a couple days with friends

We had company the last two days…my incredible friends Meg Duerksen & Kimberlee Jost. Two days, in the middle of the week, for girl time with friends that I don’t get to see nearly often enough. Good times. Good times. I bought a guest book for the studio, I hope to see that little book fill up. I think how fun it will be to look back on in 50 years and remember the guests that came to this space. (Meg – you forgot to sign it!)

(all pics from my iPhone)

We lingered at the kitchen table for a few hours after breakfast. I don’t get to linger with friends often. Funny how dirty dishes are a picture of gratitude when they represent sweet times.

Little One joined us for some lunch and shopping…kind of. She slept all through lunch. If you’ve never had have young kids, you may not understand this miracle. Let me say it again for those that get it…I sat outside with friends for lunch and my nearly 2 year old slept peacefully next to us the whole time. Nice.

And now I will part for the weekend with my newest favorite picture….

Happy Friday, may your weekend be jammin’

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  • Razmataz - Priceless….that picture of little one is fabulous.

  • Kristin - Love, LOVE to see how Little One is blossoming by leaps & bounds! <3

  • Nicole - Rock on baby girl, rock on 🙂

  • molly - Little One Rocks! What a awesome picture. That is why it is so important to keep a camera handy…that is the type of picture you could never plan but totally want to take. I love watching her blossom. I have said it before…she stirs something deep in my heart.

  • Tracy - Oh my goodness! She looks so grown up in that picture! So glad that you had a fantastic with friends and a miracle lunch. 😉

  • Marie - Can I just say, as the mother of a 2-year-old…I am so jealous! A lingering sit-down lunch with friends!!! Gah.

    I love following your posts, and observations of your kids. And especially your story of Little One. We met our Wren through a semi-open domestic infant adoption, and I’ve watched your story unfold with bated breath, aching heart and fingers crossed. I’m sure if they could meet our little gals would be great friends…and have quite a band!

  • Monica - Nice pics! Little One looks so cute with her long blond hair. :). I know what it is to spend time with frinds . I miss my friends. I am from Monterrey, Mexico. But now we are all apart . I came to Chicago and i got married so I live here, another one in France, another one in Dallas, Tx, and another ones in Mty. But when we have the opportunity and travel at the same time to Mty we have so much fun. Soon i will see them again so I am really excited!. Thanks for sharing. I love your studio . I want one! Can I come visit? LOL Such a nice place to be. Have a nice weekend!

  • Angie - Little Rapunzel is aaammmmmaaaazing!!!!

  • Barbara - The first thing I thought when I saw the photo of you at the table (before reading the text) was: Oh what luxury to sit and talk and eat…. with both hands free! 🙂
    That sure was a miracle!! Lucky you!!

  • Alana @ Grace-Full Intentions - I’m pretty sure this is my first time commenting here, but I just had to tell you two things:
    1. As a fellow mom, I do appreciate the miracle that happened at lunch! 😉
    2. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you sharing bits and pieces of your life and creativity on this blog. You are a true inspiration!

    God Bless!

  • Kirsten J - What a most excellent adventure! I’m jealous of y’all and wow you just brought back a memory of sleeping toddlers being magical 🙂

  • Emily - This picture literally makes me laugh so hard tears come to my eyes every time I see it. PRICELESS.

  • Jack - Oh I saw on Meg’s blog that she was going ‘out of town.’That’s lovely that she was visiting you and getting to meet “Little One” too. Looks like you had a great time!

  • Regina - Oh my goodness, that last picture made me smile! So sweet!

  • Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - How fun! Were they scoping out the location for their branch off of Craft Weekend? :)Your studio would be great for smaller groups of ladies!

  • Laree @ Ever Heard Of Euless - Rockin rapunzel = pure awesome

  • Alicia Millis - love this post! so glad you had some girlfriend time and a miracle lunch!!

  • Rose - Pure sweetness!

  • Katie Sellers - I so get it! Miracle or miracles! Glad you got to have lunch with great friends! I love Meg — fun to see two blogs I follow collide 🙂

  • Necole @seriouslysassymama - How nice to get to spend time with friends. I miss that.

  • Melanee - Absolutely adore the guest room you have set up to welcome your visitors. I also love the idea of a guest book. I will have to steal that idea from you. And as always, love your photos, even if they are from your phone.

