Posts in Personal
Approaching Motherhood

One thing I have always been an advocate for is not rushing it. Don’t rush your dreams because they need cultivation. Own where you are at and stay true to yourself. I’ve never been one to fit an expected timeline and approaching motherhood at 35 was no exception. Honestly, it wasn’t something I really felt comfortable with right up until about a year ago. Everyone has a different story for why and when they become mothers.

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Yosemite National Park, CA

Coming to Yosemite National Park in CA again was such a wonderful highlight of our trip. We ended up staying two hours outside the park, but still came to visit a second day. These are a few of the popular spots in and around the valley that we enjoy. I would love to go back for a whole week and camp out. I want to see Mono Lake especially.

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My 2019 Goals For This Blog

Deep down I think we all really do know ourselves. I have been wanting to write this post for quite some time, but it wasn’t till I knew exactly what I wanted to say that I said, “Yes! This is it.” So today, I am going to share my voice. I have been struggling for the past two years trying to figure out what I actually want to share publicly. I love story writing, sharing images, and connecting with others who take knew ideas I hadn’t even thought of from what I put out there.

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Grounding Yourself For More

When I am in conversation, I have the tendency to explain a concept in a long winded way. I strongly admire my husband for his ability to say few words and hit the nail on the head. I believe it is because he is good with words. Learning a new word that defines a whole concept and being able to explain your thoughts is where it’s at. The latest simple word I’ve learned fully (I kinda knew what it was before), is the term being grounded.

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Crater Lake National Park, OR

Visiting Crater Lake National Park is one of those places that really challenges your perspective of space and distance. Before arriving, everything is pretty desolate and so upon coming to the edge you are immediately put in awe. Such a deep blue! And HUGE. I couldn’t really figure out how big it was until I saw a power boat the first time we came (this was our second). We barely made it in time before dark and so the lighting was full of contrast and drama. We parked at the visitor center, so if you ever wish to see these views you’ll know where to go!

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Chris's Studio Progress TOUR (Before + After)

When I first started working on painting our home, I was pumped. When you first see a home that has a ton of potential, you immediately want to get working so that you can show others what you were envisioning. Painting was the first step in making this happen, for us. The walls in our new home were dirty and grayed, as I described in our story of how we found our home. Millions of holes had to be patched after removing hooks, screws, and anchors from shelving. I wanted to see the blank slate. After only a few months, I'd painted 80% of this 2800 square foot house. Sometimes I get focused. This was one of those times.

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Peanut Butter + Banana Maca Smoothie

So I am back home after 3.5 weeks being on the road and eating out all the time. Yikes! My body is crying out for fresh veggies and fruits! I am also excited to be back so that I can share with you more home and recipe stuff. I learned a lot on the road and hope to share more tips about hospitality in the future. Today, though, I want to share this smoothie I whipped up after craving more fruit and wanting a pick me up. 

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The Story of How We Found Our Home

One of the main reasons I wanted to keep this blog going, after almost a year of it sitting here, was because I have become pretty passionate about sharing how I am working towards making our new home a safe and restful place for our family and guests. A big reason why we thought this was the "perfect" home for us was the fact that it fit many of the ministries we are pretty passionate about. One of those being having people over. 

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