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Birthday flowers, a free cinnamon roll, and packing for a girl’s trip!

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

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I started the day out on Wednesday the way I usually do — by going to the first hour of school with Silas and Kaitlynn and attending their morning assembly.

I love that they still want me to come to school with them and get excited for me to sit with them!

After my time at their school, I headed to church for Discipleship Group and then for a lunch meeting with other leaders from Discipleship Group.

I went out to Panera with a friend after the leader’s meeting and got my free cinnamon roll from Panera for my birthday. I brought it home to share with my kids… which they were super excited about!

My parents sent me these beautiful flowers for my birthday! Aren’t they beautiful??!

When I got home, I listened to some of this audiobook and worked in the kitchen.

The kids came home and they worked on their homework and told me about their day while I did some baking.

I made these yummy Pumpkin Doughnuts.

After I finished baking, I spent some time with the kids, took a nap, and we had dinner. Jesse took the girls to youth group and then I packed for my long-anticipated girls’ beach trip while Jesse and I watched the next episode of This is Us.

And then I spent a little time with the girls when they got home and then we went to bed early because I was leaving early in the morning for a beach trip with two of my closest friends.

It was a good day!

Crazy Hair Day, Waffles, and a Movie Date

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

Kaitlynn and Silas had Crazy Hair Day on Wednesday at school.

Kaitlynn wore a wig… and Silas decided he wanted to keep it simple and just spike his hair up. 🙂

I went with the kids to Morning Assembly a school and had to laugh at all of the fun hairdos that showed up! 🙂

After Morning Assembly, I went to church for Discipleship Group.

And then Jesse picked me up for a movie date. We love middle-of-the-day dates! This movie was the sequel to Unbroken and very worth seeing, if you loved the book.

Jesse has been having some health issues recently and we’re in the middle of waiting to get more specific answers and direction… it reminds me to cherish the moments we have together.

Jesse dropped me off back at home and went to pick up the kids from school, so I listened to this audiobook and did some baking. (Note: I was disappointed in this audiobook — more on that in my book post on Monday.)

I was so happy with how this Pumpkin Waffle recipe turned out!

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve cooked and taken pictures and posted a recipe on the blog… so it felt so fulfilling to do so. I’m inspired to make this more of a regular thing around here on the blog again!

After the waffles and photos were done, I made some tea and worked on some projects.

The waffles were a hit!

Jesse and I closed out the night by watching the first episode of the newest season of This is Us (sooo good!). It was a good day!

A movie, an online class, and an Aldi trip

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

I started the day attending chapel at Silas and Kaitlynn’s school.

I love getting to sit with them and spend a little time in their world on Wednesdays.

And then I headed to Discipleship Group.

We kicked off our Lesson 1 meeting by talking about stories and how each of us have a story — and how in light of the Gospel, we can see Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration in our stories.

In our small group time, we each had to draw a picture of a little screenshot of where we’re at in life right now and share that with our group (how we’re feeling right where we’re at in life). This brought such honest discussion and we had really heartfelt conversations as a result.

After Discipleship Group, Jesse and I went to a movie together. (Middle of the day dates are the BEST!)

We saw Mission Impossible: Fallout — which we both enjoyed, though it made me want to go back and watch the rest of the Mission Impossible movies.

After I helped the kids with homework, I laid down and read a little bit and then took a power nap.

And then it was time for dinner and to prep for my online blogging class that I was teaching. (Brian on my team came over to help run the class and get everything set up for it!)

{By the way, I wanted to teach this class during a middle of the week evening, but the only free night that worked to do it was Wednesday. Even though it’s my off day, I made an exception and did it. And I actually really enjoyed doing it on a Wednesday since I felt like I came to the class so fresh and ready to teach after being offline all day!}

We sometimes get creative in how we set things up! This time, we used a huge stack of my coloring books to hold my computer! 🙂

When I was finished, Jesse was on his way home from picking the girls up from church.

(By the way, Jesse and Silas went to Aldi for me while I was doing the class. He said that they split up and both took half the list. Silas told me how it compared prices and made sure to get the store brand not the name brand and the best deal on everything. While it’s pretty simple an easy to do this at Aldi, it made my mama heart so happy to hear him doing this all on his own! I feel like I have accomplished a big life goal that he knows how to grocery shop on a budget and find the best deals!)

I got everything ready for the Eat at Home Challenge live video (since I was going to be working out with my friend, Melissa, at 6:15 a.m. the next morning and was supposed to be on live video at 6:50 a.m.!)

I even washed the potatoes and had them ready to go!

Kaitlynn finished up some homework while I worked in the kitchen.

And Silas made a bedtime snack of macaroni and cheese. (That boy loves his mac & cheese!)

Then, we all hung out and talked for awhile and then the kids went to bed and I worked on prepping for podcast interviews the next day. And then it was time to bed for me, too!

Discipleship Group, a simple dinner, and cookie-baking!

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

Starting my day out with water and time at Kaitlynn and Silas’ school.

I love getting to go to chapel with them on Wednesdays as it gives me a peek into their school life and I get to know the students and see what they are learning.

And this guy loves mama getting to sit with him during chapel!

