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Friday, October 17, 2014

Holiday Countdown Chain

This time of year can be busy, busy, busy! Along with one holiday after another, we also have Little Man's birthday in early January. This year, we're throwing a little more into the mix with a move to our new home in November! It's going to be a crazy few months.

I thought it'd be fun to have a visual, so we made this Holiday Countdown Chain.

Each link has a date and certain days are decorated appropriately. It was quick and easy to make and a fun way to countdown the days until some of the major events coming up for us.

Would you like to make your own chain? You can download a PDF counting down until Christmas here. We cut each link at about 1.5 inches wide. 

(There is a blank space after Thanksgiving. We did this intentionally so that we could use different colored paper for the Christmas section of the countdown.) 


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Year Later

Life is crazy. 
Life is busy. 
Life changes so fast.

A year ago today I took this picture on our way to the vet. Little did I know it would be the last picture I took of our sweet Beau and the start of probably the most difficult year of our lives. 

I could write about all the "bad" things in great detail...losing our dog, having kidney issues during pregnancy, Little Brother having some health issues when he was first born, a difficult delivery, feeling lonely away from family, having a hard, and on and on it could go.

Most recently, we were having a hard time finding a house to buy. The market where we live is just crazy. There just isn't enough supply for the demand. There have been houses go on the market in the morning and by early afternoon, they already had several offers on the table. After our fourth failed attempt at a home, I found myself asking God why things couldn't just go "right" for us. This year has been so hard, why can't this one thing go "right"? But then I realized...

I was really asking why things weren't going MY way not the RIGHT way.

Because His way is always the right way.

I felt like a two year old throwing a fit. When was I going to remember that God has it all in control. He is faithful, He has a plan for us, and we can trust Him. 

This morning, when I realized it had been a year since I took that picture, it got me thinking about all that's happened since then, all we've been through, how much we've learned and have grown.

It may not have been the smoothest pregnancy on record, but God's hand was with us. We are both safe and healthy and maybe even a little stronger after going through a little difficulty. 

A little loneliness was the nudge we needed to go outside our comfort zone to make friends. Anyone who's met either my husband or I for more than two minutes could tell you that we're both introverts. I can write and type until my fingers fall off, but I'm not a big talker. Over the past year, though, God has brought people into our lives that we're thankful to call friends. We're already more involved in our church and have met more people there than we did in the over seven years that we attended our previous church. 

Yesterday, our offer was accepted and we are now under contract to buy our new home. The timing is perfect with our lease ending, we'll still be in a great school district, and it has more room than we thought we'd be able to find.

And so I sit here a year after taking that picture and am thankful.

I'm thankful that we're a healthy family of four.
I'm thankful for new friends.
I'm thankful for a wonderful church.
I'm thankful for God's plans.
I'm thankful that this may have been one of the BEST years of our lives.

You have to admit, God knows what He's doing. 
Trust me, you can trust Him.

"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."
Isaiah 26:4 ESV

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:2 ESV


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Friday, July 4, 2014

5 Weeks

It was 5 weeks ago today that Little Brother (as we'll be calling him around here) arrived.

We're so excited, and just love him so much!

{Hospital photos taken by Bella Baby Photography}

It was quite an experience and there was a fair share of excitement along the way. We hope to share our pregnancy and birth story soon.

Little Brother is doing well, though, and growing like crazy as you'll see from the pictures below!

{Weekly picture inspiration can be found here}

He's such a doll!

You may have noticed he's on oxygen. That's something I hope to talk about soon, but rest assured he's doing well and will hopefully be off it soon.

We wish everyone here in the States a very Happy 4th of July!


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Brother Shirts {And a Cute Newborn Shirt}

 There's not a whole lot to say about these except, aren't they just too cute?!?
We're taking them to the hospital to hopefully get some cute shots of the new brothers together. They're going to be adorable together!

Here's a close up of each...


I created the shirts using freezer paper stenciling and fabric paint. If you've never tried it, you should check out this video tutorial. It's super easy and fun!

While I was at it, I decided to make this little cutie too: 
Ahhh! So cute!

Hopefully, I'll have pictures to share of the boys in the shirts soon!

{See my inspiration for all these shirts here and here}


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hospital Maternity Duffle Bag {And Some Help Packing It}

Sometime in the process of perusing blogs and Pinterest while preparing for Little Brother's arrival, I decided it would be fun to make a new duffle bag for our hospital stay. I looked and look on Pinterest for an easy {and free} pattern and came across this one from Family Ever After (she also has a tutorial for it here which is actually the one I followed). 

With some minor modifications to the measurements to make it bigger, I was able to easily sew this cute bag. I already had all the supplies, so it didn't even cost me a penny. Score! There's plenty of room for everything we'll need during our stay, and it will make a great overnight bag later down the road. 

Some items you'll find in our bag:
-A notebook
-Hair ties, clips, and head bands
-Tennis balls (for massages during labor)
-"Going home" clothes
-Little Man's gift for the baby
-Focal point

We packed a separate bag for the baby with a couple outfits, blankets, socks, and fun stuff like that. 

Some good resources for deciding what to pack in your bag:

I think the best list I looked at was the one from our hospital. I'd check to see if your hospital has their own list, but this one is great. 

This post also has some great ideas. One of the best ideas she has is to write a list of last minute items to grab that you can't pack now (your cell phone/phone charger, makeup, etc). You may not be able to remember all those things if you're running out the door to go to the hospital.

We're feeling prepared and anxiously awaiting the day we get to carry that bag into the hospital with us!


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