Renovation Update: Looking Like a House!

Our home is looking more and more like a house every day! We have windows, siding, most exterior doors, plumbing, electrical and HVAC all roughed in! We can really get a sense of the space we’ll have inside, which is great because we will be buying furniture soon! Next up on the agenda is to […] Read more…

Advent Series: Peace

The Candle of Peace was lit in our service Sunday morning, symbolizing the peace God brought to His people through Jesus. This particular service had special meaning for Jess and me because our daughter, Amelia, was christened in front of her fellow church members, family and friends. There is something so unique about infant baptism during the […] Read more…

Advent Series: Hope

Expectance takes on an entirely new meaning when you have waited for the arrival of a child. This last year the weeks seemed to drag by so slowly as I eagerly anticipated meeting my daughter. I imagined what she would look like, what her cry would sound like, and how she would change our little family for […] Read more…

10 Realizations For Traveling with a Baby

You would think that having a baby would mean an end to trips and travel for a little while. But in the five months since becoming a mom, Jess, Amelia and I have been ALL OVER THE PLACE. In her short little life we have been to the beach twice, flown to and from Texas, […] Read more…

Confessions of a People Pleaser

  I am a self-diagnosed people pleaser. Ruffling feathers is not my thing and evokes a level of anxiety I will never comprehend. Combine this burdensome trait with outside expectations and you have yourself a recipe for disaster. Over the last year I have found ways to assuage this part of me by examining the motives behind […] Read more…

Texas Weekend Recap Part 2: Austin and Flight Home

Following our exciting weekend in Waco to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Silos with HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars, Chip and Joanna, we hit the road south for a quick trip to Austin. If you caught my last post you read about Amelia’s wonderful experience on her first flight. I wish I could say the same about […] Read more…

Texas Weekend Recap Part 1: First Flight and Waco

If you have never watched HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper shame on you! Just kidding, sort of, it’s awesome! For those of you in the dark, Fixer Upper features Chip and Joanna Gaines, a creative, humble Christian couple, their four beautiful kiddos, their rustic farmhouse, and their growing renovation business. Their talent for taking run down […] Read more…

Love Does and So Should You

I absolutely adored reading Love Does by Bob Goff, not just for the usual aha moments, but for the humor, humility and whimsy jumping off each page. At first, the adventures and experiences Bob describes almost make him not seem real. The skeptic inside me didn’t want to believe because I know how often I fall […] Read more…

Testing the Limits

Before ever becoming a passionate believer I recognized the saying “God never gives you more than you can handle.” I would hear this from friends and from pastors and I found myself silently chanting this mantra anytime I faced my most difficult trials in college. When my circumstances exceeded my ability to manage them I would […] Read more…

Amelia: 4 Month Update

Amelia’s sweet, laid back personality is really beginning to show as she gets more of a “voice”. Baby girl loves to hear herself talk and when she smiles her biggest smile she is her daddy’s twin. Her beautiful eyes are bluer and her hair is lightening up so it looks like we may have a […] Read more…

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