Five Thoughts

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend, or are you staying home?

We are going to two first birthday parties and that’s about it. Hopefully our weekend is a mix of fun and relaxation. Here are five thoughts I have today, with a few affiliate links included!

1. We planted our garden! 

Fruit and vegetable garden

We had planned to plant last week or even the week before because we had everything ready but it snowed. I’ll share more details in another post, but this year’s garden includes some fruit! I’m excited to see how that goes since we usually only grow vegetables and herbs.

2. “School” with Sadie

Toddler learning activities

I’ve been trying to set aside a little bit of focused time each day to do a few learning activities with Sadie and she seems to be enjoying it almost as much as I do! It has been so rewarding to see learn. We do things like:

  • Go over different words with flash cards
  • Practice sign language
  • Do puzzles
  • Work on a sticker workbook
  • Draw, paint, or write
  • Play with her fine motor hedgehog toy
  • Cook or bake simple recipes together
  • Read books and ask/answer questions

3. Thankfulness. 

Husband and wife smiling

Our clothes are dry!

Remember how our dryer broke and we were trying to fix it? We had to throw in the towel and buy a new one. We went about a week without a dryer and now every time I fold clothes I am reminded of how thankful I am for things like dryers to make our towels fluffy and clothes dry!

4. Living the husky life. 

Husky shedding

Niva is blowing her coat for the first time! I told my mom and sister that and they were like isn’t that just shedding? No, it’s shedding on steroids, haha. Huskies have a double coat so they can survive in cold weather and they shed their undercoat each spring to keep them cool in the summer and make way for a new one when winter comes.

It’s wild to find full tufts of fur on the couch when Niva gets up, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. She’s awesome! 

5. Reading. 

Bible and coffee

I’ve been in a good reading groove lately. I’m all over the place with what I’m into, as usual. Just finished reading Philippians and this book on submission. I’m re-reading this book on Amish life, and I plan on starting this midwifery memoir next. 

What are you reading?



  1. I am in the process of buying my first house and it happens to be new construction and they do not have a washer/dryer included so I spent today at Home Depot looking at all of the things that I will NEED to buy when I first move in! As you’ve lived “on your own” for a while and recommendations for things I NEED as a first time home buyer??

    1. Congrats, Lindsay! That’s super exciting! Okay, first time home buyer must haves… lots of garbage cans, laundry baskets, a broom and dustpan, mop, vacuum, and lawnmower. Cleaning supplies like sponges, sprays, toilet bowl cleaner, etc. are always needed as well as towels and bedding! Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Isn’t it amazing how we learn to appreciate the simple things in our lives (like a dryer) after a time of doing without!

    Also, it’s so fun to watch our kiddos learning new things! I am always amazed at how quickly they pick up new skills. 🙂

    1. YES! It’s totally wild! I definitely took our dryer for granted and now I think I might kiss it every time I use it, ha!

      Isn’t it just wild how quickly little minds learn? God is so good!

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