I love working with the high school youth group at church for many reasons. One of those reasons is that after the students graduate, we continue on with deeper friendships. This summer, a couple of the girls, who are now sophomores in college, asked me if I wanted to participate in their mini summer Bible study. DUH! Of course I want to be included. We are reading the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge. It is powerful and has already had me in tears a thousand times. I hosted our first session, which meant there was a theme, cupcakes, and presents.
Five years ago I would be laughing at my present self. I'm sitting on my couch researching how to embroider. I'm learning all sorts of things, such as you don't necessarily need a pattern to embroider. It can be a free style sort of thing. Inspire Co., one of my favorite blogs, has inspired me to attempt this particular needle craft. Looking into embroidery and admiring its simplicity and unpretentious way has brought back sweet memories of my Ma's house. I remember the small stitches of birds and such trimming the pillow cases in my bedroom. You would think that the texture of the threading would be scratchy and uncomfortable on a pillow. But it's not. It's pure bliss. I remember the feel of the individual textures and patterns of the thread. I can even remember the smell of the pillows. These are the times I wish I could push rewind on life, taking what I know now and my new found appreciations with me. Embroidered pillows didn't mean much to me then. But now, I wish I could sit with Ma and talk about embroidery and tell her how much I love those pillow cases. She would be so proud of me for wanting to embroider! She would also be proud that I can now touch raw chicken. But that is another post entirely.
Here are a few embroidery projects from Inspire Co. I'm crazy about it!
Last night was Book Club, and it was my turn to host. I am in love with our book club. We have the best discussions, and afterward, we talk and drink wine. Here are a few pictures from the night. I'm sad I didn't get a shot of the girls.
I love the plates and napkins I found at Michaels. I'm a big fan of Mary Englebreit's line!
We had spinach dip, brownies, almonds, and shrimp cocktail...sooo good.
Fresh flowers should always be in a home during the summer, so I decided to bless myself with some! They added a nice touch.
Since it is July, and it is a patriotic month, we chose 1776 as our next book! I started it a while back but never finished it, so I am excited to read it all the way through.
Sandy, Vanessa, and I took a 2 day beach trip. We had such a good time. Our days consisted of eating, laying out, and more eating. Perfect.
Here is the first set of pictures. Sandy has the rest on her camera, so I'm waiting to get those from her.
So happy Sandy came down for a visit!
Getting ready to go lay out on the beach!
Cocktails! My mom's recipe for punch calls for pineapple juice, apple juice, and ginger ale. She brought me a glass of it at the pool one day, and it hit me. JUST ADD RUM! It was perfect. This is my official summer drink.
It was SOOO hot.
I thought these sail boats were pretty. This was our view at Damon's. We stopped here for lunch on our way home. It was the perfect ending to our trip.