A look back at the past two weeks (A trip to Little Rock, Branson and Wichita)


    She got some new jammies and wanted to wear her hat with them. 😉

    This was her face when she saw the neighbors’ dogs that night as we were walking around outside just before going to bed. She just loves animals!

    One of my friends recently had a baby and she also has a one year old they care for and a two year old. I went and spent the afternoon hanging out with her little one so she could have some free time. I had the most fun throwing tea parties and playing with their girls. And I got so excited that Kierstyn is two!

    I flew to Little Rock for the day to record some radio interviews with Family Life about my book. Love-centered parenting. It was my first business trip in over a year and a half and it felt so weird! But it was so vital to record in the studio on a subject that is so close to my heart!

    At the end of the interviews, one of the hostesses, Ann, asked if she could pray for me. It was such a special moment and I was so blessed – and I’m so glad that one of the guys in the sound booth took a picture!

    Silas is on a tournament team this summer and loves it. He played one of the games in his last tournament which he loves!

    We left for Paducah, KY, Branson, MO, and Wichita, KS a week ago for a summer road trip. We stopped in Clarksville, TN for Jesse to try the Black Rifle Coffee Company’s new store!

    One of the best ways to keep a young child busy in a hotel room: have them look out the window and watch all the cars and people!

    In Paducah we visited this very, very recommendable donut shop – Reds Donuts.

    It was delicious – and it was only $ 8 for a box of 12 different donuts!

    We also stopped by Piper’s Tea & Coffee – which was also recommended!

    He was such a good traveler! But he always behaved so happily getting out of his car seat and being held or having tummy time in the hotel room!

    We went to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO – one of our favorite places! Jesse and I both grew up there so it holds so many special memories for us!

    Very important first stop: cinnamon bread!

    Jesse isn’t exactly a roller coaster fan so I enjoyed riding some of the bigger roller coasters with the girls.

    Kierstyn is allowed to take her first ride!

    She wasn’t sure what to think at first, but in the end she enjoyed it!

    Some of the Harlem Globetrotters were in Silver Dollar City so we got to see their show.

    After our day in Silver Dollar City, we drove to Wichita, KS to visit our families.

    Kierstyn really liked hanging out with Uncle Stephen.

    She also loved grandma’s and grandpa’s dog!

    One morning my mother and I went to the Bramble Cafe on Elderslie Farm.

    She bought that goat cheese there for me (it was delicious!)

    Speaking of delicious, a KS restaurant that I always miss in TN is Braum’s. So we had to stop by for some frozen yogurt and burgers!

    Kaitlynn was able to skate on the ice rink in KS and my mother was allowed to visit her one day.

    Kierstyn loved hanging out with her cousins!

    We finally got to go to Chicken N Pickle!

    And I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in 17 years !! (She drove from Oklahoma to meet me for the afternoon!)

    My parents also invited a couple of our friends over for a big barbecue over one night!

    And we were all allowed to visit my grandpa (Kierstyn loved his dog!)

    We ended our time in KS with some go-karting trips with Jesse’s family!


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