simple joys: travel edition.

Dear seasoned travelers: this travel thing you do so frequently is an art form. Over the past few years, I’ve always felt like the Lord was easing me into the chaos and last-minute changes that come with traveling. And this past weekend was no different… which calls for the next post in the mini-series I … Continue reading

in the stillness.

I was about to start this post with, “how was everyone’s 4th of July?” when I realized that it’s been over a week since that happened, y’all. Where is the time going? And more importantly, where is the SUMMER going? Please don’t make me leave these long, warm days. Anyway, I’m finally recovering from a … Continue reading

our marriage turns one.

This is a really exciting day for me, y’all. I think back to one year ago, and in a day that was filled with nerves and anticipation and A LOT of preparation, it is a feeling of true joy that still sits with my soul as I think back on June 25, 2016. Today Jordan … Continue reading

in anxious times.

Friends, it is mid-May and the weather is warm and I just took advantage of Sonic Happy Hour, which is always a sign that summer is near. I love this time of year for so many reasons, mostly because it makes life feel so much more free and colorful. Even though this working girl no … Continue reading

simple joys: easter weekend.

As many of you sweet, loyal readers know, I have a tendency to be a bit long-winded. The other day I was thinking about so many of the simple, joyful moments that take place throughout my life, and I don’t take a lot of time to reflect on them here because they don’t seem to … Continue reading

a plea for more.

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t kick this post off by saying: GO. HEELS. We are National Champions, y’all! Monday night was amazing in so many ways — I screamed my head off and freaked out and became way too emotionally invested in college basketball, but I do believe it comes with a territory … Continue reading

proper pie & park views.

This morning was a good one, y’all. Oddly enough, it has been a day that went not according to plan at all. While I am not one for changing plans at the last minute, I’m grateful for a husband who goes with the flow and pushes me to let go of my tightly held plans … Continue reading

where we are.

So I was in conversation with a friend today and she made a comment about next week being March, and I had to do a double-take… can you believe that we’re already moving full steam ahead toward spring? (Of course, for those of us in the South it has felt like spring for a while … Continue reading

mama always told me.

Hi, friends! You may have noticed when you made your way over to the site today that this blog now lives under a new URL: thisbeautiful-life.com. Welcome! “This Beautiful Life” came to me so effortlessly when I started this site, and now seemed like the perfect time to make that the focus and the namesake … Continue reading

the good fight.

It’s been a heavy few days in the blogosphere, guys. I’ve seen a number of well-written posts about what is going on in our country (and by very clear extension, our world), and I’m not here to add to the noise or use my little corner of the Internet to make sure you know how … Continue reading