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gorgeous day in morro bay

March 12th | an everyday moment, family

Last weekend we spent the afternoon in Morro Bay. The weather was insanely pretty. My mom left yesterday, but we had her with us for a week. And it was wonderful!

Steve road his bike to Morro Bay and we met him at Taco Temple. Yum.

We walked the path to the rock and saw otters playing.

I love my boys.

The squirrels {chipmunks?} were extra friendly.

Steve went into a music shop and when David saw this piano painting, he really wanted it to make noise!

I hopped next door to the bead shop, looking for inspiration.

Then we got Thrifty ice cream and came home.

That night we had leftovers and played scrabble. Pretty much a perfect day!

Come back soon, grandma! We love you!

And now the weekend is here again. Thank goodness! What do you have planned?

hello sunshine and waves in avila beach

January 26th | an everyday moment, hello monday

Hello friends! We had a very mellow, happy weekend. It was much needed after a stressful week. I feel like I finally exhaled. And guess what? Today is Monday–a new beginning and a fresh start. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello Avila Beach. We are there fairly often, so on this trip, I tried to capture some fresh photos and look at things with a different perspective.

Hello saying goodbye to one of our dear friends, Peggy today. Steve is playing guitar at her celebration service and we are grieving her loss with friends.

Hello clean boys room. I went through all their drawers and I have three bags of clothes to give to friends. Feels so good!

Hello dishes done and groceries waiting to be gathered.

Hello warm weather. It’s gorgeous out. We need rain. We are enjoying the sunshine and praying for wet weather.

Hello tummy pain. David has been struggling lately. GI issues are the hardest thing for him. I think he’s having a growth spurt–he’s super hungry but then struggles with reflux when his tummy is full. It’s so hard sometimes!

Hello creating. My mind is going a mile a minute lately–and I love it.

Hello Downton Abbey. Are you watching the current season? We’re obsessed.

Hello to you, sweet friend! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

hello morro bay at sunset

January 12th | an everyday moment, hello monday

A few evenings ago we drove over to Morro Bay to catch the sunset and stretch our legs. We arrived at twilight and Matthias and Steve threw a baseball for a bit while David and I cuddled. We started out a little grumpy but by the end we were laughing and feeling refreshed. That’s how most days go around here–it’s imperfect with bits of beauty. There are frustration and joys. I’m learning to be okay with this–which is a good thing since I don’t see it changing any time soon. Life is imperfect and still beautiful.

It’s Monday, a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello golden sunset. You fill my soul.

Hello brothers holding hands. Beautiful.

Hello throwing a baseball. This kid’s got a good arm.

Hello tiny, determined feet. David’s got lots of energy and he wants to explore.

Hello sweet moment. Matthias was frustrated, so Steve was comforting him and David wanted in on the hug, too.

Hello sweet Pug. His owner was so friendly and told us all about him. He really cheered Matthias up!

Hello stacks in the moonlight.

Hello drawing what inspires you. Matthias drew the sweetest pug and Steve and I were so impressed. This kid needs a dog!

Hello meetings in LA today.

Hello family who helps take care of our boys. I am so thankful!

Hello endless mounds of laundry. I am so overwhelmed! I’m waving the white flag.

Hello making a new pork loin roast recipe this week. Yum!

Hello cleaning spots in the house that don’t get enough attention. You know, the spots where things pile up–like the hall closet. Feels so good.

Hello Fixer Upper. Seriously my new favorite show on HGTV. Have you seen it?

Hello putting my phone away in the evenings and trying to be more present.

Hello working out regularly and trying to fit in walks here and there. Love it.

Hello planning and dreaming and working hard.

Hello finding time to rest and just be. So needed.

