The Happy Hour Summer Book Club Update

Hello my fellow book-loving friends! Summer is in full swing and I've been getting questions about what's happening with The Happy Hour Summer Book Club. So I'll break the news: this summer I won't be hosting the Book Club and here's why. I will still...

Talking With Our Kids About Theology

Theology is such a big word. Sometimes it seems like it’s reserved for adults and much too big a word for kids. I disagree. The definition of theology is actually, “the study of the nature of God and religious belief”, so that doesn’t seem to be just for...

Three Things I’m Loving

  If there's one thing that girlfriends can always count on, it's that we will tell each other about all the things we are loving. It's what we do best.If you find something that you love, and you are my friend, and you don't tell me about it, let me tell you, I'm mad...

Black History Month: kids books

It's Black History month and while some of you might think, "well I'm not black so this must not apply to me" I would like to suggest that we all let this apply to us. I find it a great honor to spend a month thinking about, remembering, and most importantly learning...

Top 10 listened to podcasts of 2018

Happy 2019 podcast listeners! Every single year I look back at the fabulous guests we had on The Happy Hour and I think how can this get any better in the new year. And in fact, every single year we still capture phenomenal interviews with such fabulous guests. It...

Looking for a writing community?

I wanted to send you guys a quick note just to let you know that the hope*writers opened their doors to new members today!This is my favorite online writing place because it’s a community dedicated to the success and creativity of each member. They help...

The Happy Hour #208: Katie Davis Majors

My guest for The Happy Hour # 208 is Katie Davis Majors. Katie is an author, speaker, blogger, and founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda. Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this...

Fall 2018 – Come see me!

My Fall is booked and I'd love nothing more than to see your face at an event where I'll be speaking. Traveling to different conferences and churches is a gift from God that I'm so very grateful for. Meeting podcast listeners and book readers are truly one of my...

Keep Connected with The Happy Hour!

Thank you to those of you who let us know that you were receiving duplicate copies of the show notes each week! We’ve figured out the glitch so hopefully you will no longer be receiving two copies. However, make sure you're still connected with The Happy Hour! If you...

September book club 2018

It's time to talk about our September book club read, If You Only Knew, written by yours truly. I knew I wanted to host a book club with my book when it released, but I had a few setbacks. First of all, I wasn't prepared for all of the things that you had to do after...

Join the book club!

  Books are one of my most favorite things, and my favorite way to read them is with a group of friends. I am a verbal processor, and so given the opportunity to discuss what I've read and learned always excites me. I'd love to invite you to join our book club so that...

Eight years.

I get asked all the time ... "what is your life like with your kids that are adopted"? I always answer the same way, "the same life that anyone else is living with four kids"! Although I get what they are asking, and yes there are hard days (since that's what they are...

If You Only Knew Christmas Card

  Christmas gift buying can sometimes be hard for certain loved ones! We wonder what will they love, what will make them happy, what will be the gift that woo's them?!?!? Here are a few things that we know to be true: We know that Christmas is 13 days away. (OH my...

Jesus is Better + If You Only Knew

A few years ago my husband and his friend Brett wrote a song called "Jesus is Better". It has rung through my ears and my heart so many times since I first heard it. In fact, I love that song so very much that the last chapter of my book is actually titled JESUS IS...

The Happy Hour #169: Kat Lee

My guest for The Happy Hour #169 is my friend, Kat Lee. Kat is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children. She is a writer,...

Hurricane Harvey Relief

I remember when the earthquake happened in Haiti. I was devastated for so many reasons. I had friends there. I had visited there numerous times before. Most importantly I had family there. My son, Amos, was still in Haiti when the earthquake ravaged the country. I...

11 days until HAPPY HOUR LIVE!

Eleven days and the next Happy Hour Live will be here! Every single time we do these events I start to go through every single emotion possible for one human being as the date gets closer and closer. One minute I'm giddy with excitement and the next I'm wrecked with...

The Happy Hour #153: Shauna Shanks

Shauna Shanks joins me for a special live edition of The Happy Hour - recorded in my backyard in the sweltering July heat for our Summer Book Club. Shauna is the author of our second book, A Fierce Love. She's also a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Shauna and her...

My son’s thoughts on Compassion.

For the past few days I've been able to share with you some of my experiences this week with Compassion while in Kenya and today my son, Deacon, wanted to share some of his thoughts. I posed a few questions for him, and typed them exactly as he recited them to me. My...

Will you sponsor a child with me?

I told you how yesterday felt like a day of meeting long lost relatives, but I want to tell you today about the other children I met while with the Maasai people in their village. A few days before we left for this trip I went to my friends on my Instagram page and...

Family is more than blood

I looked up the word "family" tonight in the dictionary and I'd like to make a suggestion to Mr. Webster if at all possible. You see the definition of family goes like this: a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. I'd like to add an...

Hope in the midst of Injustice

I was asked to go to Kenya a few months ago by my friend Bri, who works with Compassion International. I was slightly excited (just kidding - beyond excited) about this offer because I've never been to Kenya and then when she told me that I could actually bring one of...

Racism in the 3rd grade

There are some days that your kids come home from school and you can just sense that something is not right with their little hearts. They seem as if there’s something they want to tell you, but they just don’t know how to do it. As if it will hurt all over again to...

Wanna come over in March?

You guys, we are so excited to announce that the next The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey LIVE! event will be happening in March and I hope that you can find a way to make it! We hosted this event three times last year and might I just say that I have no doubt that the...

Happy Hour #118: Emily Ley

My guest for Happy Hour #118 is Emily Ley. Emily is the Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. She is also the creator of the bestselling Simplified Planner—a daily agenda for what matters most— and author of Grace Not Perfection. Raised in...

Seven years ago.

Facebook is the best at reminding you about things in your past. As soon as you open up the webpage, there it is staring at you and you have no other option but read what it's telling you. Sometimes what she shows you brings up great memories - a date night with your...

December Declerations

Advent: The arrival of a notable person. Christian Theology =  The coming of Christ. The first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays. Advent is upon us friends. The time of year when we hopefully slow...

Advent studies for the jail

If you guys listen to my podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, then you have heard me talk about this Advent study, HE IS: THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD. This study is written for anyone to go through in the days leading up to Christmas. There is a study for women, men,...

Cookbooks + Advent = Great Thursday

Things you should know right now! That sounds so bossy, but it's really just things I want you to know because I know them and love them! My friend Rachel Hollis released her first cookbook and I think it's pretty awesome. I think she's awesome, and so naturally she...

Christmas Gift Guide Applications

Do you know what one of my most favorite things to do in the entire world is? Telling women about other amazing women. Seriously! Maybe that's why I love creating The Happy Hour podcast so much. I get to showcase an awesome lady every single week and broadcast her...

Finding Jesus in the Margins by Melissa Ice

When you become the executive director of a non-profit that serves people in poverty, people sort of assume that you must be “good at serving” or that “must be your thing.” It makes sense. Don’t most of us pursue careers or goals or things we feel like we have a knack...

Summer Camp with Pine Cove!

Remember Summer time? Swimming pools. Sun tans. Coke floats at night on the lake. Staying up way too late. Camp. Or are you already so far into school and Fall that things that happened this Summer feel like a lifetime away? To me, it kinda feels like a lifetime away...

Transformed By Fire

Excerpt from Play with Fire by Bianca Juarez Olthoff Prologue: The Legend of the Phoenix The caterpillar into the butterfly. The duckling into the swan. The peasant into the princess. Since childhood I’ve been obsessed with the idea of transformation. Perhaps it was...

Happy Hour #105: Christina Smallwood

My guest for Happy Hour #105 is the beautiful Christina Smallwood. Christina is the mother to Finley, an adorable 3-year-old with mild cerebral palsy. She is pursuing her passion as an advocate for open adoption and cerebral palsy, while using fashion to spread...

Happy Hour #103: Bianca Juárez Olthoff

Bianca Juárez Olthoff is my guest for episode #103 of the Happy Hour. Bianca fires up audiences around the world with hilarious stories and profound Bible teaching as she inspires women to live with unquenchable passion. She loves God and is committed to speaking...

Happy Hour #100: Aaron Ivey (and friends!)

100th episode!!!!! I seriously cannot believe it. Two years ago, starting this show, I had no idea if anyone would ever listen to this thing. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had a dream and a passion to share stories. I have had 99 amazing guests with some...

The Cure for Despair by Katherine Wolf

"People often ask if I ever had a moment of true despair in the wake of my stroke. I think the answer is Yes AND No. If I truly despaired, I don’t think I’d be here today, but the closest I ever came was about 6 months after I had survived. It was a few days before...

Embracing God’s Love in the Valley by Alaina Mayes

The past five years have been a whirlwind of disappointment, sadness, and hurt with bits of joy sprinkled in. Enduring rounds of infertility that left me broken, adoptions that didn’t go through, my husband and I were blessed with spontaneous conception of our...

“It’s Not Either Or” by Courtney Miller

Friends, Last week I was out of the country and it seemed as though all hell broke lose in America. I asked my friend Courtney to share her thoughts on this past week here on my blog. Thanks for reading.  ________________________________________ It is possible to have...

Happy Hour #97: Melissa Russell

My guest for episode #97 is Melissa Russell, Senior Vice President of Global Advancement at IJM, a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. She drives the core strategies and engagements that fuel IJM’s growth around the globe....

Empowerment looks good on these women

Y'all I told you last week on The Happy Hour #96 with Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis that I would be journeying around the world with them, and we all arrived home a few days ago after being in Ethiopia together for a week. Jen told us both that we would fall in love...

Happy Hour #96: Jen Hatmaker & Rachel Hollis

Today my dear friends, Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis joined me for a very special episode of the Happy Hour. Tomorrow, we are getting on a plane together to head to Ethiopia with Help One Now. This organization is doing amazing work all over the world, and we are...

Happy Hour #95: Amber Haines

My guest for episode #95 is Amber Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow. She is the mother to four sons and wife to guitar-playing author and attorney Seth Haines, who curated The Mother Letters for and with her. On today's show, Amber and I chat about how she's...

Happy Hour Live tickets

Geez guys I can not even believe what just happened. We put up tickets for the Happy Hour Live and all 100 tickets went in 60 minutes. I have heard from some of you that you didn't get the link to buy tickets and you were looking for the newsletter today. I want to...

Austin Staycation

You know what I love? Vacationing in my own city. We think Austin is one of the best cities in the entire world, and so why would we not choose to sometimes just go downtown and get us a hotel room for two nights and have a great stay-cation in a place we love. A few...

Happy Half Hour #8: Sophie Hudson

My friend Sophie Hudson is the guest for The Happy Half Hour #8. She joined me first on episode #54. Make sure to catch that here. If you're not familiar with Sophie, scoot on over to her blog immediately. She loves to laugh more than just about anything and began her...

Happy Hour #94: Alexandra Kuykendall

My guest for episode #94 is Alexandra Kuykendall. Like many of us, she spends her days washing dishes, driving to and from different schools and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma. Unlike most of us, though, she does all that while trying to sneak...

Happy Half Hour #7: Melanie Shankle

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #7 is my friend, Melanie Shankle. Melanie is a Happy Hour favorite. You can listen to her first appearance on episode #35 here. Melanie is working on writing a new book. So, she shares how she recharges in the middle of stress and...

Happy Hour #93: Jessica Robertson

My guest for episode #93 is my the very lovely and beautiful, Jessica Robertson. Reality television star and busy mother-of-five, you probably know Jessica as the wife of Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson, the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson of A&E’s Duck...

Happy Hour #92: Ashley Noelle

My guest for episode #92 is my friend, Ashley Noelle. Ashley is the girl you want to be around. She has a Saturday night kinda personality with a Sunday morning kinda heart. She is the mom to three little girls, the wife to a former undercover narcotics detective...

Happy Hour #91: Meg Duerksen

My guest for Happy Hour #90 is the Meg Duerksen. Meg is the mom of five big kids and wife to Craig of 21 years. She has found great joy in the role of preparing a space for women to enjoy time away for rest, refreshment and inspiration at The Craft House.  She offers...

Happy Half Hour #6: Gloria Furman

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #6 is my friend, Gloria Furman. Gloria and her family live in Dubai, where they started a church. She was a fan favorite back in the early days when she joined me for episode #19. You can listen to that show here. She's back today to...

