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

Finding Magic In Motherhood: Hope After Infant Loss

This week’s feature is from a friend of mine, Waynna LeBrija, a SoCal mama maker and blogger at All Graced Up where she writes faith-based content to the everyday, busy mama about staying present over perfect. She also designs awesome T-shirts with her hubby, and you can shop them here! Their message through their tees is to spread hope and awareness about the abundant love that God has for us despite our imperfections. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about their “why” behind their designs, and to snag one for yourself! She is sharing her story on losing her first child to Trisomy 18 (who would be 8 years old today) and how she found grace, hope, and resilience through loss. Continue reading

What Apartment Life Is Really Like

This is one of my favorite spaces in our mini apartment. Many months were spent in this corner reading books, having game nights with friends, facing challenges in our marriage, and taking naps with Izzy. It’s weird knowing that this is probably the last time we’ll live in an apartment, because our goal is to buy (or rent) a house at this time next year! And though I’m really excited for the possibility of buying our first home, there’s a small part of me that will be nostalgic for apartment life.

Friends, I’ve lived in 6 different apartments in the last 6 years in two different states. That’s a lot of moving, and a lot of roots to put down and pick back up again! There’s something so unique about apartment life that I’ve grown to embrace over the years Continue reading

Finding Magic in Marriage: The Best Way To Overcome Conflict In Marriage

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m welcoming another lovely gal for our Featured Real-Girls Guest Submissions, Melissa Coryell. We connected through Instagram, and one thing that I noticed about her right away is how she strives to connect like-minded women to the truth of the gospel. Her purpose with her newly rebranded blog is to empower and equip other women with the Word so that they will know their worth and remain firmly rooted in their beliefs. Today she will be sharing about how her and her husband discovered early on how to handle marriage conflicts in a healthy and productive way.

One thing you can’t live without? “My Heavenly Father, my handsome and caring husband, my beloved family, my church family (my family of choice), and my grande iced caramel macchiato (not a joke).”

Where and how did you meet your husband? “We met at our church actually! We both started going to Turning Point Church in February of 2014. We met through mutual friends, and started dating in the fall of that same year. The rest is history!”

What advice would you tell your high school self? “I would tell my high school self that there is no such thing as a perfect guy, and to never compare yourself with other girls. Just because you see her “best” moments doesn’t mean you would want her “worst” ones as well. All you see is perfection when you are under the delusional spell of comparison. Be content with you. No one has a replica of the talents that you have, and no one can make a difference the way you can for the Kingdom.”

Thank you Melissa for being a part of our Real-Girls: Wives community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Becoming a wife is a huge transition, and it takes trial and error to figure out the best groove to make your marriage work. Read below for Melissa’s post, and don’t forget to sign up for her weekly devotional at the bottom! Continue reading