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“Why you so obsessed with me?” — Jules, the CFO, to me probably. 🤪 . In other news, my dear friend Wendy of @charliemadisonoriginals asked me to be a part of her inspiring Meet a Milspouse series. And of course I said yes! 🤗 Today, my interview with her is featured on her blog, so pop on over to her page when you get a chance if you’re at all curious about this life we live. Here’s a little snippet 😉: . “I started this small, but mighty business of mine when my husband got orders to deploy. I was tired and disheartened knowing I was giving my all to a position I wouldn’t be at much longer, and that didn’t offer me much flexibility. I was terrified to make the leap but doing so connected me to the thriving and inspiring military spouse entrepreneur community and gave me a greater sense of purpose as a service member spouse.”
They have been mesmerized by every single animal and beautiful scenery they’ve seen! This has easily been one of my favorite memories as a family so far. 🦒🐘🐅🦍
This little bro has a minor ENT surgery tomorrow; I mean, I’m still definitely a bit anxious about it, but the hope is that he will end up better than where he is right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyone have any pro tips to help his tonsils / throat area have an easier recovery?? #allthepopsiclesandDinosaurTrain
one year ago today we said yes to you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ you’ve taught me so many things. you’ve been patient as I’ve fumbled along, trying to learn how to bond with you, make up for lost time, put the pieces together from your first years of life, sat with you through countless assessments and doctors appointments. you’ve taught me that you don’t need me to be a superhero you need me to just BE. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ you’ve reminded me that great things take time. adoption doesn’t make the hard stuff disappear and we’re going to continue to take it one day at a time - with as many hugs, tears and space as we both need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ today I can see that we’re miles ahead of where we started and these small victories are worth celebrating. I’m just stinking grateful to be your Mom, sweet boy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “sometimes the hard will make you question why you ever said “yes,” but then the beautiful will leave you wondering why you didn’t say it sooner.” - @jasmjohnson ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thisismotherhood #fourunderfive #familiesdonthavetomatch #thisisfostercare #fosterlove #mightmamasbyadoption #adoptionislove #littlelove #lifeoflegacy #fourunderfive #4under5 #nestingly #todayichoosejoy #thishappylittlehome #darlingmotherhood #ohheymama #marinasdreampreset #fosterfamily #simplymotherhood #teammotherly #joyfulmamas #mynameismama #adoptionbuiltus #wildandfreechildren #theycallmemommy #fullhandsfullheart #jesuswritesthebeststories #childrenseemagic
This magical little house knew exactly what my soul needed. Nestled deep in the lowcountry on a tidal creek, surrounded by wildflowers... it's truly an oasis. There is virtually no cell service. No wi-fi or electronics (there is a record player with some awesome @needtobreathe vinyl though). Thank you so much @laurastevens08 for this escape and for being such a great friend. When I joined you f i v e years ago in Isagenix, I could not have imagined the adventures this opportunity would take me. And the epically deep friendships I'd make along the way💛 · · · · · · #myblendedhealth #treehouse #flashesofdelight #escape #createalifeyoulove #lifeoflegacy #risingtidesociety #theeverygirl #lovelysquares #anniversary #abmlifeiscolorful #friendships #abmlifeisbeautiful #wildflower #gritandvirtue #lowcountry #darlingmovement #livethelittlethings #milso #empoweredwomen #lifestyledesign #petitjoys #liveauthentic #milspouse #masterpiece #tidalcreek #lovethelittlethings #myeverydaymagic #lifestyle #thatauthenticfeeling
For the past few years I’ve been actively practicing being present. Not reminiscing on the past or daydreaming about the future, just being here. Enjoying when Josh is home and we are together, enjoying when he’s gone and I have alone time, enjoying when I’m busy with work and enjoying when I have a slow week. Life is so much better when you live in each moment. I’ve also found that it’s easier for me to be present in moments when I realize how small I am - the ocean or a view from above always does that for me. When or where do you feel most present?
