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simply loving

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being a mom of two boys now
every day i fall more and more in love with each one of them
it's been so magical watching them together and being able to experience these early moments again
i am so humbled to be on this new journey that God has mapped out just for us. 
i may not be great at it all the time, but my gosh, do i try. 

somewhere over the rainbow | a first birthday party {part two}

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yesterday, i shared photos from my niece's first birthday party in cincinnati- a celebration with close friends. here are highlights from the celebration we threw in my hometown over labor day. my parents live in the country and just put in a new outdoor area (and it's lovely: a pool, hot tub, pool house, fireplace, etc.) it was the perfect space to gather with loved ones, kick off college football, say goodbye to sweet summertime and most of all, celebrate this darling girl.

somewhere over the rainbow | a first birthday party {part one}

during my road trip with the boys in august to the midwest, we celebrated both my mom's birthday and my niece, leona's first birthday. my sister and i worked together to make her cincinnati party a fun 'somewhere over the rainbow' gathering; an afternoon spent with friends. over the years, i have fallen in love with all of their friends in cincy- they are amazing. sweet baby girl is a 'rainbow baby' ... so when we found these cute invites in june, we decided the theme was perfect.

for leona's birthady, i propose a toast! a toast to leona rose, our one-year-old. a toast to a healthy, joyous little girl, who makes us smile so much our cheeks hurt. to a little girl who makes us melt with that little head full of curls. to her- a reminder that my sister is strong and resilient and a fighter for all that she loves and all that is important. a toast to her soulful brown eyes - may they continue to shine throughout the year ahead. 

in our passport | the smokey mountains


'tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'twill be in the valley of love and delight.
when true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn will be our delight,
till be turning, turning we come 'round right.
"simple gifts" an old shaker hymn from the 1800's

nash charles | month three . things i always want to remember

piggy bank / truck / shoes : rein state

yesterday our little nash turned three months old. it's been a dream to be the momma to this boy.

with parks, i used to update all of the things on here - and although i loved that at the time, i think i am going to take a different approach with nash. my adorable blogging friend, chelsea of 'the girl who loved to write,' used to do posts about 'all of the things she wanted to remember' while she was pregnant with her son, jack- and i loved it. i think i am going to follow in her footsteps for nash's milestones and then plan to spend time (hopefully) completing all the other info in his baby book. (more on that soon- i have found the most perfect, beautiful book / it was created by an online friend of mine from texas)