Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rivers til I reach you.

As I write this, it is two days until Christmas. I'm finishing up making a homemade gift for PK, wrapping gifts for our family, and cleaning odds and ends of our home before we leave for my parents' for a couple of days. As I sit here, I can't help but think of our sweet baby Elston who would have been a month old today. 

The sadness is less these days, but sometimes it hits me like a ton of bricks. And today it did just that. My heart is still so sad and still longs to hold him, to know him, and for him to be physically here, getting ready to visit his Grandma and Pop. 

I listened to the playlist I made with songs that remind me of Elston. It's an interesting playlist with some songs a person wouldn't normally pick out as ones that remind them of their baby who has passed away. But I do believe they are about love that was lost, and in that regard, it makes sense why I picked them, and why they are so special to me. 

There is this one by a band The Head and The Heart called Rivers and Roads. It perfectly hit that soft spot and I wanted to share it with you. It's so beautiful and raw and waily. 
Oh, my sweet baby, I miss you so much, my heart physically hurts. I wonder often about you. 
You would have been one month old, you know. Would you have looked like your dad? Me? I wonder if you would still be a tiny little nugget or a baby with those squishy thighs that roll like hills. 
You mom misses you still. And always. 
Thank you Jesus for your love for our baby. It is greater than the best love I could give.

Rivers and Roads
Rivers and Roads
Rivers til I reach you...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas pins.

True confessions, I've been pinning like a mad woman this holiday season on Pinterest.
Double true confessions, when do I not pin like a mad woman?
 I try not to over-pin in one sitting so I can give everyone's Pinterest feed a little break, but it's just been so tough! From, wintery outdoor scenes to snuggly outfits to gift wrapping for Christmas, it's all so cute and quite frankly, I'm not stopping until we arrive at my parents' house with no internet. That's right, no internet. It'll probably be refreshing. 

On eve of the eve of Christmas I thought it would be fun to share some of the pins that have inspired me over this holiday season. May you bask in their beauty and be inspired too! 
The marquee letters kill me. I'd keep that on my truck all year. The Christmas lights too! Head over this-a-way to see more lovely photos such as this one. 
How does this picture not make you want to move to the beautiful country for just one second? 
And then wrap up with a piping hot cup of coffee in the prettiest blanket you've ever seen.
This outfit. Sign.Me.Up. From The Day Book blog. 

My dream NYE outfit. You can find it over here.
I've been a little obsessed with wrapping gifts with accents of nature. 
Go over to where I found this picture & you'll fall in love even more.
Next year this is happening in our home. It's an advent calendar. It is all sorts of lovely and brilliant. 
It has been a joy to discover this little passion I have for hand-lettering. I was listening to "Emmanuel" by Hillsong and was moved by the words and truth about God in the song. This picture is one of my little creations. May it remind you today that He makes all things new. Jesus is the reason we celebrate this holiday. Remembering that He came to us, here on earth, our Savior. Hallelujah.

What are some fun, inspiring, wintery pins you are pinning these days? 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stitch Fix #2

Stitch Fix team, you did it again! 
I felt like a kid on Christmas when the delivery man came to my door. It was perfect timing, really since Christmas is just around the corner. I may or may not have planned it that way. Just working on being a  woman of strategy. Why not start with my Stitch Fix orders?! ;)

Alright friends, here's where I need your help, as always. I've got some incredible items, but would love your opinion on what stays and what goes. 

First up, the Elina Zig-Zag Woven Coat.
You guys, I literally gasped when I saw this coat sitting in the box. 
Take a look at these Emer Cropped Trouser pants as well, because they are part of my Fix. 
They are like fancy leggings and are super comfy!
When we were taking these pictures, a lady on a Hover Round yelled out, "You're takin' her picture by a garbage can?!" and proceeded to judgmentally cackle as she drove away. I don't think she knows good texture when she sees it. AND if there is going to be a huge garbage can outside our house for months, I might as well take advantage of it, ay? 

 Next up is the Rafella Geo Print Tie-Neck Blouse. 
Say that five times fast. 

 Oh, I love your pop of color you Julia Drawstring Button Up Jacket of goodness. 
Not to mention, it matched my lipstick. 
Arms are a bit long, but I still think it's workable.

Do you like how we utilized the construction site right next door? 

Last, but definitely not least, get-a-load-a the necklace in this Fix!
Sooooo pretty!!

So, there ya have it, folks. This fix did not disappoint, that's for sure. 

As always, super special thanks to the best photog out there, my hubby. It was nas-tee outside and he braved the weather and rain. And Cameron, my stylist, you know what you're doin' sister. Loved what you chose for me and I thank you so much! 

So, friends, whaddya think?! Lemme know! 
P.S. Interested in getting a Stitch Fix of your own? Find out more here!
P.S.S. If you haven't checked out my first Fix, check it out here. That one was super fun as well! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The perfect tree.

