Last week I started a new Interview Series and featured one of my good friends and her new living small adventure called Tiny House Tiny FootPrint, be sure to check out that interview if you haven’t already.
When I had the idea to start this series I made a list of my friends and bloggers I knew I want to interview. Shay Shull from Mix and Match Family was at the top of my list. If you don’t already know, she’s kind of a big deal so you can imagine how surprised and thrilled I was when she agreed to my interview request.
I am a huge fan of hers and her blog about her adorable, sweet family; I read it everyday. She has been married to her husband Andrew for 10 years, has a 6 year old daughter Kensington, a 4 year old son Smith, and is adopting a little girl, Ashby London. She is also the sister of Sean Lowe from the Bachelor. In her blog she talks about her family, shares her style secrets, blogs her recipes, and travels around the world.
I was surprised by pretty much all of it. I had no idea what I was signing him up for. It’s truly amazing that my one application affected his life the way it did.
From time to time, yes.
I have a degree in Journalism and have always loved writing, so I took my passion and put it in a blog.
Yes, all the time! I really love blogging because I will always be able to go back and revisit this time in my life, so I’m so grateful that I’ve done it for so long, but yes, sometimes, I have reservations.
Getting to meet so many wonderful women just like me! It’s truly a community!
We are really on the same page. We have the exact same core values and beliefs, so we rarely ever disagree about parenting.
That to love Jesus is the most important thing in the world. Everything else pales in comparison.
I do think my infertility plays a part in my gratitude for being a mom. I also am very much a “glass half full” kind of person and feel like every day on earth is a blessing (and could always be our last), so we should make the most of it.
Get over it. You just have to get over it and move on.
The hardest parts for me is letting go of control. I am sending these kids out into the world where they will be influenced by so many other people and that is hard. The most rewarding part is the love I feel for them. I never knew this kind of love was possible.
The hardest part is knowing she’s there and we’re here.
(If you want to read Shay’s touching story about the adoption, be sure to go here and Andrew’s side here)
All of our kids have British names and Ashby is a common British surname.
I think everything will change…and that excites me.
My parents (especially my dad) always taught me to appreciate the world and to experience it all.
Finland. I love Finland.
Germany. Without a doubt, I absolutely love German food.
They realize that the world exists outside of their little city. They know what it’s like to hear different languages and see different ways of life. It’s an education like no other. It’s also taught them a tremendous amount of patience.
Enjoy the little things…one day, the little things will be remembered as the greatest things.
That I love Jesus. That I followed His will for my life and lived for him. After that, I want to be remembered as someone who loved her husband and kids with her whole heart.
3. Something to read
4. Some place cozy to sit
5. Fuzzy socks
It’s easy to see why Shay is so popular in the blogging world, she’s gorgeous, down to earth, loves her family, fashion, cooking, and traveling.
I can’t thank her enough for participating in my new Interview Series!!