When we were much younger - 17 and 18. We didn’t know each other then but ran in some of the same circles in Dallas. I am convinced I have seen her or brushed past her during those years. I have such a connection to this delightful love in my life. .
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𖡼 May very well have crossed paths earlier in life in Texas
𖡼 Met in California some 40 years later
𖡼 Turn 60 and 65 this year
𖡼 One is left-handed, one is right-handed
𖡼 Hold hands… often
𖡼 Are like 🤞🏼
because everyday should be Valentine’s 💋 // #thegildedlife
I originally made this playlist with the intent purpose of celebrating yesterday’s festivities but tbh I’ve been listening to this playlist on repeat for weeks, adding my favorite love songs– including new ones I can’t stop listening to and old ones I’ve rediscovered... All of which got me thinking about how much better life would be if everyday we loved as hard as we do on February 14th 💭 And so I decided I would share this mix with the world, in order to prompt myself and all of you, to love like it’s 2/14, 365 days of the year... word to Anita Baker ✨ So if you want or need something to vibe to when you’re in the mood for love– in whatever form that might manifest, then I got you 😉 link in bio for @applemusic, check out my stories for the @spotify link! #everydayvalentines#thelovemix#mixedbyg#playlist#music
Yesterday it was Valentines for y’all. But for me... it’s everyday 😍😘😘 I love you babe! 95 days till our BIG day. We have been through it all and dammit I wouldn’t change it for anything. Growing with you is an amazing feeling and I can’t wait for what the future holds! You will always be my one and only 😘 I’m a lot to put up with and deal with on a daily basis and I think you deserve the world for doing such a great job. You put in the work at the gym, loving and taking care of me, doing school, taking care of our pups. I couldn’t do it without you my love. You complete me each and everyday 🥰😘 #everydayvalentines#couplesthatlift#couplesthattraintogether#mylove#everydaylife#myworld#beautiful#gorgeous#amazing#happy#pretty#thedrank
Why only ONE day a year to celebrate that someone special?? My mister is a gift wrapped in denim and flannel - 365 days a year. I am thankful for our 13+ years together so far, and honored to be called his "Missus". #love#marriage#bemine#everydayvalentines
We shouldn’t need a reason like Valentine’s Day to buy our wives flowers, take her out to dinner, to tell her I love her, to make her feel special. If you’re truly IN LOVE you should already be doing these things! That’s one of the great things about Courtney’s and I relationship. We’re constantly doing all of those things plus more. We have a date night every Friday night, we leave each other little notes around the house saying we love each other. There is so much that Courtney and I do for each other to show our appreciation, how thankful and blessed we are. Thank you Courtney for being my Valentines ever day #everydayvalentines#blessed#thankful#loveyou
Maverick said, "Mommy!" and kept pointing, so we went inside so he could pick out something nice for her. Turns out he was only interested in looking at himself making faces in the floor-to-ceiling mirrors so I had to do the shopping.💘 #EickertBoyz#EveryDayValentines
Happy Love day! Mister ❤ always akong thankful na meron akong ikaw, kayo ni enzo ☺ Mahal na mahal kita everyday dito lang ako palagi para ipanalangin ka at asikasuhin ka everyday! Di ako magsasawa sayo. I love you so much! 😘❤ #EverydayValentines
4 313 February, 2020
Everyday Valentines makeup look with a red lip! 💋 This look was easy to create using only 2 eyeshadow colors.
I’ve listed them on the second picture. 1 is crease color 2 is lid color. I emphasized my liner a little bit more on top and did a more smudge effect on bottom.
For everyday I do not like over powering lashes so these naked lashes from @ardellbeauty gave the right touch.
What do you think? Do a rock a red lip? Lipstick is @patmcgrathreal in Blood 1
Make sure to save and bookmark this look to have product details. 💃🏻
Last night, Easton and I were talking about our girls and just how fast they’re growing and will grow. We know we will blink and they’ll be driving and graduating and doing all the big stuff of life. And in this conversation, Easton brought up that he hopes that in all the moments coming, our girls always come to him first. If they wreck their car, they come to him first. If they’re scared, they come to him first. If they need help or assurance or support or basically, whatever their need, they come to him first. Even if they’re worried he may be angry or disappointed. He said “I don’t want their fear of me being upset to keep them from coming to me first.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is a good man. This is a good dad. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But this morning as I’m having my devotional time and reading about Noah and the Ark and hearing how when the flood ended and Noah offered a sacrifice to God— the same God that was heartbroken by the corruption of His creation, was moved to compassion by His creation. By the one who came to Him first. I mean, Noah could have been terrified to come to God. Everything He knew had just been wiped away. That had to be a sobering moment. A “woah.. this Guy is seriously mighty” moment. But instead he came to Him. And it moved God’s heart in compassion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
No matter where you are in this life, running, tired, faithful, scared, overwhelmed, hopeful, needing assurance, worried He’s mad, or disappointed— allow me to reassure you that He wants you. He wants you to come to Him first. I would go so far as to say, He ACHES for you to come to Him first. It’s more than a desire, He feels it. It consumes Him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If my husband who is a good man but fallible can have the heart to ache for his daughters to come to him no matter what they’re carrying, how much more does our Father in Heaven want that? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He is a Good Dad. The very best. Lay it down friends and rest in His tenderness toward you.