I grew up with one sister and no brothers. When we learned our first and second babies were boys, I literally had NO idea what to expect. But I knew that I definitely wanted boys first and someday I wanted them to have little sisters to look out for. I wish I had an older brother to look out for me when I was growing up. While it took longer than I ever thought possible, I got exactly what I wanted. These boys are so special and sweet. And yes, they have too much energy and can work on their going-to-bed-without-a-fight skills,but I am so thankful for them and what they bring to our family. Both have such kind and compassionate hearts and most of the time, they do look out for Avalynn. I am proud of how much they have grown this past year. Andrew learned to read and has excelled way past where I thought he would be. Aidan is learning to make better decisions (mostly 😂), to write his name, and to help out with chores. Seeing how big they are is so crazy. Seems like just a couple months ago we brought our tiny babies home. I still smile every time people ask if they are twins. While they are 19 months apart, they do feel like twins a lot of the time! Excited to see them together at the same school next year! And their jackets were clean but they decided to lean up against a chalk wall before this photo. 🤦‍♀️😂 #momofboys . . . . #darlingmovement #magicofchildhood #boymomlife #writeyouonmyheart #liveauthentic #dailyparenting #our_everyday_moments #lifeoflegacy #everydayibt #floridamom #tampabaymoms #tampabay #teammotherly #kidsfashion #lifewellcaptured
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April is the Month of the Military Child and dandelions are the official flower.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why the dandelion? Because dandelions put down their roots anywhere and can survive a range of climates. They are unpretentious yet beautiful.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Military children bloom wherever the wind takes them. They are resilient, culturally aware, well-rounded, and adaptable.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To them home truly is where the heart is because they move so often. They learn that saying goodbye is hard but it also leads to new adventures and new friendships. They adapt and know that they have friends in every corner of the world! Their roots are planted firmly in military culture and it stays in their core. They too often say goodbye to not just friends, but parents as they leave for duty. Without completely understanding why they stand tall and strong while they wait for their family to be whole again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The military child is educated by the world. Through travels and belonging to diverse groups. Everyone they meet is from somewhere else and they have their own different story to tell!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And yet one storyline stays similar to them all. The thread that binds them in a uniquely beautiful way. They are children of the military. Like the dandelion, they fly where the breeze blows. They are sturdy and beautiful. They are wish-givers. - @jenelle.botts #lifeoflegacy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #flashesofdelight #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #neverstopexploring #bleachmyfilm #liveauthentic #livefolk #thatsdarling #peoplescreatives #passionpassport #pursuepretty #abmlifeiscolorful #livecolorfully #design #designer #magazinedesign #editorialdesign #milspouse #milspo #milso #theeverygirl #writersofig #militarychildren #thatauthenticfeeling #chasingslow #enjoythelittlethings #nothingsordinary #communityovercompetition
High five! It’s Tuesday! You survived another Monday. ⁣ 🎈 ⁣ As for me, this morning my invisibility powers are strong! Neither of my kids could see or hear me! 💪I’ve mastered my superhero powers! ⁣ 🤦🏻‍♀️⁣ At least we got to school on time... not without some hustle!⁣ 💨 ⁣ What are your mom superpowers? . . . . . . . . #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #theartofchildhood #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #stillagirl #artofstorytelling_ig #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #lifewellcaptured #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #lookslikefilmkids #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #art_of_exposure #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #let_there_be_delight
Life Update!! The Layne Gang is moving to Florida! Next month we will pack up and truck it back to the east coast. Z will be going to school for the next few years as a part of MECEP. This will be our first PCS as a family and I am so grateful the military will pack everything up all and move us! Looking forward to all the new things that await us! #laynegang #mecep . . . . . . . . . #thepursuitofjoyproject #honestmotherhood #momentsinthesun #letthembelittle #militarymom #marinewife #militarylife #milsospouselife #milsosupport #socal #sandiegoblogger #tampblogger #floridablogger #themotherhoodcorner #ohheymama #motherhoodunplugged #joyfulmamas #momswithcameras #joyfulmamas #bedeeplyrooted #thehappynow #mybeautifulmess #ig_motherhood #nothingisordinary #realmotherhoodseries #mysweetmotherhood #lifeoflegacy
Surrounded by a whole lot of pretty today! But this little girl is forever the prettiest thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. 🌷
