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Homemade granola for those cold, back-to-work-after-a-long-weekend days. Beautiful 📸 by @thelowlylife ❄️🌲🐝🍯
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I’ve been bumming out over here lately because none of our Christmas gifts are homemade this year💔

Making gifts ourselves is something we love to do and find to be so special. we had such fun last year with it, like making these wooden tree ornaments for everyone!

But to say the least, the past several months have been complete chaos in every way for us and it just wasn’t in the cards to be able to go that route again this year. Anyone else in the same boat?

As disappointing as it is though, it was the best thing for us and I’m thankful that we didn’t try cramming way more than we could handle into our preparation for Christmas. And it’s actually been fun picking unique things out for everyone that we didn’t have to make ourselves!

Are you doing homemade gifts this year? I’d LOVE to hear what you’re making!🎁 #thelowlylife #goodnewsfeed

In the mood to do some baking today, so @acozykitchen’s Apple Snacking Cake (my faaaavorite😍) it is!

This is my first week at the house without hubby around and I’d be lying if I said I liked it one bit (definitely karate chopped through every room, closet and crevice before bed last night to make sure I was safe😂🙈) The house seems so big with just me and Toby here!

But at least I’m being super productive this week, getting lots done around the house and can watch all the girly Christmas movies from my collection that Jay doesn’t care for. The Holiday, here I come😍

Tell me: What’s a favorite Christmas romantic comedy of yours I should add to my watchlist while I’m stuffing my face with cake?🍎👩🏻‍🍳 #thelowlylife #ayearofcozy

Oh my word, how amazingly darling is the @thelowlylife’s fireplace and holiday decor including my advent calendar!? I feel so honored to be on such a gorgeous mantle with those #hearthandhand stockings!🙊
The cool part is that you can grab this advent calendar for yourself too at a discounted price for a limited time! I teamed up with my girl, Danielle to bring you an awesome discount! She wrote all about the calendar in her latest blog post (Thanks Danielle!😘) and gave you all a promo code.
So go check it out - link in her profile. It will be the cheapest you can get this calendar and advent starts in one week so make sure to hurry while supplies last! Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving with friends and family! I’ll be baking pies today and hopefully doing some holiday decorating myself! All photos taken by @thelowlylife 🖤🌲#thelowlylife #driftdesignco

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

More times than not, we have to resort to plan B (or C or D), because life happens and things don’t always (rarely) turn out like you thought they would.

Like two flights getting canceled due to bad weather (I still love you, snow, but your timing was crap👎🏻), leaving Jay unexpectedly stuck in Austin Friday. Then a road trip to Birmingham AL to pick him up at that airport there because all flights into Atlanta were still canceled on Saturday.

Needless to say, It was a long, tiring week, but we’re finally together and all is right in the world again. Thankful for safe travels and to have my best friend home sweet home.

PS: Toby was supposed to be in this photo with us but squirmed out of our arms because he hates getting his picture taken. Children🙄

How was your weekend? #thelowlylife #makewavesmonday

It may not be snowing here in Atlanta (and not a single chance of that happening in sight yet🙄🙏🏻) but at least the leaves that are still hanging around are festive and absolutely gorgeous!

In other news, this girl has got lots of Christmas shopping to get done today and also has some extra spending money for the house (eeek💸) so it’s a holly, jolly Monday over here, folks!

Gotta be honest though, I’m the weirdo who’s way more excited about picking out my Christmas wrapping paper this year than picking stuff out for our home (whaaa?)🙈🤷🏻‍♀️ Who else can relate to my love for gift wrapping and pretty paper?!🎁#thelowlylife #makewavesmonday

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

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

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Happy Friday, friends!

For those of you who are new around these parts, Hi! I’m Danielle👋🏻 And here are some things, in no particular order, about me:

1. I live just outside of Atlanta with my hubby and fluffy pup, in our very first home! We moved to the area from Austin, TX in September and are so excited for what this new chapter in GA holds for us.

2. I’m an ambivert and major homebody. I love being with people, but they can also wear me out and I recharge best when I’m able to spend time alone.

3. Worship leading and music are the things I am most passionate about and feel the most called to with my life.

4. I have an unexplainable attachment to animals and pretty much wish I could just rescue and take care of them all. Except for snakes. Terr.i.fied. of snakes!

5. I don’t watch much TV, but when I do I’m usually cycling through the same favorite shows: Downton Abbey, Parenthood, Great British Bake Off, Gilmore Girls and Parks & Rec. This month though, it’s been all about Christmas and we’ve just been watching through our holiday movie collection non stop!

