From time to time, I open up and really share my heart with you. I wish I could sit down and have coffee with each one of you, and we could have a good long chat in person. This is the next best thing! So, in the spirit of those old SNL “Coffee Talk” skits with Mike Myers as Linda Richman, let’s have cawfee, and let’s tawk! Here’s what’s on my heart this month.
How is it going? I don’t know about you, but I struggled this week to keep my spirits up without an end date in sight for this whole situation! I’ve done pretty well up to this point, but this week I just felt really discouraged and, well, sad 😥. I feel devastated for those who have gotten the virus, or who’ve lost jobs. And I keep thinking about all of the health heroes who are on the front lines in the hospitals. I know I’m not the only one who is so full of gratitude for them.
It feels selfish to feel sorry for myself for even one second!
We are in a strange, utterly unprecedented season of life. There is no road map and no one who has gone before us that we can learn from and emulate! There is so much uncertainty, doubt, anxiety, and heartbreak…and it’s tough. I’ve struggled with knowing what to post about these past few weeks—not only here but on social media too. Here on Empty Nest Blessed, I’ve tried to be thoughtful, post from my heart, and share things that I pray have been meaningful to you. On social media, I’ve been sharing encouragement, as well as #adressaday. Hopefully, the fun of that has provided a little escape for a few people.
Still, somehow I wake up every morning anxious that I’m going to offend someone or, in some way, be insensitive to those who are suffering. It’s such a tender time! It seems like the “snow day” mentality has passed, and people are getting a little testy! I’m trying not to dwell on the anxious thoughts, and instead, take them before the Lord and leave them at the foot of his capable throne.
When I look back at this time, I want to know that I trusted in Him, not in myself or in what others think. This time will eventually come to an end. It’s temporary. But the faithfulness and love of the Lord are permanent. His mercies never come to an end, and his steadfast love never ceases (Lamentations 3:22-23). I’m so grateful for that, and I’m clinging to it.
I keep thinking about how, even though businesses are closed, places of worship are closed, and we are in a state of economic turmoil, remarkable things are coming out of this crisis.
🏠Neighbors are reaching out to one another
🍴Family dinner time is back.
🏢Corporations are learning that workers can effectively work remotely, perhaps forever changing our view of the traditional office.
⌚We’re all slowing down and appreciating what really matters.
💲We’re taking a fresh, evaluative look at our money and material possessions.
I’ve been praying for you all, and I hope you’re staying safe and well. I’d love to know how you’re doing, so please leave me a comment and let me know, okay?
Thanks for letting me share my heart with you! As I continue posting, both here and on social media, please know that I’m doing my best to be thoughtful, kind, and sensitive. We’re all in this together. 💗
A Few Key Updates
Restock Alert! If you were one of the people who wanted a phone sanitizer and wasn’t able to get one before they sold out, know that several models are back in stock on Amazon! Click HERE for details.
If the skin on your hands is about to fall off because of all the washing, you might want to consider switching to this organic oil-based soap that has made all the difference for me! My favorite scents are Almond and Peppermint!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the links I’ve shared for virtual Disney rides, National Park tours, the bald eagle, zoo, and beach cams, etc. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out THIS post or THIS post!)
One other fun thing I’ve been doing this week is to follow Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy Museum on Twitter! 🤠 It’s hysterical! Apparently, while the museum is closed during the pandemic, its head of security, Tim Tiller, has been running its social media accounts. A (self-professed) Twitter newbie, he provides virtual tours of the exhibits, punctuated by what my kids call “Dad jokes.” 🤣
I love wearing dresses in the summer, and I’ve loved sharing dresses and style tips with my Instagram followers these past two weeks! I thought I’d share this week’s dresses here, and even a few extras that didn’t make my Instagram feed!
This swing dress was a gift from a brand. I’ve worn it with bare legs like this but also paired with leggings last fall! It has dolman sleeves, and it’s a lightweight 95% rayon & 5% spandex, so it’s machine washable 🧺. It fits TTS and is meant to be loose and flowy! Monogramming is optional and free.
This comfortable dress has got to be one of my very favorites! It’s a lightweight rayon with 5% spandex, so it skims over your curves beautifully! It comes in 18 colors and prints, and unbelievably, it’s right around $15!!!
So many dresses feature puff sleeves this season, and this one is so cute! It’s such good quality for the price! I paired it with these pearl cluster earrings, which make a stronger style statement than little pearl studs.
I adore the purply/pink color of this easy and inexpensive knit dress. It comes in 21 colors and patterns and ranges from $15.99-22.99, depending on which you choose! The pink D’Orsay pumps were such a sweet addition to the look, but on my Instastory, I also styled this dress with tennis, flip flops, and wedges! It’s so versatile!
Knit Maxi Dress | White Jeans Jacket | Black Espadrille Wedges (similar) | White Envelope Clutch | Straw Clutch with Black Pom Poms | Black & White Polka Dot Scarf | Pearl Cluster Earrings | Raffia Earrings
This Knit Maxi Dress was this week’s best-seller! It IS a fabulous dress with a flattering fit on women of any age, stage, or size! It’s 25% off + free shipping/returns right now, so it’s a great deal too! In two of the looks I shared, I paired it with this classic white denim jeans jacket. If you don’t have one of these in your closet, you might want to consider it. It’s a wardrobe staple, for sure, and this one is a good deal!
This popover dress has the prettiest crocheted inserts on the sleeves!
I love the juxtaposition between the normally-considered-casual chambray and the beautiful embroidery of this dress. At its most basic level, it’s a fit & flare shirt dress, but the embroidered flowers elevate it and make it unique! It would be perfect for a summer wedding!
Enjoy your family this weekend! Get outside if you can, and make a list of all you have to be thankful for, okay?
Big (virtual) hugs from me!