Need some #AppalachianTrail adventure in your life? Check out our newest blog post by Brian Threlkeld @threlkeldoutdoor , who's about to journey through the 100 Mile Wilderness in the middle of a Maine Winter! Click our profile link or visit appalachiantrail.org/100-mile-wild for the full story and schedule. #FindYourTrail#myATstory
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❗️Baby Bump Alert❗️
If you watched my stories, you saw our babymoon weekend didn’t work out as planned. We had everything ready and then Mr. Doctor told us that I was carrying a tad low and should stay near home for the next few weeks until little girl decides to make her arrival. Nothing to worry about, but enough that we didn’t want to head out of state.
I get a little crushed when my plans don’t work out... I’m an avid planner and love having all my Ts dotted and Is crossed. 🗓Plus, I was looking forward to spending some much needed time with Ryan this weekend. 😍
But in his sweetness, Ryan told me that he wanted to turn our two days we took off into a staycation. Then promptly instructed me to get my suit on, cause we were headed to the beach. ☀️🌊 (Umm, a miracle for him cuz beachin is not his favorite when it’s over 80 degrees, but he knows I love it.)
So here’s to unplanned weekends that teach us that we can have a blast no matter where we are. Double tap if life has thrown you some curve balls, but you’ve made the best of it anyway. 🙋♀️ We’re determined to make it a party as we cruise into our 37th pregnancy week! 🎉🎉
This guy right here is one sharp looking cactus😉 🌵#desertjokes
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Dear tent, You should have seen the starry sky last weekend. It was magnificent. I thought about you when we turned off our headlights to see it more clearly. About all the times I’ve laid beside you to watch the starry sky. For hours. I want you to know that I miss you, even though I know deep in my heart that our separation is for the best. Our new tent is much like you, but bigger and even more stable and durable. I always felt safe with you, but with the kids and all I can’t put anything at risk. But you have something the new tent will never beat, you are so much lighter! The two extra kilos we’re carrying now with all the extra weight that comes with a bigger family is not to overlook. I hope we will have the opportunity to experience as many great adventures with the new tent as we did with you despite the weight difference. I promise to write to you and tell you about our adventures, so that you always can take part of, and in some way be a part of our story. #lettertomytent#tältamedbarnvarjemånad
Who was your favorite heroine growing up? I had about a bajillion. But one of them was Joan of Arc. Mostly cuz she was a crazy teenager that believed she was specifically called to a purpose bigger than herself. She believed she was made for that very moment in history.
I blogged in my bio link about my current season and why the quote “you were made for this” really resonates with me. Maybe you are also living in a season that scares you. A calling you've felt since you were little, or a crazy new idea you had just last night, a big business idea, or a step that you need to take in healing.
Maybe you are in a situation that you never asked for, something you feel so unqualified to handle. Something that is just plain scary.
Know this - you were specifically made to walk through what are walking through and conquer it. You were especially made to do that one thing you've felt tugging on your heart. No one else. You.
Check out my bio link to read more. But seriously, I want to know your childhood hero in the comments below and why. 👇 (Frodo from LOTR might be another one of mine. #nerdstatus 😂👍)
3 days ago16372
Boys that tie your shoes when your belly gets too big. Marry those ones.