6. I’m a night owl. So much more productive in the quiet and calm of night than I am during the day!

7. In my spare time you’ll most likely find me baking, lettering, reading the latest @magnolia Journal issue, scouring Pinterest, or hip hop dancing. No I am not joking and yes I will be a pro someday.

8. Every now and then I have the urge to destroy Facebook. And Instagram Story.🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe it’s just me.

9. I mostly listen to Indie/Folk music but you’ll also hear me unapologetically blaring @taylorswift albums. End Game is legit my favorite song right now!

10. Donuts and pizza are my favorite, but I have a scary suspicion that I’m intolerant to one of or both of them😭
Your turn! Tell me something about yourself in the comments below and if we have anything (or nothing at all😂) in common.🥂 #thelowlylife #fridayintroductions

More times than not, we have to resort to plan B (or C or D), because life happens and things don’t always (rarely) turn out like you thought they would.

Like two flights getting canceled due to bad weather (I still love you, snow, but your timing was crap👎🏻), leaving Jay unexpectedly stuck in Austin Friday. Then a road trip to Birmingham AL to pick him up at that airport there because all flights into Atlanta were still canceled on Saturday.

Needless to say, It was a long, tiring week, but we’re finally together and all is right in the world again. Thankful for safe travels and to have my best friend home sweet home.

PS: Toby was supposed to be in this photo with us but squirmed out of our arms because he hates getting his picture taken. Children🙄

How was your weekend? #thelowlylife #makewavesmonday

I spy with my little eye a cute fluffy pup in a winter wonderland. IT’S SNOWING, PEOPLE!

Eek! And everyone I’ve talked to here said it couldn’t be done because the winters are so mild. Well the good Lord determined otherwise and we sure as heck couldn’t be more thrilled about it!

Even if it caused Jays’ flight to be cancelled, making us have to buy a more expensive ticket from a different airline to get him here tonight (no available flights for the next couple days)🙄 But oh well, he’s coming home and that’s all that matters.

And good thing too, because I’m definitely gonna want a roaring fire tonight and would be wayyy too scared to do it on my own. Hello house fire🙈🔥 Anyone else getting some pretty snow right now?!❄️ #thelowlylife

Can you believe December 1st is only 5 days away which means the advent season and countdown to Christmas is right around the corner! 🌲
Well in case you missed it, my girl, Danielle from @thelowlylife wrote the sweetest post about my advent calendar and took pictures of how she hung it in her beautiful home! Make sure to go read her latest post (link her profile) to see how you can grab this pretty for 15% off! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!
Also everything in my Etsy shop is currently 10% off with promo code MERRYTEN until tomorrow night! This includes apparel and doormats!!! 📷 @thelowlylife #driftdesignco #thelowlylife #hearthandhand

So thankful for the beautiful life I’ve been given and for the people who fill it. Especially this amazing guy and our fluffy, scruffy pup!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating and stuffing our faces with family yesterday. And tonight we’re hosting everyone at our place, so the party continues!

When it comes to Black Friday, we’re the folks who don’t do an ounce of shopping and just use the day to recover from our Thanksgiving food coma so there’s room to devour leftovers. Who’s with me?

Happy belated Thanksgiving and happy Friday, friends!❤️ #thelowlylife #posttheordinary #momentsofmine

Oh my word, how amazingly darling is the @thelowlylife’s fireplace and holiday decor including my advent calendar!? I feel so honored to be on such a gorgeous mantle with those #hearthandhand stockings!🙊
The cool part is that you can grab this advent calendar for yourself too at a discounted price for a limited time! I teamed up with my girl, Danielle to bring you an awesome discount! She wrote all about the calendar in her latest blog post (Thanks Danielle!😘) and gave you all a promo code.
So go check it out - link in her profile. It will be the cheapest you can get this calendar and advent starts in one week so make sure to hurry while supplies last! Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving with friends and family! I’ll be baking pies today and hopefully doing some holiday decorating myself! All photos taken by @thelowlylife 🖤🌲#thelowlylife #driftdesignco

This is the first week in our home sweet home (eek!) and it’s been absolutely wonderful.
There’s still boxes everywhere (and I mean evvvryyywhhhere)and many of them are still packed up🙈 But what the hay! We’ve just been taking it super slow, enjoying and getting a feel for our new place and for the neighborhood.

