June 12, 2017

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Dear Monday, Yesterday I spent the whole afternoon scrubbing down our shower with a mixture of baking soda, cleaning vinegar, and clorox. I learned two things – I really hate anything that involves grout. Especially grout that hasn’t been sealed in a while. It’s simply impossible to clean. But, (second learning point) I can do hard things. The week before last I ripped out a whole section of ivy and then cut down trees in the backyard with a hand saw. And the whole time I was thinking “I can’t do this. I should just hire someone to do this for us”. But, I did it and I was proud of myself for sticking with it and getting it done. That’s how I felt yesterday when cleaning our shower. But I did it and I’m really proud of myself for doing so. So friends, seal your grout and you can do hard things ;] That’s the best wisdom I’ve ever given! 

Dear Small Great Things, You are by far one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Friends, if you’re looking for a good summer vacation read, I can’t recommend this one enough. Yes, it’s long but it’s one of the books you just can’t put down. The plot line is all too real, deep, challenging, super convicting and seriously just overall, one of the best books I’ve ever read. Once you read it, let’s chat!! Also, I can’t WAIT to see the movie their making of it with with Julia Roberts and Viola Davis!!

Dear Sleepovers, When I was little, sleepovers with my aunts were one of my favorite parts of summer. My parents would let us spend weeks at a time at our aunt’s house doing all the things that made childhood fun (like Busch Gardens, special meals, swimming in the pool, etc). These memories are still some of my favorite. While Ty and I don’t have any nieces are nephews quite yet, we have a lot of friends who have kids. And spending time with them is one my favorite parts of doing life in community. Ty and I had some of our best friends’ girls spend the night with us last week and it was just the best!! We felt like parents for a day…but the really cool kind of parents ;] 

Dear Weekends Off, You are a rare but highly appreciated gem. Ty and I were intentional this year to leave some free weekends in our schedule so that for the first time in our married life we could have some sort of “summer”! And friends, it has been one of the best decisions of our year!! Summer is both of our favorite seasons but for the past four summers we’ve all but worked it away. This past weekend we had an off weekend so we packed up the car Saturday morning and headed down to visit with my grandparents and then camped out at the beach until sunset. Yesterday we went to church, I cleaned for a bit and then we headed out to a brewery with friends. Such a fun, relaxing weekend! I’ve never been more grateful for margin and God’s provision in giving us just what we need!! So, so grateful!!

Dear Ty, Your clothes have been stacked on my dresser for 2 weeks for us to “go through”. Basically, this is me saying, we should probably do that (insert peace sign here). #marriage

Happy Monday sweet friends!! I hope yours is full of sunshine and the people that you love! Today is a content creation day for me so I’m off to drink all the coffee and pump out all the words!! Well, after Ty fixes my computer because it’s running at the speed of a snail, haha!!! 


The idea for Dear Monday developed from a deep love for storytelling. Letter writing kept us close in spirit though thousands of miles kept us physically apart for quite a while throughout our dating relationship. This became the foundation for what our business was built upon. The idea that “true love can go the distance”. And even the seemingly small things like a simple note here or there, two hearts can be connected and a story can be written that is so much more beautiful than our minds can simply dream up.

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Meet Ashley

A true sweetheart from Southwestern VA, Ash spent many Sundays after church sitting around the table with her grandparents, listening to stories about the “good ‘ole days”. A talented visionary with a true heart for people, she’s likely to be found reading, writing, and planning away.

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THAT BOOK IS SO GOOD. So glad you read it!!

Ty– I also have a stack of clothes on my dresser/ floor/ life “to go through.” I feel you, dude.