Motherhood Monday – Ashleigh T.

It’s Monday, and after a special edition of MM last week, we’re back to our regularly scheduled interviews this week! This week’s MM Mama is Ashleigh T.!

Meet Ashleigh

Ashleigh and I were in the same 5th grade class! We became fast friends then and were friends all the way through high school. When we went to different colleges, we lost touch a little bit, but through life circumstances, we have been reunited over the past year and a half or so and it has been so sweet! She has a sweet one-year-old named Turner that is absolutely precious, and it has been so much fun walking through having little boys together so far! We can’t wait to be able to hang out with the “T” family more soon! Ashleigh is kind, caring, and so funny. I have loved getting to be her friend through the years!

The Interview

1. Explain your “motherhood journey.” Including your kid(s) and their age(s)

My husband and I met on September 17, 2012 at 12 pm at the University of Montevallo Farmer Hall. We had been set up by a dear mutual friend. We talked for a few hours about life, dreams, and well…babies. We discussed the desire we both had to adopt hours after we first met. Our relationship blossomed quickly, and we were married on July 19, 2014.

On August 15, 2015 I had a “gut” feeling to take a test. Without any symptoms or any reason to think it would actually turn positive, I took a test for the fun of it. Three tests later, we jumped in the car and purchased more tests for those also to turn out positive.

I had a very scary pregnancy in the beginning. My hormone levels were not increasing as they should, had a uterine tumor that was causing issues, and doctors had tried to prepare me for the worse.

Fast forward nine scary months filled with fear and doubt by doctors and too much googling, I gave birth to the most precious baby boy on April 6th, 2016. Turner Stephens Thomas, (now ONE YEAR old) came into the world via an emergency c section a few weeks early and spent his first few days in the NICU. On the day he was released to go home, I held my son wire free for the first time in what felt like an eternity. I was in awe that his tiny life had been entrusted in the hands of my husband and me.

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First moments as a family of THREE! Picture provided by Ashleigh

2. What is the biggest lesson (or 2 or 3) that you’ve learned from being a mom?

Mommin’ ain’t easy. Turner’s first few weeks at home were tough. I had the mindset that “fed was best” and told myself that I would try nursing and if it didn’t work, well then; it simply wasn’t the end of the world. The day after we arrived home from the hospital, with the stress of everything that had happened and trying to heal from a major surgery, I was not producing anything to satisfy my son. We put our boy on formula and to this day I wonder if things would be different. Letting go and realizing that in the big picture not everything is my fault has been my biggest lesson.

Lesson two would be that, after seven ear infections and a pretty extensive surgery our son surpassed doctors’ expectations, and I now know that doctors don’t know everything. My faith has grown so much in the last ten months, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for my little family.

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Such a sweet face! Picture provided by Ashleigh

3. Share one (or 2 or 3) funny or sweet stories that make it all worth it.

Sometimes I jokingly wonder if Turner can read our minds. He often comes to snuggle or give kisses just when we need them making, our day so much brighter.

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

4. What do you think the biggest challenge of being a mom is?

My biggest challenge of motherhood is feeling sufficient. I am a recent graduate and have my first teaching job. I teach fourth grade ELA at a small town school about twenty minutes from home. I love and adore my 43 students and consider them “my kids,” but when I am home my time must be devoted to Turner. I often wonder if I am doing the right thing but God gives the perfect signs at just the right time telling me that I am. I know I must move forward and give my job my all in order to provide for my family. Being a mother will always be a top priority so finding balance is something that I will continue to work towards in the midst of this crazy thing we call life.

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Way to go, Mama!! Ashleigh graduated a couple weeks after Turner was born. Picture provided by Ashleigh

5. If you could write a “job description” of being a mom, what would it say?

Hours: 24/7, 365

Pay: kisses, squeals, and unmeasurable amounts of joy

Description: Worry endlessly, give it your all, run on caffeine and limited sleep, clean lots of vomit and poop, LAUNDRY galore, kisses, tears (from both the parents and baby), hugs, & laughter

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

6. What’s something from your family growing up that you think affects your parenting or the way you raise your child(ren)?

