Sunday, April 26, 2015


Because what better way to bring to a close this chapter of our life, without Baby B, than to stretch out on a towel in the sun, sprinkled with sand & salt water, listening to the crash of waves, dreaming of what is to come... Our new little roomie moves in, in approximately 5 weeks, so we spent our last vacation, known just as A & J, with our dear Sherwoods on the dreamy beaches of Watercolor, Florida.  Whether it's days on the beach, washer tournaments, grilling out, playing games, or falling asleep on the couch watching golf, we never cease to have a blast with these two and we always leave craving more time with them.  Looking forward to many more vacations and adventures with Sherwood and Mere but until then, we'll reminisce on this one... :)

"You called me out upon the waters, the great unknown, my feet may fail. 
And there I find you in the mystery, in oceans deep, my faith will stand."
-Oceans, Bethel 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Southern Love

Is a real, live, human baby going to be living in our house in perhaps 6 weeks?!  It all seems so surreal, then you start getting things like bumbo seats and pacifiers and saying things like "oh I heard Tommy Tippy is a good brand" and then reality starts to sink in!  The anticipation of real live Baby B became even more exciting when my precious and talented sister-in-law, Jenna, along with my sweet cousins, Aunt J, Joanna, Reci and several other life long friends gave me a beautiful baby shower in Fort Worth that could not have been more lovely and perfect.  Bringing home an abundance of unknown baby supplies stirred up excitement, a little fear of the unknown, but mostly just feelings of love and readiness for Baby B to get here!

Several days leading up to the shower, I got to spend some time in Dallas and Fort Worth with family and friends and got filled up with some much needed Southern Love!
Spent a few days playing in sunny Dallas with Joanna, Reci and her 4 adorable girls
Celebrated Mar's birthday with this beautiful group of girls :) 
Mama Becky, Ellen, Mere and Ezra came to Fort Worth for the shower!

And baby shower time! 

It's hard to believe you can have so much love for someone you haven't even met yet but that's the way I feel about Baby B...
"Life sneaks up on us every once and a while and lights within us a love we didn't even know existed."
-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines 


Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 beginnings

2015 began with an epic Grand Budapest Hotel themed New Years party in Chi!  This was my 4th NYE in a row spent with this beautiful best Rebecca Win

Life is good when we're with Larry & Rebecca

A & I made a little video of the night (photo booth backdrop built by A himself ;) )

Road tripped to Kansas City to visit dear friends that I had not seen in over a year! I love and miss them even if they are all Jayhawks ;) 
The Filling Station, fav coffee shop in KC
KC, Northwestern Mutual co-workers and dear friends 

Moved the study to the living room and started transforming the study into a nursery! 
There is a crib in this house...whoa, this is becoming real. 

Many snowy, icy days that I am happy to leave behind...

Shoes for the Shoeless with house church peeps. Love this organization. 
Precious family from Rwanda moved to Dayton, Ohio!

Nights of worship
Nights at Apex where we just worship and pray for a few hours.
Playing and singing with this band has been one the BEST parts
of living in Dayton. 

Dr. A works SO hard and he's becoming an incredible surgeon! 
I started working at Evereve (formerly Hot Mama) in November and
it has been a blessing and a joy in my life, not to mention it's so much fun!! 

Lots of Bump Pics goin on! 

Doing life in Dayton with the most wonderful friends... 

...more words to be written and more pictures to be taken so we will remember the blessings and gifts of each season of our lives.