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Husky sitting on girl

Fence Extensions, Reading, and a Thrift Find

Hello and Happy Tuesday! How is your week going so far? Poor Jimmy had a long day yesterday. He had to travel to West Virginia for work and was gone from 6:00 am to 8:30 pm. He’s such a hard worker. He (and my dad–thanks, dad!) also spent most of the day on Saturday working on our fence extension. 

We’re hoping the extra few feet of fence keeps our pupperoni pizza in our yard! 

Husky sitting on girl

I filmed a vlog on Saturday, too! It features the oh-so-exciting fence, my parents loving on Sadie, some cleaning, Sadie getting her nails painted, a bonfire, and more. It was a good day 🙂

I’m still loving reading fall-themed books with Sadie. My mom gave this one to Sadie and she has had us read it about 839 times since Saturday.

Grandpa reading to grandchild

Sadie and I went thrifting together again! There’s a Goodwill outlet store near our house, so we popped in and Sadie scored a new dress.

Everything is sold by weight at the outlet stores, so her dress cost $0.32. I can’t wait to see her wear it! 

Gymboree toddler dress from thrift store

I also bought a mini Christmas tree at the thrift store that I’m going to try and revamp this week. I’ll take some before and after pictures when I get the chance! 

Before I finish out this post, let’s talk books.

–> I just finished Runaway Amish Girl and found it absolutely fascinating. The author decided to leave her Amish life at age 18 and earned her GED and put herself through college. Along with that, she had to adjust to a new culture without the support of her family.

–>Now I’m onto Etched in Sand and it’s intense. The author and her siblings survived an abusive childhood but chose to rise above and depend on each other. 

–> Last but not least, I finished a devotional in the Bible app called Quieting the Shout of Should, which is based off of a book with the same name and now I’m adding that to my to-read list 😉

What are you reading?

Do you have a to-read list?

What did you do this weekend?

Sitting on kitchen counter

Confessions + Focus

I have some fun confessions today. Some are totally random, some make life easier, and some are just… different. Let’s get started. Oh, and I so want to hear some of your confessions in the comments 😉

Confession #1 Our family doesn’t eat dinner at our table together.

Why? Because we don’t have enough chairs, lol. Our kitchen table seats two people, so Jimmy and I take turns sitting on top of the kitchen counter, while the other sits across from Sadie at the table. Someday we will get a bigger table!

Sitting on kitchen counter

Confession #2 Sometimes the only way I can get a bit of real estate work done while at home with Sadie and Niva is to take everyone outside and set up my laptop up somewhere out of reach from Sadie.

I can’t sit at the table because laptops = toddler magnet, lol.

Working outside with toddler

Confession #3 I like to drink hot water. 

My favorite way to drink water is to turn on the tap until the water coming out is steaming, then I fill up my water bottle and enjoy. Super Sparrow water bottles are amazing at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Unlike other popular brands, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. 

Super Sparrow Water Bottles from Amazon

I’m strangely picky about water bottles and I’ve been so impressed with this brand. The fact that they have so many different types, sizes, and colors of bottles makes them even more amazing. There’s definitely one for everyone.

Confession #4 Niva doesn’t bark and we don’t mind.

Toddler and husky

Huskies just aren’t barkers. When the mailman drops off a package while Sadie is napping? No barking. It is glorious. Is she a good guard dog? Absolutely not, lol. I will note that huskies howl, but barking isn’t really their thing.

There are a million other reasons as to why we love our Niva girl (she’s sweet, incredible with Sadie, and just a happy-go-lucky pup), but the whole no barking thing is definitely a blessing. 

Those are my confessions. Onto the focus portion of this post. I was reading a great devotional in the Bible app and the words below really struck me.

Breaking bad habits

I had never thought about bad habits in that way, so I thought it was worth sharing! I’m continually trying to live a life that pleases God and instead of focusing on what I’m not doing well, I need to keep my focus on growing in my faith 🙂

Tell me your confessions!