5 days ago131,067
Introducing Samco's new & improved logo! 🚋🙌.. So new, it's still sparking ✨
5 days ago40108
What the camera didn’t see was how much poison ivy we both had in this photo. 😂 But what it did see is what matters, love love love. There is no one in this entire world I love more than this fella and the little girl we made together. The most miraculous thing about the last 9 months is that it has reminded me how much I adore him. Also, I’m thankful for all the poison ivy tips sent to us from our faithful friends and followers. We’ve been comically bonding every night as we’ve laid in bed covered in poison ivy, trying not to itch like crazies, expectantly waiting a little one, trying to manage 8 month pregnant girl struggles, and laughing at how thankful we are to do this life together. 🙌🎉😂😘
6 days ago1648
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8 days ago4107
After our baby shower, this boy was so excited to go through all of Amelia’s gifts. He hung up her dresses on little pink hangers, folded all of her onesies, organized her new shampoos and lotions, and made sure everything was in place. As we sat on the couch after, he kept saying, “I can’t wait for her to come. We’re gonna be best friends.” I love this man and his tender, beautiful heart...and I can’t wait for the baby in my belly to meet the most wonderful father in the whole wide world. 😭❤️
10 days ago9837
The last month has been so full of joy - moving, renovating, party planning, baby showering, and speaking. But we’re in the 5 week home stretch now....so I’m pretty ready to eat chocolate covered strawberries on the couch and chill with this girl until she’s ready for us. Also nothing fits and this belly wants to breathe, so forgive the endless bare bump photos 😂✌️
11 days ago7790
Ryan surprised me with my Valentine’s Day gift early and told me he’s taking me on a little road trip babymoon at the end of February. 🎉🎉 (He knows me so well, because part of my gift is that I get to help plan it. #typeA all the way). We can either spend a couple days in the city or by the beach. Help me pick where to below 👇I’m so torn!
14 days ago47637
Morning sunshine is my favorite. A good morning routine has helped me so tremendously during this pregnancy, and made me feel so much more at ease. I try to take mornings a lot slower (thanks, morning sickies), but I always end up really enjoying them and feeling so much more energetic because of it. Also, fruit fruit fruit and granola is my jam. Amelia’s gonna come out with strawberry fingers, I’m sure of it. 😂 Happy Tuesday, friends! Hope you had a sunny and wonderful morning too. ❤️
16 days ago5419
There are miracles everywhere. In quiet kitchen mornings, in the way that people who love you look at you, and there’s miracles inside of yourself waiting to break free. Call out miracles, because nothing is small or insignificant. ☀️ #34weeks
18 days ago12998
Feeling really thankful for time off the internet, nesting in our new home, and making space for another incredible human to invade our hearts and snuggle in this bed with us. Instagram can be hard sometimes. Every time I logged on, it seemed like 100 more people unfollowed me or had something judgy to say, and so I needed some space to remind myself that it’s okay to not be overly curated and put together in this season. Seems kind of shallow to admit caring about stuff like that, but we all do and it’s good to admit it and adjust when it gets too much. Being me and enjoying my ‘now’ will never be something I regret. So I’m thankful for the last couple weeks of sweet reminders that I’m worthwhile and important no matter what the internet thinks. And I’m thankful for this cozy bed, our new family, and all that is to come. ❤️
19 days ago30805
‘Living with joy is a holy pursuit, not a frivolous, shallow quest.’ ☀️There’s been a lot of change in my life recently, so I’m taking a couple weeks off posting here to pray, re-focus, and pursue joy before the babe comes. With life change and birth getting closer, I find I’m naturally a little more unsettled, and I want to seek God for a bit and allow him to ground me again in that peace that only comes when I spend time with him.
See you in a bit, insta 👋
1 month ago6527
There’s a little wriggly babe in there who’s 31 weeks old. A sweet girl with a defined personality, hopes and dreams, and a world changing purpose to fulfill. At this very moment, God is forming and shaping her, speaking life and value into her heart. I'm not the most maternal person and my overly logical self has struggled to grasp the bigness that is pregnancy. How vast the act of creating a child is. It overwhelms me and scares me some days.
But when I think about how much God already loves her, about how he already adores her and that she is more his than mine even, I can't help but feel part of something so much bigger and better than myself. This little girl has been a promise laying wait inside of me since I was a little girl, a legacy that was gifted to me at birth. And something both simple and earth shattering, falling in love with her dad, created the last piece that was needed. The world was finally ready for her.
She is mine to carry inside. And then she is ours to teach goofy dances, to tuck in at night and pray over her sweet self, to teach her our silly love for costume parties, Cubbie baseball history and how to travel like a champ. I hope, through us, she will learn to love others fiercely and dance through life seeing it in shades of rose. I won't stop speaking promises of joy over her.
But in the end, she is gifted from our father who wants me, her, and all of the legacies within her to point back to his ground breaking, beautiful redemption of this world and the love he has for it. And so, even in the midst of feeling unqualified and oh-so-non-maternal, I know that this belly and babe have been a long awaited part of my purpose the whole time. And I am thankful.
