3 Marriage Lessons We’ve Learned in 3 Years

The past five months have been incredibly trying. It seemed as though Murphy’s law was in full effect against us- everything that *could* go wrong, did go wrong. I said things to others I wish that I hadn’t, we’ve gotten more frustrated with each other than ever before, and have cried more together then any other time I can remember. Throughout these few months, I’ve benefitted from people sharing their own experiences and failures, as well as their shortcoming and successes in their marriages.

That’s why I am sharing with you today- not because our marriage is perfect, or because we have everything figured out… but rather because we don’t. The little bit of knowledge we’ve gained the past few months has been painful, but also beneficial and strengthening for our relationship together. Nothing I’m sharing is really revolutionary, but I’m hoping our story can encourage you no matter what relationship is dearest to you or where you find yourself in life.

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Joy Elise – 18 months old

Motherhood reflections of a toddler

“The days are long but the years are short.” It’s a cliche I’ve grown up hearing, and now that I’m a mother I actually relate to it. It didn’t even make sense to me until another mom mentioned how she’s just now getting what that means- and in that moment it clicked with me too.

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365- love

365- love. Part of a personal challenge.

For those of you who don’t follow along this little blog, I committed to doing a 365 photography challenge- which is kind of laughable because in these 14 days of February I’ve maybe taken photos a whole three days. Oops.

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My Baby Girl is One

Joy Elise, captured by Kristen Pace Photography

I have spent days trying to think of a appropriate blog post to write. I wanted to celebrate her on this little corner of the internet, but I didn’t know how. Should I write a public letter? Should I share my birth story? I have no idea, because even though this is happening and time moves without my say I still feel as though this isn’t quite real and she’s still only a few months old.

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Hot-Mess Mom Necessities

There are those girls that just have the mommy gene in them. From the time their younger siblings (or really any baby after them) was born, they bare the title of ‘little mommy’ and beg to help feed and wash and play with the brand new baby. Other girls grow to be the ‘mother’ of […]

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A Letter

Dear Joy, Today, mommy and daddy celebrate two years of marriage. We aren’t experts by any means, but by now we have a (tiny tiny) clue about this whole marriage thing. Right now, we are at the beach celebrating without you, but we haven’t forgotten about you. You are a crucial part of who we […]

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Joy Elise | Five Months Old

I seriously cannot believe how fast our sweet baby has grown! Every month I’ve been taking ‘monthly photos’, just for memories sake, but this month hit me with a ton of nostalgia for my baby girl. She’s starting to fill out (finally!), and her baby face is looking more and more like a little girl […]

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A Confident Mother

I’ve been doing the She Reads Truth Lent Study- and y’all, if you are ever looking for women’s Bible studies that will challenge you, check them out. But anyway, I’ve been doing this study and every day has been almost exactly what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. My struggle with […]

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I don’t enjoy motherhood. They, whoever ‘they’ are, drilled it deep into me even as a child that motherhood is enjoyable. That there’s no greater calling, no better purpose, nothing more fun. Sure, they said it would be hard, they said it would be challenging and trying, but never did I expect the intense frustration […]

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