as i was thinking about thanksgiving & everything that i am truly thankful for i came across this post over at the shine project & that is my inspiration for this post. i love how these questions really prompted me to think of all the things that i am thankful for this year- all that God has done in my life. so here are 15 questions to prompt your gratitude.

1. Who do I appreciate? God. my family. the people who sacrifice their life for my freedom.

2. How am I fortunate? i have everything i could ever ask for & everything that i could ever need. God has blessed me with an amazing marriage & husband- i feel so fortunate for this almost more than anything else in my life.

3. What material possessions am I thankful for? our beautiful house & my camera :

4. What abilities do I have that I’m grateful for? that i am have discovered the different ways God has blessed me with a creative mind & compassion for people around me.

5. What about my surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) am I thankful for? i love california. it is such a beautiful place to live. the weather is phenomenal- especially compared to connecticut where i i grew up. i couldn’t be happier to be living in “paradise”

6. What experiences have I had that I am grateful for? giving birth & becoming a mom- all of this bundled up into one has been the hardest thing i have ever gone through, but no one experience has ever made me more aware of God’s presence & greatness than having a little tiny human grow inside of me & watch grow & unfold before my eyes. i am so thankful for the opportunity to be a mom & see God’s amazing hand through my son.

7. What happened today/yesterday/this week/this month/this year that I am grateful for? God’s provision in my life this year is so evident. He has lead us to so many new paths & has been there for us every step of the way. God is always good.

8. What opportunities do I have that I am thankful for? the opportunity to be a mom has been one of my greatest joys this year. i am so blessed.

9. What have others in my life done that I am thankful for? people who have prayed for me. who have really reached out to God in my behalf & my families- prayer works miracles.

10. What have others done that I am benefiting from in my life (even if I don’t know who those people are)? i think about my husband & how hard he works so that i can stay at home with my son. sometimes i take this for granted, but i am so blessed to be able to not miss seeing my son grow up & raise him. my husband has sacrificed himself & works so hard to make this a reality- he is my hero & i love him so much :)

11. What relationships am I thankful for? God. i have no idea where i would be with out my relationship with Him. He is the only one that is always there for me & the only one i find complete comfort in- Thank you God for a personal relationship.

12. What am I taking for granted that, if I stop to think about it, I am grateful for? health. everyone around me is healthy & i take that for granted. my parents, justins parents, all of our families God have been blessed as of now with great health & i am so thankful.

13. What is there about the challenges/difficulties I have experienced (or am currently experiencing) that I can be thankful for? (e.g., What have I learned? How have I grown?)that they teach me to rely on God & realize that i can not control everything & even though times can be hard it is all a learning process.

14. What is different today than it was a year ago that I’m thankful for? so many things are different,but i am thankful to be at a better place than a year ago. i feel more alive & myself than i did a year ago just having my son & i am thankful.

15. What insights have I gained that I am grateful for? there are so many, but this year i feel like God has really taught me that this life is not about ME. it is about serving others & genuinely loving people around you in the little ways.

happy thanksgiving to you & your family. i hope today is a day that you can look back & cherish. i know that i am thankful for today & all the people that i am surrounded with this thanksgiving. with love,


catch up.

these last two weeks have been relaxing, stressful, wonderful, enlightening, encouraging, busy, & fun.

shane & i ventured off to CT two weeks ago to visit my family & friends- WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. shane loves spending time with his grandparents & aunties & uncle & vice versa. we were all over spending time with as many people as we could fit in & it was such a great time. & i had one of the most relaxing/fun days i have had in a couple years- i spend the day in NYC with my best friend(post to follow soon) it was perfect-everything about the day.

from our trip in CT shane & i jetted off to south carolina to visit old friends & attend our cousin cristies wedding as well as spend time with justins brother nathaniel who had never seen shane before- every moment was great.

& then it seemed like before we knew it we were yet again off flying home & at least this time i had help with shane. i am so thankful that i have justin. i have so much respect for single parents- i don’t know how you do it. just knowing that justin was there to help me made everything so much easier.

i LOVED every minute of our travelling/ vacation, but i can say that i am so thankful to be home in my own bed & not to be living out of a suite case.

also i am glad to be back into my routine & i can keep up with my blog a little better now that i am at home & settled in :)

hope you have a happy tuesday<3

with love,


guest posting & photo friday.

i am guest posting over at momma rake today. i just love marissa’s blog. it is so inspiring & she always posts the most delish recipes! hope you check it out :)

i am heading out in the a.m. for a 2 week trip which includes: connecticut, new york city, south carolina, & georgia! phew. it is making me tired just thinking about it, but it will be an amazing time with friends & family.

so before i leave here is life lately according to my iphone.


hope you all have an amazing weekend :)



a lion & a flower.

this past weekend we got to take a little trip down to san diego to visit some our good friends. their daughter audrey is 4 months younger than shane & i believe they were destine to be the best of friends :)

sarah joy blogs over here. check it out sometime she has the cutest little family & is a wonderful wife & momma & always such an encouragement.

here are some pictures of our babies in their costumes for halloween. how cute are they? love these two little ones.

happy tuesday :)