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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

I thought it might be fun to do a little “Five on Friday” post a couple Fridays a month of things I’m reading, listening to, loving, making, and hoping. So here’s my list for the first ever “Five on Friday”:


Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, by Sara Hagerty. It’s the author’s story of her struggle with marriage and infertility and adoption but, most of all, her hunger to know the Lord in a deep, meaningful way. Essentially she was so starved for God’s truth that even getting to know Him through her suffering felt sweet on her lips. I’m loving the challenge to move from knowing God as rescuer of my soul to loving Father acquainted with all my ways. Such a great read.


the Surviving Sarah podcast. I love these stories of amazing women told in such a down to earth way. I listen in the car and my kids hum along with the theme music. In this time of life when it’s difficult to coordinate coffee dates with friends, I feel like I’m connecting with women and being encouraged in my faith. So good.


Weath-ER! It’s been a gorgeous few days here in southeastern Virginia. After a long stretch of rain we have had sun and perfectly warm temperatures. I’m not sweating yet and loving it. Surely that will end soon as summer rolls in with its 98 degree days and 874% humidity but for right now, I’m loving what my skin experiences when I walk out the front door.


This soup. Oh my word soooo good. And so summer. I omit the onions and celery just for preference and roast the tomatoes with garlic instead of boiling (450 degrees for 30-40 min.). The flavors are phenomenal! Pair with a grilled cheese or patty melt … mmmmm. I have some leftovers in my fridge I’m contemplating right now …


For a pleasant summer filled with many beach days. It’s Micah’s last summer before school (he heads to Kindergarten in the fall … eek!) so I’m hoping to soak in all the days and make great memories.

How about you? Any great books in your pile? Any new podcasts or songs? What are you hoping for in the next few months?


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  • Rachelen Hensler - Reading: Fierce Woman. Worthwhile, encouraging for marriage in the trenches, easy reading…
    Listening: Dr. Minnick and Dr. Moo on Romans, specifically Chapters 9-11…(Heart Lessons too <3)
    Loving: seeing and encouraging my grown children as they are striving and thriving through the realities of life…
    Making: flowers! Big, beautiful, paper ones for a dear friend…
    Hoping: that the Boi and I will enjoy some summer plans made and fulfilled.ReplyCancel

    • sarahjoyrieke - So good Rachelen. I think I’ve seen those flowers!! Beautiful indeed 🙂ReplyCancel

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