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Thank the good Lord, we made it home safe and sound from our trip last night and it felt amazing walking through the front door🙌

Our first day back has been super low key, consisting of sleeping in, lots of coffee and watching the Road to Avonlea series that my seester got me for Christmas (any other Avonlea fans out there?!). And I'm very giddy currently because I was finally able to snag a @letterfolkco board for myself today! It was on my wishlist, but would sell out every single time we went to buy one. Can't even wait till it comes in the mail!

The rest of the day will be full of catching up on housework, unpacking, playing with all of our Christmas goodies and we might go see Rogue One later tonight. I'm also dying to see LaLa Land too, though. Has anyone gone to see either of those movies yet?! What did you think?! #thelowlylife #homesweethome #seekthesimplicity #feelfreefeed

Happy Fall, Friends🍂

It's a good day when you get to celebrate the weekend AND the start of your favorite season!

This time of year, all I want to wear are cozy sweaters and boots, eat yummy soups and pies and drink lots of cider. I love watching the leaves change, going to fall festivals, cozying up with favorite reads and movies, and looking forward to the coming holidays.

And to think that we may find our first home during such a beautiful and fun season makes me all giddy inside!
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Hubby and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day together last night, with a romantic dinner downtown at @latraviata_atx and it was some of the best Italian food I've had in my life!

And this handsome stud still gives me butterflies😍 Always and forever, my valentine. #thelowlylife #austinblogger #fashionblogger #darlingweekend

Not gonna lie, this girl is a bit weepy today.

Jay and I woke up this morning to find out that an investor bought the home (paid in cash and over asking price) that I was so sure was going to be ours. It seemed perfect in every way and I loved it so much😭 I even sent a letter to the owners, trying to butter them up as best as I could to get them to go with us instead.

We know that there's a reason we didn't get it and that there's something better coming, but it doesn't take away from the sadness I'm feeling over this place. It was so beautiful and will be a hard one to top, that's for sure.

Prayers for peace, wisdom and patience as we continue searching for our first home would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, friends! What's something awesome happening in your life right now? Help cheer me up🎉 #thelowlylife #makewavesmonday

Real talk: I struggle with anxiety. I've struggled with it for years and it's something I don't really talk about and have just never been able to shake.

The most random things trigger it and it's such a helpless, scary feeling. I've come before God so many times asking Him about it, why I struggle with it so much and what it's rooted in.

But the other day I was listening to one of my favorite preachers, Alistair Begg, teach on it and this fact that he shared was mind blowing to me: anxiety is rooted in pride.

That's a pretty tough pill to swallow, but when you really stop and think about it, it's so true. Even though it's not my intention, at the heart of it, I think I know better than God, and therefore doubt his wisdom and sovereignty. By doing this, I rob myself of peace about my life and the lives of those dear to me. I choose not to trust him and allow myself to spiral out of control.

When we give into the fear and instability of our own thoughts there comes a point where we crumble. But when our hearts and our eyes are fixated on a Savior who loves us, and who is powerful and perfect in all His ways, our feet will be firmly planted and our souls fully rested.

I haven't been too vocal about my struggle with anxiety, but feel like I need to be more, and want to encourage anyone else out there that deals with it too. You are not alone and the grace and strength of Jesus is sufficient for the heavy burden you bear.

Anxiety is no joke and is something that should never be dealt with on our own. Not only is Christ our ever present help in times of trouble, but he uses those around us to encourage, comfort and point our attention back to Him.

My heart and prayers go out to anyone else who deals with this and I just want to put it out there that I am here for you. Please DM me if there's anything I can do or if you're just in need of a friend. ❤️ #thelowlylife #realstagram

Thank the LAWD, it's Friday people🎉

This time next week I'll be back at one of my favorite places on earth!

And this will be my absolute favorite visit, because I'll have my seester and niece with me😭🙌🎉
They'll be flying in Wednesday to spend some time with us here in Austin and I'm already a mess about it! Can't even wait to be with my best friend for a few days and to give lots of hugs and kisses to my sweet niece!

What a busy, productive week this has been. Now it's time to rest, soak up the sun, get lots of snuggles in with my guy and just allow ourselves to be lazy. I see some Thai takeout and a movie rental in our future!

What are some good movies out that we should watch and what are you up to this weekend? #thelowlylife #magnoliamarket #feelfreefeed

My friends, FINALLY we get to share our big, exciting news with all of you: WE'RE MOVING TO GEORGIA🎉

This move has been a huge matter of prayer and discussion since December and we now have the peace and confirmation to go. And when I say go, I mean we're leaving next weekend🙈

Austin has such a special place in our hearts and we are so thankful that we were able to be in Texas for a season. We've made so many dear friends, had unforgettable experiences and grown in every aspect of life.

