Tuesday, November 21, 2017

With a Thankful Heart

Can you believe that it's just days away from Thanksgiving? I feel like this year just started. But this year is coming to a close as we approach the holiday season. I sit here again, slacking on blogging. I miss it. I miss just writing in general. It's so therapeutic for me to write, even if it's just about nothing.

But the Lord has been so good to me. I felt the need to share it since this time of year is more focused on being thankful.

"What are you thankful for?" seems to be the overarching question that people tend to ask on the fourth Thursday of November, & then as humans do, we forget the answer we responded with the next day. Obviously this refers to our often selfish tendencies that happen throughout the Christmas season, but it also reflects the rest of the year. We should be thankful all year because the Lord has been so good to us. I hope you are encouraged to write down what you are thankful for. And then when times get hard, pull out your list & remind yourself of what good God has done for you & through you.

I'm thankful for...

My salvation: I'm just really in a sweet season of fellowship with the Lord right now. I'm enjoying digging into Scripture & God revealing new things to me that I have never noticed before. God has also been opening new ministry opportunities & friendships. I've been extra thankful for this time of growth.

My husband: The other day, Andrew & I got to go on a little date night. If you missed it on Instagram, check out the post here. But it was just the best time. It reminded me of when we first started dating-- which we're quickly approaching being together 6 years in December! 😱 I'm so thankful for the godly man, husband, father & Christian that he is. He leads our family well. He provides for us. He gets up early to feed Murphy & let him out so I can sleep longer. He picks up my slack when there are things I couldn't get done during the day. I cannot thank the Lord enough for this sweet man.

My daughter: Who is an official walker now! A couple weeks ago she took her first real set of continuous steps, and then last week, she got it down. Ruby is seriously such a joy. She comes with her fair share of challenges (like we all do), but sometimes Andrew & I just look at her & say out loud how awesome she is. Being a parent has been one of the greatest blessings of my entire life. I get chills thinking about how God has entrusted me to be her mama. I wouldn't change it for the world. Being a wife & mom has been a dream of mine since I was little. I am so thankful the Lord said "yes" to that dream.

My pup: Murphy tends to get the back burner a little more now that Ruby is around. But that still doesn't change the fact that I love him! I even just heard on the Today Show yesterday morning that dogs are good for your health, & people with dogs tend to live longer than people without them. I can see why. I can't tell you how many times I've been by myself upset, & he comes over to lay on my lap. Dogs are the best. And I'm also thankful that Ruby gets to grow up with a pup. She loves him so much, it's so fun to watch the two of them.

My mom: Most people don't know that my mom takes care of my grandparents who aren't doing well. She has been so selfless the past three years. I'm so thankful for you & all you do for our family, Mom.

My church: What a privilege it is to worship freely with fellow believers. God has been so good to surround me with a community of people who strive to seek the Lord in everything they do. God has also given us the opportunity to raise Ruby in a godly church environment where the nursery workers love on her & teach her truth even though she's young.

There is so much more I am thankful for, but these are the things that have been on my heart & mind lately. I am so blessed, even when it doesn't seem that way. God is so good, even when times are hard. And "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:9

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!"
Psalm 107:1

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

12 Months With Ruby!

I'm a little late in posting my last monthly post of Ruby! We were in birthday party mode for a while & then went out of town last weekend & have just been straight up busy. 😬 But now, I'm going to finally catch you all up on what's new with Ruby this past month!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Letter To My Daughter On Her 1st Birthday

Dear Ruby,

I can't believe you're a year old. It seems like I just found out I was pregnant with you the other day. Or that I just gave birth to you. But here you are, my big one year old daughter. Somehow I blinked & you grew so fast.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ruby's 1st Birthday + Family Pictures 2017!

