Pie for Breakfast

Look who discovered how to get the pie out from the fridge (very top shelf, far back) all by themselves.

 This is the scene I came down to one morning after getting ready. 

...It takes courage to discipline in these circumstances! 
...course I had to grab the camera before I took the pie away and gave him a time out. Poor guy.
It really was the most adorable scene, I had to turn around so he didn't see me grinning from ear to ear.
He loves his sweets, just like his mommy.


Happy Thanksgiving

"The spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." Isaiah 61:1



Part of our vacation the past few weeks was spent at my sister-in-law's wedding. It was a beautiful day. Congratulations Kelly and Mike!

It was a pleasure driving around town with the bride and groom in their old Plymouth car to take pics. 

Can't you imagine the great photos that were taken with this old car, the dirt road and the bride and groom. They're going to be amazing.

Have a great day lovelies!


State Fair

Summer feels complete after heading to the State Fair this past weekend.

Many memories were made and it continues to be a delight watching a toddler's wonderment at all things new.

The highlights for me: Mama pig and her babies, all you can drink milk for $1.00, Sweet Martha's cookies, time with family, people watching, lots of walking, and a beautiful sunny day to take it all in.

Happy September Lovelies!



Hello, lovelies! How are you doing this fine day? I pray that you are doing well and feeling encouraged today, what a beautiful day it is! Sunny and 93 degrees here in the Midwest, United States. The last few weeks we've been on vacation. What a beautiful thing vacations are. So nice to spend time with family and enjoy each other's company! Though of course I missed all of you lovelies, and blogging, it was a very fun and much needed break.

What have I been up to while the munchkin is snoozing? I've been having fun over at kiva.org! Have you heard of it? Guessing you have. Boy, what fun I've been having today loaning money! :) They say it is better to give than to receive and I think this is definitely true. My spirit is joyful right now after being able to loan 8 different groups some money towards their grocery and retail businesses. Mostly I supported entrepeneurs in Uganda and Rwanda but also some in Cambodia. What a blessing to be able to give! Here's a video from the kiva website on how it works.


Audrey Assad - Known (Slideshow With Lyrics)

Something that has been so wonderfully on my mind tonight is that we are known. God knows us. He knows everything about us, and not in a creepy way, in an excellent and remarkable way! He made us, formed us, created us to be in His image. It's a beautiful thing!

I'm listening to this song on repeat, blasting it with the windows open and summer breeze blowing in...singing it like no one's around but me and God. It's great. It's called, "Known" by Audrey Assad. Downloadable on iTunes.

Here's the song: Please make sure to turn the volume up to get the full effect of the beauty that will surround your soul while listening to this song. :)

"Known" Lyrics by Audrey Assad

As the dew falls on the blade
You have touched all this fragile frame
And as a mother knows her baby's face
You know me, You know me

As the summer air within my chest
I have breathed You deep down into my breast
And as You know the hairs upon my head
Every thought and every word I've said
Every thought and every word I've said

Savior, You have known me as I am
Healer, You have known me as I was
As I will be in the morning, in the evening
You have known me, yeah, You know me

Oh, and as the exhilaration of autumn's bite
Oh, You have brought these tired bones to brilliant life
And as the swallow knows, she knows the sky
This is how it is with You and I
Oh, this is how it is with You and I

Savior, You have known me as I am
Healer, You have known me as I was
As I will be in the morning, in the evening
You have known me, yeah, You know me

From the fall of my heart to the resurrection of my soul
You know me, God, and You know my ways
In my rising and my sitting down
You see me as I am, oh, see me as I am

And as a lover knows his beloved's heart
All the shapes and curves of her even in the dark
Oh, You have formed one in my inward parts
And You know me, You know me, yes

Savior, You, You have known me as I am
Oh, healer, You have known me as I was
As I will be in the morning, in the evening
You have known

You have known me, in the morning, in the evening
You've known me, God
In the morning, in the evening You have known me
Yeah, You've know me

You have always known me
You know me, God, You have known me
You have always known my heart
Credits :
songwriters: assad, audrey; larue, phillip
© deeper still music publishing;my maxx songs;river oaks music company;songs of razor and tie


Oh the Joys

Thinking about all you lovelies tonight, wondering what you're up to as I'm typing this. I pray that you had a wonderful day and that you're having a great evening.

