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

 

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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.

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

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

Sunday Tulle

Necklace: Bauble Bar | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Skirt: Windsor | Heels: Sara Jessica Parker | Purse: Michael Khors

 

Happy Sunday! I know I have been MIA for a bit (a long bit) and I can explain! First let me say thank you. Thank you to all who love and support me with constant encouragement of getting back on here. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I appreciate you.

Right before the holidays I took a trip to Georgia with my family who I don’t get to see often. We celebrated one of my little cousin’s Army boot camp graduation. It was a time full of pride, tears, hope and love. Being a military family I value time with loved ones much more than I did before. So this short and quick week together was really meaningful. I chose to put my phone away and focus on being in their presence. Well one week turned into the next once I got back home. Decidedly, I took a break from social media life.

Looking back now I realize how crucial that break was because life got so busy with expected and unexpected experiences. Some of those experiences I will be sharing soon.

Until then I’m continuing with bringing you Sundays in Style and I’m starting with this tulle skirt ensemble. Just something about wearing tulle that makes me feel even more like the princess that I am. Especially on a Sunday when I’m going before the king with heart and worship!

Blessings,

d

 

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

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