• lilly bug •

oh, our sweet lilly bug.

Tuesday night as Harper went to bed she prayed that God would take Lilly to heaven.
About two hours after that sweet, heartfelt prayer, God did just that!

Our sweet Lilly hadn't eaten since Friday.  She was week.  Her breathing was sporadic.  She was coughing.  We knew the end was near... but we were talking about making the decision to put her to sleep.

I sat beside her on Tuesday, stroking her nose - right between her eyes, her favorite, telling her it was ok.  Telling her what an amazing dog she was.  And again telling her it was ok... that I was so sorry!  Tears were pouring from my eyes.  Not the kind that trickle down your face... these were literally hitting the ground with a splat.  It was so hard to see her in pain.


• ears •

So for quite some time, Harper has wanted to get her ears pierced. 
Earlier in the month we were at the mall and she thought she wanted to do it then... thankfully, there was another little girl getting her ears pierced so we made her watch.  She chickened out. 

But this past weekend... we were back at the mall and again she said she wanted to get her ears pierced.  So there we were.  We picked out her earrings.  She was so nervous!  She insisted that I hold her hand, which I adored!

She was so brave.  The first one pierced.  Then she FREAKED out!  She didn't want to get the second ear done.  But, again, so brave... wiped away her tears and just did it!

• you are w a n t e d •

recently a friend shared with me how she had been in a season of feeling left out.  uninvited. unwanted.  not enough.

it hit me like a slap in the face.  our women's leadership team has been reading the book "nothing to prove" by Jennie Allen, and this is basically what the book is about. 

don't we all go through those seasons? ...


anniversary getaway

we debated for so long on what to do for our anniversary weekend this year!

go away? stay local? kids? no kids? ....


• 7 y e a r s •

&just like that.

a few homes, a couple states, two pregnancy losses, & two precious girls later... here we are, getting ready to celebrate 7 years as husband and wife!  in just four short days, we will celebrate our anniversary!

there are so many marriage cliches that I could fill this page with...
but when it comes right down to it, really it can be summed up in just two sentences:


• harper grace, preK-3 •

I remembered the night before that I hadn't bought a
chalkboard to use for her first day of school sign.... so
a black piece of construction paper and crayons did the trick!

Just a little excited!

Showing off her sequin-girly star wars backpack!

Sister wanted in a picture with her ♥

We are so blessed that Rob has a job that not only provides for us, but allows
him to not miss the important things...

Daddy and his girls!

Her cubby!

of course we got ice cream after!

This!  You guys!   I drew a heart on each of our hands,
including baby sister's... so Harper could look at her heart
and know that we were thinking of her while she was at
school.  THEN.  THIS!  This was their lesson/project!  Now,
how cool is that?!


Hello September!... a look back at August.

It's been awhile since I've done a "what we've been up to" post!  

I am INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for my little family and our day to day life together!