Sixteen years ago today I became his wife. I was so excited for our adventure and amidst all the great times there were some really really rough times. Marriage has undoubtedly been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s also been the greatest most refining thing I’ve ever done. Those rough times taught me so much about love and legacy, trust and endurance. There is no one else who would ever choose to love me like Mark does. Sacrificially and completely. I truly am the luckiest woman in the world and I thank God for giving me more than I deserve. ❤️
We snuck away to Sonoma County for the weekend and stayed in the CUTEST town of Healdsburg! It’s gorgeous and fall is in full swing here! We ate at the best restaurants and enjoyed some great wines. Of course had to get charcuterie and cheese! 😍Highly recommend this area of California! #16thanniversary
Our family dress up theme this year was Mary Poppins! Happy Halloween! 🎃
It FINALLY feels like fall today! The sky is ominous, the rain is pouring, the air is crisp, and my porch is covered in pumpkins! 🎃 This is my favorite time of year! Who else? 🙋🏻♀️
Happy September 1st!! 🍁 I am NOT sad to see August go. Who else?? Last month was hard for me. The kids went back to school and I was alone a lot. It was the first time in YEARS I’ve had so much time to myself and the silence was so loud. I had a lot of time to consider next steps... Getting my degree in culinary arts seemed like a great idea when owning a restaurant in our adorable downtown was the goal, but the reality of that being impossible (right now) led me down the path of the unknown and NOTHING shakes me up like not having a plan. Do I finish my bachelors? How do I use the experience and education I have now? Am I too old to start a new career? I found myself hating on my younger self a lot. 😔 I wasn’t super kind to myself. Luckily clarity did come, but not easily. This month I’m choosing to be more loving to myself. 💗 Big changes are hard! Thanks to those of you who’ve reached out and encouraged me! I love you guys! #selfloveseptember
I took a week off Instagram (mostly) to focus on myself and adjust to our new routine with Emma in high school. Honestly, I’ve been in an end-of-summer funk; kids are back in school and now it’s time to get serious about my next steps professionally, which is causing me so much angst. I usually have a plan but as of now I don’t and that freaks me out. Praying and waiting and praying and waiting...and praying. For me, waiting is the absolute hardest thing. You too?
The only way I eat pasta 95% of the time is courtesy of @miraclenoodle! Not a sponsored post at all - just LOVE them so much! 🤤 They’re made from the Konjac plant and are low carb, blood-sugar friendly, keto, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan, kosher! Have you ever?? 🍝
Last Monday before all my kids are in school calls for a cheese + charcuterie board and pool time with friends! 👯♀️ How are you spending your last days of summer break??
Here are 5 things most people don’t know about me: 1 👉🏼 Even though I seem like an extrovert I am actually SUPER introverted. I love my quiet time, I like staying home vs going out, I can count my closest friends on one hand and like it that way. 2 👉🏼 I could eat sushi every single day! I never get sick of it. 🍣 3 👉🏼 I always knew I’d have 2 girls and 1 boy! Before I had kids I even bought our family Christmas stockings and made sure I had theirs because I was certain! I tell the kids this story every Christmas when we hang our stockings. ❤️ 4 👉🏼 I HATE flying ✈️ but LOVE being in new places! If only I could teleport! 5 👉🏼 I was a band geek! I played the clarinet for 8 years and LOVED it! 🤓 . YOUR TURN! Tell me something about you that I’d never guess by visiting your IG! 😀
What surviving the hottest summer EVER in CA history looks like. 🥗 The only time I can cook is early morning or with the AC blasting, so #cobbsalad is on the menu daily! How are you surviving summer?