My simple make-up bag

I'm basically the least high maintenance beauty person you will ever meet. I'm not lying to you when I say that every day I use four pieces of make-up. No lie. One time I took my make up to my friend Tiffany's house and I showed up with it in my pocket. She pulled out...

Happy Hour #90: Lauren Chandler

My guest for Happy Hour #90 is the very beautiful Lauren Chandler. Lauren is a momma of three kids and wife to Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and President of Acts 29 Network. She recently released her first book: Steadfast Love. I am nearly half...

Happy Hour #89: Elyse Fitzpatrick

  Who is in for a little free counseling? Elyse Fitzpatrick is my guest for Happy Hour #89 and she does not disappoint. Elyse is the mother of my friend, and previous guest, Jessica Thompson (you can listen those shows here & here). Elyse holds a certificate in...

Happy Half Hour #5: Jessica Turner

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #5 is Jessica Turner. She was on The Happy Hour back in the stone ages on episode #30. On today's show, we catch up and talk about everything from her favorite TV series, books and app. She shares that she recharges by reading and has...

Happy Hour #88: Amy from The Bobby Bones Show

  My guest for Happy Hour #88 is Amy from The Bobby Bones Show. Amy and I met several years ago during my short-lived career in radio. Since then, she and her team have gained a ton of popularity and have millions of listeners today. Most of you, I imagine, are among...

Motherhood looks different for us all.

Mother's Day was yesterday and in the past few years I've learned that this day isn't as welcomed and celebrated by all as I once thought it was. I once thought that if you weren't a momma you didn't care about the day too much and spent the whole time celebrating...

Happy Hour #87: Celebrating Motherhood

To celebrate Mother's Day, today's Happy Hour is a little different. I invited four of my girlfriends that are not the kind of mom's you see on billboards and greeting cards. These are real life women with unique but relatable stories and struggles. In our...

Summer Adventures: movie days

One of my favorite things to do in the Summer with my kids is to go to the movies. There's nothing like heading into a cold theatre in the hot of the Summer to escape the heat and see something entertaining. I have been known to nap during movies with my kids, and...

The perfect every day purse

This is a sponsored post, but all the ideas are mine and true.  There is something fabulous about a bag that looks good and is so easy to wear that you forget you are carrying a purse. A purse that you can thrown on no matter where you are going. Your kids sporting...

Happy Half Hour #2: Emily Lex

Emily Lex is back! You may remember her from the time that she and I couldn't stop talking and we turned her interview into a two-part series. That's never happened before, or since. So, you know she's something special. In our conversation, Emily and I cover her...

Happy Half Hour #4: Jennie Allen

My good friend, Jennie Allen, joined me for my fourth episode of The Happy Half Hour. Jennie is a good friend of mine and has been a huge source of encouragement to me. She was one of my earliest guests (you can listen to that episode here) and is back today to catch...

Summer Adventures: Blanton Museum of Art

If I'm honest visiting museum's is not one of my most favorite things to do in my life. I remember when I was in the 8th grade I went on a trip with my mom, brother, aunt, cousin, and grandma & grandpa. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. We headed up to DC and...

Happy Hour #86: Molly Huggins

  My guest for Happy Hour #86 is Molly Huggins. Molly is a Christ follower, 14-year veteran of the Army National Guard, ex-helicopter pilot, and stay at home mom to four babes. She has lived the Army life in some form since the age of 18, deploying in support of the...

Happy Hour #85: Shelley Giglio

  My guest for Happy Hour #85 is the Shelley Giglio. You probably know Shelley and her husband, Louie, from the ministry they helped to create: Passion Conferences. Passion started 20 years ago and has been tremendously impactful in the lives of thousands and...

Mrs. Meyers Everyday Luxury set – for FREE

The month is halfway over and I'm thinking that some of you just need to spoil yourself after a hard month. Or on a regular ole' Tuesday — you know the feeling, right?? The team at Grove Collaborative (formerly ePantry) gets that, which is why they’ve put together...

Happy Hour Live recap

Guys it's been a mere forty days since the very first Happy Hour Live event and I still get giddy when I think about it. I'm not being overly dramatic when I tell you that it was one of the most fun nights I've had in a very long time. Just last night at dinner...

Happy Half Hour #1: Jess Connolly

You asked for it! You got it! More Happy Hours! Every other Friday, I will be releasing a short episode with some of your favorite guests. We'll cover a few things that we didn't have a chance to cover the first time we chatted, and go a little deeper and wider all...

Happy Hour #84: Emily Lex

  My guest for Happy Hour #84 is Emily Lex. This is Emily's fourth time to join me on the Happy Hour! Y'all love her, I love her, everyone loves her. Today, she joined me for a very special edition of the Happy Hour, where we highlighted a few companies that we think...

Gifts for the Women in Your Life

  MAD Marketplace   The mission of MAD Marketplace is to tell stories, sell products, and help people through a global consumer marketplace. The MAD Marketplace is made up of companies and products that do a greater good. From employing the “un-employable” in Detroit,...

Happy Hour #83: Jo Saxton

  My guest for Happy Hour #83 is the lovely Jo Saxton. Jo is on the leadership team of Mission Point Church, and chairs the board of 3DMovements, an organization that equips churches in discipleship and mission. She's a speaker, author and co-host of the podcast Lead...

Happy Half Hour #3: Annie Downs

Annie Downs joined me for Happy Half Hour #3. If you haven't listened to our first conversation, you can and should do that here. But on this episode, you'll hear us catch up and cover everything from her favorite gadget, how she recharges and values Sabbath, and her...

Happy Hour #82: Shay Shull

  Shay Shull is my guest for Happy Hour #82. You may know Shay from her very popular food and family blogs, Mix and Match Mama, or you may recognize her from her TV appearances when her brother was The Bachelor! Shay and I talked about her journey through infertility....

Summer Adventures: Pine Cove

We have been fans of Pine Cove for a while now. Our family has gone to family camp a few times, my  kids have gone to Camp in the City, and this year our oldest will go to camp with a bunch of big kids and no parents (although there will be amazing counselors...

Happy Hour #81: Kat Armstrong

My guest for episode #81 is Kat Armstrong. Kat is the creator of Baby Bow Tie and the founder of Polish, a ministry sharing the gospel with women in the workforce. Kat shares her story of creating a company because she couldn't find a green bowtie for her son and how...

What I read in January & February 2016

One of my favorite things to tell you about are the books that I'm reading. I love reading, and in some seasons plow through books and in other seasons drag my feet to get through one book a month. It's all about patience and grace for yourself in the different season...

Happy Hour #80: Jamie B. Golden

My guest for episode #80 is my friend, Jamie B. Golden. Jamie is the cohost of the very popular pop culture podcast, The Popcast. She's also a digital marketing consultant, helping people tell their story.  And if that's not enough, she's also running a home bakery...

Happy Hour #79: Rachel Garlinghouse

My guest for Happy Hour #79 is Rachel Garlinghouse, author and champion for all things adoption. God used a near-death experience and an unexpected diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes to lead Rachel and her husband to adoption. At the beginning of their journey, she...

Happy Hour #78: Jessie Artigue

My guest for Happy Hour #78 is Jessie Artigue. You're going to love a lot of things about our conversation, but what you will not love is the sound of my voice during my introduction and closing. As I have made it abundantly clear, I am suffering from influenza. You...

Happy Hour #77: Retha Nichole

My guest for Happy Hour #77 is Retha Nichole. Oh, I had so many things I wanted to talk about with Retha, and our conversation could have literally gone on for hours. But, in this episode, you'll hear Retha's heart-wrenching story about being a newlywed when her...

Chocolate Chip Cookies + My new favorite shirt

  I'm not one to desire to actually bake something, but living without a stove for six weeks made me want to bake some chocolate chip cookies as fast as I could. Now before I go on, I need to let you know that of course I understand that 6 weeks without a stove is not...

Let’s talk about sex & porn

Last week my twelve year old was on the family computer, which is in the living room, and I was in the kitchen when I overheard someone on the video he was watching say the word "horny". My ears immediately perked up and I listened for more context clues as to why my...

Showing Your Husband He Matters: Mandy Rose

Today's guest post is from my friend Mandy Rose. Mandy was a guest on The Happy Hour in December and if you haven't listened to her share her story of her wedding and early years of marriage you are going to want to go and check it out! Listen HERE. Hands up if you...

Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Happy Hour #76 is with Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of my most favorite children's book, The Jesus Storybook Bible. Seriously, before I go on, if you don't have a copy of this book in your home, stop what you are doing right now and order one here. I promise you, you...

Parenting by Jami Nato

Today's post is from my friend Jami Nato who was on The Happy Hour last year. If you haven't checked out that episode please do, because her words are still with me all these weeks later, and might be the show I had the most feedback from since we started The Happy...

Recent podcasts

As much as I love creating a show for you each week, I also really enjoy being guests on other shows. It's fun to be on the other side of the questions and honestly I think it helps me as an interviewer to understand what it feels like to be the guests! I have been a...

Happy Hour #75: Liz Bohannon

My guest for Happy Hour #75 is Liz Bohannon, the creator and  Co-CEO of Sseko Designs. In our conversation, we chat about her experience at the live taping of This American Life and how she realized she had malaria in the middle of it (what!?). If you don't know what...

Happy Hour #74: Danielle Walker

Happy Hour #74 is with Danielle Walker, the voice behind the very popular site Against All Grain. On the show, Danielle shares about her auto-immune disorder and how she was able to tackle it with diet changes, and ultimately a lifestyle change. Her grain-free recipes...

Happy Hour #73: Stephanie Holden

Happy Hour #73 is with Stephanie Holden. Aside from being the hottest grandmother you've ever seen, she has some really great stories that you're going to love. On the show, she shares her story of being a teenage mom, marrying in high school, being a military family...

Sausage links + Potatoes + String Beans

In episode #70, Aaron and I talked about this new dish that is my "go-to" meal these days. It's no secret that I don't enjoy cooking very much and am not that good of a cook either. I mean the truth is that I'm probably very normal, but I happen to be married to...

Happy Hour #72: Rachel Hollis

Oh man, y'all. This is one of my favorite shows to date. If you don't already know about Rachel Hollis, you are going to love getting to know her so much. If you've been following Rachel for a while, this show is more of everything you love about her - honest and...

Happy Hour #71: Korie Robertson

My guest for Happy Hour #71 hardly needs an introduction. You know her from the crazy famous show, Duck Dynasty. Korie Robertson is married to Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander. Most of their lives are filmed and aired on national television. So, unless you're like me...

Ways to help Redeemed Ministries

If you have been a listener to The Happy Hour you know that sex trafficking is something that is on my mind these days. I wrote this a year and a half ago after I saw many different ways that God was bringing this tragedy to my attention. It was as if everywhere I...

Top Posts of 2015

I know, I know, I'm a bit behind with my top posts of 2015 post, but let's be honest I'm a bit behind with everything right now. Packing up a house, moving to a new house, renovating a new house, plus Christmas has literally kicked my butt in the past month. I'm...

Happy Hour #69: Mandy Rose

Happy Hour #69 is with Mandy Rose. Mandy and her husband, Jeff, have three boys and are passionate about marriage and encouraging couples to make their marriage a priority. They have a podcast called MarriageMore, that you'll definitely want to check out. Before I...

Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato

Happy Hour #68 is with Jami Nato. Jami and her husband live in Kansas City where they are raising four kids, and still celebrating the Royals winning the World Series. Jami blogs, speaks and is in the process of writing a book that you're definitely going to want to...

Happy Hour #70: Aaron Ivey

2016! Can you believe it!? To kick off the new year, I invited my all-time favorite guest back to the show - my husband Aaron Ivey. On the show, we chat about buying a new house, including our must-haves and our wretched blue carpet. We're in the middle of renovating,...

Happy Hour #67: Sarah Bessey

Happy Hour #67 is with Sarah Bessey. Sarah is a writer, momma, wife, Canadian, and teacher. She's written two books: Jesus Feminist + Out of Sorts. On today's show we discuss  how beautiful Canada is, how we as women can do both motherhood and work well. Her words on...

