Announcement: New Weekly Series On Marriage And Motherhood

I have a big announcement! A new weekly series is starting today, over on my Instagram…

✨THIS IS HOW WE DO: MOTHERHOOD + MARRIAGE✨

We’ve all been there – you’re in the thick of it, and pick up the phone to ask your friends, call your mom, look up Bible verses, Google and search Pinterest – trying to find a clear answer to *thriving* during the daily struggles of balancing marriage, parenting, motherhood, finances, working, time management, friendships, meal prepping, cleaning, going “green”, working out, getting enough sleep….and the first thing you ask or type in is: “how do I do/say/manage/balance/get ____?” Continue reading

Family photos in San Clemente with of dust and light photography

It’s hard to believe that this month our little Elizabeth June turns 19 months old! How has it already been a year and a half of sweet love from our sweet girl?  Watching your tiny baby grow into a toddler is definitely a bittersweet experience. Last year, Izzy started off 2018 as a 6 month old nursing baby…and by the time December came around, she was weaned and walking and talking and had actual hair I could clip back. In case you missed it, I shared a milestone post last week about all the things she can do and say now – click here to check it out ❤

Time flies when you’re a parent – that’s why it’s so important and special for us to have family photos taken 1-2 times a year to document all the amazing milestones we reach together! My dear friend Monika from Of Dust And Light captured these images of us back in November. They were my first “bump” photos, and the last photos we will have done as a family before baby #2 arrives in Spring. Continue reading

My Word To Live By For This Year + 2018 Reflections and 2019 Goals

It’s the first Saturday of the new year! How have your first few days been? I hope you’re thriving and excited for what this year will bring you ❤ I would say that I am, despite this first week of the new year being a poo-show of one hard thing after another (read my Instagram post about what happened here, and find out how I’m “de-fogging” my motherhood goggles). But c’est la vie, I’d rather it all happen now rather than later on in the year!

Do you have a word picked out to live by for 2019? I started doing this last year with my word being intentional, and loved the opportunities it gave me to be more mindful and, well, intentional about the way I live my life in all aspects. This year, my word came to me after experiencing a lot of s t u f f that made me stop and realize I am worth more than I am giving myself credit for. It was high time to embrace feeling enough over feeling unworthy or like I’m always falling short of other’s (and my own) expectations.

word to live by in 2019: enough

The is the first day out of 365 chances for: new adventures / new (and second) chances / ways to make a difference, even if it’s the smallest one / learning when to say no /  realizing your worth / choosing joy / intentional mornings / time to create new passions / making new memories / new friendships / better decisions / opportunities to try something new / refocusing + recentering / rekindling / realizing that you are absolutely positively e n o u g h just as you are.

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5 Important Things Every Married Couple Should Talk About

Maybe your marriage is one where it’s hard to bring up certain subjects, or maybe your marriage is one where you feel like you can talk about anything and everything. John and I have been on both ends of the spectrum, and thankfully we’ve worked hard to stay on the “talk about anything and everything” side! Learning how to be effective communicators will strengthen, sharpen, and deepen your relationship. Especially so after you’ve become parents! Continue reading

How To Be Okay With Being Vulnerable in Friendships

This post was edited for and originally published on WeAreBeautiful.org on August 4, 2018.


Growing up, I was the type of person to totally embrace vulnerability. I had a knack for initiating genuine connections with others by being open and showing a desire to truly know others. In church, my youth pastor would always come to me to make friends with the new girl, or have me introduce her to others. In school, I always approached those who sat alone. And, I made a lot of great friendships this way!

I never wanted anyone to not have someone who knew them and loved them even still. To know that someone wants to make a connection with you, and chooses to sit with you, who wants to know you – this desire for community and relationship is a reflection of what Jesus desires to share with us. And what better way to demonstrate the love that Christ has for us, than to display that same desire to know and to love others?

But building deep friendships is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a lot of trust, a lot of hours spent together, and a lot of vulnerability. Continue reading