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when the light shines through.


This morning I woke up feeling so defeated, so I started to pray and the tears just started flowing. The past couple years, there have been really low valleys in my life, and also some really beautiful times. And I’m grateful for both of them. My heart has hurt, but it has also loved immensely.

 “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

I have felt pressed on every side, but my faith has been strengthened greatly. Even through the ups and downs, the crap, and disappointment- I know the Lord has been there. I’ve seen His faithfulness. I feel like I’ve always had kind of a strong faith, but after having kids- you get busy, you know? You pray when you can…but still, it’s just a totally different season. The last couple years brought me back to a place where I really have had to say “Jesus, where are you?” It has made me press in- and press on, and I’m thankful for that. Jay and I are so ready for a new season in our lives and I see it coming. Freedom. I’m eager for what God has in store. We have prayed for a light to shine through when we couldn’t see the road ahead and I’m grateful for answered prayers. I finally see the light starting to shining through…    (to be continued..)


(I’ve listened to this song over and over lately <3 )


Praying for you sweet friend – whatever you may be going through x

it’s a…

It’s a girl!!! Eeeek, we are so excited! Jay and I took the kids with us to the ultrasound and they loved it! I am so happy we brought them along with us, it made it so special. Leland guessed that it was a girl from the very beginning and he was right! On the way to our appointment, Reagan started singing “sister time” (it’s from Elena a Disney show) and Jay and I were like “what?!” Ha ha I guess she wanted a sister, too! More than anything, I am thankful for a healthy pregnancy. I’m grateful that we’ll have two boys, and two girls- what a blessing! I did have boy names all picked out and ready to go- but I have no idea on a girl name! Ah! It’s so hard, no clue…we have time though ;) We can’t wait to meet you baby girl!


Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! Four is so fun and it’s great to have two of each. I have two of each and am pregnant now with our tie-breaker!

SO SO happy for you and your sweet family – perfect little princess to complete your family x

peony blooms.

A couple of weeks ago, I took some of the peonies that bloomed in our yard and Reagan to a field by our house. She really loved the peonies (but didn’t like the “ladybugs” aka ants- that were all over them!) I want to always look back on these photos and remember Reagan at this stage- 2.5- one of my favorite ages. Full of innocence and joy (and a lot of spunk!) I’m so excited for her to be a big sister and an older sibling like her brothers, but for now I’m soaking up the time I have with her being the youngest :)

Peonies are just so beautiful! I was so happy a second Peony I planted a couple years ago bloomed this year!


joy in motherhood.

Growing up, it wasn’t necessarily my number one dream to be a mom. I mean, I babysat growing up and liked kids but I was just a different type of person I guess. So when we got pregnant with Leland three months after being married, my world was shaken to the core. I will never forget it, I was completely shocked. Since then, of course, things have changed and I would never change the way things happened. Staying at home with Leland when I was 20-21 while my peers were away at college was so interesting…I wrestled with it a lot. I matured and grew and God shaped me (Jay and I both.) Now, I am so grateful to stay home with these three and I find it a joy but it wasn’t always this way!

Now I wake up to these three, everyday, and everyday I find it a privilege and a joy- I really do. Being there mom is a full time job- no doubt about it. It’s work but it’s beautiful. It’s hard but its rewarding. It can be frustrating but it is also so fun. I’m soaking up these days while I can, because they really do go so quickly :)


 “Remember that the consequences of mothering well are truly great. You have this opportunity to ingrain love, righteousness, and faith into the very depths of your children’s souls. Such potential influence is in your hands. God’s Spirit will give wind to your wings and He will bless you as you embrace these ideals for His glory.” Sarah Mae


It may not have always been the case but you are one amazing mama now, and so excited for your precious bundle on the way – they are lucky kiddies x

a little announcement!

A week or so ago, we announced that we are expecting baby #4! I was a little nervous to announce, but we are truly so excited. The kids are ecstatic, they really are so excited. We are so, so grateful for the encouragement that we’ve received so far. I’m praying for a healthy pregnancy, and I’m so grateful to be pregnant during the summer months! (When you’re pregnant in the spring/summer and beginning of fall I feel like there are so many more opportunities to stay active and be outdoors.) Eeek, we are so excited!



SO SO excited for you all – CONGRATULATIONS again!1

Great news! Congratulations !

north carolina trip.

Over Leland’s spring break we took a quick trip to North Carolina- it was beautiful! We rented a house through Airbnb and spent a day at the Biltmore, and did things around Asheville. We took the kids to dig “jewels” and they loved it! The Biltmore was gorgeous as usual, and everything was blooming- especially the tulips! Leland loved reading all of the signs around the house about the history and what happened when. I thought the kids might be a little young to take, but they ended up really loving it! They got to eat ice cream at the village, and they visited the little petting zoo there too. On the last day, we took a hike up to Max Patch which was so beautiful! Mountain views in all directions. Here’s a few photos from our trip! :)

The kids loved running around everywhere around the Biltmore!

I had to stop and take a photo of these Canola fields- so neat!

Our little hike up to Max Patch…

…thankful for these three! I’m glad they like to travel as much as we do :)