good days, hard days, and gratitude

good days, hard days, and gratitude ||

good days, hard days, and gratitude ||

Monday and I used to be tight. I loved the fresh start and possibility she brought each week.

But not so much lately. Lately, she’s felt bossy and overwhelming. And {because I suppose there is a 14-year-old girl inside me still} I’ve resisted her urgings and demands, even though she wasn’t altogether wrong.

This week is different though. Not because I was up at 5 a.m. writing like I should have been. {More like 7:10 so I could drive my girl to school.}  Not because I had a good night’s sleep and woke refreshed an ready for whatever the day brings. {I watched The Hunger Games in the middle of the night since I couldn’t sleep.} And not because I was starting the week with a clean house and caught up laundry. {This one just makes me laugh.}

good days, hard days, and gratitude ||

Today is different because of yesterday.

Something happened yesterday. Not to me. Not to our family. But to a precious family in our church. Heartache I cannot even fathom. A young woman faced the tragic decision to remove her mother from life support. As the Ruiz family knelt together in the altar at our church, I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing. I hurt for them, ached really.

But I also saw the church, my church, wrap their arms around this family. A steady stream of couples joined the family at the altar, linking hearts and prayers for wisdom and peace and healing and comfort. Paul admonishes the church in Rome {and all of us since} to “Let love be genuine” {Romans 12:9} and then provides us with specific examples of what that looks like.  Yesterday, I watched this verse happen —

… weep with those who weep.  Romans 12:15

At 5:30 p.m., the machines were turned off and the Ruiz family said good-bye to a much-loved mother, grandmother, and aunt. Our 6 p.m. worship service was not as crowded as normal. Many of the normal faces were at the hospital, standing with friends in the middle of a heartbreaking situation. But those of us gathered sang these words —

I’ll be breathing in Your grace and breathing out Your praise.

I whispered the words, a prayer for me, for my family, for our church, for the Ruiz family. Because in this life, there are good days and hard days. But there is also grace. Sufficient, overwhelming, powerful grace. And  our response to such amazing grace must be praise — gratitude to the One who strengthens our weaknesses, stands when we fall, speaks hope into our hopelessness, and brings light into our darkness.

good days, hard days, and gratitude ||

Today, will you breathe in grace and breathe out praise? Whether the week brings good days or hard days, choose gratitude.


Teri Lynne

Slowing Down When Life Is Busy

3 ways to slow down on the busy days ||

3 Ways to Slow Down on the Busy Days

Lately I’ve sort of felt like I’ve been meeting myself coming and going.  We’re in the beginning weeks of the busiest time of year at the Underwood Abode. From the time school starts until the National Championship football game, it’s full speed ahead. You’d think after years of it being this way, I wouldn’t find myself so shocked when it all starts. But here I sit, two and a half weeks into September, thinking, “Oh my word! I’m tired already.”

My body and soul need space and quiet and rest. But far too often those are the very things that get shoved to the side in all the chaos.

So what can we do when the calendar yells “be here!” and “do this!” and “don’t forget that!” at us? How do we blend all the stuff of life with our desire for stillness before the Lord?

Join me at Not Quite Amish where I’m sharing 3 ways to slow down on the busy days


Teri Lynne


Words that Matter

words that matter square

I’ve realized lately so little of what I say really matters. Let’s face it, “Did you clean your room?” and “My car needs gas {again}” are not the stuff of eternity. The life of a mom is often full of mundane repetitions of the same phrases and questions.

It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of what needs to be done. Laundry piles and dirty dishes and meals to cook and places to be leave us barking commands and urging small feet to move faster. It happens to all of us.

words that matter || Teri Lynne Underwood

Some days when my head finally lands on the pillow I wonder if anything I did matters … if anything I said counts. But words DO matter — even the ones we repeat countless times in the course of each day. Jesus said it is from the abundance of our hearts our mouths speak {Luke 6:45}. The Psalmist prayed the words of his mouth would be pleasing to God {Psalm 19:14}. Whatever we say should bring honor to Christ {Colossians 3:17} and bring hope and life to those who hear them {Proverbs 10:11}.

I really want it to! I want to live each day with purpose and intention. I want to speak life into the people around me. I want my words to matter — not just for today, but for eternity.

