Happy Thursday from the front porch sweet friends! We hope your week has been all that you’ve needed it to be as we slide into your inbox a little early to prepare for the long holiday weekend, Easter celebrations, and S’s birthday.
Thanks so much for being here!
Last Friday, I woke up to the sweetest email from my friend Cindy of Reinvented Delaware. If you don’t follow her you totally should because she is a wealth of knowledge and talent.
To my complete surprise, the email was to congratulate me on being featured in the latest edition of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.
It was incredibly kind.
Cindy had no way of knowing it at the time, but I had been up most of the night replaying the events of the day trying to figure out how to make an endless to-do list work, while simultaneously chiding myself for not taking better care of my back or sticking to better boundaries.
It was a ridiculous and all too familiar recipe of being wired and tired.
So, when I woke up to her generous email that morning, it was like someone had opened all the windows and let in the spring air.
Truth be told, I thought the editors of the magazine had passed on my milk glass-inspired cake stand project because I had not heard from them in the way I usually do.
If you’re not familiar, magazines and publishing companies work 1-2 years (sometimes even longer) in advance planning and creating content.
Anyway, the whole experience taught me 3 important lessons…
1.) Don’t assume.
2.) Acts of kindness no matter how big or small have the power to change everything.
3.) Sometimes we have no idea things are being worked out on our behalf or in our favor, but they are. Other times, we have a direct hand in creating unexpected blessings and gifts for the people placed on our paths.
As we get ready to transition from late spring to early summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to prepare your heart and home.
Inspired by Cindy’s email, I’ve also started keeping a list of unexpected blessings and gifts.
Here are just a few unexpected blessings and gifts I’ve received, someone in my family has received or a friend has recently received…
*My Mom, her brother, and sisters arrived just in time to say goodbye to a loved one.
*The irises we transplanted from my Granny’s property are blooming again.
*A friend celebrated her son’s 27th birthday this week, a true miracle, given he was in a hit and run motorcycle accident last year and left for hours without medical attention or treatment.
*Another who recently closed on a house received 2 unexpected checks in the mail after she had inadvertently overpaid in fees, insurance, and other closing-related costs.
*Another who sold her house so quickly she had not yet found a place to live. Within days she had received offers from family members, friends, and a rental property possibility owned by her realtor.
*One of my sisters runs a successful side-hustle boutique and was recently asked by an established business owner to participate in a pop-up shop-style shopping experience at her salon. Even though my sister had just met the salon owner at an unrelated event a little more than 36 hours prior, she courageously stepped into the opportunity. It was so successful we were woo hoo-ing and high fiving each other in separate cars on the phone screaming like littles because it was so exciting.
*One of my aunts called to see if there was anything she could do to help while my back was still tender and recovering. She graciously reminded me she still knew how to cook, clean, and fill ice packs like a pro. She’s almost 74 and lives over 2 hours away.
*Cardinals in bright shades of ruby have been dancing around our yard all week.
While some of the things on this list of unexpected blessings and gifts might seem small, each one is a divine reminder of the vast amount of hope and grace that surrounds us every single day.
May we always keep our hearts and minds open to receiving them.
Even when we can’t explain it.
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…
Pinning this gorgeous home (and portfolio) to my secret dream home Pinterest board, it would be so beautiful at the pecan grove.
Designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas Awakens an Ancestral Arkansas Farmhouse (and it’s every bit as dreamy as you would imagine)
Love the simple elegance of this kitchen.
Speaking of Bridgerton, have you seen these cookies yet? They’re almost too pretty to eat!
This Easter Brunch Tablescape is totally fabulous!
Vintage Garden Décor and Spring Flower Shopping (this post will make you want to RUN to the garden center)
How pretty is this ring?
Think You Need to Reinvent Yourself? Listen to This (LOVED this podcast if you haven’t heard it yet)
Words to Live By…
Second Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- April – The Gift of Home: Beauty and Inspiration to Make Every Space a Special Place by Bre Doucette
- May – The Power to Bless – Speaking Life into Those You Love by Alan Right
- June – Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L Scott
- Courageous Simplicity: Abide in the Simple Abundance of Jesus
On the Menu this Week…
Week of April 17th – April 24th
04/17 Sunday: Easter Sunday:
- Easter Recipes to Make Every Bunny Happy
- 26 of Our Best Easter Dinner Ideas
- 70 Best Easter Recipes for Planning the Perfect Sunday Feast
- 85 Easter Dinner Ideas Your Family Will Love
- 04/18 Monday: Easy Wonton Soup with Baked Egg Rolls
- 04/19 Tuesday: Queso Chicken with black beans and avocado
- 04/20 Wednesday: Smoked Salmon Avocado and Arugula Salad
- 04/21 Thursday: Rigatoni Meatball Soup
- 04/22 Friday: Chicken Mediterranean Skillet Pizza with a side salad
- 04/23 Saturday: 20 Minute Turkey Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner
- 04/24 Sunday: Pork with Wine and Herb Gravy with mashed potatoes and asparagus
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
Late Spring Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
How to Clean Vintage Pillowcases (this method would also work for napkins)
I wasn’t able to an entire blog post about them but just a heads up, if you have a Michaels nearby, they have the cutest egg kits on sale. S painted these…
April Bucket List…
- Celebrate April Birthdays
- Order S’s Birthday Cake and Presents
- Celebrate Easter at Bliss Barracks
- Make Easter Basket for Piper
- Meet S for Dinner to Celebrate the End of Tax Season
- Meet Accountability Partner for Lunch and J Crew
- Continue Quarter Challenge in Q2
- Establish Exercise Plan to Strengthen Core
- Begin the Miracle Month with Carrie Green
- Take Part in Jon Acuff’s Overcoming Overthinking Challenge
- Organize and Finish the Laundry Room Makeover
- Begin Morning Pages
- Read the Book of the Month
- Begin Q2 Devotion
- Keep Sundays Sacred
April Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Shared and Common Areas
- 04/02 – Linen Closets
- 04/09 – Laundry Room
- 04/16 – Entry or Mudroom
- 04/23 – Dining Room & Dining Room Hutch/Buffet
- 04/30 – Declutter & Organize Living Room
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 04/15 – Good Friday
- 04/17 – Easter Sunday
- 04/18 – Tax Day (US)
- 04/22 – Earth Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know. We hope your Easter weekend is filled with lots of love and laughter. We’ll be taking off tomorrow to celebrate S’s birthday and spending time with our family at Bliss Barracks this weekend but look forward to sharing more with you next week!