I wanted to start these "Happy Monday: What I Loved About This Weekend" posts as sort of a journal for myself in years to come but also because, I think we so often "miss" all the little moments when we are so focused on trying to capture the "BIG" ones.
I've teamed up with mama/photographer, Cristi Balke and Suz, shop owner/designer of Sew Sweet Clothing over on my Instagram to give one lucky winner this beautiful handmade tropical floral t-shirt dress.
For the last couple of months I have been dealing with my this restlessness way down deep inside of me; over and over again I question who I am as a wife, who I am as a mom, and who I am as a person, and to no avail, I continue to draw a blank. I question my purpose and the legacy I'm leaving. I question my chaos and the passions that I so longingly seek. I question if what I'm doing is enough and if there's more I could be choosing to do. I question why I can't just be content to be a mom, why do I always feel like I have to be doing something?
I'm not about to get all political in this post because God knows we've got enough of that going around on Facebook (good LORD). However, I would like to address one of the rather "trendy" topics to hit the viral internet world since the election and that is the topic of the millennial generation! Ohhhh yes! That's right, I'm going there.
This is the first year in the last 3 years that I have sent out a Christmas card and I feel so on top of my game! As a kid my mom always put together such a lovely card and then would type up a letter to go with it explaining the "happenings" of everybody in the family. It was a great way to recap the year and now looking back, serves as a great way to remember forgotten memories of the past.
So I recently whipped out my sewing machine that I receieved as a gift for my 13th birthday when I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer. That phase quickly ended when I tried to make myself a purse out of an old pair of jeans. Probably the WORST material to try to learn "how to" sew with. So long story short...it's been in storage for the last 12 years!
This past week we traveled to Michigan to spend the holiday with my family. Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. It's the one time of year my entire family reunites for a day full of eating, touch football, and apple crisp.
If you're a mom and you haven't heard about Freshly Picked, then you aren't living! This company is the reason why I am able to cut my "getting out the door" time IN HALF! No joke! We might have a slight obsession with them, if you can't tell! :)
If you've been keeping up with our little blog, you may have remembered a fun video that we made a while back for this family known as "The Bucket List Family." When we began our "vlogging" journey a couple months back we discovered this family of 4 (Garrett, Jessica, Dorothy(3), Manilla (2)) that sold everything they had to travel around the world. Each Sunday they post a new YouTube video updating family and friends about where they are and what new adventures they've been on that week.
To be honest with you guys, it's been a while since I have had the courage to sit down a write just to write; there's no real explanation really. I often blame it on the season I'm in or because I don't feel like I have much to say. But in reality, I have plenty to say; it's just every time I sit down to say it, I'm bombarded with my many insecurities.
If you don't know anything about this amazingly adventurous family, let me just tell you a little bit about them (because I'm telling you, you are going to want to cyber stalk them PRONTO!). So in short, they're this young family of 4 from Utah (kids: Dorothy-3, & Manilla-1) that decided to sell basically everything they owned to go and travel across the globe.
I have nothing left to give and I need strength to get through this week. If you think of our little family would you please send up a quick prayer of agreement that there would be healing and restoration brought to our family.
I follow big name bloggers and small name bloggers, all just trying to get their voices heard...me being one of them. With hundreds of thousands of people trying desperately to get noticed everyday you can just about imagine the shock in our eyes when we heard about the Instagram algorithm change. People were/are literally freaking out over this social media shift and they have good reason to.
I know what you're probably thinking...ANOTHER big announcement?! How in the world could they have ANOTHER announcement to make. Just shut up already Kirby family! But the truth is...this really IS a big announcement that I've been holding onto for a couple weeks now and I could not be more excited to finally share it with you all!
Have you ever had that feeling bubble up inside of you...that feeling that disgusts you, and humiliates you all at once? It happens unexpectedly, slowly even. It changes your mood, your demeanor, and your hearts posture. But how can you be feeling this? It's wrong, it's selfish, so why can't I seem to shake the bitterness growing inside of me?
After my most recent request to hear from YOU (my readers) about what you wanted me to write about most, I got a significant amount of requests to blog about balance and how I balance my life as a wife, stay-at-home mom, business owner, etc. So here I am, doing my best to process my life a midst the crazy and give you a valuable/comprehensible list of tips I find helpful for me.
Before I decided to invest in a nice camera, I just so happened to stumble upon these really amazing camera straps while reading one of my favorite bloggers posts (Casey Wiegand). I couldn't help but fall head over heels for this unique and incredibly stylish camera accessory. I'd never seen a product like this and for that, I just HAD to have one!
This past week we spent our Christmas up in the Smokey Mountains, gathering together to celebrate the most momentous event in history. Fifteen of us huddled under the comfort of our Rocky Top cabin, witnessing each morning as the fog settled on the mountains. It was truly a magical site to behold.
I am incredibly humbled by the outpouring of love and support from so many of you, near and far, for yesterday's post. If you haven't gotten a chance, take a quick look at our fixer upper reveal! Seriously, it is because of your encouragement that I continue to post and share our story. It's not always easy putting myself out there but you all give me the strength that I need to continue to open my heart.
If you don’t know Guy and I’s situation then you don’t know that when we first got married we lived in my mother-in-laws house for 7 months, and soon after that we moved into a 2 bed/2 bath condo where we have since resided. To say that we have been blessed is an understatement…God has continued to pour out His favor on us. Selfishly, I have desired to own my own home, a place that I can truly make ours and begin to raise our family in but to be honest the finances just haven’t been there.
Friends it gives me great honor to share my very first featured post in a blogging journal called "Her View From The Top." This opportunity not only allows me the excitement of being featured on another journal, but based upon the engagement and interest of this post I could be asked to be a monthly contributor!
The next day...with complete peace in my heart I wrote my letter to Chip and Joanna Gaines. It was the strangest and the most freeing thing I had ever done. And the funny part... even though I knew I was supposed to write this letter, the enemy continued to attack my spirit and tell me this was the most foolish thing I had ever done. But I held the truth in my heart and continued to write...
It was about 2 years ago that I truly discovered my passion for recreating pieces of junk and turning them into pieces worth treasuring. It gave me a sort of adrenaline rush...turning something ugly into something beautiful and knowing that I was the reason for it.
That is why it brings me so much joy to be able to make that passion become a reigning reality in my life today...