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I have to share the sweetest toy that Brooks owns. Here’s his raccoon, handcrafted by Philip’s cousin Anna, the sewing genius behind needleANNAthread!


Isn’t it just the cutest? Anna just started handcrafting these adorable animals recently for so many sweet kiddos in our family!


Isn’t she so talented? Anna is new to her craft, so check out her Instagram (@needleANNAthread) and let her know if you would like your own handcrafted stuffed animal!

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Mama’s Cold Brew


The hardest part of this recipe is the wait time! 

I’ve been making cold brew for about 3 years. I started out following The Pioneer Woman’s recipe but I soon dropped the recipe and used my tried and true method: dump a few things and hope for the best. This last time I made it I tried really hard to pay attention to the amounts I was dumping so I could post the recipe here!

First, I get out my Pyrex Measuring Bowl and pour in half of a bag of coffee (1/2 of a pound ish). I used this kind the last two times and it’s delicious!

Then, I pour water over the coffee to fill the bowl, throw on the lid, and put it in the fridge. Now, wait for 8-48 hours. The Pioneer Woman says 8 hours should suffice but sometimes I just don’t have a chance to get to it for a day or two. It’s never turned out badly!

Okay, next step. Get yourself a mesh strainer, some cheesecloth or paper towels, and a smaller Pyrex measuring cup

The strainer goes over the small Pyrex and the paper towels go inside the strainer.

Pour your cold brewed coffee over the paper towels in the strainer. When your measuring cup gets full, pour it into a storage container (i.e. mason jars, or cute and clean juice bottles).

Continue this until you are pouring mostly grounds into the strainer. Then, squeeze the grounds to get out every last caffeinated drop! 

Now the good part: making your iced coffee! I always do 1 part cold brew to two parts other liquid since the cold brew is so strong. You could do water, milk, almond milk, creamer, or whatever you love. I usually do almond milk! Add a dash of cinnamon and a couple drops of vanilla extract to take it to the next level.

Lessons from my son: Wonder

Yesterday, Brooks experienced the Henry Doorly Zoo for the first time.  And boy oh boy was it an experience!

We’ve been to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, but Henry Doorly is the big guns. Top rated across the world!



The lions, giraffes, monkeys, birds, and elephants were so awesome. And he couldn’t get enough of the aquarium, and especially the fish and sharks swimming over his head!


His bright little eyes couldn’t take it all in! To see the wonder in his eyes with each new experience is just incredible. He awes at the beauty of God’s creation. He delights in his family, friends, or even a stranger with wild waving and “hi” and smiles. He is diligent to accomplish new things. Walking, running, feeding himself, always practicing something.

And I adore it. And I long for some of his wonder in my own life. I want to awe at the beauty in the every day. I want to delight over each person who God puts in my path. I want to practice patience, trust, humility, wonder, joy. I long to cultivate what my son has naturally. I vow to take my son’s lead and live in wonder.

❤ Annie

What lessons have the kids in your life been teaching you?

P.S. Chad came along too but successfully avoided all pictures! 😉

The Future of Grocery Shopping: Hy-Vee Aisles Online

Today, I ordered my groceries online and they were delivered to my house. 

Yeah!

I didn’t have to leave my house.

I didn’t have to pack up Brooks and try to run through the store. It was amazing! 

Here’s how it works: 

First, I made my grocery list. Then, on Hy-Vee Aisles Online, I searched for my groceries and added them to virtual cart. Then I checked out, chose a delivery window, and next thing I know…my groceries are at my doorstep! 

And with a thank you note to boot! ☺️
Have you ever used an online grocery shopping service? A delivery service?