Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Favorites

Week two of school (aka our first full week) is officially in the books & I am thrilled to say that it went leaps & bounds better than the first! That probably was in large part due to the fact that Eric was home to help out and I wasn't running around with a cast on my hand. I don't want to get my hopes up that this is an official blogging comeback, but I do want to share some Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika & Narci

Last weekend we had a HUGE benefit to raise money for my neice Ophelia & sister in law Kari, who were both recently diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. The benefit was absolutely amazing & I was overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. We had over 250 raffles consisting of baskets, big ticket items, and gift cards - plus a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale, and concessions. I'm not sure of the exact total that we raised, but I know that it was over $5,000 and every cent of that will go towards the medical care that these sweet girls need to stay healthy. I can't imagine our lives without Aunt Kari & Ophelia, so please continue to keep them in your prayers! 

While at the benefit, I put in a ton of tickets for baskets - but didn't win anything! My brother in law Kevin did though.... a Coach purse! He is the ultimate bachelor & I'm positive his younger sisters put his tickets in that bag. They wanted the gift certificates inside though, so I got to keep the purse for myself! It's absolutely beautiful & the perfect gray/tan for fall...

A huge favorite of mine has been watching Ella go to school every day. She is loving it & I feel so at peace knowing that we made the right decision. I remember telling my best friend Jackquelyn last spring that this program was an answer to prayer - and I truly believe that. I can't wait to see how much she grows this year! 

her horrible fake smile..
My next favorite is actually a huge one. We got a minivan! Now I know some of you just shuddered as you read that sentence, but with a lifestyle like ours, a van is essential. We do so much traveling to see our family and we just couldn't fit everything in our mid-sized SUV this summer. So, we went out and bought ourselves a Kia Sedona. I totally love it & so do the kids. Even our friends who pick on us for having a minivan can't help but admit that it's extremely convenient! 

And as crazy as life has been, I have to acknowledge that this group of girls will always be my favorites. They have been insanely supportive of my new job and have done everything that they can to help me out! I'm so lucky to have a team as amazing as them! 

And my last favorite - my sister. I would never have made it through back to school without her. She's been picking up Ella for me a few days a week and it has been such a huge help. She went with us to go get groceries and run errands last Saturday and was sitting between the girls in back (we have 8 seats, so the middle row seats 3). Ella leaned over and asked me to take  a picture of her and Aunt Britt :)

That's all for now! Thanks for hanging in there during my dry spell. I'll try to get caught up soon! 

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