Friday, December 30, 2016

2 0 1 6 // a photo review



 the arrival of spring  //  beautiful blooms in a random parking lot  //  botanica
again- parking lots can have really pretty florals  //  exploring botanica  //  summer flowers
rose  //  sunflowers  //  pretty blooms from husband



 dancing the night away at a wedding  //  at another wedding
hanging out in the backyard with the pups  //  we are having a baby!



 verita coffee  //  ecclesia coffee  //  kind coffee
latte by hubs  //  luke's diner!  //  another delicious latte from hubs
craft coffee  //  ecclesia coffee  //  aspen coffee



 hiking in colorado  //  silly selfies with milo  //  hiking gem lake in colorado
camping selfie  //  lake selfie  //  spring selfie
exploring coronado heights  //  pretty haircut  //  i'm on top of the world- actually, just a bench.



tyler + milo  // a white easter  // downtown wichita
beautiful colorado  //  tulips  //  bits of fall at the lake
watching the sunset with hubs at cheney  //  lattes: his + hers  //  bumblebee!



2 0 1 6 | a year in review



JANUARY



highlights + happenings:

-  binged on all my favorite shows because we finally got cable.
-  shared my phrase for twenty-sixteen: worship wildly.
-  witnessed this sweet moment between hubs and the neighbor kids.





FEBRUARY



highlights + happenings:

-  we tried a new coffee shop -- ecclesia -- in wichita. it has turned into our favorite spot!
-  a random saturday morning turned into a memorable day. we were drinking lattes at one of our favorite coffee shops in wichita. he looked at me and told me he wanted to make some memories that morning. so we perused around the art museum for awhile. and then he took me to botanica. it was in the middle of winter, so there were no blooms. but it was still magical.
-  february is where my months of sickness began. it was one thing after another. there were days when i wondered if i'd always be sick and weary and down.





MARCH



highlights + happenings:

-  spring began its beautiful entrance this month. jared and i spent a beautiful saturday morning at botanica.
-  i randomly decided to cut four inches off my hair. it was so freeing.
-  husband and i celebrated our one year anniversary, which happened to fall on easter this year. we woke up to a winter wonderland.





APRIL



highlights + happenings:

-  i was a bridesmaid in my soul sistah's wedding! jared and i danced the night away and drank so much good coffee while in OKC.
-  april was really rough in terms of health. but there was also healing. i did recap bits + pieces of the month on the blog.





MAY



highlights + happenings:

-  i was looking thru my phone + social media accounts. i kinda disappeared in the month of may.
-  lots of sunshine + iced coffee.
-  hubs and i camped a few times this month.






JUNE



highlights + happenings:

-  i consumed so many chai lattes this month. i was up to three a day at one point!
-  walked around botanica after a stressful day. floral therapy is a thing in my world.
-  attended a wedding, which means -- CAKE!







JULY



highlights + happenings:

-  traveled to beautiful colorado at the beginning of the month. we celebrated the fourth of july there as well.
-  i learned a valuable lesson this month: leave work at work.
-  this month, i began my monthly me-time. this usually looks like a few hours of writing, painting, photographing, blogging, etc. it is so beneficial for all areas of my health. it spills over into my marriage + friendships + work life.






AUGUST



highlights + happenings:

-  jared + i watched the olympics. we stayed up too late every night cheering for the US + it was easily one of my favorite memories from the summer.
-  hubs and i binged hard on stranger things. we are huge fans of that series!
-  God divinely intervened with our healthcare this month. we found our new doctor, and i will forever be grateful.
-  celebrated + welcomed my thirties!







SEPTEMBER



highlights + happenings:

-  started working in the nursery at church! BABIES.
-  participated in the blogtember challenge.
-  random tidbits from the month:  hubs + i camped a couple times, cooked enough spaghetti to feed sixteen people, took a day trip up north, baked the best cookies evah, started watching parks + rec for the first time (!), and i got one step closer to my wish of the 90s coming back: i bought a choker.





OCTOBER



highlights + happenings:

-  i really made a point to start cooking more this month. lots of pasta, but hey- better than frozen meals!
-  i enjoyed a salted caramel latte at luke's diner!
-  went to my first hockey game. the wichita thunder didn't win, but we had so much fun.
-  a normal monday ended as the day that i learned my life was changed forever - i found out i was pregnant!






NOVEMBER



highlights + happenings:

-  after months of anticipation, i watched the gilmore girls revival. i still have major feelings about it all.
-  we celebrated thanksgiving in oklahoma with my family. jared experienced his first oklahoma earthquake!
-  hubs + i announced our pregnancy to the world!