Stitch Fix for Christmas

As you are buying last minute gifts this year an easy one to add to the mix are gift cards to StitchFix. What a fun way to help someone shop! These are perfect for new moms, busy moms, teachers, or basically anyone in your life that might like clothes delivered to her...

Happy Hour #66: Amanda Jones

Happy Hour #66 is with Amanda Jones. Amanda is a Jesus-loving Texas girl married to a preacher boy from Missouri. They have 2 elementary-age kids, a new baby girl, and a four-year-old church they planted with their friends. Amanda loves laughing with her family,...

Gift Giving & Samaritan’s Purse

Christmas equals gift giving in so many ways. We buy gifts for our kids, our friends, our kids teachers, our parents. No matter how many gifts you give, or whether they come from Santa or not, we are still giving gifts over the holiday's to those we love. Our kids get...

She Percolates + Living Out Loud

Last month I mentioned four podcasts that I have recently been a guest on, and today I have two more to share with you. Earlier this month I was invited to chat with Danielle and Jen from She Percolates and we had a great time. I always think it's super fun to be on...

Happy Hour #65: Debbie Eaton

Happy Hour #65 is with Debbie Eaton. Debbie is a Southern CA girl who is passionate about the impact of influential God moments with one another. She deeply values being a follower of Christ, a wife of 28 years, mother of a teenage son, the beauty of friendship,...

3 Things I realized about myself this Fall.

October was one of the busiest working months of my life. I traveled a lot and spoke a lot, and although I loved every single minute of it, it kinda wore me down. I'm certain that people who travel and speak for a living have an extra dose of sanity in their head,...

The Hope Chain: 25 Advent Activities

Advent is one of the most precious times of the year, and also one of the most stressful for moms. I told you all last year how things are getting a tad bit easier around here with bigger kids, but still sometimes just hearing the word Advent is enough to send us...

Happy Hour #64: Kari Sowers

Happy Hour #64 is with my friend Kari Sowers. Kari Sowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of PLACE: a Conversation on Mentoring, Relationships and Reconciliation, and serves as In-House Counsel for The Mentoring Project. Kari is an avid gardener, previously...

Books I read // October 2015

I'm realizing that I haven't read a novel since this Summer and I'm really missing a good story. I'm missing loving a few characters so much that you can't wait to open back up the book and see how they are doing. I've been reading a lot of books to enhance my...

Happy Hour #63 CHRISTMAS SHOW

Happy Hour #63 is a super fun episode because it's all about Christmas! My friend, Jen Hatmaker, joined me and we chatted about several companies that we think would be great places for you to purchase gifts this holiday season! This episode was super fun to record...

Christmas Shopping Guide 2015

I love sharing organizations with you that are changing the world. It's so easy in the holiday's to buy things that are the most convenient and the cheapest, but what if we actually put thought into where our purchases were coming from. What if we bought from small...

We bought a house + before pics

Oh gracious are we excited over at the Ivey house these days! We started looking at houses about 2 months ago, and let me tell you that process is not fun to me. With each house you start to figure out all the things, "Could I see my family living here?", "Does this...

Thrive Moms Retreat

I recently had the pleasure of joining the Thrive Moms Retreat online where we shared with women how we can be UNSHAKABLE. It was my first time to teach to a camera and not a group of ladies, so that felt a bit weird, but in the end I think it turned out just fine....

Happy Hour #62: Janet Reeves

Happy Hour #62 is with my friend Janet Reeves. Janet lives in Austin with her husband and four kids where she volunteers at her church, her kids school events, and with Redeemed Ministries. On today's show we discuss parenting kids through their disappointments, Jesus...

Do they have to grow up?

This week when Monica Swanson's episode on The Happy Hour came out, I knew it was perfect timing. On her show we talked a lot about raising teenage boys. She's a blogger who blogs a lot about parenting, and specifically parenting boys, so I of course was immediately...

Happy Hour #61: Monica Swanson

Happy Hour #61 is with Monica Swanson. Her and her husband live on the North Shore of Oahu, where they live on a farm and raise their four boys. Monica blogs regularly and just recently released her first book. Her blog is full of parenting encouragement, recipes, and...

We are more than the worst thing we’ve done.

A few months ago I started to sense something in my soul as being off. I was looking ahead at my schedule, my days and months were filling up with ministering to people in church. Church events, ladies groups, MOPS, Christian conferences. Now don't get me wrong, I...

LOVE41 purse

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Love41 and I was given a mini duffel purse, but they did not make me say how much I love it!  If you know anything about me, you know that I like simple. I like products that will work for a long time in my life. I do not have...

Happy Hour #60: Jillian Lauren

Happy Hour #60 is with Jillian Lauren. Jillian is a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. Jillian is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel...

She’s Brave Conference

I have had the opportunity to attend a few conference for women in the past year and there's one thing I have walked away from them all thinking. Conferences are wonderful for growing, learning, and being taught, but conferences are more amazing for connecting with...

Happy Hour #59: Vivian Mabuni

Happy Hour #59 is with my friend Vivian Mabuni. Vivian and her husband have worked with CRU for the past 25 years and currently serve with the Epic Movment. Vivian and I met this past year when we were both at the If:Gathering and worked together on some If:Equip...

Happy Hour #58: Jalessa McCreary

Happy Hour #58 is with  my friend Jalessa McCreary. Jaleesa is a worship leader at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX and serves as office manager for The Austin Stone Counseling Center. She has been leading worship since 2011 and focuses on the...

A little of this + a little of that.

Guys what the heck was I thinking when I thought I could possibly write on this blog for an entire month straight? Seriously I know some of you knew I wouldn't make it, but I sincerely thought I'd make it further than the first week. Nope. Fail. Oh well friends. I'm...

Happy Hour #57 Logan Wolfram

Happy Hour #57 is with my friend Logan Wolfram. Logan is the Executive Director and Host of Allume who most loves to write, connect, and encourage women.  Daughter of a most extravagant and hospitable King, wife to Jeremy, and mother to 2 wild and inquisitive little...

What I read: Septemer 2015

My goal for reading this year is 36 books and so far I'm a bit ahead of schedule, and so I think I just might make my goal this year! Here's what I read last month:   The Tank Man's Son by by Mark Bouman This book was sent to me for a sponsored post and I knew I would...

Podcasts to listen to

In the past few months I’ve had the honor to be a guest on a few shows and host another one. As a podcaster it’s really fun to be on another show. I’m used to being the one that asks the questions and leads the conversation, and here I’m having to be led and not try...

Happy Hour #56: Whitney Runyon

Happy Hour #56 is with my friend Whitney Runyon. Whitney holds a Theatre Arts degree from The University of Texas and she believes that acting for more than half of her life has helped shape her into an avid storyteller. Whitney's life and heart beat is justice and...

Rodan + Fields

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Rodan + Fields and Amber Dawes, who provided me with a REVERSE regimen kit. What I never thought would happen to me is that I would get those brown spots on my skin and face that I had heard my mom talk about when I was...

Happy Hour #55: Jessica Honegger

Happy Hour #55 is with my friend Jessica Honegger. As Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, Jessica spends her days inspiring others to live lives of purpose. She travels across the United States and around the world, training Ambassadors to be stylists and storytellers and...

Flying + HUGE thank you

Friends I'm sitting in an airport and feeling the feelings that those of you that travel often when things aren't working how you want them to. I actually love flying because it means I'm going somewhere (obviously), and doing something that is usually fun. Today I'm...

Happy Hour #54: Sophie Hudson

Happy Hour #54 is with my friend Sophie Hudson. Sophie loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog, BooMama.net, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she's stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find...

Summer Adventures: Deep Eddy pool

I was just telling someone the other day about how this might have been the best Summer ever as a momma. For the first time ever it seemed easy and not draining. For years Summers have not been my favorite time of the year. In the past Aaron has traveled a lot in the...

Happy Hour #53: Bailey Heard

Happy Hour #53 is with Bailey Heard. In 2012, Bailey's life took an unexpected turn when her 29-year-old husband, Andrew, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She chronicled her experiences as a young wife, mother, and caregiver of her husband through her blog,...

Memoirs are my favorite // The Tank Man’s Son

I've always said that if I ever write a book it will be a memoir. There's something about sharing the inner parts of your story that really allow others to connect with you. To be able to open up your life journey to people and invite them in is an intimate thing to...

Happy Hour #52: Kirsten Dickerson

Happy Hour #52 is with Kirsten Dickerson.  Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits. Kirsten has...

Happy Hour #51: Emily Freeman

Happy Hour #51 is with Emily Freeman.  Emily P. Freeman is the author of Grace for the Good Girl, Graceful,  A Million Little Ways, and her newest project, Simply Tuesday. She also blogs at Chatting at the Sky and Hope*ologie, and contributes to DaySpring’s...

Books I read in July 2015

I told you guys that I get lots of reading done on vacation and the three books I read this month all happened in the one week I was on vacation with Aaron. I love to sit by a pool or beach with nothing but a book and a drink. It's one of my top favorite things to do...

Stitch Fix #17

I love how my Stitch Fix box just seems to show up at the perfect time each time it arrives. A few months ago I received my Stitch the day I was going on a date with my man, Deacon, and so I was excited to have a new dress to be able to wear out for the night. One of...

Happy Hour #50: Jen Hatmaker

FIFTY episodes friends. I can't even believe it. I feel like I could just scream and cry and give all of you a hug! Isn't this so fun! Today's episode is with my friend Jen Hatmaker and it's of course so much fun! Jen is a mom to five, wife to Brandon, speaker,...

The best gluten free biscuits ever

Aaron has been experimenting with some homemade gluten-free biscuits lately and today they were the best ever. And since they were the best ever we want to share this recipe with you because we think everyone should have home made biscuits in their lifetime.   Makes:...

Adult only vacations

Recently someone sent me an email in response to my {ask me questions} post and their question went like this: I always love hearing about your vacations/missions trips etc... But as a working mom with a workings husband and 3 kids we can't ever seem to come up with...

Slow cooker recipes + Banana Bread

You guys know that I'm not the best cook on the block. In fact I'm just a normal mom trying to get good food in my kids bellies, and there's nothing fancy about it. In fact I am extremely blessed to have a husband who not only loves to cook, but he's really good at...

Podcasting weekend + new shows

This weekend I attending a conference all about podcasting. It's the first conference that I've attended in a long time where I didn't have some sort of responsibility, and it's the first time I think I have ever been to a conference that wasn't centered around faith....

Happy Hour #48: Susie Davis

Happy Hour #48 is with my friend Susie Davis. Susie Davis is an author, blogger, speaker and church founder. Susie has been married to Will Davis Jr., the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, for twenty-nine years. They have three children: Will...

Questions + Answers // Our kids Names

@KGRIEPS on Instagram asks: Your kids have such unique names, how did you choose their names? Did your adopted babies keep names they’d already been given before they came home? Great question. Just recently I was talking to a girlfriend who can not for the life of...

Date night with Deacon

I tell Aaron all the time that there's one kid that I'm just always trying to figure out. Most of the time I'm not sure what he's thinking. He's quiet and introspective, and sometimes I wish I could crawl in his head and see what's happening in there. Deacon's my boy...

Persimmon Prints + coupon code

Today's post is Sponsored by Persimmon Prints I was first exposed to all things Persimmon Prints last Fall at the Influence Network Conference. I walked away from that conference with a sweatshirt that I literally wore out this past Fall. I mentioned them last month...

Happy Hour #47: Jess Connolly

Happy Hour #47 is with my friend Jess Connolly who I just love and adore! I met her last year at the Influence Conference and she was actually on episode #18 of The Happy Hour! Jess is passionate about speaking to women and inspiring them to walk with the Lord in the...

Books I read in June 2015

Happy Summer reading! May held lots of good books for me, and June seemed to slow down to a snail's pace with my reading. No worries though because July is seeming like a good month so far with reading. Last week I was on vacation and read three books. I absolutely...

How to subscribe & listen to a podcast

Recently someone asked me what I did for a living and I smiled (because I love what I do!) and told them that I have a podcast that I host each week called, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. They looked at me with all the sweetness they could muster and asked, "What's a...

