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July 2013

While I'm away here in Maine, I still wanted to make sure I kept my usual post schedule. So while I get to be with this little cutie and her family in person this week, I wanted to share some photos of our time we spent back on the west coast at the San Diego Botanic Garden! I mean look at those thighs! :) How adorable is their little family of 3! And I know I'll get some *loving* feedback but I just had to post these photos of my parents loving on their new great (or is it grand?) niece. Oh and hey, Andy and I even got a photo together too! Now that is a rare occassion! And then the trip wouldn't be complete without a walk along the Pacific coast. Looking forward to posting even more photos of this adorable family once I get back from being here on the east coast! :)

source: Year of LetteringTonight is one of my best friend's weddings, and then tonight we leave for our two week trip on the east coast.I could not be more excited for this break!I love love love my work, and even my new found friends through my Etsy shop, but I am definitely feeling that overworked drag. The creative juices are drying up and this break away from the computer is going to be so good for me.When I saw the above post on the Year of Lettering, I just knew I had to share it. It was just too appropriate and exactly how I am feeling!Right when we get back, the bridal shower I have been planning for the last 7 months is just going to be a mere week away and then we are wrapping up the wedding invites, getting the wedding DIY crafts done (I seriously love this kind of stuff!), and then just spending as much time together as possible before the best friend becomes a missus.And amongst all that, there are some big work projects wrapping up and some personal branding for myself that I want to get on

Miss Amelia made her debut a few weeks early, gracing us with her presence on June 8, just weeks after her baby shower. Rachel and I wasted no time in getting together for photos exactly on her one week birthday. The little princess did not want to show us her skin but I did manage to snap my favorite photo before we bundled her back up! She just loved being close to her mama

To say that I love my friends would be an understatement. What I truly mean is that having a solid group of Christian girls means that our friendship goes deeper, more like sisters. Being a Christian means that your fellow Christian friends can be so so very different from each other in personality, likes, and dislikes but our foundation is on Christ and that alone can unite us as better than friends. And this very special group of girls and I have transformed the normal "bachelorette party" from a night on the town to a weekend away celebrating the bride to be in all the things she likes to do. It usually means planning a weekend in a city an hour-ish away, going on mini adventures centered around what that special girl would want to do on a dream weekend. For our friend Kathleen, that meant coffee, craft shows, and good food. And while Kathleen and my styles can be polar opposites, that weekend sounded like it was planned for me too. Aaaalll that to say, I was quite excited for our girls weekend! Here's just a few photos of the bride celebrating the weekend away with her girlfriends with just one week

I don't know about you, but I really think I may have more fun choosing and buying books than actually reading them! When I redid our office library and created our crate wall—I know, I know, I have yet to post about this—I kept one crate just for books to be read. And it's actually overflowing and stuffed full. And I'm even having a tough time choosing which books to read for our upcoming trip to the east coast! Any suggestions, dear readers, on what to read next? Or any other books I need to add to the shelf? Message in a Bottle - Nicholas Sparks, I have read every single one of his books but somehow missed this one! This Present Darkness - Frank E. Peretti Left Behind series Walking on Water - Madeleine L'Engle, a gift from my dear friend Melanie And the Shofar Blew - Francince Rivers Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay, borrowed from my mama The Calling - Brother Andrew, a book series my husband loves Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle C.S. Lewis Signature Classics Game of Thrones series, on the third book of the series The Host - Stephanie Meyer, I loved the Twilight books but this one always sounded too scary for