first things first.
let's discuss the mug swap.
i believe the mug swap is turning into a national holiday.
1200 people joined in on the fun this year. bomb.
i personally feel like i hit the jackpot. i sent to my girl lesley.
lesley and i have been good friends for 2 years now.
we met in arizona in march so i thought it would be fun to go with a little arizona theme.
but i couldn't show that in the pics because she would know.
she already was asking me sneaky questions.
[succulent notecards found here.]
and my best dude sent them off at the usps.
can you get any cuter? i think not. i love him.
and then in return, i got such a sweet package from my new friend thuy.
so many of my favorite things in this box!
it was so much fun to open. i loved every single item in that package!
thank you, thuy! i'm so glad we are new friends.
and also, thank you kim.
since kim is one of my favorite friends,
i hear about all the hard work that she puts into this mug swap every day.
and this year, it was extra special because we got to bless the hopper family by contributing to their adoption.
i mean, isn't that what it is all about?
KIM: thank you for giving us all such a great opportunity.
thank you for being patient with everyone. for answering countless comments and emails.
for setting aside so many hours to work on something that turns out so fabulous for so many people.
i am so glad that i get to be a part of it every year. i can't wait til next year! 11 more months.
and now that it is september 2nd,
let's wrap up the rest of august.
speaking of september 2nd,
it is my dad's 60th birthday!
we got to have dinner with him this past weekend.
happy birthday, dad! gimme your garden.
and mostly always a pleasure hanging out with my sis.
she bought a new home and we planned out her first gallery wall.
you know how i feel about gallery walls.
i will also say this: her fashion compared to my fashion is like my decorating compared to her decorating.
she helps me with my fashion and without her i'd be lost. wearing tapered levi's from 1998.
and she'd be putting peach and navy wallpaper up on her living room walls if i didn't step in.
and we also got to hang out with my mom.
i love her.
she took the kids to nordstrom to get new shoes.
it was an adventure, if you will.
thanks for being so patient, mom! and for the awesome new shoes.
this picture is a glimpse into my future.
cammie is all about it - ready to strut her stuff - and miles is like, eh.
speaking of miles.
i walked into my bedroom last week and this is what i found.
i love it. i want to frame it and keep it forever.
and speaking of cammie:
i'm just not ready.
i sit in the bathroom with her for 20 minutes sometimes.
i just.....i need to work on my patience.
i read this quote last week.
it was super convicting to me.
there are some things i've been anxious about lately.
and i'm not usually an anxious person.
so i've really had to process these things.
and work through them and realize that it is a prideful choice for me to worry about them.
God's got it all.
so. august came to a hot end.
a 102 degree end, to be honest.
and i would say that this summer was extremely difficult for me.
lots of factors went into that.
but. i have hope.
lots of people talk about how they wish summer would last forever.
but for me, it is not that way.
and the very thought of september brings me a hope that i've been missing for several months.
so much beauty to look forward to.
crisp air, leaves changing, scarves and boots and skinny jeans.
but not only that, i feel that God has been working on some areas in my heart.
and i can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
the forecast may say 99 degrees for the next 10 days,
but i know in my heart it is coming.
and that is what hope is about, right?
dry, desert-y seasons don't have to last forever.
be good to us, september.