First Day of School 2013

Annndddd…..that’s a wrap folks! Summer is over! Where in the world did it go? Am I the only one who feels like the summer has flown by? And we didn’t even do anything exciting….well, that is if you don’t consider launching a fall line exciting. :(

ANYWAY, I can’t say this was the most thrilling summer ever, but I do think we had a wonderful time as a family. We took little day trips, enjoyed our time together, tried to sleep in and take every day as it comes. I’m so thankful for my family and our beautiful life!

So today was the day all our fun and sleeping in ended. The kids were excited, especially Evy. She COULD NOT wait to get to school and play. She loves school! Oh boy, I adore her!

Jake was a bit bummed out that summer was over, but happy to be with his friends again. This kids…such a ham!

The two of them together…such a mug shot!

It’s funny, I’m so used to fussing over Jake’s first day, but I’m realizing that 1st graders don’t get fussed over. We literally watched him walk to the door and we waved goodbye…but Evy, well, we got to hang out in her classroom, talk to parents and the teachers and just get comfortable with the whole new year. It was so nice.

We have met so many wonderful friends through school. It’s been such a blessing. And all Evy’s friends from last year are also doing preschool/4 together this year. Here is Evy’s friend Gabe… we love Gabe! He’s a little man!

This is Gabe’s mom, Natalie.

These preschool moms I have met over the last couple years are such a treasure. This will be our third year that our kids are all together {most of the moms have kids Jake’s age} and I have to be honest and say these ladies are such wonderful blessings to my life. I love them all!

And Evy loves her teacher Mrs. E. She was so excited to give her a hug!

I thought Evy would be sorry to see me go, since she was so insitant that I hang out in the class for a bit….I tried to say goodbye, BUT….

She was too busy with Mr Potato Head. Isn’t that awesome?!?

After we left Evy we made it over to Jake {sheesh good thing I only have two kids to tell you about, clearly I have a lot to say about the first day of school! ha}. We caught up with him just as the whistle blew and he was lining up. I was able to snag a quick hug.

But it didn’t last long, he was too ready to go….

Now isn’t that a perfect photo? The mom…hanging onto her son for dear life, while he’s taking off for adventure and is screaming, “let go!”. Ha. No, that didn’t really happen, but maybe that’s how my mind thought it was.

ANYWAY….

We were allowed in the classroom for two seconds only to snap a quick photo of our kids in their seats. Ummm…two things:

1. He is sitting next to the girl who he had a crush on last year. Can you see the excitement?

2. He is in the front row. Smart teacher!

He got to pose for two seconds with his buddies….

Love those kids. Thankful they have each other.

Well guys, that’s it. Our first day of school. How was your first day??

PS….Don’t forget to get your little one a hoodie for back to school! Click HERE to shop all our kids styles!

xoxo

Divine Appointments and Favoritism

Hi guys, it’s Sunday, and I’m not at church. I haven’t been feeling great today, so I stayed home and in my PJ’s, snuggled under the covers with my Bible and a pen. Been reading and praying…and you know, I love these moments. I’m always in awe how God can visit you ANYTIME or ANYPLACE. He is as close as the mention of His name. I love, love that!

Yesterday we visited my in law’s for our new baby Levi’s baby shower and baby dedication. It was a beautiful day. So much love and joy surrounding this little guy. Evy adores him! She calls him “her baby”…even though it’s her cousin. She kept telling my sister in law that she will baby sit him one day. ha. Love that girl. She also ADORES Uncle David’s photo booth. Seriously, that girl gets in there, pushes the button and poses continually. I hopped in there with her once.

Since much of the family was at the shower, Bryony and David decided that it would be the perfect time to dedicate Levi to the Lord. Brandon did a quick ceremony and it was very sweet and touching.

I’ve never been at a baby dedication in a home before, but it was wonderful and I think it should be done more often! After Brandon’s words, all the family and Bryony and David’s friends gathered around and prayed for the Sowers family. So precious!

You know, as I watched all the loved ones of Levi gathering around and praying, I started thinking about friendships. And this morning, as I was laying in bed, I randomly opened the Bible to Acts 10. When I got to verse 9 about Peter’s vision of the clean and unclean…verse 19- 22 stuck out at me:

“While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them. Peer went down and said to the men, ‘I’m the one you are looking for. Why have you come?’ The men replied, ‘We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.’”

Divine Appointments. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as I read this, and I sat in my bed and prayed, it keep coming back to me. While I was praying, I was reminded of all the times God brought specific people in my life for specific reasons. People I had no idea existed. People who God put in my life to have an impact on me.

And you know, God doesn’t just put people in your life for Spiritual reasons only. He cares about every aspect of your every day moments. He cares about your family, your school life, your business. The business part is something that has meant a lot to me lately. God cares about my business. Kinda blows me away. I mean, remember this meeting? Yup, God cares. He knew I needed to have that influence in my life. He made another divine appointment meeting for me last week. God is good. So thankful to Him for these times!

You think God doesn’t care about your life? Wait a second… listen to Acts 10:34,

“Then Peter began to speak; ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.’”

WHOA. Do you fear God and attempt to do what is right in His eyes? Then he loves you. Just as much as He loves everyone else. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more than the rest of His kids. He loves you the same. With all your mess ups, failures, inconsistencies…He loves you. You don’t have to think like everyone else, look like everyone else, act like everyone else…you just have to FEAR HIM and DO WHAT’S RIGHT.

Amazing.

Friends….don’t be so busy with life that you miss the divine appointments that God brings your way. When you see them start to happen in your world it will boost your faith, make you smile and encourage you to share Christ’s love with others. I know it has for me.

Thank you Lord for the divine appointments you have brought into my life over the last couple months. Especially the ones that you have brought my way with Evy’s Tree in mind. THANK YOU. You know I needed them. I love you. Thank you for loving me, NO MATTER WHAT. It’s a wonderful feeling. May I always share your love with those around me. 

xoxo

Fall 2013 and Black Simples

Guys, where have I been? I completely forgot to mention on our blog that the Fall 2013 line is now in the shop…..

Click HERE to shop, but hurry, discount codes end Monday, August 12 at 11:59 PM PST. The Save Evy’s Tree code ends then also.

You guys are so amazing. We have sold out on many items, especially in size medium. The above gunmetal simple is totally sold out in medium, as is the Lizzy. Thank you!! I know you are going to LOVE the new Evy’s Tree items.

We’ve had many requests over the last couple of weeks for black simples in the new lovely fabric. We did not plan on making any this season, and to be honest, we don’t have any plans for black in spring either. Luckily, our factory was able to rush a handful of them for us. Our factory is AMAZING! Anyway, we don’t have a picture of them, but they are the exact sample blend fabric as our others {cotton, modal, spandex blend}…in solid black in the simple style, just like these guys:

Because they are being rushed, we are not able to offer any discount codes for this one, so they are regular price. However, we are offering free shipping on them {sorry on US items only, International will have a shipping fee to fedex these ones}…so if you have already ordered from the shop during the preorders, then we will be able to combine the black simple with your other orders for free. They will ship within four weeks. Please note that we only have a small handful of these, when we are sold out the size will not show up.