If you’re ready to create deeper connection with your family through travel, reading, experiential learning and spreading kindness – then go ahead, pull up a seat.
Welcome to my online space where I write to inspire, to transform, and to help heal – both myself and others. My name is Courtney, and I have been married to Evan since 2007. Our son, Connor, was born in 2009.
I began this blog in 2011 when our daughter Brenna was just four days old, after she had been diagnosed at birth with a very rare and severe skin disorder called Harlequin ichthyosis.
Harlequin ichthyosis is a genetic condition, and there is no cure. It has profoundly affected our lives as Brenna has fought through skin infections, multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, and many other challenges caused by this severe condition – from motor delays to food intolerances – in her short life.
But our days are also full of uninhibited joy, real contentment, gratitude and faith in God. As we have learned how to care for Brenna, we have also learned how to truly celebrate this difficult and wonderful life.
While our lives may look differently than we had originally expected as we prepared to welcome our second child, we have been privileged to discover just how beautiful different can be.
This concept of “living a different beautiful” has flooded into all aspects of our lives. We have been able to do more than we ever thought possible, love bigger than we even imagined, and connect more deeply with each other than our wildest dreams.
Because of this, we hope inspire families like ours to redefine your limitations and pursue your life passions. And we hope to challenge and encourage you to discover what “living a different beautiful” looks like for you – and design your lives to reflect that.
For our family, our different beautiful places priority on:
- Curiosity – cultivating a lifelong love of reading, experiential learning, creativity and traveling as much as we can
- Empowerment – parenting with purpose and empowering others through intentional giving
- Abiding faith – telling God’s story within ours and bringing glory to him in our every day