I was raised Episcopalian, but in a more accurate way I was raised by a handful of core principles--love your neighbor, actions have consequences, math is the study of patterns (my dad is a math teacher 😂). One of the moral principles held dear in our family is the idea of "trail magic," which is an idea about putting goodness out into the world and watching goodness come back. Sometimes by coincidence entirely and sometimes because someone else made it so. A cross between karma and serendipity. My dad was a through-hiker on the Appalachian Trail in 2001. Every time we're anywhere near a trail crossing we buy some beer and leave it in a stream or on the trail for someone to find. An offering in the woods, but not to any particular deity. Just an offering to the very essence of kindness and a hope that someone somewhere is making you some magic, too. Anyway, hikers, if you're headed Northbound in Virginia right now look for the Yuengling and jars of cotton candy in the tree root before the Route 60 crossing. #roadtrip #athiker #at2019 #appalachiantrail2019 #appalachianhikers #thruhike #appalachiantrail #trailmagic #kindness #rulesforliving #militaryspouse #militarywife #navywife #navywifelife #lifeoflegacy
You can almost hear the beating of the rotors just looking at these socks. Black Hawk helicopters have been a critical asset in the Army’s rotary wing aviation fleet since 1979. They have been in combat during conflicts in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and beyond. Whether you have flown one, jumped from one, hung from a rope on one, or just ridden in one, you know that unmistakable sound! #fighthardlooksharp #madeintheusa #army #usarmy #armylife #armywife #navy #usnavy #navylife #navywife #airforce #usairforce #airforcelife #airforcewife #marines #usmarines #marinelife #marinewife #navalpostgraduateschool #mcm #blackhawk #blackhawkhelicopters #160thsoar #milspouseowned #milspousepreneur #milspouse #shopmilitary #teamrwb #lifeoflegacy
a little Monday morning reminder:⁣ ⁣ life is better when you stop putting limits on your own potential. ✌🏼⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #swedeandsailor #maskcarabeauty #liveauthentic #momentsofjoy #darlingdaily #communityovercompetition #acolorstory #lifeoflegacy #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #theeverydaygirl #virginiabeachmakeup #maskcaraartist
I just let Henry eat an entire chocolate bunny filled with peanut butter 🐰 ⁣ ⁣ The girl is currently laying on the floor under a blanket eating Pringles. 👧🏼 ⁣ ⁣ The boy also has three top teeth that are so loose that they move when he breathes! They are so loose that they push forward and up when he eats - they don’t even sink into the food! He won’t let me get close to his mouth. I wiggled it a little last night when he was sleeping. ⁣ ⁣ Clearly I’m winning at parenting today! 🏆 ⁣ . . . . . . . . #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #theartofchildhood #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #smalpresets #artofstorytelling_ig #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #lifewellcaptured #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #art_of_exposure #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #lookslikefilmkids #let_there_be_delight
the biggest heart. whenever cory is away, he is always checking on me & his siblings. i couldn’t be any prouder to be his mom. . . . . . #cooperelijahgoos #lifeoflegacy #littlemistershop #goosfamilyoffive #motherhood #letthembelittle
The best thing to do in Japan is to pick an area and wander. There are so many good scenes to accidentally stumble upon.
Can you even handle this?!
April is the Month of the Military Child and dandelions are the official flower. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Why the dandelion? Because dandelions put down their roots anywhere and can survive a range of climates. They unpretentious yet beautiful. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Military children bloom wherever the wind takes them. They are resilient, culturally aware, well-rounded and adaptable. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To them home truly is where the heart is because they move so often. They learn that saying good bye is hard but it also leads to new adventures and new friendships. They adapt and know that they have friends in every corner of the world! Their roots are planted firmly in military culture and it stays in their core. They too often say good bye to not just friends, but parents as they leave for duty. Without completely understanding why, they stand tall and strong while they wait for their family to be whole again. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The military child is educated by the world. Through travels and belonging to diverse groups. Everyone they meet is from somewhere else and they have their own different story to tell!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And yet one storyline stays similar to them all. The thread that binds them in a unique a beautiful way. They are children of the military. Like the dandelion they fly where the breeze blows. It is almost impossible to destroy them. They are sturdy and beautiful. They are wish-givers ✨ . . . . . . . . #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #theartofchildhood #clickmagazine #smalpresets #stillagirl #artofstorytelling_ig #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #lookslikefilmkids #let_there_be_delight #monthofthemilitarychild #militarychild
