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last week,
we hit a splashpad
with one of my dearest friends.
we’re in the summer Bible study
i was telling you about.


we’re having a good summer.
yes, we are.


Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Psalm 37:5-6


2262. lots of moments to think
2263. coffee in the mug
2264. a cleaner to do list (pile)
2265. good doctors





happy, happy birthday
to my main man.




you are the best example of someone
who does not worry his life away
but trusts in the Lord for everything.


Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Matthew 6:25-27


2211. praise music
2212. so many green leaves on our tree
2213. warm afternoons
2214. running to the grocery store by myself
2215. moms who speak mom



we just went to the most amazing party.

it was a black tie birthday party
at B’s mom’s house
and everyone had to wear masks.



now of course, we couldn’t just buy our masks.
they had to be hand-made.
but i’m not the creative one in this family.
B is.




and so he made these most amazing masks.
out of comics.
of course.



here’s the birthday boy and Glammy
(which is what D used to call her).



good friends came to join in on the fun.


and Aunt MK and Uncle C looked fabulous.



and we drank wine that was nearly as old as i
that the birthday boy had been saving
for this very occasion.



and yes, it tasted like wine.



what a fun and memorable night it was.


Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Psalm 37:5-6


2171. being prayed for
2172. smiles
2173. K’s bravery
2174. great health insurance
2175. a night with B



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