DECEMBER



highlights + happenings:

-  while making dinner one night, i randomly had the biggest craving for a burger, fries, + peanut butter shake. jared was so sweet to drop what he was doing to go get it for me. the weirdest part was that i specifically craved a peanut butter milkshake, and i've never had one in my life. ha!
-  watched rogue one + passengers in theaters. both were really good.
-  celebrated christmas with both of our families. there was a moment when i looked at jared and realized this was our last christmas- just the two of us. i got a little emotional about it because only two christmases ago, i was single + wondering if i'd ever marry. God is so incredibly faithful.




//  be sure to check out my 2016 photo review  //

Monday, December 26, 2016

chasing perfect + good things + lessons learned in 2016.






i have been looking forward to december twenty-sixth for weeks. i woke up early on my day off and committed the entire morning to my twenty-seventeen powersheets! the founder of this awesome goal-setting planner, lara casey, is sharing her sixth annual make it happen goal setting series this week. i devote this entire week to planning for the coming year while reflecting on the current year.

the prep work for the powersheets is good, y'all. i put on my praise music, sip a latte, and dive in. this year, instead of keeping it all to myself, i wanted to share bits + pieces of my progress. i'm following lara's outline in her blog post from today, if you want to explore the reasoning behind the questions first.



CHASING PERFECT

i tried to chase a perfectly curated online life. as a photographer, it's a passion to capture the world around me. but it became evident this year that i can't always have the perfect photo. whether it be time or lighting or the fact that i'm just plain tired, many things caused me to feel like my creative gift was lacking. but this is something i desperately needed to become aware of because i was striving to succeed at things that don't matter and have no value.

other areas include being a great wife, working homemaker, employee, etc. i wanted to be so great at everything. it was exhausting. there was no purpose at my attempts other than to be perfect at all the things. no grace and ultimately, not leaving any room for God in most areas.

nothing i strived for was rooted in scripture or faith in the Lord.

just self. me. myself. amber.

as i wrote out these thoughts, the song, "when i survey" was playing. these lyrics hit me so hard that i knew it was a God thing the moment it happened.

"all the vain things that charm me most, i sacrifice them to His blood."


YES, LORD. the perfection, the things that hold my attention, all of it - i give it to Jesus because this isn't about anything but Him. only Jesus. i so needed that reminder.




LIST THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN 2016:

-  grew in our marriage.

-  started helping out in children's ministry at church.

-  a great promotion at work.

-  God healed me from sickness after sickness.

-  God gave us a huge, beautiful blessing of a baby in my womb!

-  flourishing friendships.

-  jared + i found a wonderful doctor.

-  we traveled to beautiful estes park, colorado for a fun vacation.

-  celebrated one year of marriage!

-  stood by my soul sistah as she married the love of her life.

-  attended my first hockey game.

-  visited luke's diner!!

-  countless laughs from our dogs, tyler + milo.

-  participated in the blogtember challenge.

-  celebrated my thirtieth birthday.

-  watched the olympics with friends and had so much fun doing so.




LESSONS LEARNED:

-  let go of how i think things/situations/circumstances should go.

this was a big lesson to learn -- and one i had to continuously learn throughout the year. i tend to have ideas of what things/people/situations should be [aka: how i want them to be.] but when i try to assert my control, i rob myself of the joy in learning from it. trying to will something to my preconceived notions only ends in disappointment. i'm learning to sit back and be teachable in those moments. there is room to grow + see in ways i don't expect when i stop expecting. beautiful moments + happenings aren't always planned. i'm holding everything with open hands.


-  our God is faithful to provide.

this is not a new revelation in my life, but i was reminded of it in big ways this year. countless times, actually. from really rough health problems, work stresses, the discovery of my pregnancy, and just life in general, God was/is faithful to provide in the hardest of circumstances. this doesn't mean He gives me everything i want in the way + timing i desire. it means He hears my prayers + cries. He know it all. He provides what i need, just when i need it. always on time, always enough.


-  leave work at work.

this was huge. i was bringing home the stresses, shortcomings, and mistakes from the day and letting them eat away at me at home. jared finally talked to me about his one evening while i was stewing over something from work [that most definitely wasn't as big of a deal as i made it out to be.] i have significantly noticed a change since i've put this into practice. i'll continue to do so in the coming year, which will be super helpful since a baby will be added into my daily life!


other lessons learned:

-  check out one book at a time from the library. ain't nobody got time to read five books at a time.

-  a package of spaghetti noodles will feed sixteen people. #leftoversfordayz

-  self-care is not selfish if done right + well.

-  little by little progress is so much better than procrastination.

