Wholesome Wednesday: Be Our Guest

White Frames: Walmart | Bed, Duvet, Nightstand, Curtains & Rug: Ikea | Chairs: Amazon | Scalloped Stand: Navy Exchange | Small Frames, Vase & Clock: Home Goods | Anchor Laundry tote: TJ MAXX | Gold Tray & Blue Pillows: Dirt Cheap | Map: Hobby Lobby

 

In the midst of still adjusting to our life and new routine here in Japan I have finally been graced with a little time to myself. I’m currently in the northern part of Okinawa island sitting in a little cafe. I am sipping on fresh squeezed pineapple juice while overlooking the Pacific Ocean and thinking of home, you my family and friends. Oh I really miss you … (So just as I was about to put a period at the end of this sentence I received a FaceTime call on my lap top! From my youth girls in Texas! Wo, God!)

Then it dawned on me, I haven’t really updated you in a while! Since we’re all missing home and y’all I figured I’d continue where I left off in our home reveal series. Today I’m welcoming you into our guest room. This is the first room we set up because we want to be prepared for visitors as soon as possible. Sadly, this may be the first place we are visited less frequently since it is the furthest we have been stationed. Non the less, we are ready for you!

The nautical theme of this room is inspired from our love of the sea. Jacob and I both were born and raised in California near the ocean. I prefer to just listen to and stare at it while Jacob loves to swim, snorkel, dive and sail it. We have incorporated our love into this space by working with the textures of rope and metal, focused on the primary color blue and use photos I’ve taken over the years of difference ocean settings. Well, I’m actually just getting around to placing photos in all of our empty frames, lol. Dependent on who visits we trade out a few photos of the sea with photos of whoever is visiting. We love being intentional about this as to make it more homelike for the guest.

We also love the nautical theme in our guest room for its neutrality.  I have a wonderful husband who enjoys being apart of the decorating process. So from the beginning of our marriage I have had the joyful the challenge of finding and keeping the balance between the feminine and masculine touch. One of our favorite pieces was the world map. It’s a popular one I believe and so to make it unique to us we are placing gold pins to mark everywhere we have lived. The color and texture of this map really brought out and tied together our connection with sea, travel and our appreciation for even handedness.

Neutral tones are the way to go. Especially, for us military (or anyone else who moves often) families always moving. We are often restricted with finances, size, and finances. So this works great with constant change and white walls. Incorporating clear furniture is another great “trick” to make a small space seem breathable. Overall this room is open, light, airy, relaxing and even a man can appreciate it. In fact, a few neighbor’s husbands have complimented the room. I have to admit when a man appreciates our taste it almost makes me more proud than when a woman admires it! Women just know how to meet you at your level of excitement though.

It sure was exciting when Jacob joined the Navy and has since been moving us around the world trading one ocean for another. It has made this interior design even more fitting.

We hope you soon you will experience our seafaring love of a room,

Until then, God bless you!

D

 

Friday Feast: First, Ramen

 

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Thailand has its flag-ship dish Pad Thai, Vietnam has its Pho noodles, Italy has its spaghetti and in Japan, it is Ramen! One of our favorite foods lately is Japanese Ramen. This is a far cry from the Cup O’ Noodles that you and I grew up with! The noodles are thick and plentiful, the broth thicker and soupier than Pho. They usually come with a slice of delicious pork belly that melts in your mouth and a boiled egg. Of course you know Danica won’t eat the meat… so I get double portion, more protein for me!

Ordering the food is a process in of its own out here in Okinawa. You first need to order from an automated vending machine that is only in Japanese. Our first time was rough but thankfully the waitress spoke some English and was able to explain enough for us to figure it out. You punch in the main items and add-on items and the machine ejects out these tiny little tickets accordingly. They remind me of movie tickets. As you can see, Camrielle has assumed the duty of punching these buttons for us! Then Lyianna hands over the tickets to our Japanese waitress, and in broken Japanese we pay with Yen.

I enjoy the new ambience and one of the best things is watching my family enjoy food from another land. I can’t say that I enjoyed it as thoroughly the first time. Let me explain.

If you’ve ever eaten with me before, you may recall that I have a penchant for the burn of the spicy. From Siracha to Tapatio, bring it on! So when the waitress asked me how spicy I wanted my Ramen, from a scale of 1 to 50, I chose 25. I thought that it was relative to a scale of 1 to 10, and that in Japan somehow their scale goes up to 50. I was wrong! As I wolfed in my “Exploding Volcano” spicy level 25 Ramen, I thought it odd that Chefs kept peering out to look at me.  It wasn’t so bad … it was only half way max spicy level…or so I thought. As I began to feel an unusual subtle tingling emerge from the base of my tongue to the top of my scalp, my family was giggling at me and having a grand old-time. I can only handle the burn of a level 2 spicy and I may just stick to no spice for a while because wow the burn!

Thank you for joining us on our journey and checking out our gastric delights. I can’t wait to share with you guys next week another Japanese favorite out here!

Until next week, this is your friendly neighborhood, guest writin’ Ramen eating’ Jake signing out.

Mini Me Monday : Easter 2018

 

Just six years ago we celebrated the new life of our three-day old baby girl, on Easter. It was a day full of love, joy and life. I will never forget that Sunday. It was the first Easter my understanding in the power of the cross was deepened. First, as a woman who finally gave birth I had an immediate sense of empowerment physically. Then, in the same moment as a daughter of Christ I was overwhelmed with the power of conquering spiritually. I had enduringly overcame the loss of pregnancies with life in my daughter and most importantly the battle of faith with life in Jesus. Jesus conquered death and then promised eternal life. He not only conquered death on the cross but death for each and every one of us who believes. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. ”

Six years later, on Easter ( of all days! ) and wearing all white we are still celebrating that same precious baby girl. This Sunday we celebrated Lyianna’s declaration to the world that she too believes in this promise by getting baptized. I even had the honor and privilege of baptizing her alongside her Sunday school teacher Madison.

With family watching online to friends that were present and the rest of the day at the beloved Hillman lake house this day was an answered prayer. How can I ever forget this Easter too?

He is Risen,

D

 

 

 

 

 

Lyianna,

Since before you were born you were teaching me how to have faith. The day you were born I became a believer of unbroken promises and in the power of prayer. More than intelligence, knowledge, understanding, health, beauty, joy and love I have been praying for you to believe and accept Jesus. Your boldness and fearlessness in sharing that decision with the world is an inspiration! Baptizing you was an unexpected joy to my answered prayers. I am excited to see how you change the world!

love,

mommy

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

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

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