Welcome to the family my little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree! 🎄 Growing up, I never had a real tree in the house so last year I made Tyler take me to our local Christmas Tree Farm to see what all the Hallmark Movies are about. 🥰 The rest is history and a tradition was born. [One I’ll forever be grateful for!] The happiness this tiny tree radiates through me is unexplainable. It’s all in the tiny blessings, friends.
This Thanksgiving week I realized how much gratitude brings bigness to small blessings, we just have to slow down enough to soak in the bigness, ya know? After a week of rest and intentional time with family and friends my heart is feeling the bigness for: 💕 Hosting our very first Thanksgiving and sharing the news of our sweet baby girl. 🧁 Soaking in the reaction of our family when they cut into their @bloombakeshop cupcakes [which were literally the most amazing pumpkin cupcakes I’ve ever tasted!] 🦃 Tyler and I totally rocking our first Turkey! 👨🏻A husband with a heart bigger then I deserve. [even if he refuses to shave that mustache] 🏀The opportunity to do what I love most and time with my basketball girls. 🦵🏼Tyler feeling baby girl kick for the first time ever! 👯♀️Reuniting with old high school friends and realizing how old we are getting. 🎄Christmas decorations and a trip to the Christmas Tree Farm. 🤰🏽🙋🏻♂️Our life together and ALL the people we have in it. 🙌🏽God. Our God is a gracious God. AMEN! I think this week did to my heart everything it was supposed to. I hope you too were able to slow down this Thanksgiving and sit in the blessings that surround you! 💫 if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to take 15 minutes and write down all that you’re grateful for this week! It does big things to your heart! 💝
Team 💙 or Team 💕 ?! Last night, we hosted Thanksgiving and let me just say, there is something so special about gathering both sides of the family around one table. It was SO hard to keep this secret from our mamas the past two weeks, but equally as magical celebrating the joy in our hearts together. Dessert was served first [as it should be] and my heart literally exploded. [swipe right for the reveal]
I still can’t find the words to describe the beauty of this week. It’s an end of a chapter (working for @shannaskidmore 👩🏽💻) and a beginning of another (preparing for motherhood 🤰🏽). It’s only fitting to end our time together in a Hallmark-like setting with the tiniest baby bump showing off my “dreamer” tee. This journey was a wild ride. A bittersweet yet absolute beautiful ride. And I gained so much clarity working behind the scenes of #blueprintsummit. I love to serve. I love words. I love creating a space for others to feel loved, seen and heard. And I love seeing the impact those three things do in the lives of others. So often we are out chasing after what we think we need, rather than what we were created to actually need. Can I get an AMEN?! We all have a role in this world. Our roles look different. Our successes look different. But each and every one of us are so so needed. YOU are so so needed. Thank you to Shanna for shining a light that so desperately needed shining. And for bringing so many incredible women into my life. We love you and will miss you! xoxo
Tomorrow, we find out if Baby Wild is a little 💙or 💕and my heart can't even handle the wait. We decided to find out the gender because we've prayed so so long for our sweet little Wild child and to be honest, sometimes this whole journey still doesn't feel real. Meeting Baby Wild tomorrow as our future son or daughter just gives this entire journey a light I can't quite put into words. After wanting to be in this exact moment for so long, we've decided to keep the gender a secret for a few more weeks [sorry mama] so we can love on our sweet babe and soak in this gift God has given us. ✨ It's funny though, this weekend my mommasita and niece came to visit and they both hate they have to wait so they made us do the pregnancy pencil trick [has anyone else *actually* tried this, and if so was it accurate?!] to see if they could predict the gender of sweet baby Wild. It was HILARIOUS to say the least. And makes me even more excited for tomorrow. Are you team 💙or team 💕?! [photo by @kimkedingerphoto ]
Gratitude. That's all I want to feel this November. Gratitude. Although our Wisconsin grass + fall pumpkins were blanketed with yet another lovely snowfall I'm finding the little things to be grateful for because I fully believe it's in the gratitude we see just how blessed we are. I'm grateful for: 🎃pumpkins. all shapes and sizes 🤰🏽the little baby bump starting to show [swipe right for a glimpse of Baby Wild] 💪🏽🍑 continuing to work out 3x a week 🍁🍂 how beautiful the leaves mixed with snow truly are 🐶 🐈 the puppy AND kitty snuggles I receive just before bed 👭taking the time to have lunch with my best friend 👨👩👧 work-from-my-mom's office days where we actually stop to eat lunch with my dad + aunt 💕 just be[ing] 💕 What are some things you're grateful for so far in November?
I’m finding joy in this season of change + [definitely] missing coffee. I usually love to start my Monday mornings off early with a cup of coffee, some quiet time with the Lord and processing the joyful weekend before diving into a busy week. But let’s just say that Baby Wild doesn’t love the smell of coffee [🤢😶😳] so my mornings just look a little different. And that’s okay. I’m still spending time with the Lord each and every morning—it just doesn’t always happen as early as I would like. Instead of beating myself up about it, I’m trying to soak in as many minutes of sleep as my body needs before Baby Wild is here!
Fall is truly my favorite time of the year. 🍁🍂 Christmas movies are coming back on the Hallmark Channel. [give me all the praise hands 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽] Mornings are crisp + brisk taking away my guilt for staying in my PJs most of the day. And the beautiful changing leaves in contrast to the deep blue sky make my heart beyond happy. There is something about this season that makes me slow down, get outside more, and find the tiny joys in the little things [idk about you but this time of year calls for more walks to soak up God’s beautiful creation] What do you love most about the fall?
Happy 4 Year Anniversary to this handsome man! When I think back on all that we’ve gone through the past four years I realize there is literally no one else in this world I would have wanted by my side. We’ve gone through seasons of hard lows + and some of incredible blessings and I realize the man I married four years ago is not the same man I fall asleep holding hands with. He has changed. And I have changed. Because seasons like that will change you. But we’ve changed together. Oh how God knew what He was doing when He created this man to be my husband. Every day he teaches me to be a better wife. He is preparing my heart to be the best mama I can be to our soon-to-be little Wild child. His grace, patience, and that laugh are what I am most grateful for. [Especially when I make him participate in our anniversary traditions year after year!!] I’m excited for what this next year has in store for our little family and for the continued growth we’ll endure together. Happy Anniversary, love! xoxo P.S. If you’re curious of the three anniversary traditions I make Tyler do with me each and every year I shared about it over on the blog along with a look at our favorite photos from our anniversary + pregnancy announcement photoshoot with @kimkedingerphoto !
As we gather around the table for our last night here in Waco I am truly humbled by this entire experience at the @illumeretreat. Humbled by the women who surround me. Humbled by their stories, dreams + passions. Humbled by their vulnerability to show up and share fears. Humbled by the way they give grace to each other + are learning to give grace to themselves. These women have proven to me over and over again that this life is meant to be lived in community, not isolation. And that together we can build each other up more than tear each other down. These women + this experience are why I’m so passionate about what I do. This space. This is a space to feel so seen, loved and heard. [ Photo by theee incredible @shalynnelson ]