Guys, Ruby will be ONE on Thursday! 😭 So a couple of weeks ago, we took Ruby's one year pictures/family pictures with our friend, Katy, who has done so many of our pictures over the years! Seriously, it's cool to think that she's done my senior, engagement, bridal, wedding & last year's family pictures! Except these that I'm about to share with you might just be my favorite ones yet! πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

11 Months With Ruby!

 So, I'm over a week late in posting this because we were on vacation & I'm in first-birthday-party-planning-mode, but Ruby turned 11 months last Tuesday! I seriously can't believe that in 3 weeks from today, my sweet little girl will be one! I've caught myself looking at all of her newborn time frame pictures today & it gives me such mixed emotions. I'm so happy that we have a thriving, growing, healthy, happy daughter. But at the same time, I'm going to miss all of these baby days with her!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ten Months With Ruby!

Ruby turned 10 months old on Saturday! I can't believe we're less than two months away until she turns one! Time really does fly. To our surprise, Ruby took her first "steps" behind her walker toy to celebrate the occasion on Saturday! Andrew & I were pretty ecstatic! The thought of her walking on her own soon both excites me & intimidates me. It's so fun to see her learning & doing new things, but I keep thinking about how I'm going to be more on the move with her & that makes me want to break out my FitBit again ha!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nine Months With Ruby!

Ruby has officially been out in the world longer than she was in my belly... Even though I feel like I was just pregnant with her last month. I can't believe how fast this year is going. Ruby went to her 9 month well check on Monday & her next one is the 1 year appointment *trying not to cry*.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Eight Months With Ruby!

Remember me? I used to blog around here. One of these days I'll get back into the swing of things, I promise :). Enough about me though, Ruby turned 8 months old yesterday! Her first year of life is flying by so fast. Pretty soon we'll have to start planning a birthday party for her. I'm not ready for that yet!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seven Months With Ruby!

Ruby turned 7 months old on Friday & I can't believe it! My sweet little girl is growing up so fast. I'm trying to take in each day with her & just soak it up. She's getting pretty clingy these days, so it's hard to get things done when she's not napping, but I love hanging out with her so it's fine ;).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mama, Enjoy Your Dirty Shirt

As I was looking in the mirror the other day, I saw my shirt & noticed quite a few new "spots" that weren't there when I put my clothes on that morning. When I put my clothes on for the day, they were perfect. They hadn't been spit up on yet. They hadn't had snot rubbed all over them. And they definitely didn't have other things on them that I had to question.

No, my clothes were clean.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Six Months With Ruby!

Not sure how, but Ruby is 6 months old today! It's hard to believe that half a year ago, I held her in my arms for the first time. I literally feel like I just had her last month, but at the same time, I can't remember what my life was like before she was here. Ruby is the happiest baby I've ever seen. Sure, she cries & screams sometimes, but she smiles SO much! She is such a joy & will instantly make your day better, I promise.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nap Time Chit-Chat

Aww.. See my sweet Instagram Husband in the window of this pic? ;)
Carseat/Stroller Set: Graco (similar)

Always sucking on her fingers.
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie | Top: Tobi | Leggings: Old Navy (sold out, but similar) | Shoes: DSW (similar)

Necklace: Hey June | Top: Tobi | Leggings: Target | Shoes: Old Navy
Currently Ruby is taking a nap which seems to be the only time I can get anything done lately. Not that I'm complaining. I love hanging out with her. Sometimes though, I have a list of a million things to do (such as clean my house.. ugh, the constant struggle) & I feel like I never get anything done. Seriously, I think every day when Andrew gets home I tell him, "Well, I was going to get more done today BUT..."

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ruby's Favorite Children's Books


Top: Tobi | Jeans: American Eagle | Teething Necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop (sold out, but found here) |
R's bodysuit: Carters | Pants: Carters (sold out, but found here) | Headband: Boutique | Moccasins: Classic Dot
I love children's books. I've pretty much always had an obsession with them. So when Ruby came along, I already had quite a collection, but I received so many more at baby showers! Every day, I try to make it a habit to read with Ruby (& when I say "with" I mean, she really does "read" along with me!). I'm a big fan of the Read Aloud campaign which believes you should read to your child at least 15 minutes every day. And what do you know, March is Read Aloud Month! So today, Ruby & I decided to share with you our favorite children's books right now.

