Tag: family

LA Zoo

We have been really trying to take advantage of all that this beautiful city has to offer. We haven’t had a zoo pass for about a year, and when I was in Texas Jake took Hudson and renewed it. I’m not sure who enjoys it more, but I have no doubt we’ll be spending a lot of time there this summer! Jake was able to get some amazing shots of the lions, and according to the lion keeper getting shots of them showing affection is really rare, so that was fun. Hudson still hasn’t stopped talking about all the animals! Sofia did great on her first zoo trip! Clearly she slept through it all.
Happy Wednesday!

xo,
Jac

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 Mine sunnies | pants | similar top | shoes
Hudson’s shoes | shorts | shirt
Sofia’s shirt | shorts | bow was a gift and I have no idea where it’s from 🙁 so sorry
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Echo Park Boats

We have been soaking up all the newborn love for the past month or so. Getting back in to a normal routine seems to be a lot easier this time around. There are so many factors that play in to this, but I’m just super thankful for it!

Last week we had an hour of one on one time with Hudson at the Echo Park Boats. He is doing so amazingly as a big brother! He adores “his Sofia,” He walks around telling everyone, “this is my Sofia.” Don’t get me wrong, there’s been some adjustment, but he just adores his baby sister. Anyways, an hour or so to himself with uninterrupted mommy and daddy time was so good!

If you live here or find yourself in LA a visit to the boats at Echo Park Lake is an absolute MUST! The staff is so friendly, and it’s a great hour to spend in the middle of the city! For all the details about riding the boats, visit here.
We LOVE living in LA, and are so excited to start sharing more of our favorite places, like this, with you!

Happy Wednesday!
xo,
Jac

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Sofia Teodora

IMG_5233Last week we met our sweet Sofia! She is an absolute angel! She has brought so much joy to our family! Hudson is absolutely in love with her and constantly asking to hug and kiss and hold her. She is already a daddy’s girl, and Jake doesn’t mind it one bit. We are so thankful for God’s incredible kindness to bless us with her. Lots more photos to come I’m sure. Thank you for all the love as we’ve welcomed this little sweet into our lives!

xo,
Jac

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Thank you Belabumbum for the incredible pajamas! They have been perfect this past week with a newborn and would be amazing during pregnancy as well!

A Morning at Home

We’ve had a few cozy mornings at home this past week, and I’ve just been trying to soak it up. We have so many projects around the house we’re trying to get done before baby, it’s easy to forget to take time to move a little slower.

Each day it seems like Hudson falls more in love with this little baby (he or she seems to be having this affect on all of us). But there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t ask {demand} to “see this beautiful baby right now,” as he puts it. I cannot wait to raise these two precious lives together.

I am also getting to that point where just about everything is pretty uncomfortable. With less than two months to go, and baby getting bigger by the day, I’m struggling to find clothes that me and baby can both fit in to comfortably. These PreggoLeggings fit so well, and are on repeat lately!

Hope all of your weeks are going well!

xo, Jac

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leggings | sweater | shirt Leggings provided by PreggoLeggings, but all opinions are my own <3

Fiery Souls

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The other night I had a few moments to be still. Just me and God, these times are rare in my home. As I sat and pulled out this little journal that, for some reason, I resent lately, nonetheless, I began to write out my prayer. I was taught at a young age to always begin prayer in thanks, and I am eternally grateful for this. Taking time to thank God before I petition Him, realigns my heart, at least a little bit.

So I sat and thanked God for the most foundational aspects of who He is, because, honestly, at this point, it’s what I need to be reminded of: He is good, He is sovereign, He is God, He is with us… As I continued, I began to pray for myself as a mom, and mine and Jake’s children; I really felt compelled to pray this for every child He ever entrusts us with. And I had this beautiful realization. As Christians we are called to be lights in the darkness, a city on a hill. As moms we have the opportunity to be used by God to ignite that fiery light it tiny souls. So my prayer as a mom has been shaped to look something like this…

Lord, I want to be a light, but more than a light to anyone else, I want to light up my children. That you would use me to ignite a fire so deep within their beautiful souls that no darkness could ever squelch it; there is no greater privilege I have as a mama.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Here is a great, short sermon about being a parent – so so encouraging!