-  finding the balance of a working wife while taking care of our home was so incredibly challenging. most days, i'd come home exhausted. laundry + dinner were the last things on my mind. jared helps out tremendously, but my heart wasn't in the right place about it all. thankfully, i have a better handle on it all. plus- it helps that i married a man who doesn't expect me to be the perfect wife. ever. he gives me the grace that i should probably give myself.







pregnancy: week 13.



DUE DATE:  june 22, 2017


CRAVINGS:

-  pesto tortellini
-  spaghettios
-  veggie subs



FEELING:

-  i have a cold right now, so not the greatest. and the only thing i can take while pregnant is benadryl. it makes me SO sleepy. i just want to feel better because- c'mon, it's christmas weekend!


WHAT I'M LOVING:

-  this will sound weird, but i was so worried about getting a migraine throughout this pregnancy. my doctor told me that i couldn't take my normal meds, which is about the only thing that allows me to function when a migraine hits. well, on day one of thirteen weeks, i got one at work. the only thing i can take it tylenol. i popped two in and said a prayer for minimal pain. and guys. NOTHING. now i'm not thankful for the migraine itself, but i am grateful that i can tolerate them if another decides to grace me with its presence.

-  i'm going to need a bigger bra soon! :) :) :)



LOOKING FORWARD TO:

-  finding out the gender. hubs and i haven't discussed names yet because it's pointless until we know if it's a boy or girl. i told jared i was going to have a shirt made that says:

i'm feeling great.  
no, we don't have a name picked out.
no, we don't know the gender.
i don't have a preference; i just want a healthy baby.



BEST MOMENTS OF THE WEEK:

-  i worked in the nursery sunday night. i wasn't on the schedule, but they needed someone to fill in, so of course i said yes. it turned out to be a total God thing, y'all! i was paired with another sweet girl from the church who just so happens to be a mom + a nurse! with all the "advice" i keep receiving, i was curious to know her thoughts. by the end of the night, i was almost in tears because i know like the Lord paired us together to give me some peace of mind about pregnancy, vaccines, breastfeeding, birth, etc. it was so, so wonderful!



Monday, December 19, 2016

currently // december 2016





creating:  my end-of-2016 blog post. these are always my favorite to write.

cooking:  all the grilled cheese + tomato soup.

drinking:  lemon water. cherry seven-up. maple spice lattes.

snacking:  chocolate pudding. christmas cookies.

reading:  talking as fast as i can - lauren graham.

watching:  this is us, parenthood, parks + rec.

looking:  out the window at the pretty snow!

playing:  an old playlist i found on my macbook. dance party up in here!

liking:  the fact that i discovered a $240 credit with erin condren.

anticipating:  finding out the baby's gender!

enjoying:  reading through old blog posts. reminiscing + inspiration.

wondering:  what our baby will look like, be like, etc.

loving:  the new star wars movie!

marveling:  at this tiny babe growing in my belly.

needing:  to finish our christmas shopping.

learning:  to open up a little more to those around me.

smelling:  a delicious soy candle from target that smells like christmas.

wearing:  layers upon layers because it's stupid cold outside.

noticing:  gorgeous winter sunsets on my way home from work.

thinking:  about warmer weather. ha!

bookmarking:  pregnancy-related everything.

giggling:  at our crazy dogs.  

feeling:  all the feelings because i'm pregnant.



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Friday, December 16, 2016

pregnancy: week 12.





DUE DATE:  june 22, 2017


CRAVINGS:

-  grilled cheese + tomato soup.
-  salad. [finally!]
-  lemon water.
-  cookies from the mall. the owner always gives me samples because he's an angel from cookie heaven.



FEELING:

sliiiiightly more like myself. i have a little bit more energy, but naps are still a must on the weekends.



WHAT I'M LOVING:

making it to twelve weeks! the first trimester is filled with some uncertainty and questions. but baby looked great at the last ultrasound. heartbeat was 167. and just look at that face! baby was waving his/her hands all around and cue the tears.



LOOKING FORWARD TO:

finding out the gender. once we know if it's boy or a girl, we can start talking about names and such. although i came across a girl's name this week and to my surprise, husband liked it, too!



BEST MOMENTS OF THE WEEK:

-  more energy!
-  let's just say that i'll need a new bra soon because my cups runneth over. [best part of pregnancy EVER.]
-  cookies from the mall. [i may need help. i discovered that a dozen cookies are only $4!]
-  not being grossed out by salad anymore. but guacamole is still out of the question.