I am the kind of person who tends to sit on my feelings about a situation until there's no "real" work left to be done--so... forever in a lot of cases. I've been informed by my family, friends, husband, and therapist that getting through things just by getting through them isn't a viable or sustainable strategy. "Just do it" isn't a coping mechanism. And in some ways military life has forced me to confront this tendency and allow myself to let things go. You can't be holding in feelings from 2015's deployment during 2018's deployment. You can't hold resentment toward a hurricane, or maintain a set of specific anxieties about a general level of geopolitical instability. The forces you're running up against are too big to hold in your hands and your heart and you have to give yourself space to release them or you will not survive this particular brand of life. But when it comes to my close relationships I'm still struggling with this because I feel like I'm somehow letting someone down if I stumble or pause before a job, or at least my job as I see it and have internalized it, is finished. On this emotionally difficult trip back from my parents' home in Michigan to my busy corporate life punctuated by standard issue Navy madness in Virginia I feel myself vacillating a lot between feeling like I would be wise to use this time to decompress--to cry, to be angry and worried and whatever level of resentful or angry or anxious I need to work through in the face of something incredibly stressful--and the sense that if I start that process or even truly allow my mind to acknowledge the need for it I will fall apart entirely. As I spend so many hours driving alone, I feel myself beating back thoughts that I know will lead me down that rabbit hole. I don't know if this is the correct choice. Actually, I feel pretty certain that big picture it isn't. But sometimes the unwise choice feels like the only option to make it from one task or situation or interaction or piece of bad news to the next. I am working on building space within the very brief moment of "to the." #cancer #militarylife #militaryspouse #militarywife #navywife #makingspace #takingabreath #lifeoflegacy
Do something today that helps you remember just how beautiful and joyful life is ❤️
He is Risen, he is truly Risen! What a sweet day. Happy Easter, Friends 🐣🐰❤️
🌿EASTER TRADITON🌿 I know I’m sharing a bit late since it is already Easter, but this is a simple tradition we started this year, and it made for such warm conversation. Before we ate dinner last night, we wrote things we were thankful for on our newly decorated Easter eggs. We all took turns sharing why we were grateful for that specific thing. The kids began saying how thankful they were for Jesus, their kitten sweetheart, and their Nana and Papa. (Haven eventually said the egg needed to say everybody because she loves everyone in her family so much 😂😭💗) By the time we got to the very last egg, I stopped and said that Easter is such a beautiful celebration of what Jesus did for us. And even though He died on the cross, He didn’t remain dead. And before I could finish the next sentence, the kids yelled, “JESUS IS ALIVE!!!” I knew I had to write that on our last egg. And I can’t even begin to tell you how happy my heart has been hearing the kids yell that phrase around the house over the past few weeks. • Thank you Jesus for paying the ultimate sacrifice. I don’t ever want the realization of what Christ has done to be lost on me. I pray we wouldn’t just pause and reflect on God’s goodness around Easter, but that it would be a daily occurrence. What an honor it is to give my life to Him! What a joy it is to serve Him. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now i see. Thank you Jesus. 💗 #thisiseaster #heisrisen #heisrisenindeed
Spent the weekend in Tokyo. Had perfect weather. Paid $70 for a bad haircut. Got half off our Airbnb (because it wasn’t cleaned when we arrived 😑). Went out to dinner at 4:30 like the grandparents that we are. Had our first Japanese ramen (vegan and meh). Were successful getting around 75% of the time (nobody gets lost more confidently than my husband - is it a guy thing or a Josh thing??). And saw the last of these amazing cherry blossoms. Perfect weekend with my favorite person.
My brother and I don't have too many pictures standing next to each other wherein I'm not wearing heels because frankly it's just embarrassing. Same gene pool. Different results. It was good to be a team this week, though, and make our parents' lives a little easier while testing out a bunch of new cocktail recipes. #family #home #bagsonamission #lifeoflegacy
Like many people, I experienced grief at a young age. By God’s grace it led me to Him, not away, and gave me a longing for eternity and the restoration of ALL things in Christ. . And like CS Lewis, when the JOY of Christ surprised him and gave Him a foretaste of heaven he could not explain, I have been surprised that this little family of mine makes me long for heaven, makes me long to see Jesus... even more then grief could. . He is both the answer to my grief and the reason for my joy. He is the Good News. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Happy Easter ✝️
I couldn’t help but put him in his bunny outfit one last time. 🐰💗 And can we all just stop for a moment and appreciate those cheeks before he slims down now that he’s walking. 😭😍
Sure, I follow rules, but I don't shy away from opportunity. I try to rebel from the "shoulds" in life. And labels, now that I think of it: librarian, artist, entrepreneur, and now, writer. There was an opportunity to write for a local publication so I sent in a couple of articles and they want me to write some features📝 So here's my encouragement to push right past the 'restricted' signs holding you back and take the next opportunity that sashays your way. · · · · · · #myblendedhealth #opportunity #restricted #lifeofalibrarian #labels #flashesofdelight #createalifeyoulove #lifeoflegacy #risingtidesociety #theeverygirl #lovelysquares #trustthetimingofyourlife #entrepreneurlife #referencebook #abmlifeisbeautiful #gritandvirtue #darlingmovement #livethelittlethings #booksonbooks #empoweredwomen #lifestyledesign #petitjoys #liveauthentic #milspouse #artist #masterpiece #justtry #myeverydaymagic #lifestyle #thatauthenticfeeling
Our little love and her bestie from the Hawaii chapter. . . . We have celebrated pretty much all the major holidays without our immediate family- and yet we have fond and beautiful memories with all of our worldly loved ones. . . . Wishing you a lovely holiday weekend! Are you doing anything special?
