Musical Muse: Drops In The Ocean

“If you want to see how much you mean to me…
Look at my hands…
Look at my sides…”


“Today, I’m sharing another song that speaks to my soul. Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder… How much do I mean to God? Scripture tells us that we mean everything to Him. So much so that He sacrificed His son for us. And I work very hard to be positive, but I still have moments of weakness when I don’t always feel deserving of His love and forgiveness. So, this song speaks to me in those moments of questioning and doubt. Check out the lyrical video below! Continue reading “Musical Muse: Drops In The Ocean”

How I Love My Husband…

Hello world! Happy Saturday! Today, I’m feeling particularly grateful for all of the blessings I have in my life – of which there are many. My focus today: my dear husband.

On a normal Saturday, my husband would get up with our oldest, bring her downstairs, set her up with “Finding Dory” for a bit until little brother woke up, pour me a cup of coffee, then one for himself (because he’s wonderful), maybe start breakfast… He’s my dream guy. Once I roll myself out of bed, come down to join the living and settle into my comfy chair with my coffee (thanks, babe!), he might go upstairs and take a quick shower to get ready for the day. Well, sadly, today is not like a normal Saturday. Ernesto has a conference which will occupy him all weekend! I miss my husband!

I’m a stay-at-home mom, so weekends are like a partial break for me. He’s so good with the kids and gives me some relief when I really need it! It’s not a huge deal that he isn’t here to help with the kids – it makes it like a normal weekday – but I just miss getting to do things together! Tag-teaming parenting! Seeing him play with the little ones or feed them or cook for us or start a load of laundry (he’s incredible, I know)… It’s just so nice to be by his side and witness this amazing man I married. Did I mention I miss my husband? Continue reading “How I Love My Husband…”

To the Zoo!

Our day at the Brookfield Zoo!


Our visiting family is now returning to their good ol’ Kentucky home… So I’ve started cleaning up the house a bit, putting everything back in its place, enjoying the quiet (while also missing them!)… But I wanted to share with you all how much fun we had at the Brookfield Zoo yesterday!

I thought I loved the zoo. But Elaina loves the zoo so much, she’d probably like to live there. She’d live with the lemurs. No joke. Every single time we go, she wants to “be a lemur.” They have a place in the Hamill Family Play Zoo (an attraction in the zoo) where kids can wear vests with lemur tails attached – or they can dress up as a zoo staff member. They also happen to have face painting stations, so she MUST have a lemur face – a purple lemur to be exact. Continue reading “To the Zoo!”

We’re Back!

And we know you missed us! (I’m KIDDING! Or am I……….)

Hi friends!

So, I’m making zero assumptions that anyone was hanging onto the edge of their seats waiting for another blog post from me… But I am sorry that I fell off the radar! It has been an overwhelming few weeks. We’ve had illness after illness (tis the season, am I right?), a birthday party for the little man (OMG he’s one year old?!? Whaaaaaat?), family visiting for almost a week, getting taxes done, oodles of church events and volunteering, etc… etc… It was too much! I’m ready for life to slooooooooow down a little… And to continue working on our Bible Study! Continue reading “We’re Back!”

Musical Muse: Even If

God when you choose to leave mountains unmoveable, give me the strength to be able to sing, ‘It is well with my soul’

So, Friday morning, I was hustling and bustling around the house, trying to maintain the chaos that can come from chasing around two little ones… You know how it is! And I got a message from Ernesto asking if I had heard this song yet… So, as soon as I was able, I sat down and looked it up on YouTube. I’m really glad I did – thank you, husband! Continue reading “Musical Muse: Even If”

Musical Muse Series

A follow-up to my “Music can change your life…” post.

If you liked my post about how “Music can change your life…“, you might like this new series…

I’ve loved music my entire life… I’ve always loved singing, but was too afraid to sing in front of crowds, so that passion has only been shared with my friends and family… I sing in the shower, in the car, while I’m cooking, and to/with my children at night… I sing ALL the time! Sometimes, it’s Disney classics, like “Part Of Your World” from The Little Mermaid or our current favorite in the house, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana… But lately, I’ve had a different kind of tune stuck in my head… Continue reading “Musical Muse Series”

Bible Study: Genesis 2

“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 1 was a synopsis of creation. Genesis 2 focuses more on the creation of man and the Garden of Eden. It can get a tad confusing during certain points if you assume that the chapters are chronological, but just consider Genesis 2 to be an elaboration on certain parts of Genesis 1 and it will make more sense… So, below I’ve provided the text and we’ll discuss after! Continue reading “Bible Study: Genesis 2”

Bible Study: Genesis 1

The amazing story of creation…

So, the Bible is incredible. It contains so many answers, but creates so many questions! Ernesto and I read Genesis 1-3 last night and discussed, chapter by chapter. It was a lot of fun and I (once again) highly recommend reading the Bible with your spouse! But we quickly realized, there is SO MUCH to discuss. Originally, I had intended to do multiple chapters per blog post, but after last night’s thorough discussion, I think we’re going to take it a little slower – one chapter at a time. So, below I’ve provided the text (NIV) so that you don’t have to look it up elsewhere… Then we’ll discuss! Continue reading “Bible Study: Genesis 1”

Music can change your life…

Just give it a try…

I enjoy listening to the catchy songs on the radio as much as anyone… Or listening to artists that just have amazing voices – like Buble and Adele – make my ears happy. But, sometimes the messages are just… well… garbage. You know what I’m talking about. Maybe it’s a song about sex, cheating, fame, drugs or gossip… Or even a combination! Sex isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t need to be blasted in intimate detail on the radio… Well, since I’ve been working on strengthening my relationship with God, I’ve found that kind of music to be empty, shallow and vain… It’s not fun to listen to anymore. In fact, it started making me feel uncomfortable. Catchy tunes weren’t enough anymore… I started craving real messages – messages of hope – messages of love and forgiveness – messages of inspiration and redemption. Can you see where I’m going with this? I’ve started listening to Christian radio. *GASP!* And it’s so awesome, I’m never going back. Before tuning into God via music, I had those catchy pop songs stuck in my head, but sometimes cringed at how awful the story was (if there was even enough substance to the song to label it as a story). Now? I get in the car, turn the radio on and immediately feel my heart smile. Continue reading “Music can change your life…”