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week! What are you saying hello to? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

errands and christmas fun

December 19th | an everyday moment, family

There’s so much to do this season! There’s the stuff I need to do {emails, wrap gifts, prep for Christmas parties, send cards} and the stuff I want to do {grab a cozy blanket and read or nap!!}. So during the crazy, we’re running errands and making time for fun. It’s a stressful time of year. So we’re remembering to breathe and enjoy the small moments. To let things be imperfect. Here are some pics from the last week.


There were some very sweet moments–and I’m so glad I captured them! How do you find calm in the midst of the crazy?

hello impromptu guitar lesson

December 15th | an everyday moment, family, hello monday

Over Thanksgiving we had some sweet family time. One afternoon, Steve was playing his guitar and the smallest cousins took an interest. Before long, he had them strumming and playing. They were so excited. And these pics were too sweet not to share.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello Lexi–isn’t she adorable? She so kind and insightful. And she’s getting so big!

Hello getting the fingers just right and holding tightly.

Hello black and white photo and such a sweet profile. Love that girl!

Hello Brandon. He’s the littlest and he won’t be left behind.

Hello strumming away and feeling really good about himself.

Hello sweet moments with Uncle Steve. I think they’ll love these pics in a few years.

Hello home stretch. The workshop has been very busy. Our deadline for Christmas delivery is December 17th. You still have time to get a personalized piece of jewelry or an ornament!

Hello planning our Christmas menu and some fun activities while Nana is in town.

Hello sending out Christmas cards. I’m determined to get them out to family and a few friends. I haven’t sent them the last few years.

Hello lots of rain. Hooray. We are so happy!

Hello cozy blankets and cinnamon candles.

Hello seeing a live Mythbusters show this week. Matthias and Steve can’t wait! {I’ll be home with David}.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week. I believe there is beauty to be found. Will you join me? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link you own hello monday post there.

hello gratefulness, hello monday

September 15th | an everyday moment, hello monday

Hello friends!

On Saturday we went for a walk on the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach. It was a gorgeous day and I was determined to get some fun pics. But the sun was shining overhead and things weren’t working out like I’d hoped. I got frustrated and put my camera away. Once we got home I tried to look at the pics I’d taken with a fresh perspective and instead of being frustrated, I tried to focus on being grateful. And I surprised myself with how differently I was able to see the moments I’d captured and how much less frustrated I felt.

How about some hellos and some gratefulness for a Monday morning?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello bright blue sky, sunshine on our shoulders and ocean waves crashing.

Hello silly David. Melt my heart.

Hello flowers blooming in vibrant shades of fushia.

Hello sweet boy who is getting so grown up it makes my heart want to burst.

Hello brothers holding hands. It’s ridiculous that I was frustrated when this picture makes me overflow with gratefulness. I love these sweet boys.

Hello huge palms overhead.

Hello to my little family. It’s so imperfect, crazy and such a blessing.

Hello sun making it’s way through eucalyptus leaves.

Hello sweetheart. I’m so glad you’re mine.

Hello finding the perfect wand and pretending to be Harry Potter.

Hello branch after branch, reaching for the sky.

Hello thankful for these three boys and how much love and grace they bring into my life every single day.

Hello menu planning–we’re going to have tilapia with vegetables, italian soup and enchiladas this week.

Hello lots of meetings this week. And making time for creativity too!

Hello huge, massive clearance sale today. use code fall30 for an ADDITIONAL 30% off! We’re making room for new things!

Hello Foyle’s war. If you like BBC dramas, give this one a try. {It’s free with amazon prime}

Hello house that wants to be deep cleaned.

Hello trying a new gym. I am so nervous!

Hello brand new, beautiful week with beauty waiting to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your own hello monday post there!

hello coming and going

July 28th | an everyday moment, family, hello monday

Hello there! It’s a brand new week and there is MUCH to be thankful for! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello little brother {who looks so much bigger!} helping and noticing. Matthias has been taking care of David in a new way. I can’t tell you how this fills my heart and makes me all kinds of grateful and weepy!

Hello growing up and changing. Both of the boys are growing physically and emotionally. It’s stretching me and I love it!