1 month ago391,149
Love this boy so much. And can’t believe I was already 20ish weeks in this photo. My little igloo belly has almost doubled and hasn’t shown any sign of stopping. 😂 Only like 10 more weeks til we get to meet our newest best friend. 🙌🎉❤️
1 month ago3716
It’s a dreary, rainy day in Florida, and we’re dreaming of potential trips to take our little babe on in this next year. The California coast being one of them 🙌. Any suggestions for fun, baby friendly places to travel this year? We can’t wait to introduce Amelia to the world and all its beauty! 🎉🌏
1 month ago7376
I often get questions here about what beauty products I use. Not because I’m particularly great at make up. (I’m most definitely not). But because I’m really trying to transition my products to being better for me, my body, baby, and the earth without completing go extreme and breaking the bank. 😂 I’ve found a great little collection of stuff you can mostly find at Target, so I’m sharing my top 8 natural products on my blog. Go check it in my bio. There’s some other interesting stuff on there too, in case you’re so over hearing about another person’s favorite beauty products. 😂😘
2 months ago2159
Headed to work this morning with my little third trimester girlfriend. She’s a feisty one and loves kicking my ribs and waking me up in the middle of the night. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like her sassiness already. 😂✌️
2 months ago301,064
I’m gonna be a sassy pants for a second. I’m always getting comments to be more vulnerable on here. And hey, I like to share. There’s nothing wrong with it. But in 2018, I want to remind myself and us: being a “real” person is not determined by your insta. I don’t have to share all the details of my life or my struggles here to be an authentic person. Some of the realest people I know aren’t even on these platforms. Some people just aren’t ready to share everything here and some like to keep certain things sacred. And that’s perfectly okay. Instagram can get judgy and that’s not cool.
As much as I love the internet, I hope that 2018 is full of these authentic moments lived off screen, and only posted here as a snapshot, not the full story. I want to strive to be vulnerable with the people in my close circles and deepen those friendships and experiences.
I love this little spot of the internet and I’m excited to keep doing me in 2018. And I hope, in whatever you do here in 2018, you will also keep being you no matter what anyone else thinks. 😘❤️✌️
2 months ago35680
Dancing into 2018 and our third baby trimester all giddy like little kids. 🎉🎉
2 months ago4832
Here’s our last photo in our apartment. Darling and I were feeling nostalgic as we were packing. (Ignore my terribly disheveled fashion statement 😂). It’s amazing how locations can mean so much though. When I moved in, I was dealing with so much brokenness. Our traveling camper wasn’t a conducive spot for healing, and I needed structure. This little apartment was the place I learned to laugh again. I learned how to find peace here. I learned what a true good night of sleep felt like. I learned that sometimes a good movie night with siblings is better then all the adventures in the world. I learned that wholeness can look different in different seasons. In that season, I found wholeness in this little space away from the world. These two years were some of my happiest.
So when we felt nudged to move, I started to feel fear. What if my healing was tied to this apartment? What if my peace couldn’t be found elsewhere? I see why people get stuck in routines. They are cozy and safe.
But I also learned something here that I’ll take with me wherever I go. My healing is not a location or a home. The power of wholeness isn’t a place, but within me and given to me by my creator. And I don’t ever want fear of the next season to keep me from the joy it will hold.
So we’re saying goodbye to this little apartment and all of its sweet memories. And we’re welcoming in the next season of home living, baby having, and new parent adventures with the knowledge that peace can (and we are determined that it will) follow us to where we go, as long as we know who to find peace in. ❤️
2 months ago15831
Happy Christmas Eve from my slowly disappearing feet. ✌️ I can’t believe it’s already Christmas and that I’m almost 30 weeks. What a joyful and crazy season this has been moving into our new home. So thankful for all of our blessings and wishing you a very merry day! ❤️
2 months ago8815
Adventuring helps us find where and who we’re meant to be. Feeling thankful this morning for all the adventures that have refined me, changed me, and helped me find home again.
2 months ago1324
Darling’s doing her best Tran face today and is keeping me chill during this very very crazy week.
Everyone needs a Tran, and if you don’t know who Tran is, google New Girl. 😂