Happy 2017!

Happy New Year, friends! The holiday season flew by, as it often does, but I truly soaked up every ounce of fun with family before making the annual crossover.

Christmas, my birthday + New Years all lineup nicely at the end of each year and we always get large doses of sugar, fat, carbs, travel, laughs, glitter, shopping, snow and most importantly, togetherness. We had a great ending. That being said, I’m happy 2016 is finally in the rear view mirror.

2016, in a nutshell, broke me into pieces.. kinda like the peanuts you smash up, but without any sign of a sundae. It was one of those years where I kept looking for Ashton Kutcher, but he was nowhere to be found. No Ashton. No sundae. Just a lot of punk’d + pieces.

It was the year that instilled in me that God cannot shape us and He cannot use us if we sit in one comfortable spot. In the same way that rocks (and some of the coolest formations) are shaped by the elements of the outdoors, God exposes us to His own kind of storm for His perfect purpose. Sometimes hardship is merely a repercussion of a bad choice, but more often than not, God rocks our boat to test our faith and to reshape us as His rocks. Did I just call us God’s rocks? Anyway, those of us “rocks” with knicks and scuffs have a lot more compassion + enlightenment toward all the weathered folks along our path. Maybe it’s not even knicks and scuffs that we sport, maybe it’s actually smoothed edges.. either way, this is the pile I’m in.

I guess the message here is always try and use your circumstances. Nothing happens by mistake (Romans 8:28). I could type out my list of circumstances I had no part in creating, but the internet would run out of ink. 😉 Time to tighten up my ponytail and go help some fellow rocks..

This little boy of ours has been the hugest ray of sunshine imaginable and I loved trotting around with him to capture his sweetness. He runs like a pint-sized Jack Sparrow. It’s the best! I look at him and know that someday he will be taller than I am and hanging out with girls other than his sister + I, so I’m soaking up every kiss, hug, “you’re beautiful mama,” and snuggle I can while he’s still all mine. He’s pure sugar. <3

 

Scarf: Nordstrom

Jacket: Nordstrom

Sweater: Nordstrom

Jeans: Nordstrom

Booties: Nordstrom (similar)

 

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Big shout out to the amazing Amy of AMP Images for these shots!

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