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life lately.

I realize I have completely neglected this little corner of my world. Not that it has been a priority between home life, pregnancy, motherhood, work, moving and now selling + buying a home (a process not for the faint of heart….which has made me think maybe I am! ha!)…..

All that to say, life has been less than rhythmic in the midst of a season of a long commute for Adam and the ebbs and flows of pregnancy for me. The last few weeks have been some of my favorites with Gabriel. He’s learning new words every day and becoming more and more independent….walking, talking and being SO curious.

We celebrated the big FIRST birthday (on the heels of a never-ending stomach bug, so the cake was not a hit)!

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We visited the pumpkin patch to celebrate Mimi’s birthday. Gabriel was obsessed with all of the big “app-uls” and would have stayed all day long. He finished the evening indulging in Mimi’s banana chocolate cake. Cake WIN!

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We dressed up as Dad’s spirit animal for Halloween. If you know, you know.

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We got Aunt Tay married to our favorite Italian uncle and Gabriel loved the “go-go” so much he rode around in it for the entire day.

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We’re also enjoying our season at #1. Go Dawgs. 8EEF47E9-B7F5-4807-AB4A-B659338FE05B.jpg

And now we’re getting ready for a SUPER busy rest of 2017 and hopefully a quiet January before baby girl makes her arrival the first week of Feb. Stay tuned ;). In the meantime, fill me in on what’s happening in your world!

these are the days.

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I can’t believe this picture was almost seven weeks ago! Motherhood is a beautiful gift and I am so thankful for the opportunity to get a glimpse of the Father’s love in this way. I believe every little smile from Gabriel is sent straight from Heaven to remind me of how GOOD our Father is, that He would give us TINY HUMANS(!) to love and raise for Him. It blows my mind that little G has been a part of our story forever and it’s even more wild to think that there is already an incredible story written for his life.

The days since Sept. 25 have FLOWN by, even when they have felt long and tiring. It has been so much fun to relish in the sweetness and the challenges that accompany the newborn stage.

It’s actually kind of adorable when his milk-covered fists grab at my (now crusty) highlighted hair.

I cherish our mid-afternoon naps, doing my best to sneak in some rest while he gets some, too.

He has the most precious smile, smiling with one side of his face before going all out with a huge grin.

Oh, 2am feedings. Full of snuggles and sweet kisses and coos. And always groggy diaper changes. 

And the way he loves bath time. It’s a joy to keep this little boy clean! Even if it means 5 minute showers for me and going a little longer without shaving my legs. 🙂 

These are the days that won’t last forever. Some are hard and messy, but all are beautiful and precious. I love you, my little guy.

What We’re Loving

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What a whirlwind the last five weeks have been. I can’t believe Gabriel is already 37 days old! Every day he is more alert, more expressive and so much FUN. I’m loving these days with him and want to savor every little minute we have left together during maternity leave. Since coming home, I’ve been surprised at some of my favorite products for him, and I want to share a few of my favorite things for mama too!

For baby:

L’ovedBaby Onesies: These are the coziest and softest onesies I’ve found. They’re a bit pricey, but I love putting him in these to lounge or sleep. They’re simple, soft and perfect for any occasion.

Matimati Organic Bamboo Washcloths: Again, SOFT is the name of the game. These are the perfect size and texture for bath time. I’ve found that many are too large or too small, so it was nice to receive these as an unexpected gift!

Babyganics Shampoo and Body Wash: This is foaming so it’s super easy to use – no suds required. Simply squirt and rub! And it’s super gentle on baby’s skin.We love it!

For Mama:

Risen Motherhood Podcast: Oh man, I LOVE this podcast. It’s moderated by two sisters in law who relate common motherhood challenges, joys, etc directly to the Gospel. I love to listen to an episode or two while doing chores during nap time or feeding Gabriel.

Bobbi Brown Corrector: This is the ultimate concealer. It covers under eye imperfections perfectly. Pair with mascara and a little lipstick for a quick refresh!

Emily Ley’s Grace Not Perfection: This has been one of my favorite finds! Emily shares practical ways to manage a household while extending grace to women everywhere. I love her balanced approach that values a well-run home while also reminding moms and working women to enjoy their families and create memories while embracing simplicity in their lives. Basically, we don’t have to be so hard on ourselves. 🙂 There are ways to get the laundry done and be present as a wife / mother / friend, etc.

These are just a few of what I’m currently loving. For any new moms out there or if you’re expecting, what products or resources are you most excited about?

our grand adventure.