It’s so funny how you dream for so long about being in your own home, to pretty it up and do whatever you want however you want, and then you find yourself struggling hard to start the process and make final decisions. Or is that just me?

In other news, I was hoping to give these gorgeous homemade stockings a go this year, cause we finally have a fireplace (eek!) and all I wanna do right now is decorate for Christmas basically (cause at this rate Fall decor is a no go😞). But nah, it ain’t happening #lastthingonmymindatthispoint

But at least it gives me an excuse to snag some pretty stockings from the Hearth & Hand Collection🙌🏻 Who else is planning to get some @chipgaines and @joannagaines pretties from @target?!😍🎯 #thelowlylife #atllife

Happy Birthday to my beautiful niece, who’s ONE (say it ain’t so😭) today🎉

This girl will never know just how much I love her or how much joy she’s filled my life with. I completely adore you, Lorien Grace and I’m so proud to be your auntie.

And I’m still pretty proud of this cute DIY banner that I made for seester’s baby shower! Kinda looking for an excuse to make another one. If you’re interested in a custom banner like this one, DM me!

Oh, and Happy Friday🤗 #thelowlylife #loriengrace

Day 4 of #theheartfeltgrid Challenge is allll about showing love to a lady who inspires us. And I was already planning on giving this beauty a shoutout today because it’s her BIRFDAY🎉🎂🎈so goody!

For those of you who don’t know her, this is my friend Kimmy, the founder and owner of @driftdesignco and she’s one of the most incredibly talented people on the face of the planet.

Kimmy was the very first person to familiarize me with hand lettering and if it wasn’t for her influence, I probably would have never even attempted to try it. She is the best of the best at everything she does, always finding unique, creative ways to set her work apart and to showcase the beauty of things.

I love her style, consistency, drive and her heart for the Lord. She is an inspiration to everyone that comes into contact with her and will add a whole lot of pretty to your life if you follow + purchase some of her work!

Happy Birthday, friend! 30’s looking absolutely gorgeous on you😘 #thelowlylife #theheartfeltgrid #driftscript

There’s a lot of new folks around these parts, so for Day 2 of #theheartfeltgrid Challenge, I’m having a little fun and sharing 2 truths + a lie about myself!
1. I used to have a pet light bulb. His name was Screw. And I was thoroughly convinced he could talk to me.

2. I’m a total bookworm. I could just sit and read for days!

3. I hip hop dance in my free time. And I’m not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
Alright folks, so which one’s a complete and total sham? Tell me your vote in the comments below!👇🏻#thelowlylife #yeshm

When it hits you that in just a couple weeks you'll be closing on your first home, and can finally move in, you bake endless dozens of your favorite cookies!

Because really, what better way to celebrate than with these chocolate chip coconut oatmeal yummies🎉

Okay okay, really I'm just over here baking because all I wanna do is buy stuff for the house and am having to use major self control, which is tough as all get out🙈 So cookie baking it is!

What's your favorite treat for celebrating? #thelowlylife #intentionalliving

Happy Monday, friends!

This girl is heading into a new week with some major donut withdrawals (it really is a thing🍩😫) and the desire to see a whole lot more love spread across this broken world.

Last week was exhausting, emotional and discouraging. I know that hearts are still heavy and there's a lot of confusion and processing still going on, but let's choose to come together today, with all our messes and questioning.

You might feel weary and feeble, but let's help one another to stand in hope and faith, pursuing this world with all of the love of Jesus we can give.

I vote we all just gather around and eat donuts together. That would solve a whole lot of problems in my opinion.

Who's with me?!🙋🏻#thelowlylife #makewavesmonday #letterfolk

My poor little guy has an ear infection and so we had to take a not so fun trip to the vet today💔

So lots of extra snuggles and yummy treats are in order!

In other news:

1. Tomorrow's Friday🎉

2. Hubby comes home tomorrow from a business trip and we're real excited about it!

3. This time next month we'll be in OUR HOUSE😭

4. Currently having to practice major self control because all I wanna do is start buying decor. We probably should buy necessary items first though, like a fridge maybe...nah, I'd rather buy an area rug. Who's with me🙋🏻 Question: What was the first purchase you made for your home?🏡#thelowlylife #homeinspo #priorities

It still doesn't even seem real and we're still in total disbelief, but over the weekend the offer we put in on the most gorgeous, perfect home was ACCEPTED ( 🎉😭💃🏻🕺🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🏡) and we will officially be first time home owners Nov. 1st!

