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It’s December!! My absolute FAVORITE time of year and the realization that I am WAY overdue for a blog post! Christmas decorations, lights, snuggles on the couch, christmas movies, hot chocolate, fires, my favorite Christmas essential oils, giving, and celebrating the birth of our Savior. Just SO much I love and so much I get too look back on and be thankful for. This past year has brought a lot of FIRSTS for me. And definitely these past few months have been some of the most challenging. If you haven’t heard yet we are expecting our first baby BOY May 2018 and we couldn’t be more excited!! Life has taken a huge turn for the good but has also brought it’s challenges. I thought I would be one of those women who love pregnancy, the 9 months you get to feel the movements of your sweet baby, but instead I have spent these past four months struggling with severe nausea, while still trying to encourage myself and keep the joy within the season of a beautiful life growing inside. God has been teaching me A LOT; patience, complete and total reliance upon Him, sacrificing my own will and time, rest, and trusting Him when I’ve been the sickest I’ve ever been. Now at 17 weeks I’ve found a little bit of relief and a little more energy so I’m hoping to blog a little more and share parts of my pregnancy journey. I’ve always longed for a natural birth experience and it’s been something the Lord has been laying on my heart for a long time. So now that I have a little more energy I pray I can share that with each of you.

December is not only my favorite because it’s Christmas time but because it’s the month before the start of a brand new year! I love spending December dreaming of the next year, making new goals, dreaming bigger, and making a fresh start for myself. I know 2017 has been a lot of focusing on being present rather than perfect, digging into the moment and discovering what it’s teaching me rather than perfection in my goals or to-do list. We all know I LOVE checking off my goals every single month but life is so much more than that. There is so much more JOY in giving yourself grace upon grace upon grace.

January 2018 is going to be a fresh new start to a simplified life for Matt and I as we prepare to bring our precious baby boy into this world. And our hope is to spend December preparing for all that January will bring!!

December 2017 Goals

– Read Supernatural Childbirth.
– Start advent study by “She Reads Truth” the first Sunday in December and spend a few minutes each morning reflecting on the true meaning of this season.
– Blog my pregnancy journey so far.
– Have a date night with Matt consisting of our favorite Christmas movie, baking Christmas cookies, and a long walk looking at Christmas lights.
– Spend some time this month dreaming of 2018 and what our goals look like.
– Host a Christmas dinner.
– Run the 5k Jingle Bell Run.
– Prepare to launch a brand new website for Empty Buckets by January 15,  2018.
– Prayer. I’ve realized how much I’ve desperately needed prayer this season and how quick I am to try and do things in my own strength.
– Plan a babymoon!!

What are your goals for December and the new year?

December 6, 2017 0 comment
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August has been such a FUN month! As you can see my husband and I got to babysit the most ADORABLE golden-doodle puppy AND of course we had to do a photoshoot! Ha! He was all kinds of spunky and our pup Chance loved him so much. They played NONSTOP. He is the most precious puppy and he has such an awesome mommy and daddy! I’ll have to get him for more play dates for sure! 

September 1, 2017 0 comment
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It’s August friends!! Can you believe it?? Time has gone by SO fast I completely missed my July goals. I honestly don’t even know if I set any and if I did I definitely didn’t reach one!  So thankful for grace and new months and new seasons. I want life to slow down, it seems like it’s flying by. And so for August I’m going to really work on that.

August 1, 2017 0 comment
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Ya’ll, marriage is so wonderful, beautiful and refining. I’ve had so much fun these past few months learning about myself and cultivating our home. We moved into the cutest little rental home in Richardson and I’ve had to learn how to decorate. Decorating does not come easy for me even though I absolutely love it. I’m not one of those people that can find the cutest, most unique things at a thrift store for next to nothing and bring it home and make it look amazing! I so wish I had that gift.  Maybe one day :) So it’s been runs to home goods, attempting thrift stores, and taking our time make our little place a home.

One thing I am absolutely LOVING right now is house plants. They bring so much life into your home and there is SO many to choose from. AND the best thing is, they are hard to kill. I honestly don’t know if I have ever kept a plant alive but these house plants are making me feel so good about myself, haha. You only have to water them once a week and they don’t require a lot of sun, just a little window light. My favorite one right now is a philodendron. It’s so beautiful and big and green. I think I love it so much because it reminds me of Africa.

A few weeks ago Matt and I took a weekend trip to Austin and we stayed in the cutest little cabin. I love Austin so much and they have some of the best greenhouses there. I couldn’t wait to take Matt to my most favorite one where we found our first philodendron plant. Ya’ll, we bought our first plant together and I felt like we were bringing home our first child, haha. We brought it home and placed it in the perfect place we thought it would thrive. As I watched it over the next few days I saw that it began to get droopy and lose some life within it. It looked like it was dying. I honestly started to get depressed thinking I’ve already killed this plant. A week went by and as I seemed to watch it every morning it was still losing life. I watered it and cared for it the best I knew how but something just wasn’t right. Matt and I decided to move it to a different part of the house one morning where it was directly in front of the window, thinking that maybe it needed more light. The next morning I got up and sat on the couch with my coffee and immediately noticed the plant had completely changed. It was full of life and looked as if it was thriving again. It was starving for light.

The Lord began to speak to my heart as I could so easily relate. There have been so many pieces of my life that I have let lose their life whether it’s a certain dream or desire because I didn’t place myself in a thriving environment. I didn’t nurture those parts of me well so they lost their light as I lost my hope. It was as if I would remove them from the light thinking it was the better option, that I wasn’t good enough or worth it enough to pursue what I knew the Lord was speaking to my heart. When I began to see this plant thrive when it was placed in the right environment where it could grow it was a reminder to nurture myself and place myself in environments where my dreams, ideas, and callings can thrive. We can’t do this alone. We need each other to help us grow and chase after those dreams that beat so deeply within us. It’s so easy to remove yourself from the things you need most because of comparison, worry, and fear.  I’ve been there. It’s ok to process through these emotions but to do so in the light of others and the word of God. Because in the light they may be present but they cannot stay they have to go. They are replaced with words and feelings that produce growth, strength, and confidence because you know WHO you are and WHOSE you are.

This crazy little plant is a daily reminder for me follow the light, grow in the word, and let the LIGHT of Jesus drown out all the parts of my life that are not thriving in the light.  When we allow the light to shine in our own lives we can help bring out the light in others.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matt 5:16

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June 22, 2017 2 comments
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