Thanks to all of you who told me to go for it and paint a little accent nook in my living room! It turned out even better than I imagined. 😍
My mama who is an amazing painter offered to do it for me last week before we had Ryan’s big party and she got it all done in one afternoon!
I waited to post about it so I could see people’s faces when they walked into the living room and saw it! It feels 100x more cozy and warm in our living room now!
After it was done Ryan asked if we could paint our whole house black. 🙄😂 I guess it’s good that he likes it!
Two mirror selfies in one week. Am I a fashion blogger now? (Really just trying to make memories with this phone case before I upgrade and can’t use it anymore 😭)
1581321 March, 2019
DREAMS DO COME TRUE ✨🤩
thrifting my little heart out these days, because “no money, lots of problems 😬”, BUT I have finally found THE table I have been searching for to use for our record player & records!
this really ties in that rattan meets mid century modern vibe I have been trying to create & I👏🏻AM👏🏻ALL👏🏻ABOUT👏🏻IT👏🏻
116178 May, 2019
The venthood and open shelves are finally finished!!!!!
This past weekend I threw my husband a surprise birthday party at our home and I REALLY wanted all of this done before the party but I couldn’t tell Ryan why I wanted them done ASAP. 😂 But because my husband is a saint and loves me so much, he hustled and and got them done without questioning why they HAD to be done before the weekend! 😍
So now we just have the backsplash and island to do and then we are done with the kitchen!!! Well until we decide to paint the kitchen cabinets black of course. 💁🏻♀️ #southsideRAKreno#southsideRAK
There’s been a name change friends!! I’ve finally decided to match my Instagram with my website and Facebook and turn this Instagram into a ministry based IG! I’m so excited! Side note: I’m sure you’ve noticed that only one of my hands are painted and I feel like i owe you an explanation.. truth is I only had time to paint one of them LAST week and I haven’t had the time or motivation to paint the other one and I’m sure it’s driving all of you OCD people cray 😜But I’m a mama so free with one hand painted and all 😂 #letsberealtogether#momsofree
321313 hours ago
New design! This family goes camping several times a year and this will help their RV feel like home 💛 #handletteredmarket
Checked out the beautiful @greenthumbglasshouse with some of my fave gal pals today and had a great time exploring in Delhi! Love having adventures with these girls especially when it involves plants! 😍🌿🖤
136917 July, 2019
So I took a picture with the face app and it seriously brought condemnation in my life therefore couldn’t have been God’s will for my life 😂🙈 therefore I will post this photo of me in my youth and possibly invest in a good skincare? idk. #dontneedthatkindofnegativity#yourtoxic 😂🙈 #faceaging
352217 July, 2019
I was scrolling through my phone and found these pictures. These pictures of our old life and the every day moments that made it full. I was a stay at home mom and they were the reasons I stayed home. I think back on these moments & am so grateful I could be a stay at home mom 👩👧👧
But I also look back & think about how I wish I was more grateful then. On the hard days, the song “You’re gonna miss this” would pop in my head & all I could think was “SHUT UP @traceadkins, I will NEVER miss these hard days full of meltdowns and whining.” But, Trace was right, gang. I do miss it. I miss it all. And I’d take 1,000 hard days to be back to our norm tomorrow. 😏
But, it keeps me fighting because one day soon I’ll be back at my stay at mom home gig with a renewed perspective. 💕
I’m not suddenly going to return as the perfect mom. And I won’t have perfect kids. I’m still going to struggle to be grateful. I’m not going to magically be perfectly in tune with my kids because we fought and beat cancer together. But I will return changed. Determined. And most of all grateful. 🙏
So to my sweet momma friends, in the thick of motherhood today, would you take a minute and say a prayer, take a deep breath, get rid of a few to-do’s if you have to, change up the routine, call a friend, put the phone down, get out of the house, do the thing that helps you reset & enjoy your babies & the ugly & the everyday that seem so annoying and tiring today? 💕
Maybe even snap a pic for me & save it for the unknown future. Just to have, in case life brings you some lemons and you want to reminisce about how sweet your old normal used to be. Or by chance you need some extra fuel to help you fight a battle so you can return to your beautiful everyday. 📸
Here’s to the extra fuel these “mundane” pictures gave me to fight. To find our new norm with a renewed perspective, full of healthy habits, gratefulness, and so many reminders to not take even the hard days for granted. Take that cancer!⛽️
2241817 July, 2019
Never a dull moment with this guy.
