2017 Reflections & Favorite Moments

Ian and I recently had dinner to celebrate his birthday and we started talking about this year compared to years past. It has honestly been a great year. Nothing crazy has happened, but we’ve just had some great moments and have learned and grown a lot. Compared to the hard but great years we had in 2015 and 2016, 2017 was a year of reflection, contentment, and growth. I am thankful for it. My favorite memories this year, in no particular order Being able to take a road trip across Canada with my family and having my grandparents meet Cove…

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Thoughts on Things | New Recipes, Jumpsuits & Minimal Decorating + Advent Download (In case you started a day late)

So now that the weather is actually getting cooler here in the south, I have been pulling out my warmer recipes. I just purchased an instant pot from the Cyber Monday deals, and have loved getting to put it to good use. I really wanted something I could put meals together with pretty quickly because I knew with a new baby coming early next year, there just wouldn’t be a lot of time each day to cook some of the things I cook now. The first meal I made was chicken and rice (like the fresh kind, not the kind…

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Thoughts on Things: Boundaries with other people, Love and Hate and Casual Fridays

Hey Everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a thoughts on things post. I’ve considered sharing what I’ve been learning about boundaries with you for a while. I even considered writing a whole blog post on it. But honestly, I’ve struggled with boundaries the majority of my life and felt like I needed to just sit on what I’ve been learning instead of trying to explain all the revelations I’ve had. Let me rewind… Total transparency here, please take what you read and know that it’s coming from a place of vulnerability and openness because I do not have…

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Thoughts on Things: Social Media Babies, Hands Free Fashion and Trends I Love

So one of my sweet friends on Instagram shared a post on social media babies and how this will be the first generation to ever grow up with cameras in their face at all time and every single part of their lives being documented on iPhones and often through social media. To be honest, it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to and Ian and I have talked about before. We have a few friends who don’t share about their children at all on social media, no photos at all, and others who document bare booties and glorious details of real…

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Thoughts on Things: Current Favorites and Forgotten Photos

The other day I was scrolling through photos on my phone, and I realized I had never shared these photos with you all. I am still all googly eyed over my boys in their cute matching ties from ZUZU. We took these on Valentine’s Day after church and Cove did not want to sit still, as you can probably tell. I love these pictures of the two of them together. You can see so much similarities in their eyes. Also, what are your thoughts on the nineties trends coming back so quick? I had to admit it brought back nostalgia of grade school…

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The Happy Things

It’s officially the love month and my birthday month! We’ve got a lot going on but I’m looking forward to all of it. If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you may have seen that two years ago at the beginning of February we were in the emergency room finding out that our first baby’s heart had stopped beating. A year ago I was struggling with postpartum and unsure of how to handle it without taking any medication, and three years ago we were dealing with some pretty heavy family illnesses and I was basically sick the entire…

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2016 RECAP: Thoughts on Things

I can’t wait to see the path these three sets of feet get to take together in 2017. Last year, 2015, left such a strong mark on our lives with 2016 being a year of excitement and so much growth. Another year has come and gone where we made plans, but God had other things in mind. In the most beautiful of ways, He revealed how His plan was far better than what we could have ever imagined. 

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Thoughts on Things | Being Present, Pikes and Magnolia Story

We recently took Cove to Pikes to look at some of the garland and wreaths and he went crazy. If I would have known that Pikes would result in that much joy, we would have gone everyday last week. He kept finding branches and made friends with a few of the employees. No joke, we probably stayed there for over half an hour just letting him walk around and giggle. Just a little over a year ago we were waiting on his arrival and picking up our tree. You may remember seeing the pictures of me waddling around here. I recently…

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Thoughts on Things | iOS 10, Joy and Enchilada Soup

Although I am not sold on needing the new iPhone, I do like the new software update. All the updates to iMessages have been really fun. I guess that’s the total nerd in me. Ian and I spent like an hour after Cove went to sleep just texting each other back and forth, sending gifs, heart beats, drawings, etc. I am also totally grateful for the updates to Maps. Well, to be honest, I never used Maps before because of all the glitches, so now I probably will.

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Thoughts on Things | The Beginning of 2015

We have been working on some home renovations the past few weeks, which means our house is not in a “home-y” state and doesn’t feel all that welcoming. I joke with Ian that my clothes are spread out between three different rooms so it takes me three times as long to get ready now ;). But, amidst all the craziness, I wanted to share my current random assortment of thoughts. Isaiah 43 and 26 have been my anchor lately. Ian and I have dealt with some pretty intense pain the past two months, and I honestly don’t know how I would get by…

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