ch, ch, changes.


  as if our lives haven't had enough unexpectedness since Hazel was born, our next few months are forecasting a lot of changes themselves. one of the biggest changes is that we decided to homeschool Hollis for kindergarten next year.  but it's not going to look like what you probably are picturing in your head right now. around … [Read more...]

Hosting a large-scale Sole Hope Shoe-Cutting Party.


  I've talked before about Sole Hope and their amazing mission to help fight jiggers and their debilitating effects on the people of Uganda.  You can watch the short video on what got them started below. I hosted a shoe-cutting party awhile ago on a much smaller scale and when the opportunity for our church's women's group came up, I … [Read more...]

He will give us more than we can handle.


we've all heard that good-intentioned remark when going through something hard in our lives---"God doesn't give us more than we can handle…"  That promise refers to the verse in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond … [Read more...]

pregnancy bad dreams.

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  i remember having some of these anxiety-ridden, bad dreams during and after my other pregnancies, but this time, for whatever reason, they are really disturbing me.  every night, i'm afraid to go to bed for fear of what terrible thing will be happening to my kids this night in my overly-active mind. i'm not generally a worrier or … [Read more...]

these are our people.

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  there are friends and then there are friends.  you know the kind?  the ones who've been with you through it all and have seen all your uglies and beautifuls and still love you and accept you.  chelsea and wes are those friends for us. we are related and intertwined in crazy ways.  let me give you a quick rundown: chelsea and i are … [Read more...]


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  some recent things going on in our lives: 1.  Brother is climbing out of his crib and i guess that means we'll have to take off the side and let him wander his room until all hours of the night.  can't wait for that. 2.  despite my nauseousness, i'm painting and decorating the house like a fiend.   see that photo up there, i … [Read more...]


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  man, was i gung ho about blogging at the beginning of 2013.  i had what i thought was a great year's plan full of blogging and personal goals.   i was ready to take my sponsorships up a notch with more in-depth mentorships and even started my antique/refurbish furniture business venture.  i was expectant and excited about the year ahead … [Read more...]

the weekend of something much needed.


  it's the weather.  it's the fact that everyone in our house seems to be sick (which means throwing fits).  it's the short days and the new neighborhood. but whatever it is, it's no secret that come last friday afternoon, i was spent.  i knew what i needed was some adult conversation with my girlfriends. book club was scheduled … [Read more...]

authentically you + random stuff.

  "Many of us spend so much of our lives wishing or pretending we were somebody different from who we are, we never get to experience the sheer freedom of just being ourselves."  (from The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer)   Source: via ╰☆Melissa on Pinterest   *our weekend was super … [Read more...]

moving on after moving in.

  so here's the thing. i sort of expected that the first few months after moving to our new house (which i love and am so thankful for) would be a little challenging and stressful. every move is like that to some extent, right? i knew that it would be an adjustment with most of my friends (and their kids) being now 45-60 … [Read more...]