A Fall Weekend

It felt like autumn officially hit Pittsburgh this past weekend. The temperature ranged from the low 40s to the mid-60s. There was sunshine, wind, and rain. Typical fall weather for the ‘Burgh.

I had quite the social weekend! It was delightful to get out and be with people I adore, but man am I tired. Classic introvert right here.


Friday started off with an early morning baking session. I made pumpkin spice gingersnaps, and then headed off to work. Jimmy and I battled rush hour traffic to get to the other side of Pittsburgh in the evening. I had an Origami Owl party to attend and I brought the cookies along.

Jimmy and I drive through Pittsburgh traffic constantly, and I’ve learned to bring reading material (yes, I am one of those people who can read in the car, haha), have long talks with Jimmy, listen to music, or nap. I take my best naps in Jimmy’s truck!

The Origami Owl party was a blast, and I signed up to host one at my house next month. I’m super excited🙂

On Saturday, Jimmy, Hannah, Josh (Han’s fiancĂ©), and I all piled into Jimmy’s truck and drove to West Virginia to visit Cabela’s, which is a big hunting and fishing store I’ve blogged about many times.


After grabbing lunch and exploring Cabela’s, we headed to a nearby bookstore. Hannah and I spent at least half an hour in the Christian book aisle because she wanted to buy a journaling Bible.

I had to laugh when we were still in the aisle and my phone rang with a text message. Jimmy had taken a picture of Hannah and I sitting in the aisle and sent it to me. We were so immersed in our search that we didn’t even notice he had taken a picture.


After finishing up at the bookstore, we went to Target! Hannah thought it would be fun if Josh and Jimmy picked out outfits for us to try on. I actually loved what Jimmy picked out so much that I bought it to wear for our Christmas pictures next month. Go Jimmy!

Another item I picked up at Target? Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.


They’re great! I’ve had them plain and in yogurt a few times now and have really enjoyed them.

Sunday was spent at church and working around the house. When Jimmy and I came home from the morning service, Malcolm and Lola greeted us as usual. When I bent down to unzip my boots, Malcolm hopped on my back. As I type this post Lola is laying on my legs. Am I weird for loving when our pets smother me?!


It was a good weekend indeed!

What did you do over the weekend?

Blogging in between

It seems like Thursday is my blog day lately! Probably because I typically have Thursdays off from my regular job. I’m pet sitting two dogs today, so I’m blogging in between visits to the pups.

I just wanted to share some random pictures and thoughts from my life lately, as usual!

Let’s start with books, one of my favorite things to talk about.


I picked up a book from the Christian book store last week and I’m enjoying it. It was the first time I’ve bought a book in months and months, so it was quite a treat. Adopted for Life is about the priority of adoption for Christian families and churches. The author is great at relating adoption with how Christians are adopted into God’s family. It’s a pretty dense book, so I’ve been reading a few pages each day and really pondering the scripture references and the author’s points.

As I’ve mentioned before, adoption is something Jimmy and I talk and pray about a lot. I’ve had it on my heart since I was a young girl (and even mentioned it years ago here on the blog). As much as I want to just know what the future holds in terms of children, I am continually learning to trust that God has it all figured out. Whatever His plan is will be amazing.


Even at 10-years-old, Lola still keeps me on my toes. She hasn’t got into the garbage in months, so I’m sure you can imagine mine and Jimmy’s surprise when we came home from church and a quick pet sitting run at like 9:30 pm to find garbage all over the kitchen floor. Oh Lola, you are a goober!


My sister-in-law and I painted ceramics together this week. It was so nice to talk, laugh at our painting skills, and do something creative. I really needed that relaxation time, and I always enjoy hanging out with my sister-in-law!


I’m trying to start back up a little Sunday tradition that my dad and I had going before I got married. One of us would buy the Pittsburgh Post Gazette each Sunday and then share it with the other after they finished reading through it.

Jimmy and I stopped at a gas station to fill up his truck and I went inside to buy coffee this past Sunday afternoon. When I saw the newspaper near the cash register, I bought it and sent my dad a picture asking if he wanted me to bring it to him when I would see him at Sunday night church. Of course, he said yes. Tradition reinstated! I love my dad.

Alright, I’m off to pet sit and then I’m going to figure out what to bake to bring to an Origami Owl party tomorrow night. I’m so excited! I hope everyone has a great day🙂