Fall's hidden blessing

Monday, October 24, 2016


Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I get overly zealous with plans to make caramel apples, carve pumpkins, and do all the other million cozy things with my family. Well so far, none of these things have happened this fall. In fact, the one weekend we went apple picking, it turned out to be the last day of the season and there were no more apples on the trees when we arrived. #momfail 

This weekend, I also had these grandiose plan to bake and make with my kids and then Saturday night I came down with a horrible mastitis. I was so sick all Saturday night and the whole day Sunday. Once again, I wasn't able to do any of the fun things I planned with my kids but it turned out to be such a blessing in disguise. This time to rest and to take care of myself was what this season was calling for instead. My girls and Mike spent the whole day serving me and making sure I got all the rest I needed. I slept most of the day, and it was just what I needed the most. Although I woke up today still in achy pain, I never thought I'd actually be grateful for mastitis. But, if anything was going to slow me down, that is what it was going to take. 

So sometimes, life gives you lemons (even in your favorite season) and you can still make lemonades out of them. 

PS: the picture was from a couple weeks ago on our "apple picking" day. :) 

simplifying thoughts

Friday, October 21, 2016


This summer I read this crazy book while I was going through some nesting before our homeschooling year was going to begin. It had me donate an embarrassing number of large trash bags of clothes. They say to do it all at once in one day, but when you have three kiddos things don't always get done in one day. So the worst part is, I'm not even done yet. 

I have several books on my nightstand the past couple months, (which I will share in another post) but the story of my life seems to be that I want to simplify. Most especially in the clothing department. I've been sort of working on a capsule wardrobe the past couple months. Mostly because I hate seeing so much laundry pile up. I mean, if you wear less clothes then less laundry, right?? I don't know if that's all true or not. 

Have you all ever considered or done a capsule wardrobe? I realize that I always seem to be wearing the same favorite things anyway, so why not give it a go? After all even if I have a dozen shirts in my closet, I always wear like the rotating 3 favorite, right? So a couple weeks ago I hit up the Anthropologie sale and picked up some Fall staples for an amazing deal, including these joggers that I'm wearing above.

Would you all like to see what the rest of my wardrobe capsule consists of? I'll try to put together a blog posts of my rotating favorites soon. :) 

Happy weekend to you all! I'm looking forward to a weekend of Fall cooking, shuttling my little girls to Nutcracker ballet rehearsals, and college alumni reunions.   


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Just like the four seasons of the year, I'm also learning about the seasons of motherhood and wifehood. There has been a huge shift of season for our family in the past couple months. Mike took a big leap of faith and we started working on our own family business. It all happened like the same week I started our homeschooling year. So many changes all at once, just like the shift in seasons. Its been such a growing season for our family and so good in all the hard ways. 

I'm so proud of my husband. You guys, we have been praying about this since January of this year and were waiting for God's timing in it all. Eight months later, we felt a sure enough peace and consolation in knowing it was time. It was really scary to know he was just going to tell his boss one day that he was leaving, and not knowing when our next paycheck would be. Its only been about two months in, but God has literally provided for us everyday. He has been working so hard and around the clock most days. Yet, the flexibility it has given to our family has been truly glorious. I've been counting my blessings for this season of life everyday. Yes its not all so easy, but Mike and I are always reminding each other that we have too much to be grateful for.

So thats a little update about our little life right now. In between juggling three kiddos all day, homeschooling, and starting up a family business its been a little crazy around here. I'm planning on coming back to this space and blogging more often now that I'm able to catch my breath. I have so much to share and I can't wait to come back to creativity. The past year has been a juggling one for me, so many hard and exhausting days, and I didn't have much energy to give myself to anything else at the end of the day. This season has been a welcoming change and I'm just so, so grateful.  

Hope you all are thriving out there and this season of life is being kind to you too. :) 

Xx Diana 

PS: These pictures are from our friend's wedding a couple weeks ago. Sophia and Zelie were the flower girls, and Mike was the best man. The top two pictures were taken by my talented friend Katie Beverly