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Camping Adventures

A little camping adventure is the perfect way to welcome Fall.

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Outdoorsy is not the first adjective that comes to mind if I am asked to describe myself. In fact, I don’t think you can be described as outdoorsy unless you have Chacos. Side note- After camping and hiking, I totally see the convenience. Chacos would have been the perfect companion for my 4AM bathroom runs to the outhouse.

Here’s a couple of tips for first time campers like myself:

  • Bring along GREAT friends to share in the thrills.
  • Pick friends that are experienced campers. ūüôā
  • Make sure your tent is big enough for your air mattress to fit inside.

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  • Get to your campsite before dark
  • To add some coziness, string up some lights around your campsite. (You’re not aloud to add lights on the tress, so we put up rope and attached the lights to the ropes.)
  • Cook yummy meals. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

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  • Plan inspiring adventures.

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  • Soak in all of the grand views.
  • EXPLORE!

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“Lift my head to see your glory.” -Hillsong Young & Free

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Hope you enjoyed the lighthearted camping tips. ūüôā

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A Cup of Tea

Come on in and check out our Bridal Tea Party.

img_0046One of my dearest friends, Danlyn, is incredible at hosting, decorating, and throwing parties. I have always LOVED watching her pull off an event from start to finish. I tried to channel my inner Danlyn when I threw this Tea Party for my sister in law.

img_0041¬†One of Danlyn’s tips that she has passed on to me is think through what food you’re serving as you’re pulling things out. We even take sticky notes and map out what we are putting where ahead of time. It makes it so much easy to figure out what serving pieces you need and helps things run smoother during the crazy crunch time before guest arrive.

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One of my favorite parts of this party was pulling in china from my mom, mother in law, grandparents, Danlyn, and antique stores. I LOVE when you get to mix and match pieces together. If I have learned anything from hosting this shower is that co-hosting is the way to go. This even would not of happened without my mom, mother in law, and cousin. My people just made the whole process FUN!

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Another easy¬†hosting tip is to always add a personal touch. My sister in law LOVES her grandma, but she is unable to travel to the wedding. This banner is made from Grandma’s clothes. Now, Grandma’s ¬†apart of all the wedding festivities. After the wedding, she could use the banner to decorate a future nursery or guest room. ūüôā You can also personalize things by adding pictures of the couple.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking in a sip of our Bridal Tea Party.

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Hello Weekend!

Our labor day weekend was full of adventure, FIRSTS, and family.

Miller rode a tricycle for the FIRST¬†time. ūüôā She absolutely LOVED it.

It’s safe to say that she played HARD and wore herself OUT. Millie is soaking in all the Daddy cuddles. She is such a Daddy’s Girl- but with a daddy like hers, who can blame her.¬† Bradley and I¬†¬†are blown away that it has almost been a year since she entered our life. We are firm believers in snuggling and celebrating all the precious time we are given. It goes by so FAST!

Bradley and his father ran their FIRST 1/2 marathon today!

Miller found a friend! This girl was so sweet to her. She held her hand and walked around with her for 30 minutes. Oh and yes, I did forget her shoes. I guess that is what happens when you leave the house before the sun.

They did it!! I couldn’t be MORE proud.

Bradley even won third place in his age group! He was given a doughnut at the finish line, but his little girl probably ate half of it. haha! It’s hard work cheering on your daddy for over 13 miles.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn

Let us run with PERSEVERANCE the race marked out for us!

Walk by Faith

Recently, I’ve really enjoyed getting outdoors and exploring. In the past couple of weeks, we have¬†hiked up to The Indian Seats and walked on The Greenway. The journey up to The Indian Seats was beautiful, but the challenge it presented distracted me from soaking up the majesty¬†all around me. I can’t help but think about how this can be true in life as well. We hit difficult seasons and get distracted from the gifts that surround us.

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While walking on The Greenway, I was determined to not miss what was in front of me. Miller was sleeping, so I took the path slowly and soaked in the immense diversity, elaborate details, and unhindered light. I had to look up to capture this picture and unfix my eyes on where the path was leading. I’m so quick to reach for control and strive to know what’s ahead.

If I’m being transparent, I daily face both obstacles. My days are filled with wonder yet¬†simultaneously full of trials. I’m eager to know what the future holds and grateful just to persevere. My challenge for you and for me is to¬†release control, place our trust in someone greater, and find our strength from the source.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover.

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Y’all my amazing husband just came home from completing a hike up the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak. I’m NOT an expert on what that means, but I’ve gathered that it’s a 14er and HARD. I couldn’t be more proud of him for taking on these adventures and pushing his body. He got home last night in the middle of chaos! I was putting¬†Millie to sleep when my angel dog once again alerted me that I should check my sugars. It has been a huge adjustment learning to check my sugars while I’m in full mom mode. It’s extremely frustrating because I don’t want my health to take away from my time with her. My sugars dropped to 40 (my lowest thus far), and I had to press pause on our bedtime routine.

I had envisioned Bradley coming home with the baby in bed, hugging his neck, and him being excited about his balloon. Instead, he jumped right in to finish bedtime routine while I crash from feeling so sick.

This morning, I was determined to make up for last night and celebrate him with breakfast. Once again life happened, and things didn’t go as planned. Miller was past due for a nap when the food was ready, so this celebratory breakfast was more like a balancing act of setting the table, giving insulin, and comforting a screaming baby.

As I sit here, disappointed that nothing went as planned, I can’t help but smile at the picture of our breakfast. The truth is life can be INSANE at times and far from perfect. See the picture above didn’t give a pure reflection to what all went on behind the scenes.

My prayer is that this post can be an authentic peek into my life, allow you to laugh with me over the disastrous celebration, bring hope because perfection is over rated, and join me in discovering how to be grateful in the midst of failure.

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Welcome to the Mess!

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I’m taking a crazy leap of faith by starting up this blog. I’m NOT a writer and I’m NOT a photographer, but I believe in BEING JOYFUL IN HOPE. Join me as I learn to stand in light that is not overcome by darkness and learn new¬†ways to make healthy living FUN.