Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy the sunshine! 

Memorial Day Chic

This Friday I am linking up with Friday's Fancies to show off my dream Memorial Day outfit! I am planning on having a relaxing weekend filled with spending time by the water with my husband and little girl! This outfit would be perfect for a fun dinner by the beach or barbecue! I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!! 

Friday's Fancies - Weekend Getaway

Happy (early) Friday everyone!! This weekend Kris and I are going to my cousin Leslie's wedding in Nashville.  Leslie met one of our good friends from college at our wedding five years ago and now they are getting married! I love them as a couple so much and am so excited to see them get married! Miss Avery is going to stay in Ft Lauderdale for the weekend with Kris' parents since she is still a bit too young to bring on an airplane. Kris and I scheduled our flights so we will be away for the shortest possible time...I already miss my baby and I haven't even left yet! 

This week for Friday's Fancies I am incorporating the theme of stripes with my casual weekend getaway look via this C.Wonder striped tote.  I am obsessed with the colors and love the size...perfect for airplane travel. 
Top: Splendid, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Bag: C.Wonder, Shoes: Steve Madden, Sunglasses: Vintage Dior, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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My Pregnancy Must Haves

When I was pregnant, there were a few items that I could not have lived with out! Pregnancy, although wonderful, can be hard too! Here are my pregnancy must haves that made it easier for me. 
1 - The Belli Stretch Mark Oil is incredible. I used it every night and morning. Not only did I make it through my pregnancy with out any stretch marks, it also smells like lavender which was the perfect scent to help me wind down from a particularly hectic day. 
2 - Glowology's "The Balm" is the ultimate moisturizer for your hands and feet. Mine became particularly dry during pregnancy and this lotion is amazing!
3 - Aveeno's Daily Scrub kept my skin looking great and clear. It is gentle enough for every day use and still exfoliated my skin beautifully. 
4 - Asos Maternity was my go to for maternity fashion. I found some beautiful and inexpensive dresses to wear for dressier occasions and every day. 
5 - I own Liz Lange Long and Lean Tank Tops from Target in every available color! I was so happy when I found these tanks because I was able to wear them over my maternity jeans and add a fun jacket, scarf or sweater that was non-maternity. For a tall girl like me they were a perfect fit and I wore them post partum all the time too. 
6 - When I became pregnant my mom made me buy this pregnancy seat belt. At first I didn't think it was necessary, but I grew to love it! Not only does it help to protect your little one if you are in a car accident it also keeps the strap off of your growing bump for comfort. 
7 - A body pillow is a must for sure. I used mine until I was about 9 months pregnant and then I used a wedge under my stomach. It helped me to get as good of a nights sleep as possible.
8 - Until about 20 weeks I had horrible morning all day sickness. It was so bad that the only things that would calm my stomach down were gingerale and lollipops. I definitely recommend trying a few things to see what will work for you!

Avery's Vintage Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I was so blessed to have the most beautiful baby shower given to me by family when I was about 32 weeks pregnant. 

When Avery was about 7 weeks along our doctor said that it looked like she was holding a balloon celebrating during an ultrasound. So from that moment I had my heart set on having a hot air balloon themed party. The shower was held at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale under their outside pavilion. It was a stunning location right on the ocean. We had gorgeous weather and I had the best time! Here are the pictures from this special day....I have to warn you this is a very picture heavy post!

Love this chalkboard illustration welcoming guests to the shower! It was done by an amazing company called Unearthed Vintage. They also provided a lot of the decor for the shower including the farmhouse tables and chairs!

 Place settings and favors

 Personalized Avery pens for the games

Table numbers, flowers in mason jars and a floral table runner

Each seat had a paper fan to decorate the back!

The place cards were done by an amazing Etsy seller and were hung on vintage shutters!

 Prayer bookmarks with Avery's verse, 1 Samuel 1:27

 Pashminas to keep guests warm!
 Beautiful sitting area with vintage luggage and pashminas

 Custom art with Avery's bible verse...it's now hanging in her nursery!

A beautiful dresser held all of the candy and dessert!

 These key lime cupcakes from Candy's Cakepops are the best!

French macaroons :)


 My favorite flowers, hydrangeas

 Pink hydrangea and candelabras

 Fingerprint hot air balloon replaced the typical guest book

Avery's headband station!

 Avery's gifts were placed on a vintage wagon!

 The chair where I opened gifts :)

We played one game, what is in your purse!

 Opening presents - my sister helping me! I was wearing a Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress and Kira sandals from JCrew.

Kris surprised me at the shower with flowers and a new engagement ring! He had a halo setting added to my ring for our Angel Avery! It was the best moment!

Praying for our baby

 My sister and two moms!

 My beautiful girlfriends and Kris' cousin Madi!

 My sister, two sister in laws, and my niece!

My Mother's Day Story

Hi sweet friends! Happy Mother's Day to my amazing momma and all of the moms/moms to be!! Mother's Day is such a special day; I firmly believe that being a mom is the most incredible and tough job out there. The joy (albeit exhausted and emotional joy!) that I feel as a new mom is unlike any other...being Avery's mom is truly the greatest honor and privilege of my life. 

