book report / present over perfect & the language of flowers


Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

This book talks about our longing for connection, meaning, depth, but yet….we settle on being BUSY. I am a fan of Shauna Niequist, I own several of her books. Her words speaks to my soul.

She invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. Shauna shares her own struggles of over committing, guilt about what she isn’t doing, and how we look for validation through social media instead of the people sharing our home. It’s one of those books that you can read slowly (maybe a chapter at a time) and can re-read each year.

Favorite Quotes:

. “The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Raise your voice. Sing your song. This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you.”

“What kills a soul? Exhaustion, secret keeping, image management. And what brings a soul back from the dead? Honesty, connection, grace”

. “Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.” .
“But you can’t have yes without no. Another way to say it: if you’re not careful with your yeses, you start to say no to some very important things without even realizing it.

. “How we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty.”






The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This book is about journey of a hardened foster child and her love of flowers (and how those flowers alter the entirety of her life)

The main character shows how difficult it is to learn to love and trust, if you’ve never received any love while growing up. The story is told in two alternating story-lines, one in the here and now and one whilst she was growing up. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of what every flowers meant, the flowers are used in the story to have deeper meanings. This is ultimately a story of redemption. After reading this book, I will never look at flowers the same way again.

Memorable Quotes:

“Anyone can grow into something beautiful”

“Your behavior is a choice; it isn’t who you are.”

“I’m talking about the language of flowers. It’s from the Victorian era, like your name. If a man gave a young lady a bouquet of flowers, she would race home and try to decode it like a secret message. Red roses mean love; yellow roses infidelity. So a man would have to choose his flowers carefully.”




{weekend wandering} oak canyon nature hike

One of my main goals each summer is to spend a lot of time outdoors. I’m also proactively planning most of our activities on the weekends. I have a list of things we want to do and feels good to cross off each one as we do them. I love list making and I love it even more when crossing out an item as complete.

Recently, we went on a nature hike. I like this trail because there’s plenty of trees for shade and also there’s fun bridges and streams along the trail. We like to pack a picnic and will pick a spot at the end of the trail to enjoy our snacks. My little guy still naps mid day (thank goodness), so our picnic is his lunch and the drive home and being in the car will lull him to sleep. When his belly is full, I notice his nap is longer, about 1.5 hours.







We got to pet a snake at the indoor Nature Center. The snake was extra active on this day.








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