We have been wanting a basketball hoop for a cement slab behind the woodshop for awhile now, and a kind neighbor down the road gave his to us for free!🙌🏻🏀
We’ve been looking for more things to do together while Sybil sleeps and thankfully her baby monitor reaches the court! So we went out for the first time the other night, Jay started sweeping away at a bunch of leaves and awakened the PLAGUE of yellow jackets.
We survived them, Jay:🔟 Danielle:6️⃣ (the first time I’ve ever been stung in my life, by the way🙄), and needless to say, it was QUITE the intense experience! But we finally got rid of them (🧨) and played the night away, both sore and slightly annoyed. Okay, a little more than slightly.🤯
I wouldn’t wanna shoot hoops and get stung what seemed like a million times times with anyone else, babe. 💛
30316 July, 2019
Holy Spirit woke me up an hour before I normally wake up and all I can say is Holy Spirit has my back this morning 😂 my children woke up a whole hour early and since then we’ve had some bickering, tattling, and one major tantrum.. I use to let mornings like this determine my day.. I use to let the atmosphere around me and the actions of my children determined my actions and how this day was going to be.. But not anymore.. this morning while my two year old was screaming and my four year old was complaining about her pants I took a deep breath and spoke to my soul “I have control of the atmosphere here. Today is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad”. I chose today to command the atmosphere to be still. I commanded the big emotions in my children to be still. I’m speaking in tongues all throughout today because Lord knows I need supernatural prayers where Holy Spirit Intercedes on my behalf to the Father and I’m declaring that even though we started out a little rough today today will still have meaning and be captivating even if it is not balanced because I’m learning that days don’t have to be balanced to be meaningful. I’m being a mom so free today.. despite the tantrums, despite the early mornings, and despite the unbalanced day.. Because a mom so free isn’t a mom who has it all together.. But it’s because of Holy Spirit brings freedom within her so she can live in freedom & Joy regardless..
351516 July, 2019
Spending our Monday at one of our favorite places! Do you have a favorite spot to take your kiddos? The zoo will always be a favorite for us. I’ll never grow tired of the wonder In their eyes when they see elephants or the excitement of learning about a new animal. It’s been a full day but we’re ending it with a full heart ❤️
361115 July, 2019
I will not complain about the heat. I will not complain about the heat.
When you live in upstate NY it’s just not allowed to hate on summer but all I want to do is sit at home by the AC these days! 🙈
Good news is when you’re outside in the summer sun, baseball caps are your best friend and right now these bad boys are 25% off - only $15 with free shipping! The best deal they’ll ever be, so grab ‘em before it ends! #driftscript#driftdesignco
80315 July, 2019
Our weekend involved plenty of laundry 🧺 and home projects. So thankful that I had Karl and this joyful girl to keep me sane 💛
While we were on vacation visiting our friends and family in NY, we were able to squeeze in the SWEETEST family shoot with my dear friend and one of the BEST photographers in the business, @sarahkathrynphoto😭😍
I’ve wanted to do a photo shoot with Sarah for ages now and am SO thankful we were finally able to make it happen while we were home. She captured our little family in the most perfect, down to earth way and we couldn’t be more in love with how every image turned out.
@sarahbedzyk, you are truly amazing and SO gifted in what you do. Thank you for these beautiful keepsakes that we’ll cherish always. I can’t even wait to get my gallery wall of our shoot up in the house!
