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Noodles & company

After gymnastics on Saturday Gideon and I decided to feed our inner Italian and tried out Noodles and company. Its a franchise that started in Boulder Colorado, their motto: "everything made fresh to order", yummy. I gobbled down my Lemon asparagus linguine in no time flat as did Gideon w…

Pedaling Designs giveaway

My dear friend Rebecca of Pedaling designs has designed this oh so awesome poster for me! That's right she does custom designs of anything your lil heart desires. I chose "Love is kind" because it's our family mantra due to the rough and tumble nature of Gideon! I just LOVE how th…

Favorites Friday: Shine

The temperature has really turned up here in Virginia. The sun is the star of some beautiful images this week in blogland. I just love the Light.
"When Jesus spoke to the people again He said, 'I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the li…

Missing husband

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When husband is away I typically brace myself for the inevitable flat tire or blizzard! This time the power has gone out and I grew a sinus infection overnight! Reminds me of the verse we shared at our wedding,
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of thr…

Home tour: Mountain high

This mountain retreat had me at the exposed wooden beams, so stunning. What a perfect retreat of a home to see more of this North Carolina haven go here.

interior by mimiwilliams


In true Maria-fashion, we squished as much adventure in the last week as possible! Three hour drive to Ocean city NJ for the day, then 6 more hours in the car to Oswego NY to see Mom! The grand finale ended reuniting with our dear sweet cousins, such a great time.
This place truly holds my heart.


Father's Day at Fake downtown

I get a kick out of the "fake downtowns" erecting all throughout America these days! The new one in Fredericksburg was a perfect spot for our Father's day activities. Italian food, shops galore, fountains for pennies, and open sidewalks for strolling.

Love this!

Calamari, our favorite a…

Friday Favorites: Petals

These petals really caught my eye this week! Will be sharing pictures next week of our trip. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and Happy Father's day!
Blooms to wear via untamedpetals More lovely blooms via untamedpetals
Stunning peonies via neotradionalist

Other virtual goodies:
An xray for the sou…

You & Him

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As a nurse, I spend most of my shift solving various problems but mostly advocating for my patients. Sometimes I'm successful and other times, not so much {very frustrating}. It is a very fallen system and usually the patient pays the price. However in the spiritual world we have an e…


Can't really recall the last time I went bowling, but Splitsville luxury lanes may change everything. This swanky 50's motif lounge with lanes is brand new in Fredericksburg Virgnia, very kid friendly-complete with bumper lanes and great food. Good times, Gideon even won!

Gideon had a specia…