Side note: These books are board books which are perfect for those eager babies who want to put everything in their mouths! :)

Llama Llama Red Pajama
We've fallen in love with the Llama Llama series. I'm so sad that the author, Anna Dewdney, passed away recently but I hear her final book is going to be released soon. Seriously guys, these books are so fun & catchy, I have a blast reading it with Ruby!

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
I actually starting "singing" this all the time when I was changing Ruby's diaper & she always giggled! Now she loves reading the book & thinks I'm hilarious when I say, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus
Pete the Cat has always been a favorite of mine, so this is a great one for Ruby's age group. It's a little bit of a remake of the classic "Wheels on the Bus." It's definitely a fun one!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
I remember reading this one as a kid! Ruby loves when the caterpillar eats through all of the "junk food" because she can flip through those little flaps easily! Eric Carle is one of my favorite children's book authors. Anything he writes is great.

I've always had this book, but it didn't really get to me like it does now that I'm a mom. When Mama Raccoon kisses Chester's palm of his hand, it melts my heart. Ruby loves it when I kiss her hand too while reading it!

What are you & your kids' favorite children's books?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Five Months With Ruby!

R's dress: Old Navy (sold out but similar HERE) | R's tights: Old Navy (sold out but similar HERE) | R's shoes: Classic Dot | R's 5 months sticker: Sticky Bellies 
Five months already?! I seriously can't believe it. I feel like I just had Ruby a few weeks ago. I know she's still only a few months old, but I'm loving this stage right now. Ruby is pretty chill for the most part-- except recently at restaurants & when she's hungry or sleepy. She is recognizing faces now so she likes to hang around "Mom" &"Dad" more than others sometimes ha! Ruby is also rolling over more & more everyday. She's only rolled from back to tummy in her crib a couple of times, but she rolls almost daily from her tummy to back. Ruby is starting to hold toys in her hands & reach for stuff more. She has a new love for her teething ring & tries to put anything & everything in her mouth.

This past month we started cereal & she eats it like a champ! Although, most of it gets all over her hands & her face! :) She has the habit of sticking her hands in her mouth right after I give her a bite.. It gets everywhere! It's usually easiest just to let her eat only in her diaper so then we can wipe her off or bathe her. She really is doing well with it & we're probably going to introduce veggies & fruits sometime soon!

Ruby LOVES "petting" Murphy! He's super soft so I think she loves that about him. Today she grabbed his paw & was trying to put it in her mouth (ha!), but don't worry guys, I caught her in time. Murph was looking at me like, "Mom, make her stop." He likes her (we think) but he's not so sure about her sometimes & he gets this annoyed look on his face when she cries. It's pretty humorous because it's like he's telling us, "Is there a fee to ship her back? I'll cover it for you guys."

Ruby smiles all the time. She really is a happy baby. She has her moments where she screams & cries, but she's seriously such a joy to have in our lives. I can be having the worst day ever & she'll smile or laugh at me & it's impossible not to light right up. She's the best.

We love you, Ruby June! Happy 5 months of life!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Transition to Motherhood

I'm almost 5 months postpartum & I finally feel like I'm starting to get the hang of things. I'm not completely oblivious to know that tomorrow, "things" may be totally different, but as I'm writing this today, I'd like to think that Ruby & I are starting to get into the groove of mother/daughter-hood.

My undergraduate degree is in Child Development. So basically when I got pregnant last year I thought to myself, "This is what I spent four years in college for. I'm totally prepared for this." Ha! Everything I "thought" I knew about raising a child went out the window at 3:43 PM on October 5, 2016.

I soon realized I had no idea about breastfeeding, diaper rashes, what each cry meant & so much more. I really tried to prepare myself before Ruby came by reading books, taking classes, etc., but after she got here & we came home from the hospital, I had one thing on my mind... SLEEP. Everyone tells you before you have a baby, "You better sleep while you can!" And while I understand what they're trying to say, I still had the mentality that sleep doesn't carry over. Man, I wish it did. (Of course, I'd like to meet the woman out there who has slept amazingly the last few weeks of pregnancy, because I was miserable & even if I wanted to carry over "extra" sleep before having Ruby, I couldn't.)