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Valentine’s Day

Finally getting some pictures from our Valentine’s day up, seriously days are just flying by lately! Jake loves being behind the camera so much, we forgot to get a picture together; but we got a selfie or two from our day date the day before on Instagram. We love celebrating just the two of us on the 13th and spending the 14th as a family, just a little tradition we started a few years ago. Anyways, here are some pictures from our day at the beach.

xo,
Jac

An Afternoon at The Park

Some good friends recommended this amazing park that overlooks the whole city. We took the afternoon this weekend, had a picnic, and took some pictures. Typically After the holidays I feel like there’s a little lull, but not this year; things seem to be as busy as ever! So we enjoyed taking some time to slow down and be still-er. Hudson was obsessed with this park, and “cooking” with his sticks. It has undoubtedly become one of our new favorite places. I am so in love with these jeans and this sweater from PinkBlush Maternity! Being pregnant in the winter is SO different from being pregnant through the summer like I was with Hudson. I am constantly on the hunt for good maternity jeans, and these do not disappoint! I’m giving away a $50 gift card to their amazing store on my Instagram, so head on over there for details on how to enter. xoxo, Jac

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A New Year

Days seem to be going faster and faster. How the new year has already come and gone is beyond me. I’ve been thinking about this new year for a while; what it will hold, blessings, challenges, the huge things, and the little things. I’m not much for “resolutions,” but I’m completely about evaluating; taking time to be still is a rarity in our society, and I think milestones and markers like this are so valuable in how they remind us to reflect. For the past few years I’ve taken time to pray for a word for the year; not that it carries some profound weight, but something to be intentional about in the 365 days ahead. New Years can bring so much pressure, goals that weren’t met in the previous year, sorrows, joys, anticipations for what lies ahead, unrealistic goals, etc. And as I look at this new year, 2016, I really feel like the goal is “progress.” Our sweet pastor shared a quote, a long time ago, and I don’t know where it originated, but the sentiment is freeing; “The Lord does not desire perfection from us, simply progress.” This isn’t just a word for the year, but a word for life. It’s a goal not to be perfect, but one to move forward, and by the Lord’s strength and grace, not regress.

We rang in the new year at home, with our little family; celebrating with fondue, chocolate, and few little poppers and noise makers. We celebrated closing the chapter of a year that I still don’t know how to make sense of, and joyfully embracing all that lies ahead in the year to come.

Here’s to another year of new mercies and new grace.
Happy 2016 friends!

xoxo,
Jac

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Christmas 2015

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Each Christmas since having Hudson has been particularly impactful on me spiritually. I just remember his first Christmas and understanding this new level of the magnitude of Christ coming as a baby, and the Father sending him in this way. As I held Hudson, seeing how fragile and vulnerable he was I just couldn’t believe God would entrust His perfect son to a sinful world. And the weight of the fact that He sent Him knowing He was sending Him for the purpose of  eventual death is just mind blowing.

Our Christmas this year was really good, really simple and included a lot of good food, staying in pjs all day, cuddling, and trying to help my two sickies get better. Jake slept half the day and finally broke his fever last night and Hudson was on and off all day, alternating between feeling gross and having more energy than he knew what to do with. Again I was just hit with the reality that this is what Christ came for; he subjected himself to humanness, to sickness, an imperfect world, and imperfect people.

Being pregnant at Christmas is officially one of my favorite things! Feeling this little tiny human swirl around inside me and being so aware of the fragility of his or her life and God’s sustaining power above the power of my own body is just amazing and drove the reality of all this home even more. Christ came in human form, He came to be with us, and to save us.
Read this from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional yesterday morning and loved it! “Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendour”
I hope your Christmas was full of the celebration of Jesus and the amazing gifts of salvation and grace!
Merry Christmas!
Xoxo,
Jac
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