I’ve written and rewritten this portion of today’s post more times than I can count.
How do you properly grieve a Queen in a country and a commonwealth that’s not your own?
An inspiration to millions whose strength, elegant grace, steadfast faith, and devotion to country was unparalleled.
Like a lot of you, she’s the only monarch I’ve ever known.
My Mom woke me up early to watch the wedding of Princess Diana and (then) Prince Charles. We watched William and Kate get married over breakfast at a beautiful inn in Augusta and toasted with specially made wedding cookies when Megan and Harry got married.
I had the Princess Diana haircut even with curly hair.
I got royal books and memorabilia for Christmas and birthdays.
We celebrated all the Jubilees.
And I sat at the feet of one of my favorite uncles for years listening to him recount the historical achievements of royal women and common women alike.
When he told me, “Don’t ever let anyone tell you women aren’t important, or that they can’t change the world, or that they can’t make a pivotal impact,” I believed him.
It’s in his honor, her picture hangs above my desk today.
While I mourn her loss alongside so many of you, I’m also grateful to learn more about her life and legacy from those who knew and loved her well in the weeks and months to come.
In the meantime, my heart will continue to ache for those of you that are feeling the loss of Her Majesty and for those of you who lost loved ones on 9/11 as well.
May you find peace and comfort when you need it most.
A Few of Our Favorite Things From Around the Web This Week…
This retreat space in Virginia feels like a cozy cottage in the English countryside.
The garden tour that will make you want to run to the flower market.
This former chicken farm makeover is magical.
How beautiful is this historic farmhouse bathroom makeover?
I would have never thought to have a wedding in an apple orchard but this one is stunning. Plus it’s filled with fantastic fall inspo too!
All the layers of texture in this home make me want to grab a blanket and snuggle up!
This custom lake home is filled with lots of beautiful light.
Love all the different ways Kim dresses up her kitchen and breakfast nook area for Fall.
Three Easy Faux Pumpkin Makeovers (I cannot get over how real these look!)
I pinned so many festive porch ideas from Rachel’s post!
How to Make a Pumpkin Luminary (these would be so pretty on a porch or going down the driveway)
A unique jewelry company that helps fight hunger.
Words to Live By…
Third Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- July: How Are You, Really? by Jenna Kutcher (this book feels like having a long talk with your big sister)
- August: Minimalista: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life by Shira Gill (I love how this book makes organizing feel doable no matter what level of maximalism or minimalism you’re at)
- September: A More Beautiful Life: A Simple Five-Step Approach to Living Balanced Goals with HEART by Whitney English (I totally blew through this book, it’s such a good one. It flips goal setting completely on its head!)
- Devotional: Courageous Joy: Delight in God in Every Season by (in)courage (I learn something new every time I dive into this devotional)
On the Menu this Week…
September 11 – September 17
- 09/11 Sunday: Easy Beef Brisket with cole slaw and baked beans
- 09/12 Monday: Grilled Chimichurri Portobellos with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- 09/13 Tuesday: Easy Tamale Pie
- 09/14 Wednesday: BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad
- 09/15 Thursday: Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
- 09/16 Friday: Kale Pesto Pizza
- 09/17 Saturday: Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Salmon
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
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…
September Bucket List…
- Celebrate September Birthdays and Special Occasion Events
- Celebrate Labor Day with Shrimp Rolls
- Fly the Flag for Patriot’s Day
- Pick Apples While at the Cabin
- Grab a PSL at Starbucks
- Create a Fall Bucket List
- Decorate the House for Fall
- Decorate the Porch for Fall
- Make a Courageous Choice Daily (even if it’s a micro one)
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
September Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Fall Planning and Seasonal Activities
- 09/03 Create Fall Bucket List
- 09/10 Transition Seasonal Items into Closets (coats, sweaters, ski gear, sports equipment)
- 09/17 Order or Purchase New Planner or Calendar
- 09/24 Review Family Holiday Calendar & Set Family Doctor Appointments
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 09/11 Patriot Day
- 09/11 National Grandparents Day
- 09/12 National Day of Encouragement
- 09/17 National Clean Up Day
- 09/17 Oktoberfest Begins
- 09/21 National Chai Day
- 09/22 First Day of Fall
- 09/22 American Business Women’s Day
- 09/22 National Ice Cream Cone Day
- 09/23 Native American Day
- 09/23 National Pot Pie Day
- 09/25 National Daughters Day
- 09/25 Rosh Hashanah
- 09/26 National Pancake Day
- 09/26 Love Note Day
- 09/29 National Coffee and National Starbucks Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!