The first month of Ruby's life was the absolute hardest month of my life so far. I was determined to breastfeed & thought I was doing spectacular until we took Ruby to her first doctor appointment when they told us she had lost more weight than they wanted her to after leaving the hospital. So we went home & stuck to a strict two hour feeding schedule. Convinced that she "felt heavier," two days later we went for a weight check where she had lost a pound. I tried to keep my cool for both of those appointments, but the moment we got in the car, I lost it. It's amazing all of the hormones your body throws at you right after you have a baby! I'm also pretty confident I cried continuously throughout the first month... Fun stuff, those hormones!

So, we continued a strict two hour feeding schedule (& when I say strict, I mean, I was pretty crazy about it) plus we supplemented with some formula each time. Even though I was determined to breastfeed, I was totally okay with supplementing as long as it meant that Ruby was healthy.

And therefore, THAT began the longest month of my life.

Once Ruby finally hit birth weight though, we stopped using formula. I fully understand why people don't breastfeed. I was considering stopping when Ruby just wasn't gaining weight. Andrew said to me multiple times, "Do you want to stop? It's okay to stop." And I'm so grateful that I had a person in my life that told me it was okay to stop. Because it is. But I told myself I was going to keep trying, & I'm proud to say, I stuck with it. There have been so many moments where I'm crying because she won't eat & she's crying because she's mad at me for trying to "make her." It's been a journey to say the least. I know so many women who absolutely love it, & for me personally, there's only been a handful of moments when I'm feeding her & I think, "Okay, this is pretty great." I will say though, how awesome it is that God designed our bodies to be able to feed our babies. It's pretty amazing.

The transition to motherhood hasn't been as easy as I pictured in my mind. Google HAS TO know I'm a new mom because I literally Google everything. Motherhood is something completely new for me. Daughterhood is something completely new for Ruby. It's a daily learning experience. We find out what works like reading books & singing before nap time, & what doesn't work like trying to give her a bath without Andrew here (let's just say we were both in tears the other night).

I have my moments, Ruby has hers. Some days I get things accomplished, other days I'm lucky if I brush my teeth. Okay, just kidding, I always have to brush my teeth. Having a kid changes everything. Your marriage changes. Your friendships change. Your hobbies change. Your free time changes. YOU change. But I'm starting to learn how to adapt to these changes.

The bottom line is this: I absolutely love being a mom. I tell Andrew all the time that I feel like I was made for this. It's really, really hard work (like I think I should be getting paid more ha!) but for today, at this moment in time, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Four Months with Ruby!


I'm such a bad blogger... I totally skipped my "3 months with Ruby" post & I covered up her 2 month post with a "life lately" one. *sigh* Such is life with a baby I suppose. I'm currently writing this while we're doing tummy time... If that's not multitasking, I don't know what is! 

So in case you didn't know, I'm absolutely obsessed with my daughter. She's the coolest. Don't get me wrong, being a mom is super hard sometimes, but it's definitely worth it. Ruby rolled over for the first time last week & Andrew & I freaked out (here's the video on Instagram in case you missed it)! She's been so close to rolling for a while now & I've been ready to catch it on video. When she did it for the first time though, it was like she did it in slow motion which gave me enough time to make sure I caught it (because I almost missed it!). 

Ruby is a drooling machine these days. She loves sucking on her fingers which is usually how she puts herself to sleep now. When we do use the pacifier, it usually just consists of her chewing on it ha. We went to her pediatrician for her 4 month checkup on Monday & she did great! Ruby is in the 50th percentile in everything.. height, weight & head! Her doctor went ahead & gave me all of the info on baby food-- not sure how I feel about my baby growing up so fast! We haven't tried any rice cereal yet, but maybe soon we'll see how it goes. 

