When she smiles that big toothy smile at me, time stops for that moment. You melt me my beautiful girl and my love for you is never ending. Thats why i only ever use Cuddly Sensitive in every wash to leave her clothes soft against her delicate skin. Not only is it gentle but it smells divine #lovecuddly #thanksmum #cuddlysensitivemoments #ad
So many times I have over complicated my purpose or assignment for my life and have allowed the enemy to use confusion to distract me from the simplest, stripped-down truth that I am called to “be.” But “being” requires stillness in a very busy task- oriented American lifestyle. “Being” requires me to not have to strive for what’s in front of me. “Being” challenges me to embody peace in every aspect amidst a chaotic world. I’m learning that “being” is far better than “being known.” This kind of being is quiet, and doesn’t need to be seen. This sense of being is simply carried day to day in the palms of grace- to be a light in a dark world.
We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.
“Let joy be your continual feast.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16 TPT
Confidence is an inconsistent feeling. There are days when we are fully confident in ourselves and our capability. But there are also days when we start to doubt ourselves in the midst of our past achievements.
That’s probably based on the inconsistency of human ability. However, God is the most consistent, constant and faithful being we can put our confidence in.
Even if you don’t have complete confidence in yourself. Maintain confidence in God and his promises.
Note to self
Note to you
First real snow fall of the year ❤️
Pipers best friend has gone to kitty heaven thanks to an evil brown snake. I feel I need to acknowledge Nachos disappearance. Even though she wasn’t ours she felt like ours and has left a whole in our lives. I’d love any suggestions as to what to say/do to let Piper know that her bestie won’t be around anymore 😭😭😭😭
F r i y a y // Looking to the weekend with big smiles and excited tummies as we start to pack our suitcase ahead of our road trip to the Lakes to see Nanny and Grandad later today. The plan is to go a lantern parade in Ambleside on Saturday so we’re keeping everything crossed for wonderful weather! I hope your weekend is full of fun and memory making too xx
Roots & Wings • weird habit confession: I go into mild nesting-mode after every trip. I realized that I always clean my whole house or organize my files, buy yet another plant or spend hours creating something decorative for my home on the first days back.
I think these seemingly silly things are actually subconsciously important to be able land after being away from home.
I’m off to yet another work/ministry-related trip this weekend and the pull of home is slowly starting to get stronger than my itchy feet. I count both as an equal blessing. Being a nomad without a solid group of friends and deeply fulfilling life to come home to would be a lonely and exhausting experience. Being a homebody that’s confined to only familiarly would be void of so many unique opportunities and stories.
I want both. I need both.
Adventure & Home.
Exploring & Nesting.
Strong Wings & Deep Roots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was created in the shape of the ampersand.
Those of you who have followed me for a while will know how much of a battle I have had with Darcie’s hair. For pretty much the last year she has hated me doing anything with it but equally it annoys her when it is loose. It’s been a struggle every morning that usually ends in tears. So to say that this was a proud moment for me yesterday is an understatement ❤️ It’s not about a pretty hairstyle, it’s about my toddler trusting me and realising that the world won’t end because of a hairbrush. I know there will be lots of people who have the same struggle, so I hope this gives you some hope. There’s a French plait somewhere at the end of the tunnel 🙌🏻
Obviously I am also now getting carried away and wondering what masterpieces she’ll let me get away with 😍😂
🤣🤣🤣 But, seriously 😑 We can either commentate on problems or get our hands dirty and get in there and solve them.
“ You don’t need endless time or perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.” - Barbara Asher
Have an amazing weekend beauties 🖤🖤🖤
Going in to the weekend, like... ...I’m gonna demolish every bit of food that is not sold in wholefoods
...I’m gonna see how long I can get away with pyjamas or wear only elasticated things
...I’m gonna have no plans and go with the flow but also schedule in stuff cause of fomo
...I’m gonna suggest a big country family walk and then regret it because of kids who lay on the floor halfway round
...I will win the game of “who can pretend they’re still asleep when the kids wake up”
What are you waiting for the weekend to bring? 😉
Throwback to when lil' dude found a typo (which he pronounces as tipo 😁)
If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak? #shespeaksout
As a mom we all probably feel excitement for the future with our babies... and when I say future I mean the next day. As excited as we are for life with our babies we can all probably agree that it is also THE SADEST THING EVER how fast our babies grow up. My favorite part about this stage is Kai walking over to me and hugging me or cuddling with me. Oh my heart.
So here’s to the future, here’s to the present, and May we never forget the past!
Loved hanging with this beautiful fam last weekend! I first photographed them as a family of three back when Lottie was just a few months old 💕 It’s always so wonderful getting to document these different stages and seasons of life.
I still have a couple of dates free before the end of the year, so drop a line if you’re interested in having a family session and we can make some magic happen ✨
IT ME!!! You guys, my lovely bunny @julianascup
took pictures of me taking pictures of her and I feel like she captured the REAL meee! 😄 Get ready to see my face justttt a tiny little bit more often my bebes.
