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Daisy is 9 Months

Hey friends,

Hope you are doing well! I can’t believe our sweet little Daisy is nine months already. Where has time gone. It get’s harder and harder to keep up with the monthly progress with three kids and building a custom home. But I want to document as much as I can of my babies. Daisy is just the happiest babe who loves to smile and laugh. She even rivals her big sister Ella in screaming matches lol. She is currently eating solid foods on her own and crawling. I can’t believe we are already at this stage. I remember with my first wishing to be the first in all the milestones, and now I just want her to slow down and take her time.

 

I’m so thankful and blessed to have such a perfect little babe. I know I say that about every one of my children, but I truly believe God made them perfect exactly as they are. And I am just blessed to be there mother.

 

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Mommy and Me Blue Spring Dresses

Hi friends,

Hope you are having a great week! This past week has been crazy. I turned 36 two weeks ago, and then I ended up having emergency gallbladder removal only a couple days after. I ended up staying in the hospital for six days for recover. It was unexpected but I am glad I am home and recovering. The doctors say it’s the number one emergency surgery they do, and that it is very common in women. I just never thought it would happen to me. But now that I am getting older I am just even more thankful for having another year with my babies. A couple weeks ago we had a fun family outing and Josh took these photos of me and my matching dresses with the girls. I am obsessed with this dress. It makes me want to take a trip to France with the family again. I can’t get over how cute the girls are. Check out the full look below.

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Snapshot from our fun family day at the beach. So thankful and blessed for my beautiful family. I can’t ask for anything more for my birthday because they are the greatest gifts God has given me. I know these recent health scares have been made me more appreciative of the time I have on this Earth. You never know how much time you really have, but I trust in God’s plans for me.

 

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Peach Spring Dress

Hi friends,

Hope you are doing well! It’s been awhile, but we have been busy with this home build. A month ago we had a fun family date to our favorite places in Galveston and I wore this pretty peach dress. It gave me all the 1960’s spring vibes. As I get older my style has definitely changed to more classic timeless fashion. I love how effortless this dress is. It’s the perfect spring dress to wear with heels or sandals. Check out more of our family fun day and this dress below!

 

  

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If you are in Galveston, one of our favorite places to eat is Sugar & Rye. It is such a cute spot, great for kids, and the food is amazing! They have the best fried green tomatoes! If you love good old fashion southern food, this place is the spot!

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Home Build Update

Hi friends,

Hope you are doing well! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a house update, but so much has happened. Here are some snaps I’ve taken of our home progress.

Our built ins got installed. Above is Jayden’s book shelf and toy storage window bench. He has the best views of the farm and I just want him to have a place he can read and get lost in his imagination. This is what I always wanted as child, so its a childhood dream come true.

Below are my closet built ins for my shoes and bags. I can’t wait for my very own closet and place to escape.

Above is Josh’s office, and below is our fireplace built ins. We will have floating shelves above it.

Testing out paint colors and wallpaper in Jayden’s room. Below is the flooring in our butler’s pantry and pantry.

Our oak steps and post are in. And below is our kitchen! I am most excited for this room!

There is so much going on now, and I think we are only a couple months away from moving in. If you want to see more updates you can follow my Instagram account here!

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Daisy’s 6 Month Update

Hi friends,

Hope you are doing well! Can you believe it my little Daisy girl is six months already! Time has flown by. It’s definitely harder this time around to keep up with the monthly updates, but I am going to do what I can. Daisy is just the sweetest happiest baby, and I know I say that about every one of my kiddos, but they really are. I feel very blessed to have happy babies. Check out more below!

Daisy has officially transitioned out of our bed. It was a bittersweet moment because I thought it would last longer, but she grew uncomfortable and didn’t sleep well with us. The moment we put her in her bassinet she slept so much better. Daisy is almost on the same sleep schedule with Ella which makes it so much easier for this mama. I’m hoping once we move into this house they can sleep in the same room. I love the idea of sisters sharing the same room. My sister and I grew up sharing a room and loved it.

We love watching our sweet Daisy grow. I hope she keeps her little chunky legs for a while. I can’t stop squeezing them lol.

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Happy 36th Birthday To My Hubby

Today is my best friends birthday. Happy 36th birthday to my wonderful hubby. I can’t believe we’ve celebrated ten birthday’s together already. Below is a throwback to our first year together. I can’t believe how we looked like such babies! Thankful for another year I get to celebrate my favorite person being born, hopefully we get to celebrate together when we are 90 years old.

I am obsessed with this two piece set! It’s the perfect set for the  New Years. Even though we will probably be in our pjs with our babies, getting to dress up every once in awhile with my hunny bun is always fun. Plus it’s a good way for me to document my hubby aging like fine wine! I honestly can’t get enough of him even when he annoys the heck out of me. I guess that’s how you know you married the right one!

