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she ate so much sand tonight 🤘🏼 PS swipe to the third photo to see me and fern exactly a year ago, at the ...
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she ate so much sand tonight 🤘🏼 PS swipe to the third photo to see me and fern exactly a year ago, at the same beach #iloveufernlu she ate so much sand tonight 🤘🏼 PS swipe to the third photo to see me and fern exactly a year ago, at the same beach 💘 #iloveufernlu
some of our first moments with Fern Lucy - the sweetest blessing straight from Jesus. she is about ...
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some of our first moments with Fern Lucy - the sweetest blessing straight from Jesus. she is about to be one in a week and i am in awe of how fast this year went, how hard and how wonderful it was, how much we grew together as a family. so thankful for her life, that i get to be her mom, that we get to be ... some of our first moments with Fern Lucy - the sweetest blessing straight from Jesus. she is about to be one in a week and i am in awe of how fast this year went, how hard and how wonderful it was, how much we grew together as a family. so thankful for her life, that i get to be her mom, that we get to be her people. #welovefernlucy
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it is so freeing to acknowledge your true style - not the style you feel like you should have or the ...
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it is so freeing to acknowledge your true style - not the style you feel like you should have or the style you’d need to impress so-and-so - and to recognize the fact that you’re drawn to the same colors and textures and fabrics, and to let go of everything else, to remind yourself: i have enough ... it is so freeing to acknowledge your true style - not the style you feel like you should have or the style you’d need to impress so-and-so - and to recognize the fact that you’re drawn to the same colors and textures and fabrics, and to let go of everything else, to remind yourself: i have enough and i am enough. I shared in my stories about my process for simplifying and for making a capsule wardrobe, and a whole big long ramble on contentment and ‘what are we actually scared of’ and my heart behind this project. I will leave it up in my story highlight titled “capsule” 👌🏼 #thankfulclosetproject
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on the mountains, i will bow my life to the one who set me there; in the valley, i will lift my eyes to ...
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on the mountains, i will bow my life to the one who set me there; in the valley, i will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there. ⋒ on the mountains, i will bow my life to the one who set me there; in the valley, i will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there. ⋒
family <span class="emoji emoji1f498"></span> it is my life’s biggest blessing to have a pack of humans to hold onto thru all the parts of ...
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family it is my life’s biggest blessing to have a pack of humans to hold onto thru all the parts of life; difficult and dark, wild and wonderful. even and especially the normal everyday stuff. I am so glad they’re mine. #wayfam5ever family 💘 it is my life’s biggest blessing to have a pack of humans to hold onto thru all the parts of life; difficult and dark, wild and wonderful. even and especially the normal everyday stuff. I am so glad they’re mine. #wayfam5ever
highlight of my day was walking around this tiny town with my bff and this sleepy girl. little things ...
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highlight of my day was walking around this tiny town with my bff and this sleepy girl. little things are big things 🏼 (PS if you are friends with a mom, offer to take a photo of her with her kids - she will have non-selfie photos with her kiddos and will love you endlessly. thank you @mksuther for ... highlight of my day was walking around this tiny town with my bff and this sleepy girl. little things are big things 👌🏼 (PS if you are friends with a mom, offer to take a photo of her with her kids - she will have non-selfie photos with her kiddos and will love you endlessly. thank you @mksuther for always being that person 💕)
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second official day of the #thankfulclosetproject 🤙🏼 this week we are focusing on SIMPLIFYING ...
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second official day of the #thankfulclosetproject 🤙🏼 this week we are focusing on SIMPLIFYING - unsubscribing from the email list of companies who constantly bombard you with ‘brand new!!’ and ‘limited time offer!’ and other things, in an attempt to make you feel as though you are missing ... second official day of the #thankfulclosetproject 🤙🏼 this week we are focusing on SIMPLIFYING - unsubscribing from the email list of companies who constantly bombard you with ‘brand new!!’ and ‘limited time offer!’ and other things, in an attempt to make you feel as though you are missing out on something essential; unfollowing people on social media who make you feel like you need to buy more, have more, be more; and selling or donating clothes/shoes/things that don’t get used anymore. i already know i wear the same ten things over and over and over again, and the things i don’t wear might be loved and be given far more value by someone else. the feelings of “i need to buy this RIGHT NOW” or “i need to get something from this sale, even if there’s nothing i need” or “i need these clothes in order to feel pretty/happy/fulfilled/normal/cool/etc.” or “i need to dress in this certain way and buy these certain things or people won’t think i am ______” stem from a scarcity mentality: the idea that there isn’t enough to go around. trendiness, popularity, money, clothes, acceptance, friendship, etc. i struggle with my own version of scarcity mentality and, so far, these past few weeks and this project of contentment - of creativity, of honoring but dealing with my emotions, of simply having + being ENOUGH - is challenging that life-sucking mentality, deep in my soul and it’s so good. I’m stoked about September and simplifying and challenging my limiting beliefs and forcing (ok let’s say ‘allowing’) myself to be creative with what I’ve got 👌🏼💯 #hanscapsule
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sooo our official minimalism/contentment/capsule project starts tomorrow - we’re not spending ...
