Doodles to Live By | Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit

For the longest time, I didn’t think I had a story. I grew up in a Christian home and asked Jesus to come into my life at a very young age. Honestly, I don’t really remember my lifeย withoutย Jesus. My childhood wasn’t traumatic. I was fairly rebellious as a teenager, but didn’t make any truly life-damaging decisions. I went on my first mission trip to Guatemala when I was a senior in high school and it was the first time that...

Pregnancy Update: 11-12 weeks

How far along are you?ย 12 weeks on April 24. How big is baby?ย At 12 weeks, a plum. My body still hasn’t changed much visually. Still wearing all my pre-pregnancy clothes comfortably. The only teeny bump that I have is my regular lower belly pooch, the only difference now is that I can’t suck it in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ How are you feeling?ย Still tired a lot, but it’s bearable.ย My “morning” sickness at this point has basically been about three days of feeling good...

Guess what? I’m pregnant!

Yep, you read that correctly! Tyler and I are super excited to announce that Baby Van Ert will be making his or her appearance around early November. Now that the initial shock has worn off and it’s not a secret anymore, I’m evenย moreย excited. We weren’t planning on saying something this week (I’m 11 weeks now and we were planning on waiting ’til the 12 week mark), but Tyler is to antsy to keep a secret anymore, so I gave in....

Having Tea Together | Vol. XV

If we were having tea together, I’d drive us both to the nearest Starbucks and get a peach green tea lemonade.ย Mostly because the weather has been beautiful lately, but also because I would drink them every day of my life if I had unlimited money. It’s like summertime in a cup and I know many non-tea drinkers that are also obsessed with how good this drink is. If we were having tea together, I would ask you about affirmation.ย My biggest...

Pregnancy Update: 9-10 weeks

Time for another update! Time isn’t really flying by yet, mostly because I still feel nauseous and tired most of the time, but we’re still so excited. We still haven’t told the whole world yet, so this will be going live after the news has been shared. Here’s what’s happening lately! How far along are you?ย 10 weeks on April 10, 2017! Estimated due date is November 6. How big is baby?ย A strawberry!ย ๐Ÿ“ย Again, my body really hasn’t visually changed much other...

Illustrated Faith A Heart That Receives Devotional Kit

I was just reflecting the other day about what a bountiful season I feel like I’m in. Not much has gone “wrong” lately. I feel like my walk with God is pretty close. My prayer life has been conversational. The community that I find myself in is close and thriving. While I’m so happy and feel so blessed when I think about all of this, part of me can’t help but wonder when the other shoe is going to drop....