Building A Simplified Life

Right now my to do list feels like a mile long, and I hate that feeling. 

The feeling of overwhelm that creeps in when I realize I’ve said yes to too many things for this season of life.  

I want simple. I want abundant. I want rhythm and routine. I want some sort of order, because my physical reality reflects my mental reality and right now it’s all just screaming mess and overwhelmed and clutter  I want to change that though and build a simpler life. 

I read this blog post today, and this part really stuck out to me: 

” Simple does not equal small. Simple does not equal mundane. Simple does not equal boring. Simple does not equal SETTLING.

Simple is rich and beautiful. Simple is easy. Simple is refreshing.

A simplified life has an ease about it, even when life throws curveballs. A simplified life is one lived with intention, purpose, and love. A simplified life is rooted in routine, rhythm, and tradition. A simplified life has a cadence about it that is both soothing and foundational. A simplified life provides a sturdy foundation upon which ambition, creativity, and adventure are built.“ 

I want that life and I’m ready to create it. 

Building (and having) a Simplified life is something I can’t stop thinking about, and right now I’m taking the steps to build a Simplified life.  

Over the next few weeks (and months) I’ll be changing things and creating habits. Some of that will include: 

  • simplifying our stuff

  • figuring out a better meal planning system

  • coming up with a (flexible) routine/schedule for our days

  • taking a step back from social media to figure out where I really want to be online

  • spending more time in the quiet, unrushed moments instead of running from one thing to the next

  • focusing on building simple health habits for me and my family

  • saying yes to the right things and saying no to everything else.

I’m ready to calm my soul and my life. I’m ready to talk about living a simple life, instead of a rushed and busy one. I’m ready to build a Simplified life that works for our family.  




This Stage of Life

I know a lot of moms love the newborn stage and say it was/is their favorite.  

I’m happy for those people, but I wasn’t one of them. 

I was so exhausted (and I really really don’t do well on that little sleep), my boobs hurt, I was sore from pushing out a baby. And while I did love smelling her newborn smell and having snuggles 24/7, it wasn’t my favorite stage.  

I’m really loving this stage. Everyday Von is learning new words and new things. She loves to have dance parties and snuggle in the morning. Her favorite thing in the morning is to go to the fridge, try to open it, and ask for chocolate 😂 girl, I got you. Just after we we breakfast.  

I love how she smiles at me, hugs me, and gives me random kisses. I love that she falls asleep in my arms for most naps and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

We read books and dance and laugh a lot. We also both cry sometimes.  

Today we played with this little dog we have. I would chase her with it and say “woof woof woof” and then she would say “woof woof woof” as she ran away laughing.  

I really struggled in the beginning of being a mom.  

Now I'm trying to enjoy this stage that we’re in and that’s my goal for every next stage of life.  

There are hard and beautiful parts of every stage, and I want to be better at seeing more of the good.  


Father’s Day + The Best Surprise

I’m trying to be better at writing in the evening and scheduling posts for the next morning so I can have a post Monday - Friday. No one is asking me to do this, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do, so here we are. 

Its getting late and the world is quiet, like it nearly always is when I write my posts. Von fell asleep just a minute ago and I haven’t moved her to her crib yet. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.

Father’s Day 2019

Griffin and I celebrated Father’s Day and mother’s day with a fancy homemade dinner the other week, but yesterday we went to this funny little restaurant in Lakewood called Casa Bonita. We went with Griffin’s parents. His dad had been before and warned us that the food was not great but we had to go for the experience.  

When we first entered I felt like I was about to go on a ride at Disneyland, the way the line was set up.  

Griffin’s dad was right. The food was not great. But it was okay enough that we ate what we got.  

We also watched some of the divers dive into the pool they had and Von was just wide eyed, taking it all in. I should have taken some pictures because it was definitely a weird and fun experience.  

Today Griffin stayed home from church because he’s got a nasty cold. I went and taught his primary class.  

After church Von took a long nap and I worked on my book, but more on that this week.  

When Von woke up, we FaceTimed my parents to wish my dad a happy Father’s Day.  I’m going to Utah in a few weeks with Von and it will be my first time flying solo with her. I’m a bit nervous but also really excited about the trip. We started talking about my trip and my dad said “and you know where I’ll pick you up right?” I was slightly confused, I was thinking, maybe we’re going to ride the train home from the airport? And then my dad said

”from Denver”  

it took me a second before I said “wait what?” And then I started crying because I’m a cryer.  

My dad decided to surprise me and fly out that morning and then fly back to Utah a few hours later so I don’t have to fly to Utah alone with Von.  

I feel so blessed and grateful and it takes off a lot of stress. We’ve flown with Von before, but I haven’t flown by myself with her. My dad was going to just surprise me at the airport, but they didn’t want me stressing too much that morning so they told me! Best surprise ever! 

I’m so grateful for my dad and for Griffin. They are both amazing fathers and I’m so glad they are in my life. I’m so glad we got to celebrate them and all fathers this weekend. 

Now I’m feeling pumped and ready for the week ahead, I hope it’s a good one for you too. 



Mom and Sis Came to Visit

Growing up I got to see my grandparents every week. One lived about 10 minutes away and the other about 15. 

I never realized how blessed I was to play with my cousins every Sunday or hug my grandparents weekly.  

As an adult who lives in a different state, I often miss those Sunday afternoons.  

The feelings of love and home that came with it. The feelings that I always experience every time I’m there.  

As a mom, I want Von to feel that love, security, and home feeling wherever we may be.  

Even though she doesn’t see her extended family members every week, we still get to see them often. 

On Tuesday my mom and sis drove to the airport (at 3am) only to learn that their flight was canceled. Major bummer. Thankfully they were able to come today instead. (Well, yesterday, since you’ll probably be reading this Friday)

We hung out, they took Von to the park while I had a work meeting. We watched You’ve Got Mail and had McDonald’s for lunch. We tried to get Von down for a nap but she refused so we went to the library and grabbed a few things from Target I needed for dinner.  

It was a simple day.  

A beautiful day.  

Von played and played and played and loved every second of time she got with my mom and Kenna. It was the best.  

Hugging them as they left for the airport tonight was hard, it always is, but I know I’ll see them again soon. 

I’m feeling super grateful for the sacrifices my family makes to be able to see us as often as they do. In some ways they bring pieces of home here, and in some ways I’m making home right where I’m at.  




The Number of Love Blog Tour: Spotlight and Excerpt


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


Title: The Number of Love  
Series: Codebreakers #1  
Author: Roseanna M. White  
Publisher: Bethany House  
Release Date: June 4, 2019  
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.



Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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Drake kept his gait smooth and casual as he walked along the street, even whistling a popular tune that anyone listening would recognize and dismiss. Just a normal Spanish man, out for a stroll before he retired to his home for an afternoon out of the heat.

The glance he sent upward took in the tall, narrow windows in the building. A warehouse, without question. But was it the warehouse? The one he’d been searching for this past fortnight? He couldn’t be sure until he looked inside.

That, though, was proving a challenge. The windows were too high up for him to see into from the street and too dusty to give him a clear view from the building across the way—he’d tried that yesterday.

He was running out of time. If he loitered around this neighborhood much longer, people would begin to notice him and wonder who he was, why he’d suddenly appeared. They’d start asking questions.

No one knew better than he that questions could lead to answers—and he didn’t much fancy anyone finding answers about him.

He had to get inside. There was no other option.