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Friday, March 22, 2019

5 on Friday

Hey guys, I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. My week has been exciting, challenging yet filled with gratitude. I am so thankful for what God is doing in our lives. It is so fulfilling to see the last bits of our home project coming together and planning for renters! Today I have compiled a list of five favorites for you this week...

1.Living Communally 

I am so blessed to have such an amazing tribe. I have my family, friends that may as well be family, our church community and our Classical Conversations Community. Oh, and our baseball community! I'm just blessed beyond what I could ever dream. 

2.๐ŸŽ‰ Slackline๐ŸŽ‰

Does anyone else have one of these?
 I have to admit, they are a blasty blast! My kids will bounce, balance and do tricks on this thing for hours.
At first I couldn't get what was so fun about it until I actually tried walking the tightrope contraption myself. I was pretty much hooked after that. It's a really great way to get the whole family playing together and getting some exercise as an added bonus. It is a core strengthener and improves balance. We purchased ours from Amazon here.

3.๐Ÿ’• Another Grove Collaborative Order๐Ÿ’•.
I love Grove Collab! This is my second order and this time I purchased Caldrea's Sea Salt & Neroli candle which smells wonderful. I also got the bubble up suds brush, another glass bottle & two concentrated cleaning tubes, a lavender soap, and the Caldrea Sea Salt Neroli Counter Spray. If you have never ordered from you will get a Mrs. Myers 5 piece git set for free when you click the link below. I got the Mrs. Meyers Basil fragrance. I LOVE cleaning with these products, they just smell wonderful and I really enjoy spraying my counters and smelling this beautiful scent.  You spend $20 to get the free gift set but I think I spent twice as much and ended up getting a ton more free. I love their cleaning products and there is just something therapeutic about cleaning with fun products that make your house smell amazing.  
Get a 5 piece gift set free when you click on this link. I do want to let you know that if you use my link, you get a free gift set and Grove  will give me a $10 credit (which I will use immediately to buy more fun home products๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’•). 

4. Finally picking a backsplash! I bought wayyyyy too much of this marble subway tile for my bathroom but it turned out to be a really good thing. I love the way it matches my granite so I am going to use it in my kitchen as well. I love how light and bright it is and think it will be a perfect addition to our kitchen. 

5. My last favorite is this mug. Such a beautiful little reminder.
   "delight in Jehovah is a strong refuge." ื—ֶื“ְื•ַ֥ืช

Looking at this verse in context makes it so much more meaningful to me during hard times. Ezra, the Priest and Scribe, was reading the Law to the Israelites. The Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel had not been followed for many generations due to wicked kings but it was recovered during King Josiah's reign. Ezra read the Law to the Israelites who mourned and wept over their lack of adherence. Nehemiah, the governor, told the Israelites, “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
The people had tender hearts towards the Lord. Their lament was something to celebrate.
Matthew Henry says that "their strength consisted in joy in the Lord. The better we understand God's word, the more comfort we find in it; the darkness of trouble arises from the darkness of ignorance."

I have to be completely transparent with you and tell you I have struggled this past week. I have had anxious thoughts and struggled with self worth. I've had thoughts like I'm not good enough for my kids and a lot of anxiety about what my friends think of me. I feel like I have let so many people down lately because we are just so focused on getting this house finished so our family can rest. But I know that God IS for me, I know that greater is He that is in me than he that is in this world, I know that God has called me to motherhood and He will equip me and there is no one out there better for my kids than I because He knit those babies in MY womb. I hope if you have ever struggled that you know that as well. God has made me enough and He made you enough, too. When I am going through a dark time, I have to remember to be the Light. I cannot let the circumstances of this world snuff out what shines in me, the Light of the Lord. His joy must be strength and pull me through the hard. 

I'm pretty sure this isn't what you expected when you clicked on my 5 on Friday post but I want people to know that life may look so fun and easy for some people but those same people struggle too. I just am so grateful for my God ,Who pursues me and pulls me up. He puts beautiful people in my life to hold me up.

Thank you for reading. Blessings to you.
Grace & peace,
Adoring Family 

Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.



  1. Your backsplash is going to look beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your heart sweet, mama. We do serve an amazing God who is holding us every step of the way, but sometimes even though we know that, we still need reminders. I hope you had a beautiful and blessed weekend. Sierra Beautifully Candid

  2. Beautiful.