  • Nina - Little one- I love your hair. You are looking totaly simular as my daughter Claras face a lot of times. I like your looking, you’re a clever girl. Do you say clever in english? We use clever in german for very intelligent.

    Wish you a lovely weekend from frozing snow cold Germany so far away!

    Nina & Clara

  • Lex - That girl’s got “rockstar” all over her. 🙂 Too cute.

  • Gina - So cute!! She has come a loooonng way! Yay for lunch with friends and sleeping toddlers!

  • Rohde - That picture rocks….. It’s just priceless!!!

  • giozi - Hi Ashley .Is really nice see again friends. And is nice see your blog too again 🙂 I was really off, a lot of things in these day happens.

    I only wanted say hello. Kisses.

  • Jen - You inspire me to add more color in my home!! That pic of Little One made me laugh out loud. What a sweet spirit! I love those mugs; wherever did you get them??

  • Emily - It’s a lunchtime Miracle!

  • Lacey - I love your guest book. Where did you get it?? Your blog is amazing BTW.

  • Catherine - I don’t know what the best part of this post is, but I have to say I love love love that Little One has on a Wonder Woman t shirt! You home seems to be full of “Wonder”ful Women… AWESOME!

  • Mary - that last photo…be still my heart.
    and praise the Lord for girl time!
    it is so much needed.

  • Jacci in Ohio - Oh, how wonderful for you!! I know you’ve been laying low from CWs for Little One’s sake (well, I guess that anyway) and I’m SO glad you got to be with M and K! And linger over coffee 🙂 And have such a quiet peaceful lunch! That is miraculous! 😀

    And oh my. That last photo is too much. Seriously. That’s crazy adorable! Ha ha

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - That is my new favorite picture, too! Love, love love!!

  • Tammy - Oh my word… that may be my new favourite picture, too.

  • Jenni - I love having guests in our home! I love that you have created a space for your guests with a guest book! I can see how much you treasure those around you! And I am still dying over that photo of little one. It tells such a story of how far she has come! I don’t comment often, but in all of your photos of her I can see how much she is loved and I can see that she knows how much she is loved and how it has changed her life to be part of your family. You inspire me daily.

  • Jaime ? Raising up Rubies - Ashley Ann ?
    I just want to tell you what a beautiful inspiration you are. I’ve been here many times before, but have just spent the past hour looking through your blog 🙂 noticing how everything you touch turns to beauty … it must be the love you have for our Savior that shines through everything you do…
    well, that’s all.
    Just a note to uplift & encourage you 🙂 from one Jesus girl to another ? happy weekend!

  • Jennie - Can’t stop laughing! That last pic is awesome!

  • Ashley E - So fun! Jealous of your lucky afternoon with those wonderful girls!

  • Au - http://mynameislentil.blogspot.com

    I found this is a blog about a little cute puppy with a cleft pallette and a fostermom who cares for it. I thought maybe you may be interested in their journey.

  • Serene - How wonderful indeed it must have been to have that time to enjoy lunch with friends while she slept. I know exactly how rarely that happens.

  • Laura@Ms Smartie Pants - thanks for the belly laugh, I needed it, oh precious little one!

  • Nette - Little one always looks sweet, but the blond mermaid version really made me smile. She looks so confident.

    Great job momma.

  • Irma Razak - Yup, a miracle indeed. 2 whole hours! 😉

  • able mabel - I can relate to the blissfulness of a 2 year old sleeping while you had lunch! What an awesome time for you to get to have good friends over!

  • Irene - Your newest favourite has just becoem my favourite too.

    (I just had to de-lurk in order to comment)

    Future rock-star in the making, I tell you:)

  • Janine - I just put a new item on my bucket list… I want to write my name in your guest book.
    As I live in South Africa, it will not be an easy task, but I would LOVE to one day meet you and your wonderful family.
    I have 18 month old twin boys and I really enjoy the way you teach your kids about life. If you ever want to visit SA, our home will always have space :o)

  • Dede Warren - That baby in her long, blond wig is PRICELESS!!! This makes me so happy!

  • Heather - Been reading your blog for a while but haven’t commented all these while. Love your stories (especially L.O.’s adoption journey) and it’s something I look forward to read in my RSS every morning.

    Anyway, I saw this vintage ad and thought of you and your kids – https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/224012_449413298467411_1373569982_n.jpg