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First Matching Christmas Pajamas with My Girls

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Hope you are having a great week! It’s crazy to think last year when I was taking matching pajama pictures with Jayden and Ella that a couple weeks later I would be pregnant with Daisy. And here I am now with two babies at each hip with our matching Christmas pajamas.

Now that Jayden has gotten older he doesn’t always want to be matching with his mama. It makes me sad to think about it, because they really do grow up too fast. One Christmas you are wearing matching pjs and then the next Christmas you are not. And it just happens without warning. Thats why I am taking every opportunity to match with my girls as much as I can because I know my time is limited as a mom.

I love Walmart because they always have the cutest matching pajamas for the whole family. We got these cute red plaid ones last year. So this year I decided to go with the black buffalo plaid pajamas. I love how soft these are and that they don’t itch or make you feel hot when you wear them. Plus they are a great price too! I’m always looking for ways to save as my family gets bigger. And even though Jayden didn’t want to take matching family pajamas I still got him a set too because he loves his Walmart pajamas and wears them all the time. And

Check out a few of my favorite matching family pajamas below! You can now shop Walmart directly through the LTK App, which makes it easier if you are following me!

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I can’t believe I am a mom of three and I have two little girls to do mommy and me with. I am so blessed to be celebrating Daisy’s first Christmas and our first Christmas as a family of five!

Check out last year’s matching Christmas pajamas when Ella was just seven months old with her big brother!

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Daisy’s 3 Month Milestones

Hi friends,

Hope you are having a good one! Can you believe it that Christmas is just around the corner. Time has been flying by with a baby, a toddler, and a new home build. I’m two weeks late but wanted to share these cute family photos we took for the holidays and to share Daisy’s three month milestones.

Even though Daisy was born four weeks early man has she caught up. I can’t believe how big she is getting and the fact that she is already in 6 month clothing. She is getting so strong with her tummy time too. Best part is this sweet girl sleeps through the night already! Just like her big sister we implemented Taking Cara Babies sleep schedule and it worked like a charm. She might be my easiest baby yet. But really though she is just so sweet and easy going. I don’t know how we got so lucky again.

My sweet girls look so cute in their coordinating dresses!

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I had to share a reality of how photoshoots are now that we have our hands full. But we wouldn’t want it any other way. Thanks for stopping by!

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Overcoming Secondary Infertility

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Hope you are doing well!  It’s been a whirlwind full of joy and anxiety especially after going through the losses we had with our previous miscarriages. For two years I experienced secondary infertility and we didn’t know why until we visited a fertility doctor and saw the root of our problem. After taking accountability of my own health I was able to make the changes I needed to conceive two natural back to back pregnancies resulting in to two beautiful baby girls. For more details on how I overcame secondary infertility read more below!

Overcoming Secondary Infertility

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In order to get the full concept of this story I have to start from the beginning with my first pregnancy. At that time my I was on a health kick, training for fitness competitions, and I wasn’t on birth control for years because I didn’t want it to interfere with my fitness goals. I ended up getting pregnant “unplanned” after a fitness competition with my first son. Because me and my husband at the time were unprepared, not married, living with my parents, I decided after having my son to get on the IUD Mirena birth control.

For four years I was on the IUD. It was so effective I didn’t even have a period once during those four years, which for me was a plus, because who likes having a period right? Well when we decided we were ready to have another little one we got pregnant again quickly after removing my birth control. However unfortunately that ended in my first miscarriage in the first trimester of my pregnancy.

 Six months after that ordeal we decided to meet with a very well known fertility specialist in Houston who unfortunately retired last year. During her check up she saw that my endometrial lining was so thin that it was preventing me from keeping a baby. Now it made sense to why I hadn’t been getting my period with my IUD, even with it out it had created long lasting negative affects to my body. We decided to go with the least invasive procedure to remedy the situation by doing progesterone treatments.

After several months of the treatment I got pregnant again, but unfortunately it also ended in a miscarriage. My lining had gotten thicker but wasn’t thick enough. My doctor assured me it would take time for my body to heal itself. but I was mentally  and emotionally exhausted. I needed a break.

I prayed so hard and gave it to God to guide me during this time of unknown. I came to peace with myself and decided just to focus on being a healthier me and if we get pregnant naturally then that would be amazing, but we weren’t going to stress ourselves over it.

During this time I started to research natural ways to build up my endometrial lining. I focused on changing my diet and eating healthier, as well as getting active to create blood flow in that area. I also added to my diet these fertility supplements. Within two months of taking these supplements along with my diet and exercise I became pregnant. I remember not thinking it was possible at the time, so I was shocked when I took that pregnancy test. I shared more about that moment in this post.

