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The Thief of Joy

Posted in FAITH
on October 24, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Have you ever fallen into the comparison trap while scrolling through your Instagram account.  Have you found yourself saying things like, “I wish I looked like that.  Her children are so well behaved!  Look how clean and beautiful their house is!  I wish my husband would do that.  If I only had her job…”?  I get it, it can be hard not to think this way when it seems like everyone else has it together, and you’re curled up in the corner of your closet, hiding from your kids, you have three day old hair, crusted with spit up, and you haven’t changed out of your yoga pants in who knows how long.  I’ve been there.  I think we’ve all been there in some way or another.

How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?  John 5:44 (NIV)

Friends, we have to remember that the images we are seeing on social media of tidy homes, happy children, pretty outfits and delicious, perfectly plated food are the best moments in other’s lives.  Who want’s to share a picture of their baby’s blow out all over the couch, or the bottle of biofreeze that your child thought was a popcicle (both of which have happened in my home).  That wouldn’t be pretty, right?  So, we must remember that 98% of the time, social media is simply a creative outlet for individuals.  And there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as we realize that’s what it is.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we encouraged others and showed love through our actions AND our words?  What if we chose go out of our way to compliment others and celebrate their accomplishments alongside them instead of using jealousy or comparison to tear them down.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Joy is not a feeling, it is a decision.  It is in the darkest night when the light shines the brightest.

Let’s be intentional about choosing joy.  Let’s focus on contentment and loving others.  Let’s not forget that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Love + Hugs,


Scripture to PRAY Over Your Children

on October 1, 2016

Nothing gives me more peace than praying for those that I love, especially when it comes to my babies.  I never truly understood what it meant to worry until I birthed my first babe.  I started babysitting when I was eleven years old, and by the time I became pregnant at age 22, I was sure that I knew the ins and outs of being a mom.  I was confident that motherhood would be my ‘thing’ and that I would know exactly how to embrace this new blessing.  After all, I had been fixated on this whole motherhood thing for the last two years (a story for another time).

Then my son was born {insert all the HORMONES}.  While words cannot describe the instant and unconditional love that I felt holding my sweet newborn for the very first time, I was quickly flooded with all the emotions that came with being a first time mom.  I became fearful that I would not be able to live up to God’s plan for me as a mom.

Dear mamas, I have found that the absolute best way for me to release this fear is to pray over my children.  Our church ( has been so gracious to create a class called, Second Steps, which is designed to teach parents how to raise Godly children during the transition from baby to toddlerhood.  We were provided with invaluable resources that I will forever hold close to my heart.  I would like to share some of those with all of you.


“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

PRAY:  Father, I pray that you would command your angles to guard (your child’s name) every day.

Knowing God

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen!”  2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

PRAY:  Father, I pray that you would reveal yourself to (your child’s name) so he/she knows you intimately. Continue reading


on October 1, 2016

Hi.  I’m Skye.

In the spring of 2005, an eighth grader named Chad Holmes gave me a bouquet of carnations and a card that read, “Skye, I love you.  Will you be my girlfriend?’.  Obviously with moves like that, I said yes.  I often find myself wondering what I ever did to deserve such a sweet, Godly, selfless man.  He. Melts. Me.  I am forever grateful for that day he asked me to be his girlfriend so many years ago.  In June of 2011, we said ‘I do’ at a beautiful vineyard in our home state, Illinois.  Fast forward five wonderful years and we are now living in North Carolina, and are mama and daddy to two of the sweetest little boys and our fur baby, Kona.  Life is so good.

I love Jesus.  I love that we have the Bible as God’s one true word and that He sent his son to teach us how to live our life here on Earth.  I love that His teachings are relevant some 2000 years later.  I mean, really… how amazing is that?  I cannot imagine a life without His unconditional love and grace.

I find comfort in being home.  Nothing is sweeter to me than being all curled up on the couch, reading a book with my loves.  We recently moved to North Carolina, after being born and raised in Illinois.  God has provided us with a beautiful house, and Chad and I hope that it will always be a place of fellowship; a gathering place for friends and family.  We want it to be a safe place for our kids; a place that they will want to bring their friends for many years to come.  It warms my heart to have a house full of people, sharing stories, playing games and enjoying a meal together.

Sunday is my favorite day of the week.  The morning starts off with a nursing session with my littlest man, followed by lots of snuggles.  Then, we wake up our toddler, pack the car, and off to church we go!  Our church home is in Charlotte, and we love every single thing about it!  They have an incredible children’s program, and we are so thankful that our babies will be raised in this church.  Little Theo just started going in the nursery, and we cross our fingers during the service that his number doesn’t appear on the screen.  We are those parents that do a happy dance if our sweet boys make it through the entire service.  Life’s too short not to celebrate!  Then, it’s off to Smoothie King for our Sunday smoothie fix and to Trader Joe’s for coffee sampling and some good ‘ole grocery shopping.  Once we’re all spent, we head home for a relaxing afternoon together.  The boys take a nap, and the hubby and I will contemplate cleaning the house, only for a second though, because catching up on Netflix is clearly more important.  A home cooked meal and a walk make for the perfect end to the day!

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!  I am that girl that plays Christmas music in May and puts up decorations in October.  I cannot help it.  I might have a problem.

Target is my go to shopping destination.  I am there at least three out of the seven days of the week.  I literally cannot leave that store without spending at least 50 dollars.  Whether it be diapers, groceries or home decor, it all somehow makes its way into the cart.  Thank goodness my husband loves me.

I also enjoy traveling, being active, trying new recipes, attempting DIY projects, antique shopping, decorating, pumpkin anything, wearing over-sized tops and leggings, meeting new people and enjoying time with friends and family.  I look forward to writing about these things and to doing life with all of you.  I hope this blog finds you encouraged and inspired.  I hope you’re sitting at your kitchen table, sipping a cup of coffee or tea.  I’ll be right there with you!