8 4129 January, 2020
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2 4725 January, 2020
A while ago, I was sitting in a hot tub with my family and not long after we got in, another mom and her daughters came over. We made small talk and tried to chuckle through the pain of sitting in a small pool of water with strangers when I overheard the mom talking to one of her daughters:
“You remind me of God’s promise to Noah.” I remember thinking, “oooookaaayy” and maybe slightly rolling my eyes. But those words have stuck with me. And the more I have thought about this simple praise, the more it has made me reflect and appreciate the ways my daughters remind me of the promises of God in my life.
Tonight, as I was laying in bed with Merrick, I said “ you are kind and good and everyone that knows you loves you.” It’s true. But what I wanted to say, what I’ve told her before and will continue to, is that she reminds me of God’s kindness. She helps me remember it was His goodness, His sweetness, His loving grace that led me to repentance. She reminds me that in a world of chaos and anger and meanness, when it’s easy to be bitter or tough to protect the soft things— there is still good. There is still gentleness. And love still wins. No matter what, it’s light that shines in the darkness. And it won’t be overcome by it.
5 636 January, 2020
I’m a firm, 100% believer that she is going to be anything she wants to be. Pure magic, this one. Pure magic.
5 683 January, 2020
I love these people. My people. The true beauty and love and light of my life. I’m thankful to have closed out the decade with them. I’m thankful to have spent 7 1/2 of those years loving my husband fiercely. To have spent 5 of them growing our Lennon then Merrick then Sheridan.
I’m abundantly blessed because of these humans. My biggest prayer and hope moving forward is to love them with everything that’s in me. For them to know just how valuable and delighted in they are. If I can do that, it will be my greatest reward this side of Heaven. That’s what 2019 has reminded me. Vision was my word for this last year. Vision indeed. Vision to see what really matters.❤️ #2020#newyear#everydayvalentines
8 741 January, 2020
I think one of the hardest parts about grief is that life goes on.
Life goes on and you’re still left buffering. Like that annoying rainbow wheel on Mac computers, trying to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing and how to reconcile the past with the present and the future.
This has always felt like the unfair part to me. But eventually the rainbow wheel stops turning. Eventually you figure out the new normal. Eventually.
Can I encourage my friends that are grieving? In the buffering? Don’t speed up the process. Don’t jam your computer with too many demands. Don’t shut it down. Don’t pretend like it’s not happening. The buffering will take you somewhere if you’ll let it. Just let it. Even when you feel like you can’t take one more minute— life goes on. Even for you. Even for the ones left to gather the pieces. Hang in there. ❤️ You are not a burden for having burdens.
3 1815 December, 2019
Do you ever just need it to stop? That was me yesterday. The girls have been sickly. We all have and Easton was down for the count. So I was just over it and had cabin fever and wanted to scream because ahhhhhhh I was trapped. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So I loaded up all three girls, went to the playground, to the store and then to frozen yogurt. It was small. But it felt big. It felt soooo big. To venture with them all and thrive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because to be honest... like... completely... embarrassingly honest... I struggle to be a human. Like to get out of the house and make plans and do the things. I’m an extreme introvert when allowed to be and slightly codependent (don’t worry, I’m a work in progress). So to do all of this by myself was big. I was an adult. And I did it. And I loved every freaking second. I was so proud of my girls and how they helped and how they played and looked after each other and engaged with me and the world around them and to see them growing up right in front of my eyes. I had a little glimpse of motherhood in a few years and it was pretty precious. I put them to bed just gushing over how thankful I am to be their mama. I think it’s the very best. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They’re good ones. I’m so grateful. At least, I’m trying to remember to be.
1 197 December, 2019
If your children aren’t getting what they need from you, they will look for it somewhere else. This is true for the best and worst parents because even on our best days, we are imperfect. As humans, we are flawed and unable to fill the God shaped hole in the souls of our littles. I often have to remind myself that our job isn’t to feel fear from this but to teach them the ONLY person who can meet our every need is the Father. Our job is and always has been to point them back to Heaven.
