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this is going to be a weekly thing i do. i try and write out posts on sunday nights that way it doesn’t take away from time spent living life. but this one is a little different. i got this lovely idea from here (just tweaked it some.)

there are overcast skies.

that spring should hurry up and get here :) along with some sun.

beautiful friends and my family who are caring & thoughtful and make my days a little brighter.

to be content. i am always learning and re-learning this. i have everything that i “need” and not everything that i “want” and i’m ok with that.


to make myself go to the gym this week. as much as i hate working out….i will do it!

leland talking and trying to wake up and parachute playing in the background

nothing at the moment (i need to change that.) but i am watching this.

that i go on a long date with jay very soon!

are little messes. mainly just baby toys all over the floors.

is listening to my husband play the guitar while i work.

appointments, cleaning, picture-taking, book-reading, and hopefully just maybe a date?

a few random pictures i found:


This is such a great idea! I checked out the blog you linked to also. I think I’ll join in. You know, it’s easy to journal about major events, but these are the little snippets of life we’ll want to remember as the years roll on by.

ooo! i think i’m going to do this on my blog, too! :) such a neat little idea! also, i loved what you said about contentment. that’s really been on my heart lately. it’s so hard to get wrapped up in the things that we want…whether it be material or in our relationships (what we want someone to be), but in reality, we have everything we could ever need. it’s difficult sometimes to choose to be grateful…you look around at some people and think “i wish i had what they had” (again, material or relationship-wise), and then you know that there are others who wish that they had what they needed…the things that we already have and take for granted. such a reality check, huh? sorry…did not mean to make this so long! thanks for the inspiration!


LOVE it! “The High Calling of Motherhood,” nice! I joined the Simple Woman’s Daybook before I read the guidelines – woops! Hopefully I will remember to do this next Tuesday. =)

i love this idea! i think i might use it for my blog :) i love what you said about contentment. this has been on my heart so much lately. we always want what we don’t have…whether it’s material things or aspects of a relationship. it’s difficult to choose to be content with what God has given us. we look around at others and want what they have, and then there are others who look at us and need what we have… :) thank you for the inspiration and encouragement! blessings!

i love this!

and thanks so much for sharing on my breastfeeding post, friend!

Tommy Gausman

Arielle….tis funny one of your favorite things is hearing Jay play guitar while u are working aroung the house. I heard “Good ridance” today and told a friend I miss singing with Jay while he played that song. It was Kara’s Graduation Theme song…… too . Just a memory to share………Love MaGe

Tommy Gausman

One more post…..and u know that rare for me. Your said u have all u need but not all you want…….Who could ask for more. So many have less that us. You are blessed for having your need met. So cool you and Jay are working with the youth now…..Love it and am proud of both of you. Even more proud of that beautiful Leland, who is georgious like his MaGe…….LOL you guys are great!!!!

I love this idea :) And your little Leland is sooo adorable!!! One of my favorite things is listening to my hubby play the guitar, too :)

One of my new favorite blogs!! Your style is amazing, I love the look of your blog and the message behind it! My dream is to be a wife, mother and servant of Jesus and you are such a great ( and cool ) example of that. Yay! I’m your newest follower, Danica Keeley Castro. :)

Nice site . :)


since it is almost valentine’s day ♡ and love is in the air (haha) i wanted to post something on purity. purity is not something that we talk about frequently. i’m not sure why but in a generation where sex at 13, pornography, and promiscuity is rampant, i think it’s important more than ever to bring it up. so here i go…

a definition of purity is: freedom from guilt or evil; innocence or physical chastity; cleanness or spotlessness. but there is so much more to it than this. it means being pure in our thoughts, actions, motives….

for the single: i pray that you would hold out and continue waiting for the one God has prepared for you. it is worth waiting, as difficult as it may seem at the moment. keep your heart pure for what God has in store for your future. click here to listen to an encouraging short teaching about praying and patiently waiting.

for those in a relationship/engaged: i pray that purity is something that you hold onto more than ever during this time. i can say from experience, this is one of the most difficult times to truly stay pure in your heart and even physically. but nonetheless, it is extremely worth it. fix your heart on Christ and when you stand there on your wedding day, with a pure heart and conscious- you will have so much joy in knowing that you were faithful.

for the married: (this includes myself) i pray that we continue to honor God and our husband by the way we think and act. i have personally seen the aftermaths and effects of adultery take place in a family and there is nothing more destructive to a marriage. i definitely want to be pure in many areas of life. pure from covetousness, from jealousy, from negative thoughts that should be positive.

i pray that we can be an example to others in this generation. that others would see that we have something different…the light of Christ, with a pure heart devoted to Him.



The great thing about this post is that you can speak from experience. I love how the fruit of it shows in your own life. God gave you a wonderful, patient, God-loving man because you stuck to your convictions. There are always blessings in obedience :) Love the Leslie Ludy clip too :) <3 Mom


Thank you for this.

i’m glad that i stumbled upon your blog… very encouraging! will be following :)

<3 – mia

:) I love this. Im so glad I found your blog.


Hey Lady,
just want to say that I stumbled upon your blog. I’m starting one at the moment. Been thinking of ways to write and share my heart with others. As an interior designer student we constantly thought to think only on design, but I like to think a lot more than that. Love this. You have inspired me. Be blessed. <3

I just stumbled onto your blog and have been enjoying looking around. :) I so appreciate this blog, as a single gal, it’s encouraging to have see someone who is married talk about the value of purity. In society today you tend to feel alone in this area; it’s nice to be reminded you’re not. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

This post was so encouraging for me to read! It was even more encouraging to read all the comments in response to it. Thank you for sharing your heart, I wish more people would.

