Diamond in the Rough

Everyone knows that diamonds are made under immense heat and pressure inside the earth. They start as ordinary rocks, and under the right circumstances, emerge as beautiful, unbreakable, priceless gems. I’m close to very few people, but those few people mean the world to me. Some relationships come naturally and are easy while others, like diamonds, are put under pressure and put against the test of time. Those relationships turn out unbreakable. Continue reading “Diamond in the Rough”


Honey, I’m Home! A Journey for First-time Home Buyers

You know in “Say Yes to the Dress” the bride rings a bell when she’s found her wedding gown? There should be something like that when you close on your first house! Taylor and I closed on our first house on March 1st, but there was no bell to ring. Instead there were only papers to sign and keys to receive. Nevertheless, the feeling of responsibility, excitement, accomplishment, and happiness was enough celebration for me! This is the story of our journey to buying a house for the very first time. Continue reading “Honey, I’m Home! A Journey for First-time Home Buyers”

Making Today an “A” Day

I apologize for being so late to posting today! The first of the month is usually when I do the big grocery trip, you know the one… the Costco trip. That, combined with the fact that the toddler boy woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep until he slept in our bed, causing Taylor and I to have a restless night’s sleep… needless to say it’s been a day. Any other week this scenario would cause me to groan at the long day ahead. I would be predisposed to not have a good day. My mind would be made up, and I would be in a grumpy mood all day. The phrase “someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed today” is all too common on days like these.  Continue reading “Making Today an “A” Day”

Spoken Word And Poetry

Creative writing is one of my passions in life, one of the things I’m good at. In high school I took two creative writing classes, two drama classes, and one public speaking class. The final project in my public speaking class was a two-and-a-half minute monologue of the students choice. For my monologue I chose my all time favorite spoken word poem by my favorite poet, Sarah Kay. The first four minutes or so of this TED Talk is her performance of the spoken word poem. Unfortunately I don’t have the recording of my own version of the poem (bummer, I knew you would want to see high school Rachel giving a performance of a lifetime). You’ll find the following transcript of the poem below if you want to read along. Continue reading “Spoken Word And Poetry”

Chalk Wall

Hey everybody, long time no see! I hope you all had a spectacular Fourth of July last week. I took the day off to spend time with friends and family and I’m so glad I did! Our son wasn’t a fan of the fireworks and he got really scared. As a mom, all I want to do is calm him down and make him feel safe, so he slept with us until the fireworks died down. It was such a sweet moment. Anyways, this week I’d like to tell you about the first fun homeowner’s project I did! I’ve been seeing all over pinterest about a DIY chalk wall, and I thought one wall in particular in our home office would be perfect for that! Let’s get to it! Continue reading “Chalk Wall”


Summer is known for being the busiest season. With kids out of school and families taking vacations, the weeks go by in a blink of an eye. I’m finding that my summer so far is flying by right in front of my eyes. The past two weeks have been crazy busy… we volunteered for VBS last week, I’ve been hanging out with more friends and cultivating new relationships, I’ve been taking my son to more parks around town and doing more activities… it’s been a whirlwind but I am thriving!

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My Summer Bucket List

Oh no! I’m late to posting on the blog this week. It’s been a crazy week because Taylor and I are volunteering for our church’s Vacation Bible School and that’s been taking up a lot of our time this week. It means this week has gone by super fast, but there’s so much more activity than normal that some things (like my blog) get pushed to the side. Today is officially the first day of summer, woohoo! I’d like to share with you all the things I’ve accomplished from my spring bucket list, and also share what I have planned for my summer this year, our first summer in Boise! Continue reading “My Summer Bucket List”

I Don’t Know How to Adult, and At This Point I’m Too Afraid to Ask

Adulting (noun): The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks. (According to Google Dictionary)

I’m a few years into adulthood, and I think it would be accurate to assume most other adults don’t know what they’re doing either… at least in early adulthood. “Fake it til’ you make it” seems to be the motto these days. I don’t enjoy doing most things adults have to do: getting the oil changed in my car, scheduling appointments, going to the dentist, figuring out which fruit is ripe at the grocery store, etc. I do enjoy doing some things: having freedom to schedule my own days, eating ice cream for breakfast, buying things for my own home and incorporating my personal style into my space… things like that! Continue reading “I Don’t Know How to Adult, and At This Point I’m Too Afraid to Ask”

Making Changes

My toddler turned one and a half this week. It’s a big milestone for him! He’s walking now, communicating more effectively, laughing a lot, showing distinct interest in things he likes. He’s turning into a little boy right in front of my eyes! I often sit back and am amazed that Taylor and I created life… a living being with his own thoughts and emotions and opinions of the world… we made that! His personality is shining through stronger each day, and I am just beside myself. He is a mild mannered, easy going, light tempermented child. I sometime joke that God is tricking me into believing that parenting is really this easy so I will have more children! With all of the emotional and physical growth my child is going through right now, I thought it would be wise to be more intentional with my parenting. I decided to be purposeful in the things I do, the things I buy, and the things that I teach my child going forward. My first step is being purposeful in transitioning out of a crib, then making conscious choices with his toys and play time. Continue reading “Making Changes”