Monday, September 21, 2015

Where our value comes from

I decided to write on a topic that really resinates with me and hits close to home. In my early childhood years, I remember wanting to belong and be apart of something. I wasn’t sure what that ‘something’ was but I spent a lot of those years looking to things that had little or no value. In high school I remember a friend telling me that if I had ‘just lost 15 pounds,’ I would be ‘so cute.’ I did well in school but I was consumed with my physical appearance and struggled with a lack of self confidence. Fast forward to my early and mid 20’s and I found that I was constantly comparing myself to other women. I could share about some of the bumps and struggles along the way but I will wait until another blog post for that.

It has been a process but God has allowed for me to see where my true source of security & value come from. Not from others, my physical appearance, material possessions, or even financial status. And when I feel myself go there - when I start to compare myself to others or find myself wishing my life looked differently than what it is now, God gently reminds me that He is enough and I am able to shift my mind to what I know is true.

I know the struggle we have as women to compare ourselves to others and to chase after things that only bring temporary happiness and joy in the end. Unfortunately, we live in a world that tells us that being prettier, thinner, and richer equals success and value. Don't allow your joy to be stripped from you because you are consumed by what you think your life should look like. I felt compelled to share part of my journey with you and my hope is that you are able to find encouragement in some of these truths.

Love & Hugs,


Monday, September 7, 2015

Growing Our Family

We are so excited to share the exciting news that we are carrying another little babe! We feel so blessed and honored that God has once again given us the opportunity to love and care for another child! Earlier this year we shared some sad news that we had miscarried in January. I wasn't particularly looking forward to the months of August/September, as I knew it was when we would have been expecting baby #2 but we are so grateful to be carrying another little one during this time and are experiencing so much joy and peace in our hearts. 

We decided to tell Grey pretty early on, since I have been experiencing such bad morning sickness and we wanted him to know why mommy wasn't feeling well. He is beyond excited and so giddy about the idea of there being a baby in mommy's tummy. I don't think there is a day that goes by where he doesn't talk about his new baby brother/sister (it changes each day). He has also told everyone that he and my husband James are also having a baby. Silly boy. This pregnancy feels a lot like when I carried Grey in that I have had all day morning sickness but I am showing about 3x quicker than I did with him. Yikes! I found the questions below in a pregnancy journal and I thought it would be fun to take note of how I am feeling throughout this pregnancy. 

How far along: 13 weeks 

Energy: Non existent! Poor Grey. We have spent a lot of our days at home having pajama parties. I hope that changes with my 2nd trimester approaching and also my favorite season of all - Fall! 

Mood: I don't feel as emotional as I did with Grey but I still feel pretty irritable. Yikes.

Appetite: I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with food. I am hungry 24/7 but there are a lot of foods that are more prone to make me feel sick (sugar and dairy) so I try to stay away from those as much as possible. 

Cravings: I am craving carbs like crazy (pastas, french bread, fries). Yum! But I also crave those foods when I am not pregnant! Who doesn't? 

With our family growing we thought it would be fun to shift our Instagram account into more of a blog. I want to share all things family - the good, the not so good, the exciting and tough moments that come along with raising a family. I am also excited to share some of our favorite recipes (we love to cook and bake). And with my growing passion for children's fashion and photography, you can definitely count on seeing some fun style posts as well! Sadly I think there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the social media world - one of them being that there are all these put together and perfect families. We are so far from that and I really hope to be able to share my heart with you as you walk this crazy journey with us!



Teepee: Little Foot Clothing Co.
Baby Wrap: Solly Baby
Photography: Gina Brown @browntowngirls