"If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here." ex. 33:15
"Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall ere his people be
All glory be to Christ!" Merry Christmas!
I got in a mood today and made pigs in a blanket, two kinds of muffins, and pineapple upside down cake. Winter months are not my favorite and I am learning to look for ways to make them fun and cozy, and a freezer full of baked goods seemed right 🍞 (also, we might just have to have cake for dinner because I'm all cooked out now)
Milwaukee > Chicago > Indianapolis
A brother is married, and we've spent the last 9 days with the people we love best. And at the end of a fun vacation I'm mostly grateful that these three are a part of my everyday, no matter where I am. #mylittlebandofboys
"For whoever gives a cup of water to one of these little ones...he will by no means lose his reward." Surely Jesus must have had mothers in mind when He spoke these words. How wonderful that the most basic of needs met in His name have value.
It's been a while since I've joined #fridayintroductions (and I've been looking for an excuse to share these sweet photos @elisabeth_carol carol took for us) so I'm jumping in today!
I'm a wife of 5 years to The Boy who started to win my heart while he was doing my first year of self employment taxes (he knows how to woo a girl 😘). We have two little boys and are a licensed foster family. (We don't currently have any placements.) Josh is in seminary, and I work (mostly) from home as a wedding photographer at @jessicashaephoto.
Things I've been working on/learning more about this year: growing my indoor plant collection 🌿, fostering + adoption + advocating for orphans 👶🏼👶🏽👶🏿, homeschooling 📚(just dipping my toes in the water this year with my 4 year old), and cultivating a home where people feel welcome and the good news of what Christ has done for us is central to all we do🏡. I'd love to meet some of you in the comments, feel free to introduce yourself and tell me a little about you! 💕
Until this year I don't think I've thought much about the reformation, or what affect it has had on my life. But today I have multiple bibles in my home, in a language I can read, I understand that I have the right (and responsibility) to go boldly before the throne of God and cast all my cares directly upon Him, I know that it is only by God's grace that I have been made His, there is nothing I can or should add to what Christ has done for me!
Largely because 500 years ago Martin Luther chose to believe the Bible over what tradition and church leaders taught as truth. "For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!" -Martin Luther
Happy Reformation Day!
I expected motherhood to be sweet, but there have still been plenty of things about parenting that have caught me off guard with how good they are. One of my favorite things about being their mama is how life can never be sad for long with these two near. I can't count how many times this year they have been my physical "joy in the morning" after heavy nights. Their jokes, quirky phrases, and giggles are the best antidote for any weary heart. Little gems. 💕 #mylittlebandofboys
Spending half the month of October away from home has left me feeling very behind on enjoying fall. But today it's in the 50's, I can't run any errands because josh accidentally drove to work with both car seats in his car, so I'm staying home and doings some fall cleaning/changing out summer for winter clothes, making soup and pumpkin bread for dinner, and maybe we'll even have a fire tonight. So much catching up to do! 🍂
"Words can never tell you
How perfectly dear you are to me.
Perfectly dear to my heart and soul,
I'm all gratitude and all pride,
That my life has been so crowned by you."
Happy 5th Anniversary to my love and closest companion. You are above all I could ask or think, and the sweetest gift. ❤️ Picture by @kristinpartin who also was our wedding photographer.
2.5 days in my favorite city 😍 Anyone wanna book a shoot while I'm there?!