sunshine & smiles

Brynlee's Journey Pierre Robin

Brynlee had a great week last week.  It was by far our best week yet.  I did not find myself crying in the floor- not even once.  She turned 11 weeks old on Saturday, the 22nd.  The previous Sunday, the 16th, we took her to church for the first time.  My parents even joined us!  […]

Bryson is FIVE! {A Small & Simple Toy Story Birthday}

Bryson 5

Okay, so he’s been five for over a month now.  Even so, I still want to record the memory of his fifth birthday here on the blog.  I remember when he was born how age 5 sounded so old, so far away- and now, here we are.  5 is such a big age- a year […]

when you don’t want to look back and you can’t look ahead

Brynlee Pierre Robin

When you don’t want to look back because it hurts too much.   And you don’t want to look forward because you know it’s going to be hard.   That’s where I’m at as of 11:24PM on New Years Eve.   And anything I say just makes me sound like Debbie Downer.   At the […]

Glow Stick Party – Family Fun

Glow Stick party

Last week, the kids and I were sitting at the dining room table playing with a fresh batch of homemade play dough when out of no where, Bryson asks if we can have a glow stick party later that night.  Unsure of exactly what a “glow stick party” consisted of, I agreed anyways because we […]

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday // #WW

Kids Fourwheeler Oct 2013

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year for photos.  The colors are magnificent and the air has a slight chill.  The yellow, orange, red, and green of the changing leaves make for the most beautiful backgrounds so you’ll find me outside most days, camera in hand, capturing the kids as they play. I bought […]

Halloween Over the Years

Halloween 2012

With Halloween coming up, this look back is inspired by Mr. Costumes.  This year will be our fifth Halloween as parents. How did that happen!? I thought it would be fun to reflect back over the last 5 years of costumes and candy.  Our family has grown from one little chicken that first Halloween back […]

Ober Gatlinburg – Smoky Mountain Family Travel

Ober Gatlinburg Wildlife Exhibit

We received complimentary tickets to Ober Gatlinburg Resort & Amusement Park.  All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always. On the final day of our Smoky Mountain family vacation, we headed to Ober Gatlinburg.  I’ve visited the Great Smoky Mountains around ten times, but never made it up the mountain to Ober Gatlinburg, so […]

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday

Children's Place Outfit

The nights are becoming too cool for shorts, but all of her jeans are too long.  I always had the problem and could only wear “short” jeans.  Since they don’t make a “short” style for two year olds, I am lovin’ these little jeggings from The Children’s Place.  I buy the majority of their clothes […]

Library Story Time: Fire Prevention Week

Fire Truck Fire Prevention Week

I enrolled Bryson and Bella in story time at our local library and this week was their (mostly his) favorite week yet.  To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, a local fire department came out to talk to the kids, show them their equipment and trucks, and give them little goody bags.  Our morning didn’t get off […]

Hands, Feet, & Servants of Christ

The Bread of Life Soup Kitchen - Oak Grove Baptist Church

We started searching for a church earlier this year and soon found the church that we now call home.  Justin was saved our second Sunday there and a few weeks later, he was baptized (the same week we found our we were expecting Brynlee) and our family joined the church.  Since then, we’ve loved learning […]