Wednesday, March 14, 2018


maple cake donuts. the coming of spring. iced coffee. watching jackson dance when music comes on. 
open windows + fresh air. reading after jackson goes to bed. dinosaur socks. extra daylight. sushi.
the sweet reminder on timehop that jared proposed to me three years ago today.
seeing bits of spring peak thru the earth. psalm 16:8. worship music. creative inspiration. 

Monday, March 12, 2018


-  jared didn't have to work this weekend, so we made plans to go the the theater once i was off work. but those plans were thwarted when jackson started throwing up. you know what's SO weird? he had no fever and was his happy self the entire day. i'm starting to wonder if it was related to teething. he was drooling a lot. who knows? it could've been a stomach bug or something. he slept thru the night and was totally fine on sunday.

-  we ventured downtown for lunch after morning service yesterday. we enjoyed sushi + drank lattes on the way home.


+  i finished beartown this weekend. (five stars!) and i started the hate u give today.

+  if you are a book lover like i am, i highly recommend the what should i read next? podcast.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018



  another blog post about more lessons i've learned during my time in the 'hood.
  our first camping trip of the season.  
▲  jackson's first birthday party. it's not until june, but i don't care. it's going to be dinosaur themed FOR SURE.  


▲  bits of spring here + there, which makes my heart so happy! the previous homeowners of our new house had a major green thumb. i am excited to see what blooms this spring/summer. i hope to plant something of my own as well. 


  all the grilled cheese sammiches. 


  i'm not getting another cold.
  cake is a nutritional food group. 


  i immediately change into leggings + a baggy tee when i get home.
  all the fun socks.

linking up with anne of in residence

Monday, March 5, 2018

NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND // volume nine.

-  the weather was so nice this weekend! spring is on its way. this time of year is so exciting for me because FLOWERS. i was giddy all weekend because i noticed the daffodils peeking thru when i walked into work.

-  jared + i ate dinner at kneaders for the first time. it was delicious!

-  we had friends over for dinner on saturday night and watched the new thor movie.

-  march is my favorite month of the year. not only because of spring + flowers, but jared + i will celebrate three years of marriage at the end of the month!


+  i'm setting up my new bullet journal, and i could watch kara's videos for hours.

+  i finally got my hold from the library [bear town]. i cannot wait to dive in!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018



-  jared started his new inspection position with textron this month. this new position was great because he would be off the airplane (no more tearing up his body) and he would have a greater chance of being transferred back to first shift eventually. after a year of praying + waiting, jared got word that a first shift position will be available in april! this was all God, y'all. He was my comfort during the evenings when i was so incredibly lonely. He is faithful to provide!

-  the winter olympics.

-  jackson turned eight months old! he started crawling just a little bit + dances anytime music comes on, says DADADADA allllll the time, and started sleeping thru the night (in his crib, hallelujah).

-  books read:  little fires everywhere  |  dark matter  |  the shape of ideas


+  i was so worried about what our childcare situation would look like once jared transferred back to first shift. we have three different people watching him during the week. but it's only for four hours a day. i wasn't sure what childcare would look like with the shift change, but - again all God - it's all going to work out.

+  the first week jackson started sleeping thru the night, i didn't. haha! i would get up and go check on him to make sure he was okay.

+  we had lots of icy/snowy weather this month. this usually stresses me out, but i'm so thankful that our new house is a lot closer to work. there was only one morning that was really dicey, but all the schools and colleges cancelled, so there was hardly anyone on the roads. before i met jared, i never drove in ice + snow, so this was a big deal for me!

+  sometimes it's best to take a moment before reacting to national tragedies. i had a tweet thread ready to be posted in light of the recent school shooting, but after some thought, i realized my words were better left in the draft folder. instead, i had discussions with those around me. while i believe the internet is wonderful for dialogue, sometimes it's best to process certain things with those around you.

+  the newborn stage was so incredibly hard for me. there are lots of reasons. failed expectations. zero sleep. buying a home. trying to work part time. not knowing what i was doing. but as i reflected on that season earlier this month, i have this weird, tender fondness for it in my heart. i'm not in the thick of it anymore, but there was still good in it.

favorite podcasts.
-  notes from the weekend  //  five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight


+  file 2017 taxes.  

+  read two books.  

+  clean out jackson's clothes.  

+  go through my clothes one last time.  

+  daily gratitude.  

Monday, February 26, 2018

NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND // volume eight.

-  jackson has been sleeping thru the night, and i just feel like it's too good to be true.

-  jared + i both had to work on saturday, so our weekends feel incredibly short lately. but i'm reminding myself that it's just a season. when our weekends are like this, we tend to make the most of our time. we went on a double date, i started a new book, we took a couple naps, drank a lot of coffee, had some deep (and hilarious) discussions, played with jackson, went to church, ate lunch with friends, and just enjoyed our time without concern for the coming week. 

-  we paid off two bills with our tax return this weekend! one step closer to financial freedom. at this point, i'm not getting my hopes up to be a stay-at-home mom. we have so many options available to us if we get into a good financial spot. private school is actually a possibility now. of course, i realize that jackson is only eight months old, but as the saying goes, the days are long, but the years are short.


+  there's a new social media app. VERO. it's super glitchy right now because they've had an influx of new users, but once it gets resolved, i think it'll be interesting!

+  i started still life by louise penny this weekend. the writing is so cozy + enjoyable.

the best way to manage stress based on your personality type. (i'm an INFJ.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND // volume seven.

-  jared + i both had to work on saturday, but thankfully we had a sitter, so it ended up working out well. i picked jackson up + spent the afternoon finishing a book + drinking coffee. we decided to have a night in, and it is always so nice to chill at home on a saturday night every once in awhile.

-  jared transferred to a new area two weeks ago. this position was great because it was less wear + tear on his body and it would set him up for a better chance of a first shift position one day. well after a year of praying + hoping + waiting, jared found out this week that there was a first shift position available! we are elated + God just keeps creating ways where i see no possibilities.

-  i hate grocery shopping. not the actual act (i weirdly enjoy it.) but i blank on ideas for lunches + dinners. i tried making a list, but i still didn't get everything for the week. i have a small goal to make a list of go-to recipes that i can make.

-  we finally have jackson on a good routine + sleep schedule. you'd think my favorite thing would be him sleeping thru the night (hey- that IS awesome!) but i lovelovelove rocking him to sleep. i usually hold him longer than i should, but i don't care. he is so sweet + it's usually the time i pray over him.


+  i want to shout michelle's words from the rooftop.
+  i finally reorganized my goodreads bookshelves.
this thread from beth moore is goooooood.