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Apr 4, 2017

Her Secret

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If you have read my blog over the years, you already know that one of my favorite things to write about is one of my favorite people of all time... my Nana. She lives only 3 miles up the road from us with my Pop and well, saying she is a blessing to me would be a huge understatement. I savor every minute I have with her because I know one day, I won't be able to chat on the phone with her whenever I want, swing by for a spontaneous visit, get a surprise delivery of fresh baked cookies from her, swap recipes (okay its more like a one way swap as she has all the yummy recipes!), and to just sit with her. To be honest, I get emotional every time I see her playing with Greyson and Harper, her great grandkids, and know that those are life giving moments. They breath into my heart, her heart, and my kids hearts. It fills us all up. 
 
One of my favorite little stories about her was when she had a procedure done at the hospital about 5 years ago.... Before going into the operating room the nurse took her vital signs and asked her a few questions. This was the conversation: 
 
NURSE: What year were you born? 
NANA: 1932. I'm 80 years old. (she looks at me with a smile) 
NURSE: Wow, you look great for 80! What's your secret? 
NANA: (without saying a word she points to her husband sitting next to me, Pop). He's my secret. 
NURSE: Awwww, I like that! 
NANA: ME TOO!! (winks at Pop with a huge smile). But stay away, he's mine. 
 
I seriously could not help but laugh at Nana and her witty sense of humor. The love between her and my Pop is one that is so special. Their love story started when they were 14 years old and has continued through the decades. Since I was little, I wanted what they have and I feel so blessed to have found it in Chris. And I hope both my kids find this too... a sweet love to last the ages.
Her Secret
Our Sweet Harper Rose
Mar 29, 2017

Our Sweet Harper Rose

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Chris would be a millionaire... no actually make that a billionaire. If I gave him a dollar for every time I have said out loud in complete disbelief "I can't believe you are here..." while staring into our baby girl's eyes he would be crazy rich. Like Beyonce times a thousand kind of rich! :)  
 
It has been a month since our daughter Harper Rose came into this world and to be honest, I am still wrapping my head around it. That she is here. That she's in our arms. That she is ours forever. That I am a mama to a boy AND a girl now. Yes, day by day I am slowing sinking into and soaking up the role of mom to the two most adorable miracles.
Mar 13, 2017

Already Three

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I keep asking myself, how can it be our first born is already THREE?! Wasn't it just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital and figuring out the whole parenting stuff for the very first time?! Wasn't it just the other day he was taking his first wobbly step and sputtering his first word? Now I can hardly keep up with this energetic boy of ours, who is quite the conversationalist and has thoughts and opinions about everything!  
 
It's hard to believe three years ago yesterday my life would completely change for the better... more then I could have ever imagined. Our son Greyson was born and in the process completely stole my heart and showed me a new depth of God's amazing grace and unfailing love.  
 
Greyson, your laugh is contagious, your love of animals and trucks is adorable and the way you love is inspiring. Everything is just more fun with you, and that much more of an adventure. I feel so blessed to be your mama and still can't believe that you're mine. Happy Birthday my sweet boy! Oh how we love you so!
Already Three
Hello Sweet February
Feb 1, 2017

Hello Sweet February

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Hello sweet February. It's so good to see you. Oh how I have been longing and waiting for you. Now, just like that, you are finally here. Since last summer I have been counting down until our calendars would boldly declare that you have arrived. And with January now in the past, today they do. It's finally February! 
 
Before you came, there was anticipation, joy, fear, trust, sleepless nights and hope filled days. With you comes the reality that soon, well before you give way to March, I will be giving birth to the sweet baby girl that has been the answer to so many of our prayers and the longing of our hearts.  
 
Leading up to you February, God has been so faithful and showed His grace time and time again. Now that you are here, there is still a nervousness as we journey through this ever changing territory and excitement as this gift will soon be here. Both of my babies, before they even took their first breath taught me so much about myself and God's deep unwavering love. And so February, I know that with you will come more of that, lots of more that. More leaning into the truth of who God is and His promises. More of letting go and letting Him. More of surrendering my natural desire to control and plan what is truly not in my control anyway and hand this time over to my Heavenly Father... to the One who created this little life and simultaneously changed mine at the same time.  
 
February, I am so excited that you are here... with all of your hearts, your sparkle and love. You are going to be life changing and I can't wait!  
Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year

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Oh 2016, you were a sweet one. You had lots of firsts and lots of lasts. You were filled with laughter and beautiful once in a lifetime moments. You brought heartache and unimaginable joy. You brought life's lessons. You brought news of our baby girl coming in just a couple weeks and that, well that makes you one I will never forget and always be grateful for. Here's to a 2017 full of love and life and the things that really matter...  
 
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
Happy New Year
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