...Here's a little taste of what an evening looks like at our home...

        "Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."
1 Chronicles 16:34

Good Night Lovelies!


Never thought too much of where my milk came from until recently. Our local grocery store, Kowalskis, sells milk in glass bottles. I have to admit the first time I purchased it I did so because it looked cute. Then I read some more about it and was happy to find that it is from a farm just 30 minutes from where we live, and does not include RBST. I did not know what RBST was and still don't really but my sis was telling me a little bit about it and I'm happy to report that I'm enjoying buying this milk from our local grocery store knowing that we're supporting the local farmers by purchasing it and also getting some very good quality milk at the same time. It's a little more expensive to buy at $3.49 but $1.49 of that is a deposit for the bottle. I'm looking forward to buying this milk from now on and just continuing to return the bottles when we're through with them. For all who are interested, it's from Autumnwood Farms.

Note: After a month of going to the local library for internet, we are now back in service at our home! Thanks to all of you lovely followers of the Whatever Is Lovely blog. You guys are the best!


Ordinary Day

Hello Lovelies! Whatcha' been up to?

We've been busy at our house with home projects: sanding and painting doors, touching up paint on the walls, deep cleaning. Basically trying to prepare our home for sale, whether or not that happens within the next year.

Amidst the hustle and bustle around our home I wanted to take a moment with Andrew outside. We went to the playground at 8pm, when he is usually in bed, and played and ran around in the grass.

Seeing a child play joyfully outside makes me feel like I get a glimpse of heaven on earth.

There is nothing quite like the sound of a child's laughter to bring joy to the heart.


Proud Mommy

My little man did his hair all by himself the other day. 
He was grinning from ear to ear when he came to show me.
Looks good right!


Road Trips

There is something so simple and lovely about road trips.

From the time I was an infant to adulthood my family would take road trips from the Pacific Northwest to the beautiful lakes of Wisconsin, making stops along the way at local historic spots and taking in the gorgeous scenery.

This past weekend I got a taste of the past as we went on our own little 9 hr. road trip to visit family. 

Zoey enjoyed the trip and she enjoyed having a fenced in yard upon reaching our destination.

We enjoyed the trip as well.

What joy to have time together as a family this weekend.

Here are my two goofballs, playing with the camera in the backseat during the middle of a storm.

Here's the storm. Want to drive for me please?

Middle piece of hail is close to golf ball size in diameter.
The clouds were beginning to look a bit too much like tornadoes for my tastes.
There were tornado warnings in the area and we pulled off the road as soon as we were able.

Thank you Lord for keeping us safe today as we drove home.

Do you have a special place you like to road trip to?
Do share!



Today is a special day on my blog because I am showcasing some of my husband's artwork. He drew these for a sermon series at our church 7 1/2 years ago. The guy has been so busy with medical school and residency that it has been easy to forget this wonderful gift for art that he has been given. It was a pleasant reminder today discovering these in an iPhoto folder. Looking forward to more art in exactly one year and two days when he finishes his residency. Hallelujah!









We love going to weddings. 
Congrats Ben & Liz!
The End.


Simple Living - Wedding Gift Giving

Today I'm trying out something new, linking up with Linny over at A Place Called Simplicity.

Giving wedding gifts is always a joy. Here are some things I've learned through the years:

*Send wedding gift right after getting invite in the mail.
*Shop online from couple's registry, use eBates, have the gift wrapped and shipped to them.
*Save money with coupon codes, shopping early and buying the discounted merchandise on the registries.
*Bonus is that often this may be the couple's first gift and that is a special gift in itself.

Happy Wedding Gift Shopping!