easy, DELICIOUS, sprinkle number cake tutorial.

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  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 … [Read more...]

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

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(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...]

rejoicing.

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  getting a diagnosis that has the words "brain cell malformation" is never easy and has caused Jon and I many moments of stress and anxiety about Hazel's future.  we have gone to that place of doom and gloom and we have had many thoughts about how God can and will use her for great things and for His Glory.  it's a roller-coaster for … [Read more...]

stitchfix #6 (on a lighter note…).

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  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...]

a quarter of a year already—& a movie.

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can you believe that my little sweet baby is already 4 months old today?!  i was inspired to start playing around with iMovie by my friend, Bri, and her beautiful "snow day" video.  mine's definitely not perfect, but i know that it will be treasured for years to come. music:  "Bones" by Hillsong United Hazel is doing "normal" four-month … [Read more...]

holy cow december was a whirlwind. it’s january…what!

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yes, i know i'm totally late to the whole, "i can't believe it's the beginning of a new year" thing, but I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR! there, now that we got that out of the way…..here's a little photo recap of our blur of a Christmas.  it was a great one though!   Sister's preschool program---i … [Read more...]

hazel 3 months & some encouragement.

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  first off, my little baby is growing like a weed!  she's got chins that don't quit and moving right out of her 3 month clothes into her 6 month.  she's getting close to rolling over and even sat in her bumbo for a few minutes today.  girl's got a strong neck on her! we are very happy to have our sweet baby feeling stronger, because … [Read more...]

hazel update (aka the longest blog post ever).

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so many of you have texted or called about what is going on with Hazel, and it is long and involved, so i thought this would be the easiest way to fill you all in.  thanks for your continued prayers!  for more info on her diagnosis, click here.   last thursday into friday the seizures started to increase and when we talked to the neurologists … [Read more...]

He will give us more than we can handle.

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we've all heard that good-intentioned remark when going through something hard in our lives---"God doesn't give us more than we can handle…"  That promise refers to the verse in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be … [Read more...]

..and then there was snow.

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last week it was in the 60's, and this week, we've been snowed in since Sunday morning! you won't hear me complaining though.  it has been a welcomed, snuggly, fun time for us all to be together without any pressing things to get done.  yesterday, the kids went sledding with the neighbor girls and played in the snow for a long time.  they are … [Read more...]