Friday, December 2, 2022

Friday Favorites: December 2, 2022


 

 

 It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick.

Hello!

Hope all of you had the best Thanksgiving week. We had a blast - lots of football and food and movies and laughing. Also something that is fairly new to our family - we watched every second of the World Cup. We are all the way into it now. There was much screaming and cheering and "NOW, SHOOT IT NOW!" from a bunch of us who don't know a bunch about soccer. From me there was a lot of, "GET UP, YOUNG MAN. YOU'RE FINE." (This might give you a window into my parenting philosophy. The boys' therapist bills might be high.) But, why does every single one of them act like they've snapped a femur every single time they hit the ground?

I mean, except for Christian Pulisic. God bless and keep you, young man. Also, please be back tomorrow. Please.

Anyway, the big boys left so the family group text will be blowing up tomorrow as we watch in different places. That's one of my favorite things about the Iphone. Here are some other favorite things from the week:


1. Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

acozykitchen.com

We read In the Wild Light which is partially set in Tennessee for our book club this month. As it was my time to host, I tried to get all cutesy and go with a theme, so I made these Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders and they were a big hit among the book club ladies. They were an even bigger hit among my guys. Super easy and so good.

2. Hooded Flannel 


I was shopping for a hooded flannel for my son for Christmas and I accidentally found this one for me. I love the colors and it's perfectly oversized without being too boxy. 

3. Lightweight Puffer Coat with Hood



This lightweight hooded puffer coat is only $32 today! I really like the length for wearing with long sweaters and tunic tops. Bonus: it will keep your tush warm! It comes in a ton of colors, so if you're looking to buy a fun color that you might not normally want to spend the big bucks on, at only $32, this is your chance to try something new! 

4. College Ceramic Christmas Tree



This is the cutest gift for your college kid or your kid who just got accepted to college. This is the Texas one, of course, but someone posted the Tennessee one on the University of Tennessee Parents Facebook page. They seem to have a tree available for a whole lot of colleges, so cross your fingers that the one you want is there. They also have other collegiate ornaments. How cute would this be to send to your kiddo for finals? To be honest, I don't think Kyle would be jumping out of his shoes with excitement about a Tennessee lit tree, but maybe his girlfriend would? It's $35. 


5. Advent Series by Annie F Downs


I try to do an Advent devotional every year and this year one of my favorite podcasters and writers, Annie F. Downs, released one. You can purchase the series to have the guidebook and watch her videos, but if you don't want to pay anything you can listen each day on her podcast for free. 

This week she's talking about hope - which is my favorite of the Advent candles. I mean, are we allowed to have a favorite? 

While we did have a beautiful Thanksgiving with so much gratitude, there was a whole lot of worry fighting against me last week. Seemed like every time I thought of something to celebrate I was reminded of something that was scary. Cancer, Cancer and Cancer again. Gah. I hate it. Covid, addiction, the flu, mental health issues, a friend who is trying with all her might to keep her baby from coming prematurely, kids struggling in college, kids trying to get jobs, kids waiting for college acceptances, Ukraine, that amazing quarterback from Tennessee who was having a heckuva season before he tore his ACL and Leslie Jordan died and now Instagram will never be as happy as it once was with him. HOW MUCH, O LORD? 

It's rough being in my brain, friends. 

This week Annie said the most simple thing: Hope is the promise that things will not always be this way. And the only way we get to "this" hope that Romans 5:3-5 tells us does not disappoint is by suffering which produces perseverance which produces character which produces hope. It's not a great system, I'll admit. I'd much rather skip straight to the hope. But I have seen how it plays out and I believe it to be true. When we suffer we see that our suffering matters to Jesus. We see how He will show up for us. We see how He is who He says He is. In my life, it has been during times of suffering when I've seen Him most clearly.

Anyway, I highly recommend Annie's words and her devotional. She says it so much better than I do. If you need some hope today, go here. It started on Sunday, but you can catch up! 

Have a great weekend and GO USA!!!

Disclosure: The View From Behind Home Plate is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn small fees by linking to amazon.com. Post might contain other affiliate links as well.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday Favorites: It's BLACK FRIDAY! Everyone stay calm!

  

 

 It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick.

  Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your people! I'm so grateful for those who stop by here every week. I had some fun checking out some of the Black Friday deals for Friday Favorites this week. So if you're up for shopping today, here are some ideas! Have a great weekend!

Aerie Offline Leggings

I know everyone loses their minds over Lululemon leggings, but these Aerie Offline Real Me Crossover leggings are my very favorite. They are on sale for $25 right now and I'm grabbing a couple of pair. They're so soft and don't cut off your circulation.

Aerie Thumbs Up V-Neck Top

Also, I grabbed this Offline V-Neck Thumbs Up Jersey top and it is the softest, most comfortable thing ever. $23.97! Go.

Flannel Hoodie



Boy moms know the struggle to get their guys to wear a coat in the winter. It's a whole thing. My boys still love a flannel hoodie. This one from Amazon is berber lined and is basically a coat, but they don't have to know it. Lots of different colors and patterns.

Jogger Set



Tis the Season for a comfy jogger set and this one is so cute. It comes in a bazillion colors. I love this green for the holidays. The set is 16% off today. Yes that's a random number, but hey, on sale is on sale, right?

Baby Crockpot



This seems like maybe it's an impractical idea. I mean, really, what's the point? It's so darn small. I don't know. BUT OMGOSH THIS BABY TINY LITTLE CROCKPOT IS SO FLIPPIN CUTE.  I guess it's for taking leftovers to the office? Or is it for a dorm room? I don't get it, but it's adorable. It's 33% off. There's even a pink one. Come on.

Capri Blue Candles

Anthropologie is having a 30% off sale and this is when I stock up on Capri Blue candles because they are the GOAT in the candle world. They smell amazing, the glass jars are gorgeous, and the mini ones make a great hostess gift.

Waterproof BlueTooth Speaker



I always think a bluetooth speaker for the young 'uns is a great gift, but this one takes it to another level. It's waterproof and 33% off today.  ADD.TO.CART.

Tartan Plaid PJs

I'm a sucker for Christmas plaid and these pajamas are only $15 today!

Bagsmart Toiletry Bag


I mentioned this travel toiletry bag awhile ago and I love it so much. It hangs up on the hotel bathroom's towel rack and fits way more than you think it will. So much easier than rummaging through a giant bag of stuff to find what you need. It's only $19.99 today!

Trixie Earring Set



Based on the number of these Park Lane earring sets I've sold to teen girls or to the mom's of teen girls, I can say with confidence that you're going to be a hero with your daughter, nieces, baby sitter or son's girlfriend if you grab these.


Best Part Of Black Friday

My very favorite thing from the week was not anticipating all the sales, although I'm sure I'll do my fair share of shopping online today. It was having these guys home and it will be sitting on the couch watching football with them today. That's mostly what's been happening around here this week. Although, we did go on a #forcedfamilyfun hike on Wednesday and I have to say that hiking while laughing is the more difficult form of hiking, but it sure is the most fun. I don't think there are any people in the world who make me laugh as hard as these three weirdos. I'm so grateful. Hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving!

Disclosure: The View From Behind Home Plate is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn small fees by linking to amazon.com. Post might contain other affiliate links as well. 

Friday, November 18, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: November 18, 2022

 

 

 It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick.

Good morning! Y'all, it's Thanksgiving in less than a week! What the HECK?!!! I hope you have a great one with your family and friends. I'm so thankful for those of you who stop by here! Here are some favorites from the week

1. It's Not Only Football: Friday Night Lights and Beyond Podcast


Drew and I have been watching Friday Night Lights lately. He has never seen the entire series which is a failing on my part that must be remedied immediately, plus I get to watch it for the 7,000th time. Last week I stumbled on a podcast hosted by Matt Sarazen (7), Jason Street (6) and Amber from Parenthood who claims to be the biggest FNL fan of all time. She is mistaken because that would be me. They recap the episodes and talk about filming it and all the characters and actors and 7 said that he and Grandma Sarazen were really close in real life and every time they see each other they start crying and basically what I'm saying is that this is the podcast of my dreams.

