Coffee Date Friday // Volume V

Blog silence from me is usually never a good thing. I've been away from the computer a lot lately, busy traveling and living life (aka working all the time), and I've missed this little space. In the moments in between adventures and shifts at the hospital, I've been brainstorming and attempting to refocus my heart and my mind on where I want to take my blog. You'll hear a lot more about that soon, but today, I'm just glad to be here with you, chatting about anything and everything.

You know I love a coffee date--spilling my heart in numbered points is right up my alley, all day every day. I want us to come together and just write, about life, about our weeks, about whatever is on our minds. And can I tell you my new favorite drink? Chai tea latte. I had my first in Manhattan and it was the best thing ever! 

Today, I'm co-hosting with the sweet and wonderful Jenna from Dearest Love blog and she's always a blast to sponsor. I hope you'll go check her out if you haven't already--you'll love her as much as I do! 

So here's how this thing works this week:

1. What are your highs and lows from the week? Comment below!
2. Link up one post from this week that gives a glimpse into your life lately. This could be a coffee date, highs and lows, recent update, etc. Make sure it's a link to your post and not your blog URL.
3. Important: Comment on the blog that linked up before you. This linkup us about building community, so this step is important. Feel free to comment on more than just one!
4. Share about the coffee date via social media using the hashtag #coffeedatefriday.

Here we go, friends. Have I told you lately that I'm SO glad you're here? Because I am. Like big time. 

Highs this week:

// If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was in NYC last week. Browsing through my photos on my camera and phone this week has seriously been the funnest thing ever. We took SO many pictures and I'm loving all the little memories we captured. Be looking for a Best and Worst post on NYC soon!

// Our little Mississippi town got 6 inches of snow on Wednesday. Y'all, it never, and I mean NEVER snows here. If it does, it melts immediately. So watching those huge flakes fall and transform Oxford into a winter wonderland was just magical. I'm telling you, snow makes everything prettier. I'm sure those of you up North would disagree, but there's something breathtaking and serene about fresh fallen snow. Isn't it gorgeous?

// I posted this picture of my brand! spanking! new! journaling Bible last night and shared a little of my heart behind it--I'm thrilled to merge my journal and my Bible into one book and spread His colors and inspiration over the scriptures. I've been seeing more and more journaling gals on IG lately, and it just pushed me to break out of my black and white style of Bible study and open my heart into a new way to worship Him--letting my creativity and my Creator collide. Here we go!

Low for this week...

// There are a couple of things going on in my life right now that I have literally NO control over. I'm really struggling with letting Him be in complete trusting Him regardless of circumstances. Because in reality, that's what He calls us to do every single day of our lives. Some things are easy for me to hand over to the Lord. Other things, not so much. I'm working on it and struggling through the mess that my selfishness brings. But you know what? His grace covers me, even when I'm stubborn. So even in my mess, I know He's working on me. Instead of praying for Him to change my circumstances, I'm asking Him to change me too. 

// Weight loss. It sucks, you know that? I lost 9 lbs before leaving for New York and then enjoyed every bite of food I could while there. I didn't gain any pounds while on vacation, but I'm stuck at the same weight now. I can't wait to share with y'all my thoughts on Weight Watchers, my Fitbit, and how the journey is going.

So friends, what are your highs and lows for this week? Link up below and fill me in, it's time for a little catch up session! Happy weekend, xoxo


  1. Thank you so much for hosting these link-ups. I just pray that those participants read the instructions, so we can build community and not just use this platform as robotic social media hogs. Sorry for the rant, happy Friday!

  2. NYC is my favorite!!! :)

    You got snow too?!??! I'm pretty sure the PNW is playing tricks this year! We don't have any. :) (I'm not complaining though.)

    Your journaling Bible looks like it's going to be an awesome tool! I write in all my books, but I've never thought about trying to make it look pretty. I bet yours will become a real treasure. :)

    I'm sorry life has been a bit tough. I'm glad you know that God's got it all in His hands and you're taking it all to Him!!! :)

  3. I've been dying to go to NYC! It sounds like you had a great time there! We haven't gotten any snow where I live, but my parents have and I must admit I'm sad I'm missing out! Snow is so peaceful and beautiful.

  4. oh be still my soul NYC. all the pictures and swoons and ugh just goodness.

    i CANNOT wait to see what you think of the journaling bible. and your heart, -letting His color come in where things used to be black and white- goodness gracious how gorgeous is that. just like insanely lovely and i'm going to go write it down on a post it note as a little reminder to me. :)

  5. Those snow pictures are incredible, Rachel! Wow. That one with the trees lining the driveway is absolutely stunning. Is that your house!?! I'm so glad you enjoyed your NYC trip. I can't wait to see more recaps. Which coffee places did you try? We loved joe's coffee!

    Thanks so much for cohosting with me, pretty girl. You are beautiful, inside and out. Remember that God created you in His image! 9 lbs is a huge accomplishment--celebrate that! :)

  6. Oh, a trip to NYC, what a special time. We had all that same snow and I agree, everything is prettier with snow but I am more than ready for Spring!!! Know the Lord is going to see you through this difficult time and you'll come through with lessons learned and experience growth. I've been there more times than I can count. Hugs to you!