Three days fresh. Not that long ago, and yet feels so distant already. And now he’s somehow over two months old. Time, you thief. 💛
Pardon the mess, but is, “that bear is ridiculously huge”, going through anyone else’s head? We have had this guy two years now, and I’m still in shock of how big he is. 😂 still can’t believe my brothers brought this to our house for his first birthday. •
#rugratsonoils #sobermom #parenthood_moments #boymama
Már nagyon vártuk, hogy megmutathassuk nektek, hogy a megrendelések feldolgozása mellett, és a fotózások között min dolgoztunk szorgosan 😊. Feltett szándékunk, hogy gyapjúba öltöztessünk kicsiket és nagyokat egyaránt, most a leges-legapróbbakon a sor! Újszülötteknek készülő csomagunkban pihe-puha merinó gyapjúból készült sapka, kesztyűcske, és egy pár kiscipő található, ajándék natúr fa rágókával. Jövő héttől 5 színben lesz rendelhető a webshopon (link a bioban ☝️) 😚💕
A friend and I joke about commiserating together later in life when our children inform us of all the ways we parented wrong, mothered poorly and (in general) caused them to need counseling. 🤦🏽♀️ We laugh, but there is an underlying current of trepidation as mamas. So many days as a parent, you pour out and give everything and pray that each of your children know that they are loved, wanted, accepted and cherished. ♥️ You pray that they remember to be grateful, eat a vegetable at least once a week, and become kind, responsible human beings. 🤷🏽♀️ If nothing else, that they at least leave the nest with all their limbs intact (something Micah attempts to defy daily 😂.)
All joking aside, we not only cherish and protects our babies’ hearts, but also their bodies and health on a daily basis. It’s why I love and share essential oils. It’s why I’m an avid supporter of the whole, real food movement. It’s also why I gave @matys
a passionate “Yes!” when this mama-led company asked me to try and review their organic cough syrups and chest rubs. With 10 immune boosters in every spoon and ingredients that are safe for wee ones, the syrups are wonderful additions to a natural medicine cabinet. And they are not just for sick days, but can also be used to naturally sweeten juices, smoothies, and yogurt, adding an extra line of defense as cold and flu season is upon us. Check them out @matys
and at your local @target
as well as online @amazon
This afternoon I was sitting in a class on marketing, but one of the topics we discussed is a principle that can apply to anyone including you and me. .
The areas where we work consistently are the areas where we will see growth and process. In other words, CONSISTENCY IS KEY 🔑.
God desires that we grow in JOY, PRAYER, and THANKSGIVING. How do we know? Because He uses the words “always,” “continually,” and “in all circumstances.”
We can only grow in these areas if we are consistent in them. .
What are some ways that you can be more consistent in joy, prayer and Thanksgiving?
Speak life. Online 🌱 📱
Screen choices can ruin a reputation in 5 seconds flat • Someone else’s, our own.
For the sake of human kindness and self-care, think before you post💡
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord!"
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him—
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!”
That last line, though. Even the deepening of our faith is an act of God’s grace. If the desire is there, there’s grace to meet it. Lord, help us in our unbelief and give us grace to trust you in everything.
Glad I took my time with this one (swipe to see the full piece).
BG photos: Avery Klein and Mike Tinnion via @unsplash
Today I saw this glorious light shine perfectly so and was just floored in the simplicity of God’s richness beside still waters . I constantly wonder why I’m doing this silly thing of making headbands . Sure I’ve alway worn them but My MIL literally got me this basic sewing machine just last year. I don’t sew AT all, I mean besides these headbands now. At first I thought the little extra cash flow was exactly what I need for summer race fees and to cover a weekly babysitter to train for that - and it did exactly that . This week as the days get shorter and darkness creeps in I saw a gap in my freetime and decided to just dig away at my fabric stash and take a week to restock my Etsy shop and turn these weeds of fabric into something beautiful. In this moment as music quietly hummed through my downstairs, mountains of snow sat out my window , baby napping quietly upstairs , God showed me his glory here. I’ve gone through deployments with deep sadness feeling alone and defeated but these 6 months I’ve been drowning in people ( like for real, my introvert self is exhausted from you all c’mon ). There hasn’t been a single moment unfilled and I think these silly little pieces of fabric were just that last part needed to keep myself full and hands/brain moving uniquely so. I’m thankful for everyone that loves these headbands and that they can bring you a little glimpse of joy . Weaved into that I’ll keep rejoicing in the richness of the good Lord’s love for his people in seasons that , without Him, could be really really dark. Instead we have this colorful light, when we set our hearts on things above , and that my friends is really good news 🌈✂️💜
He could have had her killed! But he chose not too. Who was Joseph?
The bible doesn’t say much about him but the little there is, shows a great man of integrity.
A true man of God! As I wrote the story of Mary and Joseph for our little girls audio book, I learnt so much about this man.
I want the girls to get to know him as the man he was.
Human with flaws.
I can’t wait to share this man with you & your family! Get excited for the story coming December 3rd! 😆☺️💖(video: the nativity movie) . What do you think he was like?
And there in your arms is where I will lay, and there in your arms is where I will stay 💕🎶
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Fear, pain, frustration, violence, terror, wars, rumours of war, fathers against children, children against fathers, intolerance... all signs of a broken world desperately in need of a Saviour. But why do YOU act that you don't know the answer? #Jesus
is the Answer. Before you do anything else, remember to give them Jesus! Walk with Him and let the peace He gives you be contagious enough to share with those who worry.
