Vann Turns 6!
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Our boy turned 6 today and this weekend we celebrated him with friends and family. Currently he is loving Minecraft, so the birthday theme was full of green, blocks of land, and some TNT!

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Ryan made the cake! He was ready to give up a couple of times, but he couldn’t let Vann down! It turned out great and it was the cake of our 6 year old’s dreams!

I loved that so many people have shared their parties making this party super easy! Thank God for Pinterest!

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He hit the jackpot with lots of fun presents that will keep him engaged! Thank you to each of you who came, celebrated with the birthday boy, and cooled off in the pool!

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Our 3 year old girl

My sweet baby turned 3. And with it came a lot more personality. She loves her baby dolls, loves all things unicorn, mermaid, and princesses. She loves playing with her brother and friends. I love how she recently started saying “I love you” at the most random times making my heart skip a beat. She has a southern twang to her voice and it cracks me up. Her brother’s one syllable name is broken into three when she says it. She doesn’t care for too much attention her way and gets a serious face when it happens (as shown in her birthday photos). She loves big and we love her!

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Halloween Costumes 2018

Goodness it’s been a hot minute, but I was on Pinterest looking for this year’s Halloween costumes and remembered I didn’t share from last year! So, I thought now is as good a time as any, right?

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My son really wanted to be a werewolf, but I wasn’t ready for the scary mask. After some digging Target had one that wasn’t too grown and wasn’t too young. And I thought, this may be our last year of matching costumes so why not make our girl Little Red Riding Hood. And Oh My Stars…they looked amazing!

Here are some photos from Halloween!

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Little Red Riding Hood - Shrimp + Grits dress and coat, white tights from Target, and shoes are Chuys brand.

Wolf - mask and paws (cut off of a top they were sewn to) from Target, material from Hobby Lobby safety pinned to his Cat & Jack thermal, and sweatpants from Target.

Summertime : Memories from Childhood
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Do you spy that little white house tucked away between the rolling hills of north Ga? It sure does hold a sweet place in my heart. It’s the house we would visit to spend time with my grandma in the summers.


One vivid memory I recall is being about 9 years old and the floor creaking when I got up from nap. All of the other kiddos were asleep after playing in the creek and breathing in the mountain air. I snuck to the kitchen and met Grandma to make some cookies. It was just us in the kitchen, whispering, mixing the sugar, egg, and chocolate chips, and placing them in the oven.


These are the memories I want my children to have: time to play in the rain, get dirty, try something new, pick blueberries. Be kids. So I’m welcoming summer and embracing my inner-child to make summer memories the best they can be.


It’s supposed to rain a lot here in the next couple of days! Here’s to running through puddles with my babes!


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Dear Child, I Just Need a Second

Every mama knows sometimes we are the ones who need the timeout. Time to think, catch our breath, regain our composure, heck just to pee. Today, when the kiddos were occupied I ran to my closet to reset. As soon as I shut the door, a little fist started knocking. "Mommy, I come in! I open the door!" And this is what I wanted to say. 

Dear Child, 

I love you so very much. With all of my being. I literally feel like my heart is walking around outside my body. My days and even nights are spent watching over you, keeping you safe, celebrating you, disciplining you, planning the next steps, feeding you, taking care of your booboos and heartbreaks, and so much more. It is a great work, an honor, and tough stuff to be your mother. 

So, right now as I am sitting in my closet floor taking a quick timeout and focusing on the remainder of our time today and the memory I would like this day to hold. I listen to your tiny voice. You won't be little like this forever. I hear your little hands twisting the knob. I hear your babydoll's bottle rattling at the door. 

One day, you may have children of your own and you will see this part of life. It is a hard and glorious. It is a sacrifice and a gift. It is messy and it is a masterpiece. I pray when you take this quiet time one day you reflect on your life and know God made you for your babies. God gave them you. As mommies, we aren't perfect. Our patience gets thin, our voice can get loud, we don't do everything the way we want to, we may not cook the best meals, or have the pretties house. He gave you them. Our children aren't perfect. They spill, they make mistakes, they color on walls, they push, and they can scream. And that's ok. That is life. Life is messy. Just do one thing. Depend on God. Let Him work through you in this time. You'll realize you can't do it all without leaning on Him. And when you are sitting still and the world remains a crazy reality around you let Him give you a hug filled with grace, encouragement, and go share that with your babies. 

And this little timeout gave me life to open the door, be present, and love!

I love you. And I always will. 

Mom

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