this is a post that I’ve been really excited to share for quite some time now… even though I wasn’t entirely sure what it would look like 🙂

while it’s never been a public thing for me, and not something I chose to share on the blog, I’ve practiced this idea of having a single word to guide and represent my year for the past couple of years.

I love #oneword365 and the way that they really rally around and create tribe in a beautiful, holistic way for those trying to live their words! so, if this is something you find yourself really connecting to by the end of this post, definitely click here and go give ’em a visit. (this isn’t sponsored- I just really love these peeps!)

here’s the idea: instead of creating a list of things to do, or to not do, in the new year (which are pretty much either abandoned or causing you to pull your hair out by the time march rolls around), you just find one, solitary word that resonates with your soul, and you choose that as your battle-cry and banner for the coming year. or, more accurately, it chooses you; or that’s what it feels like. more often than not, the word you’ve been running from is the word you need. (don’tcha hate that?)

I’ve been searching for my word for almost three months. and even though I’ve pretty much known it since the beginning, it took me until the end of the creative retreat I did at the beginning of this week (more on that later!) to fully embrace it and own it.


it’s time. no more messing around. it’s my word that’s been given to me, and I’m running with it, clinging to it, breathing it in and becoming more comfortable with it in my life.  Continue reading “I DON’T DO RESOLUTIONS // MY #ONEWORD365 FOR 2017”


things are changing ’round here! 🙂

part of that change involves NEW blogging series & NEW weekly posts on the blog, the latter of which I’m so excited to introduce next week! but for now, here’s the beginning of my new monthly blogging series: Moriah Monthly, which you can expect to see during the first week of each new month!

Moriah Monthly // September

personal //
1) spend LOTS of time with the people I love. with Little Fox coming, I want to enjoy all the moments of just the two of us (me & J) that we have left. and I want to soak in all the time I’ll have back home and with a dear friend coming to visit me!
2) get outside more! the weather is slowly turning cooler, and I’m loving every second  of it! plus, with so many incredible places to explore in the northwest, I don’t want to stay cooped up inside all the time! (maybe go apple picking on one of J’s days off?)
3) reveal Little Fox’s name!! eep! I’m so freakin’ excited about this one! 🙂 I’ll do a big in-person reveal at my baby shower at the end of the month, and then I’ll be posting it on here for you all to see!

business //
1) re-launch the untidy grace business. that’s right, y’all. I know I’ve been hinting at it for a while, but Untidy Grace is getting a major remodel. in fact, by the end of the month, the name Untidy Grace will include this blog, my photography business, and an official shop where I’ll be selling the SECRET PROJECT I’ve been working on. hint: it’s getting published soon! 😀 in addition to that, there will be loads of prints, Scripture-related goodness, and limited edition hand-lettered items. Continue reading “MORIAH MONTHLY // SEPTEMBER”

dreams come true ((BIG NEWS!))

yesterday, my wonderful, handsome, and loving husband took me out and treated me to a celebration breakfast at panera bread. I had a cinnamon crunch bagel with silky cream cheese (heaven on earth, y’all…) and a cozy vanilla latte to kick start my awakened state, and I stared into that man’s eyes and just beamed all morning.

why, you ask, were we celebrating?
answered prayer.
our good God.
a Father who heals & lifts us up.
a fiery trial which proved us gold.

you see, after lots of longing, struggling, weeping, and frustration, but clinging to Christ through it all, God finally looked at me and said, “you’ve been faithful. it’s time for some rest, child. it’s time for a new way to prove my love for you.”

after lots of $0 in my fundraising account… after lots of searching for jobs with no avail… After so many nights with tears on the pillowcase… two really beautiful things happened within hours of each other. ❤

But let’s back up for a second 😉

But He knows the way that I take, and when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and have not turned aside… For He will complete what He appoints for me, and many such things are in His mind.” // Job 23:10, 11 & 14 //

I love love love all of those beautiful words. If you’re at all familiar with the book of Job, you know that God tested him oh so deeply. But this is Job’s response. He knows God! He knows that God knows him! And he recognizes the time of tasting for what it is, and acknowledges that God is simply in the middle of completely His plan for Job’s life, and it isn’t finished yet. Job knows that if he keeps on holding fast to the steps of the LORD, then he will not only survive the testing… But come forth as gold!!