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sooo our official minimalism/contentment/capsule project starts tomorrow - we’re not spending any $ on clothes/shoes/accessories/etc. for the month of September, and we will be simplifying SO MUCH and working on curating our wardrobes to include only things we love - bc duh, when you ... sooo our official minimalism/contentment/capsule project starts tomorrow - we’re not spending any $ on clothes/shoes/accessories/etc. for the month of September, and we will be simplifying SO MUCH and working on curating our wardrobes to include only things we love - bc duh, when you think about it, we really do only wear what we love. We are also going to be talking about the clothing industry and fast fashion (quality, labor conditions, poor working conditions, affect it has on the environment), and the fact that our quick fast-fashion fixes affect FAR more than just us. and of course, ethical fashion (quality brands that are doing GOOD in the world) and small ways we can do better without spending a ton of $ - like taking care of the things we own, and buying secondhand. the things I’m wearing in this photo, I’m pretty sure they’re not ethically made. but I’ve come to terms with that, and I’m not going to get rid of something simply because i bought them before i learned or starting caring so much about fast fashion. I’m going to stop supporting those companies and save my money so that i can support better companies. That is the point: once you know better, you can do better. baby steps.
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PS: you don’t HAVE to spend money on Labor Day sales - just because there is a sale, doesn’t mean you need to buy something. I know what kind of emails companies send out - they’re meant to make you feel frantic or nervous, like you’re missing out. don’t let an email (from a company who is trying to make money off you) make you feel like that, and don’t let that feeling pressure you into buying just for the sake of buying. btw if you actually need something, then go for it - just wanting to encourage those of you who, like me, are motivated by sales no matter the need.
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There is still time to get in on this project with us, and to join our FB group for encouragement and inspiration and ideas. We’ve already been having some really good and needed conversations about all of this and it’s been SO GOOD. 🙌🏼 #thankfulclosetproject (side note: i took this photo for my wellness/coziness account @forestandfernco - that’s why I’m holding a bottle of the best muscle rub ever ✨)
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he’s almost four!!! he is obsessed with dressing up; masks, boots, hats, capes, gloves, etc. he ...
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he’s almost four!!! he is obsessed with dressing up; masks, boots, hats, capes, gloves, etc. he tells Fern and me, on a regular basis, that we are beautiful - more like “oh wow! I fink you look sooo pretty today!” he picks me a dandelion EVERY single time we go from our car into our house - and it’s ... he’s almost four!!! he is obsessed with dressing up; masks, boots, hats, capes, gloves, etc. he tells Fern and me, on a regular basis, that we are beautiful - more like “oh wow! I fink you look sooo pretty today!” he picks me a dandelion EVERY single time we go from our car into our house - and it’s always a big deal! “MOM i got you a supwise!! close your eyes and hold out your hands ..... ok open em up!!! !!!!!!!” and so much excitement every day about giving me dandelions! he thinks eyebrows are “eye bras” and he gets “popsicle” and “obstacle” mixed up, so sometimes he talks about doing the “popsicle course” at gymnastics. he asks questions like “who made God?” and “do squirrels have moms and dads?” and “do you regwet dat mom?” and “do you know what looks like fingers? toes.” these photos are some of my favorites of us. he humbles me, teaches me, loves me, makes me laugh so much. there is so much grace and love and light in that boy. i am a lucky mama to have him.
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things i wish i could tell myself back then - days before our wedding: you’re gonna have to start cleaning ...
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things i wish i could tell myself back then - days before our wedding: you’re gonna have to start cleaning up after yourself a lot better (lol), and you’re also probably going to want to figure out how to argue in a kinder and more productive way, instead of just angry-crying and walking away; ... things i wish i could tell myself back then - days before our wedding: you’re gonna have to start cleaning up after yourself a lot better (lol), and you’re also probably going to want to figure out how to argue in a kinder and more productive way, instead of just angry-crying and walking away; like maybe you could learn to clearly express the way you feel with your literal voice, not passive-aggressive hints - bc no matter how badly you want him to, he will never be able to read ya mind and know how you’re feeling and how to help the situation!! you’re going to have to learn to make space for him to thrive - and to do it honestly and fully and intentionally, not to make yourself look better or seem more loving. also that trying-to-make-yourself-look-better-thing? doesn’t really work when you’re married, bc he’s going to know you better than anyone. learn his signals for when he feels unloved - they’re DIFFERENT THAN YOURS - and change what you’re doing. becoming parents together is gonna be so hard and so worth every bit of it. remember that toddlers are humans with the same feelings that you have - they just don’t have all the necessary understanding to behold their emotions yet, and they need help! tbh YOU don’t really have the necessary understanding to behold your emotions yet - and that is ok! it’s ok to not know everything and it’s ok to ask for help. also pain produces growth. aaaaand the last one - the one thing almost anyone ever wants, is to be loved and known - including you. try to see them (and you) how God sees them (and you) - incredible, loved, fought for. this mindset will change everything for you. THE END. (aka my 23 year old self went thru a whole lot of learning and growing to become my 28 year old self - and i hope i can keep seeing that growth every five years!!!) (ps i love u @zacheway and i kinda miss our first little house but i really don’t miss the shower that was made for ants instead of humans 💕) #ogwayfam
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the thankful closet project // OK YOU GUYS. I think we have the September minimizing, capsule-wardrobing, ...