2. Hoka Carbon x3 Running Shoes

I don't have these shoes. I have no idea if they would fit my foot properly. BUT PLEASE LOOK AT HOW CUTE THEY ARE. I have now participated in five classes at Orange Theory and have not died yet. In fact, I feel like someone should send me a prize because I had to take a nap after the first three, but was able to function throughout the day pretty reasonably these last two times. Thank you for your support. Because of this massive accomplishment, I would like to treat myself to new workout shoes and I think these Hokas are so cute. I hear great things about Hokas, but I've always been loyal to Nikes. Also I think that it really depends on your foot and it's super personal. I really hope these might work for me because AGAIN WILL YOU PLEASE LOOK AT HOW CUTE THEY ARE????

3. Mix & Match Mama's Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce


I really appreciate the recipes from the Mix & Match Mama blog during the holidays because most of them are really easy. My sister-in-law makes the most amazing desserts for our holidays, but with the all the boys here all week, I'm thinking an extra one won't got to waste. I made this Pumpkin Bread Pudding many years ago and it was a hit, so it's in the plan for this week.


4. Folkulture Wooden Spoon Set



I had the same wooden spoons I got from Crate and Barrel as a wedding gift for about 25 years. Which seems like a bad idea. I bought some new ones, but when I was looking around Amazon for a hostess gift, I saw this set. You can choose from eight different handle colors. I would choose the white for myself, but these green plaid would make a fun hostess gift for the holidays.

5. Some News

Well, it appears that this little blog can come by its name honestly for a little while longer. The littlest one made a decision this week and has committed to play baseball in college at Averett University in southern Virginia. The process has been long and his mama has spent a lot of time thinking and weighing the options and hand wringing and praying about playing or not playing and asking God if this is really what He has planned for him and if so, it sure would be nice if we could see a burning bush or something, thank you very much. Mostly, the Lord kept telling me that this is his one wild and precious life and not mine, so maybe back off a smidge, Sister. It seems the Lord tells me this about my kids more and more and frankly, it's getting on my nerves. We are thrilled for him for a million reasons. 

Of course, the playing of the baseball and the fact that I get to continue to sit in the bleachers and watch him - with the bonus of not having to do the baseball laundry for a change - is pretty darn cool because I am really good at it. ;-)  But honestly, throughout this process and on the day that he finally decided the best thing has been the reactions and encouragement and cheerleading by his friends, teammates, and coaches from so many years of playing this game.  And it occurs to me that all of those people are the reason that baseball has been so incredibly important to our family. It's not about a ball and a bat and wins and losses. It never has been. People have been so kind and so excited. My phone blew up with posts and sweet texts and various celebratory emojis after he decided.

But the true blue favorite of the week in regard to this little bit of news? 

(Buckle up, Reader, because Mama's about to get real sappy. I know this is shocking) 

Being the youngest of three brothers and the baby of a family of five means that everyone in your house has an opinion on what you should do all the darn time. We all have advice and wisdom and experience that many of us - some more than others - feel compelled to share. And in the past five or so months I have watched the littlest boy become a man who is committed to deciding for himself what is most important to him. I've seen him consider all the paths available and set his determined gaze toward what he wants most. He has no hesitation, no anxiety, no trepidation in him today. He loves this sport as much or more than anyone I know and in 18 years of watching kids play, I've known more than a few who love it a whole lot.

So one of my very favorite things from this week was to see the reaction of his big brothers. They are enormously proud of the boy they've nicknamed "Smalls" and "Little D" and a lot of other names I probably shouldn't mention. Relationships among brothers are complicated. But these guys have become his biggest cheerleaders - although they probably consider themselves more coaches than cheerleaders. They texted and tweeted and posted and sent him messages so sweet they made me weep. 

So is my favorite thing from this week that Drew will have the opportunity to play baseball in college? Well, it's a close second. My favorite thing is that as many times as I thanked God over the years for the blessing that those three boys have been to their dad and me, I always prayed as much that they would be a blessing to each other. And they are. And the very best thing is that I think they are finally able to recognize it. What a beautiful, gracious gift.

Y'all have a great weekend, And a very blessed Thanksgiving.

Disclosure: The View From Behind Home Plate is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn small fees by linking to amazon.com. Post might contain other affiliate links as well. 

