Green Power Veggie Frittata

Do you need something green and nutrient dense to start 2018 right after piles and piles of Christmas cookies? 
I got you. 


Glimpes of our Christmas Season

Merry Christmas season! Our Christmas traditions are a little bit different this year. Daniel and I are preparing to head to New Zealand! We leave tomorrow, and it's my first international trip!! Some close friends of ours moved to Christchurch a year ago, and we thought what better excuse to travel. I am not looking forward to the long flight (14 hours, yeesh), but I am so eager to explore a new country that seems a world away, and spend time with our friends. So you can expect posts about our outdoor and food adventures, and my struggle to create a capsule wardrobe that works for travels from 35 degree Pacific Northwest to summertime in the southern hemisphere... I'm hoping I packed what I need!
In the mean time I thought I'd share some of our Christmas festivities (and food) before we depart.


Bird Shirt & Cozy Cardigan

Bird shirts, cozy chunky knits, lived-in jeans, booties, and getaways with my love have me jumping for joy! 


3 Ways to Wear a Ruffle Sweater {and not feel 12!}

I recently picked up this great ruffle sweater from Target's new line, A New Day. If you haven't checked out that line yet, you must! They have really fun and trendy styles. 
I was instantly drawn to this sweater, but a little unsure of how I'd style it. Ruffles in bright pink tend to look childish, and with my baby face I have to be mindful of that! 
I had a fun "play dress up in my own closet" session to play around with this sweater. 


The Wonder of Being Known

I saw the movie "Wonder" tonight (5 dollar Tuesday, anyone?), and there's so many takeaways from this movie. The moments that got me, and the message I walked away with, surprised me.

If you're not familiar with "Wonder", it's a story of a boy with a facial deformity who is attending school for the first time. Auggie is deeply loved by his family, but struggles to find acceptance with his peers. The film is based on a popular children's novel. I read the novel several years ago and was touched by the themes of children being changed by exposure to diversity, and discovering that it's what's inside that counts. While seeing the film, a new message stood out to me.

In Auggie's dark moments of rejection, he turns to his parents. With tears in his eyes, he looks into his mother's face and says "Why am I so ugly?"
"You are not ugly, you are beautiful," she responds. He remarks that she has to say that because she's his mom.
"Does that make it matter less, because I'm your mom?" She asks. "It matters most because I am your mom. I know you more than anyone, and you are beautiful."

This moment so poignantly illustrates the power of being known. When we're scared, when we're unsure, when we feel rejected and alone-
those who know us deeply -through and through- can remind us who we are.

Later, Auggie shares a similar moment with his father. His dad says that he missed seeing Auggie's face when he hid it from the world. Auggie questions this, and his dad makes it clear. He loves Auggie's face because it is Auggie. "This is the face of my son".

It is our loved ones whose opinions we often value the most, so if they tell us we have worth, we will begin to believe it. Auggie experiences a beautiful transformation, and at the root of it is his family's love.
What power we have as people- whether it be parents, siblings, children, grandparents, teachers, partners, friends- to remind those we love who they are. To remind them that they are special. That they are loved.

We have the power to turn to our loved ones to remind us who we are. That we are special. That we are loved.

When you know someone the best, you know their every good and bad trait. To be able to look past their flaws and tell them they are valuable and beautiful- that's the beauty of relationship.

Even more beautiful, to hear from the one who created us and knows us more than anyone else:

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. -Isaiah 43:4

 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. -Luke 12:6-7

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Sunbursts & Cheerful Fall Skirt

I love when the sunshine comes out to play and shows up in photos just perfectly. 
 There is nothing like a just right sunburst in an outdoor photo. 
There's also nothing like finding a perfect Gap skirt at Goodwill for $7! 


Edgefield Getaway

Over Veteran's Day weekend Daniel and I decided to go on a one-night getaway to Edgefield. Daniel got a McMenamin's passport for his birthday and wanted to rake in some stamps. We definitely accomplished that!


When there's no answer to "is there anything I can do?"

This morning I read about the importance of bearing one another's burdens. It got me thinking about times that loved ones have supported me in dark times, and how much that meant to me.

I am a person who has emotional ups and downs. I share this because it is my reality, but also because I, like many, believe there is a need for greater awareness and destigmatization of mental health issues.


Dundee Wine Tasting

In October I spent a wonderful day wine tasting in Dundee with two of my close girlfriends. 
I've come to realize I really love wine tasting. Not just because of the wine. 


Stranger Things Party

The Tew family got really into Netflix's Stranger Things when it came out summer 2016. As we heard the release date of season 2, we planned an all weekend marathon. 
As it can be difficult to find a time all 7 of us can get together, it was kind of a big deal. We made it a bigger deal by dressing up, and carrying on the theme with food and decor. It was fabulous. 


Bigger, Brighter, and Even More Beautiful

I went to college in a teeny tiny town in the mid-Willamette valley called Monmouth. Unassuming and quaint, anyone who stays there long discovers the painted sky sunsets, coastal range views, and simple small town beauty of this place. I remember going for walks and runs along country roads and driving out to watch sunsets in truck beds, feeling free and eager to explore the beautiful, sunlit and lush landscape.
There was one particular walk that has always stuck with me. I felt called to walk with God one morning, and followed a country road out of town that I hadn't walked before. The road had a good climb up a hill. As I got to the top of the hill, I turned around to head back and was surprised by a beautiful view of a mountain- bright and strong and excitingly beautiful in the distance. It took my breath away.


Corner Fireplace Makeover

My husband and I moved into a beautiful, brand new apartment in June. We first visited the complex in May, right after Daniel got his job and we were trying to figure out where to live. When we toured the model unit, I thought it was the most gorgeous apartment I had ever seen. God made it clear that Canby was where he wanted us to live, and we felt so blessed to move into this beautiful space! 


Tips and Tricks to Every Stage of Going for Bold Bangs

Full bangs are a bold and stylish choice. Most of us start out as little girls with full bangs, and getting them chopped again can make us worry we'll look like our eight year old selves. I went for it and got full bangs Fall 2016, and I'm so glad I did! I wanted to share some tips and tricks for every stage of bangs. 


Cozy Fall Lunch & Pumpkin Patch

Today we hosted a festive lunch and pumpkin patch get-together. It was a wonderful time to gather, adventure, and relax with family who are friends, and friends who are family. 


I'm addicted to striped dresses

Squinty smiles (as seen above) have been a signature of mine my whole life. 
Striped dresses seem to be my new signature item.