Life

Be Our Guest

Sadie and I were delighted to be invited as guests on our cousin’s swimming pool membership today.

Toddler in swimming pool

We met up with their family, my sister and her daughter, and my mom for an afternoon of fun in the sun. We had such a nice time talking, relaxing, and playing with the kids.

Sadie ended up liking the adult pool and was jumping into my arms. She made my retired swimmer heart happy 😉

Mom and toddler swimming

While we were out, we had a house guest! The pool was located about an hour from our house and I knew we would be gone for most of the afternoon, so I had a dog walker come and take Niva on a little jaunt while we were out.

I think Niva enjoyed her walk and got nice and tired out because she didn’t eat any brownie mix while we were gone 😉

Black and white Siberian Husky

Other things of note:

  • We filmed another vlog yesterday! My favorite part is Sadie and Niva running around while I try and explain how to cook breakfast casseroles.
  • Jimmy sent me the photo below and it melted my heart. He took Sadie to work with him on Saturday for a little and she brought one of her toy dogs and accidentally left it there. He said he found it on Monday morning and it made his day 🙂

Toy dog on desk

Tell me about your day!

Have you ever found something totally random on your desk? —> I have a Paw Patrol sticker book sitting on mine at the moment, lol.

Reunited + Things That May Surprise You

Our little family was reunited on Saturday evening after Jimmy’s trip

Family laying on porch swing

My sister and brother-in-law dropped him off, so we hung out with them for a bit. Sadie and Caroline snuggled under a blanket at it was the sweetest thing.

I just adore watching their relationship develop as they grow ❤

Toddler snuggling under blanket

That evening, I crashed. The 3:30 am wakeup finally got to me and I fell asleep outside while reading this book after Sadie went to bed. 

It has been so nice to have Jimmy back at home! He wasn’t even gone for a week, but I missed sharing smiles with him during everyday moments of joy with Sadie, rolling our eyes together at the antics of the pets, and having coffee with each other in the morning. Marriage is such a huge blessing. 

We spent Saturday catching up around the house and just hanging out. It was a sweet weekend 🙂

Onto things that may surprise you. Or maybe they won’t. 

I heard a great sermon about how it’s important to examine why we believe what we believe. With things that are faith-related, is what we believe based off of a religious group, a religious leader, a book, what your parents believe, a tradition, or something else? 

I can remember when I first realized that my faith in God was my own faith in God, if that makes sense. My parents raised my siblings and I in a non-denominational christian church and we were required to attend church if we lived under their roof. What was being taught at our church lined up with the Bible and it really clicked into place for me when I was in high school. The Bible, which is God’s Word, is what I base my life and beliefs on. 

This kind of got me thinking about things that are practiced in some religions that claim to follow the Bible, but the practices don’t line up with scripture. I will never claim to be an expert on the Bible, but you won’t find these things in God’s Word:

  • Infant baptism
  • Lent and Ash Wednesday
  • The Sinner’s Prayer
  • Baptism that involves sprinkling of water
  • Confessing sins to a pope
  • Salvation through belief in Jesus only

Were you surprised by any of these things?

What’s your favorite part about being reunited with a loved one?