• GOING SIMPLE :: Getting Started :: Building a Community

    Laying in bed last night, I felt the strongest conviction. All these emotions came up. About where I started as a mom, and a wife. As a woman. And where I am now. So much work to do still. But I feel like I’m finally settling in to my jeans. You know? Like a really nice pair of jeans. Where they fit great, they’re breaking in in all the right places. And your confidence starts to get downright dangerous. If you’re an office fan, think Michael Scott in his jeans. Girl, that’s how I’m feeling about LIFE right now. And it’s not that I came here to toot my own…

  • PARENTING :: Time and Space

    This morning in my yoga class, the teacher asked us to inwardly acknowledge why we came to class today. A common practice in yoga. Normally I give myself a generic answer. Because I just can’t get past that surface level vibe until I’m about three downward dogs in. But today was a little different. Time. Space. Time and Space. And I repeated it to myself a few times. I am worthy of time and space. And man, did that really resonate with me. All the talk last week of self care, mixed with my current reads: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, and Rest by Thrive Moms,…

  • PARENTING :: love

    What a great way to end this series. I’ve been thinking about while I’m reconnecting now, the guilt of having drifted for such a long season. A LONG season. I’d touch base here and there but I’d lost consistency, the borders got fuzzy, you know. But today, today’s reminder that God’s borders never get fuzzy. What a doozy. I mean, I’ve known this, but something about reading it this morning kind of sweeps away the guilt I’ve been feeling and gives me courage to move forward in this direction I’m headed. He’s always been there. Molding me. Nudging me. Encouraging me. Listening to me. His will has always been in…

  • PARENTING :: humility+pride

    Last night I fell asleep thinking about how very important to me it is to teach our girls to be humble. Above anything else, it’s really my number one quality to instill in them. I sat on it, thought about it, and prayed on it up until I fell asleep. And then this morning’s devotion was about, you guessed it, HUMILITY. Well that was about enough to send shivers down my spine. But for real talk, if I can teach my children one thing, to be humble in all they do, receive and give. Then I will consider this job done well. Any other humility seekers out there? 🙋🏻‍♀️ So…

  • PARENTING :: expectations

    It’s hard for me to write today’s post because it’s a large self admission of failure. And who wants to openly admit they’ve failed?! And failed. And failed. But I feel so compelled to share because if I’m struggling through this, I know others are too. Today’s devotional in the #nomoreperfectmoms series hit me like a ton of bricks. Because yesterday was a day. My toddler has entered the “do it myself” phase. Which, while super exciting and such a huge milestone for her, is literal torture for me. One of my biggest struggles in motherhood is letting go of my ideal, and allowing my children to lead the way…

  • PARENTING :: confidence

    Insecurity keeps us looking at other women, longing to be who they are: more creative, skinnier, smarter, more patient, a better cook … Confidence happens when we embrace our strengths and our weaknesses. We see them as a fingerprint of who we are designed to be. We find contentment in being who we are, not who we aren’t. No More perfect moms, YouVersion Ugh. This part hits hard, Mama’s, AMIRIGHT?! Why is it so hard to focus on our own strengths? For me, it’s because it feels like a fine line between cocky confidence and humble confidence. So instead I revert to self pity, doubt, and insecurity. Especially where I’ve…

  • READ :: It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way

    To preface: I’m not going through a crisis in my current season of life. We have no struggles with infidelity. I’m not fighting any major battles health wise, or the like. I share none of the major storylines of this book. I’m somewhere in that in between phase, stuck in the middle of the high highs, and the low lows. And for me, this is one of the scarier spots to be. Because I fear the unknown of what’s next. Will it be an amazing opportunity for our family? Or will a heart wrenching catastrophe be on the horizon. The inability to control the unknown is a major fear for…