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"life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music."
- ronald reagan

here are a few highlights from micah’s one year photos! we are so blessed to be parents to this busy little boy! he brings us so much joy!  what a year of change it has been!  i can’t wait to see what’s in store for this coming year!!!  thank you to chasing delight photography for capturing our little family so beautifully!

community. church.

throughout the summer our church has been getting groups of women together to discus relationships - our relationship with ourselves, our relationship with our church & our relationship with each other.  it has been such a blessing to connect with women from different walks of life and different stages of life.  you can always gain so much wisdom from each other and from what others have been through and are going through.

this last week we talked about our relationship with our church.  it is so important to have community within the body of believers. in the last year, our family moved from nashville, tn to rockford, il (just outside chicago).  it was such a huge adjustment for our family and so hard to leave the relationships that we have developed over our six years living in nashville.  the was definitely the hardest part of leaving…

…but God is SO FAITHFUL!!!  he has provided such amazing friendships for us in rockford.  it has been so wonderful to connect with other young families who have little ones that micah can connect with and play with as well.  it was definitely the end of an era for us with moving, but God has giving us amazing friends to walk through this new season of life with.

it has also given me such hope in the church community!  people have been so incredibly welcoming of all of us at our new church and it has been such an encouragement to see the body of Christ love on people!  we may think that finding friends to walk this journey with is a small request to ask, but God cares about every little thing!  nothing is too small or to big to ask or talk to Him about.  that is such an awesome comfort!  and always know, if you’re going through a time that you may not have a lot of people in your life, God is always there to listen and walk through your journey with you!  He will never leave you!!!

if you’re in the rockford, il area, we would love to have you check out our church - first free rockford.

stitchfix

this is such a cool idea!  i’m always looking for ways to go outside my comfort zone when it comes to my style and this seems like a great way to do it!  would love to hear if you have used stitch fix before and what your experience has been!  check out this link if you’re interested in signing up!

my favorite things.

here are a few of my favorite things right now:

APPS.  a few of my favorite apps right now included an easy way to keep track of all of micah’s milestones and an app that has all of my favorite blogs in one place for me to read whenever i have a spare minute.  the first app i love right now is called blink buggy.  i had been searching for something like this for awhile and this app allows me to record milestones that micah is going through instantly.  i can then view them online, or even decide to make a memory photo book including those memories.  it is so important for me to keep track of all the important “firsts” that happen in micah’s life, so that is a easy way for me to do that at my fingertips.  i have also become an avid blog reader lately and the app newsify puts them all in one place and easily available to read!

MAKEUP.  last week we stopped by walmart and i came across drew barrymore’s makeup line flower beauty.  i found this really awesome peach lipstick called lip suede in the “life’s a peach” color.  i have pretty much used it everyday since i got it and can’t wait to get it in more colors.  i love that it is matte and not overpowering - this is good for me since i never really like wearing an overpowering lip.

EVENING WALKS. my husband and i have always tried to make it a point to go for a long evening walk when he gets home from work.  it has been such a wonderful tradition to be able to continue with micah.  micah loves to sit in his stroller…like a king…and check out the neighborhood while matt and i are able to catch up on our day.

ROOKIE BLUE.  i have no idea why i started watching the show rookie blue, but for some reason i did and now it is one of my favorites.  i saw one of the recent season’s episodes and decided to go back to the beginning and see where all the character’s started - big mistake!  one of the things i like about this show is that it is totally based in toronto - even though it is on american television.  it’s fun to hear and see all of the canadian references while i watch!

PODCASTS.  at this time, i haven’t been listening to a lot of music.  i have been listening to different podcasts & sermons.  it’s been really neat to be able to use the time i would usually use listening to music and gain some knowledge and insight into God’s Word and different creative things!  one of my favorite podcasts is called life in the woods: hope for independent creatives. it has been such an encouragement in my music and really interesting to hear from some of my favorite artists right now.

anyway, those are a few things that i’m enjoying right now! would love to hear some of your favorite things as well! :)

late night thoughts.

my hubby is working late, my baby boy is fast asleep in bed, and there is an amazing thunder & lightning storm happening outside - the perfect night to give free reign to my thoughts.  chasing after a very busy one year old can leave little time for me to sit and comtemplate my life and what i feel like God is teaching me right now…and maybe that’s just it!  life is busy, but i still need to have time for HIM.  He should be my first priority!!!  sometimes i forget that.  we can become so absorbed with “our lives” and “our problems” that we forget to focus on HIM.  the things we might be putting in front of him can be very important - for example, my little boy & my husband, but they should never take the place of our sweet time with HIM.

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we all have thoughts that create anxiety in our lives.  i worry about being the best possible mother to micah and the best husband to matt.  i worry about where God is leading us in the next year with our lives.  i worry about making sure that i am always following Him with my music and where He wants me to go in this next season of life.  we all have concerns that can consume our thoughts and create stress in our lives - nobody is immune from that.  with that said, i know…yes, i know…that spending time with HIM can take away so much of that burden and yet why is it so hard for us to give Him that time?!  time with God can ease our mind and bring into focus what is important to Him.  we can worry all we want, but that won’t change anything…only spending time with Him can transform our hearts and bring clear thinking.

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the many faces of micah - 10 month edition. i can’t believe this little man is already 10 months. i love being his mommy!!! 💙

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giving daddy a little extra challenge during practice today. 💙

giving daddy a little extra challenge during practice today. 💙