Hello getting to know them in a new way. What used to be is no longer. I have to grow and change too.

Hello David with new opinions, ideas and things to share with us.

Hello brothers who know each other, love each other and understand each other in a way no one else can. Matthias translates for David sometimes and it’s so sweet. He’ll tell me, mom, he wants some cuddles, or mom, try some back pats. I love it.

Hello holding hands, holding hearts, holding steady. It’s a crazy ride and I’m glad to be on it!

Hello feeling thankful that I captured these pics. I think I’ll treasure them forever!

Hello brand new, beautiful, imperfect week! Are you ready? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!

hello friends, hello irvine spectrum

July 21st | an everyday moment, hello monday

A couple weeks ago we met up with our friend Ethan and Laura at Irvine Spectrum. It was a fun, relaxing evening and so good to be together!

We are soaking up our time in England. You can follow our adventures on instagram! It’s wonderful to be here! How about some hellos for a new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello almost 5th grader. He is growing so much and it makes my heart happy!

Hello fountain. David loves to splash water–in the bathtub or wherever. It’s so fun!

David is growing and changing too. I feel like I’m getting to know him all over again. His needs and desires are changing and since he has no words, we have to pay closer attention and try different things to meet his needs. It’s an imperfect process for all of us.

Hello anthropologie. You inspire me!

Hello fresh flowers and sunshine. Good for the soul!

Hello love. David wrapped his arms around Ethan’s neck–so sweet!

Hello old friends. Ethan and Steve have been friends since high school!

Hello Cucina. Yum!

Hello loving these orange chairs. Orange is funky color that can add such a punch of fun!

Hello finally getting over jet lag and feeling like ourselves again.

Hello grateful! David has been sleeping well.

Hello old churches, brick buildings and time with cousins. We love England!

Hello hospitality. Our family here is so gracious and they make us feel so welcome.

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week! What are you saying hello to? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!

the most important thing.

April 25th | an everyday moment, david

After I changed my third poopy diaper that day, I turned to my husband and said, “I’ll always change diapers. I will never NOT change diapers.” Our oldest son David has a disability and will likely be diapered his entire life. At the end of a long day, I felt defeated. I felt done. I felt empty.

Then my husband asked me, “What if changing diapers is the most important thing you do all day?”

“What do you mean?” I asked. How could changing a diaper be important? I create jewelry, I write a blog, I speak at conferences. How could something so menial and mundane, like changing a diaper, make even the smallest difference?

I’m blogging over at {in}courage. Hop over to read the rest! 

Interview with Cakies

April 15th | an everyday moment, blog friends

Rubyellen of Cakies is one of my very favorite bloggers. She is gorgeous and even more beautiful on the inside! She and her sweet girls {Brave, True, Soul and Glow} modeled for our Mother’s day look book. And I asked her a few questions so you can get to know her too!

What is something special you do for yourself?
I treat myself to big cup full of yogurt from Yogurtland every Friday.

As a mom, what do you worry about?
I’m a stay-home (also, work-at-home) mom, but I often worry that I didn’t spend enough time with my children or give them enough attention. My days are constantly filled with doing things with and for them that I feel like I don’t do enough cherishing of them. I know it might sound crazy, but I worry about them remembering me as a busy mom and not a cherishing mom. I’m constantly working at trying to do both, but days are fast and hard, so somedays I’m just trying to keep my head above water.
What’s one fun thing you love to do as a family?
Every Friday night, as soon as Ben comes home, we have family movie and cuddle night. We put on a movie, hop into bed together (we watch from my computer which is in our master bedroom), and cuddle and watch a movie. The baby always claims me as her cuddle partner and doesn’t like to share!

I think we can all relate to feeling like we’re just trying to keep our heads above water–motherhood takes so much. And it’s beautiful and so imperfect!

Tell us friends, as a mother, what’s one thing you worry about? Or if you’re not a mother, share something else that nags at your heart!