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There is no greater need today than the freedom to lay down the heavy burden of getting ahead.

do you know the wonderful new freedom this simplicity brings?…We do not have to be liked. We do not have to succeed. We can enjoy obscurity as easily as fame.

RIchard Foster, Freedom of Simplicity

Ah, Mr. Foster, your words do have a way of stirring the soul.

If you live in south Central PA, join us for the closet sale at the studio on Tuesday, September 9th. Lots of fall items—jackets, boots, scarves, sweaters, pants and an assortment of household items as well. It’s a fun night. Please stop by! For more info, click here.

The fair

Elsa’s smile on this picture makes me so happy.

We need to lift high the biblical doctrine of creation today, particularly our own creatureliness. We are not the captains of our souls nor the masters of our fates. We are part of the created order and hence totally dependent. Our posture is not one of arrogant acquisition, but of simple trust. What we have or ever will have comes from his gracious hand.
Richard Foster in Freedom of Simplicity.
Peach Fest 2014

If you live in south central PA and are free this Saturday, we’d love to have you join us for our annual Peach Fest. The night before, I always have trouble sleeping—it’s like the night before Christmas for me or a vacation. I look forward to seeing who comes and what we sell, and I also have details to remember for the next day racing through my mind that I don’t want to forget. This is the first year I feel a bit nervous. I’m not sure how I will be able to keep up with all the flurry of activity. I still don’t have my full energy back, so I’m hoping the day goes smoothly and for a little lunch break. Most years we don’t get to break for lunch, and we don’t get to eat the peach crisp since it always sells out. 

My next couple of days will look like this…

Friday—peel peaches from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., make peach crisp from 1:30 p.m.-the evening

Saturday—arrive at the orchard at 7 a.m. for set up and work until the crowd disperses around 3 p.m.

It’s a lot of work, but these are some of my favorite days of the year. We love being able to open up the orchard to a crowd of people and allow them to enjoy some time in the country. And we couldn’t do this without some amazing friends and family who volunteer to help us! Hope to see you Saturday!

The older I grow the more clearly I perceive the dignity and winning beauty of simplicity in thought, conduct, and speech: a desire to simplify all that is complicated and to treat everything with the greatest naturalness and clarity.
Pope John XXIII
beach 2014

Last month we spent some time in Ocean City, NJ. It was one of my favorite family vacations there, and I’ve taken quite a few! Maybe because of watching the cousins enjoying playing together even more now that they are older or maybe just seeing our family grow and still take time to vacation together, it just makes me happy. Plus any time Kyle has a few days off to spend with us is a treat! We took bike rides, runs, long walks, ate ice cream, and spent a lot of time in the pool water (Elsa was not a fan of sand or ocean water!).

Big Sister

This has been what much of our summer has looked like. Resting on the sofa for me with El either looking out the window, laying on me, or emptying every single toy out of her bins and onto the floor. Being pregnant is no joke. First trimesters are just plain hard for me. Lots of peculiar cravings and queasiness and more fatigue than I’ve realized possible. But now that the 1st trimester is finished, I’m hoping for lots of energy to match Elsa’s! Last night, Kyle asked me why a dripping, wet sock of his was on the top of our bureau. At first I was puzzled, but then I told him I know of only one person in our house who has an affinity for sticking items in the toilet. We both just had to laugh. I can only imagine the shenanigans that will result when El has a little brother or sister join her.

Masters of Their Craft // Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

Interviewing Jennie Love left me in amazement over the incredible flower farm she started outside of Philadelphia. She grows every flower herself that she uses in her floral business. This woman knows how to work, and she knows how to create beauty with her hands. The way her business has flourished is remarkable, and she began and continues to run Love ‘n Fresh without debt. Remarkable! Her story is worth reading, and you can see the feature and all the beautiful pictures Char captured here.

Our Little El

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Today, Elsa and I took a morning jog, played in the kiddie pool on our patio, stopped by the orchard for some cantaloupe, and stayed to have lunch with my parents. Summer as it should be.

I also want to note one of my favorite moments of being a parent thus far…yesterday, I was cutting fruit in the kitchen while Elsa was riding on her toy car in the living room. I said, “Elsa, will you come give Mama a hug?” She left her toy, ran to me, gave me a hug, and ran back into the living room. So this is why they say fruit of the womb is a reward.