Happy Hour #46: Wynter Pitts

Happy Hour #46 is with my friend Wynter Pitts. Wynter is the wife of Jonathan and mom of FOUR little Girls! She is also the editor and founder of For Girls Like You Magazine, a ministry to girls (age 6-11) and their parents, that includes a quarterly print magazine,...

Happy Hour #45: Shannan Martin

Happy Hour #45 is with my new friend Shannan Martin. Shannan Martin is a writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She and her jail chaplain husband, Cory, have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having sold their...

Books I read in May 2015

May held some great books for me, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to fill you in on my readings last month. I must admit that June is moving slower with my reading, but no doubt July will pick back up since I'm traveling again. I need to let you know that...

Questions for me?

You guys are just the absolute sweetest listeners, readers, and people in the world. Many times you guys have questions that you'd love to ask me, and so now I have a way for you to do that! Of course you can do it the old fashioned way of mailing me a letter,...

Friday Fun 6.19.15 {The Popcast, Wayward Pines, Cookies}

Happy Friday friends! What a week we just went through. I went to bed on Wed normal and woke up to the news of Charleston and felt as though I had just been hit in the gut. I struggle with being an anxious and fearful person and it never helps when someone does...

Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

*UPDATE* Many of you might have downloaded this podcast yesterday and then realized it wasn't all there. I had some technical difficulties and the interview with Tasha wasn't there when I originally posted yesterday. I've fixed it and all should be working now. Also...

Friday Fun 6.12.15 {Persimmon Prints, Gruene, TX, & Chewy Greens}

Happy Friday friends! We have officially survived 2 weeks at home during Summer break! We've filled our days with exploring new parks and trails around town. Some have been awesome, and some have been whah-whah and not worth our time. The kids have also been at VBS...

Happy Hour #43: Emily Lex {part two}

 Happy Hour #43 is part two to the Emily Lex interview. Last week I posted part one, and you guys loved it and I knew that you would! Emily also gave away one of her July Paper Works to @babyrabe on my Instagram account. Thanks for all of you that shared the show with...

Chore Chart + Media allowance

Guys I straight up got crafty this weekend, and let me tell you when I make something I seriously want to tell everyone because well I just don't make stuff on a normal day-to-day basis. Or really ever for that matter. Last week when I chatted with Emily I told her...

Happy Hour #42 with Emily Lex {Part One}

Back in February I met Emily and from the second I sat down next to her at Guerro's I knew that I wanted to be friends with her forever. She is the kind of person that just oozes with love and joy. I seriously felt so loved by her for the entire evening we had dinner...

Day 2 of Summer Break

Well friends we have officially started summer break and let me tell you I'm gonna need a few chill pills if you have any. We had an amazing family vacation last week. Literally amazing. There's nothing better for me than having NOTHING on my agenda and TONS of family...

National Foster Care Month

When you hear the phrase foster care, what do you first thing of? The month of May is Foster Care Awareness month and I wanted to share a few things with you from my archives. I have never been a foster mom, but I have plenty of friends that have and are currently...

I love my community.

Aaron and I have been super blessed to have surrounded ourselves with a community that hasn't changed much over the past couple of years. In the above photo, four of those friends have been with us for longer than any other friends in our lives have been with us. When...

Happy Hour #41 with Melanie Dale

Melanie Dale is a geek on a God-ride, a minivan mama and total weirdo who stinks at small talk. Her laugh is a combination honk-snort, and it's so bad that people have moved away from her in the movie theater. She adores sci-fi and superheroes and is terrified of...

Cheering on Jordan.

A few months ago my sister-in-law and I dashed all around Austin with our six kids to get any glimpse we could of my brother, her husband, as he ran the Austin half marathon. We planned out our route the night before and I have to admit that she was a bit more excited...

Happy Hour #40 with Shauna Niequist

Happy Hour #40 is with my friend Shauna Niequist. Shauna is the author of Savor, Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines, and Bittersweet, and is an enthusiastic hostess, home cook and passionate gatherer of people. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties,...

Books I read // April 2015

This is about the time that you all will start filling up your list of books to read this summer, and I'm happy to say that I recommend all of these for you to devour this summer. Friendships, grace, and adoption are the topics, and might I ask what more do you need??...

Happy Hour #39: Aaron Ivey

Happy Hour #39 is with my favorite person in the world ... my husband! Since I started the show I've been wanting to have him on, and you guys submitted some great questions via Facebook, Twitter, & IG for us to chat about. We honestly had a great time, and so...

Adoption: sorrow and joy

I have said it a million times and I'll say it again, adoption is beautiful, but it is always built on loss. There's no way around that. For a child to enter a family via adoption, they always have to first leave a family. One of our sons was adopted at birth here in...

Happy Hour #38: Jessica Thompson

Happy Hour #38 is with my friend Jessica Thompson. This is now Jesssica's second time to be on the Happy Hour and I love it and love her. She's one of my most fun guests that I have had on this whole time. I feel like I could sit with her over chips and salsa and...

Raising Black Boys

Last Spring I was asked to join a racial reconciliation group. I had no idea what to expect and honestly was a bit terrified for our first meeting. Even if you know that you are all there for one reason, you still fear that you might look ignorant, insensitive, or...

I am loving: Christy Nockels, Just Mercy, LuLaRoe

Last Friday I forgot to do my FUN FRIDAY posts, and so today is a TERRIFIC TUESDAY post. Okay I know that's super dorky, but whatever, it's my blog and I can say whatever I want! Here are three things I'm loving right now: Christy Nockels: Let it Be Jesus album...

IJM Global Prayer Gathering 2015

"The distance between tears and smiles is freedom." IJM worker in India International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. IJM works to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and...

Whole 30 {Week Three}

{WEEK THREE} At the very beginning of this week I flew to DC to spend the weekend at the IJM conference. On the plane  I made the decision I had been needing to make since I started Whole30. I knew all along this weekend was within the thirty days and I would want to...

Happy Hour #37: Trisha Davis

Happy Hour #37 is with my friend Trisha Davis. Trisha and her husband, Justin, live in the Nashville area (for now) with their three boys. Her and her husband run REFINE US, which is a ministry they founded in 2007. RefineUs Ministries using their story of failure,...

Whole 30 {Week Two}

{WEEK TWO} Goodness gracious day 14 was hard. Mentally it was hard. The entire day I was wishing I had committed to #whole15, which I didn't even know was a thing until two days before, but that's all my brain could think about on day 14. Then I got through day 15 and...

Friday Fun 4.17.15 {Naptime Diaries, Sela Designs, & Noonday}

    Happy Friday friends! I'm writing this blog from Washington DC where I'm attending the Global Prayer Gathering for IJM. I have only known about IJM for about two years and so this gathering has been super informative and inspiring. I'm certain I'll have many more...

Happy Hour #36 with Meredith Toering + Noonday Collection giveaway

Happy Hour #36 is with my new friend Meredith Toering. Meredith and I met at the If Gathering this past February and didn't get hardly any time to chat, and after our chat today I was wishing I had more time with her. You are going to love her! The night we met at...

Sole Hope: Jigger Removal

I always tell my friends that I could deliver their babies because I have watched so many medical shows and feel as though I could easily find my way around a delivery room. Medical things don’t seem to bother me, and I actually in a weird way enjoy the craziness...

Happy Hour #35 with Melanie Shankle

Happy Hour #35 is with my friend Melanie Shankle. You may know Melanie from her blog, The Big Mama Blog, where she's been cracking up all of us readers for years now.   Melanie lives in San Antonio with her husband and daughter. She is the author of three books,...

Whole30 {week one}

Every since Christmas I have been looking forward to April 1st. Seems weird, but life has been a bit busy for myself the first three months of the year. I am a person who enjoys busy, but it was something that was a bit much and April 1st seemed like the date that it...

Happy Hour #34 with Trillia Newbell

 Happy Hour #34 is with my friend Trillia Newbell.  Trillia Newbell is the author of United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014) and Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015). She is currently the Director of Community Outreach for the SBC;s...

Books I read // March 2015

So far in 2015 I'm up to twelve books and it's looking like I'm four ahead of my scheduled reading plan! Since I spent a considerable amount of time traveling this month I got to read 2 of these on airplanes! 1. Still Alice - I have had this on my list for a while...

Your old denim changes kids lives.

I hosted my first shoe cutting party for Sole Hope about a week before I left on my trip. I was super excited to be able to do this before I actually visited Sole Hope because I knew I would get to see the entire process from shoe party to shoe placing. I know so many...

Jesus is our example.

John 13:14 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should also do just as I have done to you."   Jesus has always been our example, and this week as I leaned over...

Fresh clothes and a faint smile.

Yesterday when we went to the Outreach Clinic we were greeted by a new batch of kids that were there to be treated. I stood around for a while a bit uneasy of what there was for me to do. It always feels a bit awkward to be standing around a group of people that are...

What is a jigger?

Today is the day that we get our hands dirty. I thought before I hit you tonight with my thoughts from the jigger removal outreach today, I should answer the most common question I have gotten prior to this trip: What is a jigger? Well, I thought this little graphic...

I’m here and ready. #solestories

15 hours in the air and 8 hours waiting at airports and I finally made it to Uganda. It feels as though it takes forever to get to this new land, and I have had the past four meals served to me in a plastic container on an airport tray. Sleep wasn’t easy and if I ever...

Stitch Fix Review #16 + Maternity Clothes!

YIPPEE my newest STITCH FIX arrived this week and I decided instead of making my kids take pictures of me in each outfit (because you know how much they love that!!) that I'd make a cute video for you guys to see what I got in my box. Take note that I'm not a video...

Happy Hour #33 with Asher Collie

Happy Hour #33 is with my new friend Asher Collie, who founded the organization, SOLE HOPE, which I will be visiting this weekend! Asher and her husband, Dru, moved to Uganda 2 years ago. They have six children from ages 16 to 2 year's old. They started SOLE HOPE in...

Friday Fun: snacks, prints & mayo

Happy Friday! Today is a good Friday around here because it starts our Spring Break. My kids attend a year-round school, and so we get longer breaks throughout the year, which I absolutely love! This year I'll spend the first week with my kids, and the second in...

I want my kids to see Jesus in me.

Aaron spent a lot of time last summer writing. He wrote each day about things that were important to him, and stories from his life. Right now he's in the  midst of making this into a book and I know I'm biased, but you will love it. Seriously love it. Anyhow a few...

Books I read // Feb 2015

Here's what I read this past month, and if you care, this month makes 9 books read out of my goal of 36 for the year. I'm right on track! 1. Beyond Ordinary: When A Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough by Trisha & Justin Davis I met Trisha last year at the...

Happy Hour #32 with Lindsey Wheeler

Happy Hour #32 is with Lindsey Wheeler. Lindsey, her husband Chris, and their daughter Eliana live in Nashville, TN. Lindsey started BOTTLE OF TEARS after she was diagnosed with lyme disease and wanted a way to spread love and hope to others that were suffering. In...

I’m scared of Uganda.

Every single person that I have told that I'm going to Africa that has been there themselves tells me the exact same thing. They say with such excitement, "you are going to fall in love". EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.OF.THEM. If we happen to be face to face they all do the exact...

Happy Hour #31 with Erin MacPherson

 Happy Hour #31 is with my friend Erin MacPheson. Erin is a stay-at-home mom by day and a writer and amateur chef by night.  She is the author of more than nine books, including The Christian Mama's Guide series and the Hot Mama series. She lives in Austin with her...

Friday Fun. 2.20.15

It's Friday friends! We made it through the week. Those of you that were snowed in this week, I'm sorry. What a terrible week. For those of us in Austin, congrats we had another amazing week full of sun and no snow! Actually a friend of mine posted a pic of her laying...

Uganda here I come.

"I'M GOING TO AFRICA" said in my biggest voice all while smiling from ear to ear!!! Africa here I come. In a few weeks I'll board a plane for a far off land that I have never visited. I'll be putting my feet on Uganda soil in 22 days. This week I'm looking for places...

Happy Hour #30 with Jessica Turner

 Happy Hour #30 is with my new friend Jessica Turner. Jessica and I have known each other online for a bit, and finally met in person recently at the If Gathering, and she's as lovely in person as she is online. {There's Jessica and I on the left there} Jessica N....

Sexual Abuse Awareness Training

Sexual abuse is something that is a very real threat to all of our families, and yet we think this would never happen to our kids. Studies show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of eighteen. That is a statistic that...