It’s crazy to look back at those two years where I struggled with secondary infertility, and to see me know with two more healthy babies. God does provide. I refuse to be on birth control knowing what it did to me. Now we use other protection and family planning methods that are less invasive and damaging to my body. I still continue to take fertility supplements even postpartum, and continue to stay active and eat healthy.

I know not everyone story is the same, but I highly suggest if you are experiencing secondary infertility after having no problem your first pregnancy to check your hormones, check your body, and check your birth control. If it were up to me I would recommend against any invasive birth control. I hope my story helps someone else who is going through this, and know you are not alone. Don’t lose hope and trust in God’s plan for you.

I wore this maternity dress when I was pregnant with Ella in this post. I loved it so much I decided to rewear it for this photoshoot. Check out the full photo session below!

Thankful for my family and for all of you who have read my story.

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Snow White Halloween

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Happy Hallows Eve! First Halloween celebrating as a family of five!  When Ella was born I knew I wanted her to dress up as Snow White. She had the fair skin as white as snow and the dark hair just like in the story. I found this dress and it was the perfect Snow White dress and under $15! And then I had to get her these sparkly red shoes to match! Josh and I improvised with things we already had in our closet, but I did get this fun necklace to create my evil queen look. For Jayden we accessorized his suit and added the cape and the crown. And last but not least, our sweet Daisy was the poisonous apple. I found the cutest little baby apple onsie online that fit her.  Check out our full Snow White family costumes below!

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How adorable did our family costumes come out this year? I am definitely taking advantage of the family costumes while I can with my kiddos. I know there will be a time where they won’t want to dress up for Halloween. Now I have to plan for next year! Any ideas?

Check out last year’s Halloween family costume here!

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30 Bible Versus To Write In Your Home

This past weekend we visited our house, and wrote bible verses throughout the framing in our new home. We wanted to make sure we found bible verses that were meaningful to us as a family. We found some for protection, for blessings, for our children, and for our marriage that resonated with us. So if you are building a home and plan to write bible verses in your home check out these thirty bible verses below.

Home Bible Verses

  • Proverbs 24:3-4 – “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
  • 1 Samuel 25:6 – “And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.”
  • Hebrews 3:4 – “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
  • Psalms 91:10 -“No evil will happen to you, no disease will come close to your tent.”
  • Deuteronomy 28:6 –Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
  • Numbers 6:24-26 – “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”
  • Samuel 7:29 – Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
  • Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.
  • Joshua 24:15 – As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
  • Jeremiah 29:5 – Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit.
  • Isaiah 32:18 – My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
  • Psalm 121:8 – Yahweh guards you as you come and go, now and forever.

For husband and wife:

  • Proverbs 14:1 – The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
  • Ephesians 5:25 – “As for husbands, love your wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.”
  • Colossians 3:13 – “Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other.”
  • Corinthians 13:13 – “Now faith, hope, and love remain — these three things — and the greatest of these is love.”
  • John 4:19 – “We love because God first loved us.”
  • Corinthians 13:4-7 -“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Children’s Rooms:

  • Jeremiah 1:50 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart.”
  • Samuel 1:27 – “For this child I prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.”
  • Luke 2:40 – “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”
  • Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • Psalm 46:5—“God is within her, she will not fall.”
  • Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  • Proverbs 31:25 – “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
  • Psalm 28:7 -“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
  • Psalm 127:3-5 – “No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward. The children born when one is young are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. The person who fills a quiver full with them is truly happy! 
  • Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
  • 2 Timothy 1:7. – For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I can’t believe how fast our house is getting built. We are almost done with framing and have already started the plumbing, hvac, and electrical. I also did a preliminary cabinet walk through as well. Check out more of our home build on Instagram or read these post here!

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Two Months With Daisy

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Hope you are doing well!  Can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner, and our sweet Daisy is already two months old. She is truly such a sweet baby and we’ve been loving every minute. Check out these sweet photos we took, including some funny bloopers that show the reality of taking photos with kids!

My sweet family! I love them so much. Now for the bloopers. So at the beginning Ella was not having it. She cried for a good fifteen minutes until we turned on Ms. Rachel and then she got distracted and eventually warmed up to the fact that we were doing family photos. Look at Jayden just trolling in the background. It is never a dull moment with these kiddos, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

My sweet girls! I am loving this stage with Ella. She is just the cutest and funniest little babe!

 

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Thankful for my sweet family! We are so darn blessed with our beautiful little babes. Just soaking this time with them and trying to capture every moment while I can. They grow up too fast. I still can’t believe I’ve already had eight years with Jayden. It seems like yesterday when he was just a little babe.

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