"we can’t get ahead of God in our lives. if we do, then we will fall behind."
- matthew west

last night.

last night i got to do what i love, make music. we had the privilege of opening for a matthew west concert at our church in rockford, il. it was such a blessing to be able to share my heart and some music! 

blogs.

i have become a huge fan of blogs lately. for those quiet moments with micah, it’s so nice to pull up one of my favorite blogs and grab a few inspirational snippets. at this time in my life, blogs are a lot easier than books - less commitment! ;) i have an amazing app on my phone that i use as well which collects all my favorite blogs, so when i have one of those quiet moments they are all there waiting for me! if you’re interested you can download newsify for free on the itunes store!

so…here are a few blogs that i am finding laughs, food, inspiration & mama tips from:

naptime diaries - i was recommended this blog from a friend on facebook, and it has become one of my very favorites! i can often find nuggets of truth from this one. it is also nice being able to hear different perspectives from other moms and what they’re dealing with and going through.

someday my favorite - this blog belongs to a sweet friend of mine here in illinois. she has such an amazing style and sensibility…it is so nice to be able to watch her family change & grow and their adventures & experiences on their new farm. i am also a huge fan of her home style, so i love seeing their home renovations!

posessionista - i love fashion! i also love tv! this blog brings them both together. this blog will give you all of the fashion from your favorite tv shows and where you can purchase them.  a fun little one for me! ;)

jessi’s kitchen - this is a blog by a friend of mine in nashville. she has a wonderful way of putting together fun, new & healthy spins on food favorites.

hope you are able to find some favorite blogs from here and i would love to hear some of your favorites! i’m always looking for new blogs to check out and follow!

blessings!

LOVE THIS MAN!!! what a perfect day this was! happy 4th anniversary, my love! thank you for being an amazing husband & father! can’t wait to see where this journey takes us together!!!

LOVE THIS MAN!!! what a perfect day this was! happy 4th anniversary, my love! thank you for being an amazing husband & father! can’t wait to see where this journey takes us together!!!

october.

i have decided to give myself an october challenge. i will blog every day this month - that could include sharing some of my thoughts, photos, quotes - just something that has been on my mind and that i want to share with you all! i know that this isn’t going to be easy - especially with a busy little boy, but i am determined to follow through.

i am praying that this will be an encouragement to you as much as it is to me and i can’t wait to look back over the next 31 days and see the things that God has revealed to me and taught me through this process.

let the challenge (and journey) begin…

blessings!

accepting uncertainty.

this is one of my biggest struggles.  it is so difficult for me to accept the things that i don’t know or understand and the uncertainty that comes along with the unknown future. wouldn’t it be nice to just have a glimpse of God’s plan? a glimpse into what He has coming for us so we could be a little prepared? well that isn’t possible and in the end it wouldn’t be healthy for us. we wouldn’t need to have faith if we knew what was coming in our future and what would happen to our trust in God’s sovereign plan?

i struggle with this uncertainty on a daily basis.  i am so blessed to be involved in a women’s bible study at our church and we were talking about peter walking on the water with Jesus.  even though Jesus was right in front of Him, peter still got distracted by the wind and the waves around him and took his eyes off of Jesus.  at that point, he began to sink.  he needed to keep his sights on Jesus and focus on Him in order to continue to walk on the water.  (matthew 14:22-33)

when peter started to sink, Jesus said to him “o you of little faith, why do you doubt?” wow…i need to hear this! this is ME! i know that God is in total control and He is right in front of me leading the way.  i need to believe and not doubt when the first signs of uncertainty and distress come my way!

may we all keep our eyes on Jesus when struggles arise and when the present and future becoming overwhelming.

the many faces of micah: 14 month edition. our little man is now walking and loves to constantly explore. he chatters away in his own little language including his first word “hi” and loves his books! we are so blessed by our blond headed boy! 💙

the many faces of micah: 14 month edition. our little man is now walking and loves to constantly explore. he chatters away in his own little language including his first word “hi” and loves his books! we are so blessed by our blond headed boy! 💙

the future.

i’ve been thinking a lot lately about those two words - the future.  why are those words so scary?! in the music industry, those are two words that i haven’t been able to really connect with.  there are so many uncertainties that come with being an artist.  you can never assume that you will be able to make music into the future.  i have often said how i wish God could give us a glimpse into the future, but then we wouldn’t need to have faith and trust that He is in total control.

as i look to the future and try to figure out the next steps in my music it is so apparent to me that i have been blessed to be able to do what i’ve already done as an artist.  anything over and above is just a cherry on top of the sundae! with that in perspective, i am not owed anything. all God calls me to do is trust in His plan and know that He is in control.

may this encourage you as you look into the future and whatever it is the God is calling you to do.  blessings to you!!!