But we are so ready for this new chapter in Atlanta! Not only are we looking forward to all of the adventures ahead, but we'll be living in the same city as my parents and brother for the first time since being married, and we are just beyond thrilled about that! It doesn't even seem real😭

As soon as we get back from vacation, we're packing our bags, boxes and hitting the road, so things are about to get craaaazy! Please keep us in prayer, as we prepare for our big move and as we say goodbye to what's been our home these past couple years.

Farewell, Austin. Hello, Atlanta! #thelowlylife #sheexplores

16x40 Wooden "Gather" Sign: $110 Shipped!

Thanks to a little paint, a sander and a loving husband who keeps me sane when I go through a project crisis, I managed to fix the wooden sign I thought was ruined!

More times than not, when I choose to give something another go, it ends up working out in the end and looking even better than the initial design. To roll up your sleeves and say yes to a take 2 (or 3 or 4 or 5...) isn't easy. At all. What's easy is throwing your hands in the air and giving up, walking away because of the level of frustration and difficulty something gives you.

But there is so much growth that happens when you push past the desire to quit and just keep going. It's an adventure and it does us so much good to embark on it, even (especially) when it's challenging and even if we fail.

Whatever projects you have on your plate right now that are giving you a horrendous time, keep pushing through. Take a deep breath, give yourself a whole lotta grace and just keep working at it. You've got this, friend and I'm over here rooting for you!

This handcrafted, brushlettered piece is now up for grabs! DM me to claim.👩🏻‍🎨 #thelowlylife #doitfortheprocess #makersmovement

"That's how family gets made. Not by ceremonies or certificates, and not by parties or celebrations. Family gets made when you decide to hold hands and sit shoulder to shoulder when it seems like the sky is falling. Family gets made when the world becomes strange and disorienting, and the only face you recognize is his. Family gets made when the future obscures itself like a solar eclipse, and in the intervening darkness, you decide that no matter what happens in the night, you'll face it as one." -Shauna Niequist #thelowlylife #bedeeplyrooted

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Not gonna lie, this girl is a bit weepy today.

Jay and I woke up this morning to find out that an investor bought the home (paid in cash and over asking price) that I was so sure was going to be ours. It seemed perfect in every way and I loved it so much😭 I even sent a letter to the owners, trying to butter them up as best as I could to get them to go with us instead.

We know that there's a reason we didn't get it and that there's something better coming, but it doesn't take away from the sadness I'm feeling over this place. It was so beautiful and will be a hard one to top, that's for sure.

Prayers for peace, wisdom and patience as we continue searching for our first home would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, friends! What's something awesome happening in your life right now? Help cheer me up🎉 #thelowlylife #makewavesmonday

It's so hard to believe that Summer is coming to an end in just a few weeks!

This has been such a growing, unexpected and fun season for us. And the fact that we're moving this weekend and spending the rest of our summer settling into GA with family, doesn't seem real yet (Even with all the packing and cleaning we've been so crazily doing this week🙈). Summer has been full of answered prayers, life lessons and hopeful, exciting dreams for the future!

I've gotta say though, the one thing that's got me depressed about leaving TX is the fact that we won't be close to @magnolia anymore💔

Good thing I visited a billion times while we were here (not too much of an exaggeration). If you haven't been yet people, you simply MUST go💃🏻 #thelowlylife #iamtheeverygirl

We arrived at our favorite beach 2 days ago, and have been acting like two little kids on Christmas morning ever since!

We've never taken a vacation like this before and have never rented a condo right on the beach, so the fact that we're here and get to enjoy this beauty for a full week is just surreal!

Spilling over with thankfulness. Thankfulness for this amazing man, for our beautiful and exciting life together, for this breathtaking and impeccably timed beach front getaway, and for the goodness of God. #thelowlylife

Happy Friday to me, it's VACATION WEEK🎉

We hit the road bright and early this morning, with our fluffy pup and a car FULL of luggage! We are so excited and could not be more ready for this trip.

Tonight we'll be stopping at my parents to drop the pup off for the week and to get some rest before we finish the last chunk of the drive tomorrow. We'll get to drive though the Blue Ridge Mountains and we're kinda sorta freaking out about it🙌🏻 If you think to, please say a prayer for us as we travel. Thanks, friends!

What are YOU up to this weekend? #thelowlylife

4 years ago today I married my favorite person and very best friend. I was hoping to get a blog post up today, but #life💔 So here are lots of photos from our wedding, instead!

Life with this man has been the most beautiful, exciting adventure and I love him even more now than I did then. We've been through the darkest and heaviest seasons together and I truly cannot imagine facing a single one without him by my side.