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

weird pregnancy symptoms.


i have survived the first trimester of pregnancy, y'all! of course, i will admit that i've had it easy. like really easy. slight nausea, but only for two weeks. but the exhaustion - it's still here. i'll probably be tired for the next eighteen years.

this is my first pregnancy, so i wanted to share all the odd things no one ever told me to expect when i was expecting. [in true first-time mom fashion, i bought that book the day after i found out i was pregnant only to discover that i didn't really need it.]



CRAMPS.

i started having cramps around week three. now i obviously didn't know i was pregnant at the time, and i started to worry if i had another cyst again. i ignored it for a few weeks, only to find out later that the cramps were due to growing a baby! they went away after ten weeks though.


RUNNY NOSE ALL THE DAY LONG.

around the time i found out i was pregnant, i would wake up with a stuffy nose, and it would continue throughout most of the morning. i thought i was getting a cold, but turns out- it was pregnancy-related. weird. i also feel like i've sneezed more in the last twelve weeks than i have the entire year. [no joke, i literally sneezed while typing that sentence!]


ABSOLUTE DISGUST AT THE MERE MENTION OF CERTAIN FOODS.

when i found out i was pregnant, i did what any first-time mother does: searched the internet for all the things. a lot of articles related to the first trimester mentioned food aversions, and i didn't really understand. but then i did. big time. jared would mention something for dinner - foods we've had several times - and all i would want to do is vomit at the mention of it. gross. it lasted through eleven weeks.


BLOATING.

for three weeks, i had to wear my jeans folded over because i was so bloated. someone thought it was a baby bump, and i'm all: NO. i'm only six weeks, ya dumb. i'm just bloated. i bought maternity pants and almost cried because they are amazing, which leads me to my next symptom...


ALL. THE. EMOTIONS.

i am an emotional person when i'm not pregnant. not in the crazy sense, but a good tear-jerker gets me every single time. pregnant amber is an emotional hot mess. like when i see other babies or when jared makes me smile because he knows i've had a crazy day or puppies or amazing maternity pants or getting a baked potato or.... you get the idea. it's comical- most of the time. i thought jared ate my rice once. RAGE FLOODED EVERY OUNCE OF MY BODY. he pointed to the other bag, where the rice was safe and sound. oops. sorry, babe!




Friday, December 9, 2016

pregnancy: week eleven.


DUE DATE:  june 22, 2017


CRAVINGS:

i had a craving so, so bad for a burger + fries + peanut butter shake. this hasn't happened so far in my pregnancy, and i'm thankful jared indulged my insane desire. [did i mention i was in the middle of cooking dinner when i had this craving? my timing is impeccable.]


FEELING:

i had a burst of energy that lasted for about two hours on the day i turned eleven weeks. i cleaned like mad woman, and put away clean laundry that had been in the utility room for weeks. i was so flippin' tired after the energy wore off, but i finally felt like myself again. i'm told my energy will start coming back again soon, so fingers crossed!



WHAT I'M LOVING:

-  the little nausea i had is completely gone. [it isn't lost on me how easy i've had it, people!]
-  over-hearing husband tell random people we see that i'm pregnant. he's a happy daddy-to-be!


LOOKING FORWARD TO:

-  12 weeks!
-  finding out the gender. it's still several weeks away, but i'm so anxious to know!


BEST MOMENTS OF THE WEEK:

-  a friend surprised me with tummy butter!
-  sleep. sleep. sleep.


RANDOMS:

-  i've started waking up in the middle of the night to pee.
-  finding a comfortable sleeping position is proving to be difficult.

Friday, December 2, 2016

PREGNANCY: weeks 1-10.



8 weeks, 1 day


WEEKS 1 - 5:

cravings:  nothing at the moment. 

there really isn't anything to document here. i had cramps nearly from the beginning, but showed no other symptoms other than a late cycle, which is totally normal for me.


WEEK 6:

cravings:  all the pintos + cheese. every moment of each day.

after three positive home pregnancy tests, it was confirmed by my doctor that i was indeed with child! though we couldn't see the baby, my awesome doctor did an ultrasound that showed the sac where the baby was.


WEEK 7:

cravings:   rice + beans. watermelon jolly ranchers. suckers.

the first trimester exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks this week. the nausea started around lunch and lasted until dinner. and i thought i knew what tired was - NO. i did not. by the early afternoon, i needed a nap. i would go home and have no energy to do anything. our home was not the cleanest for the next few weeks. food aversions also started around week seven. i never imagined the thought of food could make me nauseous.


WEEK 8:

cravings:  rice + beans. [my child may come out speaking spanish.]

i was a little scared this week. my nausea suddenly went away. i was so worried that this was a bad sign. everything was totally fine. every mama who was totally sick will not want to hear this, but my nausea only lasted for a few weeks. and even then, it wasn't bad. i just felt icky. i never had to stand over the toilet or anything like that.

we also had our second appointment with our doctor. when i saw our baby on the ultrasound screen, it finally became real! and then he let us listen to the heartbeat [175]. cue all the tears. what a surreal moment.


