TOMS // #OneDayWithoutShoes You're familiar with TOMS, right? The company with the amazing "buy one, give one" philosophy? The idea is when you purchase a pair of TOMS shoes someone in need receives a pair for free! I purchased my first set of TOMS shoes about six years ago and I've purchased four more since. The [...]

By |2014-04-29T00:17:11-05:00April 29th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

You asked … I answer.

A while back, I opened up the blogging hotline to accept your most curious and burning questions. As promised, here's an answer to every question .... here we go! LINDSEY asked ..... Was your pregnancy planned? Have you decided on a birth photographer? Great questions! Kamden was *NOT* planned. To say Husband and I were [...]

By |2013-08-21T06:23:18-05:00August 21st, 2013|Ask Nicole, Humor|0 Comments

Refrigerator Knows Best

What does your refrigerator say about you? Since I can remember, the fridge has been a bulletin board of sorts. Growing up, my Dad worked insanely crazy rotating schedules at the coal mine, but he kept a calendar on the fridge so Mom and I would know if he was coming or going. Seriously, his [...]

By |2013-08-13T15:42:09-05:00August 13th, 2013|About Me, Blog, Humor, Travel|10 Comments

Big City Tales (a link up for the Blogger Book Swap)

This link up was really difficult for me. First of all, I can be am the most frustrating, indecisive person on the planet and it drives Husband crazy. Trying to decide what book(s) to share today was impossible. I cannot choose just one, so I chose four! Since it is the first weekend of May, [...]

By |2013-05-05T00:05:18-05:00May 5th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

The Starfish Story

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?" The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don't [...]

By |2012-10-26T04:30:00-05:00October 26th, 2012|Blog, Photography|0 Comments

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!

Did y'all miss me?! I've been in Haiti driving tap-taps (not really, but I got to ride in the back of one), sweating like crazy, and pushing wheelbarrows of dirt and base rock for a church foundation in Leveque. I'm glad to report that since I arrived home, I've taken 4 showers, soaked in the [...]

By |2012-10-21T00:09:57-05:00October 21st, 2012|Blog, Photography|0 Comments

GIRL POWER (a guest post)

Hello, Three 31 loyals! I'm Julie and you can find me at A Beautiful Day. I am mom to one amazing tween son and two rather rowdy fur babies. I love my beautiful life! Can't really say that my blog has a theme, as I am pretty much all over the place. But I try [...]

By |2012-10-17T00:41:54-05:00October 17th, 2012|Blog, Guest posts|0 Comments

my bags are packed

In less than 24 hours, these six folks and I will be leaving Dallas / Fort Worth airport en route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti for a 10-day mission trip. We are not only representing First United Methodist Church (Joshua, Texas) and Genesis United Methodist Church (Fort Worth, Texas), but the Central Texas Conference, United Methodist Volunteers [...]

By |2012-10-09T00:54:35-05:00October 9th, 2012|Blog|11 Comments


I am 100-percent, unequivocally, wholly, and shamefully responsible for the unsustainable pace I've set forth in my life. Last Tuesday, I had a revelation. It was painful and affirming just the same. Until that miserable conversation, I had been (for lack of better terms) wearing blinders. The relationship that I should have been holding in the highest regard, the one [...]

By |2012-10-05T07:14:26-05:00October 5th, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|15 Comments

{this & that}

Today, August 22, with heavy hearts and wonderful memories, my church family and I said goodbye to a dear friend. Dulce succumbed to her painful battle with cancer the same day she celebrated her 42nd birthday. She will be missed but I am comforted knowing she is no longer in pain. I will always cherish [...]

By |2012-08-22T22:54:36-05:00August 22nd, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|8 Comments