50th anniversary {all the details}

celebrate the every day, family By August 6, 2015 4 Comments

When we were in Lake Arrowhead last week, all the kids planned a 50th dinner celebration for my parents. We split up all the tasks and it came together beautifully. The dinner was delicious {I had nothing to do with food prep!} and the decorations were so fun {I helped with the fabric bunting and centerpieces}. We had a toast {Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice} and a talent show put on by the kids. My younger sister created this video of photos through the years. Each guest took a succulent favor home with them. I’m sure we’ll remember this night for a long time. I took lots of pics to share with you–take a look!

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I know my parents felt celebrated and that’s exactly what us kids wanted for them. So special! 50 years is a crazy, amazing thing.


drapey vest and boots

what I'm wearing By August 5, 2015 No Comments

after I snapped pics of this outfit, I realized almost every piece is from Target. Crazy! I find some great stuff there–and I love mixing it with higher end stuff like really good boots that last for years or a special piece from Anthropologie.

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

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Outfit details: Gray distressed jeans, Target. Black tank, Old Navy. Drapey vest, Target {in store}. Booties, Target. Swing free earrings, My shop.

We’re enjoying some cooler weather this week {around 70*} so I slipped on my booties. We’re buying backpacks, school supplies and starting to think about going back to school. Are you in back to school mode yet?


hello lake arrowhead 2015

family, hello monday By August 3, 2015 3 Comments

Hello friends! We just got back from celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Lake Arrowhead. It was busy and crazy and fun. Now we’re welcoming cousins and preparing for zoo camp this week! I’ve got pics to share of our trip and some hellos for a brand new week.

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandma and grandpa. All of us together!

Hello party prep and celebrating 50 years.

Hello splashing in the lake and waterslides.

Hello pine trees and starry skies.

Hello editing pics and smiling at memories made.

Hello stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. Once I got over being terrified of falling, I love it!

Hello big breakfasts and lots of coffee.

Hello making up spare beds for cousins.

Hello packing lunches and loading up on sunscreen for zoo camp.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty and busyness waiting. Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.


50th celebration photobooth

celebrate the every day By July 30, 2015 3 Comments

For my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary we had a big dinner with lots of pretty details and a photobooth. It was such a fun evening. I have lots of pics to share. Today I’m starting with the photobooth pics. I pulled each couple and family outside to take capture the moment. I draped torn fabric and ribbon for the backdrop–but with sunlight kind of blew it out. That’s okay–it made for a bright background.

I brought letterpress blocks from Dayspring and they really broke the ice for taking pics of people. L O V E seemed appropriate for a 50th anniversary. Ready to see our photobooth pics?! My parents are in this first pic {along with old friends–Dave was my Junior High pastor!}
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Have you ever done a photobooth at a party? It’s such a fun ice breaker and makes for a great keepsake of the evening. Check out the letterpress blocks here–they’re so charming!



hello celebration

adventures, family, inspiration By July 27, 2015 3 Comments

Later this week we’ll be up in the mountains celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It’s sure be fun with a lot of crazy mixed in. How about some hellos for a new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***
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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandparents. Hello big family!

Hello mountains, cabin sleeping, and starry nights.

Hello driving winding roads and trying not to get carsick.

Hello swimming and hiking and board games.

Hello making memories.

Hello breathing deep and letting life be imperfect.

Hello celebrating 50 years of marriage. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to be able to stay married that long, don’t you?

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?


I am anchored.

jewelry, what I'm wearing By July 22, 2015 6 Comments

Have you seen this necklace? It’s become a favorite this summer–not just because I love the nautical feel, but even more so because of the meaning behind it.

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I am anchored. Anchored by love, by hope. Some days are hard, so I hold fast to my family and friends who speak truth to me.

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It’s such a pretty little necklace–it goes with everything. And I love the mixed metal–sterling anchor and 10k gold heart.

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All summer long I’ve been rotating between different kimono cardigans. Easy layering is the best!

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The lace on this cardigan is what drew me to it. Perfect with heels or flip flops.

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Here’s a close up of the necklace. That sweet little anchor started as flat metal and I transformed into that shape. I kinda can’t believe I made it. I’m getting better at metal working and soldering.

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How about some rings? I’ve got so many stacked up. From left to right–passage ring, anchored ring, my grandmother’s ring paired with a chevron ring, sunburst ring and my wedding set. You can see all rings here.
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Outfit details: My new favorite jeans ON SALE!, Nordstrom, DL1961. Tank, Old Navy. Sandals, Swell.com. Kimono cardigan, local boutique, similar here. Anchored necklace, My shop. Rings, My shop.

What keeps you anchored?


update on jazmine

dominican republic, finding beauty By July 21, 2015 3 Comments

My heart is so happy today! I have an update for you about Jazmine, the precious little girl I fell in love with in the Dominican Republic last February. While doing a home visit one day we ended up meeting Jazmine, her brothers and her grandmother. It was a life-changing experience and honestly, I can hardly talk about it without crying. If you haven’t read my post about Jazmine, you can start here.