One of my favorite teachings on this is from Melissa Helser. The Holy Spirit spoke to her one day and said “teach them to depend on me. One day they will outgrow their need for you. They will never stop needing me.” Amen. 🙌🏼
4 383 December, 2019
Two years ago today the lord was growing me in big big ways. Uncovering lies and deep beliefs I had about myself and others and the world. This is still one of my favorite lessons He has taught me. Each time I see broken leaves, I’m reminded of the Lord’s faithfulness to finish what He starts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I have been feeling fragile lately. A little broken. Slightly fragmented. Like that one thread in your favorite sweater that if you gave the tiniest tug, the rest would come undone. And if I’m honest, I hate it. That part of me. The broken. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It makes me uneasy, restless, making me want to hide under a blanket and run away- harsh and antsy at the same time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I realized today I hadn’t left my house in four days and knew if we didn’t leave to go somewhere, anywhere, I’d lose my ever lovin mind. Our hometown University has the most beautiful landscaping so it felt like a good place to gather leaves to do a Pinterest “fall craft”. (Also, the students were playing quidditch which is weird and wonderful so I had to see). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I told Lennon we would paint them when we got home but she had to help me find some cool ones. Before I knew it, I had a handful. I was just about to ask Lennon to choose the prettier ones so we could narrow down which to keep and which to leave there. The ones that were whole. Not broken. The worthy ones. But something (Someone) stopped me in my tracks and asked, “But isn’t there beauty in the broken things too?”. My heart knew the answer my God was asking but He continued, “wouldn’t it be sad if we got rid of all the broken ones?”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ People and leaves. Me. Them. You. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I drew the parallel and choked back the tears at the immense pain to feel broken and joy to know He sees beauty instead. To know there is value in what I see as lacking. And desire despite. He is kind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We kept them all. So that today after naps we could talk about the broken things (people) and our God that loves them (us) despite it.”
3 1512 November, 2019
She tells me often that when she grows up she wants to be a mommy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In contrast, I remember saying I wanted to be a movie star. Professional cheerleader. Singer/songwriter. Princess. Even now... Author. Blogger. Princess 😂. But at one point I DREAMT of being a mommy. It was all I ever wanted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some days I forget that. I’m exactly where I need to be and have everything and everyone I’ve ever prayed for. Lacking in nothing. Full to overflow. So grateful for her and her heart and her eyes that help me see.
5 5112 November, 2019
Baaaaaasicallly gon be LIVING in this sweater.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also— I have a confession 👀 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We skipped church on Sunday 🤐 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Turns out I can only extrovert for so long and then I have to completely unplug. So we did. And it was great. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So this my permission slip for you. I give you permission to create margin, to say no, save your energy, connect with a friend, ask for help, get a massage, leave the dishes in the sink, cancel plans or make them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The holiday season is officially upon us and that means a lot of us will be moving around nonstop. Hustling and bustling. Simultaneously depression and anxiety rates increase this time of year while people complain of being tired and disconnected. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Take care of you. Protect your inner world so you can shine your best for the rest of our world. ❤️
2 2731 October, 2019
I had this moment yesterday where I was praying for the Lord to increase my love for people. Which may seem like a weird thing but it’s something I have to do often. For my husband. My kiddos. My friends. Strangers. Etc. increase.. help me to see how He sees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So I was praying this and I hear Merrick start crying. Lennon had hurt her feelings over something pretty trivial but as I hugged her, I felt the Spirit remind me nothing is trivial when it comes to His kids. And there are no sides. As much as I had to comfort and defend Merrick, I had to love and understand Lennon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is kingdom work. Because if you can do it with toddlers, you can do it with adults. If you can get The Lord’s perspective on the small things, you can keep His gaze during the bigger things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He sees it all and while He’s comforter to one, He’s defender of another. He’s both and. I’m grateful for that. And I’m grateful for His Spirit who reminds me to dig in and helps me love when I fill empty.
2 3223 October, 2019
Of all the babies my hands have held, the squishiest of all is you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Seriously... how am I supposed to be done making humans when they’re THIS good?! 😬
3 4223 October, 2019
My sweet Shmoo.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some times when I describe this human, I feel like I made her up. She seems too good to be true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
She also teaches me A LOT about the gentleness the Lord uses to discipline us. She’s the most tender child I’ve ever known so we’ve had to learn (and are still learning) how to parent her and correct her. But she’s taught me a lot about grace and the kindness of God. And I’m so grateful for that.
