jared and i were putting the groceries up earlier this evening. it was a beautiful day, with temps in the high sixties (in january - praise the Lord!) we let the boys (our dogs, tyler + milo) out to play. i grabbed another bag of groceries from the table, and as i looked up, i noticed the neighbor kids were trying to get the dogs' attention. it was cute. milo was a little scared, not sure what to think. ty was eating it up - he loves anyone and everyone.

and then the sweetest thing happened.

jared walked outside and scooped up milo. he took him to the fence and talked to the kids for about five minutes. be still, my heart. it was so cute and kind of him to appease those kids' affection for our dogs.

i snapped the photo above as he was chatting with them. a smile formed across my face as i took in this sight. society tells us to marry someone who is good-looking, wealthy, successful, and so on. but i say marry a man who is kind, generous, hilarious, and will stop what he's doing to take his puppy to the neighbor kids so they can pet and play with him. [jared is ridiculously handsome, too - holla!]

//  ohhhh, that cute face gets me every. single. time.

//  current favorite blog: design for mankind

//  can we fast forward to spring now?

//  i've had a recent surge of creativity, which i partially attribute to happiness from my new job.

//  this pin describes how i feel perfectly.

//  it never fails: i ALWAYS leave my to-go box on the table of a restaurant.

//  i can't tell you how many times i've jumped in my chair while watching the blacklist.

//  i'm stoked about serial, season two.

//  did you catch my 2015 photo review?

//  amber's monthly book link-up, collaboreads, is one of my favorites.

//  the cheese danish at starbucks is my JAM.

//  jess connolly's #nofilternewsletter is SO, SO GOOD. you need (yes, NEED) to subscribe.

//  while you're at it, go subscribe to amber's thursday love letters, too.

//  i've decided to participate in a photo-a-day challenge in 2016. follow along HERE.

//  one year ago today, i got a message on the dating app that read, "99% match is pretty good." one year later, i am doing life with that man by my side. all a GOD thing!


vanilla lattes + peppermint mochas + shots of espresso + the occasional double-shot caramel frappuccino when it gets above fifty degrees because it's like a heat wave after several days of frigid, single-digit temps.


ugh. i literally have five books checked out right now. i haven't touched them at all. lesson learned: check out one book at a time, sistah.


- binging on the blacklist because ohhhh myyyy gooodnesssss.
- brooklyn nine-nine, chicago pd, and law & order: svu (can ya tell we finally got cable?)
- the shannara chronicles (jared and i watch this together. tuesday nights = cuddling + tv time)


- all the spring flowers. now that i live in wichita, i absolutely cannot wait for springtime because there are beautiful parks and the botanica gardens that i can explore and take too many photos of flowers.
-  inspiration for my 2016 board.


-  casting crowns' new live album
-  "to know Your name" - hillsong
-  still jammin' to this spotify playlist at work


our saturday morning breakfasts at verita coffee co. taco nights. vanilla lattes. my job! wildly worshipping my Savior. watching tyler and milo play in the backyard. my new bu-jo planner. powersheets. sharpie pens. snapchat. vanilla and lavender. sunday afternoon naps. slouchy sweaters.


-  we got our baby milo this month!
-  i started my powersheets prep for the new year.
-  jared and i started a saturday routine of brunch at our favorite coffee shop.
-  a caramel macchiato + a tyler bear + a pretty christmas tree.
-  we stopped to snap a few [dozen] photos of the life-sized optimus prime near my hometown.
-  selfie under the pine tree like old times.
-  when i visited my family, i made sure to carve out time to explore the pasture.
-  our first christmas together!
-  two words: STAR WARS.


-  jared and i spent our first christmas together. i was very emotional about it because i never imagined the sweet, God-breathed path i would take throughout 2015. jared is the man i have always desired to have as a helpmate. he's kind and hilarious and loves me for me. aaaaaand now i'm getting all teary-eyed again.

-  what was just a random tuesday turned out to be the day we got our baby milo! jared played hookey from work to spend time with me since i was starting a new job the following day. we had been discussing getting a puppy, but decided to wait. i dropped off the rest of my things at the credit union [bye, felicia] and when i got back in the truck, jared told me he found beagle puppies for a really good price. whaaaaat? are we really going to do this? YEP, sho' nuff. milo was the second pup we held and knew he was ours that very moment he was in my arms. [that sounds so cheesy, but it's the truth!] the last month has been full of laughter and lots of pee. but seriously, he's the best addition to our little family. he and tyler are the best of friends.

-  after lots of tearful prayers, i finally started my new job! i am a bookkeeper at an accounting office - just like i was for 10+ years with my grandma. i am elated, y'all. i have my own office. how cool is that?! and best of all - no more customer service and rude people and all the other stuff that doesn't matter anymore. hallelujah!

-  my parents came up to watch the christmas concert at church. the bass player in the praise band is really hott.

-  jared and i hosted a friends' christmas party in our home. it was so much fun! we played a few rounds of catchphrase, which brought out the competitive side of me i'm always warning jared about. ha!

-  we watched the new star wars + i had the best turkey burger of my life + i was there with my hunky husband + it was one of my favorite date nights ever.

-  i tried huhot for the first time. it was delicious! i got the spiciest sauce on the menu and felt like a fire-breathing dragon for awhile. then we got lattes and drove around looking at christmas lights the rest of the evening.

-  i watched christmas vacation for the first time. everyone kept asking me why i had never watched it before, and i just wanted to reply, "i don't KNOW, margo."

-  jared and i took a little roadtrip down to oklahoma to see my fam-bam. it was so nice to see them + laugh + hang out for the day. i sure miss them, but it makes those times we do spend together that much more special.


-  not all coupons mean a good deal. like when you go in wanting highlights and come out looking like legolas about to fight some orcs. elf princess chic, minus the ears.

-  real christmas trees are amazing.

-  when you are unhappy at your job, keep applying + applying. God is faithful to provide.

-  at almost thirty years old, i will never be too old for chocolate milk.

-  beanies are great when you don't want to do your hair, but still look cute. so basically i lived in beanies for the last two weeks of december. (and probably for the next three months.)

the idea of it -vs- it. [so true!]


"ever be" - bethel music
"good good father" - casting crowns version
this playlist on spotify

binge-worthy shows:
how to get away with murder
the blacklist

movies watched:
vacation - * star (the language was no bueno)
christmas vacation - ***** stars (now i know why it's a classic!)
star wars - i'll let this tweet speak for my feelings.

[last summer - colorado springs, colorado] 

my theme for 2016 is WORSHIP.

a wild + creative life of worship for the Lord is my desire for the new year and all the other days of my life.

i want my art to shout His praises + use my talent for His glory. 

with the craziness of the last eleven months of my life, i pushed that talent to the side. during this time of getting married + moving to a new state + starting a new job + then another new job, jared encouraged me to not forget about my passions.

now that i am settled in my new city + our home + life in general, i need to pursue those passions that fuel my creativity. in doing so, my goal is to create with purpose for His glory.

i want worship to invade every part of my life - whether it's doing the dishes or driving to work or buying groceries. the most mundane activity can be worship. my goals for the new year are about worship in some way.