Wednesday, August 20, 2014


My heart longs for genuine, real, and authentic relationships with other women. I have for as long as I can remember. I remember my first day of middle school at a new school trying on several outfits, wishing I didn't have to wear glasses, and secretly hoping that I had what it took to make new friends. I wanted to be wanted. 

This topic of relationships has been heavy on my heart. I love how God puts the right people into your path just at the moment that you need Him to. I recently had the opportunity to chat with someone I hadn't seen in ages at a local Starbucks. We got to talking about this topic among many other things (she is one of those people you hardly see, but when it happens you wish it was all the time), and she said some things that have been stirring in me. Are you truly a real and authentic friend or do you just pretend to be? Do you nod and shake your head over coffee and laugh about life, but on the inside you feel jealous of your friends seemingly better life with more material possessions? You love her, but why can't your hair and skin look like that. She tells you a story about something going on in her life, and you are sitting there thinking about how you aren't as skinny.

Is this truth with anybody or is this just me? 

I got in my car that day and realized I've done that. I've been that friend. I've nodded and smiled, but on the inside was completely comparing myself like it was a competition. This breaks my heart. This is not at all who God designed and called us to be. I love what I heard a Pastor recently say, "The internet and the people around us were not created to be our mirrors to which we compare, but the Word of God is to be the mirror in our life."

Comparison will eat away at every area of your life, and from it births a life of envy and pride. Both will destroy you. 

I am so challenged to build authentic, real, and genuine relationships in my life. To celebrate the successes of those around and to quit the comparison game.

Let us join together and become the women of God that He has called us to be. Let us run the race He has called us to run unobstructed by the races of those around us. Let us join together and celebrate the successes of those around us. May we build genuine relationships that honor and glorify God and point those around us to Him. 

Because really, isn't it all about Jesus anyways. 

Friday, January 10, 2014


52 project: "a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

jude: you are my cuddle bug. i could hold you all day and that still wouldn't be enough. i am soaking up these sweet moments.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

the nursery:

crib. dresser. rocking chair. ikea rugs (not available online). burlap curtains

Jude's nursery has quickly become my favorite room in our house. My dad and I had so much fun planning, painting, and decorating this room. It will always be such a special memory that we planned this room together. I love sitting in the rocking chair with my baby boy dreaming about what his future will look like, praying for him, and just soaking him in. 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

recipe: power bombs

hey friends! it's been a while. life sure is full when you have a four month old baby. full in the best way possible. i am dropping in to share one of my all time favorite recipes. hope you enjoy them as much as my little family does. 

Gluten and Dairy Free Powerbombs:

2 Cups Gluten Free Oats
1/4 Cup of Ground Flax Seed (2 of these)
1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries (2 of these)
1/4 Cup of Dairy/Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chips (i use the "enjoy life" brand) (2 of these)
1/4 Cups of  Gluten Free Oat Bran (2 of these)
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Chickpeas (rinse and grind in the food processor or blender)
3 Bananas
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 Cups of Peanut Butter (2 of these)
1/4 Cups of Unsweetened Coconut (2 of these)

mix all these ingredients together with a blender and bake at 350 degrees for about 6 minutes. keep refrigerated.

you definitely can make these with regular oatmeal and oat brand. i just choose to make them gluten and diary free for a healthier option. 

i love to enjoy these with a delicious cup of coffee. hoping to blog more this year! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

baby jude

my baby boy is nine weeks today. how is time already fleeting so quickly with this precious little man. is harder and better and more special then i could have ever imagined it to be. what a gift it is. this precious little baby is laid in your arms and you are responsible to care, to protect, to raise, to love, and to eventually let go as they become the person god created them to be. i am honored, humbled, and forever grateful that i get the gift of being jude's mama. i am working on writing my birth story, but here are some pictures of my favorite little man from his first week of life....

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

maternity session:

so thankful for my bestie lisa from brightside photography. she did an amazing job capturing this precious moment in our lives. i will cherish these pictures forever. i am so overwhelmed with love for this sweet baby boy that i haven't even laid eyes on yet. 
i am understanding the love of a mama now. it's an overwhelming, deep, and breathtaking love. 
counting the moments till jude wes is in my arms.