Japheth, you are the greatest gift God has given me and there aren't enough words to tell you how much you mean to me. It is an honor and such a joy being your wife! Thank you for your love, encouragement, provision and patience.
Thank you for challenging me, leading me, being silly with me, always making me laugh and for always pointing me to Christ. You're my hero and I love you, "more than the moon and stars and the sky!" Happy Anniversary❤️ #thelowlylife #stylemepretty #fairytalewedding

This picture of me and my bridesmaids is one of my absolute favorites. It isn't the most glamorous (aka the church basement) but it was taken just minutes before the ceremony and there was so much joy, laughter and excitement in the room.

These girls made my wedding day such a special and peaceful time. There to help me with anything I needed and there to simply calm me down when the wedding jitters started getting to me.

Right before showtime, one of my bridesmaids saw that I was freaking out a bit and simply said "Just breathe. This is going to be the most amazing day of your entire life." So thankful for these beauties and that I was able to share what truly was the most amazing day of my entire life with them. ❤️ #thelowlylife #realstagram #makewavesmonday

16x40 Wooden "Gather" Sign: $110 Shipped!

Thanks to a little paint, a sander and a loving husband who keeps me sane when I go through a project crisis, I managed to fix the wooden sign I thought was ruined!

More times than not, when I choose to give something another go, it ends up working out in the end and looking even better than the initial design. To roll up your sleeves and say yes to a take 2 (or 3 or 4 or 5...) isn't easy. At all. What's easy is throwing your hands in the air and giving up, walking away because of the level of frustration and difficulty something gives you.

But there is so much growth that happens when you push past the desire to quit and just keep going. It's an adventure and it does us so much good to embark on it, even (especially) when it's challenging and even if we fail.

Whatever projects you have on your plate right now that are giving you a horrendous time, keep pushing through. Take a deep breath, give yourself a whole lotta grace and just keep working at it. You've got this, friend and I'm over here rooting for you!

This handcrafted, brushlettered piece is now up for grabs! DM me to claim.👩🏻‍🎨 #thelowlylife #doitfortheprocess #makersmovement

Weekends are such a restful and rejuvenating time over here and we are pretty protective over them. It's a time that allows us to simply rest, focus more on each other and to do the things we love.

We all have different paces of life. Sometimes things are crazy, and maybe your weekends rarely look like what I'm describing, but each and every one of us need rest and the time to enjoy what makes us come alive. It's so important that we take time for ourselves to relax, regroup and recharge.

@jennakutcher says it best: "Rest work is your best work." We are at our absolute best when we can approach things from a restful place and will have so much more of ourselves to give.

So whether your weekend is looking calm or crazy, just try to find and take the time to stop, breathe and simply be. Do what you love and be with the ones that mean most to you!

This girl's enjoying time with her sawdust covered hunk and scruffy pup all day. What does your Saturday look like? #thelowlylife #doitfortheprocess #oldnavystyle

I don't know about you, but for this girl there are few problems that a batch of fresh baked cookies won't fix. Who's with me?

Unfortunately, one of the things they can't fix is the wooden sign I so tragically ruined a couple nights ago😭 Funny (not really) how the projects you look the most forward to or are the most excited about, tend to be the ones that give the most grief and that you mess up so badly on.

I came super close to stressing over it, but then hubby so lovingly reminded me that it's just a sign. Not a life or death situation, not a custom order for the president, not a project with a deadline, it's just a wooden sign that isn't worth the tears or frustration.

I'm really trying to live more with this thought process in mind. In the grand scheme of things, it's really going to be okay and we shouldn't sweat the small stuff. Yeah, it sucks to mess up and I'm going to have a heck of a time figuring out what I'm going to do with the sign now🙈 but it's not the end of world. It's just a sign.

Not sure what sort of train-wreck you're dealing with today, but I hope that this reminds you to take a deep breath and put things into perspective before you let yourself get all worked up. Some things just aren't worth the fuss and I'm here to tell ya that you're not alone in the screw stuff up department🙋🏻 Anyone else out there having some issues this week?! #thelowlylife #inmykitchen #iamtheeverygirl

"One of my favorite things I've ever heard your husband say was when he was asked in an interview: What is your favorite thing to do for lunch around here?

His reply: I eat lunch at my desk so I can go home sooner. I love hanging out with my wife." One of my hubby's co-workers shared this with me the other day and it made me all weepy😭

This sweet, incredible man. Almost four years of marriage and he still gives me butterflies. I don't think it will ever fully sink in that I get to spend forever with you, @cosgrovejay. #thelowlylife #intentionalliving

Confession: I am terrible at meal prep!

More times than not, I'm just winging it on grocery day, and then decide later in the week what I want to make us for dinner. Anyone else like that?

I want to get better at planning ahead, and really like the sound of knowing in advance what will be on the menu, but I just haven't done a good job of implementing it consistently yet.

So I need your help, friend! Tell me your ways and what tips and tricks you stick to for meal prep! Pinterest is an obvious go to for this, but I wanted to hear from you guys first!