WEEK 9:

cravings:  give me all the baked potatoes in the world.

still tired all. the. time.


WEEK 10:

cravings:  baked potatoes.

the exhaustion has let up just a little. still no nausea, but food aversions are still prevalent. i am not ashamed to admit that i bought a pair of maternity jeans this week. i haven't outgrown my other pants, but i just really wanted the pair i found at old navy. haha!

we announced to the [social media] world about our sweet babe this week. a little earlier than i wanted, but there's a sweet/funny story as to why.

we wanted our pastors to know before we told everyone and their dog, so we waited until after service when most of the congregation had left. we walked up to our senior pastor and told him. he was so excited that he pulled his wife from the conversation she was having and had us tell her the wonderful news. she threw her hands in the air and squealed. this all happened a little louder than we expected, so the ten people who were still talking around us figured it out by all the excitement. we decided to announce early because i really didn't want someone to slip up on facebook. [silly, i know. but it's my news!]     




[the rest of the weeks will have their own post since i'm currently eleven weeks.]


Saturday, November 26, 2016

oh boy! (or girl!).





i am so, so excited to announce that jared + i are having a baby!


to answer the three most common questions i get alllll the time:

- i am due on june 22, 2017, which puts me at ten weeks right now.
- we won't know the gender for another month.
- i've had some nausea throughout the day, but the exhaustion is unlike anything i've ever experienced!


we found out when i was around five-six weeks. it was SO incredibly hard to keep this a secret. there were multiple times when i wanted to tweet every funny/weird/odd pregnancy-related happening.


i'll post more about all the details later, but right now, i am going to watch the gilmore girls revival. again.



Thursday, October 20, 2016

tidbits of life // 10




::  i am in the process of pressing these flowers! i cannot wait to see the end result.

::  reading the new HP book. so far, i'm diggin' it.

::  gimme all the moose tracks ice cream.

::  saturday mornings include lattes + gilmore girls.

::  my first hockey game! the wichita thunder may have lost, but hubs + i had SO much fun.

::  beautiful fall bouquets at dillons.
 





Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WILDBLOOM DIARIES





introducing: @wildbloomdiaries - a blooming social community for lovers of all things floral.

it's no secret that i love wildflowers.
boquets of flowers. 
blooming trees. 
flower gardens. 
ALL THE FLOWERS. 


so i am combining two of my pasisons: photography + flowers.


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be sure to follow along + tag your florals with #wildbloomdiaries.    


 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MONDAY TRUTHS // 06






[ psalm chapter thirty, verses eleven + twelve ]



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monday truths is a series on WILDBLOOM geared to fill our lives with truth. 
not fluff. not feel-good nonsense. but hard-hitting, soul-feeding, life-giving truth. 
each week, i will post a quote, scripture, or word of truth to get you started for the week ahead. 

my hope is that you will remember these little tidbits of wisdom throughout your week when 
lemons or curve balls or whatever random object gets thrown your way - because, hey - that's life.
 

Monday, October 10, 2016

coffee date | volume 04





if we were on a coffee date, i'd be drinking my usual vanilla latte. but instead of hanging at a coffee shop, i'd take you to botanica. the weather in wichita is delightful right now, so we would stroll through the gardens. [aka: i would take lots of photos of flowers + coffee.]



if we were on a coffee date, i would be shouting hallelujah thru sips of coffee. i was sick with the flu last week, and it was no bueno. i discovered that i'm not the best at resting while sick. i kept trying to clean this + that all morning on friday when jared finally ordered me to rest so i could get better. yes, dr. keimig! i didn't wear make-up for three days, which was reeeeeally nice. but i am feeling like myself again, and i'm so thankful.



if we were on a coffee date, i would update you on what i mentioned at the last coffee date: dinner! y'all. i love cooking! i never really liked cooking before i was married, but these days, i cannot wait to get home to cook. [my mama is reading this + probably wondering why i couldn't get that motivation fifteen years ago!] i wouldn't say i am a chef at all. but making home-cooked meals for my husband- it gives me all the feels. i am on the hunt for some new recipes, so send me your favorites!



if we were on a coffee date, i would tell you about the fun little project i'm starting: @WILDBLOOMDIARIES.
it's a blooming social community for lovers of all things floral. it's no secret that i love flowers. [umm, my blog's name might be the first hint?] i know there are hundreds of others who love capturing blooms as much as i do. i am excited to use this as a creative outlet to fuel my passion for floral photography + meet others in the process.



if we were on a coffee date, i wouldn't bring up politics. at all. because my heart, soul, + mind need a break. because i need a break. we all do.




