Sunday Sojourn

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Photos are from the end of May. It took the moving companies three days to pack it all up!

Hello and happy Sunday! Are you surprised to find me writing? If so, I understand. I disappeared on y’all, again. This time I was gone for four months due to being wonderfully distracted by family. By wonderfully I do mean wonderful but also full of wonder. For that reason I am unapologetic ( that is for you Teri and Katrina!) Ready to hear about those new and exciting distractions that kept me absent from here? Any guesses before I start? No, ok read on.

It started with our oldest finishing Kindergarten. That last month of May in school got so busy for us. It definitely didn’t help being room mom, cookie mom (for her Girl Scout troop), finishing up gymnastics, piano and singing lessons. I also simultaneously was spending more than usual time with my youth because their year was also ending. However, the timing was perfect because as school for all my kids was ending so were deadlines with collaboration partners. With school and blogging on break I decided to take one too. I chose to rest from everything that I could.

Proudly and gratefully there is only one part of our life that we don’t really get a break from, the military. In case any of you readers forgot, I am a military wife. A Navy wife to be precise. The time for Navy to move us quickly approached and our three years in Texas was at an end. Thus, it created the real reason I chose to fully engage in nothing else other than spending quality time with my family and friends.

You are now officially caught up on why it was so quiet around here. We just arrived to our final destination yesterday. So, you really do get to be part of this new journey with us and from the start!

We have sojourned to the hottest and furthest temporary home yet. Are you the one wondering now? Any guesses where on earth we moved to? Comment your guess below. If you guess right, first, we have a little surprise to send you!

Stay tuned and you will see!

Blessings,

d

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Vidia 


Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs | Top: Mossimo (Target) | Jeans: Calvin Klein | Boots: Nordstrom Rack


Ok so I thought I’d give y’all a freebie of who I dressed up as today. My daughter said no one would be able to guess, Vidia. Ring a bell for anyone? Well she is the wind fairy from Tinker Bell movies but with the lighting from today’s shoot dressing as Iridessa (the light fairy) would have been more fitting! 

I chose Vidia for the colors. She has the darkest wardrobe of them all. Wearing darker colors is one of the easiest ways to dress for Autumn. It can take away half your time getting ready of you start with color, just FYI. Wearing boots is another easy investment into a fall outfit and I’ll talk a tiny bit about that tomorrow.  

Until then we will be cuddling to Tinker Bell on repeat because now Camrielle loves the movie too. And how cute is Camrielle photo bombing? SOOO cute!

Blessings,

d

Travel Comfort 

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Top: Old Navy | T-Shirt & Jeans: Nordstrom Rack | Shoes: Converse | Luggage: Macy’s

We’re heading to the east coast for the weekend. I can’t wait to spend this last weekend of summer with the people I love the most, my little family. Spending quality time is one of my love languages. Jacob too. Since the beginning of our marriage we decided to have our own traditions. One of them is taking a road trip each year and another is visitng every state in America. We have made it a priority to getaway every few months for rejuvenating adventures in new states. 

The adventure we are about to embark on has been long awaited. We are heading to Massachusetts for a wedding. It will be a weekend full of love, romance and joy. However, Jake and I are just not ready to leave our girls for a weekend, especially out of state. We will get there eventually but in the meantime we love exploring and being tourists with our daughters. Lyianna and Camrielle are well traveled making it truly relaxing and fun.

There is so much fun to be had while traveling to to and fro destinations but it is not fun when you haven’t dressed accordingly. I made sure we all were. Being comfortable while airport hopping and airplane riding is necessary. There are so many unpredictable circumstances. At the top of the list is unexpected temperatures and delayed flights. I find it super helpful and safest to layer. This layered ensemble is easy and cozy making it a favorite “go-to”. 

And now we have to go! 

Blessings,

d

Mini Me Monday: Joy 

Tops: Gifted | Jeans: Gap Kids | Sandals: Old Navy

 

Mondays can be rough. Today was definitely a little rough in our household. We still chose joy. One of the girls favorite songs is singing about a joyful heart and how it is good medicine. So we sang that a lot today! No matter what you may be going through choose joy. I know it isn’t as easy to do as it is to say but it literally is good for you, your body and soul. Having two beautiful girls to laugh with is constant reminder to be happy, everyday. What are some blessings you are happy for?

