Wedding Season


I love fall for a myriad of reasons but one that tops the list is because it's wedding season! I have attended three weddings in nearly as many weeks and it is so, so special to be included in a couple's sacred day, whether as a guest or a member of the wedding party. Most recently, I was the co-Matron of Honor (alongside my bff, Karli) in our best gal, Becca's, wedding in Nashville, and even though it's already Wednesday, I'm still having wedding weekend withdrawals. It was an incredibly gorgeous ceremony combined with an unbelievably fun reception spent with some of my very favorite people in the world. James & I went to a sweet wedding at a beautiful venue in Weatherford, and I went home to Chicago for my cousin's wedding, which was family-filled and wonderful. The cherry on top is that one of my Dallas bests, Laura, got engaged over the weekend! We met for coffee & wedding talk this morning as I sat there with my cherished friend, I felt that there is so much love in the world. All seems really, really right.

Week & End


Happy Friday! These past couple of weeks have absolutely flown by; life has been moving at such a fast pace, per usual. I had to share this inspiring photo of our Callie girl running around our backyard - isn't she the most darling tripod you've ever seen?! We are so grateful for her good health and for the way she's adjusted to life without her fourth limb, and we are equally encouraged by her bravery and resilience. God really knew what He was doing when He gave us dogs, didn't He? The past few weeks have been full of lots of goodness. We've been meeting friends for dinner (at new-to-us spots, like Pints & Quarts and Wild About Harry's, plus some favorites like El Bolero and Taqueria La Ventana) and delivering meals to friends with new babies. We attended a gorgeous wedding at The Brooks at Weatherford, and I'm heading home to Chicago tonight to attend my cousin's wedding tomorrow (I'm wearing this dress and I'm really excited about it). We're planning parties and adventures and schedules and trips (more on the latter to come!) and enjoying the hustle and bustle of it all.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy some fun links!

I'm not 30 yet but I totally identified with this list created by the Huffington Post, 30 Things We Do In Our 30s That We Didn't Do in Our 20s. I really resonated with #2, #14, and #18.

This article - Why The Overhead Myth Stunts Nonprofit Growth - was so encouraging to read. Non-profit employees and donors alike should definitely check this out and join the conversation.

Speaking of reading, what titles have you been digging into lately? I'm currently flying through The Hypnotist's Love Story and I recently finished In the Unlikely Event and The Status of All Things, both of which were really enjoyable. I've got The Royal We, Modern Romance, and Circling the Sun on the docket. What else should I add to my list?

I know it's still blazing hot in Dallas but I've already busted out the dutch oven to make white bean soup and it's just as magical as always, even if it's not yet soup weather. It's so easy to make and leftovers freeze really well.

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Around Here


Happy summer, the best time of the year! I've been traveling like a madwoman this month - since our brother-sister trip to Seattle, I've gone home to Chicago to spend Father's Day weekend with my parents, to Little Rock for a business trip, and I'm heading to Malibu tonight to host a bachelorette party for Becca! Needless to say, there has been lots of coffee & books involved (my favorites being a piping hot flat white & Still Alice, respectively). While I am ready to enjoy some quiet weekends in July, I truly wouldn't want my life to look any other way - I am so blessed by my travels and adventures.

I'll definitely be posting some fun recaps when the dust settles, so in the meantime, I'll be posting photos on Instagram! I'd love for you to tag along.

Happy Thanksgiving!

35a00f62746e7d2f98053b1194338660Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope you're having a perfect day enjoying great food, delicious wine, and lots of time with people you love. I am so thankful to be home in Chicago with James and my family. We'll spend the day cooking up a storm, cheering for the Bears, and, later, enjoying dessert with Erin and her family. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this day and all it represents.

Now, off to enjoy all of my favorite Thanksgiving treats!

Image via Chantelle Grady