To find the perfect tree. 
It takes perseverance. A bit of pickiness. No, pickiness isn't the word. I'd say a good, high standard. 
And a mutual agreement. 
Do you go with a Fir? A Pine? A Spruce? 
According to this guy, if it ain't Frasier Fir, it ain't Christmas tree. 

Christmas goodness inside the shop over at the Garden of Gethsemane. Yes, that's what it's called. 
Mistletoe AND and an ornament in ONE! Sounds like a makeout sesh to me.
Looks like the camera loved the trees more than it loved us in this pic. 

Alas, after about 10 minutes, because it was so seriously cold outside, we agreed upon the most wonderful Frasier Fir we've ever laid eyed on. She's glorious, really. I'm not trying to hate on our one from last year, but she just wasn't a good fit. After we came back from Christmas with the fam, she was on the floor and she broke some vintage looking ornaments. Curses. 
Here she is like mackerel in a fisherman's net. 
The old, trusty Buick Century. I'll miss that car when he's gone. 
{I think I've personified every inanimate object I could on the blog today.}
Here she is, our little beacon of light. 
Oooooh I'd just pinch her cheeks if she had them! I just love her! 
I brag on her even more on my Instagram feed. So head on over there to see how she decorates more than that little corner of the house! 

So, to wrap this up, lemme see here. 
Perseverance...check. A good, high standard...check. A mutual agreement...check.

I'm in love. And sometimes I even keep the lights on all day when I'm home, even when it's bright and sunny out. You know what they say...it's better to show up overdressed than underdressed. 
And dressed perfectly she is! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Oh darling, you are lovely.

Just a reminder for you today that you are oh so lovely.
You are adored by your Creator more than you can fathom. 
He created you, He created me, exactly how He wanted. In His image. 
He made no mistake. 
Our eyes.
Our hands.
Our legs
Our smiles.
Our bodies.
Our personalities.
Our strengths and weaknesses. 

All made to reflect the One who loves us more than words can say. 
All made to glorify the One who holds us closer than any earthly being ever can. 
We reflect His beauty. 
So let us take this weekend filled with Christmas parties, time with friends, double dates, and family functions to do just that.  Give the world what it needs. A little more beauty. A little more you. 

I pray that we can walk out of the door more confident this weekend knowing who we are. 
Incredibly loved. Beautifully made. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend: Last round!

I thought it was about time to give you the last and final round of our fun lil Thanksgiving weekend.
It has become tradition where we stay out just about all day and do some Chicago Black Friday shopping. We go hard, we persevere, and we find sales. My mother-in-law is the best at it. I've learned a few tricks from her over the years. Here are some pics of us and our adventures:
Here's the gang waiting for the El. 
Jen was perhaps doing some pre-Christmas caroling and Bryan was smiling with his eyes.
We always take a trip to Macy's 
Here's Mimi (my mama-in-law) in her element. 
I love this city.
We did some touristy things too.
Here we are as Mr. Kringle and the Mrs. 
A bit blurry, but whatevz. It's a beautiful tall Christmas tree. 
Thank you Starbucks for the recharge. We ended the day with going to see Catching Fire. SO GOOD!

What a fun weekend! 
Thanks to our family for making the trek to the windy city. We love you all so much!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend: Round Two!

Turkey Day 5k was a huge success. 
We had fun, got some exercise, and went back home to even out all the calories we burned. 
First things first: Mimosas. It's what we do. 
Mmmmm. Homemade pumpkin doughnut holes. And a creepy reflection of my face.
Sis-in-law "resting her eyes" as my mom calls it.

The morning consisted of lounging around watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and football. 
In other words....'Merica. The day went by slow which was just how I wanted it to be. 
Relaxing, cozy and comfy. 
If you know me, you know I take at least one picture a day of our dining room table and put it on Instagram. It seems like it anyway. 
We received these lovely napkins for our wedding and I LOVE them. 
Clean, classic, and who doesn't love a good monogram?
After setting the table and taking a moment to Instagram, we got to work! PK is the pie maker every Thanksgiving. This year he made an amazing open-faced apple pie and a delish pumpkin pie. Homemade crust and everything. This was the best crust yet!
Turkey is brined, cooked and ready to eat! Here's my man with this nice apron that is supposed to go around the waist. Made by my talented friend, Andrea. 
Eat up, kiddies! 

Some of our sweetest friends, Jamie and Kinzi came for dinner. Aren't they so cute?!
Kinzi made some INCREDIBLE truffles for us to eat. You can find the recipe here. They are by far one of the best desserts I've had. And they make me feel fancy. And I hear they are super easy to whip up.
Speaking of cute, get a load of their cute lil son, Tripp! I love this baby so much! 
Turkey butt.
Thanking the Lord for such a sweet day, family and the sweetest of friends. 
We had a lot of fun, ate a lot of food, and I am grateful for it all.