From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the front porch you guys! How was your week? Are you hanging in there ok? I know the first few weeks of school can be a huge adjustment on everyone involved. It’s been a doozy of a week for us yet strangely productive too.

The doozy part of this week started on Monday at lunch when our dog with a recently diagnosed neurological disorder took a big turn for the worse and we wound up in the ER with him early Tuesday morning. His doctors told us a few weeks ago it would take some time to work out the best medication combinations and dosage for him, but we never imagined he would go down so quickly.

Anyway, the trip to the ER resulted in a change of medication, another diagnosis and a big reality check. We’re in the process of weighing our options now. The whole thing has been really scary and at present, he is total care. They gave him IVs and another concoction of medication so we’re hopeful they will improve his condition. To be perfectly honest, we’re running out of options.

Given he has been around the clock care, the parts of the week that haven’t been spent at the vet’s office have been as follows…comfort, paint, comfort, eat, comfort, sleep…repeat.

Scenes from our week…

Do you guys have a list of activities that make you feel better whenever you find yourself tired or overwhelmed or stressed out? We’ve tried to be super aware of practicing our list this week. They’re super simple things like…

…load me up with books any day of the week…

…I saw this and thought of you…

…coffee dates with supportive and understanding friends…

…the gift of grace knowing you might not get everything on your to-do list done but you can get all your priorities accomplished during a hectic week.

Quote of the week & Free Printable…

Reading this week…

I was at the bookstore recently and there are a lot of great books coming out. These are currently on our TBR list so we’re counting down the days…

French Country Cottage by Courtney Allison (August 18, 2018)

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines

Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House by Nora Murphy (September 25, 2018)

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love and Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon (September 18, 2018)

Also, just a heads up…

You can pre-order the Val Marie Paper 2019 Prayer Journals now (discount if you order by 08/21) and the Cultivate What Matters 2019 PowerSheets go on sale October 24, 2018.

Listening to this week…

One benefit of painting the doors and the entry this week is there has been plenty of time to listen to some really good podcasts. This one How to Recover from Burnout and Infuse More Joy and Creativity Back Into Your Work with You Tube sensation Sunny Lenarduzzi on the Pursuit with Purpose Podcast was super interesting.

A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…

We’re obsessed with this entire home tour …those bookcases, the layers of texture – it’s all so pretty!

This coastal kitchen makeover is gorgeous!

This is a beautiful outdoor space and the color change of the exterior is crazy! It doesn’t even look like the same house now.

I wouldn’t normally think to put these colors together for fall, but the combination is totally fantastic.

20 Ways to Make Your Space Feel Bigger

6 Tips for Natural Beauty Sleep

On the Menu this Week…(just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)

Thai Peanut Chicken Edamame Quinoa Stir Fry

Lemon Pepper Sheet Pan Salmon

Cauliflower Penne Puttanesca

Greek Couscous Salad

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowls

Mexican Chopped Salad

DIY Starbucks Protein Box

6 Simple Insta Worthy Toast Combos

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Cherry Pie Bites

Here are a few neutral farmhouse inspired fall tablescape essentials from Amazon…(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Chateau Dinnerware Set

Faux Wood Charger

Gray Napkins

Magnolia Garland

Plaid Table Runner

White Pumpkins and Gourds

White Roses

Candle Lantern


If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…

19 Fall Wreaths Under $50

Farmhouse Inspired Entry Makeover Plans

5 Simple Tips for Painting Interior Doors

17 Ways to Ease Into Fall (from the archives)

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. We have a great week coming up next week. You are not going to believe this but the wall art for the breakfast nook has FINALLY arrived! The completely ironic thing is that I haven’t even had a chance to look at it yet because we’ve had our hands full with Filbie but I’m hoping to check it out later today. Fingers crossed, it’s exactly what we’ve envisioned so we can finish the breakfast nook. I am beyond ready to check it off the to-do list and move on to the entry!

Whatever you have planned I hope it’s something you’re excited about too. I can’t wait to see you back here on Monday. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo, you know how I feel about your pup – so precious – my (tears), thoughts and prayers are with you. I so wish we could meet for coffee for a hug and conversation between friends. How I would love to pick your brain on decorating dilemma’s! Loving the look of your doors – looking forward to seeing it all completed. Sending prayers for upcoming decisions you will need to make.

    1. I appreciate your sweet and kind words, Patty, thank you so much. We’re taking it day by day and each day Filbie improves. Small steps and you’re right a lot of big decisions. At this point, we’re willing to celebrate any signs of progress. We would have SO much fun over coffee talking about all sorts of decorating ideas and dilemmas too. Throw in lots of hugs and some cake pops and I believe we could have the perfect day he he. Sending you big hugs and thanks so much for your prayers, CoCo

  2. Sabrena Reed says:

    I think the pictures of S hand with Filbie should be the next art work on the wall! It is a beautiful picture and tells such a powerful story! Prayers for our favorite boy.

    1. Framing a picture of S with Filbie is a fabulous idea! That would be such a great gift. Thanks so much for your prayers and the kind words of support, it’s been a scary experience to say the least. Hugs and love, CoCo

      1. Sabrena Reed says:

        I was thinking about the beauty of that picture and thought it might looked good in a black and white version. Just a thought!

  3. I didn’t have a chance to comment on everything because I’m catching up for two weeks but I wanted to let you know we’re praying for Filbie and we hope he feels better soon.

    1. I really appreciate your concern Sarah thank you so much. He’s a sweetie pie so we’re hoping to get some answers soon. Hugs, CoCo

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