Thanks for reading,

D

A blushing date night 

Lipstick: LipSense | Necklace: Macy’s | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Nordstrom | Heels: Nordstrom Rack

Date nights are becoming more frequent in our life. I am so thankful for this season. Being a military family we can be separated often. However, when Jake is on his normal schedule, it allows for us to really set time apart for family and each other. Family was the reason why we rarely dated during our time in Miami. We only trusted family to watch our daughter and they were back in California. We did make close friends, (framily, as we love to call them) who we would entrust with our child but at that time we still struggled with accepting help. Family is still in California and we are now in Texas. We have been blessed to have made more friends who have now become framily! We also have becoming more comfortable with asking for help with the girls so we can enjoy a few hours to ourselves. It’s an amazing thing to see how God has blessed us with a great tribe who invest in  our lives but especially in our marriage.

Marriage is priceless treasure of life and today I am so happy to be spending time alone with Jake. We are headed to a concert. It is something we have never done together. Venturing out of the usual dinner and movie zone is a commitment we recently made. We have decided to plan dates of things we have never done, together. We are working on a blog post just about that so check back soon. 

Dressing up together is another favorite part of marriage that I love. It doesn’t come close to getting dressed up with girlfriends but it’s pretty darn close! Jacob enjoys cleaning up and giving his input about my looks. I am so blessed to be partnered with someone who takes pleasure in dressing well. I would love Jacob regardless of what he wore because his heart for Jesus and others is what “caught” me but I really do admire his love of fashion too. He is a man who give his honest opinion with what I wear. He isn’t afraid to tease me or make me blush.

This blush ensemble says relaxed. The color evokes a calming spirit and these jeans I just love. They are extremely comfortable. Yes, even my heels are comfy. They are Valentino knock offs. I paid $20 for them versus the $1,000 price tag for the real pair. 

As I write this blog post I am am very relaxed. In just a few hours I will be even more relaxed. I’ll be worshipping alongside my husband and some amazing musician/artists at the Outcry Festival. 

Blessings,

D

 

Lyianna and Camrielle,

We love you. We pray that one day (maybe even now) you will look back and remember the times dad and mom took time away from you to pour into our marriage. These times are precious to us. We hope it has encouraged you to set time apart not only for your first husband, God, but also your future husband.

love,

mommy

Mini Me Monday: Gift from Above 

Onsie: Hope Outfitters | Shorts: Target | Shoes: Converse

 

Camrielle is bringing joy and truth on this Monday. She is rocking the cutest onsie from her current wardrobe. I picked this graphic onsie for her because of the validity it speaks  to motherhood. No matter how expected or unexpected, how easy or difficult the process  to conceive and bear a child, that child is a gift. A beautiful from God.

Now God has a sense of humor. He knew us parents would need a onsie for our children to wear. Not just any onsie but one that reminded us of this truth when that precious gift isn’t behaving so wonderfully, am I right?

For example, I was reminded to be patient and flexible when attempting to take these photos of Camrielle. She was not cooperative and so I was about to give up. Thankfully our precious gift number one, Lyianna, took over and captured the essence of Camrielle’s spirit. A sister is all you need sometimes!

Help another child in need by purchasing this onsie, here, (or other apparel here) because 100% of the profits go to a good cause. That current campaign is Mercy Ships. Read more here. I’ll even help you out! Use code SUNDAYINSTYLE777 for an extra 10% off!

Blessings,

d

 

Camrielle and Lyianna,

You have gifted our life with, faith, hope, love, joy, goodness and even comical mischief! We love you so much. We don’t take you for granted. We hope you still see and know this. – mom

 

Team Yellow 

Dress: Nordstrom Rack | Wedges: Tory Burch

Y’all, it’s the start of a new week and I’m excited for this one! Our youth has their “camp” week, called Stamped. They have a fun filled week of worship, games, competitions and fellowship. You can read more and sign your kid up here. I have been asked to be one of the team captains and our team color is yellow.

I wore this yellow dress today to kick off my week full of yellow everything. So get ready to see how I will attempt to make yellow fun, comfortable but also stylish for this active and Jesus filled experience. There will be no mellow yellow here …

Blessings,

d

Wednesday Work

Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Shorts: Nordstrom Rack | Sandals: Target

I love being a wife and mother. These two roles in my life are a privilege and joy. Both require work, a lot of work. The first year in marriage and motherhood were really tough but especially my first year as a mom. We had endured so much loss before our first daughter that we had to work hard at having faith. It was all we focused on. I also had lived in quite a bit of fear so I never read books or really prepared for being a mom, out of said fear. When our first daughter was born all I was so over joyed and deeply grateful. However, I had no clue what I was doing those first few months. It was that whole not preparing and believing, lol. I definitely didn’t know how to take care of her and me. I basically spent the first year in pajamas. I put no work into how i presented myself. The few extra minutes I had, I would choose sleep over time to do my hair and makeup. I’ve come quite a way since then. Now I get dressed and brush my hair about twice a week. Just kidding, I’m at three days! Insert a wink here. 

