olive june

gift ideas | stockings for babies + toddlers

lately, the air in our home smells of fresh pine and the earth seems to wear magic so effortlessly. i have been decorating our house slowly this year and have been listening to the carpenter's, frank sinatra, and kenny and dolly 'a christmas to remember' on repeat for days. a huge part of me is already mourning the coming of january. although that is always exciting; a clean, new and fresh beginning.

i am savoring every moment of this month; embracing the season.

christmas tree farm + santa visit

yesterday, we ventured about forty minutes outside of charlotte to a christmas tree farm. it felt so good to be out, in the cool air, filled eternally with the spirit of christmas. this season is especially beautiful because it focuses so much on what's already inside. what we need, we are given. what we desire, we already have. 

a most grateful heart / our family photos

autumn is such a special time; a time that invites us to harvest the seeds we have planted throughout the year. a time to share our gratitude with others before winter comes and offers rest and renewal. i love this time of year because it encourages us to slow down, reflect, and spend quality time with our loved ones. 

a trip to birmingham, alabama

last weekend, nash and i traveled through a few states to visit my cousin, kelly, and her family in birmingham, alabama. parks stayed back with tim and made memories at the park, an ice cream shop, the aviation museum and at the donut shop (his very favorite.) knowing he was in the hands of my sweet husband and my in-laws, eased my heart. 

our trip was such a beautiful experience, getting to spend moments and time with my dear cousin. i grew up near her and often babysat her and her brothers, spent almost every christmas day together, we ran wild on our grandparents' farm, went on beach trips/ordered more seafood than we needed most of the time, loved to create arts and crafts, celebrated our german heritage at our local oktoberfest and went on many shopping trips with my mom and her mom/my aunt pam (whom i also adore with all my heart). 

with just the tiny babies, who still sleep a lot, we had time to just be and talk and laugh and browse thrift stores and indulge in sweet potato biscuits / spicy takeout food, and finally, a cold craft beer at a brewery. it was time together and it felt so deeply ours. saturday was a simple day, but the older i get, the more those days tend to be the best days. 

there are people in life that you just really mesh with... and kelly (one of my most loyal supporters in life/blog readers) and her husband, michael, are those types of people for me. they are both so kind and loving and have the best senses of humor. it was a weekend i will always remember. thank you both for opening up your home and creating such a comfortable space. i enjoyed it all so very much.

holiday decor favorites

- these three pieces are the extent of my decorating so far-

i am cherishing these november mornings, perhaps more than any other time of day. i do not think i will ever get over how i feel when i am holding one of my babies, especially with a hot cup of maple coffee in hand. i am in absolute awe over all the color. i sit with him and he squeals with his whole body. we are entering the season of renewal and hope and reflection. i am feeling so grateful, for so much and for everything. 

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

month five

this month brought a tiny glimpse into life with brothers (their love is just so beautiful) and there's nothing i have loved more than watching them interact. i am thankful every day that i was chosen to be their momma.