deeply rooted.

February 26, 2015

"Not all of us are artists, but we all have a responsibility to use the gifts that God has given us. God knit you together, and He has given you gifts- they are specific to you. God how can I use my gifts, share my life, and literally return it all back to you?"

I had the incredible honor of being able to write an article for Deeply Rooted Mag - the winter issue. I was able to meet sweet Dianne at a conference in the fall and her precious heart and vision completely blew me away. 

" We are products of a creative creator and I have such great confidence in His purpose for my life, that He designed me uniquely."

Chris took the photos for the issue and I wrote the words. It was a collaboration that meant a lot to me. Truly grateful for such a beautiful opportunity. It has been so hard pressed on my heart this year to be a light. Then at church Sunday we heard a sermon on God's specific placement of we each have such a purpose and a place. So grateful to get to share some of my heart in this issue on using our gifts.


Deeply Rooted Magazine is a quarterly publication seeking to provide Christ-following women with Gospel-centered content so they may become deeply rooted in their faith. Each issue is a collaboration of 60+ writers and artists and has a variety of articles ranging from topics of theology and apologetics to DIY's and recipes. 

 The magazine is made with thick, heavy-weight paper making each publication more like a coffee table book than a traditional magazine.



February 24, 2015

Emma is a professional wedding and portrait photographer. She spends most of her time hanging out with her husband Owen, and her border collie puppy, Arby. She blogs at Emma Lee Photography where she showcases her work and shares about her every day life. After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and going through emergency surgery in 2012, Emma became particularly passionate about holistic medicine and achieving health and wellness through a natural lifestyle. She believes that good health is a true blessing from God and that He has blessed us with an abundance of resources to steward our health. Emma Lee Essentials is where she shares her lifestyle journey of creating a healthy home and life with essential oils, whole foods and natural remedies.

1-2 cups filtered water.
Handful of fresh or frozen raspberries.
Handful of blueberries.
1 drop of Young Living Tangerine, Grapefruit or Lemon Essential Oil. (MUST be Young Living oil)
Ice Cubes to serve. 
Fill a glass (or a jug if you want to make a large amount) with water. Add 1 drop of citrus essential oil, then add raspberries and blueberries and stir. Top with ice cubes and serve with a straw! [For a stronger flavour allow the water to steep in the fridge for 1-2 hours. 1-2 tsp of coconut sugar can also be added to sweeten.]

***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 

“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "


February 23, 2015

Guys I could not be any more excited about this!!! This is such a brilliant idea and the site/app are so amazing! So excited for all you sweet mamas to be to try this out! 

"- BabyList is a free universal baby registry. No one store has everything you need for baby. Add any products from ANY online store. Include handmade items from Indie shops, like Etsy and big box stores on ONE registry. Plus, add things money can't buy like favors from friends (house cleaning, hand me down baby clothes, baby sitting, you name it!)

- Already started a registry somewhere else? BabyList can link them or even transfer them to BabyList for you.

- It's super easy to share your registry with friends. We provide a single, personalized link just for you. Create a registry online or use the app for iPhone, iPad and Android systems.

- We're the ONLY baby registry that offers a registry completion discount at more than one store!

- We even send you free registry insert cards, like this."


February 22, 2015

Casey Diaper bag c/o: Lily Jade
Casey headband c/o: Love Sparkle Pretty 


February 20, 2015

ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Balsamic-Glazed Chicken + Bell Pepper Sandwiches

Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

We had family in town over the weekend and that is the only excuse I need to make fancy quiche for breakfast and savory sandwiches for lunch. I'll leave the floors un-mopped and the light switches un-wiped, but my word. We will have food. ;)
  ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Balsamic-Glazed Chicken + Bell Pepper SandwichesANNAPOLIS AND CO: Balsamic-Glazed Chicken + Bell Pepper Sandwiches

It is cold here (for Georgia) and I wanted to fill the kitchen up with warm-for-the-soul meals that would help us forget the fact that we only get ice storms while the rest of the states get snow. I am normally the first person to cheer for soup or chili, but it's February and I think we're all a little maxed out on those at this point in winter. So, I made some warm sandwiches with slow-roasted red peppers, melted provolone, and drizzly balsamic vinegar. They were so amazing we alllllllmost forgot about the snow. Almost.
  ANNAPOLIS AND CO: Balsamic-Glazed Chicken + Bell Pepper SandwichesANNAPOLIS AND CO: Balsamic-Glazed Chicken + Bell Pepper Sandwiches

