Sensory Goo Mats


I’ve been trying to come up with stuff to make for Ellie to play with in her high chair that’s not messy. When I saw these mat ideas on Pinterest I thought they would be a good solution and really fun to make. I wasn’t wrong. As you can see, I attempted to make something…

Self


  I was feeding my daughter on our bed this weekend and I had a waterfall of thoughts and feelings descend on me. I feel like I’m settling into my role as mom and wife, though most days I still feel like I’m getting my sea legs. Just about the time I get settled, another…

Books On My Nightstand, January 2018 Edition


I once loved reading. Like really loved reading. I could knock out so many books in a short span of time it was amazing. Then college and grad school (round one) happened and the fire died a bit and I stopped consuming books like a hungry bear. The love of reading dwindles a little at…

How to Get Stuff Done With a Baby!


So, let’s make sure you remember who is writing this blog before you come here looking for majorly good advice with a blog post title like that! I’ve called this blog “The Novice Life” for a reason. Despite what the controlling part of me wants to believe, I’m not an expert at anything. I’m a…

ALL things


If you’re like me and have grown up in the church there are likely verses you memorized or picked up over time because they are spoken of or taught about quite often in Sunday school and church. This verse falls in that camp for me. The most helpful part of this aspect of church culture…

My Reason


We made a decision. I guess we actually made it about a year ago but it was more just a goal, not actually a decision that would change something at that time. It’s funny to see how God works…I think this all began last August. Right after we got married. I went to a leadership…

#momlife


I became a mom 12 weeks ago and it has been amazing and hard and gloriously transformative and I don’t think I really understand it all. But I love it. A lot. It was a hard start for me. I had the Baby Blues kick in for me about 4 days after I had my…