Growing up my parents were very involved with everything I did. My grandparents were also extremely involved, and some of my fondest memories are those that were spent with my extended family. Turner sees my parents pretty much every day and sees my husband’s family at least once a week. I pray he cherishes the time with his extended family as much as I did growing up!

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

7. If you knew someone who just found out they were going to be a mom, what would be your two pieces of advice for them? A practical tip and a piece of wisdom.

As cliche as it sounds, enjoy every single second. It goes by way too fast and stay off google! Don’t google the good, bad, and ugly because it fills you with unnecessary fear!

Take time for you and your spouse or significant other before the baby comes; in a good way, things will never be the same.

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8. Anything else you want to include?

Life is precious and you have been chosen by the Father to raise your child. Lean on Him and there is no doubt that good things will happen!

Wrap-Up

I love how Ashleigh talked about the stress and pressure of breast feeding and how she chose that “fed is best.” There is so much pressure and disagreement about how babies should be fed, and most of the time we don’t applaud moms for simply doing what is best for their family and their child. I also love how she talked about her faith growing while Turner has surpassed doctors’ expectations. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord answers prayers?

Thank you for answering my questions, Ashleigh!! Your words were encouraging and honest.

What was your favorite thing that Ashleigh said? Do you have a question you want the Motherhood Monday moms to answer? Comment on this post or e-mail me at openhandsopenhome@gmail.com. Know a mom that needs some encouragement or that would like the Motherhood Monday posts? Send them a link to this post! The goal of these posts is to reach out, encourage, and empathize with moms all around.

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The “V” Family

Like I explained in Jessica’s Motherhood Monday intro, we have husband best friends. Sam and Edgar were roommates for three years in college and have been best friends since then. They live in Nashville doing work with the Nashville Navigators, and we’re living in Atlanta. This means we don’t get to see them much, but when we do, its such a sweet time of hanging out and more recently, playing with babies! We also always get a game of Settlers of Catan in when we can. I loved doing this session for this sweet family! I especially love the shot of Nathan’s little baby grin. So cute!

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

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The “V” Family — Nashville, TN — Spring 2017

Motherhood Monday – Andrea N.

Monday is here, and I’m welcoming Andrea to the blog for Motherhood Monday!

Meet Andrea

Andrea has quickly become one of my closest friends in Atlanta. We do a “family” dinner with her family (+ Allison‘s family + one other family, whose mom is my next guest!) every other Tuesday. It has been so much fun to see our kids play and our relationships grow since we started getting together. Andrea is wise and so loving to her three girls. Her youngest and Henry are less than two months apart too! We are so thankful for their family for inviting us in and being intentional with us.

The Interview

1. Explain your “motherhood journey.” Including your kid(s) and their age(s)

I was never one of those girls who dreamed of becoming a mom. I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to have a family one day, but it wasn’t something I thought about all the time. My husband, Jeremy, and I were married for six years before we had our first child, Analeigh. I use to tell people if she came out as a teenager I would be happy. Why, you may ask, because my husband and I were in youth ministry and I felt like I understood teenagers way better than babies! I remember holding Analeigh for the first time and being over joyed and terrified at the same time! As she grew, I learned so much about unconditional love and how much the Lord loves us. And, man, did I need that reminder! That little girl stole my heart and I have been thankful ever since that she made me a mommy! We liked the first kid so much we decided to have another one! Eva was born and we felt like our family was complete. However, God had other plans and decided to give us a little surprise six months ago and Hadley joined our family. For those of you keeping track, that’s three girls! Analeigh is five, Eva is two, and like I mentioned Hadley is six months. Life is busy and sometimes a little chaotic, but also filled with so much joy!

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A family of five! Picture provided by Andrea

2. What is the biggest lesson (or 2 or 3) that you’ve learned from being a mom?

The biggest lesson I have learned is that things are not perfect. No matter how much planning, Pinterest searching, or ideas in your head things and life are not perfect! I do not have a perfectly clean house (ask Erin!), I don’t have perfectly behaving kids, and I’m not perfectly organized. And that is perfectly okay (pun intended)! Childhood is about allowing your children to explore, grow, and fail. That’s what will eventually make them great adults. Do I get upset sometimes about things not being “perfect”….sometimes I do. But I try to remind myself to find joy in the everyday and enjoy my children where they are at. The only thing perfect in this life is God’s love and that is what I want my girls to learn more than anything else!

