Friday, December 19, 2014

Three Birthdays, Two Trips and A Wedding!

{Sachi Bridal Shower}

I took an unintentional break from the blog this last half of the year.  I think I needed a little time off, but at the same time I missed it.  I really want to do a better job next year of blogging.  At least if it is just the highlights of our life.  So, here is a recap of the last four months...  BIRTHDAYS!  All three of our birthdays are in the last half of the year.  Of course, Little Miss turning one in August was the highlight of our year!  We went all out for Sienna's "Under the Sea" first birthday party.  Seahorses, starfish, ponies and even a pirate came by to wish the birthday girl a happy day!

{birthday girl}

After Sienna's birthday celebration, we went right into two full months of wedding planning and parties!  My little sister had four beautiful showers.  Three of which were given by friends and co-workers and her last shower was a lingerie shower at my house given by me and two other bridesmaids.  The wedding weekend was a dream!  Her big day couldn't have been more beautiful with gorgeous October weather, and the cutest little flower girl you have ever seen!  Yes, she even walked down that brick cobblestone aisle all by herself!!!

{the bride and flower girl}

Weddings are gloriously wonderful and exhausting at the same time!  After catching our breath when all the festivities ended, we decided to take a family getaway to Nashville to celebrate my 35th birthday.  We had the best time!  I feel like this trip celebrated our baby officially becoming a toddler!   I could tell a big difference in her even from just three months ago when we went to Jackson, Mississippi.  She was doing big girl things on this trip like coloring at a restaurant, and eating meals ordered just for her like buttered noodles and apple juice ;) I think we all agreed to make Nashville in November an annual family tradition.  It really kicks off the holiday season and serves as a little R&R before the business of December is upon us.  

{Sixth & Pine at Nordstrom}

Monday, July 7, 2014

Missional Motherhood

In case you haven't seen the new blog, Missional Motherhood, I highly recommend it!  I have been so encouraged these last two months as I have read about motherhood in general, Biblical marriage, the little years, infertility, prayer, and so much more!  I am very honored to be a Missional Motherhood contributor and today you can read my first post titled, "Let Him Add" - God's Word for the Barren Womb.   You can also find Missional Motherhood on Facebook where you will find weekly posts and monthly giveaways! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Snapshots of 2013

{November 2013}

Life has been full!  So full that I am just now taking a few moments to work on my annual list of things I want to remember about 2013.  Better late than never, right?  Since 2009, my New Year's tradition is to share my snapshots from the previous year on the blog.   You can catch up on the last four years of snapshots HERE.  

1. 2013 can be summed up in one word, SIENNA!  I was pregnant most of the year and thankfully had a smooth pregnancy after those first couple of months.  I loved being pregnant and feel like I savored the whole experience.  I wrote some thoughts on my first pregnancy so I can remember those feelings that go along with being pregnant.  In February, we threw a gender reveal party to announce we were having a baby girl and in June, we were given three gorgeous baby showers!  Our computer crashed right around that time so I wasn't able to upload all of our beautiful pictures from my showers.  I'm hoping to find some time this summer to share those pics!  

{First Baby Shower ~ June 2013}

2. Bryant went to Altus, Oklahoma for three months to learn how to fly the C-17.  The timing couldn't have been more perfect as he finished up his training right before our baby girl arrived.  Time apart is always challenging but thankfully he was able to come home on the weekends to help plan, set up the nursery and work on a couple DIY projects around the house.  I even went to visit him for two weeks!  We have quite the memories of road trippin' during my second trimester ;)

3. We didn't take a traditional vacation last year between my pregnancy and Bryant's work schedule.  But we did manage a fun weekend getaway to Dallas, our first road trip to Jackson as a new family and a holiday weekend in Chicago to visit relatives.

4. In May, I finished up a discipleship group that I had been apart of for 17 months.  My time in the leader group was very rewarding in three ways: relationships, accountability and a broad exposure to Christian literature.  The next three months were spent preparing for natural childbirth by reading, taking classes, exercising, and reading some more...  It took 3 months of solid dedication to prepare for the big day but the time invested was worth it.  I've already been able to share with others my experience and see them benefit from a natural birth experience.

