Monday, April 30, 2018

A MONTH IN REVIEW: april 2018.


+  i sat down to write this post, but i can't remember anything from this month. LOL. we moved! the house is almost ready to be put on the market. we have been living with my sister-in-law and her family for little over a week now, and it's so fun!

+  jackson turned ten months old!


+  tax season is over! i will never complain about tax season because i went into this field knowing that it demands longer hours, but i am very happy it is ending. i enjoy the work i do, but there were a few things that happened last month that left me a little wounded. what i found so beautiful + comforting in those hurtful moments was that God was so close. He knew my pain + fears + everything in between and held me close. He brought to light some things i need to change on my end and gave me comfort that He will work all things for my good -- in His timing.

Monday, April 23, 2018

we are insane, part deux.

remember when we decided to sell our house when jackson was just days old?
well... we are insane - again.

over the weekend, we packed up our house and moved in with my sister-in-law + her family. again.

long story short- a house has become available in an area of wichita [maize] that we have always wanted to live. and even better? it's on the same block as my sister-in-law's house. [this means that moving will be a little easier!] the housing market it pretty good right now, but we went an extra step and moved out of our current home so that potential buyers can see it without all our stuff.

the house we will eventually buy currently has occupants, but they are expected to move out once they find a house. we took a gamble with moving out of our current house because a) what if it doesn't sell? and b) the tenants of the home we want to buy still haven't found a home. BUT. that's where faith comes in. we know that God can work things out for our good. He's proven that with jared's work situation this year. [and so many other times. i could list a million little ways He's provided + made a way in our lives lately!]

so the next few months will be filled with prayers + enjoying our time together. we are okay with however God works everything out. i want to soak in all my free time, even if it's just reading a book! i know every parent says this, but time is flying by. jackson turns ten months old this week. i'm already planning his first birthday party. it's fine. i'm fine

Monday, April 9, 2018

WEEKEND NOTES // volume fourteen.

+  this weekend was jam-packed! i had to work on saturday. we went grocery shopping at aldi and then headed to my favorite mexican restaurant to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. you know what that means? CAKE.

+  after dinner, jared + i took our nieces to the theater to watch a quiet place. that movie was SO good. 

+  when we got home, jared took jackson to his room and as soon as he picked jackson up from his carseat, he laid his head down on jared's shoulder. that image of my baby boy sleeping on his daddy's shoulder is forever ingrained into my mind. my heart burst into a thousand pieces.

+  i've read ten books so far this year, but now i have some sort of book hangover. or maybe it's just indecisiveness. i cannot choose a book to read AT ALL lately. i've went almost two weeks without reading. i wish someone would just make the decision for me! (my favorite genres are fiction, YA, suspense thrillers. here's my to-read list on goodreads.)


this mug is GORGEOUS.

+  flashback to this time last year when i was seven months pregnant!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018



this spring has been on the chilly/dry side, so the only showers around here are the ones i take at night. i recently picked up this shampoo + conditioner from target, and it smells SO good. there have been multiple times a day where i've grabbed a fistful of hair and inhaled. that may sounds weird, but i've never found a scent i loved this much for my hair.


-  healthier habits. i fell into a food rut recently and started feeling the affects of a poor diet. i have started drinking a ton of water as well.

-  april goals with my powersheets.


-  not a baby, that's for sure.

-  the spare bedroom to stay clean for about a week. i finally got it in some order last night, but that room is the catch-all for eeeeeverything. we are storing a lot of jackson's baby items in there for the next baby (again- NOT expecting right now! haha.) so it may never look ordered, but at least there aren't boxes of clothes sitting on the floor.


- a website! a couple of year ago, jared + i dreamed up this idea of a website for our city. we put it on hold when i found out i was pregnant, but now we are back at it! i am so excited to get this project off the ground, but i know it's going to be a lot of work. fun work though.

-  a list of possible topics for tomorrow's #notpolethursdays


-  i have an odd love for vacuuming, and we recently bought this vacuum. we have hardwood floors throughout our home except for the game room, but it works great because it has two settings, one for bare floors, one for carpet.

-  i'm on the hunt for some new basics: v-necks, a new pair of black pants for work, and a new pair of jeans. my post-baby style is pretty similar to my pre-baby style- tee, cardigan, skinnies, and ankle boots/sandals/vans. simple, cute, functional.

linking up with anne of in residence

Monday, April 2, 2018

WEEKEND NOTES // volume thirteen.

-  we had a pretty good easter weekend. jared + i both had to work on saturday. when that happens, our weekends tend to feel pretty short, but i only have two more saturdays left this year! we had an easter dinner with his family on saturday evening. jackson had a blast seeing everyone. i didn't get him an easter basket because homeboy isn't going to remember it.

-  you know what i don't have time or metal space for? pretentious moms. #byefelicia

-  i've been keeping a food journal lately to see if there's any correlation between my diet + the migraines i've been having. i still think they're related to my hormones, but it can't hurt to see if something i'm eating triggers them. i've also been drinking so. much. water. that i've been having to get up to go pee during the night. it's like i'm pregnant again. [I AM NOT THOUGH.]

-  i am so thankful for the people in our lives who have helped out with jackson. it truly takes a village. life will change a lot when jared goes back on first shift, and we are so excited! when i look back on the first six months of jackson's life, i feel proud of the transition + growth during those times by myself.


+  i was listening to this episode of the coffee + crumbs podcast about social media recently, and it really challenged me. i've been mulling over this thought all weekend: when i look back at my life when i'm eighty, what i'll remember are the memories with my people, not likes + comments + followers + such.

when love feels heavy. //  this article left me sobbing. goodness.

+  hulu is making a limited series of little fires everywhere!