Friday, June 3, 2016

Five on Friday!

Hello Friday! I am so excited for a great weekend ahead! On the books for this weekend...Food Truck Friday with a bunch of friends, a visit to our neighborhood farmer's market, Caroline's best friend's 2nd birthday party, a play date and more!
one. Earlier this week we took the kiddos up to see daddy's new office! Marcellino & Tyson is now officially open for business in Dilworth! I could not be more proud of Matt and Bryan for outgrowing their last office. They now have 4 attorneys, 2 paralegals, excellent support staff and big plans to continue expanding! It's been so exciting watching them grow.
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two. On Monday night I flew home to see my dad for a few days. My sister came over too and it was so good for us to spend time with him while also constantly nagging him to follow the doctor's orders. He was so shocked and happy that I surprised him and I think it was exactly what he needed

Just a few days before Christmas dad came down with a serious cold and was hospitalized for several weeks after developing an infection. Mom had begun preparing our family Christmas dinner but threw it in the freezer once dad was sent to the hospital. None of us were interested in eating without him. Well, while I was home mom thawed our Christmas dinner and we finally got to enjoy it as a family! 
One quick picture before I flew back home!
three. We've had some really exciting visitors at our house -- CATERPILLARS! Caroline received a Butterfly Garden Growing Kit for her birthday and for the past week we've been watching the butterfly metamorphosis! Caroline's class just recently released their class butterflies so she's totally in to having her own garden to supervise and name. 

four.  Ever since my minis came along I've had a hard time finding a bible study. Most of my mama friends stay at home and attend a bible study together on Tuesday right in the middle of the morning, an impossible time for me to break away from work on a weekly basis. So when my friend Lisa sent me an invitation to join The Husband Project, an online 21 day study from Proverbs31 Ministries, I was really excited, signed up and purchased my book! The study kicks off June 20 and I'm inviting anyone looking to bless their husband and their marriage to join me!  
I think it's pretty obvious I am a sucker for bible studies focused on marriage. I haven't read this book yet but I have read (and blogged about) many others over the years. Here are a few of my favorite studies to do independently, in groups or with your husband:

What's It Like to Be Married to Me? And Other Dangerous Questions by Linda Dillow. I am halfway through this book right now and woah, woah, woah. One night over Supper Club my girlfriends were raving about just starting this book for their new study and I ordered it right away to see what all the hype was about and join in on the conversation. This book will change you and ultimately your marriage. But be prepared to think about some tough questions!

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who is married (newly or decades in), engaged or wants to get married in the future! I also love to give this book to my friends as an engagement gift.

The DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley: This was the first study Matt and I did together in our married bible study right after we got hitched. We learned so much about each other through this study.

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman: A must-read for ALL couples regardless of where you are in your relationship! I promise this will change your approach for showing and receiving love.

Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge: Every woman should read this book but I highly recommend it for women who are single, divorced or broken hearted. This was my family study I did before I met Matt.  I also highly recommend reading the men's version afterwards - Wild at Heart.

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn: there were parts of this study I disliked or didn't agree with but still really enjoyed it overall. This is perfect for a women's group study or independently.
five. A cute little snap from our most recent Trader Joes run to stock up on wine, cheese and pouches!
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And I'll leave you with this adorable clip! Since there are two Caroline's in the young toddler class they both go by their last names. So all of Caroline's friends and classmates at school have been calling her "Marcellino" all year. I can't get enough of listening to her say her name. Cracks me up.

Happy weekend friends!

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19 comments:

  1. Adorable pic of the babies in the floral department! Thank you for sharing those marriage books. We try to do a church marriage study once a year but this year our's failed to offer one up. I am totally going to join the Proverbs 31 one! Congrats to Matt on his firm moving! I know Lynn is so delighted in her baby boy. And yay for Christmas dinner with your dad - that's a blessing! xo Amanda

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  2. Caroline is so adorable st her daddy's desk! And so fun that you got to enjoy that Christmas dinner! I hope your dad is doing well
    Xo, Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  3. I'm glad y'all were able to have some great quality family time! Congrats to Matt on the big move! The clip of Caroline is so adorable. Have a great weekend! Jess at Just Jess

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  4. Thanks for sharing about that Bible study - definitely looking into it!! Congratulations on your husband's new office; I know yall are so proud!! Also glad to see you were able to spend some quality time with family, very special!!

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  5. Love that y'all got to enjoy your Christmas dinner together!! That just warms my heart. I love anything Timothy Keller- I will have to look that book up for sure. Enjoy your wonderful weekend plans!!!

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  6. So glad you got to surprise your dad for a few days!! Congrats to Matt and his new office! I'm doing the Husband Project as well and I'm really excited to get into it! I really need to get back into reading marriage books - you have so many good recommendations!

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  7. Thanks for the book recs! We've been married five years, but no matter where you are in a relationship, there is always room to improve, and I can't wait to order a few of these!

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  8. Yay for family Christmas dinner!! I'm going to see if my library has The Husband Project since it's sold out on Amazon. I want to be in for that! And way to grow the firm!!! That's HARD work!!

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  9. So glad you got to see your dad - I'm sure that was the highlight of his week/month for sure! Hoping that he is doing okay. And thank you for sharing about the Bible study. That sounds like a good one!:)

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  11. That's so sweet that you were able to surprise your dad, I'm sure he was very excited to see you! Congrats on Matt's new office, it looks so nice!! Hope y'all have a great weekend! xo Sarah

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  12. That bible study sounds awesome! I've already ordered my book and signed up. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. So sweet! I love the little photo of Caroline in Daddy's office!

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  14. I love Proverbs 31 - will look into The Husband Project! My small group just read You & Me Forever {Marriage in Light of Eternity} by Francis & Lisa Chan. I can't recommend it enough!

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  15. Caroline looks so cute sitting at her daddy's desk! That butterfly garden is too fun...when I taught, butterflies were one of my favorite units!

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  16. That bible study looks fantastic, going to check out the book now! Yay for Matt's booming business and new office space! We had a TJ's two kid meltdown day yesterday... good times. Caroline's little voice- adorable! I love hearing L say our last name too. It sounds so grown up or something!

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  17. Thanks for sharing-I'm going to look up those marriage studies!

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  18. Thanks for posting these book suggestions. I have a list on amazon growing and some of your suggestions are on there. I'll be sure to check them out as well as the bible study.

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