Faith · Holidays

How To Have A Peaceful Christmas

Christmas can be a wonderful time – and it can also be a miserable time. No family is perfect or free from difficulty, whether it’s a strained relationship, a family member who always causes issues, a recent loss, financial strain or separation from loved ones who aren’t able to be with you for Christmas. It’s impossible… Continue reading How To Have A Peaceful Christmas

Holidays · Recipes

Thanksgiving Menu and Turkey for a Small Crowd {2022}

Thanksgiving is such a delicious holiday, isn't it? Things are (excitedly) up in the air with all of our holiday plans this year, due to our adoption that is in process. At the time I'm writing this post, we plan to spend the day with extended family. Here's what I'm planning to bring: Crock Pot… Continue reading Thanksgiving Menu and Turkey for a Small Crowd {2022}

Faith · Holidays

Love: The Most Important Holiday Ingredient

I have good news! You don’t have to be the grandmother who has the biggest house. You don’t have to be the Mom who orders coordinating Pottery Barn PJ’s for her kids. You don’t have to be the daughter who buys the most expensive gifts for her parents. You don’t have to be the mother in… Continue reading Love: The Most Important Holiday Ingredient

Enjoying The Journey · Friday Favorites

Pigeon Forge Family Vacation Recap {9.2022}

Last weekend was the 3rd Ham Fam Pigeon Forge Vacation! We all met up for three nights in Pigeon Forge and had a great time together. The "Ham Fam" is my side of the family including my parents, my sister and her family. We (the girls plus my dad) shopped while the rest of the… Continue reading Pigeon Forge Family Vacation Recap {9.2022}

Faith

Do This Before Your Next Family Gathering | A Lesson From An In-Law

Nobody has a perfect family - all families are made up of sinners. But it is possible to leave a family gathering feeling refreshed and encouraged instead of feeling frustrated and beaten down. It is important to realize that happy, harmonious, encouraging family gatherings don’t just happen. They need prayer and preparation. The book of… Continue reading Do This Before Your Next Family Gathering | A Lesson From An In-Law

Enjoying The Journey

Month in Review {April 2022}

Before we jump into the highlights from April, I am excited to share that I was invited on the podcast More Than A Season, which highlights significant others who support a coach, athlete, or someone within the sports industry. Brittany and Ashley invited me to share my perspective as the wife of a referee. It… Continue reading Month in Review {April 2022}

Enjoying The Journey · Friday Favorites

Month in Review {March 2022}

The Highlights Spring is a busy #RefereeWifeLife season. For Paul it means lots of travel and busy weeks with refereeing college lacrosse. For me it means extra laundry, balancing different schedules, and an occasional road trip! I came along for a game in Wise, Virginia and enjoyed the mountain views coming and going. I always… Continue reading Month in Review {March 2022}

Enjoying The Journey · Holidays

Month in Review + Christmas Recap {December 2021}

I try to pack December full of all the festive things, soak up the fun of the season and enjoy every moment. I have a lot to share in this recap, so get comfy and let's jump in! We enjoyed a couple date nights in our festive downtown this month - it really looks like… Continue reading Month in Review + Christmas Recap {December 2021}

adoption · Enjoying The Journey · Faith

{Big} Life Update: Our Adoption Journey

Yep, you read that correctly. After 11 years of marriage, Paul and I are in the process of being approved as adoptive parents! Adoption has always been on our hearts. I was deeply impacted by several precious foster children that I encountered while serving in various ministries in my early 20's. We went into our… Continue reading {Big} Life Update: Our Adoption Journey