Mama, wife, artist, creative, dreamer! I live in Dallas, Texas with my sweet little fam. We have shared our life and our story online now for 9 years and are grateful for each of you that have walked through so much with us. I love sunshine, pink cupcakes, and the color peach. I equally love my grandma's old quilts, staying in my pj's all day, and encouraging other mamas along the way.
Cooking in my kitchen with the sunlight pouring in, Father of the Bride soundtrack playing while we cook, kids rollerblading around the house in their jammies - I can’t help but just be so grateful for this beautiful life. Thankful every day. All the little moments that add up to create our story.
If you are new around here and see a lot of pretty pictures- know there was much hardship leading here. Financial struggles, a child in the ICU, an autoimmune disease, 4 separate NICU babies, a closed art studio, three miscarriages, high-risk pregnancies and there is even more beyond this list. We have trenched through a lot of hurts to land where you see us today. And we've always clung to finding the beauty in our everyday as we took steps forward.
I have a passion for families, for creativity, and for sharing your gifts. Five years ago when we lost everything and moved in with family…. as I sat at the end of my bed in a 2 bedroom space with the world moving quickly and me just frozen there, I never would have imagined where we would be today. September 15, 2014 I got an email from a woman that I admired online that we would have an opportunity to be a public witness, that we were to be a light in this world. A week later, another email, and then a few days later a text: “Be a light, BIG THINGS, believe big, receive big, dream big and ask big.”
He was actually at my high school graduation but we didn’t meet there! We are four years apart in age, and so even though we both went to the same college, it wasn’t until a few months after my graduation that we ran into each other at a camp reunion. Okay correction: we never actually met that night either! He waited outside the elevator for me and I never came. So he got my number and called me… I remember sitting down at dinner on our first date thinking how incredible his smile was and how I adored his soul. A year later, we were engaged in my art classroom with a bunch of sweet first graders!
When our oldest Aiden was in the NICU, I started this blog to update friends and family. Then about a year after that, this space began to transform into something new: a place to share, a journal, a place to process, a creative outlet, a community.
For as long as I can remember, my biggest dream was to be a mama. It’s been a part of my heart all the way back and now that I am here, it is beyond what I could have ever dreamed.
The letting go. Letting them fly and grow and experience. It breaks my heart in the deepest places. I have never experienced a love like motherhood and it has changed every bit of me.
I would say “be you”. You have something unique to offer the world - share that! Share your authentic true self, your gifts, and step into the purpose that has been uniquely laid out for you. Someone needs to hear what you have to share.
Follow that mama heart. I realized quickly with my first that I needed to do what worked best for us, follow where my heart was leading and I have never looked back.
I remember sitting up in my attic one evening and coming across a blog for the first time. There were beautiful words and incredible photography. I got lost in her space. She was sharing these beautiful raw pieces of herself and there I was: a Texas mama connecting with this mama in New York that I’d never met. The inspiration exploded in me, and the blog was born.
Those everyday moments. The beauty everywhere. We have been through a lot and that will change you, your perspective shifts. Imagine the sun shining through, soup on the stove, the Father of the Bride playlist playing and my 6-year-old doing loops inside on her rollerblades. That’s pure heaven.
It’s a wild story. I never, ever imagined I would fall in love with essential oils. But my health story collided with my gifts and passions and landed me in the most beautiful space. We had just walked through our third loss… my overwhelm/stress/worry was all over the place (hormones and emotions needed support) and I truly thought “what do I have to lose?”. I completely fell in love with the oils and then the stories spilled over into so many areas of my life. As this was happening, I thought, “I have to share this.” I opened up my hands and it’s been the most unbelievable thing ever since.
He is a filmmaker and photographer!
If you are new around here and see a lot of pretty pictures - know there was considerable hardship leading here. Financial struggles, a child in the ICU, an autoimmune disease, four separate NICU babies, a closed art studio, three miscarriages, high-risk pregnancies, and even more beyond this list. We have trenched through a lot of hurts to land where you see us today. And always clung to finding the beauty in our every day as we took steps forward. Remember that you never know where someone is at in their own story. Thankful for what the Lord has done in my heart along the way.
The people. The stories. The connecting. It’s filled sooo many pieces of my heart, it’s truly so special.
I love the apps: Lightroom, Tezza, & VSCO. I mostly use Jaci Marie presets and the Lightroom app!
My kids, my husband. The life we have created, when God is moving in me, my business, my passion for families, my creativity, my heart for dreamers, nature, love, life and loss.
That I am so grateful you are here. Thank you for stepping into this space, thank you for your love/comments/connection. I am soooo glad you are here!