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the thankful closet project // OK YOU GUYS. I think we have the September minimizing, capsule-wardrobing, contentment-finding challenge nailed down and it’s gonna be SO GOOD. My dear friends Tess and Jacki and I have been dreaming up this project for awhile now and i am so excited to start ... the thankful closet project // OK YOU GUYS. I think we have the September minimizing, capsule-wardrobing, contentment-finding challenge nailed down and it’s gonna be SO GOOD. My dear friends Tess and Jacki and I have been dreaming up this project for awhile now and i am so excited to start it. we have come up with a month-long challenge starting September 1st - each week there will be a different focus, ranging from how to minimize, to how to STOP emotional shopping, to creating a capsule wardrobe, and challenging ourselves creatively with the clothes we already have. we are committing to NOT BUYING any clothes for the month of September, but will have an active FB group available for people within the challenge to swap clothes, get inspiration, ask for advice, cheer eachother on, etc.! none of us are experts, we are kinda just learning as we go, but we are passionate about simplifying and being more intentional and making this life change - we would absolutely LOVE for anyone and everyone to join us! there will be a big giveaway ($ to spend on some of our most favorite ethical brands!!!!) at the end of the month, and how you enter is by participating in each week’s challenge + sharing one thing each week on your insta using the hashtag #thankfulclosetproject - it could be your capsule, or an outfit you came up with, or something you’re learning, or a concept that is interesting to you - share about your experience! we will be sharing lots via stories + live videos throughout the month (follow @tessauroraweaver + @kindredandfree for more !), on Instagram and on the FB group! i am STOKED for simplifying and being more intentional and for doing it alongside whoever wants to do it too ✨ let’s doooooo this 💪🏼 (edited to add: this is open to anyone and is freeeee 🤙🏼 link in my stories for the FB group!) #thankfulclosetproject
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we’ve loved eachother for almost ten years now, and we really have helped eachother grow up in a lot ...
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we’ve loved eachother for almost ten years now, and we really have helped eachother grow up in a lot of ways. our personalities are so different, sometimes complementary, but sometimes not. i know I’ve talked about it before but learning more about our Enneagram types (2 + 8) was such a big ... we’ve loved eachother for almost ten years now, and we really have helped eachother grow up in a lot of ways. our personalities are so different, sometimes complementary, but sometimes not. i know I’ve talked about it before but learning more about our Enneagram types (2 + 8) was such a big lightbulb moment for me, and almost a sigh of relief for my desperate heart, like ‘oh dang, we aren’t incompatible, our marriage isn’t a lost cause, we are just wired differently!!!!’ And sometimes when our differences are sooo clear and huge and frustrating and right there in front of us, it’s easy to forget the simple thought that, ‘hey! we are on the same team! we are just different!’ we think differently, we process differently, we react differently, we argue differently - sometimes taking a step and acknowledging that fact can be monumental in resolving whatever is in front of us. all that to say, life together isn’t always sunshine and adventures and happy attitudes, but it has been filled with so much honesty and growth and joy. It really is quite an honor to get to grow up with someone the way we have. #ogwayfam
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as parents, we teach our kids in a lot of different ways, but mostly by the way that we act. i hate that ...
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as parents, we teach our kids in a lot of different ways, but mostly by the way that we act. i hate that forest snarkily says ‘stop it Fern!’ when she’s doing something he doesn’t like, because i know that’s how i have reacted in the past, when he has done something i don’t like. it’s kinda like we ... as parents, we teach our kids in a lot of different ways, but mostly by the way that we act. i hate that forest snarkily says ‘stop it Fern!’ when she’s doing something he doesn’t like, because i know that’s how i have reacted in the past, when he has done something i don’t like. it’s kinda like we have to be on our best behavior all the time??? because they soak up everything! it seems impossible because it is, we are human, we are struggle-bus-riders from time to time, just like everyone else - but in those rough moments, we can let our pride get the best of us, OR we can teach the ability/importance of apologizing + asking for forgiveness when we’ve hurt someone or done something wrong. my kids are gonna be 💯 at that, because they see me do it often. i am thankful for that silver lining. // PS it is v humbling to have your three-year-old ask ‘ummmm mom? are you gonna say sorry for getting fwustwated wif me??’ humbling, messy, exhausting, but good.
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if you didn’t know, i do a lot of DIYs + natural living tips over at @forestandfernco - and yes, i do ...
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if you didn’t know, i do a lot of DIYs + natural living tips over at @forestandfernco - and yes, i do share about essential oils, cause I’m obsessed with them and also bc they’ve helped us sleep better, feel better, deal with emotions better, take care of our skin better, etc. i really try to bring ... if you didn’t know, i do a lot of DIYs + natural living tips over at @forestandfernco - and yes, i do share about essential oils, cause I’m obsessed with them and also bc they’ve helped us sleep better, feel better, deal with emotions better, take care of our skin better, etc. i really try to bring an honest + normal approach to the typical direct marketing thing, because, i get it, sometimes it’s weird and awkward - I’m not about to try to recruit you or make you sell oils or anything. I’m just trying to spread the word about oils and take a holistic approach to life in general, and cultivate a rad intentional community of people learning it all together! anyways - this lavender spray is good for baby bums or sun-kissed skin or a sleep spray or for a naturally glowy face and i love it - it took me approximately 46 seconds to make and cost me maybe $2 and has lots of purposes. @forestandfernco for more DIYs and money-saving tips in the natural-living-world 🤙🏼
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we took the babies to big sur today (Fern’s first time!), cause Highway 1 is fiiiinally open!! we ...
