coffee with mrs. bramer

Coming at ya today with a pumpkin spice latte and a few randoms that I’m sharing with you and all the peeps that join Mrs. Bramer for coffee on Tuesdays.  I’m getting my groove back with this blogging thing…can you tell? Now if I could just sleep normally and exercise I’d be all set…this pregnancy is messing with my psyche.

So first, our family photos…they’re coming. Soon.  Joy is totally messing with my head and teasing me with this one photo. How dare she?!  There will be a full post .5 seconds after receiving these photos.  Pinky swear promise.  Can you tell I’m excited??

I’m completely obsessed with this book.
1. I love English history. 
2. I love how Phillipa Gregory writes and she’s the very best at writing these sorts of books…they are totally based on fact with a flare of her saucy fiction. Love. 
3. I’m am very much so team Lancaster.  (history nerd joke…don’t feel bad if you don’t get it.)

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I have to add, before you go, that I write all this nonsense with a grey cloud over my head. Two families I know from South Dakota…totally unrelated, have lost their little girls in the last week and a half.  One was sick for months and months…she was almost 9, the other only 10 months old was in an accident.

I’ve had nightmares this week about losing a baby child and how I would ever deal with that.  I don’t know why God allows things and doesn’t allow things.  I don’t know why horrible things ever happen to innocent kids…but I do know this: God is sovereign.  He is unchanging.  His plans are not our plans.  He is still there. He is still God.

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I don’t mean to rain on our coffee and cinnamon parade, but I just mean to say this: love on your munchkins today. They are precious.

They are dirty
and messy
and leave a trail of destruction behind them…this one ^^ started her damn hair on fire on Saturday for crying in the night,

but they are precious
and irreplaceable
and really, truly blessings.

I am your coffee mate and your gentle reminder friend today.

Joyful day to you all.



  1. I have a 9 year old. How heartbreaking! Makes me want to go wake her up and hold her and not let go. Thank you for the reminder of just how precious and unpredictable life is and how we shouldn't take any of it for granted.
    ps..can't wait to see the photos.
    pss..I didn't get it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know my bff who stalks your blog did though. You two are both history nerds. Big time. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I hate that those two families are grieving the loss of their children. I soooo do not understand life sometimes. I just keep thinking God is in control and am so grateful for the GREAT days.

    I love finding a good book and getting lost in it. have a great day.

  3. oh how horrid. what was the 9 year old sick with? too awful to think on…

    i like Phillipa Gregory too…have you read the Outlander series? SO SO good. naughty, but GOOD!

  4. alicia. i want to frame your family photo. i feel like this is probably not something to admit on the www. but it's that is all.

  5. Heartbreaking, truly. I never will understand that kind of loss until I get to Heaven and can see all the dots connect. I just wont.

    Bless your heart too… being pregnant puts a whole other sensitivity to things like this.

    Sending you extra love babe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. So sorry about your friends. I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache. I Love you friend!!

    ps. I called you but I think today is your co-op day right? We'll connect one of these days!
    Can I please come over for one of those coffees? I could use a good chat!

  7. oh, your coffee looks yummy : )

    someone else suggested that book and i have tried to get it but it is always checked out.
    wait– that's not entirely true, i can't check out books due to my extreme lack of irresponsibility so eric does for me : )

    thanks for the little reminder, life truly can and does change in an instant.
    but i did laugh out loud about her catching her hair on fire!! : D

  8. My heart and prayers go out to those families. So sad ๐Ÿ™ Thanks for the reminder- I need these reminders often with the noise level 5 kids 6 years and under brings into our home. That coffee looks amazing! Did you make it? If so, I hope you share your recipe with us!

  9. how sad for those families. ๐Ÿ™
    i will pray for them.
    thank God He's felt all these feelings and HE is our strength to get through the hard stuff.

    also, i want that coffee, and i will be stalking all forms of social media until i see those photos, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. What a beautiful post. Thanks for the reminder to cherish our blessings and for your truthful words. We'll never understand some things on this earth, but Christ is sovereign.

    Have a lovely day, A!

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