Now we just need a baby…

Project nursery is done. Well for now.  I still need to find curtains that I like and a few frames for his wall.  But overall I am very pleased with how his nursery turned out.  I love that nothing else in our house resembles his room.  I have always been more drawn to shabby chic thanks to my obsession with Joanna Gaines.  But I feel in love with everything monochrome and of course I just HAD to have a teepee.

I found the rug on Overstock.com and was very pleased with how fast it arrived.

The decorative frames and arrow banner are all from Hobby Lobby. Who doesn’t love their 50% discount they have almost monthly on all of their items?!!

The teepee was purchased from Amazon.com and I love that it’s so versatile. I cannot wait to snuggle up with baby and read books to him in there.

The crib sheet and changing pad cover are both from Modern Burlap. I love, love, LOVE this company not only because it’s from Texas but also because they provide organic products as well.  If  you haven’t heard of them, check them out!  The chest of drawers is from Ikea that well took some time and extra hands to put together.

 

And now, we just wait for baby Xander to arrive. Any day now bud!

xoxo

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Party of 3, not for much longer


This past Friday, Courtney had the evening off and that happens hardly never. We decided we would spend the entire evening doing whatever Caleb wanted to do. 

After all, this may be our last Friday night as a family of 3. (Gosh I hope so because I’m literally about to burst!) 

I know that this may not seem like a big deal to some families but when your husband is in the restaurant industry, the few evenings that we can all be together are very much cherished.  

Caleb has been an only child for 11 years. And although he is so excited about having a brother, Courtney & I do worry about how having a new child will affect him. We want to make every effort to make sure Caleb never feels neglected, unimportant or left out. We pray that in this new season as a family of four, that we will be intentional with our time and love for both of our children.  

So, here’s to Hampton party of Four! 

xoxo 

what the what?

The closer and closer we get to meeting the little guy, the more and more I seem to be freaking out. Hahaha. I have so many mixed emotions about it all.  Obviously excitement to see him, embrace him and love on him.  Then there is a feeling of being overwhelmed by all of the to-do’s before his arrival.  I mean no matter how much you dust and vacuum the house just never seems to stay clean.  Then, there is the thoughts of do we have everything we need? Do we have enough blankets, wash clothes, diapers? Well crap we haven’t even taken the car seat out of the box to assemble.  The bassinet hasn’t come in the mail yet.  What about Caleb?  Have we spent enough time with him? Have we answered all of his questions? Is everything squared away at work? The list seems to go on forever…

 

Am I the only one that feels this way? Are there any other mama’s out there that have had similar thoughts?  Or am I just the crazy one?  Because I’ve been known to be a little (or lot) crazy.

 

I love that my husband is so calm, on the outside at least. He reassures me that everything is going to be ok.  And if Xander comes early, which is a possibility, that we’ll just “wing it”.  He’s much better at ‘winging’ than I am.  See the control freak inside again??

 

Well keep us in your prayers and if you have any advice, would love to hear it!

xoxo

Showered

Can I just start off with how much I adore and appreciate all of my friends that love and spoil me?!

And spoiled is exactly how I felt last Saturday for Xander’s shower.  Here are a few pictures, taken by my sweet friend Sylvia from FototasticDFW.



Cake & cookies were done by me 😊 I know, I know, I wasn’t supposed to do anything but I couldn’t let my friends do everything!

And how about this precious teepee?! You have no idea the headache we went through trying to get a teepee. Sheesh. We finally got this one from Amazon and had absolutely no problems.  I think it was well worth it, what do you think?

I just loved this super simple photo backdrop. My dear friend found this rug at Hobby Lobby and it was just perfect with the theme 💙


Everything was just perfect. And most of all, I am so glad that I have the most amazing friends that I get to share my life with!

xoxo

Overflowing! 

My heart is overflowing with joy today. So incredibly grateful for all of the people that God has placed in my life. This has been by far one of the most joyful yet hardest seasons of my life. But God is so faithful and has surrounded me with people that lift me and carry me when I haven no strength to do it on my own. 

Thankful for all those who celebrated with me today! We are so excited to meet Xander Lee! 

More baby shower pictures to come. ❤

well hello, 2017


It’s about that time where goals and resolutions are being set in hopes to keep them for more than a month. Well maybe that’s just me, but year after year I set the same goals for myself, you know the typical: lose weight, payoff debt, save money. And normally by the end of January, my diet has become the “see-food diet” and the budget has gone out the window.

This year, my husband and I sat down after dinner one night and we came up with a list of goals that didn’t seem to be unachievable. However, the next morning I woke up with great expectation for 2017. I started thinking about a post that I wrote earlier in the year about the difference between mercy and grace. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can here.

This got me thinking, am I really believing for Gods very best in 2017 or am I just expecting to get by and settling for goals that can be achievable by our own means?

1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 

I started thinking about the story of Simon Peter when he went out to fish and caught nothing. But Jesus took him on the boat the next morning and said let’s try one more time. Jesus didn’t just provide a handful of fish to Simon Peter. He gave him 2 boats full! More than Simon Peter ever imagined!

What about the story of the hungry crowd that gathered to hear Jesus preach? They were starving but all the disciples had was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus multiplied the food and the crowd ate until they were satisfied. But the bible says, not only did he provide enough food for 5000 people to eat but there was 12 baskets left over!