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we took the babies to big sur today (Fern’s first time!), cause Highway 1 is fiiiinally open!! we hiked in redwoods and crossed creeks on logs and rocks, and climbed over big trees; and on the way home (we were exhausted) i said “today was fun! kinda crazy? but fun.” and zach said “that’s just ... we took the babies to big sur today (Fern’s first time!), cause Highway 1 is fiiiinally open!! we hiked in redwoods and crossed creeks on logs and rocks, and climbed over big trees; and on the way home (we were exhausted) i said “today was fun! kinda crazy? but fun.” and zach said “that’s just our life though!” and i was like “o ya, you’re right” 😂👏🏼 i wouldn’t have it any other way! these are the good old days and there is lots o joy in the midst of alllll the chaos that is our family. I love this wild crew so much!! #thewayfam
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just sisters @ da beach trying to hide from my babies who were flinging sand everywhere and trying ...
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just sisters @ da beach trying to hide from my babies who were flinging sand everywhere and trying to steal our snacks 🏼‍♀️🏽‍♀️ we stayed up late smelling essential oils and talking about emotions and working out and being assertive and how to have healthy confrontation and I’m just so thankful ... just sisters @ da beach trying to hide from my babies who were flinging sand everywhere and trying to steal our snacks 💁🏼‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️ we stayed up late smelling essential oils and talking about emotions and working out and being assertive and how to have healthy confrontation and I’m just so thankful for her. she is the fun calm level-headed get-it-done-ness to my emotional easily-distracted dreaming heart. #neverleaveme #youliveherenowok #sistersforever
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guys I’m doing it again - I’m starting yet another capsule wardrobe. I’ve gone thru the cycle of wanting ...
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guys I’m doing it again - I’m starting yet another capsule wardrobe. I’ve gone thru the cycle of wanting to minimize, selling stuff, capsule wardrobing, feeling deprived, aaaaand buying a ton more stuff. I have my excuses: feeling frumpy and uninspired in the clothes i currently had, or ... guys I’m doing it again - I’m starting yet another capsule wardrobe. I’ve gone thru the cycle of wanting to minimize, selling stuff, capsule wardrobing, feeling deprived, aaaaand buying a ton more stuff. I have my excuses: feeling frumpy and uninspired in the clothes i currently had, or having a bad day and trying to ease it with a lil emotional-online-shopping spree, or just conveniently buying one shirt every time i go to Target - not because i need it, but because it’s there. alllll this is rooted in discontentment, and THAT has led to a lot of dumb spending on things that aren’t great quality or don’t fit me well or just aren’t my style - and I’m tired of it!!! again!! i have so many clothes i NEVER wear - either i think i miiiiight want to someday and obviously gotta save them until that day, or i feel like i SHOULD wear them, because so-and-so wears this type of clothes or because i saw it on Pinterest or because it’s the type of style I’d like to have at some point. so I’m minimizing ( @thewayfamcloset is where i will be selling) and I’m only keeping things that i LOVE and feel great in and wear often. I’m learning more about slow fashion (check out the app Good On You - it gives companies a rating based on how ethical it is) and only shopping secondhand (hello Poshmark and eBay and thrift stores) or supporting ethical clothing brands, and only when i have an actual need for something. We have the ability to vote with our dollars - and we don’t have to support the companies that don’t care about the environment or the people making the clothes. we can make better choices!!!! and mostly - I’m learning (working on learning) contentment with what i have. the need to always have more and buy cuter and trendier clothes often stems from a poverty mentality, feeling like I’m not trendy. enough or i don’t have enough or i need to wear new clothes in order to be liked/cool/etc. working to get out of that ASAP. I’m working on a little challenge for ya w some friends and maybe some ethical brands, involving conscious clothing, simplifying, finding contentment, and NOT buying new stuff unless you need it!! tbd ❤️ #thankfulclosetproject #hanscapsule
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she’s going to be one next month - i can not even fathom that. they alllll say it goes so fast, but it’s ...
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she’s going to be one next month - i can not even fathom that. they alllll say it goes so fast, but it’s so hard to appreciate that sentiment when your baby won’t sleep or breastfeeding isn’t working or you’re deep in the throes of postpartum depression and don’t even realize it. it goes so unbelievably ... she’s going to be one next month - i can not even fathom that. they alllll say it goes so fast, but it’s so hard to appreciate that sentiment when your baby won’t sleep or breastfeeding isn’t working or you’re deep in the throes of postpartum depression and don’t even realize it. it goes so unbelievably fast, you guys!! best and fastest year of my life (i definitely say that every year - but the years truly do keep getting better). i love this tiny ray of sunshine so much, and everything her little life has taught me. ☀️ #babywearing5ever
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our birthdays are exactly three weeks apart and this year, we both got each other a nice travel toiletry ...
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our birthdays are exactly three weeks apart and this year, we both got each other a nice travel toiletry bag. it’s so ordinary and simple and maybe to some it seems boring, but the little things like that are becoming more and more meaningful. cleaning up the dishes every night together after ... our birthdays are exactly three weeks apart and this year, we both got each other a nice travel toiletry bag. it’s so ordinary and simple and maybe to some it seems boring, but the little things like that are becoming more and more meaningful. cleaning up the dishes every night together after the kids go to bed, watching our kiddos laugh together, getting outside for a walk around the block, paying bills and working out the budget, talking about our love tanks, tryna figure out which is the best way to go with parenting, holding hands in the car, planning meals and figuring out our schedules. life is filled with simple ordinary things like these, and I used to breeze by them, without giving them too much thought. they were the in-between moments, not the main event. but they are signs of a team, working together, making a life!! all the ordinary everyday moments make up our life!!! big exciting life events are great, but i have slowly become more and more grateful for the in-between moments. little things are big things. (back to the travel bag - my heart swells every time i use it, because he picked it out for ME. he picked out a big-enough bag to fit my makeup and skincare and all my oils, and it’s cute and leather, bc he knows that matters to me too. i love him and i miss him and can’t wait til he gets home on Thursday 😭)
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she is pure sunshine, with a little feistiness thrown in. i didn’t know babies could be like her. ...
