{A blog series} All Things New: Life beyond the hospital doors

All Things New - Life Beyond the Hospital Doors

This post is part of a blog series by my dear friend, Dorina Gilmore. To follow along with us this month, click the link at the bottom of this post.


I remember walking out of the hospital on that sunny day in May, feeling like I had walked into another world, another life. Not mine or the one I knew. It was like we had walked in as a family of two, but I came out as a party of one.


Was this really happening?  Do I keep walking?  What if I walked back into the hospital? Would it change everything back to the way it was?  What am I supposed to do now?  How do you live as a brand new widow?


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The Gift Guide for the Late Shopper

We’ve all been there. It’s almost the middle of December, only days away from Christmas, and you still haven’t bought a gift for your special someone. So I put together this quick gift guide to help those who need to get a gift and get it quick!

Whether it’s a girlfriend, best friend, sister, or mom – you want to get them something they’re going to enjoy. Because let’s be honest, giving gifts is just as special and rewarding as receiving them. Especially if your love language is giving gifts (like me)!

gift guide 2017 Christmas


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Free Gift For You: Every Day is a Bonus Day Printable

If you’re new here and weren’t around for the good old Portrayal of Hope days, you may not be familiar with a “bonus day” and what it means. Simply put, a bonus day is every day that we get to wake up and have the opportunity to live out our dreams, goals, and passions. My own passion has grown into inspiring others to embrace this same mantra by doing my best to live out my own bonus days to their greatest potential.

Creating this free gift for you, my readers, was something I really wanted to do, and with the help of my friend, I’m so happy I can give it to you.

The story behind the quote “every day is a bonus day” is very special and near and dear to my heart.

welcome gift ediabd free printable


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A Simple Fall Outfit For Sunday Brunch


A simple fall outfit is perfect for a Sunday brunch with some blogger babes at Tusk in Portland, OR.


I don’t know about you, but fall is probably my favorite season. I know, I know… everyone says that. But I really mean it. There’s just something about all the trees changing colors, football on the T.V., fall candles, pumpkins, and snuggling up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket to watch Hocus Pocus before Halloween. And of course, fall outfits. Read More »

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8 Things I Learned This Summer

finally jumped on board with Emily P. Freeman and others, and I recorded the things I learned this season – the summer of 2017. My goal is to do this for every season and reflect back on all the things I learned.

One regret I’ve had up until this point, especially during my relationship, marriage, and life with Kenny, is I haven’t journaled enough. So, this is my first step in doing more of that.


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