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Twelve weeks ago, Adam started a new job. Eight weeks ago, we moved to a new city. Five weeks ago, we had a baby. Adam and I had a feeling when we chose our life together that it would be an adventure. We didn’t know what that meant, but when we said yes to each other we also said yes to obedience to Christ. It hasn’t been easy. There have been so many moments in the last six months when we wanted to play it safe and stay comfortable. We loved our town, our jobs, our people. We were close to family. We bought a house! After all, we had a 2015 full of change, too. And going in to 2016 I told God I wanted this to be a year without a lot of change. Be careful what you tell God. And don’t make a lot of plans. I found out I was pregnant the first week of January. And now we’re here, and again, it’s a story of His faithfulness. We’re settling. We’re making our new city home. We miss our family and our friends, but life is sweet here and our church has welcomed us with beautiful, wide, open arms. Thank you, Adam, for leading our little family through risk and change. This is not a story about our obedience, it’s about His faithfulness.
We’re honored to be yours, Adam. Thanks for the adventure. We love you.

my peeps and me.

We are big picture people. We love documenting our days and exploring different settings. It’s also a fun date idea. We’ve been really fortunate to have incredible photographer friends and this time around, Hannah Harte asked if we’d be interested in taking some pictures in our new/old hometown. AND we got to include our sweet #HattieKersh.

A few thoughts:

  1. Who knew there is cacti here?
  2. Rainy days don’t have to get you down.
  3. Hattie should be a pup model.
  4. Hannah Harte is uber talented and if you’re in need of family photos, headshots, engagement pics or a wedding photog, BOOK HER NOW.

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insufficient, but surrendered.

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I don’t want sufficiency, I want Jesus.

What I’ve realized is that often, the pursuit of sufficiency in in my life looks like clinging to the idea of an adequate solution in the midst of hard moments and working to that end. It’s the idea that I can fix things, or that somehow I have the answers to life’s problems. Lord knows (and everyone else) that’s not the case.

When the waves appear, my natural response is to be tired, anxious, controlling, sensitive and easily offended (in other words, delightful). The waves toss and turn and suddenly I’ve lost sight of the shore. It makes sense. We’re wired for control (ugh), and as long as the shore is in sight, I think I can find a way to get there on my own.

But I have a choice – I can be brave. I can choose to trust in His sufficiency alone. I don’t have to fix it, I don’t have to control it. Letting go is the bravest thing I can do. And that’s when I am bold, confident, sure-footed and calm. Insufficient, but surrendered.

Jesus finds us there- on the shore of His grace.  Some days, it looks like dying to plans, other days it looks like saying no to the daily pursuit of “enough.” And sometimes, my courageous moment is simply accepting that I am not the fixer, but Jesus is.

He calls out on the waves not to leave us there, but to meet Him there.

What do courageous moments look like in your life?

i touch the sky.

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I didn’t realize it has been over a month since I’ve written. As has become the norm, we’ve been gone more than not this month. I always get the urge to blog when I’m on an airplane (hence the title of this post). So, here I am at 30,000 feet with thoughts for days, Hillsong United in my ears (Empires, anyone?) and a heart that’s exploding with gratitude for a Savior who is not only upholding the galaxies, but also ordering my very next step.

Where to this time, you might ask? Or not, but there’s a reason I’m asking if you’re asking….;)

This weekend, Anna Lynn, Brittany and I are going to northern California for a quick 24-hours of whale watching, bowling and great food to celebrate the wrap of the 2015 Aha Moment Tour. I’m always amazed at the stories from the road. Some that stood out to me this year:

  • A little boy in Denver who didn’t know he had a birthday until a local woman delivered presents to him through her charity. Not only did his perspective on life change radically in this moment, but for perhaps the first time ever, he believed he was truly special and worth celebrating.
  • A woman in South Carolina whose life changed radically when she took a bullet for her daughter during a domestic dispute.

There are reasons that an entire team of us spend day in and day out during the months of May to August capturing and telling these stories. They matter. Vulnerability is a responsibility we each bear and a catalyst for positive change. Aha moments are real, defining and trajectory shaping.

I think about where I would be if there weren’t people who came alongside to listen to me — to share in my successes, to process through heartbreaks and to provide the ear I needed in my most vulnerable moments.

That’s what this tour is about. It’s not about another commercial or another advertising campaign. It’s an opportunity for thousands of people from all over the country to come and BE HEARD. There’s common ground, listening ears and a group of people behind the tour who are incredibly passionate about creating a place for stories to be shared and people to be encouraged.

So, if you feel like being inspired or you’re now just wondering what an aha moment is all about, click here.

Do you have an ‘aha moment?’ You probably already figured, but I’d love to hear! 🙂

xox