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Choose Joy

When I think about a halfmessy life, I can’t help but think about what took place and is still taking place. It’s hard to believe that Covid has been here for over a year! This time period has brought many challenges but many blessings at the same time. I would’ve never in a million years…

halfmessy parenting: nothing goes wasted

Gaby talks about how every parenting experience can be beneficial, even a birthing class taken before your c-section.

halfmessy love: twenty-one questions

Gaby talks about how she turned conversation into a thinly veiled “game” to get to know her spouse better while dating.

halfmessy parenting: nip it

Gaby talks about the importance of getting in front of bad behavior and nipping it, which is a muscle we all struggle with as tired parents.

halfmessy love: uplift your spouse

Gaby talks about the importance of giving your spouse the support they need, whatever that may look like.

halfmessy me: church is my center

Gaby discusses the importance of church in her life, and the importance of finding a center and balance through your church community.

halfmessy devotional: active actions

Gaby discusses the importance of having an active membership and confidence in your relationship with Christ.

halfmessy love: is he a keeper?

Gaby discusses how she knew that her husband was a keeper. (How I am a keeper? Since I’m the one writing this…?)

Gamer Husband

God’s word says to honor your husband. I will always try to honor him in any situation, but I am especially happy to honor him in his hobby. A hobby that can bring up the family and not down is one that a spouse should always support and invest in. I may not be a gamer or understand it, but I can be a cheerleader for it.

halfmessy parenting: pandemic parenting

Gaby shares some tips, some tricks, and some encouraging words for all parents right now trying to balance having a child at home full time during the pandemic. You can do it!

halfmessy parenting: food battles

Gaby talks about persevering through the battle of feeding your children. You can lose some battles, but you can win the war!

halfmessy love: don’t bring it up

Gaby talks about the trap of pointing out your own insecurities and flaws as part of building your relationship. Don’t bring it up!

Embrace Your Struggle

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) As I sit here at my laptop with a warm cup of coffee close by,…

halfmessy me: careful what you wish for

Gaby shares a story about how important it is to watch your words and be careful what you say. She also invents a new word, “Grobble”. Bible Verse: Matthew 15:18

halfmessy parenting: taught and caught

Gaby talks about how your children are sponges and will catch more of your behaviors than you realize, and in many case our children will catch on indirectly more often than we actively teach them.

What is halfmessy?

I have always loved listening to the stories of others. When they tell me their life’s lessons, I feel like I was just gifted some extra wisdom to put into my pocket for a rainy day or when I need to level up. I have always lived this halfmessy life: A life where I have always been aware, intentional, and a planner, but when a mess comes my way I do not run away from it but I welcome it. A halfmessy life is about submitting your mess to Him instead of trying to fix it or getting angry about it.

halfmessy parenting: go with it

Gaby talks about how someone else named her first child. Sometimes you just have to go with it.

halfmessy me: one day at a time

Gaby talks about what it’s like to be in the midst of a mess. Anyone else hear about this pandemic thing going on?

halfmessy me: never miss a lesson

Gaby talks about learning life lessons from her dad. Remember to keep an eye out for an opportunity to learn lessons from others – even if they come from unlikely sources, or don’t seem valuable at all.

half messy love: humble beginnings

Gaby shares the story of her first thanksgiving – newly married, no friends or family, living in a new city… and no table to eat on. Learn to enjoy your relational humble beginnings.

half messy parenting: don’t stress, do your best

In this video, Gaby discusses her experience with nursing her first child and how easy it is to be stressed about having the perfect parenting experience. Don’t stress! Do your best.

half messsy me: new seasons

In this video, Gaby discusses going back into the work force and how to embrace new seasons in your life with a half messy attitude.

halfmessy parenting: ages and stages – the foundational years

In this episode of Ages and Stages, Gaby talks about the “too old for toddlers, too young for school” age range and how its important to invest in this foundational time in your children’s lives.

halfmessy devotional: promises

Gaby shares a devotional aimed at her children – Learning about God’s promises, and realizing that we need to claim them in our lives.

halfmessy love – sincerely yours

In this video, Gaby discusses the importance of just being yourself in a relationship and not trying to prove anything to others.

halfmessy me: eye of the beholder

In this video, Gaby discusses some of her past insecurities and how to truly interpret that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

halfmessy devotional: obscure me

In this episode, Gaby discusses feeling obscure at times and how God uses even ordinary moments to do extraordinary things.