And while I’m not sure all that will entail, I know this — I need more time in THE WORD. When life gets busy we often settle for less time in Bible study and prayer. We allow the things of this world to crowd out the things of eternity. I see it in my life and I feel the consequences in my relationships.

The best way I know to make sure my words matter is to root them in the Word of God. So I’m determined to spend more time in the Scripture, more time in prayer, more time listening to Him before I speak to anyone else.

Will you join me in this quest?


How do you make time for the Lord when life is really busy?

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More on My Fall Capsule Wardrobe and What I’ve Been Wearing to Ball Games

what I wore {mostly to ball games lately!} ||

what I wore {mostly to ball games lately!} ||

Hey y’all! I am having the best time sharing my capsule wardrobe with you. Last week I shared my why and how about giving this a try, including my “rules” for what pieces stayed and what didn’t.  There are still a couple of items I want to find and include so I kept my total item number under 50 so I’d have room for them!  I know this isn’t what most people do when they have a capsule wardrobe but the point for me was to make my life simpler and not to create a whole new list of do’s and don’ts.  

Here are few of the outfits I’ve worn in the past week:

What I Wore Wednesday ||

Remember that tank top from two weeks ago? Yeah, it’s back … and I still love it! I wore the first outfit last Thursday to get my hair done. {I love my new fall cut and color!} I paired the tank with these adorable green skinnies I received from [affiliate link] Stitch Fix last fall.  I love them! You’ll be seeing them a lot too. :)

Friday night we headed to the varsity football game here! It is still pretty warm especially at kickoff so I wore this cute gray and black tee with a black tank under it.  Added my favorite cropped jeans and some cute mustard canvas shoes and I was ready to cheer for the Golden Tigers! {It was an intense game but we came out on top — 26-25!!}

Next up is another game day outfit.  This time for the JV game where my girl cheered on Monday. Again we have the cropped jeans and black tank {and the mustard shoes but I didn’t manage to get them in the photo}. I added a gray pocket tee I had made last year with our school logo embroidered on it. The temps here are still in the 80s even for 6:30 kickoffs so I was a little toasty at the first of the game but by the end it wasn’t too bad. {We won that game too! Looking like a good year here in Tiger Nation!}

And finally, today I’m dressed for writing and working at home now and then teaching Bible study at church tonight. I’m wearing my cropped jeans {yes, I totally should have bought two pair at least!} with a comfy three-quarter sleeve sweater and my favorite Auburn scarf. Too keep the look super casual I’m wearing my khaki Converse sneakers. Love them!!

love my Converse sneakers!!As promised last week, here is a list of the pants, skirts and dresses I’ve included in my fall capsule.


  1. cropped
  2. long boot cut
  3. trouser style {dark wash}
  4. straight leg
  5. green skinnies

Other Pants:

  1. royal blue corduroy
  2. black dress pants
  3. black denim leggings
  4. gray corduroy leggings
  5. navy shorts {will swap for navy leggings as it cools off}
  6. brown leggings

Skirts & Dresses:

  1. black pencil skirt
  2. gray pencil skirt
  3. black maxi skirt
  4. chambray shirt dress
  5. navy dress

Still would like to have:

  1. brown dress pants
  2. cute fall color palazzo pants {maybe something like these [affiliate link] from zulily}
  3. denim jeggings or skinny jeans

My total number of bottoms is 16 now but if I can find those other three items will end up at 19. I could probably pare that number down and I’m guessing there will be at least a couple of things I don’t wear much or at all.

On last thing, I mentioned my goal for only keeping items that can be worn in at least five different outfits. A few had asked me about that and I thought I’d share an example of how I’ll be doing it.  Using that  basic outfit from last Thursday, here are two other variations that will definitely allow me to transition into cooler weather.


building outfits with fall capsule wardrobeOkeydoke, y’all! There you have it … what I’ve been wearing lately and the first part of my capsule wardrobe. Come back next week and I’ll share the tops I’ve got.



Just curious, do you have any colored jeans? I love mine!!

Linking up with Lindsey and all the lovelies who share what they’ve been wearing each week.

