Ok soooooo…I’m not doing Christmas cards this year. I just had to let something go and that was it. Therfore, in lieu of the beautiful cards that have already begun to fill our mailboxes, I thought I’d at least show you our FANTASTIC photos by my sweet friend Katie (Katie Derus Photography) that would have […]
I had the opportunity to see the new Annie movie back in October while in Chicago for a writers conference + film festival. I almost purposely skipped the showing because ...
It’s taken me awhile to get these photos up, but finally I can show you the gorgeousness of our Let’s Party Like Girls night! It truly was an evening of ...
Being a Seattle girl who no longer lives in Seattle, I’m always on the search for a great coffee place who makes velvety foam like my favorite coffeehouses back home (this ...
Yesterday was Abreham’s birthday!! I’m still laughing at the fact that we have a 15 year old. How did that even HAPPEN?! Our sweet boy has been with us for nearly a year and a half and it has been an honor to see the kid that he has become. Not that he wasn’t wonderful before…I […]
I’m asked all the time what Bible I use (in fact, I was asked twice this week alone!) so I thought I’d share with you what I use for my own personal Quiet Time and for studying. The Archaeological Study Bible is my day-to-day Bible. I absolutely love history so I adore all the little […]
Just like many of you, I’m a bit obsessed with fresh flowers. A few years ago I got rid of almost all my vases and decided to start thinking outside the box instead. And this has quickly become my favorite way to display them… Yep, it’s a candle holder. I grabbed several of them awhile […]
Can you believe the Christmas season is already upon us? Craziness. If you’re like me, you’re looking for pretty, festive, and unique party food & drink this time of year. This is a DEFINITE must-make. We tried it for the first time a few weeks ago at our Let’s Party Like Girls night. It was […]
Good morning! Today is the day of our first Virtual Book Club discussion! Did you love the book? It was a perfectly timed read for me. First of all, I don’t know how I missed this part but 100% of the book’s proceeds go to help some incredible Christian organizations, including an orphanage in Tanzania. […]
This is a repost from last year but I’ve had so many questions about it that I thought I’d put it up again. I realize it’s a tad bit early since Thanksgiving is this week, but if you’re anything like me…you’re already making lists of everything Christmas related! Ben and I have been mapping out […]
Ok so I’m admittedly a little late in getting these out. And since there are only a handful of days left in school before Thanksgiving, I thought instead of sticking them in our kids’ lunch boxes…I’d post them all throughout the house instead. I think they’ll love it. Each square has a verse (per usual), […]
Have you been reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst for our Virtual Book Club? It’s SO good, isn’t it?! Even if you haven’t yet started, or you’re not far into it, don’t worry. Just read what you can…but PLEASE do still take part in our online discussion next Tues Nov 25th …we’ll be chatting ALL DAY! I’ve been […]
Yesterday was exhausting. And so was the day before. And um, if I’m honest…all my days have been lately. And it’s not just because we have six kids. You may not believe me but to be honest, I’ve gotten pretty used to that fact and it’s not all that big a deal anymore. They have their […]
Is your Thanksgiving menu set already? Mine sure isn’t…Pinterest is giving me a little too many incredible looking options. You too? We made this stuffing last year and it was so incredible, I wanted to make sure you all had the recipe, too. I mean, something with brussels sprouts, butternut squash, & apples, AND it’s gluten free? […]
I’ve never been the prayer warrior I want to be. I’ve gotten loads better and more dedicated to the act of praying through the years, but I’ve certainly got a long way to go. But one thing I’ve seen in my relationship with Christ is He deeply impresses people onto my heart. Out of the […]
I’ve mentioned before that I just can’t believe how expensive wreaths are. It’s crazy to me! I simply cannot justify $100 or more on something so pretty but will become quickly battered by the weather. So if I can’t find a crazy deal on one…I just make my own. A few weeks ago as I was […]
If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you probably noticed there was a little party over our way this past weekend. (inspiration photo via Ashley L Beyer) Do you ever get so caught up with life…trying to be a rockstar mom and best wife ever, keeping up with school activities, sports, volunteering, Bible […]
A few nights ago I confronted one of our sons on something. It’s not very often I need to call him out, but there are times when cultural differences and our slight, but sometimes prominent language barrier allow him to come across in a way that’s…let’s say…less than kind. Our typically jovial boy didn’t respond […]
As you know, we’re reading The Best Yes this month for our (virtual) Book Club. As I began pouring over this amazing book, a shockwave went through my body as I read Isaiah 30:21. YES! This is truly the verse I need at the moment…hopefully it’s exactly what you need, too. And when I mentioned it to […]
I’ve had a lot of questions lately on the status of my book. If you’ve been wondering too…well, here ya go! I have wanted to share updates with you…but I’m at a place where I’m just waiting. Sort of. I have learned most publishers won’t accept unsolicited materials, which means if you don’t have a […]
I’m so excited to tell you what book we’ll be reading for this month…our first book in the Hugs & Punches Virtual Book Club! Our book for November is called, The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst and you are going to love it. I’m only a chapter or two into it but can already tell […]
Whether you’re a mom or busy career woman, you may not think you have enough time in the day to read a book. But oh how you WANT to! Believe me, sister…I’ve been there. Lately I’ve been teaching myself to unplug a bit more though, and in doing so, I’ve realized I actually have a few […]
I just love making these Bible Verse lunch notes every month. I hope you + your children are enjoying them, too! Those of you who have subscribed via email will receive these straight to your inbox on Friday. So stay tuned! If you have yet to subscribe to Hugs & Punches and would like our […]