Friday, January 29, 2016

peace like a river in my soul

Choosing a guiding word at the beginning of each year to serve as a gentle reminder, encouragement, and inspiration for the days to come has become one of my all time favorite traditions.

This year, my word came easily - I like to think it rather chose me! 'Peace' has been a whisper on my heart for ages and I'm finally ready to fully embrace it and all that it will bring (more peace...yes please!).

My heart is in desperate need of this word to calm anxieties and to quiet fears.
And I have to tell you - since declaring peace as 'my word' of the year....it has been showing up almost daily(!!). No joke.

One of the craziest/coolest reminders happened the other night. My little family went into town for an evening walk, and I could sense an argument with my husband approaching...in that moment, I looked up to see A NEON GREEN PEACE SIGN, all lit up in a shop window. I absolutely love happenings like this!

So tell me!
Have you chosen a word for 2016? I would love to know!
xo

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

in the studio!

Friends, I am beyond honored and thrilled to share that I'm a guest over on Alisa Burke's blog! I'm answering lots of questions about life and art, and of course I'd love for you to join us. :)

xo

Monday, January 25, 2016

my heart resides on the outside

It seems as though I've only just blinked my eyes - yet here we are, nine months (to the day!) since my last blog post. The day before our sweet son was born. I used to hear parents exclaim that somehow, after children, life accelerates. Time flies. Days are long, and years are short. Yes, yes, and yes! Oh, how i get this now. It's so beautiful + heartbreaking (the fast-ness).

My heart has missed documenting and savoring and sharing here, and it seems only fitting that today be the day that I jump back in with both feet! If you've been following me over on instagram, you've caught glimpses of life these past few months: adventures to the beach, walks in the woods, stolen moments for creativity, and lots of photos of my heart (aka baby boy Sawyer):
  So much love to you, dear friends. I've missed you!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

beauty in the waiting







We have officially hit 39 weeks + baby is the size of a watermelon! (This reality always becomes most apparent when my husband collides into the baby bump on accident;)).
Our midwife believes we will be having an 8 pound baby and oh how that fills my heart with such happy! I am so so ready to meet this little angel.

There is so much beauty in this time of waiting. I've been practicing filling these moments with peace + contentment + doing my best to remain present and intentional with my time.
A few weeks ago I sent up a prayer that I would be more open to receiving messages from God.
It's so amazing all that is waiting for your heart + soul when you're open and looking.


Friday, April 24, 2015

from the inside

No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.
{unknown} {33 weeks}
{38 weeks}

Monday, March 30, 2015

This is home

We spent most of the day yesterday outside. Taking deep breaths and basking in the healing powers of the sunshine. Can you just feel the peace here?
The birds sang their glorious songs + the butterflies danced about. The rushing water of the creek was sweet music to our ears.
It's times like these I'm overcome with such gratitude that this is home.

(The view from our deck:)
My sweetie and I have been hit pretty hard with a terrible case of the sickies. I'm so thankful for these days where we allow for rest. (This seems to be pretty hard for us both!) We built a cocoon out of blankets and laid on the deck until the sun disappeared and gave thanks for all that is good.

xoxo

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

custom art!

I am so thrilled to share this latest custom piece with you!
This was such a joy to create for so many reasons - a big one being the wonderful woman who requested it!
There were no real guidelines (free artistic reign? dream.)...except for the words she would love to see incorporated into the art: faith, family, hope, love, happiness (swoon).

Take a peek: xoxo