Last Saturday, Courtney Lee was away on a trip with our church, Josh and Cole were fixing the fence at the old, new house we used to live in (and now rent out) and Yans and I were having a girls day.
We stopped by to check out the progress on the fence...
That shirt used to be Courtney Lee's. (She was wearing it in this post, which is kind of a fun little trip down memory lane if you've forgotten what my kids looked like back then or if you weren't around here back in 2009.)
I'm always excited to see how much bigger those trees have gotten each time we stop by the new, old house.
Ross bought them for me on Mother's Day the same year we moved into that house (long before meeting Josh Downs.)
They weren't much taller than Annie when we planted them.
And then we made our way to Circle J for lunch...
And then we hit a few of my favorite junk shops because (thankfully) Yans loves junk shopping as much as her mama does...
Those are Rainbow Loom bands on her fingers. (She's bypassed the loom and makes the bracelets using nothing but her fingers now.)
I talked her out of getting that bunny.
And the talking figurines from the movie Ants.
Try as I might though, I couldn't talk her about of spending her allowance on those little, baby chicks.
Much to Annie's delight, the owner of the shop actually ended up giving them to her for free.
She named all six of them.
I was able to talk her out of that (albeit cute) doll though.
And I was able to talk her out of the muppet figurines.
And this spotted pup too.
Annie had just cleaned her room the day before and filled four trash bags full of things she didn't want anymore So, I was explaining to her that each of those bags were full of stuff that she once felt like she 'had to have,' but didn't like/play with any more - and how every single thing in the store we were shopping at was something someone once 'had to have,' but eventually didn't want anymore.
Because 'stuff' doesn't bring joy - in fact, 'stuff' can actually bring along a lot of discontent.
Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for my frugal husband) that meant I had to be an example by just enjoying our time junk shopping together, without actually purchasing anything myself.
Not even that cute, red and white striped throw-pillow that was only $8 and would have looked so great on my couch.
And then we stopped by Blind George's to grab some popcorn to help fuel the fence-building boys and to eat on our drive home.
And then we went home and I spent the rest of the night getting rid of stuff that I don't want anymore either.
Simplicity is what I'm wanting these days.
An abundance of simplicity.