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Ivy Jean


February 6, 2020

To our great joy and surprise, we are thrilled to share I’m PREGNANT! For 16 months, we’ve been praying and pursuing adoption wholeheartedly. We’ve filled out stacks and stacks of paperwork, gone through tests, and spent money listing with agencies, all the while begging God for a baby. He answered in the most surprising way! It is with extreme gratitude and awe we share our pregnancy announcement. Our Journey to Build a Family If you’re new here, we started trying…

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January 13, 2020

If you have been following along on my Instagram recently then you know I had the pleasure doing a Family takeover. That means that I got to spend a whole day sharing a variety of posts on the account. They also posted one of our photos on the main account. It was seriously such a pinch me moment! I feel so grateful for the opportunity and grateful to you all for following along and making it possible.…

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What to Wear for Family Christmas Tree Farm Photos

December 23, 2019

I am so excited to be sharing our winter family pictures plus tips on what to wear for family Christmas tree farm photos! I have always wanted to take ultra Christmasy photos with trees, and Christina Ratzlaff knocked it out of the park with these! She actually set up a mini Christmas tree farm in her backyard. The photos were so easy and so much fun. I am going to cherish these forever! This season with Ivy Jean, both Advent…

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Matching Puffer Vests

November 11, 2019

I have been loving these puffer vests from Old Navy as a light layer over anything lately! At $39, always on sale, and available in 7 colors, they are a steal compared to the price on most similar options. I couldn’t resist buying Ivy Jean one in her size and matching in our puffer vests. Is she just not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen in hers?? We got about one useable photo which is why that’s all you see. 😉 We took…

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Mommy and Me Fall Matching Outfit

September 23, 2019

If you are looking for cute mommy and me fall matching outfits, Old Navy is the place! I recently discovered that they have outfits made for mother daughter matching. Although I never thought I would be that mom, I bought several things for us to wear together! This burnt orange colored polka dot top is giving me all the fall vibes. I have the tank top version (only $25), and Ivy Jean has the cute long sleeve peplum cotton top. I…

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Mommy Daughter Dresses

June 21, 2019

It was so fun to take some pictures with my sweet girl the other day. She is SO good about being patient while I take blog photos with Russ on the weekend and usually happily jumps in for a few when I ask. I love her so and hope that never changes! I got this adorable dress gifted from Chicwish (available in a pink version here), and I couldn’t resist the chance for a matching in mommy daughter dresses. This is…

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Baby Registry Essentials – One-Stop Shopping with Wal-Mart

June 12, 2019

I am so excited to share a fun post today in collaboration with Wal-Mart about their newly revamped baby registration process. I remember when Russ and I were trying to register for the first time when I was pregnant with Ivy Jean. It was truly an overwhelming process! I emailed all my mom friends and my sister asking them to send me a list of their baby registry essentials and then tried to compile it into some semblance of one…

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Beach Photo Recap

June 10, 2019

I am a bit behind on my blog posts lately it feels like, and I even missed sending my newsletter out this past weekend. Yikes! I have had some fun and exciting collaboration opportunities come up recently, but they have kept me pretty busy in the best way possible. I thought I would share a bit of a beach photo recap from our recent trip. Most of these photos have already been shared on Instagram, but I know not everyone…

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Ivy Jean – Two and a HALF!

May 31, 2019

Ivy Jean you are two and a HALF! I can hardly believe it. We celebrated your half birthday with a half cake just like we did the previous two years (here and here). This year you helped me make the cake and put the sprinkles on yourself. I make a lot of mistakes, but I am getting the cake part right. Your Gamma taught me that.  You are FULL of personality, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that…

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Colorful and Fun Big Girl Room + How We Transitioned

March 22, 2019

I’m so excited to be sharing Ivy Jean’s colorful and fun big girl room plus how and why we transitioned her into it now. When we started thinking about moving her from her nursery (see it here) into a big girl room, I knew I wanted it to be able to grow with her. My taste is not overly girly. That being said, since we did not find out the gender while I was pregnant, her nursery isn’t overly feminine. I…

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