On 4 Years of Marriage

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On January 20th, Ryan and I hit the 4 year mark of marriage. Even though this isn’t one of the big anniversaries, it feels pretty big to me! I can remember, as a kid, hearing of people celebrating 3 years of marriage. My juvenile mind thought that was the longest time! It felt like it would take forever for that to be me!

Well, now that we’ve passed the big 3 (and let me tell you, that went a whole lot faster than I thought it would!) and made it all the way to 4 (young me is like “whooaa”), I can honestly say marriage was much different than I imagined it would be. Read more

Vivian’s First Birthday Party – Winter ONEderland

First Birthday Cake Smash

Vivian will be one this Wednesday! Wait, what?! Did I say that right? Yep! ONE!

I can’t even believe how fast this year went! It feels like it was just yesterday that I was walking around with a massive tummy hoping she would arrive early. Finally, 3 days overdo, she made her grand entrance! And, let me tell you, it was grand! I will share more about her birth story this week because it is a good one!

Since her actual birthday is in the middle of the week and so close to Christmas, we decided to celebrate a little early! On Saturday, when the weather was in the 60s, we made our very own Winter ONEderland in our home to celebrate our sweet, winter one year old! Even though it didn’t feel much like winter, it was so much fun hanging snowflakes and filling up on homemade hot chocolate. Yum!

I am not much of a decorator but I was thrilled with how this party turned out! I found some ideas on Pinterest and then made them my own. Here are some photos of Vivian’s special day! Read more

Thanksgiving Traditions

Holiday Table

I absolutely love the holidays. Particularly, Thanksgiving and Christmas (well, duh!). Every few years, my birthday lands on Thanksgiving so, naturally, Thanksgiving was always my favorite. Now, it’s a toss up. I love the building excitement for Christmas before Thanksgiving and the freedom to finally let loose the day after! I haven’t decorated yet, even though lots of people have, but I am not-so-secretly listening to Christmas music already. Hey, when it starts playing on the radio, I’m good to go! And thankfully it starts right at the beginning of November here!

One thing I love about holidays are the yearly traditions. You would think they would feel old or boring as the years went on. Instead, the anticipation builds each year to finally get to do the festive things we love so much! I also love making new traditions each year with my family! Read more

A Little Bit of Life Lately: Crazy Cousins

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This weekend was an eventful one! Ryan is now officially “installed” as the Lead Pastor at Grace Baptist Church! I had never been to one of these services so I didn’t know what to expect. But it ended up being a sweet time with family, friends, and lots of people that really care about us. It is crazy how much love we feel on days like Sunday. God knew what He was doing when He made it clear that Christians should be together, fellowshipping, and building each other up in love. Read more

It’s the Little Things: Autumn Leaves

Throwing Leaves in the Air - Sweetly Tattered - Autumn Leaves

It’s November! Now, where in the world did all that time go?! I love the Autumn season but it seems to fly by way too fast! And this whole daylight savings thing? That is one thing I definitely didn’t miss in Arizona. We are surviving but I still don’t like it!

Life has been very calm and Fall-like lately. The girls and I have spent lots of mornings snuggling on the couch, eating apples from the tree in our front yard, and taking trips to the library for story time. I have a feeling the snuggles on the couch are going to become the norm around here as the weather gets cooler! I’m more than okay with that, of course. Read more

How God got a hold of my heart…again

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I have been a bit more quiet this week. We went on a 3 day trip for a pastor’s conference so we were able to stay in a hotel, swim in a pool, and hear some encouraging messages. I really needed that trip. It was good for my soul.

Yesterday was a great day. I woke up before the sun and worked out. It was tough but I love the energy I feel after a morning workout! My day always ends up much more productive! I spent the rest of the morning getting ready, doing a few things around the house, and simply enjoying my sweet daughters. We laughed so much together! Another good thing for my soul!

After eating lunch with my husband, putting the girls in bed for naps, and doing the dishes, I had another much needed, good-for-the-soul moment that I would love to share with you. Read more

It’s the Little Things: Apple Picking

Apple Picking - Sweetly Tattered

We have the cutest, little apple tree in our front yard. Juicy, delicious apples hang from the branches. From the first day we arrived, Myra has been thrilled about her apple tree! Not only is it just her size, but she can also see it out the window when she sits at the dining room table. On a daily basis, she asks if we can see the apples. At first, we went out a few times when snack time rolled around, but then I kind of forgot about it. So today, when Myra announced that she wanted to pick apples, I figured it would be a fun treat for the two of us. We put Vivian down for a nap, put on our coats, grabbed a basket, and went apple picking in our very own front yard. I loved every excited expression as she reached for the apples. She learned quickly which ones were yucky and not good to eat. We even saw a ladybug! Needless to say, it was a sweet, simple time together. Here are some more pictures of our little apple picking adventure. It’s the little things, right? Read more

Local Living: Jason’s Pumpkin Patch

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Fall is such a special time of year. It’s almost as if the weather and traditions of the season are saying, “Don’t be sad that summer is over. You got me now!” This season surely makes the end of summer seem not so bad after-all. At first, when my Instagram feed started filling up with sweaters and colored leaves, I didn’t feel ready. But now, Autumn is in full swing and I’m looking forward to apple cider, cozy socks, and pumpkins!

Now that Myra is older and starting to enjoy more activities, I figured a pumpkin patch would be fun. I could picture Myra and Vivian ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the pumpkins and having a good time exploring nature. I asked Ryan if he could find a place to go. He googled it and, within the hour, we were headed to Jason’s Pumpkin Patch! Read more

Handmade Teepee + Link to the Tutorial

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One of the great things about our new home is that we have an open, spare room right off of the kitchen. It is almost like a second living room. But, since we only have one TV and just the right amount of furniture for one living room, the obvious thing to do was make it into a playroom! We have made bedrooms into playrooms in past homes but, since Vivian was born, we have had to cram all of our toys in our living room. For us, it ended up being a constant mess of toys that made our house seem consistently out-of-order. So, I was thrilled to have this super convenient space for my kids to call their own! Read more