Wednesday, January 17, 2018


We've been experiencing unusual wintry weather for south MS lately. We are having our 3rd snowy day within a month TODAY!
With a break in the cold and a little sun shining yesterday, the kids took the opportunity to burn some energy on the trampoline and Michael got some cool slow motion footage. 

Hope you all are staying warm and safe in your neck of the woods!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


You know those friends you have that feel a lot more like family than friends? Well, I feel like we're blessed with lots of those kind of friends in our life and one of them is The Bensons. Michael and Michael used to play in a band together back in their college/early married years and Sam and I actually went to high school together--so we've been knowing each other for a while now! 
They live a few hours away on the coast so we like to make it a point to go down for weekends here and there. The thing I love most about visiting them is it never feels stressed. The kids enjoy dragging all of the toys out and entertaining us while we basically sit on the couch in amusement.
And there's another generation of friendship blooming as well which makes me smile!

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Usually about once a year, my sweet sister Brooke takes family pictures for us. This year seemed unlikely that we would get a single photo with all the playing and silliness, but again she gets several that I LOVE! She's a camera wizard.

Family is a thing that I feel so blessed to have. I know I have a tribe of people that I can always reach out to and that's so comforting. Even beyond these folks in the pictures, there are so many friends and other family members that are part of our village in raising our kids and in surviving the day to day life struggles.

 I'm so very thankful that God gives us people in our lives to love and be loved by. It's a beautiful thing. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

HAPPY 2018

This little space has been much neglected over the past few years. It's funny how at the beginning of every year there is always a little sadness, because I WANT to blog more, but sure enough it doesn't end up happening. I think part of the reason is that I put too much pressure on myself to make it something super high quality/special, when in reality it's my space...with my thoughts and pictures...and it's for ME. With that at the forefront of my mind, I'm gonna try to take the pressure off and hopefully use this space that has brought me so much joy in the past. I want to share more of our life here...because let's be honest, this is as close to a baby/childhood book my kiddos are getting.

As I look forward to this upcoming year, there are no major goals or New Years resolutions--other than the typical be better at everything I'm already trying to do.

I love that some of you have chosen words to focus on for the year and I've decided my word will be H O M E.  To focus on the time spent here with the ones I love most, the meals prepared, games played, conversations that result in growth. Making Jesus the center of it all. Only then can anything good come...even in the midst of the trials and hard times that are sure to come in 2018, he makes them bearable and "good." I'm thankful for a father that loves me when I'm unlovable and continues to patiently teach me how to abide in him.