Pumpkins and Peace

What do the Laney’s do when their house is full of boxes and there is always something else that could be done?

We go to a pumpkin farm, of course! And this isn’t just any old trip to a pumpkin farm, people. This is a treasured tradition in our family. Every year we go to a pumpkin farm, take lots and lots of pictures (naturally), pick out the perfect pumpkin or two, and then end the festivities with a trip to Starbucks for a tasty beverage.

There was no way we were going to skip this trip just because we’re about to move, all our stuff is packed, and everything is in a general state of craziness! So, we went, we took pictures, we selected a pumpkin for carving and some for decoration (which hopefully I can post sometime next week!), and we had fun together.

See? :)

Love! :)

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Moving woes and opportunities

Moving is such a challenging task! So many things to pack, and we don’t even own that much stuff!! I’m trying to maintain my sanity during the process. It’s hard because I don’t like things to be out of order. I think that moving is a good lesson in patience, de-cluttering techniques and trust. I have to be patient with the mess; I get to spend lots of time throwing things away; AND I absolutely must focus on trusting the fact that I’m ok no matter what and that God has good plans for us no matter where we are or what state that place is in!

All of it is reminding me how important it is to take things slowly, think of the bigger picture, and maintain some semblance of a thankful heart!

Just writing this makes me feel overwhelmed, though! It feels like such a tall order. So, I’ve been trying to think of ways to add quality into our moving process, and yesterday Lindsey and I decided to go hang out by the lake that’s near our new place in order to do just that. I didn’t bring my camera, but I did take a couple phone pics!

It was near sunset, and the golden beauty and quiet peace were exactly what I needed to think about the bigger picture and take a break from the mess of a household in transition. We were out for maybe an hour or so, but it didn’t take long to add a quality moment to this crazy process. I’m so glad that we spent time at the lake yesterday because it really helped lift my spirits going into this week.

I’m learning that sometimes adding quality to my life is pretty darn simple. And oh so sweet. :)

Taking a break

2 weeks until our wedding now! I.am.so.excited.

The wedding work is definitely taking its toll on us! We’ve been doing such a good job of planning and staying organized, but (as I’m sure is normal) we are feeling the pressure and exhaustion of planning all the details of such a big event! This past weekend we both desperately needed a break. Since we have the Rocky Mountains in our proverbial backyard, we decided to spend Sunday in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was so refreshing, beautiful, peaceful, and just what we needed. I took about 150 photos! That was heaven for me. :) Here are just a few!

It was so lovely! And, as you can see, we got quite close to a bull elk and several of his cows who were enjoying the river and foliage along our hiking trail. What a privilege!

The next two weeks are going to be crazy for blog writing (as this whole month seems to be!), but exciting changes are coming to “a better story” in October! Can’t wait to show you guys. :)

For today I’m going to focus on some more wedding day work that has to be done! Enjoy the pictures!!

A whisper; a hint

This morning I’ve got the windows open, and the breeze coming through the house is giving both Lindsey and I the fall crave. I am so excited!

I just love the fall season so very very much. That color that happens in a maple leaf….you know, the one that looks like the whole tree has been set on fire….it’s my very favorite color. I love the dynamics of fall–how it looks like everything is so much more dimensional than it was just a few weeks earlier. I love the smells that come with the falling leaves and cool air. I love the taste of coffee in a sweatshirt and jeans with cool air on my cheeks. Pumpkin farm and special Starbucks trips; apple cider; fall crafts and decorations making everything about our home seem more playful and excited; Halloween and corn mazes; Thanksgiving; looking around the corner at Christmas and snow. 

I’ve always said that August feels like a Thursday to me. It’s not quite the joy of Friday, knowing it’s finally the weekend, but it has a hint in it that some of my very favorite things are about to come. As we start to approach the end of August this amazing breeze is whispering just that….fall is coming, fall is coming! And it’s painting my face in smiles today. :)

Tranquility

Proverbs 14:30a- A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh

I want a tranquil heart! I pray for it; I work on it. The verse above popped up on my phone today as the verse of the day, and I had to grin. :) God knows my heart. He knows how much I yearn for peace and tranquility! I am thankful for His encouragement today, and I’m thankful for peace, that it’s available for me.

Want a good way to add some tranquility to your life?

Add acupuncture! I get it done twice a month, and it most definitely adds tranquility to my week and life to my body. It’s a quality activity!

 

Be at peace today, my friends.