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linking up with amber + erin for their monthly coffee dates
//   volume 1   |   volume 2   |  volume 3   //

Friday, October 7, 2016

FRIDAY FAVS | 03



-  i love this beautiful shot of a maternity rainbow baby.


-  a word to my fellow creators.


-  i want to press flowers + leaves. this video is super helpful.


-  2016's most frightening halloween costumes.


-  sick day essentials.


-  SAME.






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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

gilmore girls + luke's diner


netflix picked two hundred coffee shops to be apart of their gilmore girls celebration of their first episode back on october 5th, 2000. the shops were transformed into luke's diner, which is a very frequented place in the series. when i found out the reverie was one of the coffee shops, I FREAKED OUT, Y'ALL. 

sorry for yelling. i get passionate about these things.
and i bought two lattes because i'm out of control.



i woke up two hours before my normal time today + left the house before the sun came up.
i stood in line for an hour and a half catching up with a couple of old work friends.
and y'all - it was the best.
 
even though i arrived an hour early, there was still a decent line when i pulled up. everyone was giddy with excitement at the chance to be part of the gilmore girls' birthday celebration.




i sipped on my salted caramel latte as i drove to work, thankful for this city and its places + spaces. 



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"do you like coffee?"
"only with my oxygen." - lorelai gilmore


Saturday, October 1, 2016

a happy list from today.





a happy list from today:

sleeping in until eight [#adultlyfe]. a cute puppy jumping on the bed like a kid on christmas morning. 
sweet time with the Lord over the Word and a latte. praise music filling my ears all morning. 
the beginning of my favorite three months of the year. windows open + candles burning. 
theraputically deep cleaning the house for a couple hours. powersheets prep for october. 
cuddling up on the couch to read a book. walking around target with a salted caramel mocha. 
driving downtown with the windows down. catching up on fall tv shows. a birthday party = CAKE. 
more coffee in my super cute new mug. a sooner victory. [boomer!] netflix + chill. 


october goals | 2016





::  work through a small bible study  ::

i'm an open book about my life, so i'm going to admit something here: since getting married, i haven't read my bible very much. this is no fault of jared; just procrastination, laziness, and putting priority over scripture. i'm not going to shame myself for this; instead - i will make a goal to infuse my life with scripture each day. even if it's just five minutes. i started this youversion plan this morning.



::  read two books  ::

maybe i'll finally read the new harry potter book. or possibly a book from my never-ending to-read list. as much as i like to netflix + chill, i really love books.



::  little by little  ::

this applies to many areas of my life, but my focus this month is household duties. i want to start a daily routine of keeping our home tidy. we've totally been those people who run around like crazy trying to clean before friends come over. but if i straighten up little by little each day, i not only have a clean home, but when friends come over, i don't have to worry about the mess lurking behind closed doors.


::  bullet journaling  ::

i mentioned in my september monthly review that my bu-jo has drastically improved my life + mental state. i constantly have ideas + thoughts + to-dos + goals + all thing things swirling around in my head. it's nice to have a place for it all to land. plus i love documenting my everyday happenings.




Friday, September 30, 2016

a month in review | september twenty-sixteen





-  i love sunflowers.
the best cookies evah.
-  trying out a coffee shop.
-  lattes with friends.
-  the girl behind the lens.
-  lovely flowers.
-  exploring kansas.
-  lattes at work.
-  tidbits of fall.



MOMENTS + HAPPENINGS


//  i started my third bullet journal. there is just something about getting everything out of my head and onto paper. earlier in the month, ideas + thoughts + goals + all the things had been swirling around in my head like a vortex. i finally sat down and basically had a brain dump. my mental health has benefited drastically by having a bullet journal again. i'm not even trying to make it pretty like my first bu-jo; just functional.

//  we camped at the lake for labor day weekend. it was so much fun. we spent saturday exploring a quaint town, coffee shops, and other parts of kansas

//  i bought an espresso machine for my office!

//  the series premiere of this is us gave me all the feels + i'm still not over it.

//  fall is here! we slept with the windows open at night + it has been glorious.

//  i made a 101 in 1001 list. i still have a few goals to add, but i'm super excited for this.



LESSONS + REALIZATIONS


::  little by little progress is better than rushing to get something done in one sitting. i'm learning this in different areas of my life, and it's so freeing for my mental health. 

::  unexpected bonus of marriage: more sleep clothes. i wear jared's shirts to bed every night.