  Makes 4-6 sandwiches 

 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 ½ teaspoon salt, divided
 1¼ pounds chicken breast tenders
 ½ cup balsamic vinegar, divided 
 2 cups red bell pepper strips (About 2 – 3 medium) 
 2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 large) 
 4-6 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced 
 ⅛ teaspoon black pepper 
 1 loaf of ciabatta bread or 4-6 rolls 

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Slice bell peppers (if using fresh) and arrange on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Toss gently with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt + pepper to taste. Roast in oven for about 30 minutes, or till the tips are beginning to blacken. Set aside while you prepare the chicken and onions. 2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt over chicken. Add chicken to pan; cook 1 minute on each side until lightly browned. Add ¼ cup balsamic vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until chicken is done and vinegar is syrupy. Remove chicken mixture from the pan; cover and keep warm. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel. 3. Return pan to medium-high heat; add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add onion and sautè 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ cup vinegar; cook 1 minute or until vinegar is syrupy. 4. Arrange provolone slices on top halves of bread and broil for a few minutes on top shelf in oven...till cheese is melted. Arrange chicken mixture evenly over bottom halves of bread. Top with bell pepper mixture and sprinkle with black pepper. Top with melted top halves of bread. Eat while warm and ENJOY! 

Facing a Broken Heart.

February 19, 2015

When I was still pregnant with our 3rd loss ( it was a baby boy by the way), Chris and I went to a movie. It was sort of symbolic of a girl going on a journey to face her hurt, find herself again and let it all go. She screamed in the mountains, danced in the rain and looked face to face with some of the darker hurts. As we left the movie theatre, I timidly mentioned to Chris that if we lost this baby I wanted to plan a roadtrip. I wanted it for our family. I want to stand on a mountain with my babies, I want to kiss my husband in the ocean and I want to live free as a bird. I want to dance and scream and experience every emotion that I have to its fullest potential. I want to feel it all. I want to be immersed in God's creation....I want to see His creation and just how Big He is in a whole new way. 

This summer it's happening. 

I wanted to share a few pics from our Valentine's Day. Something about this day every year is my favorite...getting to celebrate those that you love in an extra cheesy way- I adore that  :). I woke up and got to go on a breakfast date with Chris...we ate outside and it was literally the perfect morning. Beautiful sunshine, chocolate pancakes, a small breeze. perfect. We daydreamed about the trip- even made a route! Then just spent the day dreaming together!

When we got home that evening we grabbed the kiddos and cooked out for a fun family meal outside. It was such a sweet night and a perfect way to end the day. 

It feels good to be opening up our world again on this little space. No matter how small the story is to share- It's remembering, it's worth telling so that I have all the memories and feeling and emotions all alive in this space. 

It feels good to know that it's leading up to what I imagine will be a summer full of me facing emotion.

Alot of growing, changing, hurting and moving on. 

I know various people hit the loss journey at different times and make it through my loss tab in various seasons, for anyone reading - here is a song that I love so much. Turn it up loud.



February 18, 2015

Lily Jade is a favorite of mine for so many reasons. One, I adore sweet Meggan....I love her heart and the heart behind the company. I had the honor of meeting her in real life and she is just as precious and genuine as you would think. 

Also her bags are brilliant! ALL THE POCKETS! Seriously I can never have enough pockets for all the sippy cups and diapers and various things I have with me at all times. These are amazing gifts for mamas and once those sweet babies start to grow up, you still have a gorgeous purse- just pull the insert out! Great quality, adorable- everything you could hope for in a bag.

Giving away the beautiful Navy Cailin today....I have the purple and get compliments all.the.time!!!! 
LOVE! xoxoxo

** Just a few of my other favorites below** !!! 

"When I (Meggan) set out with my adventursome husband, Landon, to create Lily Jade, we had someone in mind. She's classy, but not pompous, appreciates design, textures, and little things that say "I care". And, she likes things that make sense. She doesn't mind paying a little more for something that lasts, especially when it can serve more than one purpose. The Lily Jade line was created to keep you organized, serve you at work or at play, and appeal to your senses as well as your sensibilities. With the included and removable/washable Baby Bag Organizer, one Lily Jade bag covers the role of two or three "regular" bags. Be sure to check out our other designs like the Madeline or Elizabeth, which also convert to backpacks!"



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