{It Is Finished}

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


5 classes, 70 exams, completed in 4.5 months.
Had you told me last winter I'd be here I would have said you were crazy!
I've learned my mind is a powerful thing ...
it can help drive me towards success or bury me in failure.
Here's to getting lots of time with family over the next 6 weeks before my nursing program begins! 

{Catching Moments} by Orvis

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


It's always fun seeing people you love do what they're gifted at.
So proud of you Bucket.

{A Strong Finish}

Monday, May 14, 2018


68 exams down, only 2 to go ...
Anyone else think the kidneys look like heirloom tomatoes?
Here's to a strong finish with a side of gratitude for organs that create our urine.

{Thoughts on Motherhood}

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Before I had a little girl I could count on two hands the number of times someone had given me flowers. Now Brave has picked me so many I've lost count. Raising kids can be a full time job and it honestly leaves me exhausted and scratching my head most days at this whole parenting thing. But the truth is, kids are bigger blessings than they are work. It's been a privilege being a mama, something I don't ever want to take for granted. So hug your little ones tight tonight. Kiss their dirty paws and sweaty little heads that always seem to smell like Trix cereal. They are our next wave of world changers.

Happy Mother's Day.

{My Mom Vala} by Fly Lords Magazine

Sunday, May 13, 2018


For all the strong mama's out there raising courageous daughters,
here's some pre-Mother's Day inspiration for you.

{Happy 4th Bravey Train!}

Wednesday, April 25, 2018











And just like that she's 4. Brave was the daughter I was most afraid to have but who has taught me more about selfless love, true courage, and the color pink than I ever could have imagined.
I knew from the moment we took our first walk that I was committed to being a safe place for her to land.
That I would carry her gently as the Lord has carried me.
She is curious, adventurous, and a lover of nature's tiny treasures.
She is determined a thoughtful giver of gifts, and a strong finisher.
She is Brave.
Happy Birthday sweet girl!

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, April 17, 2018






Dear Timothy James, your recent dude trip to fish, play, and rest not only had me belly jelly but excited every time my phone would blow up with trout pics. Ps- if I grow a beard can I come next time? Dear BBRAAPE, you’re getting so close. Don’t give up. Dear Ben Howard, can’t wait for your new album. Here’s to June 1st and to more of your music being tied to some of my favorite memories. Dear Tim PA-C, after nursing school orientation I left more motivated than ever to finish my last pre-req so we can take some time off before my program starts in July. Here’s to strong finishes and a family vacation up the coast with some of our favorite friends!

Happy Tuesday y’all.
(or Tootday as Bravey calls it)

{Sea Legs by The Ballroom Thieves}

Monday, April 16, 2018


Listen. Repeat. Listen. Repeat.

{Faithfulness}

Friday, April 06, 2018


Here's to being faithful with the hard things like tackling neuro and toddlers who
want cuddles and animal crackers at 3am.
I've learned there is rest that can still be found in the midst of motion, but
I'm thankful we have some weekend fishing adventures ahead of us.
Where are you traveling this spring?

{A Reason to Celebrate}

Thursday, April 05, 2018


Tonight we celebrate 4 classes down, 1 to go.
We're in the homestretch of my nursing pre-reqs!
Couldn't do it without the support and encouragement from this guy.
Love you more than all things endocrine, sweet Tim.
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