It’s always a good day when zero old men come up to ask how much/why I paid for my ripped jeans 👌🏻
Grabbing dinner with the fam and then off to Good Friday service!! Forever thankful for what Jesus did for us on the cross. What a beautiful Savior we have! 💗
Faux-jitas for everyone for lunch. My dad has a half day of teaching for the holiday, so he's spending the afternoon taking my mom to get their Michigan medical marijuana cards. Both the patient and the caregiver need to get them in order for the caregiver to either accompany the patient into the dispensary or pick up supplies on their behalf. Since my mom is frequently too fatigued to pick up prescriptions, it seemed like a good idea for my dad to have one too. This morning I attempted to make my dad his own doctor's appointment. Caregivers also need care and my dad in particular is not very good at recognizing his own health needs--until he does go to the doctor and she says, "Hm. Your blood pressure is astronomical and looks like you had a heart attack a while back. Do you remember something that felt like a heart attack?" (True story.) I'd filled out and had him sign all the necessary new patient paperwork and had his calendar to find a convenient time, and then it turned out they won't make appointments until after the doctor reviews the paperwork. *WHOMP whooooomp* So then I tried to make him a dentist appointment, only to discover that the office is closed, possibly for Good Friday. Based on my batting average for the morning I decided trying to pick up my mom's tramadol prescription I'd dropped off the day before might get me arrested. My final task was to retrieve for my brother an iced Americano, which is not a thing they have in rural Michigan. I brought him a medium black iced coffee from McDonald's and told him he'd probably live. The cashier at the grocery store did say thank you for my contribution as a military wife when I used my ID to buy prosecco, though. #militaryspouse #navywife #navywifelife #tryingmybest #whatcanyoudo #lifeoflegacy
best coffee in all of Virginia. ✌🏼⁣ ⁣ wanna know what the best feeling is? thinking that it’s Saturday all morning but then remembering that it’s only Friday. ⁣ ⁣ feeling so crazy grateful for a job that lets me make my own schedule so I can go get coffee on a Friday morning. working for yourself is really freaking hard some days but let me tell ya - it’s SO WORTH IT. ⁣ ⁣ (now I’m off to work all weekend long so that I can take a vacation next week. you win some, you lose some.)⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #swedeandsailor #maskcarabeauty #liveauthentic #momentsofjoy #darlingdaily #communityovercompetition #acolorstory #lifeoflegacy #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #theeverydaygirl #vabeach #vibecreativedistrict #virginiabeach #threeshipscoffee #ibelieveinvb @ibelieveinvb @thevibecreativedistrict @threeshipscoffee
❌GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Winner will be announced on this post soon!❌ Happy Friday! I am so excited to be helping my friend Jen of @abundantaffirmations celebrate her business’s birth-iversary with a giveaway! Let's spread love to our friends and tell them what we admire about them. 💜 We're giving away a fun gift pack: a set of self-worth cards from her shop and a cute zipper pouch (your choice, $20 value)! 💜 TO ENTER: Follow both @daisyfayedesignsig and @abundantaffirmations. Like the GIVEAWAY post on EACH account. Tag (1) friend in the comments and tell them something you love or admire about them. Extra tags will result in extra entries. Only one tag per comment. For an extra entry comment and share something you love about yourself. 💜 Giveaway runs Friday {4/19/19} 8am PST until Sunday (4/21/19)11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced soon after. Must be 18+ years of age to enter and adhere to Instagram’s Terms of Use. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, endorsed or associated with Instagram. US Residents and US shipping only. . . . . . . #daisyfayedesigns #abundantaffirmations #fueledwithheart #youbelong #speakkindwords #mindsetshift #affirmationoftheday #selfworthquotes #youareenough #chictribe #changemakers #riflepaperco #riflepapercofabric #lifeoflegacy #livemoremagic #myeverydaymagic #discoverunder2k #thesehappysquares #gatherandcurate #joyspotting #bloggersdiaries #todaysgoodthing #thatsdarlingmovement #iamtheeverygirl #asecondofwhimsy #
I believe these two things: the answers we are seeking, already lie within us. And that we must learn to trust the timing of our lives. Working with a therapist has been illuminating for me this year. Not because she tells me things about myself, but because she is able to (more times than not) encourage that I show compassion to the parts of myself that I don't believe serve me. It's meaningful work that gets ugly but I keep reminding myself that I can't run from who I am, but I can love the hell out of her. · · · · · · #fridayfeels #wordart #myblendedhealth #therapy #flashesofdelight #love #wellnesswednesday #mentalhealthadvocate #holistichealing #universallaws #fightingforme #createalifeyoulove #lifeoflegacy #risingtidesociety #theeverygirl #lovelysquares #abmlifeisbeautiful #gritandvirtue #darlingmovement #behavioralhealth #livethelittlethings #empoweredwomen #lifestyledesign #petitjoys #liveauthentic #masterpiece #lovethelittlethings #myeverydaymagic #lifestyle #thatauthenticfeeling
