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a weekend in dc.


update from ellie girl.

hi!!! i'm 15 months & finally driving (kidding, kidding, just love to run away with mama's keys!) so i thought i'd fill you in on my latest adventures. here. we. go!

missing my friends ian & asher something fierce -- afternoons like this are hard to improve upon -- cheerios, great friends & dance moves. i go sit on their steps & knock on their door, just to let them know i miss them.


i make sure crayons, play dough & books make it into every single day. i grab mama by the finger & show her the way to all the fun we will have!

every morning before my daddy goes to fly, he puts on these big, heavy boots. i decided to give them a go, so i dragged them across the kitchen, climbed in and boy was it great -- cue the self congratulatory clapping!

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i'm excited to share some of the things i've been loving recently & answering a few reader questions (ellie, on the other hand is busy eating cheerios on our stairs while she wakes up from her nap & anticipates our afternoon adventures outdoors!), ok, here we go!

i love the simple joy of lighting a candle -- these beeswax & this hot cider one caught my eye!

man, i wish i could live in alli's pinterest boards!

i would love to invest in a painting one day & thanks to paige's stunning blog (you really need to check our her new old house!), i found the artist we'll go to whenever that day comes!

given i talk about our homemade lattes a lot on this blog & instagram (tulipsandflightsuits if you want to follow me!), a few of you have asked what we use to make them. we received a version of this espresso maker as a wedding gift and love, love, love it -- i love the process of making an espresso shot -- pressing the grinds, etc. the frother on the machine hasn't worked that well, so i heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave & then use this to get the froth right. 

this post on kitchen essentials & this one on measuring & substitutions gave me a lot to think about with our kitchen and how i cook/bake. it's a new to me blog i'm really loving!

oh blackberry farm, one day, i'm coming to see you.

i've been thinking a lot about storytelling for our family -- this book really made me think about how much i loved the stories my dad told me growing up. i am so inspired by these cards to help parents with ideas for their stories -- let's support this little venture to get these cards made! (p.s. be sure to watch the video -- it's so neat!)

i'm loving this blog on ideas for montessori activities i can do with ellie!

the above photo & lots of the recent ones were taken by this camera -- we use our iphones a lot, but when we really want to be intentional about taking photos, this is the one we're using. i'm really excited to learn more about the camera in the coming months -- i have a LONG way to go, but really enjoy the process of getting behind the camera & seeing what i can capture. plus, i'm constantly inspired by so many bloggers who are just so, so gifted.

what have you been loving recently? any other questions i can answer? have a great day! xo


family outing.


marriage & the photograph in my wallet.

a few sundays ago, we were at a coffee house before church. i was holding ellie & so, as i often do, i set my wallet on the counter as i opened it to pay for our lattes & scones. the woman working looked down at the photo of us on our wedding day & said, "that's a beautiful photograph." i thanked her & told her what an encouragement it was to me each time i opened my wallet. 

she told me that a few weeks earlier an older gentleman had opened his wallet to reveal a wedding photograph of his wedding day, many years ago. she had complimented him as well & he'd responded by saying how much he loved "his beautiful wife."

the conversation stuck with me -- i was thinking that after forty plus years of marriage, it's not just physical beauty that keeps you in a marriage or makes you want to have a photograph of your wedding day in your wallet or leads you to say that about your wife to a stranger -- it has to be so much more than that. that man has clearly been in a beautiful marriage -- a marriage that has weathered the storms of life, the seasons that push your vows beyond where you thought they could go -- he has been loved in a way that has endured. i find myself wanting to meet his wife -- to ask her about marriage & how she's lived our her vows.

the photograph of our wedding day is an encouragement to me not because of that day, however wonderful it was, but because of what that day began. the vows we took, the covenant we made, the journey we commenced. and how much every day since then has meant to me -- the real work of marriage. i look at the photograph & am struck by the versions of us who chose to be on this adventure & how much my love for ryan has grown since then. the love i felt the moment that photograph was taken (i really do remember that exact moment of the day) has deepened in ways i couldn't have imagined. & for that i'm so very grateful.


two favorite cookbooks.

dinner a love story & super natural every day are newer cookbooks to our kitchen, but they are quickly becoming dog-eared, well loved favorites around here. i love the simplicity of the recipes, how wholesome the ingredients are & how beautiful the writing is. they also happen to be my favorite gifts right now -- for a friend's birthday, newlywed couple, new parents or an anniversary.

our favorite recipes from dinner a love story are the turkey chili (we often use beef & sub trader joe's bolognese for the can of tomatoes -- be sure to do the full 4 tbsp of chili powder -- it's the punch!); fish cakes; & pork loin with red cabbage (our favorite for dinner parties these days). from super natural every day, we've really loved the quinoa patties, oat cakes ( & millet muffins.

the nicest thing is that i've come to trust these cooks -- i already know i love what happens in their kitchen, so when i try a new recipe, i do so knowing it's likely going to be a hit with us. what are your favorite cookbooks these days?