“That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness.”
–J.R.R. Tolkien; The Lord of the Rings
1-9) I got to spend the weekend at a beautiful house on Grand Lake with the ladies I serve with on the Changed Leadership team! We had lots of fun laughing and relaxing and planning our next retreat (April 21st-24th). We missed Angela though, so we brought a “flat Angela” with us the whole weekend! You can see her sitting next to me as we went over our personality test results–her and I are the only introverts in the group, so we have to stick together!
10) On our way back from the retreat, we stopped at Shades of Brown in Tulsa. It was lovely to go back there, I only wish I could have lingered for awhile! I love that space.
11) I think it’s safe to say that this is my new favorite mug. I had a feeling it might be when I bought it, but I think we can confirm that now! Anyways, Mondays call for favorite mugs.
12-13) I’ve been so inspired lately about the lovely moments of light that seem to happen best in the winter. There’s something about living in scarcity that brings out the small things that are beautiful. Spring and Summer and Fall all seem so extravagantly gorgeous with their green and flowers and colors–there’s fresh life and light everywhere. Winter lacks those things, but one this it has never felt short of to me is good light. I know the days are shorter, so technically there is less light in the Winter, but again I think that’s part of what makes me appreciate the pretty light when it’s there. And I seem to be able to find it almost every day :)
14) As I mentioned last week, we are rapidly planning for our upcoming trip to Europe! We will be in London, Paris, Florence, and Venice–so let us know if you have any must-see items we should add to our lists!
This weekend is packed with a photo shoot, my cousin’s musical, catching up with old friends, a birthday party, and the usual church stuff. I hope your weekend is fantastic!