Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

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The basic white girl in me has been wanting to go to this festival since I found out about it a few years ago. There’s something about autumn and pumpkin patches that just call my name this time of year plus we are always looking for fun date ideas at places we’ve never been. Hartsburg is a tiny town south of Columbia and for just one weekend a year, the population goes from 103 to more than 70,000. This number was pretty evident as we waited in a couple mile-long line of cars on a gravel road, waiting to park in a huge corn field. I passed the time by taking photos of myself in the rear-view mirror.

By the time we parked, there was a tractor waiting to take us to the beginning of the festival. It was only about 1/5 of a mile or so, but we figured we should do it for the experience. Even though it was the beginning of October, it was still warm outside. I thought I was going to be all cute wearing my flannel, but I just ended up tying it around my waist instead.

As we walked around, we kept an eye out for the perfect pumpkin. I wasn’t too interested in buying handmade goods, but I do love looking at the beautiful things that people make – the talent is unreal! The only things we ended up buying were coffee for Kevin, soda for me, a pumpkin for our front porch and a treat decorated like a mug of beer for Chloe.

Despite the photos of normal pumpkins, we ended up purchasing one that was light orange, which I thought was pretty fancy and somewhat rare (until that was debunked when we saw a whole pallet of them at Schnucks). My family always went out to the pumpkin patch when we were kids, so it was so much fun to get to pick one out even though we didn’t get to cut it off the vine like I would have preferred. We don’t plan on carving the pumpkin, but I thought it would be a nice touch for our front porch. This is the first time I’ve been able tor really decorate, so I really want to make it look cute.

This date helped us to check two of our goals for fall off of our list – pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate our front porch!


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Time: 9:35 PM, Sunday

Location: Family Room

Feeling: Relaxed after a productive weekend.

Loving: Puppy snuggles (when she lets me).

Learning: New things about wordpress.

Reading: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst.

Drinking: White Grape sparkling water.

Anticipating: A flooded email inbox tomorrow morning when I get to work.

Listening: Podcasts on Podcasts. My current favorites are the Paperclipping Roundtable and Invisibilia.

Watching: Undateable. This show is the bomb and it’s live, so it’s hilarious.

Wearing: Sweaters and boots, I’m trying to embrace fall before I need to get out that winter coat.

Planning: Future blog posts.

Creating: Bible Journaling pages and posting them to instagram as frequently as possible.

Needing: to get back to a consistent quiet time instead of just fitting it into my schedule.

Photographing: Too many pictures of Chloe. Poor dog. Haha


Blog-tember Day Fourteen | Five Books

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The Bible | I didn’t know where to start, so I read the entire thing from cover to cover in 2011. It started as a way for me to understand my faith and God’s plan and ended as the most influential and important thing I’ve ever done for myself. God has used it to teach me about himself and teach me about me. Every time I pick it up, whether I’m reading a verse or an entire book, I learn something new or see the lesson differently than I have before. I love that the Bible isn’t required to be read in order and that it has stories within the bigger story. Recently, I’ve started journaling in my bible and I love it so much and it makes me think of God’s teachings in a more relatable way for me. If you’ve never heard of it, you should click here! My favorite books are Ecclesiastes and Ephesians. If I had to give up every other book for this one, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Calm My Anxious Heart | This book and the notes I have taken from it, have come in very handy throughout the last couple of years. My whole life, I’ve been one to worry about what’s going to happen next week, next month and next year and this book has really helped me to put those fears aside and let God have time and space to be less controlling of my life.

Gone With The Wind | The only book I’ve ever read twice. I read this book for the first time in middle school and absolutely fell in love. Scarlett is an amazing character and I just LOVE how honest and downright ruthless she is. Last year was the 75th anniversary of the movie and you know I bought the LIFE magazine. I’ve heard some rumors that people want to stop sales of the book (and movie), so I’m hoarding as many different editions of the novel as I can get my hands on. I currently have 8 copies. Last year, I started reading Scarlett, the sequel that was written by a different author, and I’ve loved it so much that I’m only reading it a little at a time. I know that sounds ridiculous but I want the story of Scarlett and Rhett to last forever.

Harry Potter (the series) | I just love these books. In 2002 when the first book in the series was released, my Dad read it out loud to my brother and I before bed. As each book was released, we stood in line to collect each book in the series. We even went to see all of the movies together. Harry Potter made such an impact on me as far as imagination and creativity goes – I can definitely see myself re-reading these in the near future.

Jesus Calling | This isn’t really a book as much as it is a daily devotional. I love this book and have given it more often as a gift than I ever have anything else. It’s set up in a way that God is writing letters or speaking to you and it is meant to be read at the rate of just one page a day. Each day has encouragement and bible verses and I have found in my time reading it that it always seems to be what I need to hear when I need to hear it. Good stuff.


What are your all-time favorites?

Blog-tember Day Twelve | Currently

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Reading | The Artist’s Way…although it’s taking me quite a while to get through it.
Planning | how i’m going to get caught up on Project Life.
Watching | lots and lots of YouTube videos… a few of my favorite channels to watch are Ali Brown, Little Ink, and Amy Tangerine.
Trying | to take a break from social media.
Cooking | pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches and buffalo dip, but not together.
Eating | flat bread pizzas and kit salads.
Drinking | sparkling water.
Calling | my mom. of course.
Texting | B. love that girl.
Pinning | lots of art journal and notebook inspiration. *heart-eyed emoji*
Tweeting | about Mizzou.
Going | to the library more often than I ever have in my life.
Loving | fresh flowers at home.
Discovering | the awesomeness that is Chic Sparrow.
Thinking | about waking up a little earlier than normal this week.
Feeling | overwhelmed by creative ideas.
Hoping | and praying for the Lord to move in big ways.
Listening | to Youtube videos and Chloe chewing on her antler.
Celebrating | the weekend’s wins…Cardinals, Mizzou and Rams. Booya.
Smelling | the outdoors, I’m so glad it’s open window weather.
Thanking | God for the way His plan has played out in the last year.
Considering | what the next step for my online shop is…there are so many things I want to do!
Starting | The Best Yes for a book club at work.
Finishing | my current journal…on to the next one!

Blog-tember Day Ten | Bucket List Top Ten

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-Host a bible journaling workshop/craft event

-Visit all fifty states and all seven continents

-Order room service

-Photograph the Northern Lights

-have a photograph published

-spend a month (or more!) on vacation

-buy a home

-travel first class

-work for myself

-release floating lanterns


What’s on your bucket list?!

Blog-tember Day Eight | Seasons

I’m having a hard time making a decision about my favorite season. For the longest time, I loved summer because it meant no school and lots of time with friends. When I came to college, summer meant working a job or two so fall became my favorite. Falls on campus are beautiful with all of the trees changing colors and lots of fun activities such as homecoming and football games. I love spring from the aspect of new flowers and a break from harsh winter weather, but as I wrote the things out that I love about each season, the qualities of winter came to mind so much more quickly. Here are some of my favorite things about each season:

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Spring | flowers, refreshing after the cold of winter, sunshine and raindrops, spring cleaning, open windows, hockey
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Summer | blue skies, sunshine, summer birthday, time at the lake, BBQs, outdoor concerts, swimming, picnics, baseball
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Fall | football, smores, boots, layered clothes, leaves, pumpkin picking, tv shows, apple cider, wineries, crisp mornings, hockey
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Winter | scarves, homemade cookies, fires, snow, holiday spirit, christmas decorations, snow days, black friday, family time, snuggling, new year’s resolutions, hockey