Welcome friend! Grab a cup of coffee or sweet tea or even a green smoothie if that's your thing and let's get acquainted. I'm Teri Lynne — wife to Scott, mom to Casiday, and manager of Buddy the Basset. {Check out my Instagram feed to keep up with the crazy dog antics.}

Kick off your shoes and let's chat about faith, family, and figuring out how to live well in this chaotic 21st century. And if we can't solve any of the world's problems, at least we can listen and encourage one another. In the words of that old 80s song, "That's what friends are for ... "

xo, Teri Lynne

What I Learned in August

What I Learned August 2014 Square

Hi everyone! It’s time to join Emily and a ton of other lovelies to share what lessons the past month has brought. Welcome to the August 2014 of What I Learned! 

What I Learned in August || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

Finding a rhythm takes time. Y’all, we are 3+ weeks into the school year and still haven’t managed to find a good flow. I’m determined not to rush the process and make my family crazy with my need for routine. We’ll get there … and about the time we do, football season will be over and we’ll start basketball and it will all be chaos again. But I have to say, the first few weeks of high school have been great!

When school starts I want it to cool off — NOW. We’ve been to two football games already and I’m really sick of the heat. Related to this, I also learned in August that painting a Tiger paw on the road headed to the football stadium when it’s 95 degrees outside and you don’t have any shade will lead to heat exhaustion. And if you had a heart attack 4 months prior, all the people around you will really freak out and worry and you’ll be greatly embarrassed by all the fuss.

My cleaning style is “Pick-Up Artist.” This quiz on BHG.com was fun to take and pretty accurate … so, here’s the truth about my cleaning personality —

Your house looks magazine-ready. Upon closer inspection … (You hate those, don’t you?). If only you could shift even some of that impressive neatnik focus off crooked picture frames and onto, say, dusty door frames. You find yourself putting a lot of time into cleaning but feel like the results aren’t visible. Stop the cycle and learn the secret to whole-house cleaning that will make your efforts all the more noticeable.

Capsule wardrobes are awesome!! I love my simplified closet and the fact that every thing I put on fits and I feel good in it. I am still looking for a fabulous pair of chocolate brown dress pants and some awesome wide leg jeans but otherwise, I think my fall capsule wardrobe is complete. {Also, if you are trying a fall capsule wardrobe and want to join a collaborative Pinterest board to share your outfits, inspiration, ideas, etc., please leave a comment. I have one started and would love to add you to it!!}

I always try to share a little bit from my quiet times/Bible study on Instagram throughout the month. Here are few nuggets from the past few weeks:

quiet time images ||august 2014

So, I think that sums up what’s been going on around the Underwood house for the past month. Looking at my calendar I’m guessing all the things I learn in September will be football or cheer-related. :)

What fun stuff did you do in August?

xo,
Teri Lynne

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for your weekend

for your weekend {8-29-2014}
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Oh y’all! My favorite time of year has arrived — college football season!! Last night Texas A&M beat Steve Spurrier’s team at South Carolina without Johnny Manziel and I was delighted! The Vandy game was delayed due to rain and didn’t kick off until almost 10 pm. If I hadn’t been exhausted from helping unpack at my grandparent’s new house all day I totally would have stayed up to watch that.

Tonight is the first home football game in our little southern town … which means the banners will be hung around the stadium and I will get teary when the band plays the national anthem. Here’s hoping our Golden Tigers have a great year!!  Saturday my Auburn Tigers will be playing Arkansas and I’ll be making my first day of football season meal — chicken stew and cornbread. I’m pretty sure a yummy Texas sheet cake might be the perfect dessert.

And it’s Labor Day weekend which means no school on Monday and since it’s still hot as blue blazes here in North Alabama, we may end up in the pool. All in all, this weekend is looking fantastic!! I thought I’d share a few things that have caught my eye this week and give you a little bit of reading material for your weekend.

Great articles

Back to School: 1970s vs. Today — hi.lar.i.ous. Scott and I were dying over how funny {and so true!} this post was.

