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Some of my favorite bloggers, like Jenna and Gina, have been putting together the best posts where they share little bits of their life. Jenna calls it her virtual coffee date, Gina talks about having a virtual wine date. Perhaps we can sit down and eat a cookie together and talk about life lately?

Life is good lately. Like so good I can hardly believe that the life I’m living is mine to enjoy. But my heart has been with those who are struggling. There have been times in the last couple years where life was anything but good. It was beyond hard and I felt like every day we were existing rather than thriving, and it was so hard to trust in God’s plan. During those times, I remember reading blogs that were raw and honest and it gave me comfort to know that I wasn’t alone. If you’re walking through the valley in this season of life, take heart! Know that God’s plan is perfect. His path for our lives isn’t always clear to us, but he truly does work through all things for the good of those who love him. My heart is with you.

On a lighter note, I’ve been seeking inspiration. It’s been a long time since I refreshed the list of blogs I read daily, and I’m in desperate need of some help from you all! Do you have any blogs that you have recently discovered that are beautiful, uplifting, inspiring? They don’t have to be food blogs necessarily (some of my favorite blogs are lifestyle blogs) they just need to be a breath of fresh air. Maybe they are even “big blogs” that you have heard of but I haven’t. Share them in the comments below, pretty please!

My dad, step-mom and little sisters are coming to visit in a couple weeks! This will be the first time that they will see our house in Minnesota so Joe and I are working hard to get our lawn and outdoor space in fighting shape. We had a landscape architect come to put together a plan for our backyard last week, too. We currently have plenty of yard but no patio/deck in the back to put our grill/table/chairs. We’re hoping to put a stamped concrete patio out back this summer. Exciting? Yes! But how in the world is concrete so expensive?!

I’m also incredibly thankful for all you who read Espresso and Cream. My blog isn’t a big blog, it’s very modest at best. And I’m starting to realize it may always stay this little space on the internet and may never grow into anything more. But each comment, e-mail and conversation I have with one of you just makes my day. Thanks for taking a few moments out of your day to read and interact. I love it so.

Madison

P.S. – The World’s Best Cookie Recipe can be found on my sister-in-law’s blog! (and pictured above)

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  • Katie Hall

    If you’re looking at building a patio, check out my dad’s company, http://www.anchorblock.com. They sell the concrete at Home Depot, Menards, or Lowes and it is easy to in tall by yourself! My husband and I put a fire pit and patio in last summer by ourselves with Anchor products…shameless plug for the family business, but they really are good products!

  • Ffion McKeown

    http://www.offbeatandinspired.com is my current favourite, it’s lovely! x

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  • Brindi

    Here’s mine: http://sweetbsimpressions.blogspot.com/

    and check out Dashing Dish: http://dashingdish.com/

  • Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

    Just want to say that I adore your blog. And Nutmeg is so unbelievably cute! :) Some blogs that I love are designlovefest http://www.designlovefest.com/ and Gala Darling http://galadarling.com/. Hope you have a lovely day!

  • Marcia Achterhoff

    http://www.aholyexperience.com/ One of my favorites..great photography also!

    • Madison Mayberry

      Thanks, Marcia! I love sights that have inspiring photography, as you can imagine. :)

  • http://www.ohfigs.wordpress.com/ Marisa

    I love Posie Gets Cozy – http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/ She does a lot of crafts, a little bit of cooking and as a fellow Portlander I love to seeing her photos.

    • Madison Mayberry

      Marisa, thanks so much! I haven’t heard of that one before. Checking it out now!

  • Joanna

    I like Pioneer woman…she’s a little bit of everything!…from a fellow ISU AGD!! :)

    • Madison Mayberry

      Love hearing from other ISU AGD’s! Thanks for sharing, Joanna. I love Pioneer Women, too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmooms Sarah Vetter

    I really love reading dailygarnish.com for recipes, lifestyle, and pictures of her cute baby! Seattle scenery sure doesn’t hurt either. :)

    bowerpowerblog.com is also a favorite for crafts and pictures of cute babies.

    • Madison Mayberry

      Daily Garnish is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve worked with Emily on a few freelance projects when I was in DSM and I can assure you she is just as great as her blog makes her seem.

  • Chandler Jo

    Adrielbooker.com

    • Madison Mayberry

      Thanks, Chandler! That’s a new one to me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34000558 Andrea Schmidt Cooley

    So glad to hear you’re thriving in MN! I recently discovered Shauna Niequist’s blog http://shaunaniequist.com/ and can’t wait to read her latest book Bread & Wine

    • MadisonMayberry

      I’ve heard fantastic things about her book, Andrea! A friend actually told me they thought I would love it. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  • Christine

    Great post – exactly the message I needed to hear today!

    • MadisonMayberry

      Oh good, Christine! Happy that the words were encouraging. Have a wonderful day!

  • Cara Dietzman

    I’m a fan of my mom’s blog the cottage at http://www.cherikirk.blogspot.com (although not as frequently updated as she would like at this time due to a massive home remodel going on.) Also her friends is always good for recipies is cooking on the front burner debra-ann.blogspot.com

    • MadisonMayberry

      Thanks so much for sharing both blogs with me, Cara! I’m excited to check it out, especially your mom’s blog!

  • Jenny

    Hi Madison, I think you would love the Curvy Carrot (vegetarian food blog with amazing photography! I drool all the time…-ahem!) and if you don’t follow The Small Things Blog yet, seriously do so now! She has amazing ideas and great style that’s realistic, not designer or too spendy! They’re two of my favorite blogs, along with E&C!

  • Amber Kuiper

    I’m finally catching up on blogs! Thanks for the link love, sister! :)