5. We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary this year, and not in the traditional way!  At the stroke of midnight I woke up in labor and had contractions for 9 hours before I had a break in my labor.  I rested the remainder of the day and my labor picked up the next day at 2 a.m.  Total time I was in labor: 35 1/2 hours.  18 1/2 of those hours were tough and thankfully the other 17 hours were sandwiched in the middle - giving me a blessed break in natural childbirth.  I couldn't have asked for a better birth story with my first.  What a memorable way to spend our 11th anniversary - definitely the best gift to date!

{one day old}

6. All three of us survived the newborn stage!  This is an accomplishment especially with your first child.  Everything is new and everything changes almost daily.  The learning curve is so steep, especially in those first few months.  I am very traditional when it comes to newborns.  We didn't leave our little nest at home until 6 weeks and visitors were limited.  It was the sweetest time with just our little family.  The world had stopped spinning, and the only thing that mattered was right there in front of us with ten little toes and ten little fingers.

7. In November, a dear friend of mine adopted a little boy.  I am so blessed to have been apart of their journey through prayer.  Watching God work over the year to bring their little boy into their home was one of the highlights of 2013.  And our children are only three months apart!  I know they will be sweet friends in the years to come =)

8. Miles turned 6 in November!  Poor little guy, last year was rough as his mama adjusted to having "two babies" in the house.  We all survived and I am learning how to give him some attention too.  He loves Sienna... maybe a little too much!  We can't seem to separate the two.  They just keep finding ways to share toys and sit right next to each other ;)

9. My reading list for the year was mostly pregnancy and newborn books.  As far as my OYCB, I have read it slower this past year and will most likely take 2 years to read through the 1 year plan.  For a good portion of my pregnancy it was hard to read (thanks to those pregnancy hormones), so this was the perfect time to dig deeper and slow the reading down.  I have actually enjoyed the more relaxed pace and the flexibility to hang out in parts of Scripture a little longer. 

10. I have been thinking what my one word for 2013 was.  It took me some time to figure it out because it was so simple.  PRAY.  2013 was the year many prayers were answered and the year I learned how to pray.  There's nothing like becoming a parent to teach you how to pray.  I learned this not one week after I came home from the hospital.  And I am still learning.  If I will be nothing else, I want to be a praying mama!

"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; 
I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation."
{Psalm 91:14-16}

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More 6 month pictures...

The second part of Sienna's 6 month photo session was in the nursery.  I think the nursery has become my favorite room of the house!  My inspiration was mostly cream for the major pieces in the room such as the walls, shutters, curtains, crib and bookshelf.  I layered pink and blue touches throughout to give interest and keep the feel soft and feminine.  I love how these moments were captured where we spend so much of our time each day.  Every time I look at them I hope they remind me of every laugh and every kiss we have shared in this little room.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sienna Claire {6 months}

{6 months}

We just now got Sienna's 6 month pictures back and they were definitely worth the wait!  Honestly, when I look at these pictures my heart hurts!  She is that pretty!  I treasure these shots that capture her 6 month stage so perfectly.  She was such a ham the day of the photo session.  There was a beautiful light coming in our gallery windows and she wouldn't take her eyes off of the camera!  Her two biggest compliments these days are, "those eyes!" and "such long eyelashes!"  So glad God gave her blue eyes like her daddy's.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We're goin' to Jackson... {Trip #2}

 {6.5 months}

 The last week of February we went to Jackson again for Bryant's work.  Our first trip to Jackson was in early November when Sienna was just three months old.  It was so fun on this trip to look back and see the changes three months make.  This trip seemed more relaxed since Sienna can go longer in between feedings and the number of daily naps is half of what it was then.  She even tried her first baby food (organic pears) on the trip!  These trips are proving to be a big blessing for all of us with time away for mama and quality time for daddy with his little girl.  And of course it wouldn't have been a trip to Jackson if we didn't try more local restaurants.  Our favorites this trip were Sal & Mookie's, Sombra and Anjou.  
{reading the paper like daddy}

