a blog impressed upon my heart

welcome! so glad


That sounds super cheesy, but really I am excited you’ve found us. What once was a little blog that just kept family in the loop with what was going on in the craziness of our lives, has turned in to a passion.

Moving into a home that was literally deemed “uninhabitable,” I love to post on the progress of our remodel, simple DIY’s, family-friendly recipes, fashion, and things God has impressed upon my heart.

But my favorite topic is our ever-growing family (2 biological boys 15 moths apart & 4 beautiful kids from Ethiopia). I do my best to be real and honest about life, our struggles, and how God stretches me through (so many) mistakes along the way.

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Oh and curious about our name, Hugs & Punches?

Sigh, it’s the perfect description of our middle boys, Anton & Laith. When Anton (the sensitive, tender one) was two, he gave one year old Laith a hug (the crazy one, whom we call “Crash”) and said, “I love you Laith!” Little Laith turned and punched him square in the face.

Yep. That’s our family.



There are some perks to being a subscriber and receiving our latest posts straight into your inbox.

In addition to those posts, you will also receive (printable) Bible verse/encouragement lunch notes (like these) every month that you can sneak into your child’s lunchbox . and . you will receive free lock screen memory verses for your cellphone each month, too (here’s an example)!

(From time to time you’ll also receive other fun printables and surprises.)

See over there on the right hand side, where it says “sign up here“? If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and put your email address in.

You’ll receive a confirmation email. Click on the link it displays and you should be good to go!

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Grab (another) cup of coffee and hang around a bit longer.

Here are a few of my personal favorite posts…


. giving God your plans (with printable Bible study) .


celebrating the little things .


. really? that’s your reasoning? .

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 . a simple & streamlined mantle .


. never (ever) think your child is too young to make a difference .

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. why I dress up .


. how can I? | adoption vs. (more) bio kids .

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perfection & joy .


Feel free and drop me a line anytime…it may take me awhile to get back to you (in case you haven’t noticed, we’re a little busy around here), but be patient… I love connecting with new friends!

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14 Responses to a blog impressed upon my heart

  1. Tori Jul 12th, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi! I am in the blog class too, and just saw your site of the fb page! Your blog looks great! My husband and I have two boys, and we both would LOVE to adopt one day as well:)

    Your family is beautiful, such a blessing!


    • hugspunches Jul 12th, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Tori, thanks so much for checking me out! Aren’t you so thankful for Emily…what a blessing she is to help us with our little creative outlet!

      If you and your husband decide that adoption is something you’re being called to do, please reach out to us! We’re a complete and total open book about it.

      Love your blog, btw. The Fathers Day book is super cute!!!


      • Tori Jul 17th, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

        Thank you so much! It is something we both feel very strongly about, and really hope we are able to experience one day:)

        And yes, Emily is wonderful for doing all this(huge help)!


  2. Rebecca Oct 3rd, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi, I just came over from Emily’s site, and wanted to leave a note. I love the verse you put on your side bar(Is 43:5,6)! What an beautiful verse for adoption. Blessings.

    • hugs & punches Oct 3rd, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Oh thank you so much, Mrs. Dandy! Blessings to you! Hope you’ll be back!

  3. Meghan Nov 10th, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Thanks for always sharing your fabulous ideas! I am SO looking forward to decorating our new house for the holidays and inviting family and friends over!

  4. Kelly Feb 16th, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I wanted to introduce myself and tell you how much I like your blog. I came across it on a JDC post about blog class success stories. I recently signed up for the class and have been working on my blog the last couple of weeks. It’s a lot of work! It makes me appreciate all the work and effort of other bloggers. Anyway, you’ve done a great job on your site. I love Stella & dot as well. Thank you for your inspiration.

    • hugs & punches Feb 25th, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Kelly! I’m so glad you introduced youself!! I have to tell you…ohmygosh Sophia is DARLING!!! What a precious little girl!! I’m having a hard time with the fact that we no longer have a baby in the house. Sigh, I want another one ; )

      I’m excited to see where your blog takes you! Emily’s class has been so amazing for me. I’m sure it has been for you, too!! Thanks so much for your sweet words, my blog has taken LOTS of getting up at 4:30 in the morning to work on it before the kids wake. Lots of cups of coffee, haha.

      Glad you love Stella & Dot too! You’re obviously stylish yourself…if you’d ever like more info on it, let me know! It’s been a FANTASTIC way to earn extra money for the family. Fun and whenever I want to work! Love that.


  5. Raelene May 7th, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Ben posted the world’s most creative b-day party : ) on our GoRuck Tough page, and now I can’t stop reading your awesome blog. Thank you for sharing your life, heart, challenges, and joys with the public. I think it’s so valuable for people to have insight into the joys and challenges others go through, so each person knows they are not alone in the same things. You are simply amazing!! And how you also stay so beautiful just blows my mind!

  6. Taylor Jul 28th, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Hello Teresa,

    I began following your blog a while back after Emily Jones mentioned you on her blog. I finally sat down tonight to read every one of your posts and I am sooooo intrigued with your family! You and your husband sound like 2 amazing people who are so genuine & down to earth! I look forward to watching your family grow :)

    PS- I would LOVE to know how you stay so skinny with 6 kids!! Secrets?? :)

    • hugs & punches Jul 29th, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi Taylor! So glad you’ve found us through Emily…I’m humbled that she chose me to feature that day! 😀
      It’s chaos around here but we’re loving every second. So excited to have the newest 2 {{finally}} home!

      As for staying thin, I think it’s largely because our family is so active and I never get the chance to sit down, haha. But I do belong to a gym and have fallen in love with Boxing. I have a feeling I’m going to struggle getting there for awhile because of all the changes in our house so I’m planning on having a friend of my husband make some sort of workout schedule that I can do at home…WITH baby Elsabet.

      If I feel like it’s a help/success for me, maybe I’ll do a post on it! Would love to help other moms & women stay healthy and feel beautiful though ALL our lives are crazy and fitness is often one of the first things we sacrifice!

      Thanks so much for reaching out to me! {{take joy}} xo

  7. Bob Winkler Oct 11th, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I am a calligrapher … at least trying to get back into it in retirement.

  8. Laurel Peacock Nov 17th, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Wow. Word’s cannot express the joy your blog has brought to my life in the past 30 minutes. A friend who lives in Denver knew about your blog and told me to read it when my husband and I announced we were adopting. The Lord brought me here for a reason! Your family is amazing and your children are so blessed. In him, Laurel

    • hugs & punches Nov 22nd, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      oh Laurel, I’m THRILLED you’ve found us!! Congratulations on adopting, it’s such a beautiful {yet stretching} experience. May the Lord bless you and your family!!!!

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