Friday, November 11, 2022

1 Friday Favorite: Eighteen

One Friday Favorite today. I am officially now the mother of adult children. The baby turned 18 on Tuesday. Let's be clear that whoever decided that 18 years old meant "adult" didn't read the science on the development of the pre-frontal cortex, but here we are. It still "hits different", as the young 'uns would say.

10 years ago I started writing - rambling really - in this space about life and Jesus and cute boots and lipstick and how terrible I was am at cooking and baseball and basketball and prayers lifted up from the steaming metal bleachers of a thousand and one ballparks. I mostly wrote about my children. It's weird to me that way back then with three little boys underfoot I found more time to write. I wonder if maybe I just needed the outlet more then. I don't think so. Because mothering these children hasn't ended yet. All the thoughts and all the prayers and all the worries and all the trying to prepare them for the path without preparing the path for them still rumble around in my brain begging to be released. Maybe I write a bit less about them because their stories are becoming more their stories and not mine. *Big Sigh*. This is the way it is to supposed to be. I know. I know. I know.

Anyway, no Amazon finds today. No recipes. No books. No songs. No beauty products that are giving me delusional dreams about turning my face back into something I recognize. Just a look back at a little boy and the way he inspired his mama to tap out words on a laptop for anyone and no one. Or maybe just for her so that one day she would look back and remember a day when eight years old seemed impossible. And 18 was a lifetime away.

Originally posted November 8, 2012

The doctor said it for the third time:  "It's a boy!"

I giggled and thought, "Well, no problem. I got this."
Then I took a look at your bright red face that matched your bright red head.
Think again, sister.


I wondered which one you would you be like.  The first or the second.  But you are just you . . . the third. You are the exclamation point at the end of the sentence that is our family.
 

You are you, all on your own.  Red hair flaming.  Freckles popping.  Littlest, bittiest nose we have ever seen. 


You are you.  Sliding the kitchen chairs to the counter to climb, so that we had to bungee cord them together under the table. Waking at the slightest noise so that we had to put the sound machine on high and the bathroom fan on at the same time. Throwing the biggest, baddest, loudest tantrums we had ever seen.


You are you. Starting out as their bat boy and now giving those big boys a run for their money with so many pitches and hits and baskets and catches. You throw and you shoot and you run and you tackle. Those brothers won't let you travel or double dribble or have more than three strikes. They won't go easy on you and they will make you wait your turn. They are the meanest of the mean and the bestest of the best. They will make you strong and brave and tough because they love you so fiercely.



You are just you. You are not just one more boy. You are one of three, but like no other. You challenge my patience the most. You wrap your arms around me the tightest.  When you bounce out of the school doors, you smile the biggest. You cling the hardest to Daddy's hand. You bring new space to my heart that was already bursting full, so that everyday I think it will crack open at the seams because of how I adore you, my littlest love.



You desperately want to just "get big." When I get big, I'll do this. When I get big, I'll do that.
Once, when you were about three, we sat outside the church nursery and you clung to me and cried that you didn't want to go. We were about to be late for the service and then you made sure of it.  You looked at us with tears streaming and asked, "Mommy and Daddy, when you get wittle, will you come to Sunday School with me?"


Oh, how I wish we could stay wittle together, my wittle one. But you keep getting big.  And you must.  Because our God has big things in store for you, wittle boy . . . a big, shiny future for you. It's just for you and it as blinding as the glow of those bright red curls.


Happy 8th birthday, Drew Christopher.  I love you to pieces.

Friday, November 4, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: November 4, 2022


 

 It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick.

Happy Friday! I have to hurry today because after being a runner for 17 years I realized I needed to change my exercise plan. So I joined Orange Theory and it starts in a few hours. Maybe that seems like plenty of time to prepare, but I'm afraid I'm going to die in there. So I need ample time to do some praying, stretching/hydrating and attempting to cancel before I go. Trying new things is not my jam. It's shocking that I ever stopped doing Step Aerobics and wearing leg warmers.

Here are some favorites from this week that do not involve a rowing machine and squats.

1. In the Wild Light


I just started this book this week which was recommended by Melanie and Sophie of the BigBooCast podcast. I know I shouldn't call it a favorite yet because I haven't finished it, but I can already tell it's going to be so good. 

