Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! Ours was filled with a Spring Festival egg hunt, time with friends under the already-hot Arizona sun, lots of laundry since we are coming off of a 12 day vacation, an egg hunt in our living room, and a beautiful Sunday morning church service! We made it to church late since Joshua was stuck at work but we made it! Sometimes getting ready on Sunday mornings with two littles feels like a marathon but getting there is all that matters-- even if my blouse is stained with milk or sprinkled with crackers ;) Our pastor talked a lot about God's love for us and unconditional love of a Father... it got me thinking a lot about how I love and is my love just dependent on what someone does for me or is it truly unconditional? "You first, not me"? God has been wrecking my heart a lot lately-- in a good way-- about a few things and I'm excited to see what happens this year in that department. We truly had a simple, beautiful Easter with just our little family. We didn't do a big meal and we didn't have family in town. Seeing Eden's face light up as she walked down the stairs and spied her first hidden egg was something I'll never forget. Watching her twirl around in her new, shimmery dress -- ahh, it's just amazing. She's growing up so fast! Everly thoroughly enjoyed her first Easter, too, although she did not get any chocolate or candy from those eggs. Next year ;)
Everly Kate // Mo 4,5,6,7
Friday, March 20, 2015
I'm so behind!
Sweet Everly. Sweet girl? No words for you. The lack of words means nothing other than there is not much to say other than you are the easiest, happiest, go-with-the-flow baby that ever did live!
You are the sunshine in our every day. You are such a blessing! Can't even remember life before you were here with us... We love you so much!
Hand Lettering Co.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
If you're like me, the thought of putting anything on the walls in your home is not only a daunting task but something that you take into a lot of consideration. Perhaps this is usually why my walls are bare for a long, long time upon moving in? It has been a little over a year since our home was built and I'm literally just now putting up picture frames and prints. I really like to take my time in this aspect of decorating because I don't want to just put something there to put it there.
One of my most favorite things to put on walls is Scripture. There is nothing more special than seeing the Word of God printed on the wall in bright colors and a pretty font. I think having Scripture on our walls is important for not only meditating on it daily but for our guests to see. I also want my children to see it, read it, and remember it. There's no better way for them to be introduced to Scripture than actually physically seeing it in their home. Also, I really believe in safe-guarding the walls of my home and there is something really meaningful and sacred to me about having the Word of God on it's walls.
My sweet childhood friend Carly, and her husband Chris, launched a hand-lettering company a few years ago called, fittingly, Hand Lettering Co. that I absolutely love! I've stalked Chris's Instagram account several times and absolutely love what they are creating. I might be bias, but I love their product and I think it's pretty darn cool that they have an Eden, too ;)
Hand Lettering Co. is in the middle of a kickstarter campaign right now! I absolutely love this idea! You can basically buy various items from their company to help fund for it to grow into a full-time business for the Wright family. This is way too fun! I just scrolled through everything and there are various items from prints, stickers, video tutorials, actual trips to visit San Diego to see how all of this is done, and more. And after the campaign is over on March 24th? You can get 24% off anything in their online store when the campaign ends. I'm so excited for this sweet family! Nothing better than seeing Scripture in homes all over the world!
Monday, March 16, 2015
I never, ever in a million years would have ever guessed that last year when I got on a plane and went to HopeSpoken that I would come back with the gain of some of the most special friendships I've ever had in my life. Since that conference last March 2014, the eight of us (only seven were able to attend this trip this year) have group texted every single day. There is never a day that goes by that we don't talk. We don't always chime in every day but there is always a text from at least several of us. Together we have been through job losses, miscarriages, marriage lows, couseling, spiritual highs and lows, car accidents, pregnancies, traveling adventures and more. Most of all, we are able to just be free to be ourselves in a safe zone where judgment doesn't exist and where incredible, wise counsel is often given and where love is abounding.
I know for a lot of people, online relationships seem so weird and unbelievable, but this is now the second time I've been with these girls and they are the real deal. There is something really special too about not being in one another's day-to-day... we all are able to give outside perspective on things and that is really amazing. I honestly can count on these ladies to speak into my life and correct me if I'm wrong or assure me if I am right. They have walked with me through the good days and the bad... They love me for me and laugh at my nerdiness and just love and accept me right where I'm at and where I'm going.
So since all eight of us were unable to snag a ticket this year to HopeSpoken since it sold out at lightning speed, we arranged a way to meet up in Phoenix. It seamlessly worked out for us all to meet; honestly it's amazing how perfectly it happened. Sweet Jon and Ruthie offered up their hotel points for us to stay a few nights in the Tempe area where we were only a few blocks shy of the ASU campus and all that that area had to offer to us. We had slow, leisurely dinners, late chats in the hotel room, afternoon pedicures, and a LOT of special time to connect and chat. It was so much more special that a conference where we were running around and seeing other people and listening to speakers... it was small, intimate and a time of true authenticity and transparency.
I'm not sure these ladies will ever know the importance of them in my life but for now I will sign off with saying that this past weekend was epic and one I will never forget! We are already planning our 2016 adventure! I'm hopeful that this will be a yearly tradition. So blessed to have this special group: my people, my tribe, my soul-sisters. God is so good.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with all things paper. My mom and dad will tell you that they remember me asking for paper and pens for Christmas when I was only 2 years old. I have a childhood memory of being out in the dessert with my family and we stumbled upon this old, vacant house in the middle of nowhere. We went in and there was paper everywhere, tossed by the wind. I remember going crazy, finding pens and drawing on everything and wanting to take all of the paper home. Paper and cash registers. I pretty much just loved it all.
Minted has been a favorite paper website of mine for years. From their paper stationery to custom greeting cards to wall art-- they have it all. I often spend time on their website just to get my creative juices flowing. It's such a pretty website with such lovely things to look at!
One of the most recent pretties to grace the Minted website is their new 2015 line of wedding invitations! So, so gorgeous. I would love the chance to get a wedding do-over and pick one of these! Our wedding invitations were pretty simple and basic and I loved them at the time but oh what I would do to use these. Maybe we will just have to have a ten year anniversary vow-renewal and I'll get the chance ;) So hard to pick but my favorite has got to be the Watercolor Wreath design! Looks absolutely custom and so well-done. Gorgeous! I love that it has RSVP, thank you and reception/directions cards to go with them!
One of my favorite aspects of Minted is that they are an e-commerce marketplace for the modern, independent artist. Meaning that they are using various creatives and letting them submit their own work to sell. Just love how they are supporting creative people like that. I love this Love Fabric design in the Fabrics & Home Decor section by Carolyn MacLaren of Encinitas (gotta support my San Diego peeps!) :)
I used a different company for Everly's birth announcements this past August but I'm really regretting my decision to have not just gone with Minted! I guess that just means I need to have another baby STAT so I can use them for the next announcement! ;)