Finding God in One Another

What seems to be occupying my mind the most these days is, well, all of you.

Whoever you are..some friends, my husband, probably my mom, strangers, ones I went to school with, mommas, ones young or old...I keep being reminded that we are all connected.
We are all meant to be apart of each other's lives in the big and small ways, probably even ways that you don't recognize as important. But nonetheless we are tethered.


Maybe it's totally cheesy and common knowledge, or maybe confusing and hard to accept - but we are all humans made by the same God, I believe. But it's more than just being made by Him that makes us tethered, it's that we are all made in His image, to glorify Him and to exalt Him with our lives.

Do you feel connected in that way too?
Romans 1:19-20 says this:

19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see …

Be Held


Building with Expectation

It's the last few days of June and I am almost writing this too late if I want to keep up with my goal to write a blog each month, sorry if I kept you waiting!
Summer always moves at a quicker pace and it feels so busy to me, but I don't know of anyone who doesn't love it, including me.


June is a sentimental month for me because it includes my birthday, and then mine and my husbands wedding anniversary got added in just 5 days later. But this June just really felt big to me.
The concept of time is what has been mulling around in my mind this month, and I'm trying to figure out what changed that has made this particular year feel so life-altering - I guess this is my attempt to talk it out with you and let you in on a little of life in the Kotynski home.
But really what I'm learning and what I mostly want you to know is that each day is a fresh start, and I'm realizing what a special gift from God that really is. We have the ability to see things in a new way,…

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Okay this is so yummy!
Did any of ya'lls parents or grandparents make a strawberry pretzel salad when you were growing up?
Well make this recipe and it'll be like your grandma is making it for you all over again!

This recipe is from The Wood and Spoon and I seriously love her stuff! She has some AMAZING cake recipes that I have made, and even a chicken pot pie recipe that I have posted on here too!
Seriously, check. her. out.

Hope you LOVE it!


Strawberry Pretzel Tart


For the pretzel crust - 

ounces of pretzels1/4 cup brown sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup, or 1 stick, or unsalted butter, melted
For the cheesecake filling - 
1 8oz block of cream cheese, at room temperature3/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla1 cup heavy whipping cream1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
To prepare the crust - 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.In a food processor, whiz the pretzels, brown sugar, and salt until the pretzels are crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse to combine. Alte…

Its You and Me

Happy May, my friends!

I'm finding myself really loving the month of May currently. It comes with hints of summer, but some days where I can still wear my favorite warm and cozy outfits, lots of rain to help my garden grow, and some thunderstorms thrown in there which is the cherry on top for me :)

Are you getting excited for the summer? I wish I could sit down with each one of you that reads this and hear all the things you are excited for this summer. What trips you are taking, what food you are looking forward to having, what hobbies you are looking forward to picking back up, what you're favorite ice cream or popsicle flavor is, and what you love to do outside on hot days.

Here are some things I am super excited about!

I just signed Juniper up for swim lessons and I am so excited!I have a lot of friends having babies and I can't wait to snuggle them :)Taking advantage of our zoo pass..which I am pretty sure I love more than Junie.Possibly a summer trip is in the works!H…

A Time To Embrace

I am learning more than ever that I cannot control situations..or people for that matter.

I feel like the majority of my days are spent either stressing about how the day will turn out or frustrated because the day isn't turning out how I had expected.
My, its exhausting. And I want to stop!

But I think more than anything, motherhood is teaching me this lesson each day - to go with the flow. To be unconditionally loving. To be joyful in each moment, because they are precious.


Our Juniper Rose fractured her arm in two places this week. All three of us are faced with a new challenge for the next 4 weeks! But I need to go into this short season trusting in The Lord to care for June and give us patience, not stress about each situation and constantly worry that she is going to stick something down her cast. I'm learning that each season of her life is precious and there is something so valuable for John Zachary and I to learn in it.


And so I guess its timely for me to share wi…