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This one’s for you…

May 8, 2015

Peonies in paper via In Honor of DesignFlower Bundle Gifts via IHOD

As we were wrapping up some peonies in paper for some mama friends this morning, I couldn’t help but whisper a prayer for those who have a difficult weekend ahead. 

There are wombs in waiting.
There are arms aching for the children they have lost.
There are sons and daughters with fresh wounds from the loss of the person who raised them. 

It is easy for me to be overwhelmed with tears these days.
I tear up when I notice my child is growing.
I straight up weep when I think of their birth.
But today I can’t help but shed some tears for those mothers in waiting, those who mourn, and those who are trying to muster through the weekend.

A prayer for you today and through the weekend that God brings you peace, comfort, and HOPE that life still holds so much goodness for you, and is not too far in the distance. Know you are not forgotten, and that big bouquet right there^^…that one is for you.

And for each of you new and long time mothers, cheers to the life you give to your children tirelessly. I hope you are celebrated this weekend, and throughout the whole year!
x, Anna

One year! (+ Giveaway)

September 19, 2017

Azelie turned one a few weeks ago, and although this year was unfairly fast, I refuse to cry this time around;) Somehow Zel got the memo it was her first birthday and promptly sprouted her first 6 teeth at one time followed by her first 6 words. I think this girl might continue to surprise us as she has done from the start.

With Azelie and Rocco I felt like I finally understood how fleeting time was, so I did my best to make the most of this first year of her life. I didn’t worry this time so much about spoiling her, and held her close those extra minutes when she just wanted to be held. I didn’t rush to get her on a feeding schedule, and actually took the time to slow down and study her face. I didn’t move her to her own room as soon as she was ready, because I needed a little more time with her right by my bed. I understand now what it’s like to meet the day they are too heavy to hold, and that ache will come to soon. So for now, I kiss her whenever I get the chance…..along with everyone else in the house!


How we met Pt. 1: Dolphins, premonitions, and land line phones

June 29, 2017

I’ve talked in bits and pieces about my marriage and dating years to Gabe, and how he has impacted my life in big ways. I don’t think it really can be accurately described unless you understand the beginning of it all. Back when I was miss independent with no plans in the near future to get into a relationship or have kids. Back when Gabe had just bet his friend $50 that he wouldn’t date anyone that semester because he was sure that Rugby and school would be his only focus. But see we aren’t really always in control of how our lives pan out are we? Says the gal with 5 kids scratching her head wondering how that happened so fast…

This could probably be its own book of comical short stories. Maybe we will get around to recording it soon, but for now here is my best attempt in writing.


Home update: Living Room Layout Plans

April 28, 2017

Our home is a very open layout which makes its smaller square footage feel much larger. Our living room faces the dining area and has very high ceilings. We spend the majority of our time in the living, dining, and patio areas and we have been itching to pull this room together! We’ve had some pieces fall apart over wear and tear so it was time to hunt for replacements. (Here is what the current living room set up looks like.) I look forward to sharing the finished result, but for today here is the process and progress we currently have for the room…


Trim your own fringe bangs.

March 24, 2017


Fringe bangs are a fun way to sport a chic hairstyle when you actually don’t have much time to style your hair every day. However, since they sit right above eye level, you have to keep up with trimming them in order to avoid blocking all vision. Soooo, after several terrible self-trim jobs I finally took the time to research how to trim my own. After trial and error, here is what has worked for me!

1). Grab a pair of hair cutting scissors and a comb, and make sure your bangs are dry. I like to blow dry mine for best outcome, or if they get greasy I will spray with dry shampoo.
Comb out your hair and pull out the middle section of your bangs to sandwich with your two fingers. Pull down the section and leave the amount you want to trim hanging out. Make sure your fingers are straight at eye level.

3) Start snipping at an angle towards the bottom of your fingers which is what will achieve the fringe effect. Continue around your forehead always making sure you include a piece from the section before to measure evenly.

4) On the side sections you can angle your fingers to frame bangs around your face or keep them straight depending on the look you want to go for. Continue to snip at an angle towards your fingers.

5) Do a happy dance that you saved yourself the $20-$30 and the time at the salon to get them trimmed!

Definitely not a hair expert, but if I find a time and money saving trick, you bet I am going to share it;) Have a happy weekend ahead gang!~

Photo: Moe Blake

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

December 22, 2016



This year was a heavy one, wasn’t it? I can’t stop thinking of the global sufferings that are affecting families and cultures across the world, my friends and family who have lost children, husbands, and fathers in recent weeks, and the many local shelters filled with the hungry and cold. It seems to be a time of year where we feel the ache for peace more than ever, and subsequently is a time when we need the hope Christmas brings more than any other time of year. 

The light of a newborn King born in a humble stable reminds me that light in a dark world is simpler than it seems. That within our homes there is first chance to practice compassion, understanding, and love for each other. There are opportunities all around us to ignite more light in this world.

I have found so much hope in my children this year, and their eagerness to do acts of service this year renewed my spirit. They are all anxiously awaiting Christmas morning, and they make Gabe and I feel like big kids ourselves. 

No matter what faith you are, I sincerely hope each of you gets a taste of true peace and joy this Christmas and, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you in 2017!

We will be back soon, but taking a small break to celebrate the goodness that Christmas has to offer.

Much love and many blessings~


Our photos were taken by Chelsey Heidorn.

P.S. Thank you for each of you that entered the Home for the Holidays giveaway. I wanted to send so many of you home for Christmas! We drew a winner and she is a very deserving gal who will hopefully share how she used the tickets very soon!

The Love Your Hair Campaign

December 19, 2016

Mother daughter holiday

Veronica used to say she wished her hair was straight and short like her brother Gabriel’s. I would have to try not to laugh as she told me through her sincere blue eyes. She looked up to her brother, and as far as she knew, getting haircuts was the cool thing to do. I would reassure her she was given such lovely curly locks that were a unique family trait passed down to her from her great grandmothers, and that she should be so proud of that.




Fast forward till today and she wishes her hair was long and dark like Rapunzel’s. A more accurate depiction of a 5 year old dream right? I work on confidence in her weekly. Reminding her that there are many types of beauty. Long hair isn’t as important as a kind and compassionate heart. Looking to help others or building up your siblings and friends with kind words is a far greater feature than exterior details. She is learning and responding more as she can now finish my sentences when I ask her, “What is more important than how we look?” Discontentment or comparing starts at such a young age, and I truly believe confidence in her self-worth can stem from catching her thoughts and changing them in a different direction.


mother daughter holiday looks

baby love

  (Wearing – Anna: Dress, Veronica: Skirt , Azelie: Bloomers)

A recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. I couldn’t agree more.  As a mother, you can make an impactful difference on the way they view themselves. My own mother was such an encouraging voice in me and my own sisters, followed by a support system of other family members and peers who reinforced those values. It taught me how I would pass self-confidence onto my own girls. 


This month, you can join us in Dove’s mission to promote hair (and whole person) confidence with a mommy and me  #LoveYourHair selfie and tagging @Dove. Let’s show our girls how beautiful their hair truly is. Add a special touch to one of your photos with Dove by visiting!


Thankful to Dove for partnering on this post, and spreading a message I strongly believe in. Thank you Morgan Blake, for these photos I will hold dear!

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