Monday, January 11, 2016

All The What Ifs

If you are friends with me on facebook, or twitter, or instagram then you already know that my best friend, my bestie, wrote a book and...


a part of my heart is in this book

It's still so surreal to be holding it in my hands.

A book. A real life actual book.

With beautiful ivory pages, and purple matte cover.

I am so freaking proud of Angela, who I've watched for years put her heart and soul into this story and I am ecstatic that she has chosen a path that made it possible to share with the world.

In 2011, Angela emailed me a scene she had written about a bad-boy and a good-girl who shared a kiss and I was hooked.

I have had the incredible privilege of reading almost every draft of this book, including that original kissing scene and I gotta say, I love that I got to read it AND NO ONE ELSE.

Needless to say it is super hard to write an actual review because I feel like a piece of my heart is in this book.

I just love it so much.

I've been on this journey with these characters for years now.

No matter how many times I read it I still get butterflies.

Angela receives texts like these on the daily from me.

My heart still aches.

I still want Ashley to win.

And even though I knew how it would end when I turned that last page, I was still sad the story didn't go on.

What I'm trying to say is this book is so good, you guys. So. Good.

It doesn't matter who you are, we've all had unanswered questions, forks in the road, heartache, and if you are lucky, first love.

But this book is so much more than just a love story....

with one of the best book boys ever, I might add.

I heart Lucas.

It's a journey that follows Ashley, the girl full of what ifs and whys, who has to decided if she is going to be her father's puppet on a string or if she is going to take charge of her own life, consequences be damned.  

Get a copy of All The What Ifs on

I'm so freaking excited to read what Angela Lynn writes next.

Friday, October 9, 2015

So it's been a while...

I'm just going to jump right in and tell you that on February 14th 2015 I had a baby.

The most beautiful baby in the world! (I may be biased.)

Almost 8 months later I am still shocked and amazed that this baby girl is a part of our family.

Sometimes I just look at my husband and say, "where the heck did she come from?"
and he's like, "I know right?"

We bought a house in April 2014. It's a small house. Perfect for two people.

So of course I was pregnant at the end of May.

It took a long time for that to sink in. We were about to celebrate our 7th year of marriage and we were pretty certain we would never have biological kids.

I'm not going to get into the bitter sob story of our trouble conceiving. It's in the past and I know now that it was a journey that was leading us to something so special. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I learned to have faith in God's timing. even though it was extremely difficult at times.

I have so much to talk about but I'm going to try and break it up into different posts, even if those posts are months or years apart I WILL POST THEM. maybe. Because right now I'm just living from one nap time to the next and my living room is covered in toys and I keep locking myself in the baby gate and I just stepped on a puff.

In the meantime, check this baby girl out!

You can see more of our family pictures taken by our amazing friend and photographer Kim Knudsen at Nomemade.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

A day with The Fault in Our Stars

(oh hey 2014, maybe I'll post on the blog this year.)

I recently spent an entire Saturday listening to the audiobook of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

source: goodreads

I don't listen to a lot of audiobooks but I really liked this one. Kate Rudd is a wonderful narrator who really captures the emotions and the humor in this book.  Yes, there are moments when you will find yourself laughing out loud, but for the most part you will be sobbing. This is a heartbreaking story about cancer kids at a support group which leads to one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. I can't even properly review this story because it's just achingly beautiful and sad and basically you feel like your heart has been ripped out of your chest and all you can say is "thank you." 

I highly recommend having a reading buddy for this book. You are going to need it and a big box of kleenex.

The movie comes out this summer, so if you'd like to have your heart ripped out twice there's that.

Monday, January 14, 2013

2012: a year in pictures

I'm so thankful for the time we have had with friends and family this past year. 

And that's really all I can say.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Something about December

Christmas music has been on repeat since November 1st.

My Christmas tree has been up since the day after Thanksgiving.

I've watched ELF twice already.

My house is covered in glitter and tinsel. It's like a unicorn threw up all over my living room.

To help welcome the season I must share with you all my new favorite Christmas song.