Top Posts of 2018



This year was a big one personally and professionally. It was my first full year of working on Gold & Graphite which meant so, so much learning. Learning HTML, SEO, batch working, how to better spend my time in work, learning leaning learning. Personally, we moved to Texas after 7 years of living in Virginia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, O started coaching for the AAF and I began homeschooling. I’m so grateful to have a blog when it comes to seasons of reflection because while my journals are filled with memories and ideas, seeing them with photos and formulated thoughts is such a gift that I wouldn’t have any other way. If you want to reflect with me, here are the top blog post of this year. 

Hashimoto’s Journey Part 2

This is part 2 in my three part series on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease. These posts are very lengthy and extremely in-depth, but since battling thyroid problems I personally have found these types of posts to be the most helpful. I pray it would spark hope in you and not fear, but as a warning I do discuss a little bit about my miscarriage. If that may trigger any fear or trauma in you, maybe put a pin in this and come back at another time. Grab your coffee, friends. Here we go.

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

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It’s time for my last gift guide of the year- stocking stuffers! I love a stocking, guys. It’s the first thing we open every Christmas morning and O and I still like to make them special for each other! I usually get the kids very little things like a deck of cards or beads or things like that, but I do try to make O’s stocking a balance of things he needs but would never think of, wants but would never buy and something just to make him smile. 

Friday Feels



It’s Friday! I’ve gotta say, this week was a long one. O started coaching last weekend which means for the first time since becoming parents, O has a true 8-5 job outside of the house. We’re used to having breakfast as a family every day followed by family worship time and bible study. Aside from the days he’d have site visits or trips, the normal routine was that our morning family time lingered however long it needed to and he finished work around 4. I knew I could often pop into his office or our room to see him midday and no matter what, that the second daddy got home, the kids would be able to play like crazy until dinnertime. For the next few months, this won’t be the case and the transition period has been quite the shift. 

The One Tip to Simplify Holiday Gatherings with Littles



The Holiday season throws more curveballs and new experiences at our kids than a Disneyworld ride. One day we’re cozied up on the couch with hot chocolate, the next we’re all “no sugar! no television!” One weekend we’re at a party where they’re running around with kids and playing all the games, the next we’re at an extra church service where they can’t talk or move. It’s a bit unfair to expect them to adapt to every situation without a little preparation–thats where “the pep talk” comes in.

A Challenge for an Intentional December



December is the most beautiful month of the year. Sure, it has to compete a little bit with September and May, but between the joy laced into every single day of the month, the chilly weather forcing you inside with the ones you love and all the decorations and lights–December wins. I often find, though, I excuse much more in this month than I do any other time of the year.