a whole lotta random for a thursday night

11:35 PM

I've had so many thoughts rolling around in this head of mine all day week and so now that the world's LARGEST pile of laundry has been folded away and clean sheets are on the bed I can write them all out. It's a lot of good (I've been coming across the best stuff lately) and a healthy dose of random just because that's how we're rolling tonight. Speaking of random I literally just discovered that a cardigan I bought over a month ago is in reality a sweater!! I was hanging it up for the first time (yes since I bought it, can you tell I keep my closet soooo organized) and I was like "hey! why is the tag on the front???" and then my eyes got cartoonishly large as my mind began to process the facts that a) I just "bought" a sweater out of my own closet b) it's the most amazing sweater because it has buttons on the back c) double duty clothes rock. So yeah, expect this discovery to be featured in an outfit post soon because it's pretty much all I'm going to be wearing right through Christmas.
And now that we're in November it's time to be grateful for the first time this year... Just kidding, at least I hope not. I actually started the year trying to have gratitude be my focus and cornerstone and so far it's worked out quite well. Because on every bad day I found myself ending with a prayer and the thought that "in the end there will still be m&m's" so that's kind of been my rainbow after the storm. Now that I'm thinking about it how fitting because m&m's have all the colors of the rainbow!!! Including brown... I almost had something going there (inserted that darling disappointed/sad/shy emoji face). I do have something brilliant for you on the topic of rainbows though. The December, or better known as "favorite things exorcism, crying, shaking, omgsoexcited," issue of Oprah came in the mail today and it was just so chock full of crazy goodness. Good Oprah issues always make me feel like my soul drank a big old mug full of sleepy time tea. On the last page (usually the best page in the whole issue) she shares something Maya Angelou once told her and it was just like a slap on the back of my head, in the best way possible:

"Say 'thank you' right now. Because your faith is so strong you already know God put a rainbow in every cloud."

YES. I want to tape this to every surface of our home so we never forget it. So good. It's funny because on the drive to New York this week we were just recollecting all those experiences in the past year alone that we thought were so tragic and life ruining that all turned out to be for the best. And going back further I remembered how one of my life's biggest growth spurts happened to be one of the most painful and dark periods of my life. But gosh am I grateful for it and man did I ever need it. So it turns out, the person I am today (which on most days I think isn't half bad) was the rainbow God put in that cloud for me. 
Now that we're on the topic of New York City I want to assure you that I will be posting a disgusting amount of photos from our trip there but not until next week, if only because it's going to take me all weekend to edit and upload them all. And oh my goodness we miss it so much. I was such a sad panda driving through Maryland on Wednesday feeling all sad for my cronut-less self. But then I traveled through our forest to come home and got called honey a good half-dozen times by strangers since getting here, and Birdie sleeps so much better in her crib, and I forgot how good that autumn candle smelled and I made coffee in the percolator and used the peppermint flavored creamer and... I was a happy puddle of Michael Buble's "Home." I will always adore the city (and in case anyone is getting the wrong impression - DC FOR LIFE!!!!) but man oh man give me a rainy day at our little blue cabin, a good book and cup of coffee and you have found my happy. 
And so on that note I leave you with this "new to me" Laura Ingalls Wilder (also known as my spirit animal) quote:

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness - just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” 

Happy weekend friends!!


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  1. Yep! As usual your post is inspiring and beautiful! Just what I needed on this rainy day! Have a lovely weekend!

    1. aww! you are the sweetest my dear! hope you had a great weekend! xo

  2. Mmmm. its good. I also conquered a mammoth pile of laundry today, and am now snuggling my sleeping little fella. Thanks for having this blog.

    1. sounds amazing!! thank YOU for reading! I so appreciate the kind words! xo


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