We've looked at hundreds of homes, loved so many, put in several offers and were getting pretty discouraged over all the ones that fell through the cracks. But this house is so much more than we could have hoped or dreamed for and I am yet again in complete awe of the goodness of God to us.

Waiting will never be easy, but it will always, always, always be worth it. Now excuse me while I compile ideas from my favorite design books and Pinterest boards. For once in my life, I want October to get a move on!😬💃🏻⚡️#thelowlylife #sodomino #finditstyleit

My man😍 He was only gone on a business trip to Milwaukee for one night, but boy did I miss him like crazy!

Not a clue where this week went, but we sure ain't complaining over here. Friday= date night, which probably means pizza, Thai or Mexican food for dinner. We should probably branch out one of these days...nah, I'm good.

What are your Friday night plans? Any good movies out we should see this weekend?🎉 #thelowlylife #atlantablogger

Since moving to GA, we've been living with my parents while we house hunt (we may or may not have put an offer in on a house today🙊🙈🙏🏻🏡), and it's been such a blessing + money saver for us.

As much as I've loved being here with them, I'd be lying if I told you that I wasn't super anxious to get back into our own place again, and I've been missing my workspace something fierce this week!

Over the past couple months, It feels like I've been all over the place, unable to think or create clearly, which is why you haven't been hearing from me much or seen anything new on my blog or in my shop in a coons age! We're still semi living out of boxes and don't have much with us at my parents, so it's been challenging to feel super settled.

But I say all that to say this: that in spite of life looking a little (a lot) different for us right now and even though routines and rhythms are thrown off, and I haven't really been feeling the creative side of myself lately, it's still been such a sweet time of rest and re-evaluation. It's been a time to step back, look at our lives and think on what we want this new season to be. It's so important to have those moments before God where you reflect on things, seek out His purpose and lay your hopes and dreams at his feet.

This new chapter in GA and of life in general is super exciting to me, because it holds so much newness and adventure for us. God is speaking, giving fresh direction and perspective.

I just want to encourage anyone else who's been feeling a little or a lot out of it lately, that God is moving and the beautiful plans He has for you are still unfolding. Just embrace the season you are in, whatever that may be, and daily, moment by moment, put your trust and hope in the Father. He is perfect in all of His ways! #thelowlylife #letterfolk #letterfolkquotes #finditstyleit

Hello, friends! And Happy Friday🎉

I haven't introduced myself in awhile, so I thought it was time for another #fridayintroductions!

My name is Danielle🙋🏻 I'm a wife, dog mama, singer/songwriter, occasional blogger, artist and letterer.

Last weekend my hubby, fluffy pup and I packed our bags and moved from Austin, TX all the way to Atlanta, GA. We loved our time in Texas, but are so excited for this new season of life and to be living closer to family!

I'm an ambivert + homebody. I love being with friends in small, intimate settings, but big gatherings wear me out and I rest and recharge best when I'm alone.

Music is my passion and what I feel most called to pursue with my life.

I'm a very direct and confrontational person. Awkward, uncomfortable situations don't scare me and I can easily pick up on the the emotions and feelings of others.

I like to bake more than I like to cook.

I value genuine relationships. Being a good friend is something I'm very passionate about.

I love making people laugh (I'm a major dork) and feel loved.

If I'm watching Netflix, I'm usually cycling through the same handful of shows. Right now it's Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, Parks and Rec. or Great British Bake Off. And it's just about that time to watch through Downton Abbey again!

I am deathly afraid of snakes.

Donuts, pizza and tacos are the best in my book.

I love trying new things and going on adventures.

Now, tell me something about YOU! What do we have in common or differ on? #thelowlylife #yeshm

A humongous thank you to everyone who's been praying for us during this season of transition to GA!

We made it safe and sound late Saturday night and are just so happy to be here. We're still getting settled and have lots more to unpack and organize, but it's all coming together, slowly but surely.

This week has been gloomy, wet and windy out due to Irma, but I'll take it over what some other people have been so horrendously hit with the past few weeks. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.

On another note, ever since getting back from our beach vacation, this girl has been all ready for fall and my favorite part about unpacking has been getting out my favorite sweaters and boots!

What's the first thing that you like to do to welcome fall?! 🍂 #thelowlylife #simplejoys #atlantablogger

So many of you have reached out this week, checking in, praying for and helping us so much. I can't thank you enough for the prayers and support you've given!

Last night we had a moving van loading/pizza party with the community of people who have been family to us these past couple of years in Austin. It was so hard saying goodbye, but also such a fun time of looking back on precious memories and looking ahead to exciting futures. Thankful for this season here and for everyone God placed in our lives that made it such a sweet time.

