Outfit Round Up for March 2016

So I decided to once or twice a week to start snapping pics of my outfits. As a busy mom I tend to get in a fashion rut and yoga pants take up way too much space in my weekly wear. So here are a few of the fun times I dressed myself up this month :) Outfit Details: Shirt: Sanctuary, Cami: H&M, Jeans: Paige Jeans, Boots: Nine West, Purse: Louis Vuitton, Watch: Apple Watch ... READ FULL POST >>

Loss….and the dance of grief

In December, while cleaning up at my mom's house after the kids had decorated cookies, my mom received a phone call from my Uncle that my Aunt had passed away very unexpectedly that morning. When the phone rings and you take that call, for a brief moment the world stops spinning. We were all there, my two sisters and I, and all of our 6 kiddos were scattered about and we all froze. Shock, ... READ FULL POST >>

Unpacking 2016…

As the days roll forward into a new year and 2015 becomes a distant memory...I keep looking upon my (somewhat) empty calendar lying before me and wonder how I will feel at this time next year. What will 2016 have meant to me? To summarize 2015 in a few words it would be this...moving on. There were ups and downs in 2015. There were seasons I learned a lot about who I am, and seasons I sat in a ... READ FULL POST >>

my one word for 2016….CHOOSE

We are well on our way into the New Year...it's 2016 and I have ushered my littles off to school again for another semester and found my comfortable spot at Starbucks to stop and reflect. 2016 So often we start out each New Year with great goals, "resolutions," great intentions to do great things, and come February we beat ourselves up when we haven't quite made it. In years past I have made ... READ FULL POST >>

I blinked and Thanksgiving was gone…

Wow, I say each year that I feel like time flies, but I am not sure whats happening this year. I'm pretty sure I just packed away last years Christmas decor a few blinks back and here were are....through Thanksgiving and less that two weeks from Christmas. A lot happened in November....my baby turned 6. We celebrated her with a small group of girls at the American Girl Doll Store. They had a ... READ FULL POST >>

Sometimes the Holidays Hurt

The holiday season is upon us I can’t help but think about the family gatherings, the food that is to be shared, and the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells that come at this time of year. With the thought of joyous gatherings comes the reminder of the hurt that can often accompany it. Many experience the disillusionment of family expectations unmet, the hurt of being left out, the reminders of ... READ FULL POST >>

Weekend Recap

Today I just want to write a lighthearted post. I have all these heavy ideas swirling around in my head, but for today, I am sitting here at my local Starbucks, loving listening to the community sitting around me that is strangers become friends and I'm just going to write about our weekend. /// This weekend was relaxing for our family since we had a sick kid at home. Friday Kate's school called ... READ FULL POST >>

Dear 15-year-old Jackie,

Dear 15-year-old Jackie, I look at this picture of you and I remember walking in your skin like it was yesterday, not 19 years ago. There are days I look in the mirror and I still see you, staring back at me. I say half-heartedly that my eyes are broken, but you are ingrained in my memories. I have so many things I want to tell you, but as I look at this picture of you at 15, I want you to know ... READ FULL POST >>

Haters gonna hate

Last week I got a couple of messages on Facebook in regards to my blog posts. It's always funny to me that people can be so bold as to call you out on your personal story, yet they are afraid to do it in a public forum, instead they message you so as not to be seen. I mean, If any of you know me, I am not a fighter and honestly, I just don’t care to expend any energy on haters. It takes a lot to ... READ FULL POST >>

5 things about me on a Monday morning

1.Jesus is my everything. I began a personal relationship with Jesus when I was a sophomore in High School and I truly grow into an understanding of that every single day. I will never understand it all, never hit a point of not always wondering, always learning, and some days still doubting what my head tells me despite what my heart knows to be true. But I have learned His grace is so much ... READ FULL POST >>