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To Everly, From Jude

Jude, Everly’s 3 year old brother, saw me writing on my computer and when he found out that I was writing a letter to her for her birthday, he wanted to “write a card” too. These are his words to his sister on her second birthday. (I definitely had a few tears as he talked about how […]

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You Don’t Own Me

Social media has owned me far too long. I don’t know about you, but I have been a part of social media since before Facebook. Yup…there was a “before Facebook”. But since then, our culture has exploded with apps, platforms, and new ways to be more “social” online with people everywhere. Then we were consumed […]

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Letters to Jude : Happy 3rd Birthday!

I have been dragging my feet while trying to write this. Dragging my feet because it doesn’t seem possible that 3 years have already come and gone. Dragging my feet because a part of me is sad to know you’re older. Dragging my feet because I want these words to filled with hope and excitement […]

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Community. I Dare You.

I was up front in letting you guys know that I was processing my trip to Israel a little slower than I had anticipated. There was something deeper happening than just a rad trip with amazing people to a place that most only dream of seeing in person. And that something deeper is starting to […]

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Israel : Part 1

I recently went on a trip to Israel, and I began writing this post early in the morning after we arrived. My intentions were to actually blog the entire trip, but quite honestly it didn’t take long for my thoughts to be completely consumed by the enchanted land that I was in. Also, the internet got a […]

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The Healthiest Version of Myself

It’s not often that I sit down with my computer in my favorite local coffee shop or at my office desk and not write about my kids. My kids are pretty much the center of my world, and because days with them leave behind volumes of stories, I talk mostly about them. Not today though. My sweet […]

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Because Parenthood Is Hard

Some nights I sit down at my computer and the words just roll straight from my brain to the screen in front of me. Other nights I sit and stare at the screen, knowing that I want to say something…I need to say something…and I find excuse after excuse not to write it down and set […]

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A Letter To My 1 Year Old Daughter

I feel as though I am writing this letter far too quickly. 364 days have passed since I anxiously woke before the sun came up to head to the hospital with your daddy. 364 days have passed since you were yanked into this world and laid on my chest. 364 days have passed since I […]

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A Farm, A Family, And Fun!

Can I just start this post off with the statement that I have some ridiculously talented (and amazing all-around) friends? From photographers to musicians to yoga instructors, each one is pursuing passion and creativity to it’s fullest. One of my favorite people to showcase here in this blog is my good friend, Jess Gann, of […]

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Feature :: Little Rascals Shop

I will be the first to admit that I had no idea just how many amazing small businesses there are out there the specialize in kids clothes, accessories, and toys. As I browse through my Instagram feed, I am floored at the attention to detail, ingenuity, and creativity that abounds in some of these shops. […]

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A Baby Shower Story

Y’all. I’m about to be an aunt for the first time, and I can hardly contain myself. {{Insert small break where I freak out from excitement}} About 25ish weeks ago, my sweet sister-in-law, Heylee, made the announcement that she was pregnant for the first time. I’m pretty sure that I jumped up and down and […]

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2015 :: A Year In Review

As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on this past year (and probably a few of the years before it). I keep trying to come up with any family/job/fun updates I’ve written in the last few years, and I’m having a little trouble coming up with anything […]

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Letter to My Son :: Turning 2!

I will say it over and over and over probably until the day I die: how has time gone by so quickly? Today, you are turning 2. 2.  I keep repeating the number over and over in my head…sometimes I even say it out loud…but it doesn’t seem real. Even though I am to the point […]

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Saying Goodbye To Tucker

Sitting in my blogging queue is a note to write about Tucker, my dog. I put it in there back when I started this blog and was thinking of things I wanted to write about. But I never wrote that piece. Now is the time. On August 23, 2015, I rushed my 11-year-old chihuahua, Tucker, […]

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Either All Lives Matter, Or None Of Them Do

I’m pretty sure that I’ve sat down at my computer to write this post what feels like a thousand times. Each time I find myself abandoning it halfway through out of sheer, overwhelming heartache, or because there is so much heat in my words, I can’t possibly put them to print. But I believe in […]

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The First 30 Days

On May 28th at 5:15pm, we heard the sharp cries of our daughter as she entered this world. With tears streaming down my face, I saw her tiny red body (she was mad y’all!) as the doctor held her up for us to see. I tried to quickly count her fingers and toes, and wanted […]

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A Letter to My Newborn Daughter

I had no idea.  I had no idea before you were born that I would have space in my heart to love you as much as I love your brother. I had no idea that when I saw you for the first time that I would be so utterly overwhelmed by how amazing you are. […]

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Happy Father’s Day

I figured that it was entirely appropriate to jump back into the blogosphere after having a baby to talk about Father’s Day and the special fathers in my life. Let’s start with my own dad. I love my dad. Anyone who knows my dad knows that he is quiet, bookish, smart, and filled with a […]

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Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage To My Love

May 14th, 2005.  I am standing in the back of a small chapel in Chattanooga, TN, getting ready to see my love for the first time on our wedding day. As the photographer tells him to turn around, I can hear his sharp intake of breath and see the smile jump to his face as he sees […]

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Happy Mother’s Day To My Mom

I’m pretty sure that I haven’t spent nearly enough time thanking my mother for being who she is. Even after 32 years on this earth, I haven’t had enough time to relay to her just how thankful I am for her. She chose me. She loved me. She sacrificed for me. I’m sure there were […]

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