I’m doing a series on Family Fountain on marriage. I am using a guest poster every Sunday. Would you like to submit this one for the series? I’d be glad to run it. It’s very good.

sunday night.

hope ya’ll had a great weekend! it was a busy one here! we had a football pre-game party for the youth at church, lots of running around, visiting, and hanging out with sweet friends. here’s some pictures from this weekend (well, really just from last night…) :)

oh, leland’s jacket…haha. i did not care for his outfit much at all. but jay wanted him to wear a football outfit so….yeah.

…hahaha. jay looks good. me, not so much. and leland’s face…too funny.


*i finally found out how to put a “google/blogger” follow button thing over there on the left sidebar. <—- woohoo!

Tommy Gausman

The PACK is Back yahoooo GreenBah! Looks like Leland likes his walker chair.

Love MaGe

Looks like you all had a great time yesterday, and how fun having the youth from your church over, Arielle! Bet Leland was the focus of attention, too! :) He is absolutely adorable! Such sweet photos! I need to go back and catch up here … I always enjoy coming by … brings a smile to my heart! :) We had a good weekend, ourselves.

Glad you found out how to put the ‘follow’ gadget on your site, too! I’ve been discovering a few things as I’ve been playing around with the design section of my photography site while I was changing things up … that sense of accomplishment sure feels good!! :) I would love to find out how you got that special font onto your side bar, it’s really pretty. I have one I’d like to use over my whole site, even in the posts, but still haven’t figured out how to get it on there just yet … there’s so much to learn about website design … confusing sometimes, and sure can be time consuming, but it is fun being creative! You have a blessed week, and I’ll look forward to more of your beautiful journey, and ‘life with Leland’!

Blessings to you, Arielle! ~ Deborah

fun! :)

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.
Have a nice day!

Beautiful family! Thanks for stopping by. I love meeting new blogging friends:) Your pictures are awesome! I jumped over to your photography website. Great work.

Leland is so darn cute! Looks like you all had a very fun Sunday!

Wendie Fauerbach

Dear Arielle, Your pictures are Beautiful thanks for shairing them. Congratulations on Leland he is truely a reason to smile. Life means so much more having memories to share at this joyous time of year. May the joys for parenting bring you & Jay closer to the Lord. Thank you for shairing your joy have a good day & may the Lord bless and keep you two safe with that little miracle of yours Leland. Wendie Fauerbach

little expressions.

i bought this little giraffe hat for leland from the gap outlet for $1.99. (it is pretty much not a good thing that we live so close to a gap outlet. like five little minutes away! to be honest, it can be quite tempting to go and look. i go and look and usually find some things i want to buy but don’t need to buy.) but i did need to buy this little hat, because it’s just so cute! these pictures really made me laugh…love these little expressions!

getting a little frustrated…

now getting a little upset…

oh! getting ready…

…there he goes! takin’ care of business. hahaha.

have a beautiful sunday!



That hat! Oh my goodness… I love it! His face in the 6th picture looks like one he was making last time we were at Starbucks. Too cute. :)


aww those are too funny! thanks for sharing! =)

Tommy Gausman

Tooooo! Cute

Love MaGe

So, so cute!!

Little ones are the best.


Rebekah Stone

haha that last picture is SO funny! :)

photo outtakes.

i’ve been trying to update my photography website, so i asked jay to take a couple pictures of me for my about page. i let him use my camera (AHH!) for a couple of minutes to do so. anywhoo, here’s a few of them. the location reminds me of germany or a countryside in europe. (…i wish! but really this is just next door to the neighborhood i live in.) i feel a little strange for posting a few pictures of myself but eh, oh well. just enjoy the pretty scenery :)

…take one, haha.

the end!



Love these, Arielle. Jay did a good job! ;)


thanks kristin :) ha ha…he did, especially for only using the camera a couple times!


Give Jay a high-five!! I really like the one of you looking into your camera!


Hello there!
I cannot believe you said you wish this was germany,haha.i do live in germany and i wish i wouldn’t.we couls swap if ya like,hah!!
You are an amazingly pretty girl and i really enjoy your blog :)


aw thank you! :)

Arielle, I’m so happy I stumbled upon your beautiful blog. I love these rustic images. And, what adorable baby pictures!

first, you are truly gorgeous. second, i’m smitten with your boots! i’ve been on the hunt for the a pair of brown boots and these ones are perfect!


thank you so much dear! aw, the boots are so comfortable…i love them ( <3

that little smile.

…that little smile! doesn’t he look like a little man? hee hee. waking up to little baby coos, smiles, and baby talking has definitely been one of the most adorable things about having a little one. even though he’s teething some, he’s been talking and laughing more…which is so much fun. so here he is in his sweater and sperrys, smilin’ away..



SO precious! i love his sweater. :)


He is so adorable!!

He has the sweetest little smile! And I love his sweater! ha :)

they don’t come much cuter than that! :)

no joke, he is one of the CUTEST babies i have ever seen! love his little man sweater! xx

What a happy little guy!


Sooo cute!
New follower!
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what a handsome little man! he’s absolutely adorable :) and i especially love that first pic. lovely blog you have here!


aw…haha, thank you so much kara! :)