Back to School 2018

And here we are.  Back to school. Did we mark everything off our summer bucket list?  No.  But did we make the most of the summer break that we had?  We certainly made a valiant effort. All three kids started back to school yesterday, all at the same school, my beautiful babies.  Honestly, most days this summer I took for granted.  Late mornings, coffee in my pjs, snuggles on the sofa.  Sweet conversations and pressure-free bedtimes.  All summer long I thought,[Read more]

Happy Birthday, Brantley Girl!

Nine years ago today, we were blessed beyond belief as Miss Brantley Parrish entered this world and made me a mother.  She has grown and changed and challenges me daily, and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of her.  She is a natural born leader and a first-born through and through.  She is smart, loyal, helpful, creative, brave, independent, athletic, head-strong, respectful, stubborn, and challenging, and 100% just. like. me.  She makes crazy some days, but when I think about her[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]

Friday Coffee Talk

Happy Friday, friends!  Isn’t it funny how even if you’ve had the week off school or even if it’s the summer, it always feels SO GOOD to know it’s Friday??!  That’s totally how I feel today.  AND the fact that I’m doing something a little different on the blog today!  Instead of writing a post about what’s been going on around here lately and what we’ve been up to, I made a video! So pretend like we’re sitting together, over coffee, and[Read more]

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you haven’t heard (or have been living in a cave), this year’s cold and flu season has been horrible.  Every single family we know has been affected in some way, shape, or form, and not just by bad colds, but the flu, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, or a terrible combination of a few!  Typically I am not a big germaphobe, but I have been trying really hard to keep our family healthy by taking vitamins, diffusing and applying[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]

Lutons do Disney 2017: The Trip

We took our first family trip to Disney World last week, and y’all, it was the trip of a lifetime.   We started talking about it September 2016, and officially booked it in December 2016.  I have been reading and plotting, researching and dreaming, praying and planning ever since then, trying to design the best surprise Disney trip for the kids, Scott, and I that I possibly could.  And in one word, the trip was MAGICAL.  I’ll have a second post[Read more]

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