{Freshly Picked Giveaway}

Friday, March 20, 2015

I first heard about Freshly Picked moccasins when Robb and I saw them on Shark Tank a few years ago, and I've been obsessing over them ever since, just ask my husband! (Or my sisters, or my mom, or my friends!)  

First of all, these baby shoes are beyond adorable! We get so many compliments on them! I had the hardest time choosing which pair to get, the colors are all SO fabulous. 
Jovie is wearing the coral moccs, they are the perfect shade of peachy/pink, which is basically a neutral, if you ask me :) They are perfect for this Spring season! I'm also drooling over Raspberry, Salt Water Taffy, and Merci will be a must for us when the holidays roll around again!

Besides cute, they are made from the softest, high quality leather and they STAY ON! I can't even tell you how many times my babies have taken their shoes and socks off in their carseat while running errands, it becomes quite a nuisance to put baby shoes on time and time again, but these moccs stay on and they go on easy too! No ties or straps to fuss with. 

They are so versatile, I love how they can be dressed up

and are perfect for everyday too

 The owner, Susan, created this company from the ground up, from her own kitchen table. Her hard work and passion for giving back is inspiring, and it's been such an honor to work with this amazing company!
Freshly Picked has so generously offered to give away a pair of their moccs to one of my readers!

Get excited!! 
To enter, please leave a comment telling me what color moccs you would choose. You can check them all out here. Remember: If you comment as "anonymous" leave your name so I can get in touch with you if you win.

The giveaway will run until next Friday, March 27.
If you have already won a Freshly Picked giveaway within the last 60 days you are not eligible to enter, lets share the wealth! If you live outside of the United States you must be willing to pay shipping if you win. 

Jovie says, "What are you waiting for?"

*I was given a pair of moccasins in exchange for my honest review and received no other compensation. 

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Insta Friday

Friday, March 13, 2015

some days are rough with this high energy boy, so we do whatever it takes to keep the peace on occasion. 

it hits me at least once a day what a miracle she is. I still can't believe I have 3 babies!

beautiful sunrise the morning of Brenham's birthday 

donuts to celebrate B's birthday

no balloon launch at the cemetery this year…just TOO.MUCH.SNOW!

snowy walk on the beach

fun sunday afternoon at my sister in laws baby shower. 

so proud of a great report at Grayden's conferences. 

out to lunch with my three musketeers 

she's such a little momma!

Another great conference for Sadler! SO impressed with how well he's doing at school. 

beach day at 3-school!

babies and mirrors are just too fun

fun morning at Engendi church play place

celebrating surviving another week with daddy being out of town 

perfect place for her while mommy purges the playroom 

chunky monkey's boots won't zip over her calves :)


ankle booties for the win!

Sadler has gone through 9, yes NINE pairs of jeans this fall/winter! Not due to a growth spurt, but from putting holes in the knees!

After Robb being gone so much the past couple weeks we had a much needed morning date, we went out for breakfast at The Biscuit. Couldn't do life without him!

So yummy!

watching everyone through the window!

sledding by grandpa and grandma's house

so fun!

super sledding boy

we forget about his homework every weekend until Sunday night! 

this girl is a magnet to Ella's baby seats! 

bright and cheery outfit on a bright sunny day!

I'll admit, I was going to wait for daddy to come home so he could change her dirty diaper, but I just couldn't say no to this face! :)

character dress up day in Kindergarten, cutest Clark the Shark!

out without a coat! Spring is finally here!

this sweet boy met his birth mom this past week! It was a big day for him!

So thankful to his birth mom and for the courageous choice she made for me to be his mommy. 

You know its been awhile since I spent some time with this beast when not only does my heart rate monitor have a dead battery, but I also can't find the key to turn the treadmill on! And let's not forget the  dead giveaway that my jeans are so tight they actually hurt! 

another love note I found in his folder. eek! 

Deere-ly loved…see what I did there? ;)

15 months old today, how can that be!?

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

He would have been 7 today. 

Had someone told me 7 years ago where I would be today in my grief journey, I never would have believed it. 
I remember thinking "I'll never be the same." And while that is true, I'm not the same, and won't ever be, I mean that in a totally different way than I did 7 years ago. 

 I thought I'd never be able to smile again, "how could I smile when all I do is cry?" I smile everyday. I smile when I pour my coffee that Robb makes for me every morning. I smile when I bring Grayden to kindergarten everyday and he prays for himself to grow big and strong. I smile everyday when Sadler says "Mom, you know something….." at least 10 times an hour. I smile whenever I see Jovie smile at me with her silly toothy grin and squinty eyes whenever she catches me looking at her. I smile at a text from a friend. A herd of deer in the back yard. A Facebook post announcing the birth of a new baby. 
I smile. 