All the above and more are real, and that makes the need for Him even more real. Before you prescribe anything else, have you shared Jesus. You and me are here to point them to He who can Save us all!
Embrace Your Super Power! .
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We had a very busy start to our week so the last 2 days of rest and staying home was just what we needed.
We are such social butterflies these days with Swimming, Mother’s Group and catching up with friends. Now that I am also working I feel like I’m never home and I am such a homebody. How could I not be when I get to hang out with this little gem.
P.S. we still practice tummy time everyday, the mirror slightly helps but I hear the poor little thing struggle and then the vomit comes lol.
Hey it’s me! I get scared to show my face on here sometimes, let’s be honest, my life is NOT always this glamorous. As I type this, I’m in my ugliest sweatshirt with an oily face + buried in blankets because it’s WINTER in Ohio. I live a raw real life + so I create raw real moments with my photos. Here’s 5 things about me, some deep, some silly, all things that make me ME.
1. I’m a writer. If you haven’t gathered that already from the length of this post + the others, then you’ll figure it out soon enough! Writing is like breathing to me. When I was 13, I wrote a 200 page novel called Sunrise about 4 teens + a time machine. To this day, I don’t know how I finished the thing. It’s a weird but beautiful part of my journey of growing into who I am today.
2. I love coffee with a passion, but caffeine kicks my anxiety into high gear + I turn into a monster. So if you ever get me coffee after 11am, make sure it’s decaf! 😅
3. I struggle with anxiety. In the past year or so, it’s come out more + I’m having to learn how to deal with this new side of my brain that overthinks everything, worries too much + races a million miles an hour at the worst times. Anyone out there dealing with anxiety - I get you. I really, really do.
4. I have 12 siblings. Yes, those tiny humans that sometimes pop up on my stories are related to me + they are the sunshine in my world! I love them. Not going to sugarcoat it, this life is not all I would have expected it to be. I complain about them sometimes, but more often than not, I find myself walking in the front door + feeling this sense of calm come over me. These are my people + they're the world to me. 🖤
5. I’m SO awkward in front of a camera. Ironic, right? I never know what to do with my hands + my facial expressions are cringeworthy. So whenever I look non awkward in a photo, I get excited. @sarah_bethany18
grabbed this photo of me when we had some pretty light last week 😊🙌
Eek, ok, done talking about me. It’s a little uncomfortable sometimes, you know? Tell me about YOU! Could you relate to any of this? How can I pray for you?
this guy right here treated me better than any guy has and this is the only day we’ve spent together. I got treated like a princess all day, having my door opened, saying “what the princess wants, the princess gets”, and buying me a dozen donuts just because I wanted them. This is what we deserve girls. If a stranger can treat a girl like that, guys who are pursuing us sure as hell can. Here’s to never settling for less again. Evy boy is such an example of what God wants for us and now I know what I deserve. Thanks stranger, now friend for reminding me that I can have the fairytale I dreamed of. #justfriends
There are seasons of pursuit and there are other moments when God so clearly swings a door wide open. This is one of those swung-wide-open moments. 🙌🏼
Just before the Summer began, I was unexpectedly approached about writing a book. After Ethan and I prayed and sought counsel, I dove into the book proposal process with less than a month until deadline. I gave it my all and submitted it, trusting the Lord no matter the outcome. (This picture was taken at that time.) In early September, my proposal was accepted and last month I signed the contract! Today was my first meeting with the incredible team at @bhpub
Friends, I am completely humbled by this opportunity. The Dianne I knew many years ago would be soaring with pride, but the person God has changed me into today knows that this is 100% by Him and for Him. I feel the weight that comes with writing/teaching/words and do not take this lightly. Please pray with me that God is glorified and that women are encouraged and edified through this book which releases March of 2020. In the end, it’s not my words but His Word that has the power to save and transform (James 1:21). Soli Deo Gloria!
Beautiful shot of our wooden white camera by @carleysaber.
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Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year!
Last year I was inspired by my friend @livefreemiranda
in giving our kids a family trip rather than a bunch of toys for Christmas. So, @brooksproof
found some super cheap tickets on @scottscheapflights
and we decided to go explore Italy. 🇮🇹 I mean hello- gelato on every corner- why not?
This year we decided to test out the new tradition again and decided to plan a trip to New York and road trip the East Coast! And when we told the kids we were going on an adventure instead of toys again- they didn’t even seem to care. They love a good adventure.
↠ This one’s for all the dancing queen mommas out there and their dancing princesses👸🏽💫
soften to the season | day 7 | as we’ve begun to prepare our home for winter, pulling out our holiday jammies, gathering together our advent books + crafting decorations (friends can you believe thanksgiving is next week?!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I realized the more I harden to protect myself, the less I let in and the more I hold on the more pain there is. When I try to protect myself from the pain, the less healing I allow in. I realized if I can trust the feelings have served a purpose, I can feel them, receive their message + release. How do you make space for your self during the winter season? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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