Life Update: “Cha, Cha, Changes.”

For the last 2 years, Joe has been ‘in transition’. Which is a fancy way of saying ‘unemployed but looking’… ANXIOUSLY. After graduating with his PhD in May 2017, its been a rough road to a full time job in the oil and gas industry. We navigated the path God set out for us as…

SPONSORED: The Super Spoon

We recently were given the opportunity to try “The Super Spoon” from The Evolved Parent Company. This awesome company was founded with a simple mission in mind: to make the lives of parents just a little simpler. Jake is still trying to figure out utensils so I was pumped to try this spoon. This self-feeding…

Jake’s First Plane Ride

One of Joe’s groomsmen got married over the weekend and so we took that as an opportunity to take a quick family trip to Springfield, Illinois. This was Jake’s first trip on an airplane and let me tell ya, I was so nervous. You always hear horror stories about babies screaming for the full flight…

Behind The Ring

For those of you who know Joe, you know he is a very resourceful person. So it should come as no surprise to learn that he dug the gems for my engagement ring out of the ground. He had always wanted to make the ring his proposed with from scratch. Yes, SCRATCH. He wanted to…

Batir we go to EarthX!

Most people consider us a ‘granola’ family. We compost, recycle, make our own baby food, use cloth diapers, wear natural deodorant, have a urban garden, backyard chickens, etc. So obviously, us going to Fair Park to spend a day at EarthX 2019 is a no brainer. I tried to no avail to get friends and…

Failure to Thrive 3: Tokyo Drift

If you missed the Fast and the Furious reference and thought this was going to be a blog about us going to Tokyo… then I suggest you go watch the Fast and the Furious movies. We had our appointment with the Pediatrician this afternoon. They measured Jake’s height and weight and he is back on…

Failure to Thrive: Part 2

I have been overwhelmed by the thoughts and prayers sent our way since our family update in January. We are seriously so blessed to have the support of friends and family! So thank you for reaching out! It has been 4 months since Jake’s “failure to thrive” diagnosis and we take him for his 9…

Reflections from 10 years of Student Ministry

In a few weeks, my time leading high-schoolers will come to an end. I’ve been serving with Watermark’s student ministries since 2008, when I was a freshman in college. Working with middle and high-schoolers has honestly been one of the highlights of my life and something I will truly miss. I am very passionate about…

My Top 5 Mom Tools

I’ve been a mom for 8.5 months now which means I am absolutely NOT a professional. Most days I am questioning my ability to keep my tiny human alive. However, I have collected a few tools that I feel have been essential to my motherhood journey. And so I give you, in no particular order,…

Failure to Thrive: Part 1

Time for a family update. On the 18th, Jake will be 6 months old… which is kind of crazy when I take the time to think about it. A lot has happened in his little life. When Jake was born, he was 7 lbs 10 oz and 21 inches long. 97% for height. Joe and…