Monday, October 9, 2017

Saying Yes.

Five years ago today, I was asked a question that every little girl dreams about. I was asked "Will You Marry Me?" on the beautiful white sand of 30A at Blue Mountain Beach. Time stood still as I said "YES!"

In a couple weeks we will "celebrate" four years of marriage. Im sure it will be just another day of the year. We haven't gone on a date in months-I'm not talking about a couple months... I'm talking like way over due months. On that note- anyone want to come babysit my sweet children?  The past 5 years together have brought love, hope, joy, heartache, pain, and unfortunately resentment (a word that should never be used in a marriage). We have TWO beautiful babies and for that I am so very blessed and grateful-they are my everything.

Marriage is hard work y'all. I've heard it over and over again from experienced couples but it is so true. I'm going to be REAL honest- the past year and a half have been tough. There have been numerous nights I've cried myself to sleep, skipped meals, and questioned our future. You know what I've come to realize? I'm NOT ALONE! One of you that's reading this right now is hurting too and your in a broken relationship-tired of feeing weighed down and unloved. But you know what?! God is with us- he is right there holding our hand through ALL of life's storms, and His love is unfailing!

Today my prayer is for those who have just taken that next step and said "Yes!" to their soon to be spouse. I pray that your foundation is built on trust, honesty, love, and most importantly with God! I pray that those newly engaged couples realize how blessed they are and how difficult marriage can be if you don't give the other person your best but also how amazing and wonderful it can be when you never lose sight of how you fell in love to begin with,  praying for wedding planning to go smoothly, and praying for the new marriages to glorify God. Join me in lifting engaged couples up in prayer today.

I'll leave you with this..

My absolute favorite song right now is by Lauren Daigle "Oh Lord"- here's just a little bit of it, but please go look it up and listen to it!

Oh, O'Lord O'Lord I know You hear my cry
Your love is lifting me above all the lies
No matter what I face this I know in time
You'll take all that is wrong and make it right
You'll take all that is wrong and make it right
Your strength is found
At the end of my road
Your grace it reaches to the hurting
Still through the tears and the questioning why
I will stand my ground where hope can be found
I will stand my ground where hope can be found

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sunny Days!

Andy and I recently spent a couple days at the beach to celebrate the marriage of some sweet friends! We stayed at Embarc located in Baytowne in beautiful Sandestin, FL. This was our first time staying here and we will definitely go back! Our room was perfect for just the two of us and the bay view from our room was fantastic!
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Eden Gardens State Park. The weather could not have been more perfect! This location is where we took our ONE year anniversary pictures! 

We couldn't leave the beach without breakfast at The Donut Hole! This place has the best bacon! Not pictured are the 3 dozen donut holes "to-go"! 
While we were enjoying our days at the beach, we were missing our sweet Brooksie! However, he had a BLAST at Camp ChaCha! 

Brooks also got in lots of playtime with Leo and Logan who came to visit this weekend! 
...we made it home just in time for me to go shop at Wiregrass Kids Market! I sell some of Brooks' clothing there so I was able to shop early as a seller! Be prepared for a long checkout line if you go! The staff is always so sweet and goes as fast as they can :)
Mary-Hollis made out great today! Buying smocked pretties and lots of pink is so much fun!! 

Who else agrees with the above statement? 

Happy Weekend,

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tails of Magpie

I took the ol' beaten path AWAY from the blog months ago. I hope I'm here to stay this time! 😉 Since its been so long let me introduce you to "Mags" or "Magnum" or you can call him "Maaa-mum" like Brooks does! 
Whichever you choose to call him, he's our sweet toy poodle. Now he hasn't always been ours, we adopted him from my brother and sister in law who recently moved 10 hours away! 
You may remember seeing pics of Mags from YEARS ago on my blog! He is 10-1/2 years can tell from his gray chin! Mags has traveled the world.. He lived in England for a year and loved the farm animals! We were all so worried how he would to travel across the pond as precious cargo but he did great!
This past week at Brooks' "school" or "mothers morning out" has been Pet Week. They've practiced Animal Yoga, (which Brooks is a pro at thanks to Lion Guard commercials on Disney Jr.) make pet crafts, and even had special pet visitors! Well today Mags got to go meet Brooks' class! Brooks ate it up and was shocked to see him when I walked in! I made sure I brought lots of treats so Mags would show off his cool tricks. Mags was spoiled with all the hugs and back rubs he received. 

Sad news.. We have had to find Mags a new home since Mary-Hollis is on her way! Our house is just a little too small for a precious dog and two young kids! But guess what?! My sweet momma is taking him!! He loves his Cha-Cha's house and the acre of backyard he gets to run in! My heart is so happy that we still get our Magpie snuggles anytime we want! Pets are more than animals.. They are FAMILY!   They should always be close to the ones who "raised them"! 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thinking Pink.

Let me start off by saying THANK YOU!! I received so many private messages about yesterday's post filled with helpful tips and advice for the whole "mommyin' with two" thing! Y'all are awesome!

I'm so excited about Mary-Hollis' nursery! There's just something super special about creating a new space to bring your baby home to. Her custom bedding has officially been ordered... This will be the longest 4-6 weeks! Here's a sneak peek of the fabric 💗
..and a canvas with the perfect verse! I plan on creating a gallery wall with this. The picture quality is bad, you can't tell the wording is gold foil 😍
Not only are we creating a sweet and loving nursery for our baby girl but ALSO turning the playroom into Brooks' BIG BOY room!! I don't know if I'm ready for that just yet! Any tips on transitioning toddlers from crib to toddler bed is GREATLY appreciated. (Like how in the world do you get your littles to stay in the bed and not get out to play?!)

Here's my halfway bump taken 2 weeks ago! 


Monday, February 20, 2017

..and then there were FOUR!

We are so excited to announce that we will be welcoming a sweet baby girl in June!! 
I'm in total "PINK MODE" just thinking about all the fun, girly, sassy, and southern wardrobe Mary-Hollis will have! 

**Dear Jesus,
Please, Please, PLEASE help make Mary-Hollis a HairBow lovin' girl!**

My momma was the "gender keeper" for a day and her first purchase she bought (after laughing/crying in the car when she opened the envelope because she was convinced it was another boy..) was this adorable Kissy Kissy gown I had picked out the week before when we were out "looking". How adorable is this floral trellis gown?! 
Here we go with some questions for all y'all mommas of two kiddos! *Brooks and Mary-Hollis will be exactly 2 years apart ❤️

1. Do I need or will I use a double stroller? I LOVE my "all terrain wheels" on our single jogger but I really wish Graco Click connect made a double with the same 3 tires. I hear a lot about BOB strollers... But We don't want to spend that much money on one! 

*this is the one I'm thinking about (we can still use Brooks' infant seat for MH)

Graco Ready 2 Grow Click Connect double stroller

2. With your second child did you pump or supplement any? Was this hard with your first demanding attention while pumping or breastfeeding? *im hoping to breastfeed/pump exclusively for at least the first 3 months if not longer! *Brooks was exclusively breastfed for the first six months before we introduced baby food with the exception of supplementing the first 2 weeks. 

3. If you did supplement with formula or use formula.. How likely would you recommend a Baby Breeza? 

4. How did you get your young toddler (18m old) to get ready for the new baby? 
Brooks has this book already by Joanna Cole and we have also been practicing burping, kissing, hugging, and rocking our "baby" Goofy and Donald Duck 😂

Thanks so much for all and ANY advice or input! Y'all are the best!