It's my 44th birthday today. GULP! Today I have felt really thankful. I was thinking of things I am thankful for and some of my favorite things that make me smile. I decided to do a list of 44 of my favorite things. Some things are little and need no explanation and others I have wanted to write about for a while so hear we go!
1. My wedding rings. I had my rings redone for our 10 year wedding anniversary because my diamond actually chipped and started to shatter when I had hit it just right. I never wanted to change the style but they melted my actual ring and made stackable rings that I could change up how I wear them. I love them.
2. My job at Wellspring Preschool. I love the kids and women I work with. Many laughs and love.
3. Nashville Flea Market. Held on the fourth weekend of the month. Lots of venders and I LOVE flea markets! I have found many treasures there.
4. Barre Amped. A workout I have done for a year and have built muscle I never knew that I had. You can buy the videos on amazon.
5. Aldi's french vanilla coffee. It is cheap and it's my favorite. True coffee people might gag but I love it.
6. Brown leather purses. I have a lot of them in different styles. I bought an old worn used one at the Nashville flea market and I get compliments on it every single day. I think I paid $15 for it. I LOVE IT! I always gravitate to the same style of purse all the time.
7. Day planners. I love to write and I can't do a calendar on my phone. I have used an Erin Condren planner for the last 5 years but I am switching to one slightly cheaper from Plum Paper this year.
8. Wasi tape. I use it most in my day planners to mark off vacations or visitors. It makes the planner extra cute!
9. Colorful pens. Very protective over my pens. I use them in my bible, day planner, note cards….no one uses mama's pens.
10. ESV Journaling Bible. I love the ESV version for my bible reading the best and I love to write and take notes. This gives me the opportunity to do both.
11. The devotional "New Morning Mercies" by Paul Tripp. I have written about it many times. In my opinion, it is the best daily devotional out there.
12. The podcast "Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey". LOVE! Obsessed! Want to be Jamie's BFF. We don't have cable right now so I listen to her a lot. I found her while packing up our apartment this summer and I was hooked! I work out to her, cook to her, clean…LOVE!
13. Jen Wilkin bible studies (I trust what she teaches) and also her book "Women of the Word" on how to study the bible. Love Jen!
14. Amazon fire. Lucy took over my old iPad and I couldn't afford and didn't need a new one. The Amazon Fire does everything I want and need.
15. Amazon Prime. Life changer.
16. Essential Oils. I'm not obsessed but there are a few I love and I do believe that some of them really work. I buy Young Living oils and Thieves (to fight sickness) is my go to oils. I rub it on the girls' feet when they are getting sick and I diffuse it. They love it!
17. Epsom salts. A must after barre class!
18. Modern Calligraphy. I want to master writing this way.
19. Dear Mushka jewelry. Love the woman behind it and the message of each piece of jewelry.
20. The Faded Farmhouse and The Tin Cottage. My two favorite local stores.
21. Soccer games. There are these two players. You might have heard of them? Ivy and Lucy Elliott? Yea, I could watch them play all day!
23. The Wet brush. I cannot brush my hair with any other brush anymore. Love it! Great for kids also.
24. Target $ section. AWWWWWW…..
25. Local Coffee shops. (Shout out to Muletown, Barista Parlor, Fido, Frothey Monkey)
26. Trucker Hats. The worn looking the better. The only hat I feel like I can pull off. Part of my soccer watching attire.
27. 5 Daughters Bakery. Nothing like it. Nobody disagrees. 100 layer cronut. It's not just a donut. I'm sure Jesus will serve them in heaven.
29. Spotify/ Amazon Music
30. Yeti cups (or a knock of they sell in the camping section at Walmart that is exactly like it and WAY cheaper). It's hard for me to drink out of anything else. It's a MUST for summertime.
31. Sonic Happy Hour. It has ruined me. I can't bring myself to buy a drink at full price when I can buy it for half off daily from 2-4. I get off work at 2 so…..
32. Ivy Elliott praying. The sweetest sound to my ears. It's sincere and beautiful.
33. Lucy Elliott reading a book to me. That girl is impressive!
34. Ballet flats. Kelli Elliott doesn't do heels. Kelli Elliott falls down a lot. Kelli Elliott needs to be close to the ground.
35. Glitter eyeshadow. I wear it every single day. It sounds creepy but I hope I make it work. Younique has a great one and so does Mac.
36. Grace. I want to know more of it. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
37. Country Living Fair. In the spring, Country Living magazine brings their fair to Nashville. It is THE BEST! I save my money for that one!
38. Joanna Gaines. Everything about her. Love her style, decorating, show, blog….everything!
39. Tito's. My neighborhood mexican restaurant. I have my "usual" usually AT LEAST every other week if not every week. I call it the "neighborhood hang".
40. Singing. I grew up singing in the church and it has been one of my favorite things to do in my whole life. I have been grateful to God for every opportunity. So thankful that He would have ever used me.
41. Iverson Carpentry. I guess I will call it that, what my Tennessee pops has created for me. I will cherish his pieces forever.
42. Estate sales. LOVE THEM and the surrounding Nashville area has some great ones!
43. My girlfriends. Man. I could cry. I am beyond loyal to them and they are loyal to me. Besides my family. There truly has been nothing in my life that has been sweeter. Ride or die. I don't even have to name them. They know and most of you do to.
44. My family. My mom here. My siblings. My girls….. when I wanted all boys, then the Lord gives me two girls that fit me to perfection. They are two of the biggest lights in my life. And Matt. He was tailor made for me for sure and I love doing life with him.
Thank you Jesus for these blessings! I'm a blessed girl! xoxo
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