Author: Jake & Jacqueline

Cropped Denim

I have loved the cropped denim trend this Fall! They’re so fun! These burgundy velvet loafers are my jam lately. I feel like the spice up a normal jeans and t-shirt outfit so easily. One of my favorite things about fall fashion is all the rich colors. I’m loving the cool weather we’ve had this week! I tagged my favorite cropped denim and loafers for you guys below.

xo,
Jac





 

Black Jumper Dress

Finally some Fallish weather! I knew I’d have to change by noon, but took advantage of this cool morning and we went out for a little coffee date. I’m dying over how obsessed Sofia is with these ballet shoes. They’re all she wants to wear lately, and has such strong opinions about them! It’s seriously so fun watching her little personality develop and grow.






Fall Picnic

Fall is still making us wait, but we make our own Fall around here. We had planned to go to our favorite apple orchard, but called ahead and found out all the apples had been picked! What the what?! So we decided to do an apple picnic instead. We bought a ton of different types of apples, had apple cider, apple butter, all the APPLE things! Hudson’s favorite part was rolling the pumpkin down the hill, and Sofia’s favorite part was watching Hudson. I hope I never forget the sound of how hard he makes her laugh.

It’s still 100 degrees here {I wish I was being dramatic} but Fall will get here eventually I’m sure.

To everyone else enjoying Fall weather, soak it up for us!

xo,
Jac









30

T H I R T Y … Man how did I get here? When I was little the joke was “Jacqueline’s three, going on thirty.” I spent my first twenty years wishing I was older. I spent my twenties wishing I was younger. And I think, so far at least, thirty is the first age I’ve loved being right where I am. Life isn’t perfect, there are mountain high days, valley low days, and everything in between. I have been blessed with more than I could ever deserve. I have things in this life I could have never set goals for 10 years ago, because I am not bold enough to ask my Heavenly Father for blessings this sweet.

Milestones always get me. They force me to slow down {something I’m so bad at}, and reflect. And when I actually pause long enough to reflect on the things that matter in this life, when I push away all the junk, and stuff that the world tells me is important, I realize that if my life were to end tomorrow, I’d leave this world so rich. I have a Savior who saved me from myself, a husband that loves me at my worst, children who fill the world with joy, a family that loves me, and friends who stick with me. Perspective, oh perspective; man how I wish I could live in this true reality, and not get caught up in the rest of it. Lord willing, I’ll do more of that in this next year than last, and this will be more true with each year ahead.

Let’s do this!

The Deluge

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A few weeks ago I was chatting with a good friend about the tough seasons. Her family is in one, and we were just talking through how hard those times can be. I always learn so much from the ocean. It teaches me so much about God. It is so strong, but somehow still so peaceful; what’s going on above the surface is nothing compared to the world that exists below it, there’s more depth (literally and figuratively) than we can ever comprehend.

There are seasons in life where I feel like the trials, the struggles, the hard stuff is so much more abundant than the easy, enjoyable, “blissful” stuff. Not that you don’t have moments of joy even in those seasons. Some of the greatest and most tangible experiences of God’s hand over our life have been experienced in those hard times.
It’s just that there are times when it feels like you are literally being hit by crashing wave after crashing wave. It’s not just the big waves that everyone sees, the car accidents, the sick family members, the lost job, it’s the repetitive little waves that no one sees that really keep you from being able to catch your breath. Those ones when you think you can take a deep breath before another big hit, only to be knocked down again; those are the ones that ultimately leave you feeling like you’re drowning. The deluge of “hard” can be so debilitating, but dare I say, these times can be so deeply life giving. When that deep breath is finally caught, it is far sweeter than the breaths that came before the deluge of trials.

I say all this for a few reasons: to preach to myself, and to encourage any of you in a season of hard, or a season of sweet. We spend so much of every season wishing for something different, and I want to encourage you – and myself – to be HERE. Live in the right now. Whatever it is, if it’s a heavier load than you feel you can carry or a sweeter relief than you thought possible, be there. Cast your load on Jesus, His shoulders carried the weight of our sin, He can carry the weight of our struggles; His strength is made PERFECT in weakness. How has my perfectionist self never soaked that in more before?
As you’re grasping for something to hold to, something to pull you up out of the waves, cling to Jesus, cling so tight, focus your eyes so deeply on Him that you do not even see the waves. He is our hope, He is our strength, He is our victory assured.

so much love.
xo,
Jac

Family Photos

Every year around our birthdays I love getting some photos of us as a family. This is our local park, and I love that we were able to get these here. This is life lately, and I feel like these pictures capture each of us so well.
Southern California is always pretty slow on the uptake when it comes to Fall weather, much to my Bostonian husband’s disappointment. But we never have to shovel snow and get to go to the beach in February, so can we really complain?
I will match my children as long as they let me, and then some. We loved getting out early in the morning before it was 80+ degrees *eye roll* for some time at the park. If I had to pick just one piece of Fall clothing, I’d pick a leather jacket every single time, linked my favorites down at the bottom.

xoxo,
Jac













Farfallina

My grandma always sang this old Italian song to me called “Farallina” which is all about a little butterfly. It’s one of my favorite memories of her, and butterflies always remind me of her. I had been wanting to grow butterflies with Hudson, and one day my brother just brought some over for him. We had so much fun watching them break out of their cocoons and grow in to these insanely beautiful butterflies. Having to let them go was bittersweet, but whenever we see butterflies in our yard now Hudson calls them “his butterflies,” each of which he named Laurie or Larry. I love him. As we were letting them go all Hudson wanted was for one to land on his finger, and sure enough the last guy flew back and sat on his finger for a solid 5 minutes. I mean, hi answered prayers. It always blows my mind that God cares about these little things. Anyways, if you can, I can’t recommend doing this with your kids enough!






Bohemian Butterfly First Birthday Party

Finally getting pictures of our sweetie’s first birthday party up. I think I had to let myself get some space from her first birthday to be able to even write about it without balling. ONE. How is it even possible?! I feel this way with each of my kid’s birthdays because to me it still just feels like a second ago I found out I was pregnant and going to be a mom. Now I’m here with two beautiful babies, and I keep pinching myself trying to figure out how I got so blessed. We didn’t get nearly as many photos as I would have liked, and that family photo was a struggle, but this is a day I’ll never forget. It was so fun, we all felt so loved by friends and family, and it was just a huge blessing of a day!






Newport Beach Family Day

A week or two ago Jake had a quick shoot down in Orange County so we decided to tag along. I got to catch up with a few of my sweet friends who live down there and we found the absolute best park, it’s on a little bay and look at that amazing lighthouse slide back there, it’s the cutest! Hudson and Sofia had so much fun – clearly.
Happy Wednesday!
Jac

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Newport Beach jake and jacqueline

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Newport Beach jake and jacqueline

Newport Beach jake and jacqueline

Newport Beach jake and jacqueline

Newport Beach jake and jacqueline

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