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she is pure sunshine, with a little feistiness thrown in. i didn’t know babies could be like her. she has softened my heart so much in her ten months of life, it’s like i was in a totally different stage of motherhood during her tiny babyhood than i was during Forest’s. and I’ve talked about the ... she is pure sunshine, with a little feistiness thrown in. i didn’t know babies could be like her. she has softened my heart so much in her ten months of life, it’s like i was in a totally different stage of motherhood during her tiny babyhood than i was during Forest’s. and I’ve talked about the guilt I feel with that, of Forest being my first pancake, the fact that his first year included the insecure constantly anxious exhausted non-me version of me. but I’m done feelin that guilt! I’m a better mom without the guilt! I remind myself “dude your identity is not an accumulation of everything you’ve done wrong!!” I have embraced that my love for each of my kids is different and that is ok because THEY are different humans and need different things of me. and then, i try hard every day to love them well. whew. mom life is a roller coaster, i know.
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I think one of the biggest lies we often tell ourselves is that we can’t or shouldn’t do hard things. ...
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I think one of the biggest lies we often tell ourselves is that we can’t or shouldn’t do hard things. it’s easy to be comfortable and to continue doing what we do, even if its not where we’d like to be. it’s easy to shove down emotions instead of dealing with them, it’s easy to stay on the couch instead ... I think one of the biggest lies we often tell ourselves is that we can’t or shouldn’t do hard things. it’s easy to be comfortable and to continue doing what we do, even if its not where we’d like to be. it’s easy to shove down emotions instead of dealing with them, it’s easy to stay on the couch instead of moving, its easy to talk to other people about it instead of having the hard conversation, its easy to act like we have it all together instead of being vulnerable, its easy to dream instead of doing, it’s easy to wonder instead of trying. hard things are painful and uncomfortable and intimidating. this is true. but growth comes from the pain and the discomfort and the doing-things-scared. you don’t have to do things the way you’ve been doing them - you can do hard things. 💪🏼
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Trader Joe’s and park date with my boy! he’s a quality time person for sure, and one-on-one time is ...
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Trader Joe’s and park date with my boy! he’s a quality time person for sure, and one-on-one time is very important for him and for me too! it helps us remember and see eachother - and not as the sneaky kid who has a hard time listening or the often-frustrated mom who ruins all the fun - as humans who ... Trader Joe’s and park date with my boy! he’s a quality time person for sure, and one-on-one time is very important for him and for me too! it helps us remember and see eachother - and not as the sneaky kid who has a hard time listening or the often-frustrated mom who ruins all the fun - as humans who get to not be distracted by babies or chores or errands or toys or messes and can chase eachother around the park for 30 minutes. ❤️
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babies galore 🤙🏼🏼 #fernlucyhikes #forestwayhikes babies galore 🤙🏼🌿💪🏼 #fernlucyhikes #forestwayhikes
wow wow wow. i am amazed at people like @tessguinery who somehow have the ability to speak deep into ...
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wow wow wow. i am amazed at people like @tessguinery who somehow have the ability to speak deep into to peoples’ hearts with their words. #motherhood wow wow wow. i am amazed at people like @tessguinery who somehow have the ability to speak deep into to peoples’ hearts with their words. ✨ #motherhood
these two <span class="emoji emoji1f62d"></span> i could cry from how much i feel towards them. they are becoming the best of friends. When ...
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these two i could cry from how much i feel towards them. they are becoming the best of friends. When forest is sad, fern rush-crawls over to him to pat his back, and she waits outside his room tapping on his door while he’s napping. she laughs hardest at him, out of everyone in our family. and forest ... these two 😭 i could cry from how much i feel towards them. they are becoming the best of friends. When forest is sad, fern rush-crawls over to him to pat his back, and she waits outside his room tapping on his door while he’s napping. she laughs hardest at him, out of everyone in our family. and forest greets fern after every nap and bedtime with a “hiiiii sweet girl!!!!” and still pretty much always smothers her with love. He also squishes her with his full body weight and locks her in the bathroom and tries to lift her by her head 🤷🏼‍♀️ I can count on one hand how many times in three-and-a-half-years of being a mom, that i have felt like a good one at the end of the day. but today i don’t feel the weight and the guilt and the wishing-I’d-done-it-differently. we played and sang and were super hero’s and talked about what color we’d be and got outside and threw rocks and shared snacks. but mostly we just slowed down and really truly enjoyed eachother, all three of us. it was so good. i love these baby-nuggets so much. (PS if you look v closely, you can see fernie’s hair!!! #finally!!!) #forestandfernlu
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he wrote this for me awhile ago, back when we were in the middle of a really really tough spot in our ...