3 3919 September, 2019
I tend to overextend myself. Taking care of everyone I love before myself. To the point of exhaustion, resentment, annoyance or envy. I do it because I love them and want them to feel it but when my cup gets empty I bottom out. I haven’t found the perfect flow yet to filling and pouring. I haven’t quite mastered the ability to be full and overflowing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve been spending the last few days nurturing my body and soul and mind and spirit. Asking myself what I need. And yesterday was a really great cup filling, life giving day so today I was ready to pourrrrrr it all out. But right when I was about to, the Lord stopped me and said “you’re not done soaking yet”. Like a sponge. I need more. I need HIM more. More today than yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So I stopped. Got off social. Poured coffee into my JOY cup and leaned in. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He gave me permission to need Him today. To need more of Him today. So I give you that permission too. If you’re feeling empty or less than full... you’re not done soaking yet. Go love on your Father.
1 3218 September, 2019
Hey moms! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Want your daughters to love themselves? To feel confident in their skin? To see themselves how you see them? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Love YOURSELF... they’ll model what they see. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Be confident in YOUR skin... they’ll notice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tell them how YOU see THEM... they’ll hold on to every word you say. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don’t forget your younger years. It hasn’t gotten ANY easier to be a female in school. Satan is still crafty with his lies. Be the shield of truth as often as you can be. ❤️
3 4615 September, 2019
It’s not always rainbows and butterflies. Some days I’m at my wits end. Like the other day... I went to text my therapist for an appointment spot and accidentally texted my mother in law. 😂 but I’m glad I did because she had a simple reminder for me: you probably need some quiet time. 🙌🏼😭⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m not perfect. My life isn’t. My past isn’t. I get insecure. I get triggered. I get angry and lose my cool with kids. I’m impatient at times. But I’m thankful that those flags usually point me to my Father. It usually means I need to sit at His feet, let out a good cry, process some baggage and let Him love on me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s not always easy when you’re a mom. When you always have someone needing you. But I’m learning it’s more and more essential every day. To be the kind of human I want to be I HAVE TO make time for Jesus. If you’re like the 5 people you spend most of your time with, I need to be including Him. After all, I’m convinced my most beautiful parts all come from His love that I’ve allowed to saturate and permeate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He must increase. I must decrease.
4 2913 September, 2019
This is the ONLY time of day you can find her in anything that isn’t a dress. The girl is obsessed with ballerinas and tutus and twirly dresses and I’m here for it.
3 4412 September, 2019
I’m thankful that when I get to Heaven, the Lord is going to look at me and smile at Easton. I have no doubt that Jesus is going to say to him, “Thank you. You returned her to me better than you found her.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wish every woman knew this kind of love. Not from my husband. Obviously. But every woman should be loved in such a way that broken pieces get mended because that kind of love points you to the Father. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also... Oh to be that sand. Babe, you fine.
5 3811 September, 2019
Sometimes I just sit back and listen to her create her own world. It’s amazing. I was the same way growing up and it does things to my heart to see my girl making something from nothing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can only imagine how the Father feels when we create. We get that ability from Him, ya know? He’s always creating something from nothing.
“Let them eat cake. I heard that once.”-Michael Scott⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What if our thoughts about ourselves were as kind and sweet as this cake? If thoughts are food for our minds, I hope you’re chewing on the good stuff and spitting out the bad. You’re too wonderful for anything less than sweet sweet cake. ❤️
1 246 September, 2019
Beach hair is everything. I’m also positive it’s the same as my every day mom hair but somehow it’s cooler on the beach 😂⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ps- if you haven’t checked out my stories (or my Balanced Babes highlight)- run and do that. The results from our first 3 week accountability group are being passed along and I’m so amazed by the progress these friends have made. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It felt so nice to feel like hot stuff in my swimsuit. So much work (mentally and physically) has gotten me to this place and our Balanced Babes group is where I share those tools to help others overcome unhealthy mindsets and patterns. 💪🏼❤️
4 305 September, 2019
In the last 12 days I ate pizza 3 times 😬 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Beach vacation meant looser meal times and guess WHAT?! I had zero shame about it. It was delicious. And so was the cake for Lennon’s birthday. And the ice cream we had with my family. And the cereal we NEVER buy at home. I let my hair down on this trip. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Good news? I didn’t gain a single pound 🤯 not one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Better news? I have gained a healthy relationship with exercise and food so an almost two week vacation to the beach doesn’t completely derail my progress and goals. I just jump right back in. Intermittent fasting hours back on track. Running yesterday. Meal prep and active recovery today. Strength training tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There’s so much joy and benefit to balance. Learning an ebb and flow. Where you are and where you want to be don’t have to a battle. Just a journey. I’m thankful for all the tools I’ve picked up to FINALLY get this part of my life right. ❤️
9 323 September, 2019
And just like that.. our beach adventures came to an end.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But don’t think for a second I’m done posting pictures 😂😘