Thursday, May 7, 2015

reflecting this mothers day

Good morning, friends!

It's been a stretch since I posted last, but I just wanted to share my heart as we approach mothers day.
This day has always been one I love, I love celebrating not only my sweet mama & other ladies in my life, but also getting to watch all my mama friends be celebrated too! This day is so special. It's always a day that I look forward to.. someday when I get to be a mom. It's inevitable that this day makes me think of the trials we are facing with infertility. 

I came across this tug at the heartstrings post from Lysa TerKeurst's blog: Hope when Mothers Day is Hard // It is such a great read; especially for all the gals out there who are also struggling with infertility. The truth this mothers day, is you already are one. 
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"All women are mothers. Because all women bring life to the world in some way. We encourage. We feed bellies and hearts. We nurture dreams. We create beauty. We birth books. And, yes, some of us also have physical children. But that’s not the only way to bring life into this world—it’s one of many." 

Sitting here crying happy tears & clinging to Jesus. He knows the desires of my heart, my faith and hope is that in this in between time, I can continue to bring life into this world. I can live with reality that there will be good days and also hard days. But, if I fix my eyes on being who God has called me to be faithful to in these moments, my patient heart will one day reap that reward. We never get these moments back, so all I can do is prepare my heart for what I hope one day comes.

Grateful for all the gals around me. Thankful for their example & for their love. I'm so encouraged by the community of women I get to do life with. Each of you inspire me to be mama. Thanks for that! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

our first backpacking trip

Our outdoorsy friends asked us if we'd be into going backpacking.
(They're backpacking regulars & us= not so much)
We hike quite a bit, but not with 30 lbs+ of gear strapped to our backs.

If you know us, you know we both love the outdoors.
Camping is our jam! But backpacking, for me, seemed like such unknown territory.
Carrying literally everything you need, being out in the middle of the wilderness,
in the pitch black night, with goodness knows what other creatures.
Those parts I was skeptical about.
But, nonetheless, we decided to go. And I'll tell you what, it was so worth it!

our packs were packed!

Subaru adventure ad ;)

stopped at a little coffee shop on the way.

resting up for the miles.

this guy was loving every second.
next time, he's carrying something.

pack of 5.

seal of the AT.

finding firewood.

scouted the perfect spot to set up camp.

laying on a log + looking up at the trees. <3

camp cuisine.

blue, the guard dog, basically watched us sleep all night.
he'd occasionally converse with the screeching owl in the distance.

despite it being 36* overnight, I slept fairly well.
mr. mack on the other not so much.
our sleeping bags were ultra cozy & our two person tent holds the warmth.

liquid gold.

love this dude.

adam + andi heading back.

It was great to bring our pup along on this adventure.
We can't wait to go backpacking again.
Who wants to join this time?

Hope you had a great weekend + happy Monday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

peek into my home studio

hello there!

i'm SO excited to share these photos with you.
last weekend my friend, kayce, came over &
took some lovely photos of me working in my home studio.

it's been such a blessing to work out of this room.
it makes me emotional that this wont be my work space forever,
as Adam & I are beginning our process of house hunting.

it's one beautiful mess for sure. ;)
i hope you love them as much as i do.

i spend the most time with this gal, right here. ^ ^

making has become so much of who I am,
and I especially love when I'm creating something new.
It's this passion inside of me that sees the potential of
bringing materials together & it's a beautiful thing.

an equal balance of working with my hands & my heart.
i never realized how truly vulnerable this process was.

I'm grateful for this outlet strengthening parts of me
I never knew I was so passionate about.

packaging might be one of my favorite parts about this business.
i love getting to connect one on one with folks.
you will find a handwritten note in every one of my packages. <3

[for more about why I do what I do, check out this post HERE]

thanks for taking the time to browse. <3
have a wonderful monday!

mack made found here: etsy
photos by: kayce shoffner