Thoughts on Things | Our Country, Telanti Gelato and Maker’s Market

1.  My heart has been so heavy lately with the events that have occurred in our nation. Broken for many brothers and sisters who fear for their lives. Broken for the world my son will grow up in. Broken for the darkness that seems so loud. But, there is a beautiful promise and hope we have. Hope in His word, His life and His love. 2 Chronicles – “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” May we humble ourselves. May we love our brothers and sisters. May God heal our land. 2. I’ve recently tried some fun summer recipes and I am no chef by any means, but I have really enjoyed coming up with healthy and fun recipes for our family. I am going to share some of my favorites with you all soon! But in the meantime, if you have something yummy, light and healthy you love…

Read more

2015 Recap…Looking ahead | Thoughts on Things

2015 has been one for the books. Literally, I think I could have written a book. January – We had a rough start. New Years Eve last year, Ian and I were both passed out on the couch with a terrible flu. We rang in the new year with miso soup and antibiotics. Three days later, we found out I was pregnant with a baby due in September. February – A month later, we lost our little love due to a miscarriage. February was incredibly rough as we moved out of our home for renovations during a time of grief and physical recovery, but at the same time, my faith and hope grew so much during that period. I learned to release control for the first time ever and give myself a break at always trying to keep the “plan” together. March – In March, Ian and I prayed over the possibility of him starting a new venture and leaving the “security” of his corporate job. I have always been risk averse, but God had worked so much on my…

Read more

Thoughts on Things: Keeping My Eyes Above the Waves

Some days my feet are in the ocean and there is a warm breeze with peace and comfort. Other days, the wind is knocked out of me. Wave after wave of grief and anxiety hit me. The vacant room we had painted for our baby. Walking by the baby section at Target. The uncertainty of what will be next for our family. I don’t think I fully understood how little control I would have over my body after a miscarriage. I told Ian I felt like a walking bag of tears. I would be in the middle of working on something and then all of a sudden just lose it. Some things I could hear or see and be perfectly fine with, and others would break my heart again. A friend who has experienced a similar loss, referred to these moments as waves and there was nothing I could do to stop them.  Although the time between them may grow longer, I would have no control over when they hit me. What matters is what I did when they hit. Did I trust when…

Read more

Thoughts on Things | The Beginning of 2015

We have been working on some home renovations the past few weeks, which means our house is not in a “home-y” state and doesn’t feel all that welcoming. I joke with Ian that my clothes are spread out between three different rooms so it takes me three times as long to get ready now ;). But, amidst all the craziness, I wanted to share my current random assortment of thoughts. Isaiah 43 and 26 have been my anchor lately. Ian and I have dealt with some pretty intense pain the past two months, and I honestly don’t know how I would get by if I didn’t have hope in who God is. Regardless of how difficult any situation is for me, He knows best and has His hand on my life. It’s easy for me to get caught up in comparison of where my life is in contrast with others, or why I am experiencing pain but they are receiving blessings. It’s also easy to feel sorry for myself. But I have to remember that we are graced for our particular race. God often has…

Read more

Thoughts on Things | Hanx Writer, Sense & Bradley Castañeda

So my lists will probably consist more of cool gadgets, apps, productivity things I’m trying and so on. Enjoy! Hanx Writer App. I’m not a writer, nor do I claim to be, but a recent iPad app Tom Hanks released makes me want to be one… In my efforts of balancing a digital and analog life, I’m always trying to find ways to either completely remove technology from what I’m doing, or finding that happy medium. The Hanx Writer app fits those parameters for me. It’s basically just a typewriter app for your iPad, but what makes it different, other than Tom Hanks creating it, are the genuine sounds and interactions. It’s beautiful. I’ve started writing a book with it. Seriously. Sense by Hello. I backed this project last month and can’t wait to receive it later this year. I love finding things on Kickstarter to fund for many reasons. It’s great to be a part of something from the startup and usually cheaper to help fund something now than later when the price goes up. Bradley Castañeda. I follow a lot of…

Read more