Five on Friday!

Earlier this week I shared some fantastic news on Instagram. For all of you who have been praying alongside of us, I just want to let you know that the Lord has heard our prayers and answered in the form of a miracle! On Tuesday Dad went in for his third round of chemo and the doctor went over the results of his recent CAT scan. The tumor in his lungs has shrunk from 6.7 to 2.4. This is truly the very best news we could have received – an answer to prayer. We still have a long way to go but we are incredibly thankful that dad has been feeling great (embracing the shaved head!) and are all so optimistic that we are all going to get past this. So I want to thank you all for your continued prayers and for not forgetting about us during this time. Please don’t let us fall of your prayer list. We are so thankful for you!

For those of you who are new, you can catch up on this journey (here).

We have a really busy, exciting weekend ahead! On Saturday night we will be attending the 4th Annual Casino Night benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Matt’s firm is sponsoring the event and we are so excited for a fancy night out! Also on the books is my favorite consignment sale of the year which we will be getting up bright and early for tomorrow. Then on Sunday my sister arrives for a few days!

I guess we should get on to the Five on Friday, right? Now that we are officially into March I have spring on my mind…

– ONE – Last weekend I crawled into the attic and pulled down some spring stuff, including Caroline’s Easter basket! I
cannot wait to fill her basket up with goodies this year.
Earlier this week I dropped by the dollar spot at Target and hit jackpot
for Easter basket items too! I know it’s early for shopping but I couldn’t pass up the deal so I grabbed some sunglasses, a plate, sippy cup, bunny ears, bubbles and more! Now all I need is to add a few snacks and some Easter books! Here are a few of the books I’m deciding between for Caroline…

Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny // The Berenstain Bears and The Easter Story // Guess How Much I Love You // God Gave Us Easter // Happy Easter, Mouse // The Donkey Who Carried a King // Llama Llama Easter Egg // The Runaway Bunny // The Easter Story

– TWO – Speaking of Easter, every year I whip up THE BEST CARROT CAKE EVER. No really, it is the BEST. It’s a lot of work but so worth it. Anyway, I cannot wait to make this cake soon. You can find the recipe (here).

 – THREE – One of my favorite springtime activities planting tons of new flowers, plants and my herb garden! I am really hoping our hydrangeas we planted last year are going to pull through and bloom this year.

– FOUR – Time to put away the dark polishes and bust out the light pinks! I love springy manicures! Lucky, Lucky Lavender is one of my favorite OPI colors for spring.

– FIVE – I am anxiously trying to use up the last of my fall hand soaps and candles so I can get to my favorite fresh scents of the season.

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Write your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things
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  1. Laura Wyatt
    March 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    1. Runaway Bunny is one of my all time favorites – I remember reading it at my Nana's house when I was little 🙂 2. Save me a piece of that carrot cake. It really is THE best! Y'all have a busy weekend ahead of you! Let me know what goodies you find at the consigment sale! xo

  2. PolkaDottyPlace
    March 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I am right there with you shopping for Easter basket goodies right now. Target dollar spot has TONS of cute options – the pink bunny ears, Spring plate and bubbles came home with me. Llama Llama is always a favorite at our house and any books with flaps to lift. I have three blue hydrangea bushes in my backyard and I cannot wait for them to start blooming. I'm going to attempt an herb garden for the first time this year – wish me luck!! I love carrot cake so I really do need to give your recipe a try. Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. Meagan Hofer
    March 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    such happy news about your dad! lots of prayers answered!! have a fun weekend!!

  4. Elizabeth
    March 6, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Runaway Bunny! I LOVED that book when I was little. I think I may have even forced my little brother to listen to me read it to him… hahaha! #nostalgia 🙂

  5. Jillian
    March 6, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    congratulations on the wonderful news about your dad!!! and i reallllly want that carrot cake! it's my favorite 🙂 xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  6. Sara Elizabeth
    March 6, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    SO EXCITED TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD!!! Great news and what an amazing blessing!!

  7. rachel
    March 6, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Praise God for the news on your dad!!! I just love all those Easter books and definitely snagged plenty of Target Easter goodies for the boys. 🙂 I just wish I had your green thumb. 😉 Happy weekend!

  8. Samantha Reddy
    March 6, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Such joyful news about your dad!! Also that carrot cake looks divine!

  9. Samantha Reddy
    March 6, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Such joyful news about your dad!! Also that carrot cake looks divine!

  10. Shelby @ Making Waves
    March 6, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Wonderful news about your dad! I've been trying to burn the last of the winter scents I (over)indulged in back in September, so I can run over to Bath and Body Works to finally grab some fresh light scents for Spring! Sundress is my favorite, and is our wallflower of choice for this time of year!