Wednesday is one of the two days where the girls are in summer school and I have time to get things done. I basically try to run all of my errands one of those two days. Everything I need to get done today is inside stores where I find myself always cold. This is why I’m wearing a super light sweater in the middle of summer. The cut off shorts balance it out and are super comfy. I basically live in these shorts lately because they are that comfortable. 

Well, I’m off to work now …

Happy hump day y’all and thanks for reading!

d

 

Lyianna and Camrielle,

I just want you to know that I am grateful for you. I love you so much and you bring so much joy. These precious moments away from you are amazing but nothing in comparison to when I’m with you. Just know this needed space makes me miss you more. One day you two will be mothers and I will be the one watching your children so you can have this sacred space. Until then, thank you for being two girls who are ok with this! I love you.  – mom

Mini Me Monday: Graphic Tees

Sunglasses: Old Navy | T-shirt: Hope Outfitters | Skirt: Target | Sandals: Old Navy

 

Can I just talk about how cute these graphic tees from Hope Outfitters are?! I love them. Ok, now can we talk about how cute my daughters are? I love them even more! Lyianna, (our five-year old ) has been reading for a bit now and was very excited that she could read this t-shirt we gifted her. Once she realized what it said she jumped in joy.  This is her favorite song. As if that wasn’t sweet enough she continued to thank me for giving her a t-shirt she could tell people about Jesus with. My heart just melted. This I know, Lyianna is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful little girls. She really has a big heart and loves easily.

Some of the easiest moments with Lyianna are singing. Since she was in the womb Jacob and I would sing her this song. It is apparently engraved in her heart now and that makes me so blessed. Teaching her she is loved by Jesus is the most valuable truth I can impart on her. We are also doing our best to teach her to love others as Jesus loves her. So we took this opportunity to encourage her to tell people about Jesus but also to share how much more this shirt is reaching others through the love of Jesus. We explained to her that because we bought this shirt all the money from the sale is going to an organization that helps give life saving surgeries to other kids around the world. Do you know what she asked me? If she could buy one with her own money. See how easy it is to love her!?

What better gift than speaking the truth that Jesus love me, her and everyone? There isn’t anything better in life than that. I am just so grateful for wonderful companies who model this hope. Hope Outfitters probably doesn’t even know that they are reaching hearts right at home. Has your heart been touched? Do you want to follow in Lyianna’s example and purchase a shirt too!? Then click here for her exact shirt and here to see others. Also because we love you too, use my code SUNDAYINSTYLE777 for an extra 10% off! You are so very welcome.

 

Blessings,

d

 

Lyianna,

You are one little fireball of love. You are only five but have already been used greatly by God. He has used you in my life, daddy’s, your sisters, family, friends and others you grace with your energy. You have loved this song since you were in the womb. This song actually was the first precious and comical memory with you and your tia, Giselle. She came from Seattle to Miami one time to spend time with us and you. You were only three months old! She was a blessing by sending us off for a date night. We told her to sing you this song if she needed to calm you down or put you to sleep. She told me that she wouldn’t be singing that song and I said ok. We came home and she was standing there with you in her arms sound asleep. She was also singing Jesus Loves Me just under her breath with a happily defeated look on her face, lol. I hope that today however old you are that you still believe this truth. I pray that it is still something you want to share with others. I love you. – mommy

Mini Me Monday: Smiles 

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Girl bow: Target | Toddler Bow: Little Poppy Co | Dresses/Romper: Old Navy | Heels: Jessica Simpson & Disney | Toddler Shoes: Native

Mini Me Monday is here y’all. Photographing us girls in matching outfits is my favorite. It has never been this exact either. Surprisingly, (and thankfully!) I found these dresses and this romper last year while on vacation with family. On our family vacations there is always shopping! We decided to stop and look around an outlet Old Navy. It’s always just looking, right? Yeah right! Boy am I sure glad we did a little more than looking. Purchasing these mommy and me outfits has become a gift that keeps on giving. It has brought so many smiles every time we have worn this. I bet you are even smiling right now too!

Lyianna and Camrielle, I can’t tell you enough that the best thing you can ever wear is a smile. You may not remember but I will always remember, so let me tell you. When we wear these matching outfits we get a lot of sweet and encouraging remarks. We make a lot of people smile. I know fashion can be vain but when you have the right heart and context it can be a tool to bring joy. Lyianna, you ask me almost daily if we can wear the same thing and beg to wear these snow white high heels everywhere. You crack your daddy and me up. Camrielle, you love shoes too! You don’t talk a lot quite yet but you sure do know how to say shoes! Girls, thank you for making a mundane thing as getting you dressed everyday fun. Thank you for loving this as much as me even if it is just for right now. When you read this I know you will be smiling. I love you.

Blessings,

d

 

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