finding joy in simple moments

Current Bump Date: 23 weeks!

First, I want to thank everyone who started following our blog this week. I’m excited to share our journey with you, and to have you be a part of it with us. We are grateful to have such amazing friends and family members who always show us so much support in everything we do. It’s a huge blessing!

What we share on this blog won’t always be super exciting, and will often be the simple day-to-day moments. However, I’ve found that even those seemingly unimportant and simple moments can be ones worth remembering.

As I get closer to graduating, its been harder and harder to stay motivated and excited about school. Part of me wants to be done with my “college days”, while another (small) part of me knows I will probably miss it once I’m done. One thing that has helped me to enjoy each day (many of which are really hard), is finding joy in the small things. I’m still not perfect at doing this, but am trying to be more grateful for everything I have instead of focusing on how my circumstance could be different. As I try to focus on the positive, I realize how truly blessed I am!

Here are a few snippets from my journal this week:


We had a pretty typical Sunday today – church, lunch, nap, and thank you cards! Braden and I taught music time in nursery last minute, which was different than our normal routine, but fun! The sunbeam class is so cute and really gets into music time (unlike some of the babies in nursery). It’s fun to watch Braden with kids, they always love playing with him. It makes me so excited for him to become a dad. The rest of the night we worked on wedding thank-you’s, which we are slowly making progress on. We finally gave in to the “template” approach and typed a meaningful letter to send out. I just HAVE to finish these wedding thank you cards before baby showers begin . . . (insert crying face).


For being a Monday, it wasn’t half bad! This week and next I have midterms coming up, so I need to start getting ready for those. I’m trying to stay confident and not get too anxious about exams. I don’t know why, but I felt really happy today even though Mondays are usually long and hard. I invented pizza quesadillas for dinner while Braden was doing his homework, and was glad that I could help him get stuff done.


Today was a tired and hungry type of day. I was SOO hungry all day! haha…It was like our little baby was saying, “more, more, more!” While trying to read and study for midterms, I was doing everything in my power to concentrate and stay awake! It wasn’t enough though . . . and I still fell asleep at my computer! I finally gave in and took a nap, but for some reason the alarm didn’t work and I slept for twice as long as I’d planned.

After waking up, I went into our little nursery (which is pretty much just boxes right now) and sat in our glider as I read and went through flash cards. I was so cozy, gliding back and forth, one hand on my belly, the other swiping through cards. It was a very peaceful part of my day. We also finally made it to the gym again (after almost a week) and it felt so good! I LOVE going to zumba. I think it’s my new-found passion/side hobby. My next goal is to convince al my friends to get passes so we can all go zumba together!


If I can get through Wednesday, I can get through ANYTHING! haha Braden and I were able to meet up on campus for lunch, which was unusual and fun. We mostly just did homework – but that was the first time we’d been together on campus since last semester! Since we don’t have any classes together this semester, we never see each other while at school. Our schedules are almost opposite. So I really enjoyed that part of today.

In an effort to actually leave my desk, I went to yoga from 9-10pm (pretty late) but apparently the prime time here in Provo! The class was PACKED! I don’t think another soul could’ve fit in that room. I arrived late and placed myself in the doorway to the equipment room (one of the last spots). Yoga felt so good for my body and I left with a sense of peace and relaxation that I had been lacking before attending class . . . even though I can’t do any of the exercises where you lie on your stomach! haha


I am 23 weeks pregnant today which is very exciting! I can’t believe that next week I will technically be about 6 months pregnant! That’s 2/3 of the way. We love our little William and are excited for him to become a part of our lives soon. I’m just trying to get through this semester, so then I can focus 100% of my attention on him, preparing for his entry into the world, and his first few months of life.

Something kind of funny happened today. As I was running out the door for my first midterm, I got a bloody nose! #terribletiming That’s been happening a lot lately due to pregnancy swelling. Anyway, I was already running late, and I ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT miss the bus because of my scheduled exam. So I grabbed a package of Kleenex and ran to the bus stop while trying to stuff some tissue paper up my nose. The bus ride was a little awkward with tissue paper up one nostril, but luckily my good friend Dominique still talked to me, making the tissue paper less noticeable to everyone else.

I also went to a cool lecture series called Faith + Works put on by the department of design. Today they had Brad Barber a Documentary Filmmaker BYU Grad speak. He talked about incorporating faith into his life, career, and work. It was inspiring to hear his story and how storytelling has influenced his perspective of people and the world. I’m glad that I took the time to go, because it provided me with a lot of inspiration for my own work.

I ended the night at a get together with my roommates from freshman year (good ol’ heritage halls). It was fun to see everyone again and catching up on life. I’m grateful for amazing friends who always uplift, support, and help me become a better person. I don’t know where I’d be without each of their influences!


We didn’t wrap up with homework until around 7:30pm, and then headed to Costco and Walmart to do some grocery shopping. Braden and I joked about the fact that once your married, grocery shopping qualifies as a fun and productive date night. While at Walmart, we ran into lots of Valentine’s Day stuff that made us laugh. Even though the stuffed animals were really soft and cozy, we made vows to never buy each other one for valentine’s day.

Once at home with everything put away, we got our reward out of the freezer (wendy’s frostys) and watched the movie “Breathe.” IT WAS SOOOOO GOOOD!! I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much while watching a movie! I was sobbing. At the end of the movie Braden was laughing at me for crying so much, and that made me cry even more. I don’t know if it was the movie, or my pregnancy hormones, or both – but I was a mess! haha That is definitely one of my favorite movies now.


Today was a fun Saturday! We woke up and got ready for our shoot with Bryson and Anjellica. Bryson is a musician starting up his career and will release his first album in a few months. Braden and I were excited for this opportunity, because I’ve never done a music video before! To prepare, I spent time Friday compiling a list of the different shots I wanted to get, and watching other music videos to get ideas. I think overall it went very well, especially for my first!

I have to take a moment to express my gratitude for Braden, and how much he has supported me in this business venture. There is no way I could’ve started this business without his support, or the support of my family. He’s always been so willing to come to shoots with me, brainstorm with me, and more recently, learn for me. Soon I’ll be limited in what I can do physically, so Braden has taken it upon himself to learn basic shooting techniques so that I can keep my business running up until the baby comes, and after. It’s hard to put into words how much that means to me, and I hope he realizes how grateful I am for it.

After the shoot, our plan was to have lunch and then head to the temple. Both of us were really looking forward to going to the temple, but I was SO tired after a long week of late nights and early mornings. We decided to rest for a half hour and then head out . . . and that was probably a mistake! Sadly, we woke up like 2 hours later and had lost all consciousness.

At that point, there wasn’t time to go anymore because Braden had to work on a project with a friend. So instead, we started our laundry, and drove to the temple parking lot. As we turned on some peaceful music and looked at the outside of the temple, we were both filled with peace and comfort despite not being able to go inside. It’s amazing how much light and peace the temple can bring into our life, even from outside its walls.

That’s our week! February is going to be a crazy-busy month for us . . . so here we go! I’m glad it’s the shortest month of the year! :)

Fun fact: Braden has been trying to make yogurt from scratch using the Instant Pot – so next week I’ll let you know if it worked out, and maybe even share the recipe. We figured that if it tastes good, it could save us a lot of money on the Chobani yogurts we usually buy. I’m glad he like to experiment in the kitchen, because I literally never would have thought of doing that!


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