on the verge of choosing my one thing. I've been making the changes already.

  • What an amazing weekend! Hahaha I do know what a yardstick is but I've definitely had similar conversations on other unknown words lol. 🙂 I just picked my one habit…although as you say, there's certainly a number of them that aren't adding any value to my day. xo

  • Lol. Yard sticks. Yep. Don't see those much these days. Makes for a good story though!


  • HA! That's hilarious!! Yeah, I had a feeling I'd lose a few friends with that one 😉 hahah.

  • See?! It's not just me! I just kept thinking- why wouldn't you use a tape measure?

  • It's most definitely genuine if they spend so much time with you! 🙂 I hope I have that with my children one day, too.

  • The best conversations happen when you can just be yourself 🙂

  • Yes!! The old Twilight Zone! They had a marathon on the 4th of July and since it was raining here that night, that's what we did. So good 🙂 We also love the AH Hour!

    I KNOW. It's a tough challenge! We are totally creatures of habit… but don't need to be 😉

  • Wow, to get paid for just being myself?! How great would that be?! haha!

  • Apparently more people have heard of this thing known as the "Yard Stick"

  • Thank you, sweet friend 🙂 xo

  • I feel so lucky to have such great people for my family! 🙂

  • Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, Anne! I'm definitely struggling with this one!

  • Well I'm glad there's someone else out there who thinks the way I do! 😉

    Thank you for your prayers, Kenj!!

  • Can't wait to read your recap, Sheryl!

  • They really are 🙂 🙂

  • You DO know what it is?! How did I miss this growing up?!

  • haha! 😉 I have a feeling this is one I'll never live down with my parents!

  • chall1018

    This sounds like the most perfect weekend!! I am so happy that you got to soak up some good family time!! And, I bet your parents will be telling that story for years to come. Just like my family likes to tell the story of how I boiled water to cook a can of corn. But yet they tell the story like it was just a couple of years ago when really I was like 10. Okay, maybe 12. haha.

  • hahaha!!! That is HILARIOUS, Crystal. These things happen, right?!