Thoughts on Things: Boundaries with other people, Love and Hate and Casual Fridays

Hey Everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a thoughts on things post. I’ve considered sharing what I’ve been learning about boundaries with you for a while. I even considered writing a whole blog post on it. But honestly, I’ve struggled with boundaries the majority of my life and felt like I needed to just sit on what I’ve been learning instead of trying to explain all the revelations I’ve had. Let me rewind… Total transparency here, please take what you read and know that it’s coming from a place of vulnerability and openness because I do not have it all together. Boundaries Last year, I was struggling with some stomach issues. I lost quite a bit of weight and kept needing blood tests to see if it was from abnormal hormones, thyroid issues, etc. We could never find any answers. I had a doctor tell me it was due to unconscious stress, and I was like, “Yeah, well I am actually pretty happy. So I don’t think that’s it…” Well, when every door seemed to be shutting in my face and…

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Thoughts on Things: Social Media Babies, Hands Free Fashion and Trends I Love

So one of my sweet friends on Instagram shared a post on social media babies and how this will be the first generation to ever grow up with cameras in their face at all time and every single part of their lives being documented on iPhones and often through social media. To be honest, it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to and Ian and I have talked about before. We have a few friends who don’t share about their children at all on social media, no photos at all, and others who document bare booties and glorious details of real life and the moments in between. I personally don’t think either is wrong, because each of us have our own ideas of what parenting should look like and ideas of how we should be raising our kids. I am sure social media will affect our children, just like it’s affected us, if we are all being completely honest here. For some of us, it’s impacted us in a completely positive way. Some have built businesses, met friends, created a digital journal their…

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Thoughts on Things: Current Favorites and Forgotten Photos

The other day I was scrolling through photos on my phone, and I realized I had never shared these photos with you all. I am still all googly eyed over my boys in their cute matching ties from ZUZU. We took these on Valentine’s Day after church and Cove did not want to sit still, as you can probably tell. I love these pictures of the two of them together. You can see so much similarities in their eyes. Also, what are your thoughts on the nineties trends coming back so quick? I had to admit it brought back nostalgia of grade school when I put my lace cami on over a tee, but I really like it. Plus, it’s so much more practical for me as a mom. I’m loving these slip dresses here and here too. I can’t wait to pair them with some vans and my favorite choker from The Curly Haired Fox for a casual look (When I am I not going for a casual look though? haha). You guys know how much I love my oils. Well, I…

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The Happy Things

It’s officially the love month and my birthday month! We’ve got a lot going on but I’m looking forward to all of it. If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you may have seen that two years ago at the beginning of February we were in the emergency room finding out that our first baby’s heart had stopped beating. A year ago I was struggling with postpartum and unsure of how to handle it without taking any medication, and three years ago we were dealing with some pretty heavy family illnesses and I was basically sick the entire month. I say all of that not to throw myself a pity party, but to let you know that this month I’m really going into it with a heart of openness instead of fear that it will be like years past. I recently read a book called Hope Heals about a family that’s gone through more than I could possibly imagine and way worse than any of my problems compare. I wanted to share one of the quotes that really…

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2016 RECAP: Thoughts on Things

I can’t wait to see the path these three sets of feet get to take together in 2017. Last year, 2015, left such a strong mark on our lives with 2016 being a year of excitement and so much growth. Another year has come and gone where we made plans, but God had other things in mind. In the most beautiful of ways, He revealed how His plan was far better than what we could have ever imagined. 

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Thoughts on Things | Being Present, Pikes and Magnolia Story

We recently took Cove to Pikes to look at some of the garland and wreaths and he went crazy. If I would have known that Pikes would result in that much joy, we would have gone everyday last week. He kept finding branches and made friends with a few of the employees. No joke, we probably stayed there for over half an hour just letting him walk around and giggle. Just a little over a year ago we were waiting on his arrival and picking up our tree. You may remember seeing the pictures of me waddling around here. I recently finished the The Magnolia Story (which I am obsessed with).I loved how Joanna shared how she had an epiphany where she realized that working to obtain perfection made her miss out on letting her kids be kids. It made me reconsider the moments like the ones we had a Pikes where I might be in a rush and don’t let him experience things to the fullest. Or I miss soaking in all the fun he is having because I am too…

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Thoughts on Things | iOS 10, Joy and Enchilada Soup

Although I am not sold on needing the new iPhone, I do like the new software update. All the updates to iMessages have been really fun. I guess that’s the total nerd in me. Ian and I spent like an hour after Cove went to sleep just texting each other back and forth, sending gifs, heart beats, drawings, etc. I am also totally grateful for the updates to Maps. Well, to be honest, I never used Maps before because of all the glitches, so now I probably will.

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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…

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