Back to school! [416-435]

August arrived, was pretty laid-back (lots of reading and pet cuddles), and now school has begun. I’m back into a regular routine and, although exhausted half of the time, enjoying it! Now, August is coming to an end and….. my favorite season is right around the corner!! Once September arrives, I’m planning on jumping right into fall, no matter how warm it might still be outside. Also, my wonderful hens hatched their first baby chick this week! I’m so excited!! We’ll see how this goes…

Here’s a few joyful things from the last month. Not a long list, but I don’t remember to write everything down all the time:

416. rays of the setting sun through field mist. 417. returning to the same place/school I worked in last year. 418. seeing my co-workers. 419. waking up to a gray morning when I needed a gray morning. 420. water droplets on still blades of glass. 421. a giant spider web stretched out between the trees. 422. health insurance. 423. dark chocolate candy. 424. free food coupons in the mail. 425. meeting a sweet five-week old baby girl. 426. wonderfully uplifting women’s bible study group. 427. a stranger offering to send me something I’ve wanted for free. 428. generous donations to me. 429. free drink at Starbucks. 430. FRIDAY. 431. berry chia almond smoothie. 432.  connections over a love for fall. 433. finding the first baby chick from my chickens!!! 434. having a clean house. 435. freshly mowed lawn.

Because a baby chick is exciting, here’s some extra photos:

I hope to have more of an update next time, loves.

Long, hot July days. [376-415]

Summer vacation (for us teacher folk) is nearly over and I return to work for a bit this week before school starts next week. Honestly…. I’m ready for school to start. My summer was not as productive as I hoped. It was my first summer not working (the school district I currently work for doesn’t offer summer school, which is what I usually do), but my husband and I agreed that it would be good for me to stay home instead of finding a short-term summer job. I planned to save gas money by staying home, rest before the craziness in the year ahead, paint all the rooms in the house, work with the chickens, pursue personal projects, cook more meals at home (saving money there too), and whatever else I needed to do. Well. Things change. And you can’t really do a lot of house projects without money budgeted for them. So I did rest. And I did work with the chickens. And I did stay home. But…. there were days when I got bored and restless quickly. It was a bit isolating (in addition to only having about five somewhat decent television channels on the bunny ears, no internet, and very limited phone data)…. Too much rest is not good for me. Too much rest led to days where I felt too down and unmotivated to do anything. Too much time alone left me craving adult interaction. (I talked to my cats too much.) I kind of regret not getting a second job. Oh well. Live and learn. I’m back to work soon.

So. Yep. I’m at the point where I’m kind of over summer. I’m ready for a busier schedule and cooler weather in a few months. I’m ready for new things. Patience, Laura….

And with that, here is my list of things I’m thankful for within the last several weeks. I’ve been a bit lax with writing things down, so the list is not nearly as extensive as it ‘should’ be. Regardless, even though the endless days where I was a bit lonely and bored, I still found things to be thankful for….. because when isn’t there something to be grateful for? And I don’t need to remember everything to maintain this thankfulness…. ❤

376. bottle-feeding baby goats. 377. fishing. 378. bonfire with good people. 379. full moon. 380. summer solstice. 381. delicious lemonade. 382. eating leftover cake whenever I want. 383. noodles and company. 384. turtle races. 385. random cats appearing in my friend’s yard. 386. fireflies lighting up the night. 387. baby goat climbing on my back. 388. rain stopping long enough for the fireworks show. 389. glow sticks. 390. enjoying a dinner with dear friends on their back patio. 391. going to the movie theater for the first time in years. 392. going to my first NASCAR race. 393. seeing my husband enjoy his birthday. 394. pool time. 395. huge, beautiful fuzzy orange moth sitting on our tomato plants. 396. motivation. 397. prayers. 398. inspiration. 399. broccoli cheddar soup. 400. veggie sandwiches. 401. the golden glow of the sunset after the rain. 402. pets being clean after baths. 403. a safe flight on a plane. 404. batman cake. 405. superhero-themed wedding. 406. celebrating the wedding of one of my oldest friends. 407. my parents. 408. new flair pens. 409. blank pages. 410. snuggly baby. 411. rain and storms arriving after too many dry days. 412. finally completing a personal art project. 413. purple hair. 414. invitations. 415. the library.

Joyful June! [324-375]


Making this short, but sweet. June has been awesome so far. I turned 30, some of my family came to visit Kentucky, and I’m spending time with awesome people and cute creatures. And I’ve had a lot of ice cream! There’s also been a lot of down time, which drives me a bit crazy at times (I kind of need to always be doing something)…. but I am trying to savor it as much as I can now before things get crazy at the end of the year.

So, here are the things I’m thankful for this month (that I remembered to write down — there were days without me remembering to jot down a joy):

324. serving with our small group. 325. seeing smiles on the faces of people we’ve helped. 326. short naps. 327. Kyle’s first car show with his own car. 328. great message at church. 329. kind words from kind people. 330. impromptu lunch at a new spot with our small group. 331. afternoon BBQ for a friend’s birthday. 332. meeting new people. 333. a much-needed cry. 334. hanging out at a lake. 335. getting some sun on my skin. 336. skipping rocks. 337. waves splashing against the large rocks. 338. finally combing out my dreads (this was a painful process) after several years. 339. having a new, tangle-free haircut! 340. a short and sweet visit from some dear people! 341. trying a new ice cream place. 342. bonfires. 343. exploring a conservatory. 344. reuniting with my dearest friends from college. 345. witnessing a beautiful wedding between two wonderful people. 346. making it home safe after a very late-night drive. 347. beautiful blue bird right outside my window. 348. waking up, surrounded by furry, sleeping cats. 349. free coffee at Panera Bread for two weeks. 350. sitting outside, eating a sandwich at Panera with several cute birds keeping me company, waiting for food. 351. the library finally being open again!! 352. turning thirty. 353. well-wishes and birthday love from dozens of people in my life. 354. ice cream adventure with a friend. 355. silly frog popping out to surprise me while weeding. 356. finishing a small art project I’ve been putting off for months. 357. having a stack of books to read. 358. Chicago-style root bee from Costco. 359. sweet yard sale find of two end tables I’ve been looking for. 360. kind people loaning us equipment. 361. free rocks to redo our pathway. 362. my mother and sister visiting for the first time since I moved nearly two years ago! 363. a flood of people in our house, enjoying each other’s company. 364. blowing bubbles. 365. kiddie pool. 366. backyard BBQ. 367. birthday cake! 368. baby goats wandering though the house! 369. Waffle House breakfast. 370. watermelon mint iced tea. 371. tons of leftover food to tide me over for the week. 372. finishing our last class towards foster care certification. 373. my sister. 374. my mom. 375. my dad.

Until next time, friends. ❤