::  i started cooking meals more this month. our grocery bill has been cut in half. and cooking has actually been fun, guys. i know my way around the kitchen, but it's been so easy to pop in a frozen dinner for the past year instead of standing over the stove for hours. well, turns out it takes less than an hour to make dinner. i am starting to collect recipes, so send your favorites!

::  [see previous lesson] a package of spaghetti noodles from aldi will feed sixteen people. #leftoversfordayz

::  i've developed small habits of cleaning each day instead of waiting a few days + cleaning for hours.

::  the new keyboard click sounds on the iOS 10 update is my favorite part of the upgrade.

::  don't put off renewing your website domain name. chaos central.






 -  blog-tember challenge. YYYEESS. i didn't always follow the prompts, but i blogged twenty-seven times. my goal was 20-30, so BOOM.

deep clean our home.  little by little progress!

consistency.  not so much, but giving myself a little bit of grace here.

start working in the children's ministry at church.  eeeekk, yes! gimme all the babies.

read two books. i finished one book.





FRIDAY FAVS | 02





::  i signed up for a monthly ipsy glam bag again. i've had the subscription before + loved it!


::  THIS IS A REAL THING.


::  how to say no to friends who want you to work for free.


::  i made a 101 in 1001 list.


::  i just started watching parks + rec. can we nominate leslie knope for president?


::  when your village is virtual.


::   "IT IS FINISHED. may those words land on your bones for the nights
when fear tells you the cross was the beginning and you must finish grace."
[jon acuff]


Thursday, September 29, 2016

101 in 1001





start date:  OCTOBER 1, 2016   //   end date:  JUNE 29, 2019

bold: completed  //  italics: in progress 


FAITH + CHURCH

-  work thru four in-depth studies of the Word
-  be intentional with advent
help out with infants + babies during servies. i started this in fall of 2016. eeekk, gimme da babies. :)



PHOTOGRAPHY

-  have my art published
-  sell 2 pieces of my work
-  document a day in my life in photos
-  photograph a field of sunflowers
-  participate in the 100 days of happy challenge
-  shoot with film [1 roll]
-  take a photo in a photo booth
-  enter my work in a photography competition
-  photograph the keeper of the plains
-  offer a few free photos sessions



ADVENTURE + EXPLORE

-  take a road trip to OKC //  here + here
-  take a road trip to see monument rocks
-  visit strataca [underground salt mine in hutch]
-  go to the state fair
visit the kansas cosmosphere + space center
-  ride a ferris wheel
-  visit the sedgwick co. zoo
-  go hiking
-  shoot a gun
-  visit tanganyika
-  take a big vacation with jared [cruise, maybe?]
-  explore three kansas state parks
-  visit a few of the eight wonders of kansas
-  watch transformers: the last knight at the warren 21



BLOGGING

-  revamp 'about me' section
-  participate in the blogtember challenge
-  write a guest post for another blogger
-  start a monthly link-up
-  wichita collective



READING

-  read thirty books
-  re-read all the harry potter books
-  read two classics
-  read two autobiographies
-  read the chronicles of narnia series
-  listen to one audiobook



WRITING + JOURNALING

-  fill a bullet journal from the first to last page
-  write a short story
-  write two poems
-  journal thru fifty questions that will free your mind
-  make a list of 100 things that make me happy

 


EATING + DRINKING + COOKING

-  try a macaron
-  make a homemade side/dessert for the holidays
-  visit every coffee shop in wichita
-  eat at a food truck
-  make a pinterest recipe
-  buy someone's meal
-  make homemade chili
-  bake a pie from scratch
-  collect recipes



SELF-CARE + BEAUTY

-  get my eyebrows waxed
-  rock a crazy lipstick
-  get a massage
-  maintain a healthy weight
-  wear fake lashes for fun
-  run one mile [without walking]
-  get a facial
-  learn cat-eye liner
-  find/learn my style + make fashion my own



RANDOMS 

set intentional goals each month, even if it's just one goal
purge our home of every unnecessary item
-  take a dance class with husband
register to vote in kansas 
-  plant flowers around our home
-  make a floral watercolor painting
-  go to the drive-in
-  decorate my office at work
-  go bowling with friends
-  finish this list! [add 25 more tasks]
have a baby //  due june 22, 2017!
-  send five thank-you notes to others 
-  print photos for home + office
-  buy a wichita flag


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

tidbits of life // 09





-  pasta + turkey sausage + a cute puppy. i've been cooking more lately, and i love finding new recipes!

-  jared always picks out a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store for me. we shop together, but he'll disappear for a minute + come back with flowers in hand. he's the best, i tell ya.

-  the mornings have been crisp, cool, and dewy. fall is here!