 I thought I'd never be able to laugh again, "how could I laugh when my heart is so sad and broken?" I laugh everyday. I laugh at Robb's made up songs. I laugh when Grayden tells me he had a bad dream about me making him eat green peppers for snack time when everyone else had crackers and cheese. I laugh when Sadler asks me if Jesus is a boy or a girl. I laugh when Jovie makes a growling noise every time she see a picture of a dog. I laugh at a song. A movie. A funny line in a good book. 
I laugh. 

I thought I'd never be able to be happy again, "how can I be happy when I'm so devastated?" I am happy. I'm happily married to the best husband a girl can ask for. I spend my days with my 3 happy, healthy children. I'm happy being with my family. Being with my friends. I'm happy being the woman God created me to be. 
I am happy. 

I still struggle, and sometimes I still cry. I'll cry because I'm sad and because I miss him. And because I still wonder 'why?' But I also cry because I'm thankful and blessed. And because I know God is faithful. 

 "Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning" Psalm 30:5

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Insta Friday

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 1 of the IF: Gathering in Zeeland 
My sister Lisa and friend Stefanie spent the weekend at a church in zeeland that was doing a live simulcast of the IF: Gathering women's conferences that was held in Austin. It was an amazing weekend. 

ready for day 2.

Makenna's 4th birthday

outdoor discovery center Sunday afternoon

tuning in to more sessions online of the IF Gathering that I missed. 

snowmobiling by Grandma and Grandpa's house

Her biggest bro is always bringing her little snack cups. So sweet. He knows the way to her heart! He's going to make a great husband to one lucky lady one day!

squeezed her into her "fearfully and wonderfully made" tee one last time for Valentines week 

again, making up snack plates for everyone, love his servants heart!

100th day of school. We worked on his hat together. 100 perler beads!

Excited for his V-day party at school!

another blood draw for this poor peanut

we recently heard that Sadler's birth mom would like some pictures and an update on him, so I took on the tough task of sorting through the past 4 years of pictures to print for her. It was a very welcomed surprise, and I was happy to do that for her. We are praying that this will lead to the beginning of a new relationship with her. 

tea and donuts with a friend. 

I had some mom guilt over not doing any cutesy pinterest valentines for the boys, but realized this was what the boys wanted, and I didn't need to try to impress the other moms. It was tough for me, but I'm working on it!

he put himself to bed at 6:30 one night, we couldn't find him anywhere, until Robb found him in bed, zonked out! sweet love. 

this is as festive as it gets for my kindergartner at his Valentines Day party!
so handsome!

she has the life!

happy to report that her blood work came back normal! Praise God!

ella snuggles

so cute!

Baptism day for Ella! 

Tons of fun playing on Grandma and Grandpa's wii!

Kicking off a new week with a healthy breakfast and the book of Hebrews with IF: equip. 

She would stay in the tub all day if she could!

"Jovie, this is how you play trucks!"

we had 6 deer in our backyard last week!

waiting to pick big brother up from school!

I got hooked on this podcast!

snow day selfies!

rub-a-dub-dub, two babies in the tub. 

busy little momma!

about to tip over to see the construction equipment on TV!

all dressed for Spring!

loving their lazy snow day!

snow day reading material 

family fun at SkyZone!

SO fun!

had a great moms night out last Saturday with Anne; steak dinner, starbucks and shopping! 

headbands, bows, dresses, tights, furry pink boots and remote controls?!

best part of my Sunday, "The Best Yes" book discussion with my girls in the comfort of my robe :)

So fun watching her figure things out!

Robb left for a few days to go to Indy for a work conference, Sadler missed him already after only a couple hours. 

We spend so much of our time running errands in the restroom. What is it about 3 year olds needing to go at every stop?!

getting cozy in Ella's seat! She loves those things!

Someone is kinda jealous :) 
Loved feeding Ella while my sister fed me and my kids Tuesday night! So nice not having to cook for just me and the kids while Robb was away.

Extra large cup of coffee to get through one last day of single mommy-hood. 

sleepy babe + bookstore + gift card to spend = bliss

I wish I had a close up of her face while she was snacking on the floor, girlfriend was so nervous the dog was gonna snatch her snack!

Sadler was so excited about the new shapes pasta I got at Aldi, he wanted me to take a picture! Ha!

Last night's dinner may not look appetizing prior to being cooked, but the Wildtree Stuffed Italian Pork Tenderloin was amazing! 

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