Friday Fun: 3 things I’m loving

Friends we made it to Friday. If you are like me, that is a huge accomplishment because Aaron was gone all week, and that means I was running this ship solo. Many of you are thinking you run your ship solo every day so I need to get over it, but when you normally have...

Happy Hour #29 with Sarah Martin

Happy Hour #29 is with a friend that I  met at the Influence Conference in 2014, and knew that I wanted to have her on the Happy Hour to chat with all of us! Sarah Martin is the author of Just Rise Up. Sarah is originally from Texas, but lives in North Carolina with...

Sexual Sin series at The Austin Stone

Right now our church is going through a series entitled, Sexual Sin, and so far each week has been so wonderful. I actually left after the first Sunday with a smile on my face and was so proud of my church. I was proud of our leadership for taking a stance on...

Where to eat in Austin

If there's one thing that we love about this city is that it has amazing food to choose from! Aaron and I love to eat good food, and living here in Austin we get to eat at some of the top restaurants in the country. For all you ladies coming in this weekend for IF I...

5 years ago.

On January 23rd when we celebrated Amos' fifth year of his homecoming a thought occurred to me. He's now been home with us longer than he wasn't home with us. In 2010 when he showed up he was 4.5 and now five years later he's 9.5 and in so many ways it seems as though...

Books I read in January 2015

I was just telling a friend yesterday how I have such a hard time giving books a bad rating. It's kinda comical, but I have such a hard time saying that a book was a "bad book". Maybe because I'm married to someone who creates stuff for a living, or I dream of writing...

FRIDAY FUN: 3 things I am loving

It's Friday people. That should bring a smile to you face. Tomorrow I get to sleep in and I'm so excited! Literally every day this week when my alarm has gone off I have grumbled that I just want to sleep in. I love sleeping in, and let me tell you that this is one...

A new creation.

This weekend I had the chance to speak to a group of women from FBC Taylor and my main objective in our time was for us all to remember that those of us that are followers of Christ, that we are literally a new creation. The old is gone, and we are new. Our identity...

Happy Hour #28 with Lindsey Paschal

How to listen to this podcast: Subscribe to THE HAPPY HOUR PODCAST in iTunes or Stitcher and you will automatically be notified when a new episode is available. Or you can listen right here on this page!  <--- Click that link right there if you are reading from...

When the kids we love go home.

Today's Fedna's birthday. In 2009 we hosted her on a medical visa here for 9 weeks. To say that she changed my life is a vast understatement. Read more posts I wrote about her: HERE. One of my most vivid memories of her time here was during a baby dedication at our...

Best Birthday party ever.

A few weeks ago we hosted a birthday party for Deacon and he claimed it was THE BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY ever so I feel obligated to tell you all the awesome things that I did so that you can recreate it for your son. Deacon was already bummed because he didn't have his...

Happy Hour Podcast #27 with Kat Lee

Friends you have been asking for a new podcast and I'm so excited that today my friend Kat Lee is joining me for the first show for 2015! Thanks for you patience. I decided I wasn't going to work over Christmas break, and I get to do that because I'm in charge, and...

Books I read August – December 2014

My reading got quite a bit slower after the Summer, so here are the 8 books I read over five months. Lousy, I know. But, it is what it is. 1. Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn't Give Up by Ian & Larissa Murphy I'm not sure what it is about me, but I love books...

Top posts from 2014

Here are the top 10 posts from my blog this past year. 1.  The Mom Problem {January 13} - this was a guest post that Aaron wrote for me and it went crazy. Most read post ever on my blog! While Jamie was on a much needed “moms-need-to-get-away-to-remain-sane” weekend,...

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies + update on Story

Today starts our fourth week of eating paleo as a family. Just so there's complete full disclosure out there, our whole family has not done Paleo these four weeks 100%, but Story has. She's the reason we're doing this, and so when we aren't around here we do cheat a...

Happy Hour Podcast #26 with Rebecca Smith

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Rebecca Smith. Rebecca is the owner of Better Life Bags and lives in Detroit with her husband and three kids. Her business has a remarkable impact on women in Detroit, who are earning a living by working for Better Life Bags....

I do the football games.

In our home it seems like so many of the typical gender roles are kinda thrown up in the air and randomly land in different places. You all know that Aaron does most of the cooking around here. In fact when he's out of town it takes up most of my brain space to figure...

Shirts for Sale benefitting The 100 People Network

*UPDATE* Shirts are no longer for sale. You know you love a good fitting t-shirt. The kind that you could sleep in and wear for 3 days straight because it just feels that good. Well that's what I'm bringing you people. The good t-shirts. Not the crappy ones that...

Me 15 years ago.

Have you ever found a picture from when you were younger and it made you stop in your tracks? A few weeks ago I found this picture of Aaron and I from almost 15 years ago and I literally was taken back to this day. I can laugh at our clothes and my awful hair cut I...

Happy Hour Podcast #25 with Jessica Thompson

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Jessica Thompson and gosh I just love her. I met her for the first time this summer and since then I have loved getting to know her more from afar. Jessica is an author and has some great books out about parenting. Please get...

Book Club: Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

I don’t remember the first time I heard the word human trafficking. I know it was for sure in the past five years, but there wasn’t a monumental experience where I was moved to action and the next day was walking the streets looking for girls to help. It was more like...

Holiday Traditions by Sue Allen

Over the next couple of weeks I'll have a couple of friends share some of their family holiday traditions with you. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear some of your traditions as well! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- In...

Things are getting a tad bit easier.

I can't tell you how many times lately Aaron and I have looked at each other and said, "geez that was easy". It seems like somewhere this past year we turned a corner and things with our kids are a bit easier. Easier in the sense of the fact that there aren't daily...

Paleo for the whole family?

There's one thing that I don't talk about much on my blog and that's my daughter and her health issues. For several reasons, which I'm sure if you thought hard enough about it, you could figure out, I haven't discussed her food issues. It's one of those things that I...

Christmas Guide 2014

Y'all it's almost Christmas. I can't even hardly believe that. I'm the girl that believes that we should get through Thanksgiving before we even begin to start decorating for Christmas, singing Christmas songs, or thinking about anything Christmas related. I love...

Happy Hour Podcast #24 with Tara Livesay

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is my friend Tara Livesay. Tara lives in Haiti with her husband, Troy, and five of their seven kids. They have been living in Haiti for many years now and she works with Heartline Ministries and is a midwife. They average about...

Happy Hour Podcast # 23 with Becca & Maris

Today’s guests on the Happy Hour Podcast are Becca Harris and Maris Bush. Both of these ladies are heroes to me and they exhibit Jesus in their lives so much. I have known Maris for over ten years, and Becca and I met shortly after I moved to Austin six years ago. All...

Your struggle won’t shock me.

Recently a friend called me and shared something she was struggling through. I listened intently and felt the pain in her voice. As she told me her struggle she mentioned that only her husband and I knew about this struggle. He was supportive of her and a great source...

Happy Birthday Aaron.

Today the man of my dreams turns 36. I love this man more than I thought I could ever love someone, and I know that he feels the same way about me. Aaron and I have been married for 13 years and I must admit that with each year I fall more in love with him every...

Holiday Traditions: Wynne Elder

Over the next couple of weeks I'll have a couple of friends share some of their family holiday traditions with you. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear some of your traditions as well! ----------------------------------------------------------------------...

I need your t-shirt designs.

Friends I need your help! Aaron and I are taking two of our kids on a trip in a few months to serve people in the *100 people Network* from our church. It will be our privilege and honor to love on them and encourage them as they tirelessly give their lives away on a...

Happy Hour #22 with Jamie Wright

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Jamie Wright. Jamie writes at THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY. Her and her husband live in California and have three boys, one of which has already grown up and lives on his own. Jamie and I met each other a few years ago through...

Holiday Traditions by Susan Seay

This Fall I have asked a couple of friends share some of their family holiday traditions with you. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear some of your traditions as well! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- We’re the Seay Family. ...

My first conference as a speaker

My first job out of college was teaching at a private Christian school outside of Houston. I had graduated that May and searched and searched for a job and finally this job was offered to me and I was so excited, and then they dropped a bomb on me. You see I had...

Holiday Traditions: Kelly Stewart

Over the next couple of weeks I'll have a couple of friends share some of their family holiday traditions with you. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear some of your traditions as well! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Some...

Happy Hour #21 with Laura Ingram & Kimberly Stewart

This week's podcast is with  my friends Kimberly and Laura who both live on my street and all of our husbands work together. This was just like a normal conversation that we would have over coffee, except there were no kids running around everywhere. Today we chatted...

Talking to your kids teachers about adoption

Recently I was talking with one of my boys and the conversation led to me asking if they are ever sad at school. He paused a bit and then told me that he was sad the other day at school. My heart of course dropped because as a momma anytime your babies are sad and are...

Happy Hour #20 with Kate Conner

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Kate Conner, who is the author of two books: Enough & 10 Things For Teen Girls. I first was introduced to Kate when I was given her book Enough to review. While reading her book I knew that I wanted to meet her and have...

How you can help: Movie & Fundraiser

Sometimes the issues of sex trafficking seem so huge, that it makes me want to just crawl in a corner and not believe it even exists. I begin to feel as though I should just sit home and watch everyone else fight it. Central Texas friends: Friends, I want to tell you...

My biggest, lamest fear this week.

My mom walks 5 days a week no matter how hot or cold it might be, and she has been doing this for almost 12 years where they currently live. I did the math on that this morning and basically she has walked the exact same route roughly 2, 400 times and that's me giving...

Happy Hour Podcast #19 with Gloria Furman

Happy Hour #19 is with my friend Gloria Furman. Gloria and her husband have four kid and live in Dubai, where they started a church. I met Gloria a few months ago at the Gospel Coalition Conference, although we had been internet friends for a while. She's just as...

This is momentary friends.

God’s been teaching me something lately that has been rocking my world. Lately I have been trying to filter everything through the lens of an eternal perspective. There is an eternity that will be longer than our little brains can even imagine. There is more to this...

I’ll never have a pretty table.

Let me tell you there are lots of things I'm not good at. In fact sometimes those things seem to blare at me and can make me feel insecure. In these moments I literally have to remind myself that I'm not defined by any of them. That everyone has different gifts, and...

Teaching this Fall

This Fall holds something for me that is super new. For the past few years I have been speaking to a handful of MOPS groups around town and I loved every single one of them. Talking to women about the gospel and encouraging them as we all journey through this life is...

Happy Hour #18 with Jessi Connolly

Happy Hour #18 is with my friend Jessi Connolly. Jessi and I are online friends and so it's always super fun when I get to talk in person with friends that I only know from the internet. I will actually meet Jessi next week when I fly to Indiana for The Influence...

Stitch Fix #12 & cookies

I want to tell you all about my latest stitch fix (actually a few weeks old now) but before I do that I need to let you know that last week I stumbled upon a recipe on pintrest that I will forever repeat with my family, possibly a few times a month. I was looking for...

I love Monday

Source: Best Life Mistake Monday's are usually everyone's least favorite day of the week. The weekend is over and it's time to get back to the real world, which sometimes is hard, but sometimes is plain awesome. You see I love Monday's. In fact every Monday I feel...

Happy Hour #17 with Courtney Lankford

Today's Happy Hour Guest is with my friend Courtney Lankford. Courtney and I met through our mutual friend Amy about 14 years ago.  Courtney and her husband, Joey, moved to South Africa four years ago. They currently serve there with Living Hope, where Joey helps them...

A few summer pictures.

Being off social media all summer was AMAZING. I felt so much freedom from my life. I didn't feel responsible to anyone except my family, and that my friends was glorious. In fact most of the time during the summer I couldn't even find my phone. I was constantly...

Happy Hour #16 with Laura Kelley + giveaway

This happy hour podcast is with my friend Laura Kelley. Laura and I have never met in person, but we've been friends on the internet for a while. Laura is so stinking sweet and one of those people that I love to see her family. She blogs about her family, her...

A little bit of everything …

Happy Monday and Labor day! We have spent the day lounging around the house doing just about nothing. Currently the kids are watching High School Musical 2 because you know we haven't seen that enough in our lives! Tomorrow Aaron comes home and we are just a tad bit...

