Our Baby Boy

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's been pretty quiet around here and that's because Brandon and I have been keeping a big secret! We are so happy to announce that we're expecting a precious baby boy who is anticipated to arrive on July 3. I hit the 19 week mark yesterday and it's crazy to believe we're almost at the halfway mark to meeting our sweet boy!

We found out I was pregnant at the 4 week mark, so we have known for a long time. That was quite the weekend for us. Brandon got home on Saturday, October 24 from a work conference in Miami, we found out Finley had been born that day, and then the next morning we found out we were pregnant!

On Sunday morning before church I decided to take two tests because obviously one wouldn't be enough. Well, it turns out I'm an incompetent pregnancy test taker. After the allotted waiting time, there were no lines. I took two more and by the time the lines on the second two tests showed up (pretty much immediately), the lines on one of the first tests showed up (I completely messed up the other one). All three of those tests were positive.

We are so excited to enter into this new season of our life together. I have wanted to be a mother since before I could even truly grasp the concept. After meeting, dating, and marrying Brandon, that dream become even stronger because of the incredible father I know he'll be to our children. We are so grateful to God for watching over our sweet baby. Putting our faith in him and giving him our fears has made every step of this journey that much easier. 

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5


January Goals

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I know so many people have been posting their yearly goals and intentions, but sometimes it's nice to take things one month at a time! It's amazing what adding a puppy to the mix can do to throw off your usual routine (and clean house). We love our sweet Fin so much but he sure has created a lot of change in our lives! Things are definitely messier and more hectic, but we wouldn't change it for anything. 

Can someone also come style our built-ins to look this good? 

— Read two books: Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at its Best by Eugene Peterson and For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker.
— Cancel our Uverse and switch to SlingTV (this will save us $60/month!)
— Organize and de-clutter the two guest bedroom closets
— Organize wrapping paper/boxes/ribbon
Organize/clean out our storage boxes
— Take items to donate
— Take rings to have prongs checked and cleaned
— Meal plan/prep on Sunday afternoons
— Take vitamin daily
— Make our bed every day (time off at Christmas plus Fin has made me lazy!)
— Get up at 6:45 so Brandon can get to work earlier
— In bed at 9:30


New Year's Eve

Monday, January 4, 2016

We had an amazing New Year's Eve spent at home with some of our best friends. This was also Brandon and my first official dinner party where we cooked the entire meal. It was so much fun and stress free because I know that these people aren't coming for a clean house and yummy food (although I know they enjoy it!), they're coming for fun times with great friends. It really helps to keep everything in perspective. 

We also got to celebrate with Marion and Zack when they opened up their envelope to reveal the gender of their sweet baby that's arriving this May! I changed my guess at the last minute and ended up being right!
I made fun party hats for all the girls. The best part was it took maybe 5 minutes for all 4!


I made my mom's chocolate sour cream pound cake for dessert. It's a miracle it turned out as well as it did. I forgot to put the vanilla in until it was already in the oven so we had to take it out and mix it in. Then at some point, I turned off the oven while it was still baking!

Happy New Year from our family to yours! Finley looks miserable because he hates getting his picture taken and all types of technology in general.


Meet Finley

Friday, December 18, 2015

We brought Finley home last Friday and the adventure hasn't stopped. He is an amazing puppy and despite some typical puppy shenanigans, is very well behaved (accept for at his 5:00 pm "witching" hour where he goes crazy). It took us all of 5 minutes to pick him out from his three other brothers last week. He was the largest one, but also the calmest and sweetest -- and he had on a red color, so it was pretty much a done deal.

He is teaching us just as much as we are trying to teach him and we are all so smitten. He's still sleeping in the crate and doing such a great job, but we've already caved and let him on the furniture (occasionally). We do try to make him lay on a blanket though. He's just so much calmer when laying on the sofa or in the bed with me in the morning. Ask me about how this is going when he starts shedding and is 70 lbs... He was 7 lbs. at his 6 week vet appointment (before we got him) and today at the vet he was 9.3 lbs. That is one growing pup!


Holiday Goals

Friday, November 27, 2015

We were semi-successful with our Fall Goals (I know fall isn't technically over yet). We did fail to make it on a hike, to the pumpkin patch or the farmer's market a single time, but we still did lots of fun things!

I'm so excited the holidays are here. I'm going to be slightly less ambitious with my Holiday Goals because I really want to spend a lot of time soaking up the season.

-Get our Christmas tree! 
-Decorate our house for Christmas
-Bring home Finley and get him potty trained! (we're getting there with the potty training!)
-Drive around and look at all the Christmas lights (major fail)
-Celebrate with family and friends
-Have all presents purchased and wrapped by December 19
-Remember the true meaning of Christmas in all of our celebrations
-Attend our church's Love Feast - Sunday, Nov 29 at 6:00 (Sanctuary)
-Attend Emmanuel Encounter - Friday, Dec 11 at 7:00 (Kerr Hall) -- we brought Fin home this night and we just couldn't bear to leave him
-Attend a Christmas Eve service -- sadly, we didn't make it to one of these either because we were still at a family dinner

Here's the calendar of all the Christmas happenings at our church!



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Feeling extra thankful and grateful this year. 
A home we can host friends and family in, bringing home our puppy in a few weeks, a faith community that we love doing life with, and a God who's grace will never end. It doesn't get much better than that. 


Church on Morgan -- All are Welcome

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This is a big week in the life of our church. Our new building is finally completed and we're kicking things off in a big way. Our building might be fancy and new, but the same people waiting to welcome you in are the same people who instantly made this community my home. This community isn't about judgement. It will welcome you in with open arms -- whether you're a believer, full of doubt, or not sure how you feel. My best friends are people that I didn't know a year ago, and I'm so grateful I get to do life with them. I'm so humbled that God called us to this place and I hope you feel him calling you here too. I hope you join us for one of the events I listed below or any other Sunday because I know if you do, you'll find your home too. Our address is 136 E. Morgan Street and you are always welcome.

Tonight is the House Blessing at 6:00 pm. It'll be a short 45 minute event to bless this space that we are all so excited to call home. We'll grab dinner afterwards at one of the dozens of great restaurants within walking distance.

We are officially on the First Friday roster and tomorrow night is our first event at 6:30 pm. We're celebrating with live music by Zach Wiley, great snacks, and the debut of six large commissioned art pieces by Corey Mason. You can also shop at the Flourish Market, an online boutique + fashion truck dedicated representing brands that provide dignified jobs and fair wages all over the world.

Then on Sunday at 11:00 am is our grand finale...and also just the beginning, Launch Sunday! Lunch is being provided after the service by Backyard Bistro.

If you still aren't sure about any of these events, check out our website or join us one weeknight at one of our community groups for a delicious, home cooked meal and great fellowship with people who just want the chance to love you.

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