halfmessy parenting: ages and stages – toddlers

In the third episode of our Ages and Stages Parenting series, Gaby gives some points on how to keep it cool with your toddlers.

halfmessy devotional: meek is not weak

In this episode, Gaby discusses what it means to be meek, and how we can go about finding meekness in our lives.

halfmessy love: expect the expected

On this special Valentine’s Day edition of half messy love, Gaby talks about how you should expect your partner to be who they are!

halfmessy me – good girls gone bad

We’re back, baby! Gaby discusses her sordid past as a “mean girl” and how finding acceptance in Christ supersedes finding acceptance in others.

halfmessy parenting: ages and stages – the first year

In the second episode of our Ages and Stages Parenting series, Gaby talks gives some points for not just surviving, but truly enjoying the first year with your child.

halfmessy me: a healthy balance

Gaby talks about her history with finding balance in her physical fitness, and how being “fit” means finding a healthy balance in all aspects of your life.

half messy devotional: worth it

Gaby talks about the value of doing something that has no material value, only spiritual value – storing your treasures in heaven.

halfmessy love: habits

Gaby talks about the importance of learning where your partner’s habits come from, and how you may unknowingly bring your own habits into your relationship.

halfmessy parenting: ages and stages – newborn

In the first episode of our Ages and Stages Parenting series, Gaby talks about the newborn stages: differences between your first and second child, what her must-haves were for baby products, and the best advice she was given.

halfmessy devotional: come back and join in

Gaby talks about the story of the Prodigal Son, and how we can learn something from both brothers in the story.

halfmessy me: paradise

Gaby talks about finding paradise in the memories of her family trips to Bonita Springs.

halfmessy parenting: aware and not scared

Gaby shares the story of dropping off her son at school for the first time, and how to be an intentional parent who is aware – but not scared!

halfmessy devotional: reminded

Gaby talks about the two gardens in life, Eden and Gethsemane, and to reminded of how good God is.

halfmessy devotional: bringing the glory

Gaby discusses what is meant by the “glory of God” and how we are meant to reflect this in our own lives.

halfmessy love: an indecent proposal

On today’s (very) half messy episode, Gaby shares the story about how husband proposed to her and being anxious throughout the entire “not yet proposed to” season.

halfmessy devotional: Transformation, Not Substitution

Gaby talks about choosing transformation through our trials, rather than asking God to substitute out our problems.

halfmessy me: the need for retreat

Gaby discusses coming back from the recent WxU camp with Metro Life Church and her own experience at Sharptop more than 10 years ago!

halfmessy devotional: Inner Circle

Gaby talks about putting your energy in the right inner circle, and not the circles the world encourages you to be in. This is a great lesson for those still in middle and high school, and we encourage you to share it with those young people.

halfmessy love: the good girlfriend

  Gaby talks about an experience she had when trying to be the “good girlfriend,” and about finding balance with your partner.

halfmessy parenting: Sunday, the day of mess

  Gaby discusses the importance of taking a day of rest/mess.

halfmessy devotional: Shalom

Gaby talks about God’s Peace, and remembering the 3 Ps: Presence, Power, and Pruning.

halfmessy parenting: don’t panic

Gaby talks about an… interesting bike adventure with the kids.

halfmessy devotional: Dwell in God

Gaby talks about using prayer to dwell in God’s presence during times of discomfort.

halfmessy devotional: Divine Peace

Gaby discusses being patient during her wedding season, and how to lean on God for divine patience. Spotify Song Link

halfmessy parenting: sleepless nights

  Gaby talks about having a sleep plan for your child – and throwing that plan away when needed.

halfmessy devotional: Be Bold with Your Miracle

Scripture References: John 9:24-34 Psalms 66:18 Psalms 27:5-6 Song Reference: All Sons & Daughters – All The Poor and Powerless

halfmessy devotional: Don’t Believe The Lie

Scripture References: Psalms 139:23-24 Luke 22:54-62 Psalms 51:17 Song Reference: Brokenness Aside – All Sons & Daughters

halfmessy love: in da club

  Gaby talks about going out dancing… with an introvert husband and after a year of caring for her firstborn.

halfmessy me: try a little

Gaby encourages everyone to take opportunities to be intentional.

halfmessy me: a messy start

Gaby talks about her first halfmessy experience – with her own name!

halfmessy parenting: the baby blues

Gaby talks about being a new parent and getting “the baby blues.”