Don’t Just Pick the Right Battles — Focus on the Real Enemy!

in the middle of the struggle, don't lose sight of the real enemy

Soooo … remember yesterday when I shared what I had learned about not exasperating our kids and all that? Yeah, well, apparently, I didn’t really learn it because this morning was sheer disaster. It was ugly here, y’all. Really ugly. In fact, after my girl left for school {an early meeting of the Christian students club ironically}, I went back to bed. Because sometimes you do the first hour of the day so badly all you want is to go back to sleep and try to start it over. {And I’m pretty sure this confession eliminates any possibility of a speaking engagement on the topic of parenting in my future.}

But here’s the thing, I really messed it up. She was tired. I was tired. Hair needed to be straightened. And while my girl is a pro at curling her hair, she and the flat iron have not yet worked out an amicable relationship. She needed me to help her. And, while I did straighten her hair, I don’t think I helped in any of  the ways that really matter. In fact, I’m sure I didn’t.


focus on the real enemy

After I got up {the second time} I sat down with my coffee and Bible and journal and spent time reading {again} Ephesians 6. I read over those first four verses and confessed the numerous ways I had exasperated my girl this morning. I read over the notes I’d written yesterday as I’d read the whole passage. One of the things I’d written jumped off the page:

Parenting with purpose is about more than picking the right battles. As much as our culture {even church culture} tries to boil it down to that simple idea — it just isn’t enough. I have to remember who the enemy is and who it isn’t. Casiday is NOT the enemy. This isn’t a battle between me and her. I have to focus on the true enemy, the one who sneaks around looking for someone to devour.  How often do I forget this??????

Can any of the mommas relate? We get so focused on training our children and our attempts to guide them to godliness that it becomes very easy to make it about us. And we go to battle for the truth — but, far too often, we {I!} do battle with my child and not with the real enemy.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the ruler, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:11

I’m not saying we shouldn’t pick our battles. I totally embrace the wisdom inherent in it. But I’m slowly beginning to grasp there is something far more important — we do have to fight the right battles, but we also have to be fighting against the real enemy.

If I could rewind this morning, I would do so many things differently. But I’m pretty sure the one choice I could have made that would have turned the whole situation to a different direction would have been to get up earlier and spend some time in prayer first. To have been wise enough to realize my girl was going to be tired and I was going to be tired and that is always a recipe for disaster without some prayer.

And so I fought with my girl … I didn’t pick my battles well. Because really, was the fact she got up a few minutes later than I thought she should have worth starting an already stressful day out with more frustration? Absolutely not. I was wrong and when I see her this afternoon at the pep rally, I’ll be saying just that.

But I’ll also be talking with her later tonight and sharing Ephesians 6:11.  I want her to understand how important it is to remember who the enemy is. Because it isn’t just moms and daughters who battle — it’s also friends and family. Relationships are fraught with opportunities to choose who the enemy is. And I want to do all I can to help my girl understand how to fight the real enemy when situations arise.

So this morning was awful. And I messed up. And I should know better. But there is also this truth from the writings of Paul in another letter he penned,

And I am sure of this, that He who began an good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Oh what grace there! He is working in me. And it is a good work. And He will bring it to completion. And the same is true for you. Even when the day starts awful and you choose the wrong fights and forget who the enemy really is. He is at work in us. And it is a GOOD WORK!



When have you got tangled up in a battle and forgotten who the real enemy is?

Parenting Is Hard …
and some days I just want to give up

if we're honest, some days parenting gets the best of all of us. what do you do when you really want to give up?

It’s been a rough few weeks around here. I’m not saying having a teenager is the hardest thing in the world because obviously there are people who deal with far greater challenges. But, I am going to say it’s just really hard. And honestly, some days I just want to give up.

I feel so inadequate for this task. There are so many things I’m not … patient and gentle being at the top of the list lately. I have felt like we are in constant battle and I am so tired. As my friend Stacey would say, “I’m fresh out of amazing.”

if we're honest, some days parenting gets the best of all of us. what do you do when you really want to give up?

Yesterday I was chatting with friend whose daughter is about eight years older than mine. My friend laughed as I shared how tired I am of eye rolls and having to say things like, “It’s not what you said, it’s HOW you said it.” We talked about the difficulty of the mother-daughter relationship and how we’d both really expected we would do it better than we have.

Oh y’all. I thought I’d have this parenting a girl thing nailed. After all, I’ve mentored and loved countless girls in their teens and early twenties over the years. I love this age! Teenagers are awesome.

Until they aren’t.

