Friday Favorites: A Bookshelf, Retirement & Devotional

Happy Friday!  

It seems like Monday was so long ago - I am having a hard time even remembering what all happened this week!  Which isn't saying all that much - I swear my memory gets worse and worse.

These are a few highlights I do remember, though.

First up, I got my bookshelf in from Ballard Design!  When I ordered it, I don't think it was supposed to ship until next week, but it arrived Wednesday.  I was able to work from home, so I brought it in as soon as I could.  It was a beast, though -  heavy and awkward!  I ended up having to lay it down and basically push it through the door.  There was no way I was actually going to be able to lift it.  I am so glad I was able to be home, though, because shortly after it was delivered we had a big thunderstorm roll through.  I put it together that night, and think it's really perfect for the space.  I had two minor freak outs during the putting together phase.  

One of the washers they provided didn't fit.  I, of course, called my dad to see if it would be a big issue if one of the screws didn't have a washer.  While I was talking to him, I went through my box of goodies (basically all the extra screws, dowels, wires, anything from previous projects), and was able to find a washer that worked.  My dad always tells me to keep those things after we finish a project, and that advice has come in handy more than once!  So although it may seem hoarder-ish in these days of purging and simplifying, sometimes it pays to keep all the little things!  

When I lifted the shelf up and put it in place, I noticed that the top wasn't flush against one of the legs.  Again, I reached out to my dad, and he said to just loosen the screws a bit, push down on the top, and screw back in.  I was having some trouble keeping the top flush, while screwing, so I grabbed a bunch of cookbooks to weigh the top down.  It worked like a charm!  Now, all I need to do is start decorating.  Time to gather all my little knickknacks!

Thursday night we had a retirement happy hour for a coworker.  He is such a wonderful guy and will be sorely missed.  While this retirement is beyond deserved, it's also sad for those us that will miss his presence everyday.  I just feel really lucky to work with such great people that a retirement like this feels like such a loss.  I know we will keep in touch, though!

Sometimes my devotional in the morning just really speaks to me.  It's funny how that works out.  Definitely His doing!  I read this on Thursday and it was exactly what I needed to read.

Here's a look at the blog this week:
Weekend Recap: Billions, Church Project & A Bridal Shower 
Home Hack: Engine Spray Paint
What's Up Wednesday: June 2019 
Recipe Round Up: A Review of Recipes I Tried in June 2019 

That's all the favorites I have for this week - hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.


  1. Have the BEST weekend pretty girl!

  2. I love your shelf and I love it when a devotion is perfectly planned. I have been reminded that rest is necessary and we are called to rest in the scriptures a lot over the last few weeks.

  3. I love when my devotional is soon point and timely with life.

  4. I think you guys did a great job with the shelf. I always call my dad when I need help finishing something or fixing something. Have a great weekend!

  5. Such a pretty shelf. I always try to put the furniture together myself and then my husband "fixes" it when he gets home. I am so not a handy person. Have you seen The Holderness Video We Are Never Putting This Together? It's a riot and I could totally relate to the frustration of trying to put together a whole piece of furniture using just pictures and no words.

  6. I'd say that devotional definitely came at the right time for you this week! Funny how that happens. And I can't wait to see how you decorate your shelf. It's going to look so good!

  7. Love your new bookshelf! And it is amazing how devotionals can just speak to you. Love the one you shared!