Today’s #BRSummerLove prompt is building so I thought I’d share the one thats going up right near our neighborhood that we CANNOT WAIT for! It’s going to have an Izzo’s AND a Lit Pizza so needless to say we are excited! 🏙
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I haven’t really mentioned it on here yet, but I’ve recently been transitioning what was once only a blogging platform into more of a portfolio website featuring some of my latest styling work. All my blog posts from the past are also living there, which will serve as their permanent home. Go check it out to see what I’ve been working on lately ➡️ hannahriles.com or just click the link on my page ⭐️ photo by @ashleykickliter#friendswithfilm
Snuggling 🧔🏻👦🏼👶🏼 a little more with every day and EXPECTING miracles and joy. I love that expecting word. You know it’s also known as HOPE?! Turned my world on it’s head and froze me in my steps when I stumbled across that one morning. Hope isn’t about a fingers-crossed kind of wish. It’s about an expectation.
Then I think, “What should I expect?” This: IMMEASURABLY MORE.
Whatever good I can fathom for myself is nothing compared to the good that’s been laid in front of me.
It doesn’t always look like dancing at golden hour. Sometimes it’s hard to see the “immeasurably more” and the “really, really good” because you’re IN IT. You’re in the the fire or the pain or the trial or whatever you want to call it. But what all this health stuff reminds me of is this: the trial is like fog or a rainy day. And it FEELS like the sun isn’t shining, but you take a plane ride and you’ll be over those clouds and reminded that the sun doesn’t cease to shine on rainy days. We just sometimes don’t have the vantage point to see it.
Here’s where we need wisdom: our job is not to take the plane ride. Our job is to be right where we are and totally honest with where we are. If it’s depression, we name it. If it’s joy, we embrace it. When we shove it down, we actually give that thing power. When we look at it and ask for help, we get help. GOOD HELP. So if it’s raining, let it rain.
Tilt that face of yours to the sky and step under the cloud and let that rain wash your hair. The sun still shines and you will see it shine again.
Going to do a little late-night House marathon with Isaac while we dream up a new summer! So many heat and sun rules to follow while this EM thing heals so it might not include the garden I had imagined, but I think that just means we’ll become professional greenhouse wanderers. Nothing is impossible. I mean... I could wake up totally healed and 100% fine and that wouldn’t be all that weird because God can do that. But even if the scars or “burns” or whatever they are are still there in the morning, He’s good. And He’s got “really good” laid out ahead.
I’ve had a bit of new followers the past couple of weeks and I thought it might be time for an introduction! 🙋♀️Hello! My name is Nichole, I have three darlings named: Dottie, Pax and George and I have been married to my best friend Patrick, or the Doctor as I like to call him, for five years. I love the smell of rain and roses, the sounds of my children’s laughter, I adore words-those I read and write and I’m in love with Jesus. I’m the eldest of five, and the only girl and I’m about as achievement oriented as one can be. Can I get a what what from all my fellow Ennegeam 3’s! 🙌I struggle with pride, rest and being told what to do and I am 100% Puerto Rican. I hope one day to publish books and inspire and encourage women towards deeper more meaningful relationships- with God and with others. I chose to name my blog HeartlandSoul because I believe that we are not only souls but personalities, not only temperaments but eternal spirits... that and I’m also a midwestern girl through and through! 😍🌽
Patrick and I’s story is filled with so much drama we could have our own soap opera dedicated to just our dating life but God. Is. Good. And our marriage is a thing that was built on a lot of tears but on so much mercy and grace. As such, we have a passion for walking alongside couples and helping them grow in intimacy, vulnerability and authenticity! Our hope one day is to have our own counseling practice together...AND WOW I’m so thankful you have read all of this! Wow! You are the real MVP. I will be hopefully,
launching my blog here in late summer, depending on whether or not we can get some reprieve and revelation regarding our children’s illnesses. Thank you for welcoming me into your hearts and homes. Know that you are loved, Heart and Soul. ♥️Nichole .
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Beautiful like a rainbow 🌈 // Rainbow knotted bow (link in profile to shop)
It’s World Refugee Day which is such stunning timing when we look out and see that families have been ripped apart with our government being directly responsible for these shards, this trauma. 💔⠀
If your feed looks anything like mine, you’ve been seeing echoes of this for days, calls to action. But I’m going to add another one to join in the tsunami. Yes, an executive order has been signed reversing the catastrophe that they directly caused. But there is still a huge crisis that needs help - literally 1000s of children have been separated from their families and authorities have said there’s a high probability that many will never be reunited.⠀
Yesterday Bobby and I donated a second time to @together.rising who is doing phenomenal work to advocate for the children and families who have been separated. I called my representatives a second time to voice my outrage and heartache. And I’m not writing this to give myself a social-media-shaped pat on the back but rather to invite you to do the same if you haven’t already. There are actionable steps we can take. The fighting isn’t done - there are still a thousand broken pieces. @glennondoyle explains it in her posts in an up-to-date, clear way if you’re looking for someone you can trust in the messiness of this.⠀
Let’s stand up and say, “Not on our watch.” All these actions may feel like a drop in the ocean and so lacking...but trying to remind myself that the ocean is made of many drops. 💦🌊💧May our faith be found in our living. ❤️
Follow me through the tulips!! 🌷🌷
It’s the last day of spring....so let’s send it off with one more tulip field photo. 🌷 Am I the only one that feels like spring just flew by way too fast?!? 😂 Excited for summer + loving the longer days we have right now. Happy Wednesday, friends! 📷 @dylainagollubphotography