Oh Hey.

Welcome to my space. I write honestly about motherhood, finding joy, Jesus, not quite fitting in and embracing the mess. Grab a latte & let's skip the small talk. 

-Jen

LEARNING AND LOVING

To all of those hurting from the evil shootings in San Bernadino, my heart goes out to you. I am sickened by this violence and wonder what it would take to spread more love and less hate. My heart breaks over the innocent people who lost their lives, absolutely horrible. 

My spunky, wise sis-in-law wrote about things she’s loving and learning. Cozy up and read hers here. 

I’m loving The Voice. Snuggling up on the couch after a long day and watching people sing their hearts out in hopes to achieve their wildest dream?! Yes and yes all day long. Makes me love humans even more. 

I’m loving listening to peaceful music before I go to sleep. After a cup of sleepy time tea, I put on Spotify or 8 tracks and find a peaceful set of songs and I play it quietly through my phone’s speaker. It helps me reflect and enjoy the stillness. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep and tea and music seem to help a ton. (and not having red wine or chocolate right before bed). Start with Bon Iver's "Holocene."

I’m learning to call people. I have never considered myself a “phone person..” but as I’m often stuck at home with sleeping babies, picking up my phone and encouraging someone or calling someone to seek advice can SAVE THE DAY, I tell you. 

I’m learning that free writing first thing in the day helps center my thoughts. Open a journal and let it flow. Empty your mind and heart onto paper. It is soul healing and provides so much insight. 

I’m learning that I’m not a huge baby person. I ADORE little 6 pounders, of course..but I start to really enjoy my kids post first birthday. Watching them walk and talk, seeing their personalities.. oh...and sleep. 

I’m loving playing cards with my husband. I’m very competitive and get a bit feisty but it brings out a unique side in our relationship and seems to be more filling than watching shows together. My grandpa and dad taught me how to play cards and reminds me of home. 

I’m learning that every time I’m “rushing,” I regret it. That taking a little more time and possibly being a few minutes late is worth it if I’m remaining peaceful and present in my heart. If I take a little more time to put things back and actually brush Reese’s teeth..I feel more together. If I’m not sprinting out to the car, I can stop and have a meaningful two minute chat with my neighbor instead of waving a quick hi/bye as I run around like a chicken with no head. Slowing down….

I'm loving smashing an 1/2 avocado and 2 hard boiled eggs together...add a splash of lemon and season with seasoned salt and pepper. Delish. 

I’m learning to forgive. Myself and other people; I am a grudge holder. I like to take something I’m hurt about and hold onto it as long as I can!! You guys, this is a nightmare! What a horrible way to live. Forgiving and letting go is something I’m working on because it doesn’t come naturally. I keep lists. So unhealthy but God help me, I’m trying.

What are you loving/learning in this season?

WHAT IS REAL SELF CARE ?

WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ANSWERS