Hazel turns 9 months.


hazel turned 9 months last week and is continuing to develop and change by the day it seems!  we have started some physical therapy twice a month to help with the little motor delays that we've seen, but she's really doing great and catching up pretty nicely. she's pushing up, scooting around (backward), doing the hands-and-knees-rock, and even … [Read more...]

strawberry-picking twenty fourteen.


last weekend was one of those where the weather was perfect, jon was home, and there just wasn't anything "pressing" to do.  those weekends, for us, are few and far between so it was like a big, deep breath of (literal) mountain air. we spent saturday strawberry-picking and raiding a historic log cabin estate sale down the road from our house. … [Read more...]

8 months old!


  Baby Girl is 8 months old today and she's continuing to do great with no seizures since the surgery!  God has been so good to us and we have seen so many little things emotionally and financially that just remind us on a daily basis that He sees us and is lovingly providing for our needs. Hazel is rolling all around these days and is … [Read more...]

joy comes in the morning.


  spring has sprung here in Virginia. the azaleas are nearly in full bloom. the tiny baby poplar leaves are growing larger by the day. the sun is shining. the windows are open. Brother looks for worms from early morning until dinner time. end-of-year school events are filling up our days (hello, it's only preschool--can i … [Read more...]

remember the wonders He has performed.


"Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.     Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.     Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exalt in his holy name;     rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for his strength;     continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has … [Read more...]

surgery update–day 1

thank you to everyone who's been texting, messaging, and praying us through this day. i wish i could call you all and explain everything that's happened, personally, but i'm tired and exhausted, and this will have to do for now.  thank you for your concern, though, and know that we feel your … [Read more...]

a vintage inspired baby shower.


  i braved the long 10 hour trip with three kids last Friday and visited my family in Indiana.  the main reason i did so, was so that i could be there to celebrate my littlest sister's soon-to-arrive baby girl!  i had nothing to do with the theme or decorations, but man, were they cute and fit my sister's personality so perfectly--vintagy, … [Read more...]

easy, DELICIOUS, sprinkle number cake tutorial.

sprinkle cake tutorial

  i'm a cake person. more precisely, a cake and ice cream person.  seriously, it just doesn't get much better for me.  cookies, nah.  pie, sure, most days.  but moist, flavorful, not-t00-sweet frosted cake?  YES, please! of course, it's always fun for it to look pretty at the same time that it tastes great.  everyone was raving about Sister's … [Read more...]

Big Sis is 5! (a “Frozen” birthday party)


(Jon and Hollis share the same birthday, so on their real birthday, i made them this cake and we ate it for breakfast!) yep, I have a five-year old (insert major eyebrow raise and momma-panic-attack from how the time could possibly pass this fast) and because we do a "big" party every other year, this was Sister's year for hers.  She chose … [Read more...]

stitchfix #6 (on a lighter note…).


  the blog and my real life have been really "heavy" the past few months---postpartum, baby's diagnosis, medical bills, etc, but today, i'm going with a much lighter and MUCH less important part of my life---my wardrobe! now, who am i kidding, my closet is usually the LAST place that gets updated but i had some Stitchfix credits (thanks … [Read more...]