Friday, December 19, 2014

{the best is yet to come}

After five years filled with everyday responsibilities and date nights, love and laughter, loss and tears, faithfulness and patience, diapers and drool, my heart still skips a beat to hear Dan say "I love you."

I vividly remember the first time he told me...and when he whispered it in my ear on our wedding day five years ago today. I've heard it every day since. I've seen it in action over and over again. And his love still amazes me. 

Love that surprises me with flowers.

Love that gives sacrificially of of time and energy.

Love that gets up and goes to work each day, never complaining.

Love that slips his arm around me at church (when both littles are behaving!) 

Love that asks the hard questions.

Love that prays for me and encourages me in Christ.

Love that calls me beautiful with all the changes that happen during pregnancy (and after!)

Love that sends a text that makes me smile the rest of the day.

Love that helps me understand in a grander and fuller way the love that Christ has for His bride, the church. 

Love that gets on the floor to play with our children, even tho it's been a really long day.

Love that is patient and forgiving of my failures.

Love that makes me laugh and adds just the right humor at needed times.

Love that makes me want another 100 years + a day.

{bunny trail: when you bribe your-bottomless-pit-man-child with popcorn, 
a few pictures will definitely turn out with him reaching for the bucket behind the photographer!}

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all His benefits...
who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies..."
Psalms 103:4

married 5 years
moved 4 times
blessed with 2 precious littles
excited to meet 1 baby in heaven
 2 bar exams passed with flying colors

photo credits:
the wonderful Kori Wissmann

Monday, December 08, 2014

II Thessalonians 3:5

"May the Lord direct your hearts
 into the love of God,
and into the PATIENCE of Christ."


Thursday, November 27, 2014

1 Chronicles 29:13

"And now we thank you, our God,
And praise your glorious name."

Though I strive to make gratitude a habitual attitude, taking time to stop and reflect on the blessings that abound in my life on this specific day of the year always brings me do these sweet, little people in my life who call me "Mommy." 

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! 

Monday, November 03, 2014


Our sweet Caden is nine months old today-- which called for an impromptu photo shoot to capture a few smiles of this lil' man who takes up such a big part of my heart (and day!) 

He'll be walking and blowing out his first birthday candle before I know it.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Two steps forward, one step back

That has been my mantra this week.

After a wonderful, packed summer with weekends spent traveling to see family, a camping trip,  catching up with friends, photographing a wedding, and numerous other everyday responsibilities, this week was one of trying to be consistent with a few things that I let slide over the summer. (Three cheers for potty training, sleep training, and continuing to work with my little guy's eczema).

Thrilling successes. Disappointing failures. But we're all learning, right?

Two steps forward, one step back is still progress.

[photo credit: Hannah Wissmann]

Any of your goals or projects not go quite as planned this week?

Here's to the weekend -- and more days to try, try again!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


"Dear Jesus,
Thank you for the strawberries & blueberries & corn & carrots & cucumbers & ranch & little spoon & chapstick & birds. 

Monday, August 25, 2014


"Worship is forgetting about what's wrong with you and remember what's right with God. It restores the joy of your salvation.
It re-calibrates your spirit. It renews your mind...
Is it easy? Absolutely not. But one of the purest forms of worship is praising God even when you don't feel like it, because it proves your worship isn't circumstantial."

Mark Batterson

Saturday, August 23, 2014


"The glory of motherhood comes camouflaged in so much chaos."

Thursday, August 21, 2014


"You hold me, 
You guide me with your counsel.
My flesh and my heart fail; but You are the strength of my heart and my portion FOREVER."

Psalm 73:23-24

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


"Motherhood is the sacred marriage of the eternal and mundane."

LisaJo Baker in

Saturday, August 16, 2014


"A seriously neglected aspect of the art of appreciation is the habit of noticing... delusions keep us looking ahead or abroad for happiness, instead of enjoying the small pleasures right around us here and now."

David Dunn

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


"Dreams are still achieved one opportunity at a time...
The genealogy of success always traces back to mustard seed opportunities. Don't fail to seize the small opportunities because we're looking for the big opportunities. Do not despise small beginnings."

Mark Batterson

Monday, August 11, 2014


Above all: keep loving one another earnestly
(since love covers a multitdue of sins).
Show hospitality.
Serve one another 
by the strength God supplies
in order that IN EVERYTHING God may be glorified.

1 Peter 4:7-11

Friday, August 08, 2014


"One day at a time -- this is enough. Do not look back and groan over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

-Ida Scott Taylor quoted in Hands Free Mama

Wednesday, August 06, 2014



"Being responsible for someone's childhood is a big deal. 
We not only create our own memories, but we create 
our child's memories."
Rachel Macy Stafford in Hands Free Mama

Monday, August 04, 2014


My littles were sick last week and all the things I normally do were deserted as I spent extra time snuggling my little ones, soothing fevered bodies, getting up at all hours of the night, and trying to get something in the crock pot so we didn't have to resort to PBJ's for supper!

Now that they've recuperated, I'm facing long to-do lists to catch up and also prepare for traveling this next weekend. It can all be overwhelming at times, yet I'm so thankful everyone is back in good health and that these precious little people call ME 'Mommy.'

**and to kick-start a more consistent blogging routine, during the month of August I'm planning to share photos from InstaGram along with tidbits from recent reads that I've found encouraging or thought provoking. Stay tuned!

" 'If you had more time, you could get it all done.'
Nonsense. My definition of all would just grow.
And why is "done" a goal? If you discover something you love doing, you don't want to be done.
You want to do it every day!"

 -Jon Acuff in

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer days

I'm sitting here enjoying the cool summer breeze wafting through  my windows -- and kind of shocked that I haven't posted since May! Traveling, birthday celebrations, planting a small garden (if you can call eight plants a garden!), spending time with family, walking to the park, putting food on the table, and a host of other things have kept me on my toes and loving life. Hope y'all are finding beauty wherever this summer finds you! 

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
GK Chesterson

Thursday, May 22, 2014

a smile for your day

{i love these boys}