One of my very best friends and her husband are leaving next week for China to pick up their precious new son, Joel. Read more about their journey and the ministry who will be filming their experience on Sandra’s blog.

And this little gem seems to have gone viral {at least based on my Facebook feed}Jen Hatmaker Ruined My Marriage. Seriously, just read this during a TV timeout in the middle of one of the games you watch this weekend. And don’t take a drink before you start reading or you may spit your soda all over your computer screen which would be bad, very bad. :)

Last week I mentioned my fascination with capsule wardrobesthis week I created mine. I shared a bit about it here on the blog and will be revealing the pieces I chose and what I am still looking for in the next couple of weeks.

Great reads

I finished Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews last week … love.

Now I’m reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. So, so good.

Great pins

I’ve been looking for a cute gift for my cheer girl and this might just be the one I choose — how adorable is this applique?

And of course you I’ve been pinning to both my Autumn and football boards like crazy!! :)

Great sale

Make sure you check out the Jesus Calling Collection sale at Dayspring!  40% code is JCOFF40!!

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Once a month {or so} you’ll get an email from me with information, ideas, and inspiration not found on the blog. It’s all my very favorite stuff and I’d love to share it with you!!  If you subscribe, you’ll receive a free download with ideas for invigorating your quiet time. {This month, I’m sharing more about the Bible study I teach on Wednesday nights — good stuff, I promise!} It’s super easy to sign up, I promise.

Hope your weekend is fabulous!! What are your plans??

xo,

TL

Here’s a summary of my week in photos — unpacked at my grandparents’ new house which is only an hour or so away from me; spent some time in Philippians; James Ed!; challenged by David’s writing in Psalms; and painting my girl’s Tiger Paw. My life is so spectacularly glamorous. {not} for your weekend 08292104

My Fall Capsule Wardrobe {an experiment}

Fall Capsule Wardrobe || TeriLynneUnderwood.com
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Okay, so I’m definitely not a fashion blogger. However, I do love to look cute AND I have a limited clothing budget {and what I do have typically ends up being spent on my girl … can a momma get an “amen” on that??}.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

I mentioned last week my interest in developing a capsule wardrobe.  I have several reasons I wanted to give this a go — but the biggest one is this: There are so many big and complex things happening in my life right now that I really {really!!} need my clothes to be simple. There’s enough drama about what to wear happening with my girl, I need to be the calm one.

And, since we’re on that topic, can I take a little detour here? Thanks …

Our girls are watching us to see how we dress and how we feel about our appearance and how we manage our wardrobe. I want my girl to see my owning my clothes not my clothes owning me. I want her to see that I don’t have to have a closet bursting at the seams and I want her to be confident in how to dress comfortably and stylishly without breaking the bank.  Those things won’t happen because I made Pinterest boards or bought a ton of items on clearance at Target because they were cheap. Just like everything else I want her to know, teaching her to comfortable in her body and with her clothes will happen because I’m intentional about it — and, as with most things, it will start with me living that way myself.

Okay, back to the capsule wardrobe thing. :)

It all started with Hayley‘s book, The No Brainer Wardrobe: Feel More Like Yourself. Truthfully, Haley rocked my world! I had never considered I could have more outfits with less pieces if I was intentional. But, honestly, it all seemed like work. So, I kept doing what I was doing {filling up my closet with random good buys and impulse purchases}. Along the way I started pinning posts of capsule wardrobes and reading more about the idea. And then, last week Erin posted an Instagram photo about beginning her Fall Capsule Wardrobe plan and how she was using the free {woot!} planner from Caroline at Un-Fancy.com.

