Sunday, February 17, 2019

THE WEEKLY: feb 11th - feb 17th.





  S N A P S H O T S  

-  cake donuts are too delicious.
-  this kid.
-  writing.
-  i've successfully kept these alive for two months!


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

i am determined to recap each week, but there just wasn't a lot of happenings this week. it was a typical work week. jared clocked in fifteen hours of overtime. we had some icy weather on friday. i went to aldi on saturday and ran in to a long-time reader of my blog. (seriously so cool. i forget that people actually still read this sometimes!)

i set two goals for the week, and i sort of accomplished them? first was to nail down my enneagram number. what i do know is that i'm not a 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 8. so that leaves 4, 6, 9. progress. and the second goal was to find my next book to read. after no luck with finding books that didn't have twelve thousand holds, i settled on the woman in the window because it was on my kindle.  



   L E S S O N S  +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  sunflower seed butter tastes delicious!

-  instead of letting the clean laundry sit in/on the dryer, i separate it into three baskets (jared's, mine + jackson's). i'll put the baskets in our bedrooms so that i can put the clothes away at the end of the day. i have a bad habit of just leaving the clothes in the dryer, so this helps keep the clutter at bay.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE WEEKLY: feb 4th - feb 10th.





  S N A P S H O T S  

-  myriad botanical gardens.
-  madagascar rose latte.
-  my love.
-  trader joe's flowers.


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

-  we had three straight mornings of icy weather. before i married jared, i never drove in bad weather, so it's always a big deal when i have to do it now.

-  jared + i took an overnight trip to OKC on friday. jackson stayed with my parents and had so much fun. we stayed at a ballllller hotel, drank so much coffee, visited the botanical gardens, watched aqua man, and stopped by trader joe's! it was so much fun for us to get away, even if it was only for a short time.

-  i finished the wondering years by know mccoy. i give it a solid four stars.



   L E S S O N S   +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  trader joe's is everything i imagined it to be.

-  i should really start writing things down because i can't remember anything that happened this week. LOL.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

THE WEEKLY: jan 28th - feb 3rd.





  S N A P S H O T S  

-  exploring
-  sunrise on my way to work
-  cake donut at work
-  winter nature


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

-  i was featured on wichita life ICT this week!

-  we ventured out of the house on saturday to take in the delightful weather. after a bitter cold week, sunshine + fresh air were exactly what we needed!

-  jackson woke up, so jared was in his room getting him changed, and i heard him say, "oh no." call it whatever you want, but i already knew what he was talking about. i felt his "oh no" all the way in my bones. LOL. jackson had thrown up sometime in the night. he never cried for us because it had been there for a while. at the time i'm typing this, he has been totally fine. jared + i have dreaded the day he gets a stomach virus, so hopefully this isn't that.



   L E S S O N S   +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  "what is right/working for us at this very moment?" -- this is a great viewpoint for motherhood or really any season of life. sometimes i can be so focused on what "should be" or what i think something should look like, but looking at what works for our family at this moment instead of looking ahead or around at other people is better for me + us.

-  i challenged myself to read before bed each night instead of scrolling mindlessly on my phone or watching tv. i love reading, but sometimes i get lazy.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

THE WEEKLY: jan 21st - 27th.




  S N A P S H O T S  

-  coffee shop hangs
-  he was really proud of his outfit
-  family date night
-  beautiful sunrise on my way to work


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

-  i finally kicked the nasty cold that stuck around for way too long.

-  we have started budgeting our groceries, and it's weirdly fun. maybe it's just the challenge of it all.

-  we tried a new coffee shop in the delano district. it's my new favorite in wichita.

-  i was outside sunday afternoon, sitting on the grass because the weather was gorgeous when i spotted a flower... in january! i've always said that seeing a flower - especially when it really shouldn't be there - is God's way of showing me that He sees me. the past few weeks have had some challenges, some heartbreaks, and i'm so comforted that He sees + knows me.



   L E S S O N S   +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  i tweeted about the recent law that was passed in new york. you can read it here.

-  four years ago today, jared messaged me on the dating app we were both on. "99% match is pretty good." even to this day, i still have moments where i cannot believe he's my husband. he was everything i prayed for + so much more.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

THE WEEKLY: jan 14th - 20th




  S N A P S H O T S  

-  snowy selfie.
-  my life motto.
-  icy weather.
-  silly kid at target.


