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Coping With Miscarriage & Loss: The Story Of Our Angel Baby

Posted in Babies, Infertility, Inspiration, Motherhood
on October 15, 2017

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  It is a day where moms all across the globe unite to honor our babies that have gone too soon.  We light a candle and remember the babies who are in Heaven, and pray for their families back here on earth.

I’d love to share with you the story of our angel baby.  Miscarriage and loss is never easy to talk about.  But, I am here to scream it from the rooftops, that you are not alone on this journey, dear friend.

Here is the story of our sweet angel who I can’t wait to meet one day, and how we learned to cope with loss.

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5 Things I Learned About Marriage From Chip & Joanna Gaines

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Home Decor, Inspiration, Motherhood
on September 28, 2017

Binge watching ‘Fixer Upper’ on Saturday mornings has become a new favorite in our home.  Even my husband watches the show with me!!  He and I both get a kick out of Chip’s shenanigans, and I’m practically drooling by the end of each show looking at Jo’s beautiful designs.

Chip and Jo Jo are definitely #marriagegoals, aren’t they?  I love how they can be goofy with each other, yet parent their children gracefully and run an enormous business together flawlessly.

I think Joanna and I would be quick friends, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve day dreamed of sitting on their farmhouse porch, sipping sweat tea with her, devouring some cupcakes, and talking about everything home and family.  And, in this elaborate day-dream, I see Chip and Adam wrangling the cattle out in the pasture…Adam getting his inner cowboy on.  Those 2 goofballs would be knee-deep in mud, while Joanna and I shared stories around her kitchen island with subway tile and greenery in the background.

I guess I’ve thought about this more than I realized!  Ha!

This adorable family has graced our television so often, that they feel like close friends. So, it’s no surprise that when I heard this week that this upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be their last, I was sad.  Actually, ‘sad’ is an understatement.

But, if there’s anything that we have learned from Chip & Jo, it would be that family comes first.  Not even a popular HGTV show will cause them to compromise their family values.  And, I don’t know about you, but for me it just causes me to love them more.

So, today I’d love to share with you 5 Things I Learned About Marriage from this amazing, God-fearing couple.  What a powerful testimony our marriage can be…

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Ellie’s Story: A Message of Hope & Faith for NICU Families

Posted in Babies, Motherhood
on September 10, 2017

Today I’ve invited my friend, Melissa, to share the incredible story of her baby girl Ellie.  From day one, Ellie has had a special purpose, and her story is beyond incredible. Quite simply, you are about to read a miracle.  

If you or a close friend or family member have ever experienced what it’s like to have a baby in the NICU, then you know how just stressful it can be.  Melissa shares how she and her husband chose faith over fear in the face of death.  This story is raw, emotional, and powerful.  I love these brave mama friends of mine that are willing to share their hearts and advice with you all.

It’s a powerful thing when momma’s work together and encourage one another, isn’t it?  Melissa not only shares her heart-wrenching first days with Ellie, but also some amazing words of encouragement for all NICU moms.

We hope that this post encourages NICU families to continue having faith and hope, even in the midst of dark days.  We pray that  families facing uncertainty feel the same unexplainable peace that Melissa and her family felt.

I’m so excited to share Melissa’s words with you.  Here is Ellie’s Story…

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5 Simple Ways To Live Hygge For Busy Moms

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Motherhood, Organization
on September 3, 2017

I have been reading a lot lately about the Danish tradition of Hygge, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the concept.  Just in case you’ve never heard of Hygge before, Hygge is best defined as,

“the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; to create well-being, connection, and warmth; a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; celebrating every day.”

Doesn’t that describe what we all want in our life, and isn’t it really your main goal as a mom?  To create meaningful memories and traditions; build a cozy, creative home for your family; & be able to cherish moments with your family each and every day?

Well, today I’m going to give you 5 Action Steps you can take today to be on your Hygge-living way!

Let’s get started….

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Cultivating An Intentional Life: When Your Mess Becomes Your Ministry

Posted in Coffee Break Series, Inspiration
on July 26, 2017

Have you ever looked at your life and thought about what your ministry could be?  What special gifts and talents do you have that could help others grow and be encouraged?  Are you afraid to let your mess become your ministry?

One night as I was out picking up dinner for us, I reflected back on my day and was just simply thankful.  My mind was whirling with blogging ideas {as it is most of the time}; the changing colors of the sunset were beautiful; and I just felt joy.

I relished in that moment, because there were some pretty dark days in my life when I wondered if I would every laugh again or feel thankfulness or joy.  But, sharing my story through blogging has given me some purpose in that pain, and helped me heal.

Here’s the story of how God turned my mess into my ministry, & how He can do that for you too….

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Cultivating What Really Matters: How to Grow An Intentional Life

Posted in Inspiration
on June 27, 2017

Cultivating means “to prepare, break up, raise or grow, acquire or develop…to pay attention”. Typically, cultivating refers to growing crops, tilling the soil, and watching good things grow.  In Lara Casey’s  newest book, she encourages us to Cultivate an Intentional Life with grace and a whole lot of faith.  She discusses how tending to our heart, mind, and soul are similar to tilling soil, and that in the dark and messy places of our journey is often where beautiful things grow.

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A Letter To My Husband This Father’s Day

Posted in Family Traditions, Infertility, Inspiration
on June 18, 2017
How to honor hopeful daddies this Father's Day who are also going through infertility.....

To my husband on this Father’s Day, all I can say is, “thank you”.  Thank you for loving me despite my faults, & being patient as we wait for our miracle. To my husband & all the husbands out there who are courageously standing by their wives as they battle infertility….Happy Father’s Day to you.  ‘Daddies In Waiting’ are just as important and special as ‘Mommies In Waiting’.  Here’s my salute to you…

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Life Lessons I Learned At The Hello Kitty Cafe

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on June 8, 2017

Just this past Memorial Day weekend, my hubby and I were heading up to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bravaria. We go up every year for their Annual Dog Bowl & Balloon Festival (which I’ll share with you in blog posts soon).  I had noticed on Instagram that the Hello Kitty Cafe was going to be at a local mall that day, and lo and behold, it just so happened to be on our route up north. So, we packed our bags, got in the car, and began our adventure up north for the weekend.

The plan was to make a quick stop at the mall, buy some macaroons from the glorious hot pink van, & be on our way.  But boy, our day turned out entirely different than our perfectly planned excursion…

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Summer Reading List: 10 Awesome Books To Read This Summer

Posted in Likes & Links
on May 31, 2017

Summer is quickly approaching, and I’ve got a list of 10 books you just have to read in these coming months.  These books are centered around similar themes about purposeful living, goal setting, and being our best selves.  I hope you find some inspiration in the sun this summer.  Let’s dive in….

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Infertility Story: Our 7 Year Journey

Posted in About Stephanie, Infertility, Inspiration
on May 22, 2017
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Today I’d love to share with you our infertility journey.  This journey is still ongoing, as we are still waiting for our “little blessings”.  Although, our journey has been a long one (7+ years), we have learned so many amazing lessons along the way.

If you are in the process of “trying” to have a baby, or are knee-deep in fertility treatments, we understand what you’re going through.  The process can be intrusive, unromantic, & extremely stressful.

Here’s our infertility journey including all the personal details that I know you’d be interested in (wink wink!), plus 7 Ways To Get Pregnant Naturally including some of my favorite fertility products.  So, here goes…

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