Do yourself a favor and book @sarahkathrynphoto for a shoot N O W.💛
Happy Friday!!! I think it’s a good day for some #fridayintroductions I’m Heather! 28 years young, law enforcement wifey, and mama to 3 baby girls and yes we do want more and no, we’re not trying for a boy 🙈😂 I’m a iced Carmel macchiato with two pumps of vanilla kind of girl, big hat wearer, and I’d pick a big flowy dress that made you feel like you were wearing nothing at all over shorts or pants any day 😂 I’m a lover or romantic comedy, cool crispy mornings and afternoon tea with cookies. About a year and a half ago I was a mama in the trenches, falling into survival mode, not being able to catch up to save my life.. I felt like I was failing in parenting. I was exhausted. That’s when i felt Holy Spirit speak to me one night and said “why don’t you try doing this parenting with me and I’ll show you what a thrive mom looks like”. And I’ve been on this incredible journey with Him ever since! And let me tell you this. It doesn’t look like perfection. Thriving doesn’t look like me having all of my ducks in a row.. most of the time I still don’t know what I’m doing 😂 But thriving in motherhood with Holy Spirit doesn’t look like my limits. It looks like His limitless. When we choose to thrive in Holy Spirit we’re giving Him our weaknesses as He gives us His strengths. We give Him the lies we’re believing about ourselves as He grounds us in His truth, and we give Him our cluelessness and He gives us His wisdom.. that’s what co-parenting with Holy Spirit is. Last February i launched a ministry/community called “Mom so free” where I hope to encourage mamas to find strength, wisdom and power in mothering with Holy Spirit.. We don’t need to strive for perfection anymore. We don’t need to have it all together what we need to do is place our hope in the one who does! ❤️ So tell me something about yourself! Have we personally connected yet? If not introduce yourself! I’d love to meet you!
361212 July, 2019
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun!” I am absolutely loving these bathing suits from @yaffifashion. They have matching family bathing suits, mother/daughter and mother/son and even matching ones for the dads! 🥰
Happy Tuesday from us!
Had a busy day yesterday with this one and went on the quickest thrift run yet (⚡️💃🏻) but I managed to snag some GOLDEN pieces in that half hour search😅 and even though I barely left the store with my head on straight, we triumphed!
Today’s agenda has been a lot more low key, full of naps, swinging outside, Mozart records, many crawl attempts (she’s SO close), catching up on laundry and Bachelorette and depending on what the weather does, may include a swim in Sybby’s lil blow up pool!
I can neither confirm nor deny whether I’ll be squeezing in there right along with her.🏊🏻♀️
7169 July, 2019
My friend and I have been talking about this so much lately.. We both want to be the start of a new legacy and we’ve discussed how painful it is sometimes to raise up a new legacy. To birth a brand new generation so that the curses of our past will die with us.. that In us God is doing a new thing and than at the end of our conversation we were saying “But our kids will not feel this way, they won’t go through this!” We were saying how our great grandchildren will look back at us and how a new generation was birthed in us... But I’m learning to create a new legacy we must first put on a new legacy. We could choose to live in our old legacy that brought pain or we can choose a legacy that brings restoration. The legacy of Jesus. The legacy of adoption. You can finish reading about this on my blog #linkinbio
29109 July, 2019
Summer sunsets ❤️ Lately the weather has been way to hot for us to go out midday so we’ve been soaking up early morning and evening trips to the park and in it I’ve found a whole new love for summer... maybe you’re in a season in life right now where you’re done and you just want the next season to be here.. Be still friend, look around you and find the beauty in the now. It’s here but you won’t find it if you’re to busy trying to find the beauty in the next season.
2759 July, 2019
nothing screams “mid twenties mom/adult” like the first purchase of your own refrigerator 🙌🏻🥳
can you believe Luke & I have been married for almost 5 years & have never bought a kitchen appliance!? crazy!
ps, not a recent ultrasound photo. I am obsessed with my son & love seeing his first ultrasound photo, even though I am constantly holding him 😬😅
118108 July, 2019
If you don’t have cotton candy as big as your head are you even having a summer? We had our yearly Freedom fest with #danmohler over the weekend and it was so powerful! People were receiving Christ, getting baptized. My husband and daughter Got Holy Glitter while being prayed over and Evelynne had it on her for a few days 🤯 it was amazing! It was a celebration for sure! It was also celebration day in our brand new building!!!!!