Right now I'm sitting on our empty bedroom floor and taking a much needed breather with @magnolia Journal, until it's time to head to the airport to pick up my parents! I love so much that they are flying in to caravan to GA and be apart of this whole moving process with us. Call me a weirdo, but I love road trips and I am all sorts of excited over here for the drive tomorrow!

Just one more sleep and we're gonna be Georgia folk. Eek! #thelowlylife

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

Not gonna lie, leaving our condo this morning was pretty depressing. I hated seeing all of our stuff packed up and the place emptied after making it ours for a full week.

I'm going to miss the ocean and I'm sad to see such a beautiful vacation come to an end. Everything about it was so calming and restful and I couldn't be more thankful for the chance to do it.

But we're ready to get back, to see our dog (who's been spoiled rotten by my parents all week) and to hustle hard. A week from today, we leave for Georgia! #thelowlylife #stylemepretty #thehappynow

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

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

It's Friday, people🎉 And there's a whole lot of excitement over here right now!

Not only is tomorrow my 25th birthday, and Wednesday our 4 year wedding anniversary, but this time next week we'll be on the road, headed to our beach front condo in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Talk about a party!

Call me a weirdo, but I've been so weepy about vacation. We haven't been able to go on a legit vacation together in 3 years and have so desperately needed one, so the fact that we actually get to do this for a full week is surreal and I am just so incredibly thankful.
This weekend is going to be all about celebrating , making to dos and shopping lists, celebrating, packing and more celebrating. Most likely donuts will be involved. Yeah, definitely donuts.

What are you up to this weekend?! #thelowlylife

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

Up until about 20 minutes ago, it was a pretty gloomy Monday over here! We woke up to a torrential downpour this morning and thunder that had me thoroughly convinced it was gunshots🙈

I volunteered at the animal shelter again today and majority of the work is outdoors, so needless to say, this girl came home soaked through, cold and pretty darn tired!

But I'm home now, in my comfy, dry clothes and with a big cup of coffee in hand. All is right in the world!

Hubby and I have been working on another wooden project together and I'm currently keeping busy with that, but it's almost done! It may or may not be another fun sign, so be on the lookout because it'll be up for grabs real soon and it's going to be a beauty.

How has your Monday been, friend?!⛈🐶☕️ #thelowlylife #makewavesmonday #shareyoursociety6

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

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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 #yeshm #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

This truth isn't the most appealing to the world we live in and it's certainly not an easy thing to swallow, but how incredibly freeing it is!

Our church has been teaching on the topic of submission over the past couple of weeks and it's been a much needed, life giving reminder for me.

When we can trust in the sovereignty of God, truly and clearly seeing Him for all that He is, we don't have to be afraid to submit to leadership, government, our husbands, and especially to Him, because we know fully well, that He is in control.

It goes against everything we hear and see in this world, to submit to and respect authority. We are selfish and sensitive human beings, that struggle with not having control. We have such a hard, exhausting time letting go and simply honoring those who have been positioned above us.

Submission goes against our very nature, but when we surrender our weakness in this area to Jesus, He is faithful to strengthen and equip us with the ability to do so. We lift Him high in our submission. He is glorified and we are unbound. There is freedom in submission, because it is part of our identity as children of God.

May this reminder encourage you and bring peace to your hearts as we enter the weekend. Let go and trust in His power. Stop fighting and just rest in the perfect purposes of God.

Happy Friday, friends!🎉 #thelowlylife #lowlydesigns #thelovegospel

It's a happy Wednesday over here!

Not only is hubby off work for the rest of the week, but we have a dear friend that just flew in from NY to hang with us for the next few days and it's gonna be a party.

Looking forward to taking him to all of our favorite places, spending lots of time at the pool and eating a whole lot of tex mex+ bbq!🙌 #thelowlylife

This girl's got a big smile on her face and relief in her heart today, friends.

Not only because we've received some long awaited clarity, but we've also officially booked a much needed vacation to one of our favorite places!

Jay and I haven't gone on a legit vacation together in years and we could not be more ready to just get away, relax and have some fun for awhile.

Rehoboth is where Jay went every year with his family growing up and where we spent our 1 year anniversary. This time we'll be celebrating my 25th Birthday, 4 incredible years of marriage and the conclusion of a very dark season of our lives.

We've been through a lot, but God has never let us down. He is faithful and He can be trusted! So thankful for His goodness and strength. And for His help finding a steal of a deal on our beachfront condo🙌

EEK! August, ya can't come soon enough!

