Today in my neck of the woods, there is over a foot of snow on the ground, the kids are home from school (and playing so nicely together… for the moment!), and I just want to settle in with a cup of coffee and some good reading.

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Last year I had the honor of being a contributor for a magazine called Heart. When I say honor, I truly mean that. This magazine speaks so loudly to my heart, I was speechless when Rachel asked me to shoot for them. And if you know me, speechless isn’t something I am very often! The whole meaning and idea behind Heart is to help women find beauty in their stories. To bring women together to celebrate the beautiful, incredible things that have shaped their hearts. I mean, yes.

The shoot I got to do for the magazine was a Day in the Life of the fabulous Teresa of Hugs & Punches and her awesome family. Their story is so awesome, their faith is inspiring, and their family is so fun! Teresa and I were texting when we got our print copies of Heart because we were both just so excited about this whole thing. I mean, sure, it’s amazing to see my stuff in print, but you guys. This magazine is SO fabulous. I just can’t gush over it enough. Teresa agrees.

Anyway, all I’m saying is it’s worth a click to see this awesome magazine. They have online stories, as well as the print magazine, which comes out twice a year. The print magazine is different than your typical magazine – it’s more of a coffee table book that you will pick up and read for years to come. You can read Teresa’s story, as well as a ton of other encouraging, inspiring, funny, and pretty dang incredible stories. I’m off to that coffee and magazine calling my name. Enjoy today, friends.

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  • February 3, 2016 - 8:08 am

    Kari Rider - What a great mission! Can’t wait to check this publication out!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2016 - 8:17 am

    Michelle - That’s wonderful that you got to participate in the magazine! You definitely have me wanting to go check it out. It’s so much more meaningful to shoot for people we find inspiring in some way.ReplyCancel

This awesome couple, Jacques & Lindsey, and their super sweet dog, Ollie, were so easy to hang out with. A typical day in the life with them consisted of cooking together — something I just love because it really does create a unique connection. Jacques is something of a coffee aficionado, so he spent some time making some super delicious coffee too. After that, we went for a walk with the dog – I just can’t ever get over how blue the sky is in Colorado. So gorgeous. Then we hit a local brewery called Liquid Mechanics to have a few beers. I know I always say it, but these sessions are just so cool. I love the story that they tell about who you are, in this moment. It’s always an honor to be part of that.

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  • January 30, 2016 - 11:09 pm

    Larissa - So great- story telling and day in the life is so much bigger than just typical families with kids- couples cherish these too! You da bomb!ReplyCancel

i seriously will never get enough of these day in the life sessions. they make my heart go pitter-patter every single time. this family was no different. i’ve heard people say they don’t think they would be good for a day in the life because they don’t have little kids. well, i’m here to tell you that’s just plain crazy-talk. this family is so dear to me and i just couldn’t wait to do this shoot. their oldest daughter is a senior in college and their youngest is a freshman in college. they were all together for the holidays, so it was the perfect time for this shoot!

it started with some hanging out, cooking, snacking, laughing, and knitting. we took a little trip upstairs to their family library (right?!) to grab a few books for use this semester. after that we went out to the cottage — this super cool little get-away right in their backyard — for some relaxing. next, they smashed dishes to welcome in the new year and then played a game together. it was perfect.

thanks again, sweet friends. love you guys.

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a few weeks ago, my good friend posted a blog about giving back. i had been thinking about getting my ducks in a row so we could make shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year and her blog got my butt in gear (thanks, friend!). we talked with the kids about what this was, what it meant, and why it was important to give to others. this isn’t a new concept for them, but it always gets a little fuzzy around christmas when they are inundated with questions about what they want for christmas. after our talk, we went shopping for stuff for the shoeboxes. we got home and the kids gave some of their own money to help pay for the stuff in the boxes (husband…somewhere we did something right in this whole parenting thing! phew!). we packed boxes, colored pictures to put inside the boxes, and prayed for the kids who these boxes will eventually get to. then we headed out and dropped them off. this was such a cool experience with our kids because we really got to see that they do understand how incredible giving is and that this world needs more of that attitude. this isn’t to say they weren’t right back at looking through every toy ad they could find, but i do know they’re also excited about what christmas is really about: jesus and love.

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i am so humbled and excited to share this artists to know interview with you! the incredible mandy fitzgerald is a ridiculously talented painter and furniture artist in virginia. she has this super cool section of her blog where she features artists and today, it’s me! i can’t even put into words how truly humbed and honored i feel. please go check out mandy’s work while you’re there – i assure you, you won’t be disappointed! she’s so good!

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