“It’s all about survival” that seems to be the anthem of motherhood in this season of life we’re in.. “if I can just make it to bedtime” or “if my kids just grow up to be decent human beings, I’ll be happy” whenever i hear a mama make statements such as these my heart hurts.. This is why I do what I do. Why I write what I write because Mama, there is so much more us and it’s on the other side of survival and it’s called Abundance. It’s called Freedom. It’s called thriving. We’re not called to survival. Survival isn’t God’s best for us. That mindset is a lie from the pit of hell that is trying to steal the beauty of motherhood. We can’t enjoy motherhood if we’re just trying to survive it. John 10:10 says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to give us abundant life! This survival talk. It’s gotta go back to hell where it came from. It’s stealing the very joy of mothers and it’s stealing the destiny of our children. I feel Isaiah 40:31 burning on my heart this morning, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Guys, what a promise right? Can you imagine living life like that? That when on the hardest days of motherhood we’re still going from strength to strength. From glory to glory. From joy to joy and from peace to peace without growing weary? Let me tell you mamas it’s available to you and it’s available to me. It’s found in that abundant life that Jesus came to give us.. He’s saying this morning “give me your limits so i can give you my limitless. Give me your weakness so I can give you my strength. Give me your weariness so I can give you my rest. Give me your disappointment so I can give you my joy! Give me your legacy so I can give you Mine” This is co-parenting. This is daughtership. When we give Papa all that we are so that He can give us all that He is. Mama, we don’t have to survive today. But we have to remember the instructions before the promise “But those who hope in the Lord” we can’t thrive if our hope is not In Jesus. Because everything else is shakable. Let’s hope in Jesus today.
He comes up to visit our church a few times a year and they never leave his lap when he does.. NEVER.. Liya ended up falling asleep on Him during worship. they were so sad that today was Dan Mohler’s last day here. Have you ever listened to Dan Mohler preach? If not you neeeeeeeed toooo!!!
A bird hit our back sliding glass door this morning (this isn’t the first time🤦🏻♀️) and wouldn’t move for about 10 minutes, still breathing, but in shock and seemed to be hurt pretty bad.
Jay told me to be prepared for the worst, so I sat and talked with the bird (yes, this is normal for me), who I named Gertrude, until the time came.😭
But little Gertrude pulled herself together and started flapping her wings and moving and grooving her little legs, chirped a happy tune and flew away (Matthew 10:29🙌🏻💛)!
Needless to say, it’s a happy Friday over here. And you’re welcome.🐦 #cosgroveaframe
8435 July, 2019
Just sitting here managing and taking notes for @acupfullofhopepodcast at Starbucks and @gracewhilewewait & @trustinginduetime got me all fired up 😂🔥 if you’re looking for an amazing podcast to listen to that will just take you way beyond surface stuff you gotta go sub! They’re doing a series on Holy Spirit and who He is and it’s amazing!
2484 July, 2019
my baby is so cute it physically hurts me. love him so much I could just squeeze him. sometimes I do & it makes him cry, but like, he’s fine ✨♥️💙🤗🇺🇸💥
When your body is feeling weary. when your heart is feeling restless.
When you feel like your just going through motions. When to much needs to get done and your feeling the weight you were never meant to carry. Put on the garments of praise. Praise Him sister. In the storms praise Him. In the peace praise Him. Because in all the seasons He is worthy. Because in all the seasons He is good. Because He’s already won the battle. He’s already won the war over our hearts. Let’s start a legacy of worship Because when we create a legacy of worship we create a legacy of breakthrough.
36163 July, 2019
A happy baby and mamma over here! 💛 Alaina had a super long nap this afternoon and I got a lot planned for our next home decor project 🙌🏻
2052 July, 2019
It’s not found in striving. It’s not found in hustle. It’s not found in checked to do lists... it’s found in surrender.. Let’s stop being busy. I feel like that’s one of the biggest lies from the pit of hell that the enemy likes to throw at us women who love productivity is that Busy is godly.. But nothing is Godly unless Jesus is at the center.. Let’s learn to mother in rest and not for rest, with strength and not for strength, with joy and not for joy and in freedom and not for freedom. Where can we find that abundance? It’s at His table and He has a seat with your name on it. ❤️
24102 July, 2019
The Juno Gown by Amanda Garrett is simple yet effortlessly beautiful. Sleeveless silk gown flowing softly to the floor. Low back and ruched sleeve detail. Perfect for a sleek and stylish, modern bridal setting!