And, as they say, it finally clicked! I read a ton of posts Caroline had written about her journey and her philosophy of clothes. And every word made sense. For the first time, I really thought, “I can do this!” And so last night, clipboard in hand, I emptied out my whole closet. My girl helped me evaluate every single item and we came up with my capsule wardrobe.  {Mine is just a little larger than Caroline’s 37 pieces but it’s still well under 50 items.} It wasn’t easy — September to November in the south can be a mixture of all four seasons.  But I did it. {I will share all the items in my capsule wardrobe in a later post. I promise.}

Since I put all my other clothes away, I had to choose from the capsule wardrobe for what to wear today.  Here’s what  I came up with:

trying out a capsule wardrobe || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

tank – Zulily || scarf – Dayspring || Jeans – Simply Vera from Kohls || bracelet – Mercy House Shop || shoes – Corkys

I have a feeling that adorable navy tank from Zulily is going to be one of my favorite items. It is super comfy and long. And where would I be without my adorable scarf from the Redeemed collection at Dayspring. {FYI, this scarf is just $12.99 right now and I literally wear it at least once a week.} So, here I am in day one of my experiment with a capsule wardrobe and so far, so good.  Just for fun I thought I’d share the outtakes from my attempt to get a photo of myself. Seriously, full length selfies are not simple for the over-40 crowd.

full length selfies are harder than you might think!

Anyone else tried the capsule wardrobe plan? Advice? Fears? Doubts? Questions?

Leave it all in the comments and I’ll keep sharing my journey to a simplified closet.  Maybe we can form a support group or something. :)

xo,
Teri Lynne

Linking up with Lindsey for the first time — joining all the loveliness I’ve been following for years at What I Wore Wednesday.

 

On Fruit and Monday Mornings

Sometimes the most important needs are the ones at home.
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Sometimes the most important needs are the ones in our homes.

Some Monday mornings don’t look quite like we had planned. I had all sorts of plans for this Monday morning. Most of them centered around coffee, the Ellie Holcomb station on Pandora, and a ton of writing. But the fruit … oh the fruit. The fruit so desperately needing to be turned into something else before the fruit fly invasion began. The fruit beckoned.

And so I found myself baking apple/pear bread and orange/cranberry/peach bread. While the breads were in the oven I went ahead and washed the sheets on James Ed’s bed and vacuumed the living room and dining room. Because, really, what else was I going to do in that hour. When the timer buzzed, I gave James a piece of the warm bread and cleaned the kitchen and then went ahead and made my bed and hung up all the Sunday clothes. Before I knew it, Scott was home for lunch so I sat with him for a bit and then got supper started.

Now it’s 2:30 p.m. and I have a couple of hours before time to pick up Casiday and I find myself reflecting on the past few hours. I didn’t do one thing on my list. In fact, I haven’t even written down the list I had in my mind when I got out of bed this morning.

I haven’t done much the world would celebrate today.

I didn’t pen any words to inspire a nation torn by race and fear and anger. I haven’t made a dent in the epidemic of starvation around the world or even the poor in my community. I didn’t accomplish a big goal. And, it’s looking like I may not even get out of my yoga pants.

It would be easy to think these things like clean sheets and warm bread and vacuumed floors are small and don’t matter. And maybe in the grand scheme of the world, they don’t matter much. But in my world, they matter. They matter a lot. Because clean sheets are the best feeling when you lie down at night and vacuumed floors are perfect for wrestling on with the dog and warm bread fills more than stomachs.

Life is full of so much we cannot control and understand. We can’t fix hunger around the world but we can give a warm slice of bread to someone we love. We can’t provide beds and mosquito nets for those in need but we can wash the sheets for those in our homes.  We can’t build homes for everyone without but we can take care of the places we live.

Yes, there is a place meeting needs over there … for mission trips and sacrificial giving and serving in our communities and around the world. But sometimes, the need we’re meant to fill is right here in our homes … in the kitchen with the overflowing sink and the laundry room with the mountain of clothes and the yard with the mess of toys and the living room with the dusty tables and the bedrooms with the unmade beds.

So on the days when you can — go! But on the days when you can’t — stay. And wherever you are, do it all for His glory.

Whatever you do, in word and deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17

From my heart to yours:

What you do matters!!

xo,
Teri Lynne

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