Happy Hour #15 with Amy Gayhart

This week is our first time to have a return guest on the Happy Hour. My BFF, Amy, was my very first guest when I had no clue what I was doing. Who am I kidding, I still have no clue what I'm doing! I have been wanting to chat with Amy again for a podcast because...

The one thing that is necessary

{This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers.} This summer while Aaron and I were away for a week and unplugged from everything and everyone I spent some time evaluating...

New glasses for Cayden – Help us pick!

We're on the hunt for cool kids glasses, or whatever that might mean. Cayden has worn glasses since before kindergarten, and Aaron declared that it was time for him to get some "cool" ones. Since I have been responsible for every glasses purchase up until now I'm...

Teacher gifts to start the year.

Most of my friends here in Austin start school on Monday. A few of them started this past week, and for us, we've been in for weeks now. Starting school around here was awesome. As a work from home mom, getting things done in the summer for work are super hard, so...

Australia, casseroles, ballet, & hearts — Let’s look for love!

Happy Friday friends!!! I debated about telling you all that my husband is out of town for next 12 days because one of you reading just might be a psycho killer, find my address, and come take out the kids and I. Then I realized that Aaron's already announced he's on...

Happy Hour #14 with Jen Wilkin

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour is Jen Wilkin. Jen is a speaker, writer and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She and her family have been members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas for seven years, where she currently serves on staff. She...

Let us be light.

Last Thursday night I got all my kids in bed and sat on the couch to rest for the day. I tried so hard to relax and just focus on NYmed that I was watching on tv, but my heart couldn't. It was as if my entire week of pushing aside thoughts and feelings were needing to...

Happy Hour #13 with Annie Downs

(If you are reading via an RSS feed or your email, you'll need to click over HERE to listen to podcast) Today's guest on the Happy Hour is Annie Downs. Annie and I met this past Spring at the If Gathering and I knew when I met her that I would love her and she would...

Speaking at THE INFLUENCE CONFERENCE

  Y'all in about six weeks I get the amazing privilege of speaking to a group of women in Indiana at THE INFLUENCE CONFERENCE. Yes, that little blurb up above is what I submitted to them to speak about. Can I tell you something real quick ... I'm nervous. I think...

Parents, please stop acting crazy at baseball games

When I was growing up I remember that my parents wouldn't let my brother play baseball. Where we lived apparently the baseball parents were not the most calm and collective people in the stands. Go figure. If you have kids that are playing sports you might be able to...

Happy Hour #12 with Jennie Allen + a giveaway

Today's guest on the Happy Hour is my friend Jennie Allen. Jennie is an author, bible study teacher, dreamer, founder of the If Gathering, wife, and mom. Jennie and her husband Zac have four kids and live in Austin. One of my favorite things about Jennie is how she's...

Books I read: July 2014 + a book giveaway

We spent thirteen days of July in Tennessee visiting friends and family, which meant we spent a lot of time in the car, which means that I got to read a lot! I have expressed my love of reading while at the beach, but I now have also found a love of reading while on a...

Happy Hour #11 with Amber Rose Zimel

Today's Happy Hour guest is my friend Amber Rose Zimel, and I just love everything about her! Amber Rose and her husband, Adam, have five kids - four boys and one girl. They are also adoptive parents and their youngest was born in Ethiopia. Today Amber Rose and I talk...

Asking God for confidence

Happy Monday friends! Oh my gracious do I feel as though life has been fast and furious this summer. Every summer I say this, and every summer I love it, but still at the end of each summer I feel like I have run a marathon and need to sit down and catch my breath....

First Day of School 2014

They Ivey's are back at school this week! Yes I know most of you can't believe it because  you still have about a month left of summer before your kids go back. When you hear that my kids are back at school you either feel jealous or sad. Jealous that my kids are back...

Happy Hour #10 with Debra Parker

Happy Hour Podcast #10 Debra Parker and I met for the first time in real life in 2008 on a trip to Haiti, but we had met via the internet the year before when her family made tamales and sold them to help us raise money for our adoptions. Did you see that?  We had...

RAGAMUFFIN, Based on the life of Rich Mullins: Giveaway

I was first introduced to Rich Mullins at children's camp one year in Glen Rose, Texas. During one of the worship sets some band sang the song "Our God is An Awesome God". Now that I think back I am pretty certain that they probably played the track and we all sang...

Every Mom Works by Ashley Andreano

My mother was a mom that worked in the home, a ‘stay at home mom’. It was AWESOME for me and my brothers. She volunteered like crazy at our schools and she was exceptionally good at it. We got to do so many fun things with her growing up because she was always close...

Jesus and Mismatched Socks by Malorie Weber

I walk into the chaos and immediately feel unwelcome. Does anyone know I’m here? Does anyone care? I swirl around the rest of the night, trying to keep up. All the while, feeling that ache in my bones that says, "you’re nothing." And all of the sudden, I'm in third...

Parents: We Can’t Save Our Kids

This was originally published on the VERGE: Family site on June 12, 2014. I grew up scared into saying a prayer of salvation. I definitely didn’t want to go to hell, so I accepted an invitation to follow Jesus instead. I mean, who wouldn’t choose that? I was a part of...

Books I read in June 2014

Summer reading is by far my favorite. Actually beach reading is by far my favorite, and I read four books while Aaron and I were at the beach in early June. It's just the best reading I can think of. Ocean waves in front of you. Sun on your face. Drink with an...

Surprising Peace by Gloria Furman

A Big Surprise The midwives on the midnight shift in the maternity wing each paid a visit to my room to encourage me. I didn’t sleep that night, but not necessarily because I was up caring for my newborn son. I was awake replaying in my mind the shocking circumstances...

Stitch Fix Review #11

I received my eleventh Stitch Fix this week and honestly I think this might have been my favorite. (Although I feel like I say that so often!) As soon as I opened the box I felt as though I might possibly keep everything in the box. I have yet to do that and I really...

Throwback Thursday: My eyelashes

I have a few friends that have started talking to me about these eyelash extensions they were getting. My first thought was - "seriously? eye lash extensions - what has this world come to?" - then I kept hearing about them, and even witnessed their lashes for my own...

Happy Hour Podcast #9 with Ashley Benson

Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is my friend Ashley Benson. Ashley and I actually grew up together in Brownwood, TX and then reconnected later in life. Ashley is married, mother of two, pilates instructor, health advocate, and much more that involves health and...

Around the Web: June 2014

This past month I had two articles over at the VERGE NETWORK and was on the Verge Women podcast twice. I love writing/podcasting for VERGE and I hope that you get to join in our discussions over there. This past month has also been a great month for our family! Here's...

Traveling to Haiti by Tara Livesay

So often I hear this from people (normally in an email) "I have always wanted to go to Haiti. Can you help me know where to go and what to do?" I hate these emails because honestly I have no clue how to answer that email. Haiti for sure changed our lives and the...

Happy Hour Podcast #8 with Julie Hayes

  Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is  Julie Hayes. The interesting thing about this podcast is that Julie and I have never met, but yet she contacted me about being on the show. She left a comment on my blog that said she’d love to interview me and ask me all the...

Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle by Julie Paquette

For the past 3 years, I have spent an evening in August having "the talk" with each of my daughters.  It is not easy. I was talking to an older couple last month, and we were talking about the generational gaps.  It was acceptable in their generation to keep things...

Healthy & Kid-Friendly Recipes

You guys know I don't like to cook. I LOVE to pin recipes on Pintrest. I LOVE to look at cookbooks with pictures. I LOVE to eat. I LOVE for Aaron to cook. BUT as far as me cooking .... not my favorite. So, when weeks go by where I have to feed my children all by...

Domestic Adoption: Why open adoption?

Our first adoption was a domestic adoption. We knew God was going to grow our family via adoption,  we didn’t meet any qualifications for international adoption, and we weren’t familiar at all with the foster care system, so that led us to domestic. We went through an...

Happy Hour Podcast #7 with Rachel McCoy

Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is Rachel McCoy. Rachel is a newer friend of mine within the past few years. She's not only one of the most genuine and nicest people I know, but she's also beautiful. She's a wife, a past college athlete (Baylor Bears), a track coach,...

Fun Friday: ER visit, music, parenting, kids journal & sex trafficking

Happy Friday friends! Let me just say that today did not start out the way I hoped it would. As we were getting ready for  the last day of VBS -- Oh and side note - this VBS had a man who looked like Jesus greeting the kids at the door yesterday - I nearly freaked -...

Trafficking on my brain.

A few years ago I was invited to a luncheon where a woman was speaking about her years of being trafficked in America. She was from an affluent home and was trafficked by her boyfriend and his friends. Years she held on to this secret. Then her family moved and she...

Happy Hour Podcast #6 with Meghan McCamant

Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is my friend Meghan McCamant. I can’t remember when Meghan and I met, but she is one of my most favorite people in the world. Meghan is first my friend, and second she is Story’s BFF.  Meghan is a fun loving, headstrong, homegrown...

The Everyday Moments by Wynne Elder

I was cruising down I-20 recently, headed to another Noonday Collection adoption trunk show my friend Kasey was hosting in a small west Texas town about 90 miles from my west Texas town.  My mind wandered as I messed with the radio, mentally went through my “check...

Social Media Fast: four weeks in

Monday marked four weeks of my social media fast. When I started this I thought I would update you guys every week on all the things I wanted to say on social media, and how I was doing with the absence of it in my life. But then I realized that you probably don't...

Books to read this Summer by Lindsey Paschal

Hi readers!  I am honored to share with you today on Jamie’s blog and since she and I met through a book club, it’s only fitting that I share with you some of my favorite reads that you might want to add to your beach bag this summer!  I have a goal to read 52 books...

Happy Hour Podcast #5 with Jessica Honneger

Happy Hour episode #5  is with Jessica Honneger. Jessica is one of my friends here in Austin and we met not longer after I moved here six years ago. She is a wife to Joe and momma to Amelie, Holden & Jack. She is also the founder of Noonday Collection, which I'm a...

Around the Web: May 2014

Each month I give a little recap as to other places I wrote/spoke around the web. This month I'm also including what I read this month because it's just not fun to have a "what I read" post and only have two books. My reading is drastically different in the school...

Summer is here!

We did it. We sent our last kid to kindergarten and she made it through. Four Ivey's have made their way through kindergarten. That thought seems weird to me, because it will continue to happen. Our "last" thing will keep happening. Next year Cayden will be in fifth...

Happy Hour #4: Wynne Elder

Happy Hour episode #4 with is with Wynne Elder. I'm not sure how Wynne and I met, but I think she's a great woman who follows dreams passionately and you will hear that in her voice as we talk today. We talk about her road to her two babies that were born in Ethiopia,...

HUGE Influence giveaway

You are going to want to read this today friends. I'm speaking at the Influence Conference in the Fall and they are having a ginormous giveaway today. I'm talking huge and I really, really, really, really would love for YOU to win! For real, how fun would it be to...

Books to read

I can't tell you how many of you have left comments or sent me emails asking for a book list from the podcast that Jen & I recently did. We both talked about books that we love and are reading now. Jen told us about a some of her favorites and I have added them...

Happy 9th Birthday Amos!

Today my middle son turns 9. Happy Birthday to my sweet Amos! A few years ago I could have never imagined nine for this boy of mine. Our road to him was so hard and it seems crazy that he's been home with us for four years and four months. The reason it seems crazy is...

Happy Hour Podcast #3 with Amanda Brown

Today's Happy Hour Podcast is with a great friend of mine Amanda Brown. Amanda and I met at church when we both started an intensive development program and we have been friends every since then. What I love about Amanda is that she's so honest and truthful to her...

Teachers Rock.

This past year I have begun subbing at my kids school. I was a teacher in my pre-kid life for a few years, and so honestly I do enjoy being in the classroom, but that's not the reason I do this. The reason I substitute teach is because I want to spy on my kids! Not...

Happy Hour Podcast #2 with Jen Hatmaker

This podcast was super fun to record because I just love my friend Jen. She's an author, speaker, wife, mom, and most recently a reality tv star! We talked about: Supper Club vacations books and books and more books American Idol my social media fast talking to our...