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he wrote this for me awhile ago, back when we were in the middle of a really really tough spot in our marriage. we kept having THE fight, over the same issue that kept coming up no matter how many times it was resolved - and what it really boiled down to was that neither of us were feeling loved in the ... he wrote this for me awhile ago, back when we were in the middle of a really really tough spot in our marriage. we kept having THE fight, over the same issue that kept coming up no matter how many times it was resolved - and what it really boiled down to was that neither of us were feeling loved in the way that we needed. we each were good at giving love the way it comes easiest for us, but it wasn’t translating, and after a lot of that, we felt so weary and tired and defeated. we wanted so badly to be close again, to be the best friends we have been since we first met. we had to take very intentional and sometimes awkward steps back to each other, and this note written with my favorite lipstick is one of those steps. it means so much to me, so so much. so i leave it up, I clean around it (clearly not recently ha ha ha), i smile every time i come in to wipe a butt or get a bath going or put something away. little things are big things. #ogwayfam #loveuboo
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fresh mountain air and family time; both have been very good for our hearts. (PS we have learned that ...
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fresh mountain air and family time; both have been very good for our hearts. (PS we have learned that traveling w kiddos is usually less relaxing than we were expecting, but the memories are so worth it and we are still feeling very filled up after this weekend away 🏼) #thewayfam #outmakingmemories fresh mountain air and family time; both have been very good for our hearts. (PS we have learned that traveling w kiddos is usually less relaxing than we were expecting, but the memories are so worth it and we are still feeling very filled up after this weekend away 🙌🏼) #thewayfam #outmakingmemories
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he is easily the coolest kid i know. so much character packed into that little body. he came into the ...
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he is easily the coolest kid i know. so much character packed into that little body. he came into the room and said: ‘hey mom, you know what i am? a SPACE COWBOY. I am buzzlightyear-woody-starlord-peter-quill - but you can call me honey if you want.’ #weloveforestway he is easily the coolest kid i know. so much character packed into that little body. he came into the room and said: ‘hey mom, you know what i am? a SPACE COWBOY. I am buzzlightyear-woody-starlord-peter-quill - but you can call me honey if you want.’ #weloveforestway
family-time-sunset-hike. the good stuff. #babiesandbloooms #fernlucyhikes
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San Francisco, cupcakes, hammocking w my babies - starting 28 on a good note. a lot of em. <span class="emoji emoji1f495"></span>
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San Francisco, cupcakes, hammocking w my babies - starting 28 on a good note. a lot of em. San Francisco, cupcakes, hammocking w my babies - starting 28 on a good note. a lot of em. 💕
this boy is wild and wonderful and strong-willed and thoughtful and so sweet. it is challenging ...
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this boy is wild and wonderful and strong-willed and thoughtful and so sweet. it is challenging to understand and relate with him sometimes - but I know he’s just a human trying to express his emotions and get his point across, but doesn’t always do it in the most effective way - which is kinda ... this boy is wild and wonderful and strong-willed and thoughtful and so sweet. it is challenging to understand and relate with him sometimes - but I know he’s just a human trying to express his emotions and get his point across, but doesn’t always do it in the most effective way - which is kinda the story for most adults too. It’s gotta be difficult for such a little kid to try to regulate and communicate his big emotions!! Anyways - I’m learning so much about emotions and how we hold onto them and how important it is to acknowledge and express them - and it makes me see my kid in a whole new light. we’re all messy and trying, the little humans and the big ones.
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she is pure magic. i sometimes can’t believe she’s ours but also literally can’t remember not knowing ...
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she is pure magic. i sometimes can’t believe she’s ours but also literally can’t remember not knowing her. she is happy and curious and gentle and also somehow wild, loves her brother more than anyone, eats literally any food, is obsessed with Jessie (from Toy Story) and babies and peeking ... she is pure magic. i sometimes can’t believe she’s ours but also literally can’t remember not knowing her. she is happy and curious and gentle and also somehow wild, loves her brother more than anyone, eats literally any food, is obsessed with Jessie (from Toy Story) and babies and peeking under the corners of rugs. she says dada, baba (for baby or bottle), please (in sign language), and has been saying mama since seven months. I love her so much!!!! best nine and a half-ish months of my life. #iloveufernlu
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“nooo Fernie Lu. these are FLOWERS. not FOOD. mmmk?” #forestandfernlu
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“nooo Fernie Lu. these are FLOWERS. not FOOD. mmmk?” #forestandfernlu “nooo Fernie Lu. these are FLOWERS. not FOOD. mmmk?” #forestandfernlu
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DIY all-natural happy plant spray for ya plant bbs <span class="emoji emoji1f33f"></span><span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> . In a 16 oz glass spray bottle, add: 15 drops ...
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DIY all-natural happy plant spray for ya plant bbs . In a 16 oz glass spray bottle, add: 15 drops geranium essential oil 15 drops lemongrass essential oil 15 drops rosemary essential oil fill w water! This spray gives the leaves a little moisture, and the oils keep bugs and disease ... DIY all-natural happy plant spray for ya plant bbs 🌿✨
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In a 16 oz glass spray bottle, add:

15 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil

fill w water!

This spray gives the leaves a little moisture, and the oils keep bugs and disease away and encourage plant growth! mist your plants once a day and bonus, your house will smell like a spa. winning. happy plants, happy house 👌🏼🌿✨
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look at the tiny people! and all the birds! and that water! This place makes me feel so tiny and safe ...
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look at the tiny people! and all the birds! and that water! This place makes me feel so tiny and safe and free. It’s good to feel small every once in awhile. (except tonight it made me feel yuck cause it smelled like urine and seaweed and marijuana ☠️ i still love this place tho.) look at the tiny people! and all the birds! and that water! This place makes me feel so tiny and safe and free. It’s good to feel small every once in awhile. (except tonight it made me feel yuck cause it smelled like urine and seaweed and marijuana ☠️ i still love this place tho.)
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we started dating nine years ago today - we had been best friends and Zach told me he liked me a bit more ...