Help a sista out👩🏻‍🍳 #thelowlylife #inmykitchen

What do you do when your passion isn't happening to the extent you thought it would? Danielle Cosgrove @thelowlylife is a prime example of staying creative and trying new things even when they scare you.
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This Summer, I'm volunteering at a local animal shelter. I've always had a big heart for animals and have wanted to do something like this, but just never made the time. The work can be exhausting and this Texas heat doesn't help matters, but it's been such a fun, fulfilling experience so far!

My husband made me promise that I wouldn't bring dogs home with me everyday, because I'm the type of person who totally would, and it's been SUCH a struggle not to adopt every last pup in sight! The timing right now isn't the best for us to bring another dog into the family, but someday soon we will and I can't wait for Toby to have a playmate and to give that dog(s?) so much love.

Moral of the story: If you're considering volunteering at a shelter and/or rescuing a pet, doooo ittttt!

And completely unrelated, these @gap high rise vintage shorts are a LIFE SAVER this Summer and you'll see me in them quite a bit. Best part is they were only $12, people! Yes please🙌💸 #thelowlylife #theeverygirl #iamgap

Our downstairs neighbor has been gone on vacation this week and asked me if I'd water all of the plants in her garden while she's away. She also told me to pick any fruits, veggies and herbs that are ready for the taking while I'm at it. Um, yes please🙌

And another friend just dropped off two of his spider plants for me to take care or while he's gone on vacation for a few weeks. Just call me plant lady!

PS: my seester and niece are hopping on a flight to Austin in just a few minutes (EEEEEEEEK😭🎉💃🏻), so prayers for smooth and safe travels would be greatly appreciated. Can't even WAIT to get my hands on those two!❤️ #thelowlylife #onefromthecuttingroomfloor

The other day I was having a really hard time, to say the least. Just feeling super stressed and overwhelmed by what life has looked like these past several months for us, and how exhausting it's been.

Then a dear, sweet friend surprised me with one of my favorite albums on vinyl and brought more joy than he could ever know to the heavy day I was having.

We don't own a record player yet, but @tyfighterpilot knew it was on our wishlist for once we got settled into a house and knew the perfect record to start our collection with😭

Feeling so thankful for the kind and thoughtful friends in our lives. And I can't even wait to blare this baby someday very soon!

Anybody else just as obsessed as I am?!🙌 #thelowlylife #onefromthecuttingroomfloor

Saturdays are for breakfast in bed, Fixer Upper reruns, catching up on laundry (bleh), house hunting, and doggy bubble baths.

What does your Saturday look like? #thelowlylife #doggram

That moment when your sweet hubby walks through the door with a bouquet of flowers, just because! Talk about a heart melt😍

There is not a single day that goes by, that @cosgrovejay doesn't make me feel loved or beautiful. He is so quick to apologize and to make wrongs right. He never lets us go to bed mad at each other and most of the time has me laughing myself to sleep! He is my best friend and still gives me a stomach full of butterflies when he looks at me and smiles.

To all you single ladies out there, still looking for your handsome hunk, continue being patient.

Wait for the guy who will spontaneously buy you flowers. Wait for the guy who will express genuine, trustworthy love to you and fill your life with endless joy! Wait for the guy who honors, cherishes and leads you well. Wait for the guy who keeps Christ at the center of his life and pursues Him above all else.

I promise you he's out there and I promise that he's so worth waiting for.

In other news, tomorrow's Friday already and this girl is over here shouting the hallelujah chorus! Who's with me?!💃🏻🙌🎉 #thelowlylife #beating50percent

I never thought in a million years that I would say this, but I think I am legit tex mex and chickened out!

We went hard the full 4 days our friend from NY was here and didn't want him to miss out on any of our favorite places to eat, so we pretty much just did them all (yes, those are fried deviled eggs you see and they were pure heaven)🙈 I'm seeing some sort of juice cleanse in my future!

In other news, it feels so good to have the house clean and back in order again. I'm never a freak about tidiness when we have company staying with us, but Im always excited about giving the house a good refresh once they've gone.

So the rest of the week you'll find me over here catching up on laundry, dusting, dishes, and all that fun stuff!

Who else out there has a mother load of housework to get done this week? 🙌🙌 #thelowlylife #lucysfriedchicken

Happy Saturday to us!🎉 This place just never gets old. Take it from a girl who's going on her 10th visit! There's always something new and it's always such an exciting experience, even if though I still haven't ran into Chip or Jo yet😩

And this trip was extra special because I got to bring some of my lady friends who had never been before! Thankful for a beautiful day with these beauties and I can't even wait to find another excuse to make it back here again!

Who else has had the chance to visit the Silos and loves it there just as much as I do?🙌🙌 #thelowlylife #magnoliamarket #hgtvfixerupper

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