Travel Michigan

It’s a closer jaunt for us than the ocean, has no sharks and bespeaks the kind of slow living we seem to lack too often. A week in Ludington, MI was just the right pace for us – filled with family, beautiful white sandy beaches and trips to the lighthouse. Exploring harbor towns and kayaking…

How We Do Training Weekends

We’re in a fun season of trainings as Nick is working his way towards licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. We’ve both really loved these getaways and thrived on experiencing different areas. Thankfully the trainings usually run from about 9-5 with a lunch break, giving us plenty of fun time together too! WHERE TO…

Sweet Summer

Summer is in full swing. It’s full of travel, trainings and busy schedules, punctuated by pockets of sweet rest at our favorite places. We did a 4-day trauma healing training in Illinois that proved to be a beautiful time with this group! The following weekend, we were back in IL for a wedding and got…

#OurBigHouseReno Part 2

Since we last updated on #ourbighousereno we’ve finalized a few things on the inside and even started in on the outside! KITCHEN: A Slate Backsplash added some real texture and fun elements. Two shelves with metal ends added that finishing touch! And it now houses our coffee and tea selections. Finally, the IKEA kitchen cart…

Chicago

Nick had a training in Chicago last weekend, and it proved to be a wonderful little get-away for us too. We are so grateful for the ability to get some amazing Counseling training in right now, and this Gottman Method Training was no small thing… taught by John Gottman himself. He loved it. And while…

A Garden Party

It’s party time!  This fun little gathering was celebrating a friend (and sister-in-law’s) huge house renovation project! We had such a fun time with this Garden Theme carried through. ON THE MENU /  Mini Quiches Mini Stacked Pancakes with Blueberry Vanilla Syrup Sweet or Savory Scones (Lemon Rosemary or Herb, Ham and Cheddar) all herbs…

Inori / CAFO / Waco / Church Under the Bridge

MAY 2018 INORI / Javon’s new puppy is so sweet! A toy GoldenDoodle weighing a whopping 3.8 lbs. Welcome Inori (Japanese / PRAY.) What a fun weekend with everyone! WACO / Time with Nick’s aunt Gala was full of rich conversations, late night walks and a trip to Magnolia farms. Better still was learning about…

A Greek Easter

Nick and I hosted a fun GREEK Easter, complete with a Greek meal and original Greek verses on the tables (compliments of my impressively talented husband!) It’s been so special for us to be able to host and share our space and makes the months of renovations seem so worth it! “Why do you look…

It’s Better to Give

There’s nothing quite like pulling off a good surprise. These guys are the best, and we love them. And since Mom got a pretty special birthday while they were traveling, we thought Dad deserved something fun too. We nonchalantly went outside for a while before heading out to dinner… and all of sudden… A noise…

A Profound Mystery

It’s a worshipful week – walking into one of the most profoundly mysterious celebrations of my faith. As we merge into Easter, I’m listening for the Spirit in conversations, songs, lessons. And as I go, I’m writing down some of what’s touching me here – a bit of a hodge podge of meaningful snippets in…

#OurBigHouseReno BEFORE & AFTER

We always said we weren’t the fixer upper type, but here we are. It’s been a fun project and we’re excited to share some of the results! Although we’re still working on a number of projects, we’re getting much closer. KITCHEN:    We’re still working on the kitchen backsplash… so stay tuned for the final…

Fresh Starts

“Passion is the heart set free to pursue that which is truly worthy. Those who set their hearts on what is most worthy – the Glory of God – live with joy-filled abandon. Their hearts are both seized and satisfied with the ambition for Jesus to be ardently worshipped. That love comes to dominate and…