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we started dating nine years ago today - we had been best friends and Zach told me he liked me a bit more than friends and wanted to date me, and i said “hmm i don’t know about that” and then he planned a romantic night hike and had a blanket and snacks (like all the best snacks ) and a lantern and music ... we started dating nine years ago today - we had been best friends and Zach told me he liked me a bit more than friends and wanted to date me, and i said “hmm i don’t know about that” and then he planned a romantic night hike and had a blanket and snacks (like all the best snacks 😳) and a lantern and music playing at our destination when we arrived (with @tcfoster ‘s help 😉) and he had written me this long letter asking me to be his girlfriend. so he gave it to me, and i read it right there across from him, with him watching me, waaaaaiting - and i was so stressed cause i liked him so much but didn’t wanna date cause i was a little scared of guys and didn’t wanna date long distance - i read the letter like four or five times cause i didn’t want it to end cause i didn’t know what to say 😂 ANY-WAYS. I said yes because i didn’t wanna hike all the way back in the dark after having said no ☠️😬😳 HOWEVER, i have been thankful i said yes every single day since, and fell in love with him very quickly after that night. and i used to snark when people said they fell in love quickly, but then it happened to me, and i understood. the love has changed for sure, it’s been bent and stretched and pushed and pulled; it needs to be worked for and fought for a bit more than it did in the dating days when our only priority was talking on the phone or making out in my car 😂😬 but it is so much more valuable now, with nine years of investing in eachother under our belts. happy nine years of dating, boo. #ogwayfam
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diffusing black spruce + lemongrass, sipping on some coffee, and praying for strength and humility ...
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diffusing black spruce + lemongrass, sipping on some coffee, and praying for strength and humility and wisdom and compassion. sometimes it feels like you gotta believe a certain way politically or you gotta be for or against certain things because of who surrounds you or what you’ve typically ... diffusing black spruce + lemongrass, sipping on some coffee, and praying for strength and humility and wisdom and compassion. sometimes it feels like you gotta believe a certain way politically or you gotta be for or against certain things because of who surrounds you or what you’ve typically been for or against - but you don’t. how you act and what you think is entirely up to you. God is not a Republican or a Democrat. God is near to the broken-hearted. He is for the weak and oppressed, the widows and children, the ones who come to the door needing help and are given none. human lives are more important than any policies or walls or political parties. they are not bargaining chips or a way to get ahead or make yourself look good for caring - they are humans with souls and dreams and fears and families, just like you. we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. (see my stories for more info)
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we made these shelves together - got the supplies, cut, sanded, and stained the wood, found the studs ...
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we made these shelves together - got the supplies, cut, sanded, and stained the wood, found the studs and measured out the spacing for the brackets - he taught me how to use tools and machines I’ve never used. i had a dream for a plant shelf wall and he helped me make it happen. (Also it’s his bday ... we made these shelves together - got the supplies, cut, sanded, and stained the wood, found the studs and measured out the spacing for the brackets - he taught me how to use tools and machines I’ve never used. i had a dream for a plant shelf wall and he helped me make it happen. (Also it’s his bday today!!! the best human in the world is 28 today!! we are acting like college kids and hanging out at our fav coffee shop all day 💕)(side note: it is amazing the things we can accomplish when our kids are at their grandparents - I’m wondering what i did all day b4 we had kids 😂👏🏼) #ogwayfam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
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it is one of the greatest things in life to see your best friend be a dad to your babies. I adore you and ...
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it is one of the greatest things in life to see your best friend be a dad to your babies. I adore you and them and us, and couldn’t do any of this without ya.it is one of the greatest things in life to see your best friend be a dad to your babies. I adore you and them and us, and couldn’t do any of this without ya.❤️
recent facts: I like pretty things and simple things, and i also love memes and playing cooking games ...
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recent facts: I like pretty things and simple things, and i also love memes and playing cooking games on my phone at night. my favorite thing in the world rn is when Fern wakes up from her nap and we smile at eachother for ten minutes. I’m a fan of fresh veggies and fruits and pasta and cheese and ... recent facts: I like pretty things and simple things, and i also love memes and playing cooking games on my phone at night. my favorite thing in the world rn is when Fern wakes up from her nap and we smile at eachother for ten minutes. I’m a fan of fresh veggies and fruits and pasta and cheese and green smoothies and brownies and pizza rolls forever. i go thru periods of time when I feel super healthy and good at taking care of myself and then sometimes i forget to drink water for four days. I like Instagram and getting to help people feel not so alone in the hard stuff. I hate arguing and politics but i like to hear peoples’ opinions and why they hold them. I work in direct sales and love DIY and natural living and essential oils (like way too much), but I fear coming across annoying or salesy or like I’m just tryna sell things, when I’m really just passionate about life change and empowering people to make better choices for their fam. I’m a big fan of constant growth and making goals happen. my hubs and I are v different, and are finally starting to understand each other better and are taking very clear intentional steps towards that. I love Jesus but I doubt a lot - there’s no real resolution to that one yet, it’s been a hard season for me in that sense, but also the season where I feel myself becoming the most like me, like I’m finally growing into myself - and I know Jesus has everything to do with it.
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I don’t remember a ton about Forest’s babyhood, other than photos and the little bit that i journaled. ...