For years, the teenagers I’ve known have always gone back to their homes after I’d poured into them and laughed with them and offered them words of challenge in their faith. I never saw what happened next. I taught lessons on responding to authority and leaning into Jesus and sent them home. And what they did what those lessons didn’t really affect me, at least not directly.

Until it did.

Because now one of those teenagers doesn’t leave to go home — she stays.

Don’t get me wrong, my girl isn’t doing anything hugely awful. She’s a pretty average teenager with pretty normal issues. You know, things like testing boundaries, struggling with insecurities, and navigating relationships.

Sometimes, she doesn’t handle any of that well. {sometimes her mom doesn’t either}

And we battle … with words, with actions, with attitudes.

This morning I read a familiar passage — Ephesians 6. It starts like this,

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. {verse 1}

Can I get an amen?? And then Paul continues,

“Honor your father and your mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” {verses 2-3}

Did you get that — honor your parents that it may go well and you may live long. {WHY don’t our children get this? It goes better when they obey!!!!}  But Paul, who didn’t have kids, starts getting all in my business with the next verse —

Fathers {mothers!}, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. {verse 4}

What? Now Paul, seriously, you could have stopped at verse 3.  Really. Leave the responsibility on the kids!! I mean, they get a promise with the command.  But no, the divinely inspired apostle kept writing. And he is all up in my business.

Do not provoke your child to anger.

So, I’m guessing as she’s already stressed because her hair isn’t doing what she wants is not the best time for me to mention she didn’t clean her room like she  was supposed to? Oops.

Bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Hmmm … how does the Lord discipline me? Oh yeah, with patience and kindness. So that probably means I shouldn’t be screaming like a banshee over, well, anything??

And there I sat, Bible open and journal full of confession — because yes, she needs to obey. And yes, I need to discipline and instruct her. And yes, parenting is hard. But hard doesn’t have to mean anger and tears and slammed doors and exasperated huffing.

I’m still tired. And I’m pretty sure there will be more days when I want to give up. Because loving others is hard. And just like our husbands don’t have perfect wives, our children don’t have perfect moms.

how do you deal with the hard days of parenting?

Today I’ll put one foot in front of the other. I’ll read over those verses again before I pick her up from school. And I’ll watch her cheer tonight and find myself amazed again that God has given me the honor of raising this girl.


How do you keep going when you really want to give up?

{come back tomorrow and I’ll share more about what the Lord showed me in Ephesians 6!}

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For Your Weekend

for your weekend || September 5, 2014 ||

for your weekend || September 5, 2014 ||

The big news this week is I got my hair cut and colored. Isn’t it amazing how a great cut and color can make you feel so much better. Just like my clothes were adding extra stress in my day, so was my hair. I actually spent some time looking for the best style for my face shape. As this article on YouBeauty says, “While a great hairstyle can lift years off your look and make you feel completely reinvigorated, few realize that it’s your face shape that is truly at play. As the foundation for any haircut, the shape of your face determines how your hair will emphasize your eyes, lips and cheekbones.”  And yes, I did take their quiz to determine my face shape … it is a rounded square.

After I got my cut and color finished, my daughter said, “Mom! You look so much younger!” I’m definitely call that a win!!

fall 2014 cut & color ||

Great Links

Succulent Love: Brown Thumbs Unite from Balancing Beauty & Bedlam has given me new hope for the having plants inside my house. I have managed to keep our aloe plant alive for over a year so maybe succulents are the best bet for me. I especially love the way Jen has added them in unique and beautiful ways.

Scandalous News: You’re Allowed to Disappoint People from Holley Gerth — just yes! Every word, yes.

If Jesus disappointed people and he is the most loving man who ever lived, we’re certainly going to disappoint people too. And what’s more, we should following his example by disappointing people for their greater good…and ours too.

You all know I’m one of those moms who unapologetically reads all my girl’s texts and “stalks” her and all her friends on social media. Not because I don’t trust her but because it’s just too easy to get in over your head and I want to know what’s going on BEFORE it gets out of hand.  I saw a link to this the other day and I’m investigating it: TeenSafe for iPhone. Has anyone heard of it or had any experience with it?

Great Pins

Everyday workout — this one actually looks doable.

Honey mustard is one of the must have colors for this fall! Such a relief for this girl whose daughter’s school colors are black and gold! That means even m game day wear is on point. :)

Burlap curtains? I’m seriously pondering this idea for my kitchen this fall. What do you think — good idea or dorky?