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

-  i caught a horrible cold this week. i ended up leaving work on thursday. it's still lingering, but i don't feel like death.

-  jackson started saying DO-DO-DO-DO-DO, and i find it so dang cute. he loves baby shark!

-  we decided to but groceries on friday night (we are so wild, i know) + as we walked to the exit doors, we saw it had started snowing so hard! oops. jared parked by the entrance so we could load everything. i was so surprised when jackson started freaking out - the snow scared him! we made it home, and jared made it safely to and from work the next day. i actually enjoyed the snowy weather for once. (i didn't have to drive in it, so that's 100% why.)



   L E S S O N S   +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  i had this thought while driving home from work this week- you know how a song or a scent can bring back a memory? there are moments we're living right now that we will look back on when a song comes on the radio or when a specific scent takes us back to this time, these moments. and i'm not sure why, but that brings me some comfort.

-  just because certain people are loud about stuff on the internet doesn't mean it's a majority. the media would have us believe otherwise.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

THE WEEKLY: jan 7th - 13th.




  S N A P S H O T S  

-  beautiful sunrise.
-  i've successfully kept these plants alive.
-  powersheets.
-  he's so fly.


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

-  jackson slept horribly on monday. he was awake from 1-4:30 am. but there was a moment that overshadowed all the lost sleep. i was laying on the couch, just hoping he'd eventually wear himself out. i asked him if he'd like to get on the couch and cuddle with mommy. he proceeded to climb up + get under the blanket with me. he fell asleep less than five minutes later. jared got up right after that to get ready for work, so i took jackson to bed with me, and we cuddled until it was time to get up. i may have only had three hours of sleep, but ironically it was worth it in some strange way. i also ended up taking the day of work, so that probably had something to do with it.

-  jared + i had a looooong discussion about what we want this year to look like financially. we made plans to get out of some debt we've accrued in our marriage. it's not substantial, but we are thinking about our future for once.

-  saturday was a rare lazy day at our home. we ventured out for an early dinner at texas roadhouse, and then had a game night with friends.




   L E S S O N S   +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  in my reading of the chronological bible plan, the reading for this week was in job. God's Word is always timely for me. instead of mourning with job, his friends were trying to explain everything away. tara-leigh said something that really resonated with me: "we are called to mourn with those who mourn, not advise those who mourn."

-  my polaroid project is on week two, and i already had a moment of, oh crap, what am i going to take a photo of? when i did this project back in 2014, i was living with my parents on their 10-acre property where there was no shortage of photo-worthy adventures. now that i live in a big city, i'm really having to think outside the box, but that's what i love about it.

-  our childcare situation changed again this week, and we've come to the realization that daycare is our only option at this point. it's all kinda up in the air at the moment, and after lots of tears + prayers + talking it over, we are at peace with it.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

THE WEEKLY: dec 31st - jan 6th.




  S N A P S H O T S  

-  polaroid camera.
-  beautiful sunset.
-  exploring our backyard.
-  jackson loves being outside.


   M O M E N T S  +  H A P P E N I N G S     

-  we welcomed the new year with a kiss at midnight + then immediately going to bed. but jackson blessed us by sleeping in the next morning until eight!

-  i am really loving the bible recap as i read the bible chronologically.

-  saturday was unseasonable warm - sixty degrees! we spent the entire afternoon outside, and it was glorious.

-  i started my polaroid project for 2019. i did this five years ago, and it was my favorite creative project to date.

+  movies watched:  bird box (***)  //  crazy rich asians (***)



   L E S S O N S   +  R E A L I Z A T I O N S    

-  we watched "crazy rich asians" this week, and we asked some friends if they had watched it. he rolled his eyes, and quickly said no. his wife is from china, and she said the movie plays on every stereotype of that culture. i found that perspective so interesting.

-  jackson sees more than i know. saturday was a really, really emotional day for us. i was listening to worship music + crying when jackson came up to me and held up his arms for me to hold him. i picked him up, and he laid his head down while tears + praise poured out of me for about ten minutes. he knew i was very sad, and i love that his heart was tender toward that.