1432 July, 2019
One of my goals this summer is for my children to see more sunrises and sunsets.. cheers to picnics on the lawn.. and we’re definitely loving our lemon grass and citronella oil right about now #goodbyebugs#nationalpicnicmonth is off to a great start!
3481 July, 2019
“IT’S ALL ABOUT SURVIVAL FROM HERE ON OUT”
Those words stuck to me as a twenty one year old new mama of a sweet girl.. I remember being exhausted, struggling with PPD, living in a house full of people and yet feeling so alone, crying at night, not being able to sleep during the day, and longing for my husband who didn’t even get to experience the newness of being a Dad because He wasn’t able to have maternity leave and had to leave me and his new daughter literally just a few hours after delivering.. I was at my first play date with multiple mamas and their children while my Evelynne was only a few months old. I was obviously the youngest of the bunch and I was just trying to soak in all the wisdom that these mamas before me were offering when one sentence set me back just a bit “It’s all about survival from here on out” And all the mamas cheered as if it were to be something to be embraced, like she was preaching a life changing sermon.
SURVIVAL.. To just exist during a hard season seems to be the goal set of motherhood.. I’ve found that in this generation of moms survival is kind of the norm that we’ve embraced and have even put hope in.. Where we embrace our weaknesses without leaving room for growth and just accept that this is who you are as a mom and we’re owning it.. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard the words “If I can just keep them alive until they go off to college I’ll be fine” But mama when our mindset is “survival” we miss out on the beauty of the mundane because we’re to busy looking at the clock to tick to bedtime.
MAMA, WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT SURVIVAL WASN’T GOD’S BEST FOR YOU? .... Read more #linkinbio
2831 July, 2019
Recently Papa has been reminding my heart that there is always room at His table for me.. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having or had. I don’t need to schedule time in to see Him. I don’t have to wait. Like a good Father the second I call His Name He comes for me. He sits and listens as I pour out my truth to Him and than He speaks His truth over me.. in Songs of songs 1:8 He says “Listen my Radiant one, if you ever lose sight of me just follow in my footsteps where I lead my lovers. Come with your burdens and cares. Come to the place near the sanctuary of my Shepherds. There you will find me”. 😍😭 where He is there is abundance. There is peace, joy, freedom. Where He is voids get filled, brokenness gets restored and hearts get healed.. Recently I’ve felt like the woman at the well and Jesus is telling me to drink deep from His water instead of the water of the world.. Because when we drink deep from His well we become filled with living water. Mamas, if you find yourself losing sight of Jesus today, follow in His footsteps, put the worship on, meditate on His life giving word and you’ll find Him. He never leaves. ❤️ and if you didn’t know this today there is room for you at His table too ❤️
2571 July, 2019
Bookstore 🤝 flower shop
125111 July, 2019
I did a poll a few weeks back asking mamas if they prayed over their children.. More than half of you said “Not as much as you’d like to” and I feel you! I feel like so often the days just pass us by and we forget or are soo exhausted by bedtime we have no words to speak. I feel you mama, which is why I just started a new section to MOM SO FREE.. Every Sunday I will post a verse that you and I can pray over our children, ourselves and our family every day. Every single week! Go check out todays verse #linkinbio#prayingtheword#wellwateredwomen#momsofree
Thursdays are the new Saturdays! What a gorgeous night for shopping, dining, and sipping under the stars 🌙 Thank you, #Durham , for an incredible first night market!
159528 June, 2019
I treat this puppa babe as if I gave birth to him & honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way 😍♥️
70527 June, 2019
“He gives us hope when hope is gone. He gives us strength when we can’t go on. He gives us shelter in the storms of life. When there’s no peace on earth. There is peace in Christ.” My 4 year old Singing bird has been singing those words nearly everyday and I wish I could just give her a microphone for the world to hear.. Friend, if you have no peace perhaps it’s because you’re putting your hope and peace in the wrong thing. Nothing in this world is worthy of your hope or peace.. everything on this earth dies. It fails. It never lasts and you can’t take it with you when you go.. But in the words of my sweet Liya who has the sweetest voice on the planet (no I’m not biased at all 😂) “When there’s no peace on earth. There is peace in Christ”.