Monday, July 24, 2017

Gifts // Vol. 15


949. hiking adventures with him
950. spotting a scarlet tanager on the trail
952. 2 strawberry sprinkle donuts
958. my dad in heaven
960. that You are my perfect, patient, faithful, loving, merciful, all-knowing Father - I need You & I love You
962. hearing the missionaries speak
965. a potted Gerber daisy from him
966. a love card with glittery white "sand" in it
969. exploring old abandoned bunkers together
977. trip planning

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How We Do Disney


Here's how we {Laura + Dan} love to experience Disney...

Two words: Dole Whips!


Wearing Disney stuff at the parks.  C'mon, where better to get away with wearing all the cutesy Minnie & Mickey stuff + mouse ears?


Doing as much as we can.  We start early & make smart use of the Fast Passes. {Dan is amazing at patiently refreshing the app when we are waiting in line for other rides.  We were able to snag many random Fast Pass openings this way.}


Getting celebration pins when applicable.  They are a fun {& free} souvenir of a special time, & the Disney people love to congratulate you throughout the day {& occasionally give you an extra perk or 2}!


Splurging at one higher priced Disney restaurant. {P.S.: We are both total tea totalers, in case any questions arise from the photo. 😉}


How do you like to experience the magic of Disney Parks?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Introducing Little Letters // July 2017


Dear Life,

Half of you is literally "if," & that is scary to this girl who wants the control.  Or, at least, to think she has the control - imagining is okay, right?  Can the rest of you be Jesus?  I know that we'll have to change Webster's & update pretty much everything, but... pretty please?  Either Jesusif or ifJesus, because Jesifus sounds strange.  Maybe this whole letter sounds strange?  Hmmm...

Signed,
the Control Freak Girl Who Needs Her Jesus for Each & Every If {& All the In Between}

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Dear Jesus,

Can you help me give over the aforementioned control to You.  I know You already have it.  I need You to have it - & not me.  I'm done white-knuckling it over here.

Love,
Your Daughter

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Dear Mysterious Invisible Creatures,

Can you stop biting my feet when I wear flip flops & any other such sandals.  I'm running out of hydrocortisone cream over here.  Not to mention, you're creeping me out.

Signed,
Itchy Feet

P.S.: Are you chiggers?

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Dear Sunlight,

Thank you for streaming into my apartment & making the empty space {after my husband goes to work} all bright & cozy each & every morning {well, unless it's overcast}.  God did a good thing putting you up there & this apartment's windows where He did.  He knew I needed you.

Love,
Laura

P.S.: The white Gerber daisy says, "thanks," too!

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Dear Nail Polish,

Thanks for making my toenails rock the whole summer long... & really all 365.  Who am I kidding?  You are so not seasonal to this fan girl.

Love,
The 10 Little Tootsies

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Dear Tissues,

You've been put through a lot the last few months.  Thanks for being there to catch all the tears + gunk when I cry when no ones around.  I promise this won't be forever.

Love,
Hopeful {#keepingitreal}

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Dear Pink Flamingos,

You are so cute & the epitome of summer cool right now.  I love your quirky legs, neck, & beak - & don't even get me started on your pinkness!  Your plastic selves can plant your metal legs in my yard anytime.  I just wanted you to know.

XOXO,
An Admirer

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P.S.: Linking up!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gifts // Vol. 14


883. his hugs + kisses throughout the day
889. the confidence of my value in You & how You made me
892. a Checker's strawberry milkshake
893. moonlight swims
895. a bill finally paid off - praise God!!!
898. a bear hug from a student I saw while out shopping
901. exploring antique stores together
905. Beauty & the Beast date with my love
915. wedding cake ice cream in a waffle cone to celebrate 9 months married
917. exploring Oxbow Meadows hand-in-hand