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I often share quotes from books I’m reading on my instagram feed, this one was a far too long to put in a caption but I just thought it was so good! So here you go, this is from Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning.

“Today I double up with laughter whenever I realize that I have started “managing” my life once more – something we all do with astounding regularity. The illusion of control is truly pathetic, but it is also hilarious. Deciding what I most need out of life, carefully calculating my next move, and generally allowing my autonomous self to run amuck inflates my sense of self importance and reduces the God of my incredible journey to role of spectator on the sidelines… One of the most arduous spiritual tasks is that of giving up control and allowing the Spirit of God to lead our lives. 

On the other hand, presumption is such an insidious perversion that trust is not merely tainted but corrupted by it. In presumption, we assign God the task of doing for us what we should be doing for ourselves…

…Father Martin says, picture a guy who comes and says, “Father, I am a hopeless alcoholic. I’ve been drinking a quart of vodka, a gallon of Chablis, and a case of beer every day for the last twenty years. I’ve read a lot of the miracle stories in the Bible lately, and I know that Jesus is the master of the impossible. So pray over me and tell Jesus to set me free from Bondage.” And Father Martin responds, “I’ve got a better idea. Go to Alcoholics Anonymous, attend ninety meetings in ninety days, find yourself a sponsor, diligently work the Twelves Steps under his guidance, and read the Big Book every day. In other words, do the hard work.” 

The most common form of presumption is the expectation that God will directly and secretly intervene in human affairs. We presume that by saying “Lord, Lord,” the cancer or bankruptcy or infidelity will disappear. We presume that God answers prayers by assuring good outcomes, that food for the widows and orphans will fall from heaven, and that the Holy One infallibly guarantees a baby’s safe delivery…

The theological arguments that support an interventionary God are many and varied. Frequently people report that they have experienced a physical cure or an inner healing. And they have. “Yet,” as John Shea writes, “one brutal historical fact remains – Jesus is mercilessly nailed to the cross and despite the Matthean boast, twelve legions of angels did not save him from that hour. No cop-out redemption theories that say God wanted it that way explain the lonely and unvisited death of God’s Son. This side of the grave Jesus is left totally invalidated by the Lord of heaven and earth.

Trust in God does not presume that God will intervene. 

Often trust begins on the far side of despair. When all human resources are exhausted, when the craving for reassuranes is stifled, when we forgo control, when we cease trying to manipulate God and demystify Mystery, then – at our wits’ end – trust happens within us, and the untainted cry, “Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit,” surges from the heart…

…It seems that the Master had something more in mind when he said, “Trust in me””

Poppy These Days


4.5 year old Poppy I would freeze in time if I could. Even though I have to walk on egg shells for the first hour of the day and be careful not to suggest the wrong thing for breakfast she is such a sweet sidekick to me and a great helper. (Rocking her crooked tooth above that she knocked loose on tile floor a couple years ago).

  1. These days she wants to be a police woman. I warned her about the bad guys she’ll have to fight but she’s still on board.
  2. Getting dressed is a *process*. A very frustrated “I just don’t know what I want to wear!!” is released almost daily. If only I would let her wear a princess dress everyday.
  3. Asks Google to play Shake it Off by Taylor Swift every morning.
  4. Her favourite car jam is The Middle by Zedd
  5. Loves to colour, make cards, practice letters. Or just cut paper into a million pieces all over her carpet.
  6. Is left handed.
  7. Is so nurturing to her little brother Skip, and his is biggest cheerleader when trying to learn new things.
  8. Asks me to put her in gymnastics classes everyday.
  9. Whenever I tell her that something is expensive she says “How much? Like, Ninety ninety?”
  10. Strokes my face and tells me “You’re my girl” or “Daddy found the best mommy”
  11. Is very social, loves to be around lots of kids.

These beautiful photos were taken by my good friend Elissa Crowe. When we are doing shoots for work she always manages to capture the kids killing time in between shots in the sweetest way.

Beachy Hair Tutorial

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done hair tutorial (I actually don’t know if I have done one since I used to make them with Treasures & Travels). But I figured it was time to bust the ol camera & hair tools out for you guys, and it was fun! I like the idea of creating more videos so don’t hesitate to give me requests!

This is the thickening spray I used in the video.

Simplifying my routine

Getting ready in the morning with the kids isn’t always something that happens easily. Ideally I’m awake before them and have that time alone to get ready, but let’s be realistic… That’s not usually how it goes. So I’ve learned to simplify a few things to make it easier for me to feel “ready”. I’ve teamed with Schick on this post and decided to share 5 of the tricks I use the most.

  1. Put in dry shampoo before bed. Before you go to sleep put dry shampoo on your roots, you can just leave them looking all white and powdery and come the morning it will be rubbed in for the most part and not looking greasy.

2. Sleep with your hair in a high pony. I use a loose elastic or a scrunchie to avoid a ponytail kink. Sleeping with your hair up makes your curls (or even straight hair) last longer. Keeping the ends from getting squished and bent under your head. I’ve also found this beneficial while growing my hair out, because when my ends don’t get messed up I don’t need to apply heat to them between washes. Generally I curl my hair after showering and can leave it for a few days until my next wash.

3. I put a clothing rack in my bedroom with my staple clothing pieces. I still have a closet with random shirts, shorts, workout clothes, bras, undies, etc. But having the pieces that I like to wear the most in a separate spot makes getting ready quicker because I have less to choose from. I recently went on a shopping spree (again) and managed to finally find a pair of workout shoes at!

4. Using the Schick Intuition 3-in-1 razor really does save time when you’re trying to shave quickly because you can skip shaving cream and moisturizing. It lathers and moisturizers while you’re shaving. I use it most days with my leg up in the sink and I don’t get razor burn like I do when I try to do a quick sink shave with a normal razor.

5. If you do put dry shampoo in your hair in the morning you can use the blowdryer to blend it in quickly. This takes about 3o seconds vs a couple minutes of going through the layers of my hair to make sure that I don’t have any powder showing

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