Friday, July 4, 2014


               every 4th of July our family celebrates our nation's freedom and this guys birthday.

      Happy Happy Birthday to our free spirited, independent, car loving, lego movie making, silly son!

       You truly have opened my mothering heart to embrace the creativity and uniqueness around me.

I'm so very blessed to call you son! I'm honored to watch you grow into the young man God created you to be!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"how do you do it all?!" part 2 {soul}

                                         "my soul find rest in God alone."         
                       "You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free."    

knowing the truth about how the Father sees us has been the single factor in my husband and my life's change.

           "How does parenting have anything to do with understanding our Father's love for us?"
                                               it has everything. to. do. with. it!!

                                      {{ right believing = produces = right living.}}

        knowing who I am. knowing how He sees me, affects how I walk, how I talk, how I act.
 walking in that truth brings freedom, and true freedom spills over into my entire life, including parenting.
                                        so how do I know the truth...simply by listening!
            I listen to His voice of Truth, His Spirit which bears witness to the Truth... the Truth that
                                          "i am the righteousness of God in Christ."
                                                 beautiful, beautiful righteousness!!
"I am qualified. worthy. righteous. whole. complete ... lacking nothing. full of love and patience. gentle. beautiful. encouraging. creative...etc..."
as i sit and listen to Him tell me who i am, my soul is full of life. {{ abundant, overflowing life }}

                                         {{ right believing = produces right living.}}

Monday, June 23, 2014

"how do you do it all?" part 1 {heart}

             a while back, a sweet acquaintance who just had her second son, asked me the question,
                                                          "how do you do it all?!
i feel like there's not enough of me to give to both of my children; how do you do it with six?"

   looking back on the thirteen years of parenting that I've had, a lot has been a huge learning experience.
                i certainly didn't feel the least bit qualified to give an ounce of parenting advice.

                                                            "only with Him."  

                 "i simply cannot do it on my own. I am nothing. I am totally dependent on Him to do it"
                             "i wasn't {enough} for one child; i'm not enough for six."
 "He is faithful. He's given me these children and with Him...through Him working in me, i am able.
                            on my own, in my own strength, i fall. i fail miserably. daily."

               there are days that I fall short in my effort to connect on a deep level with my kids.
                     there are days i'm a not so pleasant friend and helpmate to my husband.
     there are days that i'm sidetracked by things of this world, that shouldn't come before my family.

                                                                > >  but < <
   my hearts desire is to soak in each and every moment. to love abundantly. to love purposefully. 
                                     but nothing in my own strength can make that happen!!

 while that may sound a bit depressing, since honestly, most people love being told a list of {how to's}...

knowing {deep}in my hearts core that the Father is the only One who can and will accomplish all my hearts desire is completely and overwhelmingly liberating!!

                                                                > >  and < <
not only {will} He accomplish my hearts desire; He has plans {{abundantly}} more than i even desire!!
                                                   to think that I can "do it"...{whatever it is}...
                                                              is a complete lie.
          sure i can certainly try on my own strength, and even produce limited, momentary results
                                                                 > > >   or  < < <
   i can let Him work through me ...  He, who has the ability to change hearts and give true change.    

continually listening to Him tell me who i am, resting in His overwhelming love and complete goodness
                                            "is the only way I can do anything".

Monday, June 16, 2014

Amber Beckham Photography

my heart has been bursting to find a moment to write this post! i'm thrilled to introduce my lovely friend

                                                     Amber of Amber Beckham Photography

Amber is an an amazing local photographer with an indescribable beauty and an equally creative eye.

             Amber was my room mate in college, a bridesmaid and photographed my own wedding.
                                                      i love you sweet, sweet friend!!

                 a while back, Amber captured this lovely moment featuring my "I DO" wedding banner.

 it's not often that i get an order for wedding decor, but i truly love to share in this special day for couples.
                             {photo used with permission by Amber Beckham Photography}
                                         you can view more photo's of their wedding here

      Amber also captured these beautiful moments with me and my boys before Sweet Pea joined our family.

                                            words cannot describe how much i love this girl!
                     her heart,creativity, passion, and her beauty {inside + out} are beyond words.

Amber photographs weddings, families, seniors, and newborns. You can view more beautiful photo's on her
                                                  website:  Amber Beckham Photography

                                    You can also find her on facebook here and blogger here

Saturday, June 14, 2014

recipe : Gluten Free Banana Bread / muffins

         in honor of Father's Day and our family's little journey into better health and gluten free eating...

                                            i bring you a basic banana bread / muffin recipe.

    these muffins make a nice treat and we'll often make them up when we're craving something a bit sweet.

makes 12-18 muffins or one loaf

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix *
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 fully ripe banana's

* You can usually find Pamela's mix in your local grocery or on amazon, here

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl
3. stir in eggs and vanilla
4. add Pamela's mix and cinnamon
5. add in mashed banana's

beat all ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

bake for 12-15 min. or in greased loaf pan for 45 min

** you can substitute a can of pumpkin in place of the banana's for a delicious pumpkin loaf.
     add 3 tblsp. flax or hemp seeds and top with crushed walnuts for added omega's!

            you can read a bit more about Ben's health experience here and previous Father's Day posts here