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Jazmine stole my heart. I think her often. When I tuck my boys in for bed at night, I pray that Jazmine knows she is loved and precious. This little girl, with a severe disability, lives tucked away on a mountainside in the Dominican Republic. She matters. She matters to God, she matters to me, and she matters to Compassion.

After we left Jazmine’s home, I wondered if I’d ever hear from the family again. Well, good news! Compassion has been keeping me updated on Jazmine’s care and her family’s needs.

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Compassion International has helped Jazmine’s grandmother get a wheelchair that will enable them to get around easier. When Compassion brought the wheelchair to Jazmine, her grandmother said,

“ I am very happy, we have been waiting for a long time to have a wheelchair, others has promised it but never keep it “
“I feel like a child with a new toy!”
“Now, I can visit church, it is more easy to transport Jazmine”

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Isn’t that exciting?! I hear Jazmine loves her wheelchair. I’m told she smiles when her grandmother straps her into her chair. I mean, she’s got wheels now. She will live more life, see more things and be able to move!
And there’s more! Our Lisa Leonard community was able to purchase a bunk bed and new bedding for Jazmine and her brother. So instead of the whole family sleeping in one bed, they’ll be able to have their own space. We should be getting photos of that soon and I’ll share them with you. This community is making a difference. YOU are making a difference!
If you’re not sponsoring a child, today is a good day to change a child’s life.
Click here to sponsor a precious kiddo from the Dominican Republic. It’s beautiful, amazing thing!

hello friends hello incourage

blog friends, hello monday By July 20, 2015 16 Comments

Hello friends! I am fresh back from the {in}courage retreat. I got home last night and I haven’t even unpacked yet! It was a sweet time to connect with old friends and get to know some of the ladies better. I had time to rest, have some great conversations, eat yummy food and even get a massage. Heaven! If you’re not familiar with {in}courage, it’s an online community with daily blog posts to encourage your soul. I’m part of the group of writers–and I’m honored to be in this group! It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello confetti fun!

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Hello loving the ‘friendship on purpose’ collection from {in}courage. Such sweet prints and more.

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Hello sweet friends.

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Hello familiar faces. Do you see faces you recognize?

Hello Nester’s barn. Such an inspiring space. Wow!

Hello time to talk and share my heart and heart others’ hearts. So good.

Hello hotel living for a few days. I love it when someone else makes the beds and coffee!

Hello warm North Carolina nights {and days!}

Hello thunderstorms like a monsoon!

Hello exercising while I was away. I don’t even know who I am anymore! It’s like I crave exercise.

Hello coming home to a clean house. What?!

Hello missing my boys and feeling so incredibly thankful to be home with them.

Hello brand new, beautiful week. Ready or not, here we go!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.


linen shorts {oh my!!}

stitch fix, what I'm wearing By July 15, 2015 4 Comments

When my stitch fix box arrived last month, these shorts were inside. And I thought, “No way.” But I decided to try them on anyway and I thought, “Well, maybe.”  And after a week or so they’ve become a summer staple. I haven’t worn shorts in about 10 years–so this is a pretty big deal for me. Sometimes it’s the little things, right?

If you haven’t heard of stitch fix, it’s a monthly box service. You pay a $20 styling fee and they pick out 5 items for you to try on at home. Keep what you want {and apply the $20 styling fee} or send it back. It’s kind of awesome. I’ve included my referral code in the links if you want to give it a try!

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

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Today I’m packing for North Carolina to hang out with the incourage writers. I can’t wait to see them.



hello whale watching in avila beach

family, hello monday, san luis obispo By July 13, 2015 2 Comments

We’ve had humpback whales off Avila Beach for weeks. We took a couple evening to walk along the ocean and look for them–and we say lots of backs and tales and spouts, but no jumping. So many of our friends had seen them jumping up out of the water to feed. We went back for lunch at Avila Beach and spent some time watching for them in the early afternoon and we finally saw a few pop their heads out of the water. It was amazing! So fun to whale watch from the shore.

It’s Monday and we’re greeting a new week. We’ve been busy with summer fun and work craziness. I’m not sure we’re ready to jump into another week but ready or not, here we go!

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello palm trees, ocean breezes and blue skies. It’s so beautiful where we live. We try to take time to enjoy it as much as we can!

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Hello pelicans above us and diving into the ocean to feed. So cool!

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Hello to feeling afraid. Matthias was worried about the stability of the pier. There were so many people out there whale watching. A couple days later, they closed the pier to make sure it was structurally sound. So maybe his fears were well founded!

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Hello to hugs and cuddles from a dear friend. Love is a beautiful thing.

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Hello cameras with long lenses. People have been getting some amazing photos! Check the shots this local photographer got. Awesome!

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Hello old friends. These guys went to high school together. So thankful they’re still friends!

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Hello watching and waiting and resting.

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Hello growing up together. These boys are getting so big!!

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Hello big smile, summer hair and evening light.

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Hello to one of my favorite smiles in the whole world.

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Hello resting on daddy’s shoulder. Life is good.

Hello preparing to meet up with the incourage writers on the east coast this weekend. I can’t wait!

Hello BBQing and loving the long days.

Hello emails and laundry and dishes. Always.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!