Category Archives: Family

Stories and encouragement on family life.

Happy Birthday Baby!!

Happy birthday to a fun loving….. family snuggling…. baby holding… (that’s tate:) Nature smitten… God Fearing.. kind of guy!  We love you Baby!! And just for the good ole days, one of our dating pics! Can’t wait for our hot snowmobile date tonight babe!


I’ll be the first to admit it.  I’m spoiled.  Not only did I get to enjoy a wonderful trip away with my hubby, but on top of that a month later I got to take another trip with some of the best girls ever….my college roommates!  It was quite random really…we were all 29 about to turn 30 and on a whim we decided to try to convince the hubbies to let us get away for a bit.  My ploy to Ryan was … Continue Reading »

Momma Bear..

So I was watching tv the other day and saw this commercial…and had to post it. I chuckled out loud and so related.  If only we could, but we can’t.  What we can do though is even more powerful than Capri Sun juice….shocking, I know!  We can pray, and we can hand them over to Jesus on a daily basis.  And we can listen to them at night before bed when they share their hearts, and make them kiss us in public until … Continue Reading »

A Little Getaway…

Well, Ryan and I are back to reality, but we had such a good time on our little getaway that we had to share some of it with you:) Our flight took off at 1:30 a.m. so thanks so much to Jeff who took us to the airport late Wednesday night! It’s amazing how different it is to me vacationing when you have kiddos.  We were so excited but there is always a little part of me that hates leaving them….even though they … Continue Reading »


Ryan and I were told by so many people going into our journey with Jules that a death of a child can either bring you closer together, or tear you apart.  Although it was a very stressful journey at times, and our marriage wasn’t always perfect….I can’t imagine going through something like that and coming out closer in the end.  I was so grateful to have Ryan by my side throughout every step of the journey.  There were so many times before Jules … Continue Reading »

Merry Christmas

If you didn’t get a Christmas card this year from us…don’t fret.  I know you were probably up all night worrying about it:)  With the eventful year we had this year we didn’t quite get to Christmas cards…. So, I snapped a few pics of the kids before we left for church yesterday. cheesy smile #1 Cheesy smile #2 Daddy trying to get them to smile:) Finally, a good shot:) Merry Christmas! Even though it’s been a different year this year, we consider … Continue Reading »

Blooming Bath & More

Last week I posted a picture of Jule’s taking a bath in our sink on Facebook. After that I got a reply from a lady saying, Jule’s need a blooming bath, send me your address and I’ll get one for her.  Well, I had no idea what a blooming bath was but wasn’t going to pass it up, so I sent her my address and then proceeded to check out their website.  That’s when I realized that Jules was getting hooked up with … Continue Reading »


Our life seems to be a bit of a roller coaster these days.  To tell you the truth it’s been a roller coaster the last 4 months of the pregnancy as well.   The unknowns were so great….the fun thing with trisomy 18.  Each case is so different.  There are no text book answers.  Most babies die in utero, which in turn made me on edge the whole pregnancy.  Have I felt Jules kick yet?  When was the last time she moved.  We should … Continue Reading »

Jules is Home!

We went in to be induced with Jules yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m.  We welcomed our little angel Jules into the world at 6:23 p.m.  She wasn’t crying right away, but after a few puffs of oxygen she opened her eyes and said hello.  We were ecstatic!  and she is Beautiful! and she was a whooping 4 lbs 11.8 oz.  Sorry for the iphone pics, the rest aren’t uploaded yet. Sarah was with us all day to help relieve some stress:) and take … Continue Reading »

The Blogging World

Lately I have been writing posts in my head around 3 in the morning when I can’t sleep.  I really should just wake up and go downstairs and type it out, but it usually doesn’t happen.  And usually the post always sounds better in my head.  But, I’m writing this post for 2 reasons… 1.)  To say Juliet is still staying put.   I know a lot of you are checking in to see if there is any news, so I thought I would … Continue Reading »

Life Goes On….

