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    to my year and a half year old

    My dear sunshine girl, I was just talking with your dad about how you practically had no personality until you were over one and now all the sudden you are EXPLODING with the cutest little personality ever! I want to document it through my eyes because time is so fleeting and I want to remember my little love forever. First and foremost, you are your dad reincarnate! You are such an extrovert just like him, you like to take apart things and try and put them back together, you are a hugger, you love to be at church, you are a thinker, you are a tinker,  you look just like…

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    2018

    With the beginning of the new year comes high hopes and expectations. There is so much to be excited for! 2017 was a time of humbling, learning, refining and trusting. This year I’m taking what I’ve learned from the former and running into it without fear and arms open wide! My heart takes leaps when I think about the year ahead and I just can’t keep it to myself! So here are the top three things that I’m most anxiously anticipating.   ADOPTION Let me tell you a little bit about my heart for adoption. Ever since I was young, I knew I would adopt. My little sister was adopted…

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    Sweet Annie

    I’ve mentioned before that I someday I’d really like to fancy myself a photographer, welp…thanks to a ton of YouTube videos, my husband’s wealth of knowledge and through trial and error, I’ve been slowly but surely learning how to use my camera! Over Christmas vacation while at my parent’s house, I’ve gotten to take advantage of practicing my hand at photography by forcing my family to be my models. My sister is at a really sweet stage of motherhood right now where she is just so enraptured with love for her precious baby girl, that I really wanted to capture that fierce love on camera for her. The joys of…

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    2017

    This year. This last year was…trying… to say the least. It was simultaneously the hardest and also most rewarding year I’ve lived. 2017 started in high hopes for me. Josh was finishing up his last semester at Talbot, I was making new mom friends and we were starting out our search for a new job for Josh. We LOVED our ministry in Long Beach so much, but knew that God was calling us to something new. We had always hoped that once Josh finished his Masters, we would be free to move closer to my family. It was perfect timing to move back home because now we had a kid. It…

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    T’is the Season

    My husband, Josh, is a pastor and I am often both inspired and impressed with his ability to look at the stories of the Bible and shine a light on a different perspective that isn’t so obvious. Last night was one of those nights. He was talking about the birth of Christ. We all know it. If we turn to Luke 2:1-6, we see an overview of how it went down. Joseph and his very pregnant fiance, Mary, had to go to Nazareth to be registered because the king decreed that everyone be registered in their hometown. When they finally arrived, it came time for Mary to give birth, but…

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    Fall family photos 2017

    I’m the one in my family that is always worried about capturing memories through a lens. I constantly make my family stop to take a photo when we are all together. It can definitely get on their nerves, but hey…we have a lot of great photos, thanks to me. I’d like to fancy myself a photographer, but sadly that is not the case. My dear husband is the one lugging around the camera and taking photos of everything I point out. I guess you could call me the photo director? I just like to pose people and I think I know what looks good. Someday I would like to discipline…

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    What we’ve been up to

    The past few months have been a whirlwind, to say the least. We moved from SoCal to NorCal and have been trying to get settled in whilst jumping into a new ministry head first. I finally feel like this is place becoming home, even though I still miss Long Beach, my friends, The Way and Disneyland like crazy! So I thought I’d give a little overview of what we’ve been up to. Josh has been super busy and productive with heading up the Jr. High, High School and college ministries at our new church. He’s done everything from tearing down and building up the HS room with a modern and…

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    Gizdich Ranch

    One of the cool things about moving to a new city is that you get to explore! Since I’m desperate for it to feel like fall, we took a trip to an apple farm called Gizdich ranch! It was so cute and gave me all the fall feels, complete with its orchards of apples to pick and quaint little pie shop. I will say, that piece of pie was the best I’ve ever had! Look how cute my apple baby is : )

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    Bloom where you’re planted

    Bloom where you are planted. My old small group girls are all too familiar with this phrase. It was the advice I always gave them, my nugget of wisdom, my mantra. One of them (I love you H) even used this as her senior quote in her yearbook and quoted me…bless her soul. I by no means came up with this quote, although it made me feel way too cool seeing my name at the end of a quote in a hard covered book. Rather, I heard it in a sermon given at the Joshua Wilderness Institute, a discipleship college I attended at 19. The speaker was instructing us that wherever God has…

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    Here’s to you, Selah True

    To my darling daughter, Happy birthday! I cannot believe my baby is now a whole year old! This feels like such a momentous occasion and I want to honor it with gusto! I want to shower you with gifts and love and make you feel exquisite today. I want to throw you a magnificent party filled with everyone who’s life you’ve graced with your intoxicating smile. I want to write you an eloquent poem filled with flowery language and charming truths. I want to bake you the most decadent cake with vibrant colors and new tastes for you to discover. I want to shout from the rooftops how much I…