Happy Friday, Friends!!! And in about 12 hours it will be a three-day weekend! Can I get an amen??? ;)
If you're linking up with us today - don't forget to grab our graphic, link up to one (or all!) of us and then share your Friday Favorites!
- A Sweet Homecoming -
Last night was, by far, my favorite day of 2015 so far.
The Shulls came home from China and we all gathered up our kids and headed to the airport to welcome them home. There were lots of kids and lots of posters and a little bit of waiting...
... but it was worth the wait!!!
I'm fairly certain that the entire terminal cheered right along with us and a collective "awwwwwwww" could be heard throughout DFW :)
And let's just talk about Luke in this video...
There will be no shortage of playmates for Ashby!
Almost a smile!!!
In a moment of forethought and pure genius, I threw a giant bag of dum dums in my purse on the way out the door. :)
Shull! Party of Five :)
It's strange - my friends have been pregnant and had beautiful, healthy babies literally dozens of times. I've visited the hospital, held those babies and been thrilled for their mamas. But this was completely different and awesome in so many different and unexpected ways. When one of your besties is pregnant you do things like make a food that they're craving when they come over for girls night, swing through Sonic to pick up a Sprite when they're feeling icky and bat baby names back and forth. This scenario was so different and, for me personally, so much more prayerful. Shay didn't need me to grab her a Sprite or make Skor bars when she came over and so we prayed. Watching them walk through the doors last night and seeing Shay holding Ashby was an answered prayer and a testament to amazing faith and trust. Y'all... it was good.
And so fun that it was something that we got to experience together as a group of friends! I love that our kids will remember going to see Ashby on the day she came home :)
Oh! And as we were leaving (yes... that's MAson in the background with 2 different shoes on), G was NOT wanting to hold my hand and Shay and I were hugging goodbye when Sheaffer snapped this picture. I'm sure these two girls will have LOTS of pictures together, and it cracks me up that this is the first one :) Shay and I are nothing but honest with each other (#soulsisters) and I love this super honest moment with our girls :)
- #spokenbibleverses -
This may be my FAVORITE hashtag EVER! The idea is to fill up Instagram with God's truth and encouragement.
I shared this one on Tuesday night and was blown away by the responses. I'm thinking that I'll definitely be doing it more often adn hope that y'all will join in as well!
- Favorite Chili -
I posted this pic of my mug of chili and cornbread and had several requests for the recipe.
I almost wasn't going to share because it's so embarrassingly easy, but we all need an embarrassingly easy meal every now and again (topped with Fritos!), so I'm sharing the crazy simple recipe.
I browned 2 lbs of ground beef with a bunch of chopped onion and then drained it. After that I threw it in my crock pot with 4 drained cans of kidney beans (2 light and 2 dark), a big can of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of tomato soup, a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, some chili powder (to taste) and some brown sugar. I put it all in the crock pot on low for a couple of hours, add more chili powder to taste and then call it a day! I typically top it with cheese and serve it with cornbread. Perfect, easy dinner!
- Evy's Tree -
I have a new FAVORITE piece of clothing... the Sophie Hoodie by Evys Tree! Evy's Tree is SUCH a cool brand and I love the story behind the company. They sell a variety of "luxury hoodies" and the style and quality is unmatched.
Last week I got the Sophie Hoodie in Rust in the mail and I haven't wanted to take it off. It's brushed with fleece on the inside and is light, yet warm. It's awesome.
Yesterday, the sweet girls at Evy's Tree sent me the new Sophie in Jade and it literally arrived on my doorstep as I was throwing Capri Suns and wipes and action figures into my bag and heading out the door to go to the airport. Right there on my front porch I ripped into the bag, stripped off the sweater I had on and zipped this new one up. It was love at first feel :) It's not fleece lined, so it's more of a Spring weight and the color is PERFECTION.
I took zero pictures in it (remember, said rushing out the door), except for the one group pic above where I look like a HOT MESS, so be sure to check out my instagram later today for a better pic of it on. My rust sophie is a small and it fits great. I sized up in the Jade to see if I could wear it with leggings and it fits great as well - the sleeves are a little looser and there's more room in the top - plus the material has a little more stretch than the rust with fleece on the inside. I love them both :) The Rust color is sold out, but the Jade is available starting this afternoon!!! I promise you won't be disappointed!