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The Weekender: Blueberry Picking + Choosing ‘And’ Over ‘Or’

We had the most magical week in Michigan and went blueberry picking for the first time in our lives! We went with our friends and their two little girls, one of which is close in age to Lucy and a dear friend. Picture this: hot, thick summer air. Flip flops and cotton dresses. The sound of cicadas in the trees. Rows and rows (and rows!) of blueberry fields, two giggly girls, and the quiet sounds of a ‘pluck’ and a ‘plop’ into plastic buckets. It felt like we were in our own summer montage, complete with a soft alt-pop track.

The girls accidentally twinned, which made for THE cutest photos! They were so eager to fill their buckets and show off their haul… until they weren’t, at which point they discarded the buckets and ran up and down the rows with abandon. I’m holding this memory close to my heart and counting down the months until blueberry season is back!

We brought hundreds and blueberries home – plucked by the sweetest, tiniest hands – and promptly whipped up a batch of muffins (which we’ve been eating all week long, haha). If you’re near the southwest Michigan area, we went to The Blueberry Patch, which was a treasure!

Other Things This Week

This has been a tough-news month. A few days ago, Scott and I had a conversation about replacing the word or with and, and how it relates to a typical thought process. Such as, I want to help Afghanistan, or I could deal with my own issues. Instead, I could say, I want help Afghanistan ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​and deal with my own issues. As if reading my mind, @mariebeech recently posted this, and it spoke to my soul. Here are a few resources to learn more and donate, if you’re able:


Haiti Hurricane Relief

The story of Camp I Am, a summer camp where gender-nonconforming children can be exactly who they are, was a bright spot this week. (Best viewed on desktop.)

Did you see Carmeon’s big news?! I’ve been waiting!

Instead of the triumphant return we hoped it’d be, 2021 seems more like an annex for the overflow of sorrow and frustration last year brought.

Has This Summer Felt Off to Anyone Else?

Melissa’s Minnestuga kitchen is a delight!

Bring on the rain! I picked up these ankle-high rain boots in cream, and the next time Lucy wants to slosh in puddles, I’m down! Tip: I’m a true 6.5, and the 7 fit perfectly. If you’re between sizes, I’d suggest going up a half size.

Weekend Sales

Have a Peaceful Weekend

What are your plans for the weekend? I can’t believe the school year is starting for so many of us. Lucy starts pre-k in just a handful of weeks! Wishing you a peaceful weekend after a tough week of news, busy-ness and heavy hearts. xx

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  • Holly8.20.21 - 12:16 PM

    Thanks for sharing your blueberry picking photos.  They were amazing and so heartwarming seeing those sweet little girls and I loved your description on the “montage”…I could feel it!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB8.20.21 - 10:42 PM

    Those berry-picking photos are the sweetest!And you’re right, the news this week was just so heavy. It’s hard to process everything that’s happening.As always, thanks for sharing with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Ramsdell8.22.21 - 7:58 PM

    The girls photos are breathtaking! So pure. You’ll have to photoshoot again for apple picking this fall!
    It makes me so happy to see people enjoy Michigan. We usually don’t go further south than St Joe (we’re in the Holland area), but you’re making me want to check it out! 
    Just one recommendation is the Allegan Antiques Market. I know it’s a bit of a drive for you, especially on a Sunday, but I think you’ll looooove it.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie8.26.21 - 6:58 PM

    Did you try glazed blueberry donuts too? They’re the best! (We can get them around here at the blueberry farms.)ReplyCancel

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