Thirty found me fresh with grief, arms full with a new baby and an attached two year old, being passed the torch of a ministry with big shoes to fill and even bigger expectations of how much I could handle. It was a hard year. Thirty-one found me sandwiched between a family wedding and my women’s retreat directorial debut, a little overweight and a lot unhappy, searching for myself and unsure of a lot of things. It was a hard year. Today I turn thirty-two. And the winds are … [Read more...]

His Batman Beard

Yesterday was Buddy's 4th birthday. Since we already had his Fireman Party, we just had a simple but fun day together as a family.The night before, after the boys had went to bed, I decorated our dining area and made Buddy a felt birthday crown.When he woke up, he put on his crown and begged to open his presents, so we let him do that first.I tried to get a cute picture of him in his crown, and then realized the balloon string was in the way.Here's what I got when I asked him to smile for … [Read more...]


My little Buddy is four today. I know I am supposed to say that I can't believe he is four already, but I can. He acts like he is four and it feels like he's been with us forever. As hard as it is for a mama to watch her baby grow up so big that she can hardly hold him (oh but I still do), I LOVE this stage of life with him!He is so incredibly creative. "Mom, an idea just flew into my head!"He loves to dress himself. I would say his style is eclectic. :)His preferred home attire consists of … [Read more...]

Fireman Birthday Party {Part 2}

After having lunch, cake, and opening presents at our house (see Part 1), we all headed to the local fire station for a tour. I don't know if every city does this, but our local fire stations give free educational tours, complete with hats and goodies at the end. You simply just call and make a reservation.When we arrived at the fire station, the firemen first showed us the fire trucks.They even allowed the kids to walk through the main cab area. They loved this part!After we looked at the … [Read more...]

Fireman Birthday Party {Part 1}

On Saturday, we had a fireman themed birthday party for both Buddy (4) and Little Man (2). Their birthdays are only a few weeks apart and since they both love fireman, we decided to just have one big party and invite everybody! We started out at our house with lunch, cake, and gifts before heading out for a tour of the local fire station. To keep this post from being entirely too long, I will divide it into two separate ones. So here are some of the pictures from the first half of the … [Read more...]


Yesterday was Little Man's 2nd birthday. We are planning a joint birthday party for Little Man and Buddy in a couple of weeks, because Buddy's birthday is in March, and they both like the same things and have the same friends. So yesterday, we just kept it simple and sweet. While Little Man napped on Wednesday, Buddy painted him some pictures and found some small toys out of the playroom to give Little Man as gifts. Then he went and got some white printer paper and wrapped the gifts for his … [Read more...]


This is starting to feel like a while ago...But this seriously feels like yesterday!Where has the year gone and where is my baby?He's the big TWO today. (But he'll always be my baby as far as I'm concerned.)This little guy brings so much energy, silliness, zeal, sweetness, and joy to our family. Just as I thought I had this mothering thing down, he came along and challenged me in new ways. But I think after two years, I almost have him figured out.He prefers tickles and wrestling to snuggles and … [Read more...]


Today is my 31st birthday. No big post of personal goals for me today, even though I am always assessing my life, making changes and setting goals behind the scenes. It's just the type of person I am.   Today I just want to take a quick moment to share my heart.    I'm not going to lie. This past year wasn't an easy year for me. But a few months ago (after some evaluating, making changes and setting goals), I got myself back into gear and I am feeling much better. I am … [Read more...]

Wii Bowling Birthday Bash

Monday was my husband's 30th birthday. I wanted to throw him a fun party, but struggled with a theme.  The only ideas I saw online were sports, gambling or drinking themed parties. He is not into any of those things, so those options were out. Also, he already did an 80's party for my 30th last year. He's a techie sort of a guy, but I already did an iPhone themed party last year. Finally, I saw this party on Hostess with the Mostess, and I knew I had my theme. It was easy and fun to decorate. … [Read more...]

DIY Teepee

Okay, so this is the last post about Buddy's birthday. Then I can move on to other fun things. But birthdays are so the most fun!   I have been wanting to make Buddy some type of playhouse or tent for a while. My original idea was to make a felt playhouse, but then I got sick and lost an entire week so I didn't have as much time as originally planned. I have had my eye on this teepee tutorial for a while, and decided to go with that instead. I'm glad I did because the boys really love … [Read more...]