prime day faves

Hi friends!  I'm here and I've got time while my little naps to share some deep parts of my heart today- Prime Day!  Ha.  Clearly I'm starting back into this space pretty light.  Grab a sparkly water and sit awhile.

Prime Day.  Christmas in July for sure.  I avoided looking online for awhile and just recently got sucked into the deep dark whole which is Amazon.

My oldest told his teacher Amazon is my favorite store which I think is amazing and comical seeing as there are very few physical Amazon stores and I've never been to them!  I do love Amazon though and find myself adding to my cart and then quickly clicking "save for later" so I can just think about the items and see if we really need any of it- or if the price will change!

A few of my faves from these Amazon (days)!  Affiliate links used- nothing affected on your end, just a little kick back for me!

Things We Scored:

Shoes for the boys!  Yesterday we got school shoes for 50% off! Good deal! ...And that's it! Ha! Still thinking about some things. Here they are-

Things we're considering-
Kindle Paperwhite- I really like the idea of not giving Anderson the iPad and having the parental controls for his reading.  I think I'd love it too!  Usually $144 for $89.  Maybe I could hold off til his birthday to gift him this?!

Good Deals:
23 and Me is only $99 as opposed to $199!  My husband jokes that it's just one more way to be worried about what could happen to you,  but I find it fascinating.  The more you know, right?!

Instant Pot.  I love mine.  If you don't have one, it's a good day to snag one.  I think you'll love it in all seasons!

Knives- definitely not fancy but we've been looking at getting these for all the camping days ahead!

Camping Sleeping Mat- Another thing we've been looking at.  This is enough of a discount that it might be worth snagging another one so we aren't all fighting over comfort to sleep.

Vital Proteins Collagen- I use this in my coffee each morning.  It's tasteless, has protein, and more importantly has helped my nails and hair a lot!

Ellie Holcumb's Children's Book.  This book is so sweet and a makes a good gift!

I mean, I may NEED this Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook for $10.  Right?!

Thats all she wrote- for today at least.

a diagnosis

When things happen in your life- good or bad, do people ever tell you WHY that thing has happened? The past month has been interesting for me- hearing people place their diagnosis in a way on my situation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I've heard a lot of "Oh I bet God just wants you to slow down!" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Honestly, I don't think that's what God wants to tell me. I've been living a much "slower" life these days than what I have in other seasons. I've been putting time and effort into places I've felt called to be. When the car accident happened I remember vividly feeling like God was acting as our very own Mr. Incredible, moving the car just so that while we have some not fun results of it, it could have been much worse. We live in a broken world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To me, I think Satan from the beginning has wanted me to feel discouraged. To get me down that I wouldn't be able to write or paint. (Hello voice to text! I'll be back soon easel!) To feel alone in motherhood without being able to swim with my kids.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In our last Bible study on the #armorofGod I remember the writer saying if Satan can isolate us, he can influence us. I think that's true- and I think I could be in a season of isolation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Instead- we've been surrounded by amazing friends who've brought us meals and played with my kids at the pool when I can't jump in. We're keeping up with the #summerbiblestudy when it would have been easy to say "maybe that's too much!"  and I'm using things like Paperless Post to easily get the invites out!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm listening to His voice, not the voice of others. Friends are wonderful and often mean well, but I'd encourage you this summer to make sure you're still enough to listen to Him and know what He's saying to you. You'll know that still small voice when you hear it.