Monday, April 28, 2014

gifts in hard times

189. remembering your promises when I reel
193. pictures of him - though they make me cry
194. asking the hard questions, knowing you love me anyway
195. big tears 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Seven Years

It's been a wild ride. I have loved God for SEVEN YEARS! Feels like just yesterday and forever all at the same time. I am growing closer to Jesus daily. It is an intimate, challenging and glorious walk...I wouldn't have it any other way. I love you, Lord. Thank you for saving me. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

He loves.

Gratefulness is seriously changing my life! Stopping to see God in the moments? ....I have never felt closer to Him.

146. finding my place in the world - on my knees in the middle of the kitchen - held by grace
150. spending the day with Carolyn, what a gift to my life!
153. do-overs
158. florals - breathing deep
167. click-clack of dress up shoes
172. petals blown in wind

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kelle Hampton or BUST

Kelle Hampton is just as beautiful and lovely in person as she is on her blog!

Kimber and I went to meet her at a book signing on Orcas Island this past Wednesday.

We got there embarrassingly early so we spent the day reading and..well, pretty much loitering.

It was nice to spend so much time together...but I also wish we had remembered the inter-island ferry and gone to explore some other islands in our free time.


we met her!

Goregous, huh?

And just as beautiful in her character and way she changing the world to love people for who they are.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I'm trying to practice patience this week...

...Jack has learned how to walk backwards.

s  l  o  w  l  y

It's equal parts delightfully cute and infuriating.

Takes FOREVER to get anywhere. but every passerby finds it endearing.

Check out my instagram to watch a video of him walking backwards.


Monday, April 7, 2014

scripture changes your life!

I testify: memorizing Scripture changes your life. 

I had heard it, but I didn't believe it until I tasted of the truth myself. I took Ann Voskamp's challenge to memorize 24 verses from the book of John. and those words? They are transforming my heart. 

I didn't think that it would. I didn't think that my soul would hunger for His word. I didn't think that it would sustain me. I didn't think that it would change how I see the world.
Fav spot to put verses? In the bathroom! I spend SO much time in there getting ready in the morning. 

But it did. it does. These words? They satisfy my soul. They teach me about the heart of God. They ground me. They change how I live daily. 

I sit here during nap time to practice my verses and meditate on the words.

"What the heart knows, by heart, is what the heart knows" -Ann Voskamp 

If you want to take the challenge:

The Jesus Project

I have tasted, and I will not go back.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

gratefulness abounds..

90. bubbling child laughter
103. a daddy to hug tight
110. windswept hair 
114. children chasing rainbow
115. prime parking spot when running late 

This? It is changing my life! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

spring break 2014

Four kids, no schedule, long days, starting the week already tired? I was anxious. 

Monday: I could make a scrapbook about Monday. It was picturesque. We flew kites, took long rests, there was no drama or fighting. It was DELIGHTFUL. 

ohhh, but Tuesday? Tuesday was so dramatic. 

J, my two year old buddy, DRANK a bottle of nail polish (hot pink) and half of a container of ACT flouride rinse. Poison control was called. Vomitting happened. Girls panicked. I praised God that he was okay...and for the sweet poison control man. 

oh but wait....


..on our way to the Tulip Festival...we witnessed a car crash on the freeway...well...we were also kind of in it. Semi-truck merges into a car. Car comes spinning towards us...I slam on the brakes and drive all five of us into a ditch.

There were tears from the girls. There were cries of "please don't get back on the road". There were shaking hands. and you know what else? There were many whispers and shouts of "thank you, God" ....everyone was safe. and these kids who I've been witnessing to? ....they praised God. 

I made the forty minute drive to the festival with shaken up quiet kids......none of the tulips had bloomed yet. 

but it turned out that the kids didn't care because there was MUD. so much gloriously messy mud.

some were stripped down for the drive home. 

And Wednsday? ...the worst listening day we have ever had, everyone was tired from nightmares about the car crash, we pushed the "restart" button about fifty times, and the family cat got ran over by a car....