I realized something crazy this last week.  Even though you can receive some of the hardest news you’ve ever been given, life goes on.  People go about their normal lives around you and I tend to look at them with jealousy quite frequently.  I continue to function, dishes have to be done, kids have to be fed…a house has to be kept up.  But always at the back of my mind is, life is so different.  I truly again thank each of you … Continue Reading »

Trisomy 18

On Wednesday, a new reality sunk into our lives.  We went in for a level 2 ultrasound to see if our little peanut had a cleft pallet.  We were told at our original 20 week ultrasound that there was a “shadow” on the lip and they wanted to look into it further.  We were also told that baby was in less than 3rd percentile for weight and had cysts on the brain.  Both sound scary but after researching and talking to some doctors … Continue Reading »


This is the post of how television almost ruined our marriage.  Okay, not really…but it could have:)  Cable television has always been a novelty to me.  I loved going on vacation as a kid and watching Saved By the Bell, thinking it was the coolest thing ever.  We never had cable growing up and for that matter we didn’t even have a VCR til I was in highschool.  We had no gaming systems, not even the old school Nintendo.  We had bikes and … Continue Reading »

A Photo Shoot

I told you to come back today to see some more pics, but I didn’t tell you they’d be of me.  HA!  Well, needless to say when we were shooting our barn stuff, Sarah had warned me.  “I’m getting a little sick of looking of the picture of you in the snow on your blog, (that she took a year and a half ago) so if you wanna get ready I’ll shoot a few to update it.  Thanks Sarah! I have to tell … Continue Reading »

How do you do it all??

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this line. HA! Boy do I have you guys fooled!! I have tried to figure out balance since I had kids.  Still trying.  If anyone has it figured out, please share!!  I’m pretty sure there is no such thing as a “balanced” life.   There are days when I feel like I’m a great mom, and then I’m a terrible mom.  Times I feel like Martha Stewart and then times I feel like my … Continue Reading »


Okay, I wasn’t going to blog on this, but then I started uploading my pictures…and maybe it’s becasue it’s only 40 degrees outside now, or maybe its because I think my kids are pretty stinkin cute that I couldn’t help but sharing a little look at our spring break vacation….. Oh how I wish I was still there… First of all, thank you to my wonderful parents that share their timeshares with us so that we can enjoy this beautiful pool and scenery!! … Continue Reading »

Happy 30th My Love!!

6 Years ago I went out on a blind date with this guy…. 5 months after that we got engaged… don’t mind the unattractive open mouth:) So in love… 5 months after that we got married… and went on our honeymoon to Jamaica… Where the sun only shone for 4 hours out of 7 days… 11 months after that we welcomed our first baby into the world… awww…what a cutie!! 4 months after that we welcomed the second… Welcome Tate Ryan… aww..sweet moments… … Continue Reading »

Living Life on a Budget!

I know that I have talked about this before, but I am a stay at home mom.  My husband works hard for us but doesn’t make millions.  We went from 2 incomes to 1 with adding two kids to the mix.  We live by faith.  And God is so so good!!  I have so many stories, and I will share some of those with you later, but today I wanted to say that even if you don’t make millions, or drastically less:)  you … Continue Reading »

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year..etc, etc

If you are normally on our Christmas mailing list and did not receive a Christmas card this year, it is NOT because you are on our black list:)  It is simply because with a few other projects going on that was the last thing I got to.  Well actually no..I didn’t even get to it.  So, here is our online version of our Christmas card this year.  I must warn you, we did not have our awesome photographer friend take pics this year, … Continue Reading »

and we’re in!!!

The day has finally come!  No…we don’t have a kitchen, nope…no flooring, not even trim…but–we do have a roof over our heads, painted walls, and beds!!!  Ahh, it’s the little things in life:)  I primed, painted, painted, and painted some more and finished our 10 and a half foot ceiling bedroom in a day an a half.  Do you think I was motivated?? Just a little:)  Especially since the night before we moved in we had to wake the kids up at 4 … Continue Reading »