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Favorites From This Week

Happy Friday! 

It is a beautiful day in Richmond and there's a magic in the air that comes with spring around here. Sunshine, warm weather, flowers blooming...YES. This past week has been a good one. I don't have words on my heart to write today, and I'm giving myself a little extra grace and saying that's okay. Instead, I just have pictures of things that brought me joy this week.

This is where I spend my days. I'm so thankful for a job I absolutely love, for the incredible staff of truly unwavering champions for children and families that I get to team up with, and for the constant blessing of using my talents and abilities to help change lives and make a difference in the world. I'm blown away every day but what goes on here and around the state in our offices. Check out more at  www.umfs.org 

This is where I spend my days. I'm so thankful for a job I absolutely love, for the incredible staff of truly unwavering champions for children and families that I get to team up with, and for the constant blessing of using my talents and abilities to help change lives and make a difference in the world. I'm blown away every day but what goes on here and around the state in our offices. Check out more at www.umfs.org 

 
Look at that adorable baby chick and tell me you wouldn't have fallen in love too. I'm vegan and don't eat anything animal related, but I'm seriously obsessed with the idea of raising chicks and selling their eggs. I met baby goats the day after this picture and fell in love with them too, and a future of living on a farm flashed before my eyes and freaked me out but was also really intriguing...stay tuned to see what happens there.

Look at that adorable baby chick and tell me you wouldn't have fallen in love too. I'm vegan and don't eat anything animal related, but I'm seriously obsessed with the idea of raising chicks and selling their eggs. I met baby goats the day after this picture and fell in love with them too, and a future of living on a farm flashed before my eyes and freaked me out but was also really intriguing...stay tuned to see what happens there.

 

 
  This book  is awesome. It's written by two people I love and respect a TON, and not just because of the incredible, humble ways they lead HOPE Church. They are ridiculously real about faith and life with Jesus, and even as someone who has been a Christian as long as I can remember, this book really encouraged me and opened my eyes to new things about my faith. Order one on Amazon, it's only like $8 and I promise you will love it! A blog telling more about what I loved about Start Here is coming soon!

 This book is awesome. It's written by two people I love and respect a TON, and not just because of the incredible, humble ways they lead HOPE Church. They are ridiculously real about faith and life with Jesus, and even as someone who has been a Christian as long as I can remember, this book really encouraged me and opened my eyes to new things about my faith. Order one on Amazon, it's only like $8 and I promise you will love it! A blog telling more about what I loved about Start Here is coming soon!

 
I first enjoyed the glorious place that is Urban farmhouse when my beautiful and wonderful friend Vianne visited RVA for a day. The awesome atmosphere and delicious local food was made even better by the fact that a really talented musician was playing that night. As soon as he played a Ben Howard cover, I was sold, and I made sure I went back to hear him play agin the next week. Great background music for blog writing! Check  Sean Bendula out here!

I first enjoyed the glorious place that is Urban farmhouse when my beautiful and wonderful friend Vianne visited RVA for a day. The awesome atmosphere and delicious local food was made even better by the fact that a really talented musician was playing that night. As soon as he played a Ben Howard cover, I was sold, and I made sure I went back to hear him play agin the next week. Great background music for blog writing! Check Sean Bendula out here!

 
My goodness. Yes, I'm obsessed with sunsets and if you get sick of seeing them on Instagram, you probably shouldn't follow me. That's a friendly warning, because I post pictures of them OFTEN. I just love seeing the glory of my God on display like this. What a remarkable Artist. 

My goodness. Yes, I'm obsessed with sunsets and if you get sick of seeing them on Instagram, you probably shouldn't follow me. That's a friendly warning, because I post pictures of them OFTEN. I just love seeing the glory of my God on display like this. What a remarkable Artist. 

 
This Carytown bookstore, Chop Suey, is a great place to get lost, surrounded by countless old and new books just begging to be read and explored. A vegan cookbook that had been someone else's now is mine, along with a beautiful Flannery O'Connor book. Happy, happy girl.

This Carytown bookstore, Chop Suey, is a great place to get lost, surrounded by countless old and new books just begging to be read and explored. A vegan cookbook that had been someone else's now is mine, along with a beautiful Flannery O'Connor book. Happy, happy girl.

Go on an adventure this weekend. Go somewhere new and find wonder in the world around you. Happy weekend, friends! 


    

If you have no idea what this whole “Friday Freewrite” deal is, read this post. And then come back here, and read on. If you want, you can even join in on your own blog, too. Happy Friday! 

A Special Shout Out!

I am really thankful for genuine friends. I'm thankful for my church and for the connections I've made there, and for friendships that blossomed unexpectedly in that awesome building. I'm thankful for friends that give of their time and talents selflessly and love and encourage me so well.

This is really just a post of me bragging on one super sweet friend of mine, Ashley. She tells the story of how we met over on the blog she and her husband run-- give it a read to get the backstory. HOPE was where we first met, and I'm so glad we did!

Ash asked me a few weeks ago if she could take some pictures of me that they could feature on their blog, and I, of course, was so excited she asked! Her photography (as well as her husband's!) is AWESOME. So good. I was so honored she wanted to shoot me (with a camera, of course)! And I was also pretty stoked that I would be able to update my site and everything with new pictures.

Here are a few of my favorites from the day I spent wandering around Shockoe Bottom with Ash! You absolutely need to go check out their website and like them on Facebook to see all of the incredible work they do! With wedding season coming just around the corner, I promise you're going to want to see all of the beyond beautiful photos and videos they create.

Thank you so much for your sweet friendship, Ash. I'm so thankful I met you at HOPE in that membership class, and so thankful for your generosity in taking these awesome pictures! You are the best!

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