Why is it that when we ask God for something like a new job, we don’t ask God for a perfect job that fits our personality and our families needs, that will free us from our debt and provide more than enough and give us the ability to be generous and bless others? Or instead of simply saying, I want to lose weight saying Lord I have great expectations to regain my health this year, that I will be full of energy for my children and spouse, that I will not be a victim of any disease but I have complete healing over my entire body?

The truth is, I am such a victim of just asking God for the bare minimum. But 2017 is going to be so different for me. I am expecting nothing but God’s goodness and unimaginable favor over my life, my husband, my children and for you my friend. I truly pray that God will blow your mind with His favor. And I expect to hear great things that He has done for you in 2017!

Happy New Year my lovelies!

xoxo

One down, a lifetime to go!


365 days ago, I said yes to my best friend. I still find it strange sometimes that we are married. Our journey started in the fall of 2001. Not many people you know have had a 14 year engagement right? Well us either haha. But although our road hasn’t been as easy one, in fact pretty darn difficult if I must be honest. I wouldn’t change one minute of it. 

I absolutely love the man that Courtney is today. I love all of his annoying habits. For instance, the fact that he doesn’t dry his hands after rinsing them or the fact that he can live all day, very happily actually without stressing whether or not the bed is made. I love all of his great qualities too. The ones that most people don’t see in him. The ones that even he doesn’t realize that he carries. 

I envisioned a blog of “Do’s & Don’t Do’s” in the first year of marriage but who am I kidding, we have no clue what we are doing. We have no idea if we are doing anything right or if we have it all wrong. Not too mention this first year of marriage for us hasn’t exactly been honeymoon bliss. For instance, the first 2 months in fact I had bronchitits and he slept on the couch because my snoring was horrendous.  He also had a job for the majority of the year that demanded him to work 100+ hours a week so we rarely saw each other. 

However, we have managed to learn a couple of things along the way.  First, we learned to not compare our marriage to our friends marriages. Every marriage is different. And what may work for our friends, doesn’t work for us.  We’ve also used the word “intentional” quite often this year.  It’s so easy to get so busy with the duties of life, work, children that you forget that your spouse needs attention.  Although we would love to have more time with each other, we strive to be intentional with the time that we do have for one another. 

Also, we’ve learned that every day that we wake up to each other, we make a decision to love one another and to make this thing work. We choose each other every single day.  And I’m looking forward to a lifetime with him! 

Happy Anniversary babe! xoxo

Photo credits: Meshali Mitchell 

Cherish


The other day Caleb and I were in Target and this little girl, couldn’t have been older than 3 got away from her mother and started running and scream, playing. Her mother started chasing after her, telling her to stop and not yell. Caleb and I just stopped and watch this go on. Then Caleb turned to me and said, mom are you ready for that? In a “I’m not sure if I’m ready for that” voice. 

I smiled big and said, I can’t wait.

Let’s be honest mamas, how many times have our kids thrown a tantrum in public and you thought to yourself, oh Lord this child is going to make me go crazy? Or how about, I will leave you here and let someone else take you? Ok maybe that was just me. LOL

God has a funny way of showing you the beauty in all things and in all seasons. It wasn’t until I heard the words, “he may have trouble reaching his milestone” did a tantrum look so beautiful.

The truth is, we don’t know what our future looks like. The doctors could be right. But God could also prove them wrong. But whatever the future holds, I have learned that every single moment with my children, is beautiful. The good, the bad, the ugly, the tantrums, all of it. 

Enjoy your children today. Cherish those moments, all of them.

“But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.” Psalms 71:14

To be thankful….

Today, is thanksgiving day. And many are enjoying the day with their family and friends eating tons of amazing carb-filled food. But I woke up today with such a heavy heart.

Yesterday, Courtney and I received some news about our sweet little that we were not expecting. Several weeks ago the doctors noticed that baby Xander had too much fluid around his brain. We were scheduled to have a fetal MRI yesterday morning and we were praying and believing that the doctors were completely wrong.

To much avail, we were told that baby Xander was diagnosed with agenesis of the corpus callosum, or ACC. He is missing the section of the brain that connects the left side to the right side. ACC is caused when there is a disruption of brain cell migration during fetal development, usually between the 3rd and 12th weeks of pregnancy.

There is still a lot of uncertainty, unanswered questions and what’s next to be answered. But none the less, Courtney & I left the doctor’s office in a complete daze, broken-hearted, unsure of the future, speechless…

We got home to tell our oldest son, Caleb the news. That the brother that he had been waiting for so patiently, was going to be different than him. Yesterday, I told myself that I would only allow myself one day to be devastated and tomorrow we would move on and be thankful for our sweet little miracle baby.

I would be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t cry today in fetal position for an hour hoping that yesterday was a dream or if I told you that I wasn’t crying as I wrote this post. But today, I have 2 choices to make…

I can sit alone all day and cry, asking God the why and how questions or I can thank God for the sweet little miracle that He blessed us with. I can be thankful that God trusted Courtney and I with this sweet life. I don’t know why it happened to us, but God clearly thinks that we are capable of this new season. I don’t know how we will do it, but I’m thankful that I can rest in knowing that we are not alone in this. That God will give us the strength, wisdom, knowledge and grace to be the best parents that we can possibly be to this little guy.

So today, I chose to be thankful. And excited, to meet you sweet baby.