Although Mother's Day is typically a day of celebration, for me it has not always been that way. I thought about how to write this post for months and months and to be honest I never had the courage to tell the story of my lengthy journey to being a mom before. I feel God prompting my heart to share our story, so here goes :)

Kris and I started "trying" to have a baby a few years ago. We had just moved into our first house and felt so ready to be parents. In June were excited to find out that we got pregnant almost right away. I remember telling Kris and seeing tears welling up in his eyes; we were going to be parents! After my doctor confirmed we were pregnant, we started all of the dreaming and planning that goes along with this news...what names we liked, how to decorate the nursery, buying unisex onesies, etc. A few weeks later I started to not feel well, and found out that I had lost our first baby. When my doctor shared the news with me I felt a loss and sadness that I had never felt before. It was so early but I already loved this baby more than my own life. I cried for a long time and prayed that God would heal my heart. He drew closer to me during this time than ever before in my life and gave me so much comfort. 

After a few weeks I was feeling better through His grace and my doctor said we could start trying again in a month or so. I got pregnant the first month that we tried; I was elated and knew that this was for sure our baby. I was about eight weeks pregnant when Kris and I went on vacation to Mexico for our anniversary. It was an amazing trip and we could not wait to get back to the US for our ultrasound to see our sweet baby. 

Kris met me at the doctor after work for our ultrasound. Nervousness and excitement set in as we waited for the tech to show us our baby. The tech asked me how far along I was. When I told her that we were 9 weeks along she started to tear up. Our baby was measuring only 6 weeks and had a heartbeat that was about 60 beats per minute. The doctor came in and explained that this was most likely not going to be a viable pregnancy and I would probably have to have a D&C. I ran out of the office and just sat in my car crying out to God and asking him why this was happening to us. I didn't understand. Unfortunately an ultrasound a few days later would confirm what my doctor thought. The procedure was quick and fairly painless but the hole it left in my heart was devastating. Kris was amazing. He took care of me, allowed me to cry when I needed to and of course made me laugh again. I had a hard time not crying my eyes out at every church service after our second loss (running to the bathroom so no one would see). I felt so empty and alone...miscarriage is such a personal and silent loss. 

My doctor said that we still had a great chance of having a successful pregnancy and that we could try again in a few months.  We got pregnant in March and then we saw something that we had never seen before, our baby's strong heartbeat at 6 weeks! We were ecstatic, but a few weeks later on Easter Sunday I ended up in the ER and found out that we lost our third baby. This time I was not only heartbroken but I was mad. I remember feeling so angry even with God. I didn't understand what I had done to "deserve" this. It would take me a long time to understand that this trial was shaping me to be the person The Lord called me to be and to gain a deeper understanding of who He is. 

I immediately sought out a doctor who specialized in recurrent pregnancy loss. After months of tests we found out that I was perfectly healthy and there was no reason why I was losing each pregnancy. It was assuring and hard to hear at the same time because I wanted to get a quick fix to make it all better. At the same time I was willing to try anything to have a successful pregnancy including months of accupuncture, going on a vegan diet, etc. Around Christmas time we got pregnant again and didn't tell anyone but our parents. Even under the care of our specialist we still didn't have a positive outcome. It was harder and harder each time. I was doing everything "right" and still had no success. My doctor told me it was bad luck and that we should keep trying. 

The turning point in our journey happened last year on Mother's Day. I almost didn't go to church because I didn't think that I could handle being childless again during the service. Kris told me that he felt I should go and that God had something for me to hear. Our pastor Tom gave a message that focused on Hannah, her struggle to have a baby and the victory that the Lord gave her in the birth of her son. I am convinced that God used Tom to give me the message that I would be a mom and that I needed to pray! I had been living in defeat instead of believing that God is my victory. This was the first thing in my life that I truly had no control over and I had to completely give it to God. Kris and I decided that we would both be praying asking Him for direction and that we would take some time off from "trying" to get pregnant. We even created a summer bucket list to just focus on each other and enjoy the summer. We had a blast trying new reataurants, going to the beach, etc. 

Well a few weeks later in July I found out that I was pregnant with Avery! Instead of stressing out about doing everything right I just trusted Him. It was amazing to see that when the Lord wanted us to have our baby it just worked so perfectly. We were surrounded by so many prayer warriors who prayed with us every day through my pregnancy.  

I learned that in His timing everything is perfect. I also believe that God had work to do in us before we could be Avery's parents and God used our time of waiting to create the most beautiful love between us that we could have ever imagined. I still think about my four angel babies every day and thank God that I am their mom. I know that God has adopted them and that Kris and I can be there to hold them when we get to heaven!! For all of the moms to be waiting for your baby please know that the Lord has something so special for you and that He loves you so much. You are not alone! 

So this Mother's Day has new and special meaning to me. Sweet baby girl Avery, your Daddy and I love you more than life itself. You are truly my gift from God and I love being your momma every day! 

Happy Mother's Day everyone! 

1 Samuel 1:27
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.

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