Loving // this weather (!!!) Sunshine, 70s, and lots and lots of grilling out on our deck. We still need to get actual deck furniture (if you recently purchased a set, I’d love to know how you like it and where you got it) but having a grill has been pretty fun 🙂
Reading // I Am Only One, by Myrtie Barker (1963). When I was in middle school, I read (and fell in love with) this poem by Edward Everett Hale:
I am only one,
But still I am one,
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something
that I can do.
A few weeks ago, when my mom and I were antiquing and stopped in an old book store, I came across this book and immediately sat on the floor to flip through it.
“I Am Only One is one person’s gentle philosophy of living. As Miss Barker says, ‘The days of our life are a pattern of many pieces. And each single piece has its part. No one facet of existence is enough to round out the full measure of our experience – but each moment; each incident; each person that crosses our path, breathes the message: ‘I am only one, but still I am one.'”
And that’s just what was written on the inside flap. Basically, I had to have this book. The bonus, aside from the fact that the author was from my hometown, was that it was signed by Myrtie Barker herself. I wasn’t able to locate a price on it so I took it up to the front and the lady flips through it and says to me, “Hmm. I can’t find a price. How about $5.00?” I immediately paid her the $5.00, all the while biting my lip about the signature inside, and walked out of that place practically skipping to the car. I am seriously enjoying this read so far.
Watching // a cardinal sitting on the bush outside my office window. He’s been coming around every morning and chirps the sweetest sounds. Of course, this drives Cleo crazy and she meets him at the window every morning. This doesn’t seem to bother him though – I think it’s some sort of game they have going on.
Looking forward to // our new ottoman! Slowly but surely we are filling the empty spaces in our house and this is one piece of furniture we really took our time to find. I owe it all to Christian – he randomly pulled into the parking lot of a home design store in Nashville and before I knew it we were ordering the perfect piece. It should arrive sometime next month!
Feeling // creatively inspired again… praise!! This is something I’ve been praying over for what feels like forever and God is bringing it back like something fierce! I think a lot of it also has to do with spring and warmer weather, and the fact that we have fun things coming up like trips, a vacation, and my brother’s wedding.
Writing // more chapters of my novel! This has a lot to do with feeling inspired again, as that inspiration has been mostly directed to this book. Finally, I am making a concerted effort to write pieces and parts each week and I think I’m surprising myself over how many of the storyline ideas are transferring over into actual words.
Laughing at // this Cleopatra masterpiece Christian created over the weekend. We took the picture of her laying next to my DIY Inspiration Board frame during our move and X thought it would be hilarious if we photoshopped a picture of her in the frame, like she’s sitting next to her portrait. He finally did it and I seriously cried from laughing so hard. This picture could not describe the pretentious attitude this cat has any better!
Listening to // Owl City. I go through phases where I’ll dig out some of my “old” go-to tunes and Owl City tends to be one I frequently go back to. I started listening to him around the time Christian and I started dating, and while he most definitely has a cool “futuristic/dreamlike” electronic pop sound (and lyrics I LOVE), the feeling I had in the early Emily & Christian days always comes flooding back the minute I turn it on 🙂
Planning // our itinerary for the upcoming Milan & Paris trip!! The official countdown is 11 days, you guys. ELEVEN! I’m so nervous/excited I could throw up!
Remembering // the seriously beautiful flowers I saw with my mom at the Flower & Garden Show a few weekends ago in Indiana. Considering I’m a professional plant killer, I only came home with a succulent… I figured that was a good place to start. And the thing’s still alive, so I’ve got that goin’ for me.
Enjoying // the posts linked up to the 2nd Simply Grey Coffee Tour! It is so much fun to get to know new-to-me bloggers (much like I do in this Grateful Heart linkup!) and to read about coffee shops and cafés from around the U.S. The linkup will be open for another few weeks so if you haven’t linked up yet, there’s still time!
Dreading // my upcoming haircut. (insert a million tears) I spent a year and a half getting my hair healthy and growing it out (my hair grows very slowly) and a recent hair “situation” has forced me to have to cut it short again and start the healthy/growing process all over again. I keep telling myself, “it’s just hair, it’s just hair, it’s just hair” but it’s MY hair, right gals?! I’m not even ready to talk about it yet, so just… send me your good hair vibes, mkay?
Wanting // a Predators jersey! Oh, dudes. I am so totally serious when I say I’m quickly on my way to becoming a full-blown Nashville hockey fan… like one of the crazy ones. Christian and I went to our first ever Predators game last week with some of my family who was in town visiting us and by the end of the game I knew my life was forever changed. GO, PREDS!
Encouraged by // this verse:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
Making // My own pita chips! I am SO excited to share this (super easy) recipe with you guys for another edition of EG’s Eat | Drink series… stay tuned 😉
Grateful for // all of these things… for all of the things currently happening in my life, and all of the people who fill it.
What are you grateful for?
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