Jump for joy! It’s Friday! And Good Friday at that.⁣ 🐣 ⁣ We have a beautiful and warm weekend in the forecast. A bbq with friends on Saturday. I have a session with an adorable family in a cute riverside town with a castle Saturday evening. And Sunday we will probably spend riding scooters and sharing our love for each other. ⁣ ☀️ ⁣ What are your Easter weekend plans? . . . . . . . . #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #smalpresets #artofstorytelling_ig #shamoftheperfect #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #hellostoryteller #lifewellcaptured #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #art_of_exposure #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #lookslikefilm #let_there_be_delight
Compared to how I handled my mom's last bout with cancer, which occurred back in 2013, the year M initially joined the Navy and was away at OCS, I think I've been doing substantially better at taking care of myself. It's weird how your body zaps itself straight back into its emergency behaviors. I woke up this morning thinking, "I have to leave; I have to pack," when I'm not leaving until Sunday. I was confused, but then after a moment I realized that six years ago when I was driving 600 miles a week to do my full time job in three days and spend the other four with my mom that today IS the day I would have had to leave. My life is very different now than it was then, but yet I find myself back at home trying to organize another round of doctor's appointments and pharmacy runs, and M is deployed. Stress and trauma embed themselves so much deeper in your body and mind than you're ever consciously aware. I have been trying to take moments throughout the days here to take a deep breath and ask myself what I need to do for myself to be as whole and as helpful as I can be for everyone else. Sometimes that's doing some downward dog on the floor of my mom's ER room, sometimes it's writing M an email just to tell someone how lonely and tired I feel in that moment, sometimes it's saying "COCKSUCKING MOTHERFUCKERS WHAT THE ENTIRE HELL" aloud in the cake mix aisle at Target because they don't have the Duncan Hines spice cake mix I need to make pumpkin muffins, and sometimes it's declaring that since we had a late lunch I will be having a mimosa and a nap and someone will need to wake me when people start to get hungry for dinner. #militaryspouse #navywife #navywifelife #fuckcancer #caregiver #selfcare #deepbreaths #mimosas #naps #theseareafewofmyfavoritethings #lifeoflegacy
Luke is WALKING!! 👦🏻💗 He’s been making us laugh because he does it completely on his own terms. The second we try to stand him up to walk, he sits back down and crawls. 😂 ...only to rise again and walk a few minutes later. And I thought for sure he would walk for food...but nope! Put our little kitten in front of him, and he’ll follow her anywhere. 🐈
"When do you feel the world stop?". . My writing prompt for the day. A strange question. "Stopping" had a bitter taste to the tongue; I thought "failure". . . . Then I waited- And I really thought about it. . . . I listed the moments that made me stop last week: -Heavy breaths and rosy cheeks resting on my shoulder -Little dimples and big belly laughs -Sunshine tickling my neck -Eyes locked and knowing looks shared . . . When do you feel the world stop? --Any moment that pulls me closer to you
So I totally hit a new low as a parent this week. ⁣ ⁣ Lately Maddie won’t sit still at dinner. And she won’t feed herself. We have to hold the fork and feed her!⁣ 🍽 ⁣ The other day she left the dinner table to go to the bathroom. When she was done she came to the top of the stairs totally naked declaring - Look at me! ⁣ 🚽 ⁣ Then she ran back into the bathroom and refused to come back downstairs. Henry and I were already finished eating and I was tired of her demanding snacks after bath time. ⁣ 🛀 ⁣ So I went upstairs with her plate and fed her mac and cheese and chicken while she stood on a stool naked looking at herself in the mirror and waving to herself. ⁣ 🤦🏻‍♀️⁣ After about 4 bites I had an out of body experience and actually saw the absurdity of the situation! Pissed, I threw a dress on her and forced her back to the table where she ate more dinner (I still had to feed her!)⁣ 🍴 ⁣ I hit an all time low!! I mean COME ON!! Any one have any parenting tips for this problem??? #desperate ⁣ . . . . . . . . #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #theartofchildhood #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #smalpresets #stillagirl #artofstorytelling_ig #thehonestlens #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #lookslikefilmkids #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #art_of_exposure #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #lookslikefilmkids #let_there_be_delight
