Love is friendship caught on fire
Dec18

Love is friendship caught on fire

There I was standing in the middle of a wedding when the words coming from the man officiating the ceremony totally caught me by surprise. “Love is friendship caught on fire.” My eyes started to water and I quickly had to suppress the emotion because I don’t actually know the bride and groom, I’m not family, I’m not even a guest I was helping film the wedding and didn’t want to draw any attention to myself. I have to admit that I’m five months pregnant so emotions and hormones are running wild right now. I couldn’t get that quote to stop rattling in my head all night though. I finally had to look it up and although this wasn’t the exact quote that was used I fell in love with this one: “Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.” by Laura Hendricks Now if you are at all in a bad mood, hate romance or don’t want to hear about love and the quote above didn’t stop you yet than stop reading this right now. I mean it… I’m about to get real mushy on you because the truth is I am in love. I’m not in the sweet honey moon obsessed with my husband love, I was once, but we’ve now graduated into the having babies, father of my children, provider of our family, can’t get enough of him love and its amazing. Not every day is blissful but there are blissful moments in our every day. From good morning kisses to dirty dishes, staying up late talking with a little one still in our bed and one on the way, yes I love my with Richie and this season that we are in. Are there things that I wish were different? Do we have lots to work on and improve in? YES! But like the quote above says “If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is...

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Kylie Sketches GIVEAWAY!
Jul03

Kylie Sketches GIVEAWAY!

Creative monthy email – Kylie Sketches * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name I’m excited to announce that I am setting up a monthly creative email full of sneak peaks of new art prints, encouraging quotes, updates to the Etsy shop and tons of free downloadable prints and giveaways! To kick it off for the next three day anyone who signs up is going to get a free USA “this is my home” digital print (perfect way to show off your patriotism this week). You can sign up below!...

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Legacy
Jan27

Legacy

Today we got the news that Papa B’s battle with cancer is over.  Even though it’s hard to say goodbye there is hope because we all know he is in heaven.  I feel so lucky to have known him and been a part of his family and legacy of faith but even more so I’m glad my daughter, Jaiden, got to have a special bond with him.  Anyone who knew Bob Burt would agree that he lived one of those amazing lives that impacted countless people.  I could write a never ending list of all the remarkable qualities he had but the one that comes to my mind over all of the others is… generous. I got to experience a glimpse of that generosity years ago when Richie and I were just dating.  I lost my keys and left my car overnight parked at the Kitsap Mall and found out the next day that there’s a HUGE fine for leaving a vehicle and they tow you immediately.  I went to the towing place to find out that I now owed hundreds of dollars to get my car back.  I was crushed… it might as well have been thousands of dollars because I didn’t have it and I knew I couldn’t pay it.  To make matters worse I had left my college books in the back seat of my car and I had a HUGE test the next day and needed to study.  I left the tow place and headed to church to do media that night trying to put on a smile.  I ran into Grandma and Papa B while at church and they had heard the whole story from Richie.  They told me they were sorry and offered a much needed hug but then unexpectedly handed me a check for the amount I owed to get my car back.  Tears flooded my eyes.  Here I was just a girl dating their grandson not related or tied to them in any way but that didn’t stop them.   They saw a need and knew they could meet it.  I was so overwhelmed by their gracious and generous act!  They made me feel like family which was exactly what I needed in that moment. Their generosity in my life didn’t just stop there with the car story it continued.  Over the years Richie and I have gone through dating, engagement, marriage and now parenting and every single step of the way Grandma and Papa B have been big supporters to us.   From doing our pre marriage counseling to offering to watch Jaid any time we needed we have been...

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Not even the king
Jan10

Not even the king

There are certain times in life when a song with only a few lyrics can capture a thousand moments all wrapped up in one.  Richie took me on an awesome date after Jaiden was born to an Alicia Keys concert and I found that song for me.  After all the lights and dancers left the stage Alicia sat by her grand piano and as she played her voice filled the room.  She sang a touching song that was written for her and her son and of course being a new mom listening to the words I had to wipe tears from my eyes.  The song talks about not needing any money or material things in life because her family is all she needs.   My favorite line “They can’t afford what we got, not even the king.” Richie and I were listening to songs on his phone last night and I asked him to pull up this one.  We laid there taking in all the words and again my heart felt convicted.  Do I live that concept out in my own life?  Right now… not so much!  Richie and I are going through some finically hard times and all I can think about lately is how our house is too small, our savings account is empty and how I can do more to provide for my family.  I confessed to Richie in a moment of weakness the other day that I’m having a hard time being happy right now with all that’s going on.  What if I changed my perspective and saw just how blessed I really am? I’m not just saying this to get brownie points but I seriously married the most amazing guy.  Sure we are going through some money stuff right now but he is still my best friend and a fantastic daddy to our little girl.  My house, yes it is a one bedroom and very small but I have a HOUSE!  I am fortunate to live in my favorite little town of Poulsbo sitting on several acres of property that we would like to build on someday.  Money… money will always be something we are working hard to earn and hard to save, but should I let it stress me out so much that I miss out on moments? NO! You see my life is FULL to the brim of things to be thankful for and one of the biggest things happens to be tickling my toes right now.  Our little Jaiden brings more meaning and joy into my life than I ever thought imaginable.  Motherhood is something I never saw as a priceless...

