Baby Number Two

mom dad and baby at the beach

We already shared our big announcement last week with friends and family, just in time for Halloween  — so in case you missed it on social media, SURPRISE! We’re expecting our second baby, due in May 2019!!! We want to have three kids total, maaaaaybe four depending on what genders we get. John jokingly told me he’s afraid of being outnumbered if we have another girl, but that secretly he really enjoys being a girl dad and wouldn’t mind another daughter. 😉

We’ve had this idea for a long time that we wanted at least two of our kids to be close in age so they could grow up together as best friends and have someone to play with. When our next one is born, they will be 22 months apart! We can’t wait to meet him/her…and to find out if our baby is a him or a her!

The announcement: how we revealed our second pregnancy

I would have done something a bit more elaborate for our pregnancy announcement, but Continue reading

Finding Magic In Motherhood: How Becoming A Mom Gave Me A Fresh Start

This week’s feature is from Valeska, a mama blogger at Sincerely Vee Blog. On her blog, she shares inspiration, encouragement, and truth to mamas seeking to widen their community of support, deepen their faith, and find hope + strength throughout motherhood. Today, she is sharing her story on how she became a new person, inside and out, after she became a mama – despite her hard upbringing.

Movie you wish you could live out:Eat Pray Love. Okay, I read this book and saw the movie before I was married, but I still wish I had lived the adventures she did in this movie!”

Favorite Royal Couple: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle duh! To be honest, before the royal wedding I really didn’t care about what was going on…but then I binged watched every royal documentary on Netflix after their wedding and loved the magic that royal weddings have! I still wish I could be a real life princess.”

Coffee or tea:  “Coffee coffee coffee. Need I say more?”

Thank you Valeska for being a part of our Real-Girls: Mothers community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Read below for Valeska’s post on experiencing the healing love of Christ through motherhood, and how it shaped her perspective on being a mama. Continue reading

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

40 Fall Family Activities for Warm Climates

I love everything about Fall – it’s my favorite season! I love having a fire burning, cozying up in a big chair under a blanket, making cookies and watching the leaves fall outside. But the only time I’ve ever been able to experience real fall weather like that was during those glorious years I lived in Washington state! I went apple picking, bundled up in layers, saw the leaves change colors and fall from trees, and even taught myself to crochet my own scarves. It was great.

Now that I’m back in San Diego where I grew up, the only “Fall” experience we get is if we have the AC on high and burn a scented candle, pretending it’s not still 80 degrees outside. Heck, the leaves don’t even change around here! And, you can still find people at the beach in December and January. This might sound like the perfect place to live for some, but for those of us who crave seasons and snow days, not so much. Ha!

There are still plenty of ways to make the most out of Fall if you live in a warm city that doesn’t get seasons, and lucky for us my blogger friend Lydia from Being Mrs. McIntosh made a list of 40 things to do if you live in a warm climate that I’m sharing with you all today! Continue reading