Helping my kids love each other

One of my biggest regrets in life was not being a friend to my brother as we were growing up. I have barely any memories of us hanging out, and very few conversations can I remember between us two before I moved back home when I was 20. I'm four years older and never...

Stitch Fix Review #9

I still get excited when I see the cute little Stitch Fix box waiting for me on my front porch. It's like a little bit of Christmas morning each time. Stitch Fix has a fabulous referral program if you were thinking about starting. When you share your personal link...

Social Media Fast

I remember when Aaron started texting and I thought it was so dumb. I would say, just call them instead of spending all that time texting. Then, I remember when Aaron got his first iphone and I still had the flip phone that you had to press every number 3 times to get...

So thankful to be their momma.

For as long as I have been alive I have always wanted to be a momma. It was something that was always important to me, and in God's great plan he has appointed me to be the momma to the four best kids in the world. Thirteen years ago when I married Aaron I could have...

Bring Back Our Girls: Guest Post by Katie Wussow

On April 15, the terrorist group Boko Haram - whose name can be roughly translated “Western Education is a Sin” - kidnapped over 300 teenage girls from a boarding school in Northern Nigeria under threat of violence.  In a video released by the organization, the...

I need Jesus!

There are many days in a month when my emotions get the best of me and I can't get out of my funk. I know it when it happens, I can see it coming from miles away, and it still hits me hard and sometimes completely takes over my life. I recognize it every single time,...

Holding myself hostage

A couple of weeks ago cops raced down our street around 9 o'clock at night and I knew something was going on. We live in a neighborhood where it's not that unusual to see cops, but the way this one was on the run made me know that it wasn't the same. I texted my...

Throwback Thursday: The first time we held Deacon

November 11, 2005 this beautiful baby boy joined our world and as you can see from the picture above we were all a bit smitten with him. My favorite memory from this day was the awe that Cayden, my crazy 22 month old, had for this tiny new creature that was his new...

Around the web: April 2014

Where you can find me around the web. I hope that you click the links and read the articles and join the discussions for each of them! April 6 - ARTICLE: WHAT MEANS THE MOST over at OUTSIDE THE BOX SCORE - Chris & Tyson asked me to write an article for them about...

Dear Ruth, God has not forgotten you.

If there's one thing I have learned in the last few years it's that our suffering is not in vain. I believe that God is in everything and that brings me more comfort than I can even describe. To know that God hasn't turned his back on me, and that he is working all...

The Best Breakfast Cookies Ever

Every time I have banana's that are on their way to being bad I pull out this recipe. It's perfect and has nothing bad in it, so I don't feel bad at all letting my kids have a few each day. I found this recipe on pintrest and have no link, so whoever created it, I...

A book dedicated to ME!

Deacon has been working on his first book at school and he has been so excited about it. At the last teacher conference his teacher showed me his progress and of course it was all about football, because Deacon loves football and is begging us to let him play tackle....

Once the day is over we never get it back.

As I sat here today writing words about my childhood there was a mom a few tables behind me with her three year old little boy and they were having the best time. She was so engaged in him and read him what seemed like 100 books in the 30 minutes that they dined...

If you won’t say it about a boob job ….

Oh gracious did I see the best video this morning about what you should and shouldn't say to adoptive families. We have heard all of these questions before and although I always know what the person is asking, it's still hard to hear these questions and it's even...

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2014

As of Sunday Mother's Day is 3 weeks away.  I'm not the best at celebrating these holiday's each year, but recently I watched this video and I'm not sure if I'm hormonal or not, but it brought me to tears. ...

The Sun Will Shine

Last Monday I was racing to get to Jennie's house for the last week of our Restless Book Club and literally the heavens were pouring down rain in Austin. Before I got on the road we had been at baseball and that was rained out, then we were at home and I was getting...

Throwback Thursday: Cayden’s friendship bracelet

When my first child started kindergarten I knew I was going to start a tradition that would last for our four kids. I spent a few days before his first day making him a friendship bracelet. Remember those from middle school? Yes, I made my son one and was so proud of...

Stitch Fix Review #8

Stitch Fix Review #8 Well, I got my eighth cute little box delivered to my doorstep last week.  I never knew how much I liked getting new clothes until StitchFix entered my life.  I want you all to know that if you are thinking of this, they have a great referral...

Moms & Bikinis. Yes or No?

Aaron and I were blessed to be able to spend the weekend at some friends lake house this recently.  Anytime someone says, "hey I know you guys are busy, but we'd love to invite you to our lake house" the answer is always - yes!  Well, not always, because if you are a...

Outside the Box Score podcast

My friends Chris & Tyson have a podcast called OUTSIDE THE BOX SCORE and last week they asked me to be a guest with them.  Their podcast is mostly about sports, but a lot about current events as well, as you can see below we ventured away from Sports a lot.  They...

Date Night Ideas in Austin

I have always said that date nights are one of the crucial things that what will sustain my marriage. Life is so busy and kids are so busy, that having a time on the calendar when I know it’s just going to be Aaron and I helps me get through the hard days. When I had...

Happy NEW BLOG day!

Today is a big day around here because for the first time ever since I've been blogging I received a make-over from a professional. Two amazing guys that work at our church spent their nights working on this project and I couldn't be happier. I wanted clean and fresh...

Mother’s Day giveaway

When I became a mom I never knew how much I would love all things that represented my kids. I would want their names on pieces of art. I would tattoo birds on my arm to represent them. I would put their initials all over the place. Something about being a momma makes...

Around the web: March 2014

Here's where I was around the web last month: Questions on MomLife Today - "You see answering questions from my children that are adopted versus my biological son is not much different. It always goes back to God. Always. God’s love for them. God’s plan for them....

I’m on the train: Friday Night Lights

I feel like the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS train blew through town a few years ago and I heard all the rumbling and whistles blowing but for some reason I never got on the train. They even filmed some of the show in my neighborhood. For the love. My friends all watched it,...

Throwback Thursday: Fedna

A friend of mine is fostering a new little girl right now and she was talking this morning about how the sweet little girl is not interested in her husband and actually kinda afraid of him. I empathized with her and told her that both of my little girls were scared of...

Books I Read in March 2014

I only finished two books this month, but I recommend both of them to you if you are looking for a good book! If you have been around the blog world for a while,  you know of Melanie because of her blog: Big Mama.  I know she explains the meaning of her blog that...

Restless Project: Weeks 4 & 5

I just realized that I never posted the video from week four's Restless Project book club, so today I'm sharing weeks 4 & 5 with you!  This means there's only one week left.  I hope that if you've been joining us that you have enjoyed it and it has ministered to...

Friday Finds

Happy Friday friends!  I have been super busy this week with some super cool things that are happening in some ministries around me.  I'm honored to be able to use my gifts in different ways.  I'm getting to do some podcasts and videos for VERGE WOMEN, and getting to...

Holding fast to the truths I know

Over Spring Break one of our main goals was teaching Story how to ride her bike.  We have been the worst bike parents to child number four in our home. Our oldest, Cayden, had a bike before he could walk and was learning with training wheels closely after learning to...

Restless Project: Suffering

{Photo Source:  Flikr} I have a whole post written in my head titled "Jamie, read this when all hell breaks loose".  I want to write something to remind myself of the truths that I believe before my world crumbles.  I want to put down on paper what I believe in my...

New Blog Coming SOON & other randomness!

Y'all I am so excited to tell you that I am working on a new blog design. Well, let me rephrase that. Someone that is super talented is working on my blog for me. If it was up to me nothing would happen. I am pretty much technologically challenged in every way...

Stitch Fix #7

This month I asked for some springy outfits (whatever that means) and they came through with great stuff. I ended up only keep 3 out of the 5 items for reasons I'll tell you about below. Here's what I got this month: First up is this maxi dress.  Let me explain this...

Though he died, he still speaks

Death is not something that I think about often, but I'll admit it is something that I do think about.  I used to beg God to not take me too soon.  My reasonings were all very valid and motherly.  I wanted to see my kids grow up and get married.  I wanted to spend...

Restless Project Week 2

This last week we were discussing gifts (chapter 12) and it was so much fun!  I was in Arlington, TX & Jennie was in CO with her family.  This time was fun because Aaron was in the room with me, and anytime my love can be there to encourage me and help me is super...

It takes a village to raise kids.

When Aaron and I were dating we had two couples in our lives that mentored us and helped us in our journey with the Lord and with each other.  They were probably a little bit younger than we are now, and each had young kids in their home.  The husbands were monumental...

Restless Project Book Club: Week One

Last night was our first RESTLESS book club with all of our friends via the internet and it was so much fun!  I'll admit around 8pm I started to get butterflies in my belly, but the night went so smooth for us.  I mean, how much fun is it to sit with a friend and talk...

Books I read in February 2014

Looks like February came and went and I didn't get to read as much as I did the last month.  Anyhow ... here's what I read.  As always I love to hear what you read this month too.  Leave me a comment with your books.  I love adding new books to my "to read" list. I...

God heals broken marriages.

I told you yesterday about fighting my fears with God's word and how I have a friend that encouraged me so much with her words after I posted about my fear of Aaron cheating on me.  I talked her into sharing her story with us today.  I pray that this will meet you...

Fighting Fear with God’s word

A couple of months ago a friend of mine asked if I would write up something for her to share on her blog about my fears. She had asked several of us to do this, and her point was to show her readers (which she has a bazillion of) that even those that are in the...

Dream With Us GIVEAWAY {Jennie Allen live book club info}

Y'all I am so excited about this book club that is starting THIS Monday night.  I feel like just yesterday Jennie called and invited me to do this with her.  I already told you how much I love this book, and so I hope that you have gotten this book for yourself and...

Reader Question: I’m young, so how can I serve orphans?

Question:  I wanted to ask you, I feel very clearly called to adoption and to serve orphans. However, I have no idea what that means for me right now. I'm 22 and unmarried, so, clearly, adopting isn't something that is even an option for me at this point. But, I hate...

Friday Finds: Lent journal, cheap Jewelry & new bible study

Happy Friday!  We made it guys.  We made it through another week and the weekend is here.  I thought I'd check in real quick before I hit the park with my friend to tell you a few of my favorite things right now. #1 - LENT JOURNAL - The awesome people over at Naptime...

Restless LIVE book club with Jennie Allen

I'm super excited about an upcoming project that I am involved in with my friend Jennie Allen.  Jennie recently released her book, Restless, and it was wonderful.  I read it in January, and told you guys all about it and actually asked you about your dreams and you...

Parenting is like creating your own little masterpiece

Recently some girlfriends and I attended a painting class.  If you know anything about me at all, you know that no painting class in the world could make me a painter.  I claim to be the least creative person that I know all the time.  Although lately Aaron has been...

Stitch Fix #6

I think it's funny that I was out yesterday and a friend asked if my shirt was from Stitch Fix because it was super cute.  It wasn't actually from StitchFix, but she automatically thought it was because I have told you guys about Stitch Fix so much. I got my sixth...

Spoiler Alert. Amelia doesn’t make it.

Aaron always jokes with me that he's not sure how I made it out of high school and then on to graduate from college because ever so often I ask questions about things that I surely should have learned throughout my 18 years of schooling.  Something will be said and...

My kids Valentine’s cards.

Of course yesterday was when I thought about Valentine's Day cards for my kids.  I've said this 100 times, but I am NOT a crafty mom.  {except for that one year 7 years ago when I made these .... you will laugh b/c this is my highlight in crafty, and they are b.a.d}...

I’m sorry about your miscarriage.

Recently one of my good friends lost a baby.  I remember when she told me that the baby was gone, and I felt so helpless for her.  Unfortunately she was all alone at the doctor's office and I was hundreds of miles away, but I wanted to run there and sit with her and...

Kids want love, not perfection.

This post is paid for by the Ad Council. All opinions are my own. This weekend Aaron and I had a very busy weekend, but we were also kid free so we actually had more moments to connect and chat than we would have in a non busy weekend with our kids home. It's funny...

When did you know you would have only one bio child?

QUESTION:  When did you KNOW that Cayden would be your only bio child? Did you have any feelings of mourning that he would be the only child you birthed? Or did you begin the process for Deacon, Amos and Story and then realize that 4 completed your family? Or maybe...

