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Currently: September 2018

September is here. It’s crazy to think it’s already the ninth month of 2018! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Summer morning with trees and sunshine

Current book Still slowly working my way through Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley and loving it. Also spending lots of time in the New Testament in my Bible!

Current song Control (Somehow You Want Me) by Tenth Avenue North. Pretty sure I could just play this on repeat for hours.

Current excitement Mavis has been doing really well with being held and having her paws touched lately! Her groomer said she has improved a lot with the paw touching and one of my pet sitting clients held her while sitting on the ground and touched her paws. What a difference from this time last year!

Girl holding American cocker spaniel

Current food I’ve been loving sloppy joes lately. I usually make them with ground beef or turkey, but recently marinated chicken in the sauce overnight and cooked it up for something new and different and it was great. I’ve also been eating lots of roasted pork loin with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and rosemary. I need to share that recipe soon!

Current confession Jimmy and I still need to order a bassinet for our little gal. I don’t know how we kept putting this off?! Does anyone know of any good brands? Parents: did you use a bassinet, or did your child sleep in their crib from the get go?

Current drink Still enjoying occasional Starbucks vanilla lattes. That foam!

Starbucks vanilla latte with foam

Current blessing Making it to full term in this pregnancy. God is so good. We’re continually thanking Him for the blessing of this sweet baby girl and praying He will bring her safely to into our arms later this month!

Current baked good I just made pumpkin brownies last night and they were wonderful! I’m definitely in the fall baking mood lately.

Current beauty product Butter London nail polish. I think the jewel tone of this polish is perfect for September! Also, I have no idea what Mavis is doing in the background of the picture?!

Butter London Queen Vic nail polish

Current obsession Wax melts and all things scented! I have wax warmers going in our house at all times when we’re home and have been loving fall or food-scented wax melts. I also put a Yankee Candle car jar in my truck in the lemon lavender scent and it makes driving so enjoyable 🙂

Current project I’m baking a cake on Saturday for my mother-in-law’s birthday party. I’m thinking I’ll do a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream! Can’t wait. Maybe I’ll even decorate it with rosettes or sprinkles!

Current fun Spending as much time as possible with Jimmy. It doesn’t matter what we do, I just adore being with him.

Husband and wife smiling

Current procrastination Cleaning our shower and tub. I clean our bathroom all the time, but I always put off scrubbing the shower and tub for some reason, lol.

Current app Bible Lens. It’s an app that creates graphics with Bible verses on them from pictures on your phone. It has been a fun new way for me to connect with God’s Word!

Tell me something current in your life!

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Mavis’ Surgery and Books

Our little Mavis girl was spayed on Monday and it was a tough day. I cried leaving her at the vet that morning, and I cried when I took her home. She did great throughout the surgery, but was super scared and shaky when we brought her home.

Cocker spaniel puppy after spaying surgery

She’s doing a lot better now, and I think the hardest thing for her is just resting instead of playing all the time like she’s used to. The vet told us to keep her activity level to a minimum and have a cone on her for 14 days. Eek! I bought her an elk antler to chew and play with to keep her busy, but I know I’m going to have to get creative with things for her to do to keep her from running around the house!

We also put a smaller cone on her since she wasn’t able to eat or drink without someone holding the dish for her. It’s a lot to handle with checking her stitches each day, giving her medication, and keeping an eye on her, but we’re glad the surgery is done and over with now!

Cocker spaniel puppy with cone and elk antler

Doesn’t she look like a little walrus with her elk antler? Also, that’s her “mommmmm, play with me!!” face.

Okay, onto books! I have kind of been in a reading rut lately, and I’m not sure if it’s just because I’ve been busy, or just haven’t found any good books since I finished The Magnolia Story and What Falls from the Sky.

I’m currently reading Present Over Perfect and enjoying it (though I don’t agree with the author’s view on baptism, salvation, and a few other faith-related things). It’s definitely inspiring me to take more time to just “be” instead of do, if that makes sense.

Present Over Perfect book

I also just picked up Grace, Not Perfection and Fitness Junkie, which are totally different but sound equally interesting!

I received a surprise package in the mail from Rach recently, too. She sent baby books for our daughter! I totally cried while reading them (I guess crying is just my thing lately!) and was thanking God for such a sweet friend.

Christian baby books Mama Love You So, Found Psalm 23 and I Prayed For You

One last thing in the category of books. I found a sermon notes journal on Amazon for a great price and I am loving it!

I’m definitely one to take notes during church sermons and really enjoy going back and reading them throughout the week. I usually just use a plain notebook, but this journal has really upped my note taking game!

Sermon Notes Journal

I think that’s everything for today. I was looking through my pictures for this post and came across this one below and it totally has me wanting Starbucks.

It was a decaf vanilla latte. Something about their foam, with the smooth espresso and vanilla flavor just gets me. Yum. No other coffee shop makes lattes like Starbucks! They’re always spot-on, every. single. time. but also come with the price tag for that type of quality, haha. Definitely a great treat from time to time 🙂

Starbucks vanilla latte

Do you have a go-to order or favorite drink at Starbucks?

Have you read any good books lately?