Who else is making vacation plans and where are you going?! #thelowlylife #theeverygirl #dreamersanddoers

I don't know what your weekend looked like, but this was pretty much mine in a nutshell🙌

Jay told me the other day that he's realized just how bad he is at resting, and we've definitely needed some rest these past couple weeks!

So we forced ourselves to do nothing but that Saturday and Sunday, stuffing our faces with yummy donuts and catching up on some of our favorite shows in the process.

Taking that time, as difficult as it may be for some, is so important. It's nice to be productive and to get all the things on that to do list done, but also remember to take the time to breathe (before inhaling another donut), be with the ones you love and let yourself relax every once in awhile. Work can wait, that's my motto!

Now go treat yourself to some of these goodies to help get you through your Monday🍩#thelowlylife #jkinstachallenge

Being reminded of this by our pastor on Sunday brought me to tears.Tears of thankfulness that these words are true and that they truly apply to someone like me! But also tears of sadness that so many, like myself, struggle to live and rejoice in the freedom that these powerful words possess.

Do we really understand what this means for us as believers? Do we realize that because of Christ's all sufficient sacrifice, we have the ability to turn away from all of the mistakes and messes we see, and move forward in the freeing, cleansing, transforming power of His grace?

What WE see, in all it's filth and wretchedness, Christ NO LONGER sees. What makes us feel unworthy, inadequate, ashamed and unlovable, Christ has already cast into the depths of the sea and does not hold it against you!

This is the power of His mercy! This is the wonder of the cross! That God was willing to give His perfect and only Son up for our redemption. Because of Jesus, we are looked upon with love, compassion and approval.

What we allow our lives to be dictated by, Jesus has already covered and forgotten! Why would we let something define and cripple our lives, that our Savior Himself refuses to define us by?

I feel like this reminder is for so many of us and my prayer is that it sinks down deep into your soul and brings you freedom, joy, and a heart of worship to our King.

Your sin no longer defines you, friend. Let's celebrate His goodness and undeserved grace today! #thelowlylife #lowlydesigns #thelovegospel

Happy Monday, friends!

Shoutout to all you ladies out there that celebrated being a dog mama yesterday like this girl did🙌

As much as I would love to just snuggle up and play with my sweet pup all day, it's a busy week over here and I've got some major hustling to do!

But seriously though, how can anyone say no to that cute face?! #thelowlylife #malteselife #dachshunddaily

Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful mommas out there!

In case you missed it, I shared some yummy homemade chamomile butter cookies for mom on the blog this week! If you're still looking for something special to do last minute, or if you're just simply craving some cookies, I've got you covered! Head on over to the link in my profile for the recipe.

My sweet momma is truly the best and I couldn't have asked for anyone more caring, hilarious, loving and strong. Wishing so badly I could be with her celebrating today, but hopefully these cookies make up for it just a little!

Feeling so thankful today for all of the amazing mothers God has filled my life with, exemplifying godliness and the fruit of the Spirit with their lives.

Thank you mothers for who you are and all that you do!🌼 #thelowlylife #mothersdaygift #teavanalife #atxblogger

Because why not. Say a prayer for me! ❤️🎤#thelowlylife #thevoice #thevoiceauditions

This has been a pretty big week for us and I'm feeling unbelievable amounts of relief, as well as thankfulness right now.

It's crazy how you carry the weight of something for so long, not knowing how much more of it you can handle, and then it's finally lifted off of your shoulders. You look back at all the time that's gone by, and remember the lessons that have been learned, the strength you've been given and ultimately how good God has been through it all.

Life is crazy and unpredictable, but God is faithful and trustworthy. Giving Him our mess and trusting Him with the outcome of our lives is the best decision we can make. Not only will it bring peace and hope to our troubled hearts, but it will bring glory to the name of Jesus!

In other news, this floral skirt + mint nail color are gonna be on repeat allll spring and summer long over here! Once the Texas heat hits, jeans go out the window for this girl and all you'll see me in are dresses + skirts.

Who's with me?!🙌💃🏻 #thelowlylife #kolhs #aquietstyle

Today we celebrated our cutie of a nephew's 5th Birthday!

Cannot even believe he's 5 already.Thankful for the beautiful day we got to spend with him, full of sunshine, swimming, sea shell collecting and yummy cupcakes.

Gideon, you are a riot and we love you so much!🎈#thelowlylife #momentslikethese #verilymoment

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