Date night at Mt Bonnel

A few months ago I was in charge of planning our date night for the evening.  I'm always at a loss here, because honestly I married the best planner for these type of things.  Aaron loves to find the best restaurant in each town we ever visit.  He loves to take me to...

We all have bad hearts.

A few nights ago I was tucking in Amos after a hard day at our house.  These tuck ins are my favorite, because there is a rawness about a child when they have made so many bad choices that they have no where else to turn, and they eventually break and share what they...

Our food journey. Ten years in the making.

{This post is part of the Blue Bike Blog Tour, which I’m thrilled to be part of. To learn more and join us, head here.} When Aaron and I first got married I was in charge of the cooking, because isn't that how families work here in America?  The wife does the cooking...

Books I read in January 2014

1.  I started off with reading GLIMPSES OF GRACE by Gloria Furman.  I started this book months ago and kept putting it down to read something else.  Not because it was bad, but because I'm more of a fan of stories and novels and fiction books.  Anyhow I knew I wanted...

Sex and the Super Bowl.

{Source} A few years ago I ended up at a nice country club for a luncheon listening to a very normal woman describe her teenage years that were full of bondage by her "boyfriend".  I literally had my mouth dropping the entire time and several times thought to myself...

Letter Writing Challenge + {awesome giveaway from Ginger Mail}

Last year I declared a day when we were all going to write letters to people. I think I creatively called it "letter writing day" or something brilliant like that. Every once in a while I declare something and declare we're going to do it daily/weekly/monthly and then...

Podcast with Sarah Bessey & Angie Smith

This was one of my very favorite podcasts to record for a few reasons. #1 Sarah and I are online friends and so to meet her in person and hug her neck was priceless. She is one of the most genuine and sweetest gals I have ever met. I loved every thing about her, and...

4 years ago it all changed.

{Amos meeting his brothers for the first time, and being reunited with Story after being separated for 3 months. They look giddy to see each other! I love Story's face!} Four years ago today our lives changed forever.  It was on this day that our family was complete....

I hate kids birthday parties

I'm not a party planning mom.  Party themes are not my strength.  I have never made one goodie bag in my entire 10 years of parenting.  I'm not sure if it's the time, the craftiness, or the waste of money that keeps me from doing all this for my kids, but the bottom...

Podcast with Jessica Honneger

This was one of my favorite podcasts to record for the IF GATHERING because I know and love Jessica in real life. It was like chatting with a favorite girl friend and that made the podcast super easy and laid back. I loved Jessica's thoughts on life and what she wants...

Love is Waiting journal {giveaway} to help the Otts family

I love when people sell stuff that has a purpose.  Don't we all like shopping for a cause.  Putting your money where you know it's making a difference.  This past holiday season I gave you tons of options to shop that would do good work with your money. Several of you...

Podcast with Rebekah Lyons & Katelyn Beaty

A few months ago I had the wonderful privilege to help out the IF GATHERING with some interviews for their podcasts that they put out through their ministry.  I loved interviewing these ladies so much.  Most of them I had never met, and a few of them I was totally...

The Cost of Adoption {posted on MomLife Today}

It is always a joy to share my words with other websites, and today I'm blogging over at MomLife Today. I'd love it if you checked it out, and if you or someone you know is in the trenches of adoption trauma life, this one is for you. Let's walk this road together,...

Does my parents support matter in our adoption?

I get questions from people all the time via email and honestly I'm really bad about responding back to them.  It's not that I don't care, it's that I don't find the time to sit and write out a response that's heartfelt.  I know, that's just as bad, but it is what it...

Should I keep the pants? {5th Stitch Fix Review}

I go away for a weekend and Aaron writes two amazing posts for me!  I told him he could post for me while I was gone, but I didn't know he was going to write posts that would blow up my little space of internet world.  Y'all his posts "the mom problem" got the most...

THE MOM PROBLEM {guest post by Aaron Ivey}

While Jamie was on a much needed "moms-need-to-get-away-to-remain-sane" weekend, I held down the fort. The days had a little drama, but mostly a lot of fun. I didn't actually lose anyone, the kitchen was swept, and believe it or not the dishes were done.  (let's not...

KIDS ARE STUPID {guest blog by Aaron Ivey}

"ahhh, kids are just the most innocent, simple, and beautiful little things on the Earth!!!" -- said the barista at Thunderbird Coffee as I walk in to order 4 hot chocolates for my 4-member flock of kids waddling behind me like drunk ducks. "uhh, what are you talking...

I’m leaving on a jet plane …

I can hardly contain my excitement. Tomorrow I'm leaving on an airplane. By myself. With no kids.  {obviously, I did say, by myself.} To meet my BFF in Little Rock for a weekend away. OH.MY.GOODNESS.I.CAN.NOT WAIT. We have been friends since 9th grade, which makes her...

Our Prayer window

This past summer one of our babysitters left us to head to Niger to work and tell people about Jesus.  At first I was mad at her for leaving me because she was one of our best sitters, but I got over it quickly!  😉 A few days before she left she stopped by the house...

My restless heart.

I started this blog a long time ago and named it dreaming big dreams since that is what I wanted my life to be about.  I wanted to be someone that dreamed big things and allowed God to use her in the those things.  I wanted more. When we started our international...

Say YES more than you say NO

A long time ago I attended a conference that was specifically for adoptive parents.  If my memory is correct it was an Empowered to Connect conference and I believe that the guru of adoption healing, Dr. Karyn Purvis, said what I have remembered well into my fourth...

Sarcasm leads to Scarcasm

A couple of months ago I had a really hard conversation with someone that I love dearly.  It was at that point in the night when you've talked about everything and the real stuff starts to come out.  The real feelings are exposed and those deep talks that will be...

Top Posts from 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I'll leave you with my top posts from the past year and a few from years before. First, here are my most liked photos over on instagram.  Are you on IG?  If so, I'd love to see your pics!  Check out how to follow me on the sidebar ---> #1...

Christmas memories for 2013

Christmas was super fun this year!  My whole family joined us the weekend before and that's always so fun to have them here and let the cousins play with each other.   We kept with our yearly tradition of taking all the kids to see Santa.  This was our first year with...

Happy Birthday Jesus cake

One of my kids favorite things that we have done at Christmas is our "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake that we enjoy each day on Christmas day.  It's super fun for the kids, and actually is a great way to present the good news of Jesus to your kids.  Each layer has a...

You have questions and I have answers …. maybe

Oh my gracious we finally made it through all the giveaway's these past two months.  I seriously am not sure I'll ever do that again.  I mean, yes I'll do Christmas giveaway's again, no I'll never do that many again.  I was so pumped to give away 27 items this year...

Mercy Monday guest post

  My friend Whitney asked me to do a guest post for her blog, The Archibald Project, about adoption, and here's what I came up with: "Recently someone asked me what has been the biggest adjustment in our family since we brought our kids home from Haiti.  It never...

Amos video on Desiring God website

Two weeks ago Desiring God shared our adoption story of Amos.  Check it out HERE and share with your friends.  There's also a link at the bottom of the post that's from my perspective. We are a month away from celebrating four years home with Amos.  Oh what a ride it...

Stitch fix review #3 & #4

I'm still loving my stitch fix fixes!  Some of you realized that I never blogged about my third stitch fix that I received in November.  Well …. I must say it was my worst one yet.  I did end up keeping one cardigan from the box (and I have worn the heck out of it...

KAMMOK CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

Well friends you have stuck with me through the end and I'd say it's been worth it because I have given away a crap load of stuff to lots of you!  It has been so fun this year.  I started doing this a few years ago and this year was by far the biggest giveaways for...

Rockin’ Baby Christmas giveaway

One of my favorite new companies that I found out about last year was Rockin' Baby!  Doesn't every mom need a baby sling?!  Yes!  And for every sling bought from Rockin' Baby they donate one to a mom in need! Check out this video from Rockin' Baby about their first...

IVEY EXPRESSIONS Christmas giveaway

This is one of my favorite giveaway's this year and yes I'm a bit biased because these people are my family, but I also LOVE everything that they do.  Everything.  Not kidding. This is Aaron's brother, Tim, and his wife Joanna and we recently saw them over...

REBUILD sandal Christmas giveaway

Four more giveaway's left for this year and today's is from a company in Haiti that makes sandals.  The company's name is REBUILD and each sandal is handmade out of tires.  The founder arrived in Haiti after the earthquake and noticed the great need for jobs and that...

Pitter Patter Art Christmas giveaway

Today is a giveaway I have been looking forward to for a long time friends.  Today's giveaway is from my friend Laura.  Well, let's stop right here. We've actually never met in person, but come on it's 2013 so can't you have friends that you've never really met in...

Trades of Hope Scarf & Nativity Scene Christmas Giveaway

Trades of Hope is a great organization to do your Christmas shopping from.  Stores like this are my favorites because you can get so much of your shopping done in one shop!  They have scarves, jewelry, ornaments, house ware, etc.  I love a one stop shop, which is...

Death is so bittersweet.

Yesterday we got the terrible news that a friend of ours had been killed.  Gone.  Killed.  Dead. These words are the hardest for me today.  My emotions are flowing every which way and I can't figure out which way is right.  First I'm so mad at God about this.  Really...

Hand & Cloth blanket Christmas giveaway

Oh have I waited a long time for this giveaway!  I received one of these blankets a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with it.  I'm serious.  BEST BLANKET EVER. Hand & Cloth =  Phenominal blankets + helping women empower themselves.  End of story....

New Christmas Music for FREE!

It's Christmas music time and I have some great news for you today!!!  Austin Stone Worship has a new Christmas song that they released this week and they are giving it to you for FREE. Yes, you read that right.  It's FREE. It gets better …. Did you get the DAY OF...

Love 41 bracelet Christmas giveaway

LOVE41 is an organization that is new to me this year, but one that I now can say I love a lot!  I recently received one of their bracelets and it is so beautiful.  There's something for everyone on your list at this shop as well. Love 41 started when a woman visited...

Heshima Kenya Scarf giveaway

Today's giveaway is from an organization called Heshima Kenya, which is an organization that benefits women in Kenya.  These scarves are the softest I have ever owned and each one is handmade by an unaccompanied refugee woman that is living in Kenya. Check out this...

That day I was on the radio again.

A few days ago I was able to be a guest on the KOKE & COLE morning show here in Austin.  (Gracious, I even sang live on air -oh it's bad y'all.  So, so bad.)  {Remember I used to work on the radio for a very short stint in my life}  This summer I was able to go in...

Tabletop Truths Christmas giveaway

Today's giveaway is from TABLETOP TRUTHS and I love this company!  I first found them in 2011 and have been using their placemats ever since then!   All of their placemats provide us with easy ways to incorporate the word of God into something that we do every single...

Little Birdy Cards

My sweet friend Emily is an amazing designer and I've featured here before with a  giveaway and today she's here to tell you about her new business.  I can't tell you how much it excites me to feature businesses that are giving back to organizations that are helping...

Thanksgiving travel, Duck Dynasty, & my new reads

Happy Thanksgiving! We are celebrating in cold Cleveland, TN this year with Aaron's parents, his brother & sis-in-law, and our two nieces.  The kids are having a blast and if you squinted real hard you saw some snow flurries yesterday.  The kids even said they...

We put the tree up before Thanksgiving. Oh my.

I did something this past week that I hate. It seems as though everyone has some very strong feelings about this either way, and so maybe I shouldn't use the word hate for this.  I mean hate is a big word with big meanings, at least that's what we've been teaching our...

Sari Bari Blanket Christmas Giveaway

Today's giveaway is a beautiful blanket from Sari Bari. Sari Bari makes and sells beautiful, handmade, vintage sari products but it's more than that. The heart of Sari Bari is its women survivors of Kolkata's red light areas who have taken brave steps into new life,...

Unruh Signs Christmas Giveaway

This summer I added the cutest little sign to my kids bathroom from an online friend named Hayley.  She makes such wonderful signs that you could find one to fill up every room in your home with one. I love this WASH BRUSH FLOSS FLUSH sign.  It took an empty wall and...

Story is SIX!

Happy Birthday Story! My sweet baby girl is SIX today.  I remember when we celebrated Story's first birthday with us as she turned two.  She had been home one month and it was so wonderful to have her here for her birthday finally. We truly believe that Story is going...