Magnolia Markets, the Barndominium & Duke Bear the Doodle circa 2018


Hello!

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Well, friends, here I am - I’m back! I have missed blogging a lot since 2007 or 2009 or whenever it was that I first started. Back then I enjoyed blogging about our son Andrew who was a baby in 2007, miscarriage, adoption, home decor, organizing, mostly I did it for fun. I loved having online friends in the blogging world, people who were like-minded who enjoyed re-arranging their homes in the same crazy ways I did.

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My husband would come home and find me laughing at the computer screen. He loved when I blogged, it gave me a lot of joy. Since then I miss it. I admit that I have had absolutely no idea how to work Squarespace since moving to this platform four or so years ago. I am excited to come back here and try, learning as I go.

Back when I started Whatever is Lovely I had been going through much heartache, waiting, loss, & infertility. The verse “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things,” Philippians 4:8 really blessed me during this time as I learned to focus on the lovely in my days. Once again I want to keep this focus, the lovely, and start blogging again.

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Thank you for being here!

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Duke is our goldendoodle puppy, now one year and two months old. We bought him from a breeder in TX, Lonestar Doodles. He is our miracle puppy, thank you Lonestar! Our oldest son Andrew got to pick him out first from a large litter of puppies at Christmas time! We stayed one night at the Barndominium, thank you to the host for a wonderful and welcoming stay! :)

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We managed to pick up our dog and head straight to the silos, of course! :) Because why not. When in TX…. :)

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We did a photo shoot at Magnolia Market, because when your ten year old says ok to as many pictures as I want you make the best of all worlds and take a sneak peak at the market, have a great backdrop and spend the night at the barndominum. :) We had so much fun!

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Duke ran around this home and yard, chasing Andrew, playing, it was the sweetest.

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We love TX. Thank you TX for being awesome. Thank you Magnolia Markets for being so beautiful and for welcoming our puppy that sweet nearing Christmas day back in 2017.

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xx,

AnaLisa

Florida: What's Not to Love

Bowman's Beach on Sanibel Island in Florida.

What is not to love?

What a beautiful day we had here in Florida in January! Never mind that there has been torrential downpour the past three days, this one glorious sunny and warm day made the flight from Seattle to MSP and MSP to Orlando and drive to Ft. Myers all worth it!

Happy January, I hope these beach images warm you up on a cold winter's day if you're staring outside into the snowy landscape, or into a cold wet downpour of rain. Wherever you find yourself, blessings upon your evening and enjoy it right where you're at!

Good night lovelies,

AnaLisa

Home Alone Marathons

Who doesn't love a good Home Alone Marathon day?

Home Alone I, II, III, & IV, Check!

Andrew has been walking around with that airplane pillow around his neck all day... Hilarious. To Kindergarten pick up and back. 

Christmas vacation just around the corner! After December 18 I'm not allowing myself to re-arrange anything, run to and fro or any of that... just outings as a family, Christmas fun, Board Games, Movies, Family Walks and whatever else we can discover to do as a family (FOR FREE) here in the Pacific Northwest.

Merry Christmas everyone!

xx,

AnaLisa

Tiarra Sorte Photography

In love with these pictures.

In love with my family.

Thank you, Tiarra, for spending your evening with us. And for giving me the gift of a make up artist to come to my home. We all know I needed the help! And a shout out to Jessica who colored my hair morning of. :) It takes a village people. Ha.

I love you Alex, Andrew, Asher & Annabel. 

You bless me more than you know.

xx, 

Mom

Where's Waldo and Small Town Living :)

Good Afternoon, Lovelies!

What a beautiful day in the city of Edmonds, WA! Glory to God! Magnificent beauty all around. I've traveled and lived a  lot of places and I'm just really not sure it gets any more beautiful on earth this side of heaven! Glorious.

The kids and I have been enjoying summer days. Me, mostly organizing and getting settled in.. another post on that coming soon.. in the meantime, lots of outdoor time playing baseball, running through the sprinkler/spraying with the hose, picnics on our front porch, time at the beach, enjoying community and time with our new church here.

Life is so good! Treasuring these friendships, and in some ways reflecting on where we have been the past twelve years and where we are headed in the future. Also PLANTING seems to be on my heart! 

Our cute small-town living city had a Where's Waldo hunt, 48 shops in the community had a little sign in their window for Waldo and then today we got to go to a party for getting a stamp from at least 24 of the 48 participating shops. To get a stamp the kids had to go on a scavenger hunt to find Waldo in each store. My kids loved this! It was a great way to get the adults into shops they might not have otherwise been in before, and just a great way to build community in my opinion. Today we got to go have some cake, meet Mrs. Waldo ( I never found Mr. Waldo?) :) , beanbag toss, count the candies in the jar and participate in a raffle. My ticket won, so I let our oldest pick something. He chose a Seahawks poster and a $5 coffee card so I am a happy girl!

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Happy summer, lovelies! Enjoy this beautiful glorious day!

In Him,

AnaLisa