How I Happy: July 2016 Edition

You guys. I have SUCH a good July How-I-Happy Roundup for you! It was going to be June’s… until I was the vocal director for a kids theater camp last week and thought I could do all the things. {Spoiler alert: I can’t.} Also, I think I forget just how much being pregnant wipes you the heck out!

Speaking of which, we are officially in the 3rd trimester, friends. Batten down the hatches. Secure all your loved ones. For your own safety, carry around some coffee in case you bump into me somewhere…

Anyway, here are the fabulous, delightful things I’m happying with right now:

  1. The day I pooped my closet– This post. It is THE SINGLE MOST HILARIOUS THING I’ve ever read. EVER. I think Ryan and I were both in tears we were laughing so hard when I read it aloud to him. I mean. Just go read it. I don’t care if you don’t get any further in this post. (Though you’d be missing some pretty fabulous stuff.)
  2. Still moments from Emily P. Freeman– Deep breaths for the soul. That’s what these short recordings feel like. (It makes her blog’s tagline “creating space for the soul to breathe” very apropos.) She will send you 7 days worth of free audio-devotionals. They’re brief but breathable. Plus, they’re accompanied by a lovely piano played in the background (by Emily herself, I think). Emily says these are for you, “If you long for a few quiet moments but aren’t quite sure how to get them.” Amen and amen.
  3.  These shoes. happy shoesI’d been pinning photos of cute outfits featuring these white sneakers, but I realized they were Converse, aka expensive. (Example: here.) But I don’t care about the brand- I just wanted some practical shoes that were also super cute! So, when I happened upon these at Target (where all pretty things live), it was love at first sight, and I decided to contrive a way to acquire them. After selling a schmancy purse that I don’t even use or really like any more at Clothes Mentor (aka the greatest consignment shop ever), I had more than enough $$ to claim my prize! Huzza!!! (She cried, hoisting her bayonet into the air…) I’m talking a lot about these shoes, but PEOPLE. They look cute with Every. Outfit. They look good with shorts, jeans, dresses… seriously. Every outfit. Go get yo self a pair because I got the Last Size 8 they had when I bought them!!
  4. These Warrior Princess bookmarks with Ephesians 6 on them! IMG_6749 Click the pic to visit the listing in my shop! I am just so excited about these beauties. They’ve got the feisty warrior princess on one side, and the full passage from Ephesians 6:13-17 on the other. Basically, I want to be this warrior princess when I grow up.
  5. Speaking of warrior princesses, I had the sweetest custom order from a lady who wanted to know if I could illustrate a warrior princess to look like her daughter- is that not so fun? So, because it won’t be in the shop for anyone else, I just wanted to share this piece here with you:FullSizeRender
  6. I WON an Instagram Giveaway. I actually won!!! Have you heard of Lauren Becker? I just discovered her on Instagram a few months ago, and I am loving her stuff! I say “stuff” because she is not only a singer/songwriter, but an artist as well. She did an IG giveaway weeks ago, and I was the winner- woohoo!!! Lauren Becker Giveaway PackageI received this fabulous package of goodies, including two signed albums, a copy of The Invitation New Testament, some lovely stationery, and a little book full of her beautiful hand lettering!!! If you’re looking for some beauty in your IG feed, you can follow Lauren here: @laurenbeckermusic and you can find her albums and other info at her website: Here’s one of her songs I super love right now:


  7. My Husband. Seriously. DSC_0720Earlier this week, he took a few hours out of his work day to drive with Lucy and me to this audition for Kettering Medical Health’s GospelFest featuring Sidewalk Prophets (a free concert happening at the end of August)!Of course it started storming just as we were trying to get in the car, and of course our toddler had a giant meltdown in the process, and of course it was a 35-minute drive down a traffic-ridden interstate in the wind and pouring rain to get there. 

    But we got there and it was awesome. I literally couldn’t have done it without him. He had to lug the keyboard and its accoutrements into the building and answer what were probably rudimentary tech questions (but which I could not answer nonetheless) and keep Lucy entertained while the judges talked to me and listened to me perform… Post-crazy-rainstorm/toddler meltdown, the whole experience was just an immense encouragement and blessing for me.

    For my spouse to take so much time and endure so much utter inconvenience to pursue something like this for me speaks love loudly. (And people should know how awesome he is, dang it!) Whether I get picked to perform or not, it was totally worth it. So, thanks for believing in me, Hubs. (And loving me, and carrying stuff for me, and wrangling our child and her emotional rollercoasters, and reminding me of the obvious answers to those judges’ questions…) Still not sure if he’s really the Best Husband Ever? Just look at one of my most favorite pictures of all time from our wedding rehearsal: Best Groom Ever (Photo courtesy of Bailey Roberts Photography, who is amazing!)

    How are you happying this summer? Comment and let me know!! Especially if you’re pregnant and have special summer pregnancy hacks I should know about…

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