Ellie’s Birth Story

Ellie’s Birth Story

For the last year or so, I've been sharing my pregnancy with all of you.  Our sweet Ellie was born on Thanksgiving (ohmygoodness, how has it been two months already?!).  I'm finally starting to come out of the postpartum blur and re-join the modern world - so without further adieu... My contractions began on the evening of Sunday, November 20, 2016 (39 weeks, 4 days).  The inconsistent contractions continued through Wednesday, November 23 (40 weeks), varying from 5 to 30 minutes apart.  I stayed home from work Monday through Wednesday, convinced that I…Read more …
Pregnancy Announcement to our Families

Pregnancy Announcement to our Families

As you may know, we were married and trying to get pregnant for close to two years before we finally got that big fat positive test.  Our families have been anxiously {and not-so-patiently... ahem, mom} waiting to celebrate our pregnancy.  You can tell how excited they were with our announcement in the pregnancy announcement video below!  We found out we were pregnant right before Easter, so we used Easter eggs to announce that we were "EGGspecting". We are so blessed to be welcoming this baby into our family!  Our due date is Thanksgiving…Read more …
Pregnancy Journal Update: 7 Weeks

Pregnancy Journal Update: 7 Weeks

Date: 4/12/16 *1st trimester* 7 weeks This week kicked my baby-loving butt!  With every week that passes, I feel more/new/different symptoms and get on a different food kick. It’s still very surreal that we’re actually, finally having a baby {in November, which feels like years away at this point}. I did find a new pair of nice winter boots on clearance and bought them… because next winter, I’ll be carrying a baby either inside me or in a car seat… so we don’t want mama slipping and falling! Hence, new boots. They’re for…Read more …
Why We Decided To Announce Our Pregnancy Early

Why We Decided To Announce Our Pregnancy Early

This was written just after we found out we’re pregnant… but we saved it to post online after we told close friends & family. I found out I was pregnant at 3 weeks, 6 days {the day my period was expected to arrive}.  I took a strip test Tuesday evening.  It was positive, but I was in complete shock because we’ve tried for a while now {more on that shortly}.  I didn’t say a word to my husband, then took a digital test the next morning.  It was positive!  I still didn’t tell…Read more …
Pregnancy Update Journal: 4 Weeks

Pregnancy Update Journal: 4 Weeks

Date: 3/21/16 *1st trimester* 4 weeks, 5 days Weight: 118 lbs. This was written just after we found out we’re pregnant… but we saved it to post online after we told close friends & family. This is our first weekly pregnancy journal! {Fair warning: there’s probably going to be TMI in just about every one of these. Like, 5 seconds ago when I told you my weight.  I guess my warning was a tad late there.} I’ll share my current feelings with you each week and answer the same list of questions. My…Read more …
I am {finally} PREGNANT!

I am {finally} PREGNANT!

We are pregnant {or I am pregnant... I never really know what to say}! This was written just after we found out we’re pregnant… but we saved it to post online after we told close friends & family. Last fall, I shared that I had some BIG NEWS with y’all and many of you said you thought we were pregnant before you read the article. {Spoiler alert: We weren’t. We bought a house.} We actually, really, for-real are now pregnant and are so excited to share the exciting news with you all! No,…Read more …
All the Pregnancy Updates

All the Pregnancy Updates

We are so excited to finally share our pregnancy with you {except the fatigue - I don't want to share that!}.  I wanted to create one page with all of our pregnancy updates so that you can easily read all about our precious baby!  Our baby is due around Thanksgiving 2016 {depending on which calculator is used, it's either the day before Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving day}.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and we have SO MUCH more to be thankful for this year!  We were married and trying to conceive for about a…Read more …
Bargain Hunting at Kohl’s {with Insider Secrets}

Bargain Hunting at Kohl’s {with Insider Secrets}

So, in case you've been living under a rock or haven't visited our blog before, my husband and I are purchasing and renovating our first home. It's super fun... sometimes.  The renovation process can be tough at times though {uh, like when you have to scrape your just stained kitchen cabinets}.  I've found that shopping for decor is a fun way to break up the tough moments - and it's a great way to get design ideas!  As I'm shopping, I'm trying to only buy the things I really LOVE... we're trying to minimize…Read more …
Finding God’s Peace in the Midst of Life’s Pain

Finding God’s Peace in the Midst of Life’s Pain

I know they say not to cry over spilled milk, but what about crying over scraped cabinets?  I haven't shared anything faith-based with you guys lately, but God smacked me in the face with a lesson this weekend and I have really felt it on my heart to share!  Have you ever struggled with finding God's peace? I have been refinishing the kitchen cabinets for our new house.  This process has not been a quick one - I started with hours upon hours upon hours of research {ahem, thank you Pinterest}.  I cleaned…Read more …

Welcome Back {and Some Big News}!

Hey y'all!   Welcome back!  I have written a blog in for-ev-er.... and obviously, you've missed reading along... both of you {hi mom!}.  Just kidding... I checkout out my blog statistics.  Most of my old posts have 25-40 reads each.  So, I'm pretty sure that's a solid following...ish.   If you're not familiar, I've been married just over a year to my better half.  We have two fur babies and hope to add some two-legged babies to our family in the near-ish future.  We are also in the process of buying our first…Read more …