Thankful in July

by Andrea Cooley

July Collage

Summer is in full swing and the countdown to baby Cooley is on! T-minus 3 weeks. I still have little things on my to-do list, but I think we’re ready! Here’s what I’m most thankful for this month

  1. A kind friend who painted my toenails for me

  2. Finding rainbows after a rain storm

  3. Watching Emerson run through the sprinkler in the backyard

  4. Fireworks!

  5. Seeing my brother, sister, and sister-in-law and niece and nephew over the Fourth of July.

  6. My mom’s chocolate cake for my sister’s birthday

  7. Enjoying a beautiful sunset with Adam

  8. Finally getting some relief from my restless nights and starting to sleep a little better

  9. Celebrating a friend’s new baby with a shower

  10. Laura had 2 trees cut down at her house, which led to hours of free entertainment and free stumps!

  11. Peaches!

  12. Taking advantage of drive-up groceries at Hy-Vee. It’s not something I normally do, but when you’re shopping with a 20 month old and you’re 9 months pregnant, it’s a luxury!

  13. New babies!

  14. Eating from the garden

  15. Free train ride at the zoo

  16. Saturday morning farmer’s market

  17. Going to a movie in the theater with Adam. It probably won’t happen again for awhile! We saw Chef and loved it.

  18. A relatively cool summer

  19. Iowa sweet corn. So tasty!

  20. Splash pads and snow cones

  21. A few more writing assignments to finish up before the baby comes

  22. Finally launching the new design for the blog!

  23. A pedicure with Laura before baby

  24. Enjoying a quiet weekend at home with Adam and Emerson

  25. Catching up with friends over pie at Perkins

  26. Listening to NeedToBreath’s song Multiplied on repeat. I can’t get enough!

  27. Guacamole with bacon!

  28. Cold brew coffee

  29. An empty lot on our street where we can play with Emerson

  30. Celebrating with two friends who had miscarriages and found out they are pregnant!

  31. Last, but not least, Laura and Cody’s sweet baby boy Elijah (more details to come)! What an answer to prayer that he went full term and she was able to have a VBAC!

the_giving_tree_nursery_artHow sweet is this baby boy nursery art from The Handmade Home? It helps that I have baby boys on the brain this week! Laura is due NEXT WEEK and I’m close behind.

If you’re a “yes” person or a people pleaser like I tend to be, this is a great look at why sometimes saying no is just as important as saying yes.

An interesting read about the differences between creators and consumers. Which are you?

The She Reads Truth app is here! Right now it’s only available for iPhone (and it’s FREE!), but an android version is in the works. If you download it, I highly recommend getting the current Justice study as well. I’m only a few days in, but so far it’s GOOD!

I love everything Jen Hatmaker has to say about empowering women to earn a fair wage and raise strong families, in this post, Women Hold Up Half the Sky. The best part is, you can get involved and make a difference with Noonday, either by hosting a trunk show or buying jewelery!

I’m probably late to the game with this, but I recently discovered the band NEEDTOBREATHE and am a little obsessed with their song Multiplied. If you haven’t listened to it, take 5 minutes to listen to it now. I dare you to listen to it only once!


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