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I don’t remember a ton about Forest’s babyhood, other than photos and the little bit that i journaled. it was a really dark lonely time for me and i feel like i was really distant, in the thick of it with postpartum depression and anxiety. And I feel guilty about that a lot - even admitting it now ... I don’t remember a ton about Forest’s babyhood, other than photos and the little bit that i journaled. it was a really dark lonely time for me and i feel like i was really distant, in the thick of it with postpartum depression and anxiety. And I feel guilty about that a lot - even admitting it now is really hard. the fact that I was so distant and was barely surviving and had difficulty really enjoying the baby stage, and that I’m able to enjoy Fern in her baby stage. I enjoy her SO much - she is such a ray of light. i don’t love her any more than i love Forest - but he was my first pancake! he was the one i learned motherhood on. I went through a lot of change in the time between Forest and Fern, and i know its allowed me to grow and feel everything more fully and appreciate the little things better. the difficult parts the first time around are what has made me able to enjoy BOTH my kids more fully now. so i am thankful, for these sweet baby nuggets that refine me and that the past is done and we have the option to do better moving forward. #placesandflowers #forestwayhikes #fernlucyhikes
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DIY 5ever 🤘🏼
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“MOM, yook at dis biiiiiig huuuuuuuge flower i got you!” <span class="emoji emoji1f33c"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f33f"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f495"></span> i love this kind sweet thoughtful boy ...
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“MOM, yook at dis biiiiiig huuuuuuuge flower i got you!” i love this kind sweet thoughtful boy so much. #forestwayhikes “MOM, yook at dis biiiiiig huuuuuuuge flower i got you!” 🌼🌿💕 i love this kind sweet thoughtful boy so much. #forestwayhikes
I’ve shared this photo before, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s just us -honest, simple ...
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I’ve shared this photo before, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s just us -honest, simple - with nothing added. I have been thinking about that day we promised ourselves to each other forever, how we had been together nearly five years and were for sure best friends, but barely knew each ... I’ve shared this photo before, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s just us -honest, simple - with nothing added. I have been thinking about that day we promised ourselves to each other forever, how we had been together nearly five years and were for sure best friends, but barely knew each other, really. we had no idea what beauty and what difficulties would be in store. I’d always joke about how different we were, because some things were so obvious, but I remember the moment that was a huge turning point for me - I was sitting on our brown couch, taking the official enneagram test, and one of the questions was something like “do you value practicality or emotions?” and that’s when i realized just how different our operating systems are. that crucial moment was a wave of relief and hope. It was like a light had gone on, in a previously dark and dusty closet. he’s not wrong and I’m not wrong. we are both right, but we are DIFFERENT and we are missing each other. and now it is a learning game, how to love each other better and how to put ourselves in the other’s shoes. it’s uncomfortable and foreign and weird - sometimes it feels like we have to try so awkwardly hard - but our goal is understanding and intimacy and growth, and we know that: good things take time; selfishness doesn’t work, and growth cannot happen without vulnerability.
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Fern and her concerned eyebrows, those blooms in the background, evening light, hikin w babies ...
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Fern and her concerned eyebrows, those blooms in the background, evening light, hikin w babies on my back - some of the finer things in life. #fernlucyhikes Fern and her concerned eyebrows, those blooms in the background, evening light, hikin w babies on my back - some of the finer things in life. ✨🌿 #fernlucyhikes
I’ve debated sharing about this here because it’s such a tender personal subject, but it may help ...
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I’ve debated sharing about this here because it’s such a tender personal subject, but it may help someone, so here goes nothin. . when fern was born, she started out doing so well breastfeeding - the first two months were perfect, or so i thought, until she suddenly hated it for no apparent ... I’ve debated sharing about this here because it’s such a tender personal subject, but it may help someone, so here goes nothin.
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when fern was born, she started out doing so well breastfeeding - the first two months were perfect, or so i thought, until she suddenly hated it for no apparent reason. I was frantic and terrified and would stay up for days on end researching, trying to figure out what could be wrong, what to do, how to help my tiny baby. i figured out that she had a tongue and lip tie, and by the time we got it revised, she was used to the bottle and refused to nurse. I’d get one or two short sessions with her a day, but the rest was pumping and a bottle. she didn’t want to nurse anymore, it was frustrating for her. it broke my heart. for six long months, it broke my heart. we saw four different lactation consultants, went to LLLI meetings, saw a chiropractor (who we love), did cranio-sacral therapy - no one understood and no one could help. i felt so desperate, WHY did no one catch this? I spent money on shields and herbs and supplements and special bottles and was constantly researching and reading, desperate for anything that would fix it. And I felt SO HELPLESS and alone and depressed, it was a very dark time for me.
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I couldn’t explain to anyone WHY it was so hard, because you only know if you know. it drove a wedge between me and Zach, because I spent so much time crying, and i was so distant and emotionally fragile. I started seeing a counselor and made the decision to stop trying, because Fern needed a mom who was mentally healthy, more than she needed to be fed from a boob.
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I wish I could hug myself six months ago and tell me that ‘ITS OK. you have done everything you possibly could, but you are only one part of the equation! your worth as a mother is not tied to how you feed your baby! she will grow and be happy and you will bond in so many other ways! this is one single part of motherhood, among an entire lifetime of parts! it’s ok!’.
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and tbh i still cry about it sometimes. but look at this squishy girl!!! she gets breastmilk and she gets formula!! she is such a mama’s girl!!! i love her so much it’s ridiculous!!!
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Remember the mountains and the valleys that brought you here. - MHN
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Remember the mountains and the valleys that brought you here. - MHN Remember the mountains and the valleys that brought you here. - MHN