Great Food

And here is the recipe for the chicken stew I made last weekend. This is one of my favorites because it’s quick and easy AND it freezes well. What’s not to love about that?? {Also, you can double this easily and share it with friends or family.}

chicken stew recipe || TeriLynneUnderwood.comIngredients:

whole chicken {cooked overnight and deboned}
1 can Rotel
1 large can crushed or pureed tomatoes
4 cans creamed corn
1 lb. baby carrots, sliced {can substitute 2 cans sliced carrots or 1 can diced carrots}
1 package frozen southern style hash browns {the diced kind}


Mix all vegetables in a large pot.
Season with seasoning salt, salt and pepper, and Tabasco to taste.
Add chicken.
Simmer as least four hours.
Serve with cornbread or crackers and shredded cheese.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! We’ll be watching football. It’s what we do around here.

What are your weekend plans?



On Marriage and Love and How Hard It Is Some Days

Marriage is, like everything else in our lives, about bringing glory to God.

Marriage is, like everything else in our lives, about bringing glory to God. ||

Some days I happen across something and I sit down to share a link or a quote on Facebook and then I realize I have a lot to say about that … today is one of those days.

I just read this post from the beautiful Kristen Welch at We Are THAT Family — There Is Nothing Quite as Sexy as a Man who Loves His Wife.  I copied this small part of her post to share on my Facebook page thinking it might encourage others.

It’s so easy in this life to name all the things our husbands don’t do. And most days we could pick them apart if we wanted to. We can always find something when we look closely.

But when I begin to count all the things he does, day-in-and-day out, the list grows long. It’s the best thing to do when you don’t want to.

There is nothing quite as sexy as a man who loves his wife.

Good stuff, huh?  Yeah.

But as I was adding why I think everyone needs to read this post, I wrote this:

These men we’ve got aren’t perfect husbands … but they didn’t get perfect wives. Maybe the goal, isn’t perfection, though ...

And then I realized I have some thoughts to share on this and here we are.

I can’t even remember when I first read Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. But I know it radically changed everything I thought I knew about marriage. Because when a book’s subtitle makes you stop and think and then keeps coming back to you even years later, you know it’s a book that matters. What is the subtitle, you ask?

What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?

Let that one sink in for a few minutes.

I have an amazing husband. He is thoughtful and caring and pours himself out to make our life together beautiful. And there are times when he walks into a room, he takes my breath away.

But sometimes, he drives me batty. And some days we don’t even like each other. Because, I know this might be shocking, we can each be very selfish and demanding and want our own way.  And Kristen is RIGHT ON about counting all the things these husbands of ours do, especially when we don’t want to. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DON’T WANT TO.

Because marriage is hard.

Loving someone more than we love ourselves is hard. Loving someone more than we love our kids is hard. And the truth is marriage is often the tool God uses to chip away the “stuff” in our lives.  Emily Freeman wrote about love recently. She shared her meditations on 1 Corinthians 13 and I’ve rolled her words around in my head since I read them. She said God only gives two descriptions of what love is: patient and kind. But then He shares all the things it isn’t — and she boils it down into this: Love isn’t a jerk.

Some days, I don’t love my husband very well. Because some days I am a real jerk. I want it my way, on my time table. I want Scott to be who I want him to be and do what I think he should do and {this one is tough to admit} I want him to think like me about everything. Basically, I want him to agree that I’m right. Always.

C’mon, y’all — that is not happening! Because I’m not right always. In fact, I’m not right a lot more often than I am right. And the last thing I need is a husband who just agrees with me because it’s easier or because he doesn’t care or because {the worst!} he’s given up trying.

Marriage isn’t about two people who are perfect for each other.

{I know, I’m shattering all the Hollywood myths.} Marriage is, just like everything else in our lives, about bringing glory to God. When we stay and work on the hard stuff, even when it would be so much easier to leave or give up or start over — we bring glory to God. Because He stays with us and works on the hard stuff. When we love not because we feel like it but because it is a choice — we bring glory to God. Because {as Emily said so beautifully}, “But love isn’t just something that happens to me, Love is someone who moves within me and invites me to move toward others.”

Just yes. Love invites us to move toward others — even when it’s hard. Even when we don’t want to. Even when it hurts.