Flamingos or pineapples? I’m team 🍍, but those flamingos are pretty dang cute! . These everything pouches are perfect for holding, well, everything. Throw in your kindle, phone, keys, and snacks for a day at the pool. And use it as a clutch at night. . . . . . #thedreamyinspo #exactlylikenothingelse #travelbrilliantly #abmtravelbug #darlingplaces #girlsborntravel #shesnotlost #travelgirlshub #thetraveltribe #wanderlusttribe #myhappycolor #bandofuninthesun #lcdotcomloves #discoverunder2k #darlingdetails #thisishowihueit #thesehappysquares #daisyfayedesigns #creativelifehappylife #myhappyplace #lifeoflegacy #livemoremagic #gloomandglow #thesehappysquares #asecondofwhimsy #todaysgoodthing #abmcrafty #thehappynow #petitejoys
As I was walking to school to pick up Henry I was commenting on how wonderful the weather was. ⁣ ☀️ ⁣ Then I got to thinking... I wonder how long it’ll be before I start complaining about how hot it is. 🥵 ⁣ My idea of perfect weather is partly cloudy with a little bit of a breeze. Steady in the low to mid 70s. Then it cools into the upper 40s/low 50s at night. Know anywhere it’s like this for 70% of the year? The other 30% I want amazing fall weather and snow for Christmas! #Imdreaming#whereisutopia ⁣ . . . . . . . . #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #smalpresets #artofstorytelling_ig #thehonestlens #shamoftheperfect #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #lifewellcaptured #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #art_of_exposure #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #lookslikefilm #let_there_be_delight
Today I sent the kids to school without coats! Y’all the weather is amazing today and it looks like Easter weekend will be gorgeous too! ⁣ 🐇 ⁣ Speaking of Easter... what are your plans? Do you do Easter 🐣 baskets for your kids? What kind of stuff do you put in it? ⁣ 🌸 ⁣ I’ve got an assortment of candy, books, some Elsa underwear for the girl and some Legos for the boy. We’ve been reading about the true story of Easer this week at bedtime too ✝️ Henry is really interested in God and we even found Bethlehem on a map the other day. We aren’t a church going family ⛪ but I hope to be when the kids are a little older. I recently ordered a bible study guide from @shereadstruth to help me find myself a little better. It’s not here yet #APOsnailmail but I’m excited for what it brings! ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #jenellebottsphotography #wiesbadenfamilyphotographer #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #smalpresets #siblinghoodlove #artofstorytelling_ig #thehonestlens #thefamilynarrative #unraveledacademy #lifewellcaptured #theeverydayportrait #honestlyparents #sonya7iii #sonyalpha #bealpha #wiesbaden #togcollective #momtogcommunity #art_of_exposure #beunraveled #lifeoflegacy #militaryspousephotog #lookslikefilmkids #let_there_be_delight
Maybe you've heard the saying, “everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.” But in my article for @legacymag Vol. IV, “Accepting That Dreams Can Be Slow: Hope for the Anti-Hustler,” I counter the idea by stating, "Our days can look vastly different depending on the season we are in. We might be rocking newborns for endless hours, crossing another day off of a lengthy deployment, caring for a sick family member, or experiencing illness ourselves. This does not give us permission to say we are failing. . . There is the potential to look around and gain inspiration from those that flourish in the hustle, but let us not be deterred into thinking that hustling is the only way to achieve our dreams. We can be creative and not be hustlers. . . Forget comparison and forget the pace that others set. Run your own race. It is okay to be stuck in the very middle of life itself." Through sharing my own story, as well as the stories of two other creatives, learn how leaning into the season and making time to live has the power to enhance your art and work. . . To continue reading, grab your digital copy of Volume IV today, or order your print edition by visiting @legacymag and use Confidant21 for 10% off at check out. Raise your hand if you’re feeling the anti-hustle movement!
I was back at the writing desk today - a different scene and a brand new set of words. It’s been awhile since I put a piece out into the world to be published or rejected; and truthfully, I feel a bit out of practice. But I decided it’s time to stretch my creative muscles and challenge myself. ⠀ ⠀ I’m writing this piece in hopes of getting my words out there and being published in a magazine, but when it comes to the true heart of why I’m writing that must never be the end goal- at least not for me. ⠀ ⠀ For me, I want every time I write to be on purpose. On purpose for myself- for processing, for growth. On purpose for others- to encourage and connect. And on purpose for the Lord- to make His name known. ⠀ ⠀ If you’re a writer, when was the last time you submitted a piece and where? ⠀ ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #hopewriters #hopewriterlife #getaftergrateful #lifeoflegacy #thepursuitofjoy #fillyourcup #inbeautyandchaos #liveauthentically #simplemoments #intentionalliving #alifeofintention #selfgrowthjourney #shereadstruth #lifelivedbeautifully #lampandlight #alwaysmore #wellwateredwomen #givemejesus #goodnewsfeed #wordbeforeworld #itiswell #chasinglight #dailydevotional #ezermagazine #dearlymagazine #gritandvirtue #sheleadsdaily #speaklife #joyfullifemagazine #writersofinstagram
