simpler Joys.

May 14, 2018

Since I sat down and attempted to write this blog, I’ve wiped runny noses, kissed boo-boos, put things away, stopped the baby (can I even call her that anymore?!) from making a jungle gym out of the barstools, and gotten zero writing done. What I have done, other than the aforementioned list, is taken note…


one beautiful Dream {book review}

May 7, 2018

I can hardly remember the last time I just couldn’t put a book down. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it was back when I was in high school and fighting my brother for my turn with the single copy we owned of the most recent Harry Potter installment. Jennifer Fulwiler’s One Beautiful Dream, released last…


in the face of Failure.

March 8, 2018

“On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to…


on letting Go.

January 24, 2018

This week my family and I have all been fighting some wretched kind of food poisoning. All day on Monday I felt queasy and, as a result, ate very little. Just as we were putting the kids to bed, the sickness overwhelmed me and I bolted for the bathroom. Bedtime for the girls is my…


sharing the Story.

July 31, 2017

Last week was Natural Family Planning (NFP) week. Typically I’m one to join right in, praising NFP and how wonderful it is, but this year I didn’t. Instead, I sat back and read truth after truth about how hard NFP can be. I started charting years before I married Anthony. When I learned about my…


my daddy and the Father.

April 28, 2017

My Daddy’s birthday is tomorrow and my way with words comes from him, so for his birthday, I’m writing him this blog post (oh, and he gets a gift from Monkey, too, but that comes later!). 🙂 I’ve spent a lot of time this year reflecting on fatherhood. I can’t count how many times I’ve…


perks of moving Again.

April 11, 2017

Packing, packing, sorting, and more packing. Realistically, we’ll be moving a few more times within the next few years. While moving a family isn’t my favorite thing in the world, there are a few perks to moving so frequently. In no particular order… Spring cleaning is an annual thing. I actually appreciate being able to…


life in a little House.

April 3, 2017

At what seems like long last, we have begun packing. I say ‘at long last’ because the very day, probably the very hour we moved into our current home, I made Anthony promise me that we wouldn’t live here next year, even if we stayed in Boise. The first few weeks here were hard. I’d…


the need for Him.

March 13, 2017

As you may or may not know, I’m a mom. I’m a mom all day, every day. While I am, at least technically, a part-time missionary, I am still a full-time mom, one who spends the majority of her days at home with two kids. On the off chance that the baby lets me set…


how they see Me.

February 20, 2017

It was one of those weeks, those weeks that shake your very foundations. Emotional upheaval hardly seems to cover what that week felt like. At the end of said week I found myself in adoration, grappling for some sense of…something. Something secure, steady, sure, or even logical. I sat and questioned so much of what…


a year in review, a year in Preview.

December 29, 2016

To be perfectly frank, 2016 was exactly nothing I was planning or expecting. Not in the least. And yet it has been one of the most amazing years ever. Before I get into the nitty gritty of the year and how I remember it, let’s look back at the goals I set for the year and see how…


serving the Mission.

November 3, 2016

When Anthony and I joined FOCUS, I was thrilled about the opportunity to serve as a missionary. In fact, serving on a mission has been on my ‘bucket list’ since I was in high school. What I didn’t realize, however, was that serving the mission wouldn’t look at all how I’d envisioned. I imagined meeting…



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