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A Heart for Day Dates

It's no secret I am a quality time girl. It's my top love language and makes my heart happy. For as long as I can remember Chad has taken me on day dates. A day date is when you get to spend a good chunk of a day or the full day start to finish together. Day dates are usually pretty simple in what we do but the uninterrupted time together fills my Love tank and refuels me. When my kids were young we would pre-arrange a Saturday where they went to a grandparents. As they got older we would work around their sports schedules which limited us on the weekends. For special occasions like birthday and anniversaries Chad and I would both take [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|Marriage|1 Comment

A Heart for Grace

Have you ever had a moment where you wanted to doubt everything but a voice inside you stops you dead in your tracks? Have you ever felt like you messed something up only to have people rally around you and assure you that it's ok? This is grace. If you've never experienced grace from the love of Jesus, yourself and the people around you I want to ask you to lean in tonight. Over the past few days I've had more opportunities to "lean not on my own understanding" and acknowledge Him. I have seen God show up and give me supernatural grace for myself and others. Even in the moments when it's hard, He is reaching out to us and asking us to [...]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Truth (Faith)|0 Comments

A Heart for My Girl

Last week I shared my heart for my man. Today, I'm sharing my heart for my girl. I was 17 when we got married. Approximately three weeks before we got married we found out we were going to have a baby. There was no question in our minds, what we knew we wanted to do. And so, we did. We got married and started preparing for our family. I’ve shared our story many times publicly but never in writing for the world to see. It’s scary. Like a teenager about to have a baby scary. Since the moment I knew I was going to have a baby I wanted her. Everyone said we were having a boy and they had us convinced. We couldn’t [...]

By |October 19th, 2018|Family|0 Comments

A Heart for Home

What we call home is a culmination of what we grew up with and what we've created. Home is my favorite place to be. With my people, my stuff, in the space we have cultivated and call home. Home isn't always about the place we reside but the way that place makes us feel. We can cultivate an atmosphere that speaks to our hearts in just a few easy steps. Ask yourself these two simple questions. 1.) What feels like home to me? Is it soft blankets, yummy smelling candles and pinstripes? Then fill your home with those things. Is it a giant couch the whole family can pile onto to watch a movie? Make finding that couch a priority. You don't have to [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|Family|0 Comments

A Heart for Community

The group of people you do life with, the ones you enjoy hanging out with, the ones who challenge you, encourage you and bless you... those people are your community. It can be your neighbors, small group, the other baseball parents or your Sunday School Class. Our community is less about the organization and more about people intentionally connecting and doing life together. Your community doesn't feel so important until you need them. They're the ones who show up at the hospital when something happens to a family member, they're the ones who take care of your kids when you have a work emergency, they're the ones who attend the birthday parties, graduation parties, weddings and other monumental life moments. They're also the ones [...]

By |October 15th, 2018|Friendship|0 Comments

A Heart for Gratitude

It's almost that time of year...thankful month. Because, you know, Thanksgiving. But let's change things up a bit. What if we quit waiting until thanksgiving to remember what we're thankful. What if gratitude is our go to every day of the year? For as long as I can remember, I've been able to find the good in things. I wrestle with negativity just like the rest, but over two decades ago, maybe even three I came to realize the only person who has authority over how I feel about my life.... is me. About twelve years ago God birthed a vision in me for #everydaypearls. I was sitting at a women's event and I felt the Father whisper to my spirit. There's something so [...]

A Heart for Dr Pepper

It's no secret my favorite drink on this planet is Dr Pepper. I've loved it since I was a kid. It's my go to. When I'm happy, I want a Dr Pepper. When I'm sad, I want a Dr Pepper. When I'm disappointed, upset or mad ... yup, you guessed it, Dr Pepper. We were always allowed to have soda as as a kid. Primarily on special occasions, but they were in the house quite often. We were a house divided, my mom love Dr Pepper and my dad loved Coke. Dad never went for the sweetness or crossed over to the Dr Pepper side. He still to this day calls it that nasty prune juice drink. Dr Pepper is not only my drink [...]

A Heart for my Man

I've loved the same man more of my life than not. I was 16 when I met him and we started dating. I was 17 when we got married. Yup! 17. High School Sweethearts. We jumped straight into the deep end of #adulting hard core, navigating the messy waters of marriage and preparing to have a baby.  The title of "high school sweethearts" alone speaks to a lifetime of loving the same man and learning and growing together! We know that we steward a rare gift and celebrate every anniversary as the miracle that it is. I love my man for who he is, who he was and who he is becoming. The love I have for him grows deeper everyday. Now, it's not all [...]

By |October 11th, 2018|Marriage|2 Comments

A Heart for Simplifying

I've spent the better part of the last two days tackling a project that's been on my To Do list for the last six months. As I started to pack up the little farmhouse to make room for Chandler's stuff I sorted and stored all the things I knew I didn't need in the new house. I continued to add to the pile as we moved and unpacked, organized and simplified. Writing about simplifying with a house full of stuff seems a little weird to me. While we lived in the little farmhouse we discovered that we can live with a lot less. Items that have been in storage for the last two years have either been replaced if they were necessary or forgotten. [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Family|0 Comments