I'm obsessed with this tunic

I found this tunic on the clearance rack at Loft on a shopping date with my mom and sister last month, and I am OBSESSED. I love the color and flowers, and it has a perfect, flattering flow. It's also extremely versatile for a variety of moods and styles, so I had lots of fun capturing different looks with a fashion show on my patio. 


Dear Mom

This is a collection of a few memories and thankfulness I've recorded over the last year to celebrate my wonderful mom on Mother's Day. 
Dear Mom,

This morning I was laying awake worrying about every little thing. The future was daunting and each moment uncertain. I stewed in my thoughts for an hour and waited till it wasn't too early. Then I called you.

Your voice told me that even though it was early, and you probably had other things going on, you were happy to hear my voice. As I told you about my anxious heart, I could tell you truly listened and weren't just seeking to fix.


What it's Really Like to be a Special Education Teacher

Two Wednesdays ago I completed a Masters Degree in Special Education, and that Thursday I finished my routine paperwork for the year! 
Although I took a roundabout route to get there, I feel so called, passionate, and challenged in my career. At this mountaintop moment I thought I would share some of my observations over the past three years of what it's really like to be a Special Education (Sped) teacher.

1. You become part Therapist/Life Coach. I've heard details about broken families, breakups, friend drama, dying pets, decisions about prom dresses, you name it. I've given daily motivation talks to try to change negative mindsets, and waited for a student to stop sobbing so they could talk. I've taught social skills, hygiene practices, and explained who that guy FICA is that's stealing half their paycheck. Sometimes kids just need to be heard, and if you show them you'll listen, they know they are valued. Unfortunately, for some students you may be the only positive adult in their life.


Spring Break in San Francisco: Sights, Eats, and Outfits

Teacher perks: Spring Break. 
This Spring Break we planned a trip down to San Francisco! It was my first time, and really the first time I've done anything besides theme parks in California. I loved spending three days exploring the city and enjoying the sun with my dear husband. I'm sharing my favorites sights, eats, and what I wore on our getaway. 


Flouncy Sleeves & Joyful Spring!

See the JOY on my face? This is honestly how I feel that Spring is here and the sunshine is coming out!


Practical ideas for easy to clean home décor

Being at home is so much more relaxing when everything is clean and tidy, and keeping your home clean can be more efficient when you have easy to clean materials! Today I am partnering with Alex Farley, who owns a small cleaning company in the UK, Superb Cleaning Services. This article shares some great tips for making your home easy to clean and enjoy!
Regardless of your nationality, the language which you speak or your favourite music, we are all united by one common aim – to design our lives in a way that makes them as uncomplicated and undemanding as possible. Intuitive solutions have been here for a long time, but recently they’re gaining even more popularity. Self-manageable and self-cleaning homes are no longer a thing from far future science fiction books, in the foreseeable future we’ll witness grand changes in our lifestyle and we can begin with some (not so) small floor-to-ceiling improvements today.


Springy Geometric Blouse

Here in the Willamette Valley Spring arrives in a burst of sunshine for one day, and then it is 40 degrees for a few days, and then it's 65 and beautiful for a week, and then it pours for 10 days. Right now the 10-day forecast only has one rain cloud, and has lots of little sunshines! 
I actually took these sunny photos back in October, but am just now getting around to posting them. 


Dreamy Rustic Modern Bedroom

Our master bedroom has been a longtime vision of mine. When I look back at the Pinterest boards I created when we were waiting to move into our first apartment, it actually looks like my bedroom! 
 Furniture has come and gone, the decorations have been on two different sides of the state, and a wall has been painted... and I feel like my vision has finally come together. I wanted our room to be cozy, soothing, cheerful, mellow and functional, with personal details.


Sister Date

At the very core of me, I am a feeler. My feelings are big and real and always present. My heart is on my sleeve and I love to share it with others. One thing I've noticed about my big, feeler heart is that often times when I sit across from someone I love and share encouragement and real talk with them, my sight gets blurry and my throat gets tight. 
This happens often when I talk with my sister, Taylor. 


Love Like Jesus: Truth & Identity

So often we let the world, our faults, and our circumstances define who we are. Broken, insufficient, a mistake, never good enough... these are the lies we let define us.
What if despite our failures and shortcomings, we could be made new? That our names instead could be treasured, loved, made with a purpose?


Shopping is my cardio AND strength training!

When I go shopping, I am that person that brings 26 things into the dressing room. 
Just ask my friends and family.


Love Like Jesus: Generosity

Let someone borrow a car for a week. Provide meals for people in need. Save those stranded with an empty gas tank. Share positivity and kindness with all, even cashiers interacted with for less than a minute. Help someone move, and then move again. A combined total of over 10 summers serving at a summer camp. Welcome all to join family dinners. Drive around the world and back for someone, even drive three hours in order to support someone eating 4 Chipotle burritos in 20 minutes (true story). 

These are just a few of the things I have witnessed my in-laws do. They epitomize generosity. 
Lovebug photography


Let's be Lazy & Oscars 2018

 If you know me well, you realize that this t-shirt is a little bit ironic. Being lazy is tough for me, I am a go-go-go gal. For instance, last month when I had a day off I was so proud of myself for staying in my pj's until 11 am and finishing a book, but immediately after that I went out and ran three miles. I am not the best at rest. However, my sweet husband is really fantastic at rest and I am trying to learn from him the art and joy of a lazy weekend. One way we have enjoyed rest this winter is seeing as many Oscar nominated films that we could fit in!


Love Like Jesus: Fellowship

I am a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to do a Lenten series this year. My series will focus on experiences and stories that demonstrate love like Jesus'. 
 One year into my walk with Christ, I became interested in spending a summer in service with other believers. I ended up going on a Summer Project with Campus Crusade for Christ in Yellowstone National Park. 

My dad graciously drove me to Montana to drop me off at our kick-off retreat. I had been anticipating how wonderful the summer would be for months, and no anxiety had crept in. As we approached the rocky mountains and came one hour away...thirty minutes...and then ten minutes away, huge anxiety came out of nowhere. I realized I was about to spend the summer with twenty five people I had never met before, none of which were from my region. I was going to be in a totally new place, with totally new people, doing a totally new thing. I told my dad I was scared as I ate my "last meal in civilization" at Taco Bell (my request).