Reading… The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant. I’m listening to the audio version and I love the narrarator’s Boston accent. I wake up early, drink coffee and snuggle with the pup on the couch as I listen and let the caffeine kick in.

Pondering… How summer vacation is flying by! We are certainly having a more laid back summer than we usually do, sleeping late and staying up late. But I miss having my lunch hour to run errands, clean and knit.

Singing… I Like to Move it, Move it (always raises morale around here), some hymns that the kids are singing (I can always tell when the kids haven’t been behaving because they come in from grandparent time singing hymns. My mom blasts them in the car if they are fighting.)

Serving… Mostly my kids. Oh the crafting! Delighting when they play together, listen to each other, use their manners, and give each other a little kindness.

Listening… To a little bit of everything: Lauryn Hill, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, anything that keeps us dancing and moving forward.

Needing… More sunscreen, and maybe a little rain. It’s been such a sunny and hot summer, which is wonderful for recreation but our veggies & grass are starting to fry.

Thinking… About back to school, fall camping trips, football, and fire pit nights (Fall is 100% my favorite time of the year).

Planning…  A few activities to make our lake staycation this summer more exciting, some new perennial flower beds, and finishing some knitting (I’m better lately at hoarding yarn and starting projects, than I am at finishing them.)

Enjoying… Diffusing Young Living’s Joy blend and Lemon essential oil all day, so refreshing and uplifting.

Eating… Quick grilled meals with garden veggies (our tomatoes are coming in soon!), lots of smoothies, watermelon, freezer pops and ice cream.

Celebrating… Just being together, our jobs, our faith, our health, and family.

Wearing… Lots of easy Matilda Jane dresses with sandals or converse, so soft and cool for summer (Big sale on Happy & Free through the end of June)



Gifting with Young Living Essential Oils

One of the things I love about being a Young Living distributor is the Essential Rewards program. I love being rewarded for buying the things that I need. And it’s not always a problem to fill up my order with the required 50 points value, but sometimes you run 10 or 20 short. When that happens I think of gifting- Christmas, specifically (in June, no less!!).

A Thieves Basket for teachers – Thieves Spray, Thieves Hand Purifier, and Thieves Wipes

Easy and Portable Roll-ons for friends and family – Breathe Again, Tranquil, Deep Relief, and Stress Away

The Everyday Oils Collection as a practical and versatile gift for the oily users in my life!

And of course- my favorite blends (Joy, Citrus Fresh, and Peace & Calming) for candle making.



The sun is rich

And gladly pays

In gold hours,

Silver days,


And long green weeks

That never end.

School’s out. The time

Is ours to spend.


There’s Little League,

Hopscotch, the creek,

And, after supper,



That live-long light

Is like a dream,

And freckles come

Like flies to cream.

                           John Updike

Currently Reading

May was a good reading month. I had more morning time later in the month with the kids out of school and sleeping later, and more car time for audio books earlier in the month running around with all the end of school year activities.

The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh… It was really good. Writing about the foster care system can be tricky. The author gave a glimpse inside the mind of a foster care child rather than just listing the bad experiences. We were able to follow her on her journey and feel her struggle with depression and anxiety, yet come back to a lighter place. It was particularly hard to read about her struggle with new motherhood, but I felt the ending was very real and hopeful.

A Week in Winter, Maeve Binchy… It was okay. The story had so many characters woven together, in a beautiful setting. Maybe it was woven together too well, just a little too quaint.

Landline, Rainbow Rowell… Loved it. Loved the idea that you might be able to connect to the past, maybe not to affect the overall course of your life, but to bring a little more peace.

Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigiani… I listened to the audio version, and it was read by the author. I had to push it to 1.5 speed at times to keep the story moving, which made her Southern accent a bit funny. Another story that was woven together a little too well. But I loved the Southern voice.

It’s Not Summer Without You, Jenny Han… I didn’t feel a real story there. I would have rather the author assumed you read the first novel of the series than basically restate that novel and show only one new moment in time. But it was a really quick read, and I am curious to read the third novel and hope that these characters actually move forward and do something.

Purity, Jonathan Franzen… Interesting story, yet somewhat predictable. I didn’t really care for some of the colorful language, but I liked the way it ended- or rather didn’t. As if you only saw a brief moment of time and knew the story was continuing without you.

Empty Mansions, Bill Dedman… I downloaded this to my kindle and only read about half. I put myself on the wait list for the actual book at the library. I think this one will be more interesting as an actual book, especially to view the photos that were included.

Have you read any good books lately?