-  i binged on the blacklist last week. why is raymond reddington so cool? [minus, ya know, the killing part.]

-  i am almost finished with legend by marie lu. a good book, but not great.

-  lattes with friends at my favorite coffee shop.



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more tidbits of life on WILDBLOOM

BLOGTEMBER | day twenty-eight









HUSBAND  //  life is crazy + beautiful + messy. but with him by my side, it's crazy-beautiful in the mess.




COFFEE  //  whether we are hanging out at home or chillin' with friends or on our way to church or having a date night, coffee is always involved at some point. after jared + i ate dinner on our first date, we spent two hours talking over lattes about life + all the things. coffee is special + delicious + awesome, among other reasons. [insert poop emoji.]




WILD WORSHIP  // twenty-sixteen was deemed the year of wild worship for me. what started out as a twelve-month endeavor has turned in to a lifestyle. worship isn't just something i do on sundays when the praise band is on stage. it's seeking God + giving Him glory in each day, each moment.




BLOOMS  //  florals make something inside of me come alive. i am constantly on the lookout for these magical petals throughout my daily life. God has used flowers over and over again in the last several years to teach + speak to me.




MILO BEAN  // this puppy, y'all. he has brought so much joy to our lives. he is goofy + playful + a constant source of entertainment. and that face - he is our forever puppy. and we love him so much!




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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MONDAY TRUTHS | volume 05















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monday truths is a series on WILDBLOOM geared to fill our lives with truth. 
not fluff. not feel-good nonsense. but hard-hitting, soul-feeding, life-giving truth. 
each week, i will post a quote, scripture, or word of truth to get you started for the week ahead. 

my hope is that you will remember these little tidbits of wisdom throughout your week
when lemons or curve balls or whatever random object gets thrown your way because, hey - that's life.

Friday, September 23, 2016

FRIDAY FAVS || 01





this new series is inspired by a girl named leney.


not a ceasar salad, in Jesus' name.


the nightstorms playlist on spotify.


this post by my friend, chelsea. [let's always look for the good instead of always being offended.]


i'm trying to convince husband that i need this in my life.


i'm working on a 101 in 1001 list.


i've baked these cookies twice this week + everyone loves them!





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this week on WILDBLOOM:  fall favorites  |  if i were ice cream  |  monday truths 



blogtember | day twenty-three







rather than a family recipe, this is a friend recipe. a couple weekends ago, i was at a bachelorette party, and the bride-to-be made these cookies. it was like heaven in my mouth, y'all. the next morning when i was gathering my things, i searched for any leftover cookies like some kind of drug addict.

i got the recipe and made them earlier this week. i was a little nervous with how they'd turn out because they are baked with almond flour + coconut oil - two things i've never used. i sat the plate of cookies on the coffee table, they were gone in five minutes! everyone was raving about these cookies, which made me feel like betty crocker or something. :)






INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons solid coconut oil
3 tablespoons organic honey*
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 cup of chocolate chips


preheat oven to 375 degrees. line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
[i didn't have any, so i used some liquid coconut oil. it worked great!] 
set aside.

add the coconut oil + the honey in a bowl. 
stir briskly with a whisk until they are mixed well. 
add the egg and vanilla, whisk until combined.

in another bowl, add the almond flour + baking soda + salt.

add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. stir well, and add chocolate chips. 

scoop onto cookie sheet. press down gently with finger. 
[i did this right before i took them out of the over, and it was fine.] 
top with additional chocolate chips, if desired. 
bake until edges are golden brown, 8-9 minutes. 


*the original recipe calls for maple syrup, but my friend used honey instead.
she also crushed up a chocolate bar, but i couldn't find one, so i opted for chocolate chips. 








Thursday, September 22, 2016

BLOGTEMBER | day twenty-two









WEAR // sweater weather. dark nail polish. flannels. cardigans. cozy socks. scarves & boots. layers. hoodies.
EAT  //  breakfast for dinner. pie. all the soup. candy corn. s'mores over the campfire. maple donuts.
SIP  //  chai lattes. pumpkin spice lattes. salted caramel mochas. all the caramel + vanilla lattes.
EXPLORE  //  pumpkin patch. hay rides. sunflower fields. taking photos of fall foliage. crunchy leaves.
WATCH  //  harry potter. the return of fall tv! monster squad. sooner football. scary movies. 
NATURE  //  chilly, foggy mornings. vibrant leaves created by the Creator Himself. sunflowers. acorns.
LOVE  //  october. pumpkins. thanksgiving. fall-scented candles. rainy days + a good book. halloween.  



more fall posts  //  fall to-do list  |  nature explorations  |  DIY fall pumpkins