Ruby loves music, reading, smiling, being held (especially by her Daddy) & staring at Murphy. She also is starting to do better with bath time finally! She hasn't screamed in a couple of weeks so that's an improvement ha! Ruby really is such a joy. I love watching her grow & learn. 


We love you, Ruby June! Happy 4 months of being on this earth!

And here is her 3 month picture since I missed posting it! :)


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Basic Invite!


This is a sponsored post by Basic Invite. All opinions are my own.

Call me "old fashion" but I love sending cards. I also love receiving them. Over the years, I've sent my fair share of cards... high school graduation announcements, wedding save the dates, wedding invitations, college graduation announcements, Christmas photo cards & now birth announcements.

Pretty much every major life event, I've always sent a card. It's a way to personally keep in touch with someone you see on a regular basis or someone you haven't seen in years. So I instantly fell in love with Basic Invite. Basic Invite creates the perfect invitations, announcements & photo cards for any occasion instantly. One of my favorite things about them is they have almost unlimited colors! When I was getting married, I had the perfect lilac/lavender/light purple color in my head that I wanted, but it was so hard to find. I had to take around my color swatch everywhere I went. But at Basic Invite, they have practically any color you can think of!


Not only that, but they have over 40 different colors of envelopes that make your invitation stand out before it's even opened. And the BEST thing about Basic Invite's envelopes is that they peel & seal securely & QUICKLY! That means no licking, glueing or "wash clothing" (let's be real, we've all done it!) the envelopes.


And if you're a perfectionist like me, Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation, announcement or photo card so you can see how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order! Can't get any better than that, right? So for all you high school & college seniors who are thinking about how you need to start picking out graduation announcements for this spring, there's no better option than Basic Invite!


One of my favorite details on cards right now is the foil stamped option which Basic Invite has a huge variety of. You can even get the foil on business cards & personal stationary! Basic Invite has so much to offer & I genuinely think they have so many choices for any occasion. Right now on their website, they're even offering 15% off everything using the code 15FF51!

So next time you're needing an invitation, announcement or any other card in between, check out my new favorite company, Basic Invite! :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year + Life Lately!

Where has the time gone? Here I am again, slacking in the blogging world.. Wishing I was writing more. Most mamas out there know that time is tough. I feel like I'm constantly feeding, changing, soothing or playing with Ruby. In my "free time" I try to get caught up on the housework that is clearly falling behind as one could tell by looking at the pile of dishes in my sink or the clean laundry that I need to fold & put away. But I read this great article last night & told myself that it's okay that all of that stuff is just sitting there, because time with Ruby is short & I'm going to enjoy her little coos & giggles while I can. Even right now when I felt like I had a minute to write, I can hear her in her crib "talking" & it makes me want to go in there & swoop her up.

So since it's been forever since I've blogged, I figured I'd play "catch up" with you all!

Ruby turned two months old on December 5th. Tomorrow she'll be 3 months old.. SO crazy!


She's enjoying learning how to sit up & she rarely likes to be held like a baby anymore (which makes this mama just a little sad).


She also enjoyed her first Oklahoma snow which consisted of some flakes that didn't stick to the ground at all, but that's ok!


On December 18th, we dedicated Ruby to the Lord. We are so thankful that God entrusted us to be her parents & we are eagerly praying for the day that she realizes she's a sinner in need of a perfect Savior & trusts in Jesus Christ who is the only One who can do that. We're praying that we will show Ruby the love of Christ & raise her in a stable, Christian home!


Ruby had a great first Christmas! She even attempted (with the help of Mommy & Daddy) to open her own presents. Maybe next year she'll do it all by herself!


She's starting to learn how to hold stuff! She especially likes her rattle that we gave her for Christmas!


And then I just had to end on this stinking adorable picture of Ruby & Murphy today because who doesn't love pictures of babies & dogs?! I think they're going to be best friends!


Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful 2017 & keep following this little blog of mine! :)

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