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one of my sweetest friends
met us at the beach not too long ago.
and there, we did a photo swap.
i simply cannot wait
to do it again.
so super soon.
here are some shots
of her incredibly adorable family.
(and i’m sure you remember her from here, too).





and here’s one of the delicious ones
she did of our little family.


Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
Ecclesiastes 1:10


2151. others’ wisdom
2152. good tours
2153. feeling so much peace about a new adventure
2154. straightforward answers
2155. D grabbing for my hand




B, L and i were just in the great state of
for B’s book tour.


don’t forget to check out
his book,
it is a hysterical read.
see what the Dallas Morning News wrote about it.



and if you want a signed copy
(say, for father’s day?!)
i can totally hook you up.
(just click on the contact tab at the top to email me.)


one thing we (i) had to do
was to stop somewhere
and take photos
with the wildflowers
that were everywhere in TEXAS.
B nicely complied.
of course L didn’t complain either.




and be sure to check out yesterday’s
picture me {im}perfectly post
and link up!


Each of us should please his neighbor
for his good, to build him up.
Romans 15:2


2131. B home
2132. thinking about the funny things our kids say
2133. D going on adventures
2134. feeling His peace in a very unpeaceful situation
2135. appointments falling into place



nine years.
that sounds like a lot.




a friend did this recently
so i thought i’d adapt it for us.
B and me.


9 years.
3 kids.
2 books.
5 places lived.
1 fish.
54 nights spent in the hospital.
countless prayers to God.
countless i love yous.
a million laughs.


(more anniversaries here and here).


Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations,
for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21



2111. possiblities
2112. trips
2113. an afternoon with my girl
2114. the most amazing dessert
2115. Auntie B coming to my rescue



i have to announce
my husband’s book!


if you know my husband,
you know that he’s funny.
very, very funny.
his writing is no different.
is a hysterical novel.


“Some people might say that Don’t Mess with Travis
is a mix of Carl Hiaasen and George Will.
But it’s more than just a witty blend of larger-than-life characters
and a prescient political narrative:
It’s intelligent satire—true on both the human and policy dimensions—
that would make a great movie.
Bob Smiley is this generation’s Christopher Buckley.”
–Ilya Shapiro, The Cato Institute


finally… the wedding day!



L spent a lot of time in the tub.
he loves bath time
and who could resist that ginormous tub?




after a wonderful breakfast, we headed outside.





this are their angry looks.





eat some snow!




and sweet E was there,
not fully prepared
but with a smile on her face.




he didn’t dig the sled ride.
either that or he didn’t like
that his legs were a bit bare!


then the boys got situated
(thanks to my B)
and K got ready with Auntie B
and i headed to the bridal suite to get ready!



Mr. + Mrs. E!



our boys are always up to something funny.




and wouldn’t you believe
that this absolutely gorgeous stump
was brought in from texas?!
they were the talk of the wedding.





and in true Tangled style,
the newlyweds set off lanterns at the end of the wedding.


the first and second instagram shot
were taken by my new brother-in-law
and the third shot was instagrammed
by the amazing wedding photographers.
can’t wait to see all the shots they got.


Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1


2086. a music work night
2987. falling asleep so easily
2088. pure joy illuminated by the kids
2089. planning parties
2090. anticipation for what is to come


my husband’s book
comes out on tuesday!


if you know my husband,
you know that he’s funny.
very, very funny.
his writing is no different.
is a hysterical novel.


Kirkus Reviews says:
“…In bringing a humane point of view to the
pitched election-year conflict
between liberals and conservatives,
this novel couldn’t be timelier…
A freewheeling satire that does for politics
what Texan Dan Jenkins’ antic fictions
did for golf and football.
Smiley’s first novel disproves the notion
that conservatives can’t be really funny.”


comes out on tuesday, may 8th
(and if you pre-order it on Amazon
and select two-day shipping,
you’ll receive it on may 8th.)

remember part one of the Tahoe trip?
well, here’s part 2!



the kids have seen snow before.
(remember this?)
but they haven’t seen snow falling before.
so this was a real treat.



and we were kind of
more prepared than we were last time.



and by kind of,
i mean kind of.
did you notice the size of his gloves?



snow just kept on falling from the sky.




and then we met up with
the bride and her girls.



they were on a hike.
because yeah,
they’re all outdoorsy and stuff.



shooting while it is snowing is very, very hard
(as if you couldn’t tell)




and this is what our car looked like
after only 18 hours.


For here we do not have an enduring city,
but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14


2076. the neighbor’s dog not barking
2077. brownies in the fridge
2078. the anticipation of what’s to come
2079. change
2080. watching tv with B




my sister just got married!

but before we get to that,
her sorority sisters
threw her a beautiful bridal shower.
(remember my sister and brother’s engagement party here)



every single detail was thought about.


fabulous friends,



a house with amazing lighting,



and yard


and an unbelievable view.



generous gifts were given




and fabulous food was eaten.


the sorority sisters and their mommas.


my mom, sister and me.


And whatever you do,
whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17


2056. a morning to catch my breath
2057. date night
2058. having the perfect book
2059. un-rushed library visits
2060. catching a stranger’s smile



remember yesterday’s post?
well, here is D’s attempt
at taking L and my picture.



we’re in that stage with D
where i tell him something
and he thinks that he knows better.
in regards to everything.



don’t we do that same thing with God?
i certainly do.



we pray.
we pray so so hard
for what we want
but it’s so much harder to say
“but your will be done, Lord”
because we think we know better.
in regards to everything.



but the Lord’s way is always the best.
and His plans are the ones worth following.


O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
Psalm 8:1


2036. sweet, sweet friends who call you from the road
2037. the fun not stopping anytime soon
2038. bike rides with K
2039. slow mornings
2040. B taking D to school




you remember
the first of three
and then of course
the second of three
well, here’s the third of three.



When I was a child,
I talked like a child,
I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man,
I put childish ways behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11


2016. time to think
2017. throwing away old to do lists
2018. hearing L babble in therapy
2019. his pointing to everything, everywhere
2020. going to two grocery stores by myself