ten on tuesday.

1. This Summer has flown by but somehow this week is just  crawling. It may have something to do with our highly anticipated, annual trip to Isle of Palms coming up. Woohoo! Man, just clicking on that link warms my heart. I can’t wait to see my people!

2. The Huntsville Times did a nice piece about the portrait sessions I did at the Downtown Rescue Mission last month. Last night we went back for worship there and I got to hand out all of the finished portraits to the mamas. What a rush! So many hugs and smiles and tears. I swear, coupled with Ephraim sitting through the entire service with a little boy resident whom he declared his “best, best friend” and an awesome message brought by my friend Becca, last night was an honest-to-goodness glimpse of heaven for me.

3. We ordered backpacks this morning. I guess that means school is actually creeping back up on us. I think this is the first year I haven’t been counting down the days! My awesome do-gooder friend Amy is spearheading a collection of back to school supplies for the Downtown Rescue Mission and Huntsville City Schools teachers. If you’re local and you’d like to help, here is the list of items that are needed (I’m happy to be a point person for collections if you don’t know Amy personally):

Pocket folders
3-ring binders
College and wide-ruled notebook paper
Spiral notebooks
Composition notebooks
Kleenex
Hand sanitizer
Backpacks
Ziploc bags – sandwich and gallon sizes
Dry erase markers
Lysol disinfecting wipes
Rest mats
Plastic supply boxes
Pencil pouches
Jumbo erasers
Sharpie permanent markers – black
Play-doh
Copy paper
#2 pencils
Colored pencils
Highlighters
Glue bottles or glue sticks

4. Yesterday I traveled to Birmingham to spend the day with the uber-talented Stephanie Fisher. What fun we had! I smiled all the way home…until I realized I had left my calendar there! FAIL! I do have an online calendar too but I’m not the best at updating it. Which left me in a bit of a lurch trying to piece together the three sessions I had today. Yikes!

5. This weekend on our way to the Folk Mission concert to hear Will Kimbrough we ate dinner with a group of friends at a new-ish Huntsville restaurant, 3 Skillets. Holy YUM! Huntsvillians: don’t be afraid of the Stuffed Quail and Waffles. Dee-vine.

6. For the third year in a row our kiddos have the best summer babysitter EVER. Our precious friend Rachel is home from Auburn (War Eagle!) and has been spending several days out of her week spoiling the stew out of my children. Yesterday they made cake pops. Today they painted birdhouses. What a blessing she is to our family! (Thank you Rachel. You are so appreciated.)

7. So, so sad about Cory Monteith. =( Glee will never be the same.

8. I’ve been on a library kick lately and have recently finished The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (with the kids), The Danish Girl (whoa), and Daughter of Fortune. I’m now about a quarter of the way through The House at Tyneford which has a Downtown Abbey-ish feel to me. I like.

9. I think Sarah has finally made her way through every possible American Girl book (including the mysteries) and has started the search for a new series. Any suggestions? She checked out several in the Dear America series and seems to be pretty excited with the first one she’s reading, Survival in the Storm.

10. Brent and I are finalizing our anniversary trip out west in September that will have us flying to San Fran, taking a train adventure up the coast to Seattle, and then flying home from there nine days later. To say I’m excited would be a supreme understatement. And this week I confirmed dinner with Karen Russell which just seals the whole deal for me. I have one session in Seattle scheduled and would entertain the idea of at least one more so if you’re interested, just shoot me an email. =) erin at erincobb dot com.

Happy week friends!

AnneJuly 16, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Allison loved the Dear America series. I believe that they were all donated to the Lincoln Elementary library or I would have a ton of them to give you. Well worth hunting them down though.

I saw a show that mentioned the “sail and rail” trip to Alaska. I think that it will be added to the bucket list. The scenery looked so amazing in the Alaskan wilderness.

Very proud of you for you gift to the Rescue Mission mommas. That was so very special.

KelliJuly 17, 2013 - 6:52 am

Has she read any Roald Dahl? I highly recommend Matilda. And my nephew (who’s also 7) just started reading the Harry Potter books.

Jessica WJuly 17, 2013 - 7:44 am

My daughter (same age/reading level) loves Ivy and Bean books. And, she is an animal lover, but really enjoyed one of the Horse Diaries books as well. There are a bunch of those and they are told by the horse, but are historically/culturally correct as well. They have a bunch from different times and countries.

MeghanJuly 17, 2013 - 10:23 am

You’re going to be in Seattle just after I’ve moved to Texas. I could cry that I’m missing a possible chance to have a session with you : ( BUT- you will LOVE Oregon/Washington in Sept.

DianeJuly 17, 2013 - 11:56 am

Hi Erin! Not sure of S.’s level, but the Mysteries in Our National Parks series sounds like something she might like. The authors are Skurzynski and Ferguson. Try one from the library first before investing in a new series. Kids at school do also like the Ivy and Bean series…

SusanneJuly 17, 2013 - 6:42 pm

What about the Nancy Drew Clue Crew. They are popular among many of the students at my school.

Stacey TJuly 24, 2013 - 5:15 am

So glad you got to meet Steph! She’s awesome.

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