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We’re new at Thanksgiving
Dec07

We’re new at Thanksgiving

It was the night before Thanksgiving… and I was getting all of our clothes washed and folded for family pictures in the morning. Richie and I decided to jam pack Jaid’s first little Thanksgiving so we didn’t miss out on anything or anyone.   The plan was to get on a ferry and drive to my grandparents house is Ballard for the 5k run and then do family photos in Golden Gardens and then spend some time with family swimming and eating.  After pics we were going to head back on a ferry and go over to Richie’s grandparents house and eat a Thanksgiving meal with his family.  Our neat little plan failed us about 45 minutes into it once we pulled onto the boat and realized we had left the box with all of our clothes for pictures and our stuff to get ready.  I was rocking yoga pants and wasn’t looking photo ready. After a few phone calls Richie tried to get some family members to drive all the way to our house and then to a ferry to drop off our things so we could pick them up on the other side of the water but all efforts were useless once the ferry worker told Lisa, his mom, that they could not take items with out a passenger.  BOO! I mean I get it but I was even more crushed. We ran the Seattle Turkey Trot and headed back to my grandparents to swim and I tried to stay positive.  My family pieced together an outfit for me for the photos.  My mom’s dress, an aunt’s scarf and someone’s shoes.  I was ready to go!  Richie lucked out and got to wear his friend’s sweater and jeans that he had with him and Jaid wore a dress from a cousin that was adorable even though it was a little big on her.  We took our photos and then headed straight for the ferry… again. We got there a half hour early only to find out that the boat was full so we would have to wait an extra hour and fifteen mins.  We were so exhausted and Jaid was passed out in her car seat so we just parked our car in line and waited for the 3:45 boat.  Well 3:45 came and went and our stomachs grew more and more hungry.  Not only did we have to wait a flippin hour but now the boat was running an extra 20 mins late!?! I was so mad and extremely hungry which if you know me is not a good combination.  Richie calls it “hangery.”  I almost...

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Love Love
Nov23

Love Love

In my life “love” is a word I use and hear on a daily basis.  I wake up in the morning and get a kiss from my husband who tells me he loves me before heading out for the day.  I scoop up my happy baby and kiss her cubby little toes and tell her “I love you” a thousand times. I pick up my photo and group chat my friends with smily faces that have hearts for eyes telling them I love their new hairstyle or would love to meet up and get coffee.  I even scratch Molly’s ears and play with her two little pups and tell them they are all loved.  Yes I love animals. Before even getting dressed or taking a shower I’ve probably said the words “love” twenty times in a morning.  It’s almost becoming something I do and say as a routine and I forget just how powerful and meaningful the word “love” really is… that is until this weekend. I volunteered as a High School leader at  newlife youth’s Fall camp where I was in a cabin of 13 girls.  I had only led Junior High girls before so I came prepared to laugh at awkward stories, pray for crushed hearts from evil boys and give encouragement about family and school.  What I was not prepared for was hearing stories of real brokeness, needing prayer to break addictions and of course one of the girls that shared no one had told her “I love you” in the last 5 years. My heart broke for these girls.  How is it that I can’t go a signal morning without hearing or saying “love” 20 plus times and this girl who I was talking to hasn’t heard it in 5 years.  Immediately I stopped everything I was doing and I sat down with her.  I looked her in the eyes and got to tell her she was loved.  I didn’t say it in the routine morning way but a deep meaningful “you. are. loved.” I just repeated it again and again as tears ran down my face.  I got a chance to share with her that there is a God who loves her and even if people in our life fail us we can rely on that.  That everyday there is a creator who loves us. After that conversation I was inspired to come home and remind my family of how much they are loved.  When I tell Richie I love him, I want him to know that no matter what happens in life he is the only person I choose to bind my heart...

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