Happy Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Seven years ago today, we were blessed with our sweet little six-pound Grayson Caroline.  She is a free-spirit, the sweetest little soul, a wild card, a nurturer and lover, a natural caregiver, a doting sister, and happiness embodied in child form.  Over the last seven years, we’ve learned so much from our second born, and I thought I’d just share some of the highlights today.  Happy Birthday, my girl, you have filled our lives with sunshine and shopkins and we have[Read more]

To All the Moms on Mother’s Day

Ten years ago this weekend, I had the worst Mother’s Day of my life.  A month prior, I saw those two blue lines on a pregnancy test, and started plotting and planning about how my life was about to change with a new baby and motherhood looming.  Then all hopes and dreams were dashed in a sterile doctor’s office, as I saw the baby but heard no heartbeat.  And two days before Mother’s Day, 2008, I was in the hospital[Read more]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide + Weekly Meal Plan

Has Mother’s Day snuck up on you too?  Can you believe it’s less than a week away?!  Well, never fear, I am the queen of the last minute gift!  I am the worst at having the greatest gift-giving intentions, and then, uh-oh, it’s three days before the big day and I haven’t bought a thing.  So if you’ve procrastinated too, I have some great gift ideas that you can order this week and have in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday.[Read more]

Friday Randoms

Another whirlwind busy week.  I often comment on how quickly the weeks pass, but this one has seemed to go on forever!  It hasn’t been for lack of being busy, we have just had some looooong days this week.  So, on this lovely Friday, I’m sharing a bunch of randomness from the past week and things on my mind.   THIS WEATHER IS KILLING ME SLOWLY.  75 degrees and sunny on Monday.  High of 47 on Tuesday.  Pollen on all the things. [Read more]

Hello Monday + Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday, friends!  I haven’t done a post like this in quite a while and thought I’d share the things I’m saying hello to on this overcast Monday… Hello Quiet House The kids are back in school today after a week off for mid-winter break.  As much as I loved the break and time off with the kiddos, I am so glad to get back into our routine and get their schedules back to normal.  My kids thrive on routine, and a[Read more]

Four Years of Father-Daughter Dances + Weekly Meal Plan

On Friday night, Scott went to his FOURTH Father-Daughter Dance with his little girls (WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE). It’s Brantley’s and Grayson’s favorite night of year!  Fancy dresses, (a little bit of) makeup, (just barely) high heels, and a special night out with their Daddy. As I was posting this year’s pictures, I was reminded of years past.  Anyone remember this sweet little girl? Brantley’s first Daddy-Daughter Dance was in kindergarten, and I thought she looked so, so beautiful[Read more]

Currently…

I haven’t written up a Currently post in a while (this one and this one were the last ones!)!  Here’s what’s currently on my mind and on my heart… Appreciating- The amazing Children’s Ministry staff at our church.  The kids LOVE going on Wednesdays and Sundays (and at minimum one of the three cries when we leave), and Gracie and Brantley just joined the Glee Club, which meets during our Sunday service (Ben’s not quite old enough yet).  So they are belting out their praise[Read more]

Valentine Ideas for the Kids

The kids always get super excited to pick out Valentines for their friends and classmates each year.  Of course, it stressed me out a bit, wanting to find something cute and unique, but not too expensive or labor-intensive!  So I Go straight to the source, and Pinterest never lets me down!  Here are some cute ideas that are a little bit different that we may or may not be using for our class Valentines this year: You’re a KOOL Valentine[Read more]

Scissorgate: 5 Years Later

Brantley and Grayson have been after me for a few weeks about getting their hair cut.  They both have extremely thick hair, and brushing the nests of knots out of their hair each morning is a chore that none of us enjoy.  So they have been lobbying for new short haircuts, and honestly, I was all for it.  I love getting a fresh, short cut every once in a while too (and actually, it’s been a long while, and I’m starting to get the[Read more]

Halloween Through the Years

Hi Friends!  I hope you had a super fun and not-so-scary Halloween yesterday!  We had our traditional Halloween pizza dinner (I never wanted to eat dinner before going out when I was little, so I make it as easy as possible and something the kids want to eat for our kids!), then started Trick or Treating just a smidge later than years past, since the kids are a bit older (we weren’t done by sun-down like before, ha!).  We made[Read more]

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