During the past few months of testing in my own life, I delved into books like this one: Job, Ecclesiastes, and Nehemiah… Books about struggle and testing and healing. I clung to the LORD, you guys, and only by His grace. I’m still clinging, because things are still hard.

But like Mary, I’ve entered a time of new calling and rejoicing and this is my heart: “…He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name!” // Luke 1:49 //

A few days ago I was called in for a short-notice, group interview at Charming Charlie. I was nervous, but felt okay about it afterwards. I’ve been praying for a job for months, but several others had not worked out, and I’d been really discouraged. I asked all of facebook to say a prayer before I went in for the interview. 

I was told I’d hear back by this coming Tuesday if they wanted me. (I hate waiting for things like this…) two hours later, while at the grocery store with my mother, they called me back and hired me on the spot

Praise Jesus!

But He wasn’t done yet 😉

Later that night I logged into my email to send my mother a cute article full of adorable date night ideas (I’ll share that some other time 😉 ), and I noticed I had one new email.

When I looked at the title, my stomach lurched, and my jaw literally just fell open. I got goosebumps. Is this what it feels like to be touched by the Holy Spirit? The email said:



No, it wasn’t a joke. It wasn’t a mistake (you can be sure, I contacted the beautiful soul who donated, to be 100% positive). God has provided the full amount for me to be certified as a holy yoga instructor. 

Through someone I never would have expected, who was obedient to the call of the LORD, even when it was outside of their comfort zone. you will be blessed and rewarded for your obedience & generosity, sweet soul. ❤

Praise. Be. To. God.

I will start my training in the beginning of January and complete the online portion in March, before flying out to Arizona for a week long intensive teaching retreat at the beginning of May. 

By May 6,2016 I will be a certified holy yoga instructor

I’m going to have a couple of really exciting opportunities for those of you who would like to sign up to pray for me as I walk this road of calling in this season of preparation & training which I am just so over the moon about, but I will post some more information on that later. 

For now, I’m still just basking in the grace of God to call me out and give me this provision & confirmation. Thanks for tagging along and being a witness to His big-ness, sweet friend.



MONDAY PEP TALK // drink more water

MONDAY PEP TALK // drink more water

your very first monday pep talk.

the monday pep talk

I’m really excited about this post, not just because it’s the first in a new series (wheee!!) but because it’s about something that’s really crucial to having a healthy week, and it’s something that, ahem, I’m not so good at.

that’s right.
I’m giving myself a pep talk this week, too!

we’re going to tackle this thing together!! 🙂

what is this thing to be tackled, exactly?
drink more water

Continue reading “MONDAY PEP TALK // drink more water”

twenty-something thoughts on being your best twenty-something

I am twenty years old.

in the past three months, I moved out of my parents’ house, got married, found a decent job, moved into an apartment with my husband, started this blog, found a second job, started eating better food, and finished my Christmas shopping. 😉

here are some thoughts on making the most of your twenties and being the best twenty-something you can be. (in no particular order)

1. grow up
that’s right. be mature. take responsibility. always be on time for work and always work your hardest. pay your own way- but always check for coupons 😉 the world has enough short-sighted and blind-sided twenty-somethings. grow up.

2. stop being selfish
the world is not about you. do something worth the time. pay attention to the world around you and stop wondering what you can get out of it. reach out to others. spend your time and your money wisely.

3. save some money
I just got a second part-time job for the sole purpose of putting 100% of the money I make from it into savings. my husband and I will refuse to touch that money unless we cannot survive without it. I know that when it’s time for me to finish my degree, or when we decide to have a child or adopt, or if we want to take a vacation or go on a missions trip, or if we have a financial emergency, we will be glad to have that money in the bank! Saving is NEVER a bad idea!

4. better your strengths
don’t lose track of your special self. if you’re creative, pursue ways to grow your creativity. make time each week to do something that will help you improve in your strengths, so that you can become excellent at what you do well.

5. seek first the Kingdom
by far the most important item in this list. live for eternity. don’t waste your time on things that only hold earthly value. God’s word and the human soul are the only things that get to swing over into eternity. invest your life deeply in those.

6. don’t act your age
because of the overwhelming number of twenty-somethings whose pastimes include getting drunk on a nightly basis and posting slutty selfies on instagram, many mature older adults don’t often believe you can achieve greatness at your age. prove them wrong. refuse to act your age. if you’re ready to start your own business, start it. if you’re ready to get married, get married. Continue reading “twenty-something thoughts on being your best twenty-something”