Introducing Anchored: Finding Hope In The Unexpected

The Making of a Manuscript

That stack of paper is my book. Or more accurately, it is the final page proofs for what will become my book. Recently I went page by page with a red pen to make final edits, which made me feel like a very professional writer. Like Ann M. Martin. (So chilly.) You might be wondering what this book is about. I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect words to describe it: Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down. Oh no, wait. That's not me. That's the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This is my story. This is a story about when everything was fearfully fragile. My one and a half pound daughter, … [Read more...]

The Perils Of A Perfect Face & Pickup Lines


J and I were sitting on the couch when he said "Oh, something weird happened to me at work today." Then he proceeded to tell me that while he was in the break room, a girl walked in, looked at him and said "You have a perfect face." He said he was a bit flustered by that so he asked her what she meant, thinking maybe she was talking about something scientific like symmetry or standard deviations of beauty or whatever magazines mention about that sort of thing. And she responded "You have a perfect face. You're very attractive and you have beautiful eyes." I mean, I am not disagreeing with any of these statements on account of how … [Read more...]

What I Wore In Ireland: Packing For Ireland In The Spring

What To Wear In Ireland: Packing For Ireland In The Spring! - Tips for creating a budget-friendly capsule travel wardrobe!

We visited Ireland over Saint Patrick's Day and before we left I spent a ton of time trying to figure out what in the world to wear in Ireland in March. Mostly because I am slightly obsessive about packing and also because I envisioned a lot of rain. Spoiler alert: there was no rain. In Ireland. I KNOW. Because we were staying in different bed and breakfasts as we traveled across the country, I wanted to pack my husband and myself in just a single suitcase since we would be moving our luggage several times. I've been working on building a capsule wardrobe for awhile so my goal when packing for Ireland was to create a smaller, … [Read more...]

Our Family Basket Hunt (A Fun Easter Bunny Alternative)

Faith Based Easter Basket

Many of y'all have asked how we approach Easter after reading my post on having a mostly non-toy Christmas and I have been a bit hesitant to share. Because the thing is, we don't do the easter bunny in our house and I definitely wouldn't want anyone to feel as though I think their celebration is wrong if they do, we just made the decision not to. Instead I chose to tell Scarlette that her Easter basket is a gift from us because Easter is a day of celebration and that we are celebrating the gift of grace that we have in Jesus. The hard thing for me about making that decision was that I didn't want our daughter to miss out on those … [Read more...]

KA Confessions: Random Facts About Yours Truly

Kayla Aimee & Scarlette

I felt like it would be fun to bring back the series where I post random information about myself because I really love to read those on other people's websites. I used to do it on Fridays, like clockwork, and it had a nice title full of alliteration and everything except I can't keep that kind of commitment anymore because of how I am currently living in a very beautiful season of chaos. In any case, please tell me if you share any of these quirks with me so that I can feel all warm and fuzzy about it. 1) I have to read everything from the bottom up. I prefer to start my magazines at the end and if I need to scroll through a list of … [Read more...]

Sweet Little Firsts: Footprints and Swaddlers


Now that I have Mommy Friends, one of my favorite things to do is host playdates. Scarlette loves to have friends over and I love it when my house is full of of laughter and little feet running around. So I said yes when Pampers asked me if I wanted to host a party because I figured it was a great excuse to have people over and also because sometimes the perks of blogging means I get to bless my friends with things like free diapers and wipes. Gift giving is my love language, y'all. The theme of the party was supposed to be Baby's Firsts, to go along with a new video that Pampers has released celebrating all of the "first" moments parents … [Read more...]

For The Love Of Books And Airplanes

Book Review: Anna's Crossing - Amish Fiction by Suzanne Woods Fischer

I think it is well documented on the internet that Jen Hatmaker is one of my favorite authors.  And one of my favorite parts of blogging is getting to review early copies of books before they release, because I am a girl who loves literature of all kinds. So when I saw Jen Hatmaker post on facebook that she had limited openings for the launch team for her book that releases in August I thought to myself "Self, this is pleasing to me because I would like to read an advance copy of this book and I shall attempt to snag a space by filling out this form that she posted." She mentioned that there were only 500 spots for reviewers and I … [Read more...]

A Budding Author: Stories By Scarlette


Lately Scarlette's favorite activity is to create her own storybook. At bedtime she loves for me to make up stories for her and then she likes to tell me a made up bedtime story of her own. One day I was working at the computer when she sat down across from me with a handful of paper and a fistful of crayons and said "Look Mommy, I writing a book like you!" And so I told her that if she would work on all the drawings for her book she could tell me the story and I would write it down and then we could put it all together to make a special book. I've just been writing them down exactly as she tells them to me and they absolutely make my … [Read more...]

The Perils Of Passport Offices

European Town

On Friday, the day that the world was abuzz about what color The Dress was, I had to go to the passport office because J and I had let ours expire. Getting new passports has been on my to-do list forever but because it wasn't quite as pressing as other items such as Raising A Kid and Binge Watching The Entire Series Of Veronica Mars so I sort of never really got around to it. Plus, I reasoned that it wasn't like anyone was ever just going to randomly invite me on a trip to Europe so it wasn't as though I was going to need a passport all spur of the moment or anything. (This is the same reasoning I used to not clean under my couch before … [Read more...]

Grab Your Passport And My Hand


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Getaways. All opinions are 100% mine. The other night J and I went to have passport photos made, which was a bit of an experience on account of how I am very, very pale and so the first set of photos they took of me came out with just a white blur where my face is supposed to be. I LITERALLY DID NOT SHOW UP ON FILM. Like a vampire. I am not even exaggerating when I tell you that they reprinted my passport photos SEVEN TIMES in order to darken them enough to be able to make out my facial features. And then they snapped J's picture and it just printed out perfectly on … [Read more...]