2. 1883


Steve and I started watching 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, this week. I'm loving it. Tim McGraw is really good. Also, I would like you to say prayers for my son, Joe, because I had to figure out how to find this show on Paramount Plus which I'd never done before. This involved a FaceTime call the likes of which should have landed us on the Progressive commercials. It's really tough being 112 years old with a Smart TV and three remote controls, but it might be tougher to be my son on the other side of a Face Time call.


3. Navy Plaid Flannel

I have too many plaid button downs for Fall, but if you must know, I do not have a navy one. I love this shirt and I want it and I'm getting it because $22. The end.

4. Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Casserole/Dip



I've mentioned this Buffalo Chicken Casserole before, but was talking about it with a group of friends recently, so I thought I'd re-post it. My people LOVE this stuff. I make it at least once every couple of weeks. There is no dairy in it at all - no cheese, no cream cheese, no sour cream. I know it sounds terrible. It's not. It's amazing and makes a perfect football watching snack. I suppose you can eat it with cut up veggies to keep it Whole30, but my guys eat it with Fritos Scoops because BALANCE.


5. The Blingest Bling I've Ever Seen

The kid and his baseball teammates received their State Championship Rings Friday night and were recognized at the football game. The boys were involved in the design of the ring and shall we say, they did not mess around. I suppose if you're going to get one, you want to go as overboard as you please. And they did, thank you very much.



I'll never get over that season. What a gift. We'll keep celebrating as long as we can. 

Y'all have a great weekend! 

Disclosure: The View From Behind Home Plate is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn small fees by linking to amazon.com. Post might contain other affiliate links as well. 

Friday, October 28, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: October 28, 2022

 

 

 It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick.

Hi, Friends. And Happy Friday. The leaves have changed here in Virginia and it's my favorite time of year. I've been here for 30 years and I still can't get over how beautiful it is in the fall. It should be a lovely weekend for my very last travel baseball tournament ever. I think I went my first travel baseball tournament when Joe was nine years old and he's 24 now.  You know what?


Here are some favorites from this week.

1. Plaid Swing Shirt Dress

I went in to church on Sunday morning, looked up at the choir and noticed that my friend, Carole, who not only has a beautiful voice, also has very, very good tasted in dresses. We both had on the same dress. We also happen to have on the same Park Lane earrings and necklace. This dress is so comfortable. If you want to know the truth I wore it three times this week alone - once with tennis shoes, once with clogs and once with cowboy boots. It's 20% off right now plus you can get an extra 40% off with the code BFF. Which I think is appropriate. Grab your BFF and go get one!

2. Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler



Y'all. Brace yourselves. My eye lash curler broke. I know what you're thinking. Last week with McDonald's being out of Diet Coke and Chick-Fil-A forgetting my straw and this week with a tragedy like this? How much more can I take? I'll persevere. Because I ordered this one. I had one of these years ago and it is the best ever.

3. Plaid V-Neck Tunic Top


I want to buy this top. I do not need to buy this top. The description says this is red and white, but it looks more maroon. This top would be perfect for a Texas Aggies fan. I am a lot of things, but am not a Texas Aggie fan. Not even close. Why would I want this top? I will not buy this top. However, there are other colors. I will not buy any of the colors. Today. At least. I am a pillar of strength and will power. The end.

4. Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins

I had a meeting at my house the other night so I bought a bunch of fun fall desserts from Trader Joe's. Drew Skinner claims that "these things slap." I agree. I guess. They're good if that's what you want to know.

5. Say it louder, Barb


 I consume a lot of stuff. Devotionals, novels, books, podcasts, music and the actual Holy Bible. All the things. This quote from some guy named Drew Monson shared by some woman who calls herself "Peaceful Barb" might be the most impactful thing I've read in months.

Y'all have a great weekend! Since the entire Texas Longhorn Football team and I are in a fight - even if they don't know it - I will say GO VOLS. Beat Kentucky. GO PENN STATE. Beat Ohio State.

And also, 14 penalties, Horns? Tighten it up. 

Disclosure: The View From Behind Home Plate is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn small fees by linking to amazon.com. Post might contain other affiliate links as well.