Lately I've been ever so thankful for

Lazy beach days. / Shared memories among long time friends. / My daughter's compassionate heart. / Sunny Saturdays spent exploring. / Sweet peach tea on hot days. / The feeling that hits your face when driving with the windows down. / Fluffy pillows. / Ocean views. / BreakFEASTS with friends. / Messages that are so long and full of love, they takes a good five minutes to read. / Grace upon grace. / Life lessons in everyday situations. / A fridge and pantry FULL of food. / Unexpected notes from long lost friends. / Kindness from strangers. / My servant-hearted momma. / The city I live in.

Cheers to practicing thankfulness!

Garden Growth

Well surprise, surprise, it's been a while since my last garden update.
I feel like something I shared on Instagram this last week is fitting for explaining my thoughts towards my little garden and just gardening in general.

"It seems silly, but gardening is such an emotional roller coaster for me sometimes. It's taught me a lot about giving up control and rolling with the punches. There are days when everything is growing beautifully and days that nature does whatever the crap it wants and I have no control of the outcome. I just have to continue tending the garden to the best of my ability and celebrate each stage of growth."

Here is some of it's growth lately...

Cinnamon Basil Harvest

First year I've successfully grown lettuce!

It's out of control!

And oh so pretty and tasty!

Carrot tops, Strawberries, and my crazy Russian Kale before a caterpillar took to it.

First kale harvest of the season - some of those leaves are bigger than my hands!

Adding in some peppers, watermelon, and finally starting my cucumbers!

I'm lucky to get any of our strawberries - there seems to be a little thief roaming my garden. ;)

Gardening in p'jammers, what a treat!

Her favorite part of gardening is clearly the harvesting!

How is your garden doing now that summer sun is starting to shine?

Myrtle Beach, SC

Belle and I got the privilege to spend a week vacationing in Myrtle Beach with my mom, recently and it couldn't have been better! It was so special to get to watch my mom and little girl swim, play, and walk on the beach together. Traveling with a toddler is never easy, but it's always worth it! I have so many sweet memories of watching my tiny tot experience things for the first time, overcome her fears of the tide and sand and we got to fall asleep and wake up next to each other more than once over the course of the trip (something that never happens at home). Anytime I take Bell out of her element and routine something - dare I say - magical happens, her personality as a whole seems to double, she starts to form new words and sounds and goodness, it just could not be more fun. She's also a super flexible traveler and sleeper (Praise to the Lord) which makes up for the fact that mealtimes were still a battle nearly everyday. Overall though, she's a dream to travel with as far as tiny humans go! 
Here are a few of my favorite moments from the trip!

Roaring at the fish and shark at Ripley's Aquarium

Not exactly thrilled that we were leaving the aquarium or that it was an hour past naptime.

Happy now that Grammy is holding her and treated her to a Hello Kitty mermaid!

She is such a goofball, it's amazing.

Golly, I love being her mama!

Her reaction to the beach the first night. Not ecstatic.

How she approached the tide.

Her first solo walk into the ocean - I was beyond proud of her.

Not a fan, but fist bumps were still given for facing her fears.

Things were about to get serious. Off with the swimdress.

So brave!

If that's not the cutest 'stank face', I don't know what is.

She was pretty proud of herself!

Being brave sure tuckers you out!

What is the latest adventure you've taken your little ones on?

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