For most of my life, I’ve been pretty crafty. Probably much to my parent’s dismay, I collected every type of crafting thing I could get my hands on. From paints to yarn to paper projects, you name it, I probably tried it. Now that Joey and I’ve owned our own home — a solid 1930’s […]

Jun 19, 2019

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Wow, I can’t believe this day is here already! Our baby boy is ONE!!! I still remember it all so clearly. One year ago (yesterday) I second shot a wedding for a dear friend of mine. At the time I was big and swollen very pregnant. 39 weeks to be exact! That whole wedding day, […]

Mar 18, 2019

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Today I want to dive in a little bit to my love for simplicity and simple things. While I don’t consider myself a full-blown minimalist, I’d say I’ve become more of a “semi-minimalist.” Lately I’ve read some very critical reviews of Marie Kondo’s Netflix special Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I simply don’t agree with […]

Feb 11, 2019

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It’s January and this time of year everybody’s setting goals. Most of those goals, no matter how awesome, are for here and now. I know mine are! Usually I’m trying to figure out what I want to be better at or evaluate what I wasn’t happy with last year. Well, this year I’m trying something […]

Jan 22, 2019

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Oh sweet girl, Two years ago, you made me a mama. These two years have been the hardest, most rewarding years of my life. I look at your sweet face and still can hardly believe I grew you in my body. God is amazing. He gave you your very own looks and personality (though I’m […]

Sep 13, 2018

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After a restless night of anticipation, the day I’d been waiting my whole life for was here. I’m getting married today. The morning quickly became a frenzy of gathering everything and rushing to the most expensive, yet beautiful hair appointment I’ve ever had. Shortly after arriving at Happy Apple Celebrations for our big day, I […]

May 23, 2018

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The morning of our trip to see the state capitol in Des Moines was finally here. There was a late-April chill in the air, so I made sure to put a jacket on before telling my smiling roommate goodbye. I walked out into the chilly morning air to meet Joey, who was once again waiting […]

May 20, 2018

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We were spending every free second together. Talks of the future continued to lay just beneath the surface. In our hearts we knew this quite possibly could be the last dating relationship for both of us. We agreed we wanted to be in this for the long haul: marriage. As mere college freshmen though, we […]

May 17, 2018

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Warmth flowed out of the BMW’s vents. The February cold slowly disappeared and I was finally able to relax in my seat. Joey and I were packed up and ready to hit the road. Our destination: a weekend in Des Moines for our college ministry’s spring retreat. Two days and a series of conference sessions […]

May 10, 2018

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A few weeks into our “talking” stage, it was time for something a little more real. A real one-on-one date with Joey. I dressed up in my best jeans and a cute top. He picked me up in that silver BMW and we headed to the fanciest place two recent high school graduates can afford: […]

May 3, 2018

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