Because love moves toward others just as Christ always moves within and towards me.

Today, whatever is going on in your marriage, may I challenge you to move toward your husband? To allow God to work in you for His glory? To remember our marriages are less about our happiness and more about our holiness? Maybe that starts with a list of all the good things or maybe it starts with some hard prayers of confession about your own attitude or maybe you need to do both.

Because there is nothing more beautiful than a wife who loves her husband.



Why & How I Created My Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Why & How I Created My Fall Capsule Wardrobe || Teri Lynne Underwood

I sort of began explaining this last week … but wanted to give a little more information about why and how I created my capsule wardrobe for this fall.

Why & How I Created My Fall Capsule Wardrobe || Teri Lynne Underwood

Two main questions have come up since I posted last week. The first is always “Why??”

My friends at church and at ball games have looked at me like I have two heads when I say I’ve narrowed my closet down to under 50 items to wear for the next three months. Here’s the deal: my life is really busy right now. Between football games, family illnesses, and a big writing opportunity, I can barely manage to keep meals cooked and laundry done. I spent some time one day making a list of everything I do that stresses me out — and figuring out what to wear was on it.

I know that may sound crazy but my closet was overflowing and had a range of sizes and styles. It wasn’t uncommon for me to try out three or four outfits and end up frustrated because of the way things fit {or didn’t}. And, frankly, it just wasn’t worth it to me. I finally decided the system I had wasn’t working and I had to try something else.  Enter capsule wardrobe!

Then came questions about how I decided what to keep and what I needed.

I read a ton of posts about capsule wardrobes and looked at several different ways of doing it.  In the end, I took what I thought would work for me from a few different places and formed my own system.

Here are my “rules:”

  1. No more than 50 items. {This includes pants, tops, and dresses.}
  2. I did not include the following in my 50 items: work out clothes {because the doctor said yesterday I have to start exercising}, loungewear {for the rare days we have nowhere to be}, and game day clothes {since my girl cheers I have several shirts I just wear for games, etc}.
  3. Accessories are unlimited.  {I included shoes in my accessories with the stipulation I would not be buying myself any new shoes for the next three months. Some capsule wardrobe plans don’t handle shoes this way.}
  4. Every piece had to work for at least five outfits in order to stay. {With dresses this was a little more challenging but I only kept 2 that were neutrals and could be worn with multiple accessories and other pieces in the capsule.}

And one more — since September through November can bring a very wide range of temperatures here in North Alabama, I have allowed a couple of substitution items as the temps drop.  For example, I kept one pair of navy shorts but will be exchanging them for a pair of navy leggings when if cools off. I don’t have both items available now.  Once I wear the leggings, the shorts are no longer part of the capsule and become off limits {no matter how high the temps get!}.

As far as my style goes, looking at the calendar for the next three months, I have no major speaking events scheduled nor will I be attending any conferences which meant I was able to go with a casual capsule. I do have a few items that can easily be dressed up if the need arises but mostly, I’ll be doing a casual look.

Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing the exact contents of my capsule wardrobe.  Next week we’ll look the pants, skirts, and dresses and the following week I’ll show you all the tops. But for today, here’s what I wore for the first three official days of using my fall capsule wardrobe:

Fall Capsule Wardrobe {September outfits}

September 1 — Labor Day! We stayed home most of the day but we did spend the evening at a local housing project playing with children and serving their families a meal. {shorts: J Crew via thrift store, top: Target, shoes: Bass}

September 2 — I had a doctor’s appointment and several other things to do and wasn’t sure I’d have time to change before the football game so I wore school colors all day! {t-shirt: Target, cropped jeans: Nine West from Sam’s Club, scarf: [affiliate link], shoes: Target}

September 3 — My girl has an orthodontist appointment and we have church tonight. {black button down shirt: Target, cropped jeans: Nine West from Sam’s Club, scarf: gift from a friend}

{Apparently I get a lot of shirts from Target! LOL}

Don’t forget to check out my Fall Capsule Wardrobe Pinterest board! I have invited a few other friends to collaborate with me and I think this will be a great resource for all of us!

What are you wearing lately?



Linking up with Lindsey and a bunch of other lovelies who are sharing what we’ve been wearing lately!

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 ||

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 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?

Teri Lynne

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