Saturday, August 12, 2017

IT'S ALL GOOD // things i'm loving lately

MUSIC /// "every day, i'll awaken my praise and pour out a song from my heart: you are good, you are good, you are good, and your mercy is forever." -Kari Jobe, You Are Good. also loving "let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins, the echo of my days; oh He is my song. you are good, you're good, are good, you're good." -Eleven32 Music, King of My Heart. i'm all about seeing the good these days and i'm discovering that when it all comes right down to it? it's all good. 


KITCHEN /// i splurged on a salad chopper bowl for $10 and it is definitely the cheapest, most loved, most used tool in my kitchen right now. i am AS SEEN ON TV's target customer apparently. plus i love chopped salads, so this was a no-brainer investment. they are available on amazon - just search for salad chopper bowl. also loving "Daily Sunshine," the new Shakeology formula for kiddos, is genius and just in time for me to send my kids back to school with this quick and healthy breakfast shake! order a sample pack for your little ones to try.


PRIMPING /// seriously loving LipSense lipsticks! my collection includes Praline Rose (neutral berry), Apple Cider (every day neutral), Mulled Wine (dark purple/brown), and Kiss for a Cause (hot pink). have you tried it? it really does stay on through eating, drinking, exercise, and mom-ing ;) also loving R+F enhancements mineral peptides SPF 20 in light. this loose powder is light weight yet provides a full coverage and has completely replaced my other foundation makeup. my favorite thing about the powder is that it has SPF but i also love that it doesn't feel heavy nor does it have a scent like some powders tend to have. if you're looking for a new face powder i recommend R+F

POOLSIDE /// hallelujah for a summer spent mostly poolside! this summer i'm loving slathering my family in NO AD sunscreen. we use the spray on our bods and the stick on our faces and yay for no sunburns! also loving peppermint oil (YLEO) when we're out by the pool because it deters pesky mosquitoes and bees! who knew? i just sprinkle a few drops around the area where we're hanging out poolside and buhbye bugs.

loving it lately and it's all good.

how beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
breaking the news that all’s well,
    proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
    telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
(isaiah 52:7 the message version)

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Monday, June 19, 2017

FOR YOUR ❤️ ONLY /// photographs and memories


i'll never forget the time my Dad said to me, with my arms full of film canisters having just returned from a week-long vacation with friends,

"i hope you didn't spend your entire vacation behind the camera."

he was right to say that, and i was convicted. i had a dozen rolls of film indicating that i had indeed spent a lot of time taking pictures on my vacation. i was enjoying the scenery but was also consumed with capturing a collection of perfect photographs. how many moments did i miss because i was framing it up in the camera, reloading film, or adjusting the lens settings?  

that was back when cameras took film, pictures took days to be developed, and to share a picture with someone meant to show them your vinyl bound acid-free sticky plastic paged photo album. sorry, Kodak, but thank God for the invention of digital cameras. 

every single stinking time i think to take a picture, i am convicted by my Dad's words from 1997. yeah, 20 years later. i turn on my camera and pause, and i wonder, am i missing a moment for the sake of a photograph? am i making a memory or forcing a photo? am i living behind the lens or in the moment? i honestly have this conversation with myself a lot.

in the same way i learned to restrain myself from taking too many pictures, i have learned to be picky about what i share on social media, selective about who sees my posts, and i even share photos with long distance family and friends in different ways. i text, email, and private message many of my photos to family members. what's more, i don't typically share photos "live" or as they're happening. because, then, not only did i spent precious time taking the photo, now i have to mess with filters and cropping and captions and hashtags! at what cost?  

when we had to work with film canisters, we took 12 or 24 pictures to use up all the film. then we had to drop it off at a developer and wait about 3-5 days to get our pictures back. if we were in a real hurry we could pay extra and get our photos developed in an hour. all of this was acceptable. so why now do we feel like we have to rush to snap a picture and hurry to get it uploaded to our facebook page? friend, i'm about to release you from that bondage: you don't have to. you have permission to take a picture and then get back in the moment and post it later if you want to. or don't. let's take the pressure off of ourselves to share everything all the time. instagram can wait.

"relationships come first. the camera is just on the side." -esther havens

it's way easier now to share photos online for faraway family and friends to keep in touch. and that's a good thing! but i would encourage you, mamas, to get out from behind the camera/phone and be selective about what you share online. this isn't about restrictions or rules, just about balance, moderation, discernment, self-control, and making the most of these days and these resources. we have to use this technology wisely, even if it means setting screen limits for ourselves. we have to intentionally choose to put away the phone and look with our eyes at what's right in front of us. we have to protect our family memories by respecting our family memories.

not everything is meant to be shared online. some memories are for your heart only. i hope you don't spend your entire vacation behind the camera.


teach us to live well!
teach us to live wisely and well!
psalm 90:12