After chapel, I went to church for our first Discipleship Group meeting of the year. I’m so honored to be co-leading another small group this year again… although it’s weird to be starting over from scratch with a new group of women — most of whom I don’t know at all!

This curriculum and the process of walking so closely with other women over a long period of time has been so life-changing. Also, for so many of you who have asked, I’m so thrilled to tell you that we are piloting some groups this year from our other church campus with the goal that we will be offering this curriculum to other churches sometime in the next two years.

After Discipleship Group, Jesse and I went to a movie together (date days are the best!) and then I came home and worked on some home projects and sat with Silas while he worked on homework. I read some of this book while I sat next to him.

We both read our books together!

We had a simple dinner of beef hot dogs, corn on the cob, and homemade mac & cheese.

After dinner, I took the girls to church and Silas and I finished a few projects together.

And then made cookies (yes, he still had on his school uniform!)

I got this cookie mix for $0.99 recently and it was so easy to make and Silas was pretty excited that it only took butter and an egg to make!

We melted the butter a little too much… but they cookies still turned out looking pretty good!

And I was sitting in bed reading when the cookies came out of the oven so he brought me a fresh one to eat. The perfect way to cap off a great day!

Slow Day: Week 35

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

They put the flooring in my new offie yesterday! I hadn’t gotten to see it finished because I had been out late the night before and never made it to the basement when I got home to check on it!

I am so excited with how this project is turning out and can’t wait to show you when the furniture is all in and it’s done!

After getting ready and getting everyone out the door, we left for school. As I told you last week, we decided that on Wednesdays, I’ll go with the kids to their morning chapel (parents are always welcome — which is so nice!)

Since we got to school about 15 minutes early, I hung out with Kaitlynn until chapel started.

She gets two lockers and she has had fun setting them all up. 🙂 (One of her biggest excitements this year was the fact that she was going into 7th grade and got a LOCKER! Actually, she gets two lockers because there are only 10 kids in 7th to 12th grade — yes, it’s a very tiny school!)

Waiting for all the kids to come in for chapel…

They look so cute in their uniforms! 🙂

Loved getting to sit between this guy and Kaitlynn.

I drove to downtown Nashville for my hair appointment… and then got to sit in a chair for two hours and read. It’s the BEST! I finished this book. (Read my review here.)

And I finished this book. (Read my review here.)

Afterwards, I had two other appointments and then I came home and helped this guy with homework.

We look forward to our 4 p.m. time every day when we just hang out and talk and finish up whatever homework he or the girls need help with. The girls rarely need my help with homework and he’s getting more and more independent, but they still love me just being there and available. And it’s often when all sorts of conversations arise about what they are excited about, what happened at school, things they are frustrated with, etc.

This afternoon, one of the girls needed some extra time to talk. So we just sat on the bed and talked for about 30 minutes after homework time. And then I made pancakes for everyone for dinner and then I took the girls to church and I headed to a meeting with some church leaders about a project I’m involved with.

I then picked the girls up, came home and made sure everyone was ready for school in the morning, and then worked on outlining my first podcast episode for Thursday’s recording.

Slow Day: Week 34

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

We tried something new this morning. I skipped working out and instead took my shower and got ready for the day before we left for school and then I went to Morning Assembly with Silas and Kaitlynn. It was so fun to get to see a peek into what they’ve been learning. I’m hoping to make this a weekly thing — it’s totally worth skipping my workout for!

I’m excited to be serving as a co-leader in our church’s Discipleship Group again this year. Last year, I was really hesitant about helping lead, but I did it (with some strong encouragement from Jesse and our church’s Women’s Ministry Leader), because I felt like it was something I was being called to do — even though it scared me.

It ended up being a powerfully life-changing experience PLUS I developed a really close friendship with two of the women in my group (Jamie & Lauren) — a big answer to many prayers I’ve prayed for really close local friends! That was completely unexpected and such an extra special gift… we have made so many special memories as girlfriends and couples and families this past year — and we are planning all sorts of fun adventures for the future (I’ll be blogging some of them, I’m sure! Stay tuned!)

We had a Leader’s meeting on Wednesday and Discipleship Group officially kicks off with a Tuesday Dessert Night this week. I’m excited to see what God is going to do this year as I step out in faith and help lead a new group!

After the Leader’s Meeting, I headed to Nashville to meet up with Leigh Kramer who was in town. (I actually got there early — something I’ve been working on making a thing in my life! And I had some time to read a little bit from one of my current reads, Sacred Rest.)

Leigh always knows the best places to go eat! She picked Edley’s Bar-B-Que and it was amazing! I want to take Jesse back there!

I didn’t get home until close to when the kids got home from school, so I made a quick dinner of Barbecue Chicken (the easiest recipe on the planet!) and then we reviewed homework, hung out, and talked about their day.

(I told you this recipe was easy – it’s literally just a bottle of barbecue sauce and chicken — both that I got on a great sale in the last month!) We served it with leftover mac and cheese and roasted veggies. The perfect kind of comfort food!

I spent the rest of the evening hanging out with the kids — talking and watching YouTube videos. And then we all went to bed early!