I've been praying over my girl for a long time, and the older she gets the more urgent it feels. This sweet, silly, hilarious little nugget. We are so blessed by her spirit and the pure joy that she brings to the world. Lord, I pray that she always keeps the playfulness, excitability, and happiness that keeps those around her laughing. That no matter what circumstances she faces, that she faces them with the blind bravery that she charges through our house with on a daily basis. And when the day comes that she's broken, that You help her to use her brokenness to shine Your light. We already see the sweet way that she loves animals, and I pray that she is always filled with grace and compassion for Your children and creatures, alike. I hope that she sees all the possible trails that she could take, but that she is first and foremost guided by where You are leading. Lord, let her be filled up and comforted by Your word and You alone. Let her always take time to know You more. God, let her always know her worth - not just how cherished she is by Dave and I, but how precious she is in Your sight. That she was given life and purpose WITH purpose. I pray that You shape her amazing little heart in the image of Jesus, and that at her core is fearlessness because she knows You are in control. You know my mama heart, and you know how I want to protect her, Lord. Help me to trust your vision and plan for her life, and always be the mama that she needs. Thank you for the never-ending gift that is Eastlyn Joy ❤️
Just wrapped up the sweetest meeting with one of my brides & her momma and tonight I have the sweet joy of speaking to an awesome group of girls at the church I grew up in! This season of life is FULL but so beautiful, and man I’m grateful. ❤️ Happy Friday, y’all!
Today marks the last day at our Forest Park location as we relocate our Administrative Offices, ReStore and Construction Warehouse to 3830 South Grand Blvd. It's a bittersweet moment for us, but we're excited to be new residents in the Dutchtown community! ☺️🏡💙
Friday 4/20 don’t miss the @rockwellbeer parking lot party. 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave. We will be there serving starting at noon. Stop by and hang with us. Party goes until 4. See you there! #rockwellbeer#balkantreatbox
Decided to deep clean my office on a whim tonight because homegirl needed some SANITY. 🙌🏻 Anyone else feel infinitely better about all things in life when they clean?! In other news...I’m seriously so stoked about this year’s wedding season - because my couples are 100% the besttt. Would ya just look at them 😍✨
Five years ago this month I was 16 years old, applying to make Jessica Lauren Photography, LLC official, and I had no fat clue what I was doing. 🙃 (Sometimes I still feel like that, let’s be real!) What a RIDE the past five years have been! But goodness sakes, it’s been the greatest adventure. I’ve learned that the government doesn’t like it when you start a business before 18 (don’t even get my sassy high school self started on how mad that made me 😂 shoutout to my parents who had to hear the bulk of my frustrations), but I’ve also learned that all good things take LOTS of time. I’ve met some of my favorite people on the planet through this little business of mine and I couldn’t be more thankful! I’m not really the sappy sort so I won’t go into all the little things I’m grateful for - but let me tell you, there’s an ENDLESS list. 💕 Here’s to whatever the heck the next five years bring (and the freaking AMAZING people that I have no doubt will come with it!!)! 🎉🙌🏻
#GiveSTLDay is 2 weeks away! This year, donors are able to *pre-schedule* their gift! How cool is that? Consider making a donation to #HabitatSTL so we can continue to build a stronger and safer St. Louis! Schedule your donation today by clicking the link in our bio. 🏠
Today we have a change in our schedule. We are at Wash U Med at Scott and Taylor. Come by and say hello to Edo! #Repost 📸by @monyastl with @get_repost
Today was the perfect day to finally visit my friend Edo and try @balkantreatbox. The beef and cheese pide was absolutely delicious! Follow them to see where they’ll be parked throughout the week!
cooking is my happy place. and what’s better than simple, tasty food?
last night. pan-seared steelhead w/ a lemon-white wine sauce & italian herbs. balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts. potato medley.
Although cold, this quick trip to the Northeast has been great! It’s tricky to unplug during the week, but I’m learning the art of working ahead and setting boundaries 👩🏼💻
Feeling inspired by: old architecture, inlaid tile designs and ample oysters ✨
Guess who blogged for the first time in two months?! 🙋🏼♀️ Does anyone else feel like 2018 is kind of like riding a mechanical bull because you can’t even?! 🙃 (<- this emoji perfectly describes my life. Happy but also kind of insane) ANYWAYS these freaking awesome people are on the blog today so go take a peeeeek! 😉❤️
Hello friends and happy Tuesday! Let me be 100% honest for a moment, I’m struggling busing with posting everyday. So i apologize. I’ll get better, i promise! But for now, how cute are these two?! I cannot wait to blog this wedding for you!
Check out these amazing hand-built items you can bid on at the Habitat Saint Louis Benefit Auction, happening April 27th! Guests can bid on side tables, blanket ladders, gorgeous farmhouse tables and a handful of auction baskets! Tickets are only $10 and include 2 drinks from @urbanchestnut, food and @rescuedfurnishings will have storewide discounts. Proceeds benefit #HabitatSTL so grab your tickets by visiting the link in our bio! 🏠
|| I'm broken inside, I give you my life Lord. #itsamovement ✨
When I am weak then I am strong. Despite my anxiety, God uses me to give insightful wisdom. Despite my depression, God has given me a joyful and welcoming spirit to show others how much He loves them. Despite my ego, God has humbled me to worship Him in honest surrender. Despite my brokenness He has made His power perfect. Cast your brokenness to Him and watch Him make beautiful things out of dust. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
This may be a repost from a previous one but the words are still so true.
Mondays are full days around here but heart-filling ones. 💕 I sat criss cross in a circle this morning with some of my sweet friends that are incarcerated and just talked about life. Jesus. Hard questions. What it looks like to know God’s will. The stuff we all wonder about. Summer of 2016 I started praying that God would open doors to get me outside of my bubble and He did. He opened air locked, prison doors. And I talk about it because it’s one of the most life-changing, eye opening thing that’s ever happened to me. I might have to wear a body alarm to go see “my girls” but I tell you what, nothing changes the fact that they are my sisters in Christ and there is freedom in that place. You do things like this thinking you’re “helping people” but goodness sakes - they’ve helped & blessed ME more than I’ll ever be able to verbalize. My heart is overwhelmed & overflowing and I can’t help but talk about it because God is that freaking incredible. ✨🙌🏻 (photo taken while shooting with the best @emilyjfrazier)