  11. Jessica
    March 6, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    So glad to hear the good news about your dad. Will be continuing to think about him and pray for your family, sweet girl! We put God Gave Us Easter in Caleb's first Easter basket last spring, and loved it! Such a sweet book, and love the message. I'll be looking through some of the other books you shared to get some ideas for his basket for this year though:) The Target Dollar Spot has KILLED it this spring. I've spent probably $30 or more in dollar items in the last week, lol!:)

  12. Life as the Mrs.
    March 6, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    That's amazing news about your dad! Praise the Lord! I'm doing the same thing this weekend: pulling all of the spring stuff out of the attic! I also bit the bullet and purchased Walker's Easter basket stuff. The Target $1 aisle is the best!!! I got a plate from there, too. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  13. April of A. Liz Adventures
    March 6, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Yay yay yay for great updates on your Dad … I am SO happy and thrilled for you guys!

  14. ItsTheNewTwenty
    March 6, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I am so happy to hear things are looking up for your dad! I also love everything about this post. As I sit here all bundled up staring at the snow piles that need to be shoveled outside, the spring inspiration is exactly what I needed to warm up my day!!

  15. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    March 6, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    So happy to see this update on your dad! Rejoicing with you in the goodness of God!! 🙂 Have fun at the consignment sale tomorrow morning, getting all dolled up tomorrow night, and welcoming your sister for a visit on Sunday too!! What a perfect weekend! 😉 xo

  16. Tabitha Lee
    March 6, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    I am definitely going to have to try that carrot cake recipe. It looks divine. Love the Lavender OPI too!

  17. Sarah O
    March 6, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    So happy to hear about your dad! I've got to try that carrot cake recipe. I've never make it from scratch, but it look well worth the effort.

  18. Jess Scott
    March 6, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    That cake looks SO GOOD, but you lost me at "a lot of work" – haha!! I am the worst baker!! We have a few of those Easter books, and they are all perfect…our new one this year is Llama Llama – we have every holiday version! I LOVE that nail polish and can't wait to snag some Easter goodies at Target today! Happy Friday!

  19. Brianna Tucker
    March 6, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    I am so excited to bust out all my bright pink polishes!!

  20. Amanda June
    March 6, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    What great news about your dad!! God is so good!!! I love spring colored mani's too! I have seen that lavender color floating around social media and I love it! I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy the time with your sister once she arrives!

  21. Kate @ A Thought and a Half
    March 6, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    I loved 'The Runaway Bunny' when I was a toddler! So cute. What kind of herbs do you plant? I'd love to have my own herb garden once I'm out of school and have my own, more permanent place to live. Happy Friday!

  22. Kristen [Playground Prepster]
    March 6, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Such wonderful news about your dad. I wouldn't wish the heartbreak we suffered on any one – I hope he keeps improving! You have such a wonderful attitude!

  23. Abby Blanton
    March 6, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    I am swooning over your carrot cake recipe – my husband is too actually! We may have to make it before Easter hits 🙂 Happy Friday! (And yay for your father's improving health – what a blessing!!!)

  24. Katie {The Mishaps & Mayhem of a Solitary Life}
    March 6, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Great news about your dad!! Continued prayers!! I don't really like carrot cake…but that one I would definitely try!! Have a great weekend!!

  25. Kate
    March 7, 2015 / 4:06 am

    Wonderful news about your dad!!! love the books you chose for Caroline's easter basket- two faves are Guess How Much I Love you and Runaway Bunny 🙂

  26. rox
    March 7, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Such fantastic news on your dad! Prayer works!! Continued prayers for healing!I just got my first "spring mani" – OPI's Cajun Shrimp – one of my FAVES! But….I'm loving that lavender!!!!!!!!! I almost clicked on the carrot cake recipe and then I saw where you said it was a lot of work, so I didn't….not sure I'll be able to handle much baking with a newborn this year. Ha!And Easter! Conner will be here for Easter! YAY! SO exciting!!!

  27. ChalkSouthernToMe
    March 8, 2015 / 3:48 am

    Fantastic news about your Dad, we will keep praying for continued success on his journey! That carrot cake looks delicious! Xo, Stephanie

  28. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    March 9, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Such great news about your Dad – Amen!I wish we had cute bunny books around for my little girls – I can't find any! And I'm worried that if I order online, they won't arrive in time… x

  29. Traci
    March 10, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Awesome, awesome news about your dad!! #godisgreat

  30. Mrs. W
    April 2, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Trying this Carrot cake out for Easter Supper and sharing on my blog… Thank you for posting.

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