This woman☝🏼 When she's not running a wildly successful business, growing a human (not in this photo tho), she's being a truly exceptional human and friend. This dime surprised me with a trip to Charleston...to stay in a freaking tree house🤗😮🤯 I better start making room on my phone for a zillion photos. We've got five years of friendship to celebrate🎉🥂🧀 · · · · · · #myblendedhealth #friendship #cheers #springwatch #phillyphilly #citylife #ginfizz #flashesofdelight #frands #lifeoflegacy #risingtidesociety #theeverygirl #lovelysquares #girlstrip #fromage #abmlifeisbeautiful #gritandvirtue #darlingmovement #livethelittlethings #milso #thankyouisagenix #lifestyledesign #petitjoys #liveauthentic #lovethelittlethings #drinklocal #myeverydaymagic #lifestyle #thatauthenticfeeling #sprangbreak
I just got home from a walk with the #hueythebrittany and y’all, it is G O R G E O U S outside. ☀️ I know it’s barely spring, but summer is coming and I can’t wait! How’s the weather where you are? . 📷: new zipper pouches from The Resort Collection 🌺🍍🏄🏻‍♂️🏖 . . . . . . #thedreamyinspo #exactlylikenothingelse #travelbrilliantly #abmtravelbug #darlingplaces #girlsborntravel #shesnotlost #travelgirlshub #thetraveltribe #wanderlusttribe #myhappycolor #bandofuninthesun #lcdotcomloves #discoverunder2k #darlingdetails #thisishowihueit #thesehappysquares #daisyfayedesigns #creativelifehappylife #myhappyplace #lifeoflegacy #livemoremagic #gloomandglow #thesehappysquares #asecondofwhimsy #todaysgoodthing #abmcrafty #thehappynow #petitejoys
With the weather warming up, I've been heading outside each morning for a run and a little spiritual fill-up. In nature, working my body and nourishing my soul, I've found myself praying for my family. What can I be doing more as a wife and mother? What should I be doing less as a wife and mother? How can I better love and teach my children? Questions that always guide me to the answers: more God, more love, more intention.
Maybe you've heard the saying, “everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.” In her article, “Accepting That Dreams Can Be Slow: Hope for the Anti-Hustler,” Lindsay Swoboda counters the idea by stating, "Our days can look vastly different depending on the season we are in. We might be rocking newborns for endless hours, crossing another day off of a lengthy deployment, caring for a sick family member, or experiencing illness ourselves. This does not give us permission to say we are failing. There is the potential to look around and gain inspiration from those that flourish in the hustle, but let us not be deterred into thinking that hustling is the only way to achieve our dreams. We can be creative and not be hustlers. Forget comparison and forget the pace that others set. Run your own race. It is okay to be stuck in the very middle of life itself." Through her story, as well as the stories of two other creatives, learn how leaning into the season and making time to live has the power to enhance your art and work. To continue reading, grab your digital copy of Volume IV today, and raise your hand if you’re feeling the anti-hustle movement! #lifeoflegacy . . . . #flashesofdelight #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #neverstopexploring #bleachmyfilm #liveauthentic #livefolk #thatsdarling #peoplescreatives #passionpassport #pursuepretty #abmlifeiscolorful #livecolorfully #design #designer #magazinedesign #editorialdesign #milspouse #milspo #milso #theeverygirl #writersofig #thatauthenticfeeling #chasingslow #enjoythelittlethings #nothingsordinary #communityovercompetition #womeninbusiness
when i walked past his room this morning, all i could hear was him roaring 🦖. . . . . . . . . #barrettisaacgoos #goosfamilyoffive #targetmyway #targetstyle #dinosaur #motherhood #lifeoflegacy
Late night.⠀ Full heart.⠀ ♥️⠀ Just finished premier night. The 2019 Maui girls trip movie that is. #winewhaleswigs ⠀ It’s sure to be a box office hit so keep an eye out for it.⠀ 😉⠀ Ok, while it may not be showing at an actual theater near you, there is still a good chance it makes my list of top movies for the year.⠀ 📽⠀ No, It’s not “professional”.⠀ Yes, most of the footage was filmed on my iPhone & GoPro.⠀ But it’s not the lack HD quality or am-mature editing skills that makes me love this film. (I can say these “harsh” things because I made it 😂🤷🏽‍♀️) ⠀ No, it’s my favorite because this film carries 33minutes of precious memories. ⠀ 🎞⠀ This little home movie is one I will look back on for months/years/decades to come and be instantly transported to a specific date and time with a crew of some the most amazing women I know.⠀ 💃🏾👯‍♀️👯‍♂️💃🏾⠀ Every scene displaying a little portion of my friends unique personalities. Women I love and have the privilege of living this #militaryspouse with.⠀ Women who just “get” this crazy Air Force life and women I am lucky enough to consider a chosen family.⠀ ♥️⠀ Sorry, I couldn’t post the video but I hope this little snapshot from our Maui adventure will suffice.⠀ And for all you videographers out there...This photographer has mad respect ✊for you.⠀ 🎥⠀ Anyone else out there like making home movies?⠀ (I’m tossing around the idea of getting a drone but feel a little overwhelmed by all the options)⠀ #traveltueaday #travelmaui #mauihawaii #mauiphotographer #roadtohana #lifeoflegacy #airforcespouse #cannonafb
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