{this little girl loves her daddy!}

{coffee with daddy}

 {visiting friends in Madison}

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sienna's Dedication

{6 months and 5 days}

Before Sienna was ever born we dedicated her to the Lord.  And now that she is seven months we still are dedicating her to the Lord each and every day.  Last month we publicly dedicated her before our church family on a Sunday night with family and friends surrounding us.  It was a special time to remember what God has done for us and for what purpose He has given us our precious baby girl.  The children's minister at our church said something that really stood out to me.  He said the dedication was not for our daughter but for us as her parents.  Yes, we are giving her to the Lord but in addition to that we are giving of ourselves.  We are choosing to raise her in a godly home with the emphasis on the things of the Lord.  With his help and strength, we commit ourselves to be a willing sacrifice and to model Christlikeness as Sienna's father and mother.  Our prayer is that she will one day at an early age be Jehovah fathered and will grow in wisdom and godliness.

{Sienna's dedication cookies by Sweetlee Done}

{Nena and Papa Mike} 

{Nana and Papa Adams} 

{Aunt Mandy} 

{February 16, 2013} 

{Aunt Pippy and Uncle Pappy}

Friday, March 14, 2014

Zoo Day

{Sienna (7 months) & Easton (14 months)}

There are so many "firsts" with a new baby.  First road trip, first Christmas, first snow... and yesterday we added one more to the list, Sienna's first time at the zoo!  We enjoyed a perfectly sunny day strolling around with friends.  There's something about the zoo that is so nostalgic... the feeling of being a kid again.  It truly is one of my happy places!  And now I get to share it with my sweet little girl!  I look forward to many more trips with her and watching her sweet face take in all of God's amazing creatures.  

{my happy little girl}

{sweet mama and friend}

{look who stopped by!}

{these two sure do love their daddies!}

Thursday, March 6, 2014

We're goin' to Jackson... {Trip #1}

We took Sienna on her first road trip the week before she turned 3 months old.  If you had told me the day we brought her home that we were going to go out of town for a week when she was 3 months, I would have thought it impossible.  But the timing of the trip turned out to be just right.  It was far enough away from the newborn stage that I felt rested enough to tackle the preparation and packing that goes into a week long trip.  And the change of scenery was actually really nice as was mixing up the schedule a bit.  

The one item we couldn't live without was this portable rocking chair we brought with us.  It made nap times and bedtime so much easier.  Because my husband was there for work, we opted to stay at a place with a full kitchen which came in handy when Bryant had to work late.  I was able to eat a lunch or dinner in the room without having to make a special trip out with baby in tow.  When we did make it out, we always ate at local places since Jackson has so many to try.  This trip was really the first time we had Sienna out and about so much.  In fact, Walker's Drive-In was the first place we took Sienna for lunch just the three of us and Babalu was her first dinner out!  We also visited three different Cups, a local favorite of ours.  

Aunt Mandy came down for a few days which was a big help to me while Bryant was at work.   We enjoyed meeting friends for lunch and shopping for Sienna.  We found her dedication dress at a local children's boutique and it was exactly what I had in mind!  Overall, Sienna adjusted really well to all of our outings and thankfully she likes car rides.  What I remember most about this trip is how she started using her hands more.  I watched her hold her WubbaNub for the first time and saw her reach for her bibs and blankets.  It's amazing to watch her grow and make new discoveries.  I am so thankful that I am able to be with my sweet girl every day and share this priceless time with her.  And I'm glad we were able to make some memories together on our first road trip as a family!

{Daddy trying out the new rocking chair}

 {Introducing Sienna to Carrie and Cathy}

 {Celebrating my 34th at Babalu}

 {Shopping at the Renaissance}

 {Hanging out at the hotel}

 {Holding her WubbaNub like a big girl}

{So glad Aunt Mandy came down for a few days!}

{Traveling with a 3 month old}

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