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Sweet Analeigh and Eva. Picture provided by Andrea

3. Share one (or 2 or 3) funny or sweet stories that make it all worth it.

This stage I’m in right now is becoming my favorite! Analeigh and Eva love each other and love to play with each other. They make up stories with their babies, they play family, and they dance and sing together. It’s been so fun watching them become friends! My prayer is that their bond and friendship continues through out the rest of their lives.

My husband and I always talk about how Eva has been hit in the head so much in her short life. A few weeks ago, Analeigh and Eva were playing and Analeigh slammed Eva into the corner of the wall (by accident). She had a huge bump on her forehead! Thankfully, she was okay. The next day, we were outside playing in the yard. I was throwing the wiffle ball to Analeigh and she hit it right into Eva’s forehead! The poor girl! Sometimes it’s so hard not to laugh!

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Best sister friends! Picture provided by Andrea

4. What do you think the biggest challenge of being a mom is?

I think the biggest challenge of being a mom is not losing who you are. Before I had kids I got my master’s and worked. After Analeigh was born, I just couldn’t leave her. So I became a stay at home mom and I knew it was the right decision. However, I struggled with feeling like all I did was “be a mom”. I had to get vulnerable with Jeremy and tell him that even though I loved being with my girl everyday, I felt lonely and like my purpose was gone. Obviously, I had some things to work out with God about my feelings and emotions. I had to figure out what things I needed to do outside of the house that brought me life. I had to ask for help so that I could do those things that brought me life. And I had to learn that “mom” was a part of who I was and not the only thing that I was. The Lord was sweet and brought me a great group of other stay at home moms that I was able to speak openly with who totally understood where I was at. We started a monthly play group with our kids and I got involved in a bible study filled with other moms. I learned that the Lord didn’t want me to stop being me, but learn how to balance my different roles. It can still be challenging, especially with more children, but it is worth fighting for!

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Becoming a mom with Analeigh. Picture provided by Andrea

5. If you could write a “job description” of being a mom, what would it say?

To be able to handle ALL.THE.THINGS. while being sleep deprived, functioning on less brain cells, and never sitting down.

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These girls really love each other. Picture provided by Andrea

6. What’s something from your family growing up that you think affects your parenting or the way you raise your child(ren)?

My parents always made sure our childhood was filled with memories. They instilled great family values in my sister and I. I want that for my girls, to value family and understand how important that is. At the same time, I want them to know that family is more than just blood and that we invest our time in others who are important to us. I also knew growing up that I could always talk to my mom about anything and I did. Well, except for middle school, my mom would tell you! I want my girls to know they can always talk to me about anything, without judgement or criticism. I want them to feel comfortable and know that they can trust me.

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Eva loves being a big sister. Picture provided by Andrea

7. If you knew someone who just found out they were going to be a mom, what would be your two pieces of advice for them? A practical tip and a piece of wisdom.

First, there will be many people that will give you advice. As a first time mom, I’m sure you will listen to all of it and be overwhelmed. Take it all in then do what you feel is best for you, your baby, and your family. You will know your baby better than anyone and it will happen quickly! Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and what you feel is best for you and your baby! Second, a practical tip, invest in a good video monitor! It will save your life!

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And Hadley makes three! Picture provided by Andrea

8. Anything else you want to include?

Motherhood is a journey and it is always evolving. There is always a “terrible” thing about every age, but there is also always something magnificent. Try to enjoy each season because it really does go by so fast! I use to hate when people would tell me that when I was a new mom, but recently I am seeing how true that statement is! I have learned so much about grace and why God has given it to us as a free gift. There is no way that I can go through each day without the grace of God and without extending that same grace to my girls. And, as my sister always told me, crying is free therapy!

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One of Eva’s first days at home. Picture provided by Andrea

Wrap-Up

Andrea’s words of wisdom about still being herself after becoming a mom really hit home for me. I love how she says, “I learned that the Lord didn’t want me to stop being me, but learn how to balance my different roles.” It can be so hard when you feel like you’ve list yourself when you gain a new role, like wife or mom, but the Lord is teaching and refining us to look more and more like Christ. I believe He does this by adapting and adding things to our lives to shape who we become.

Thank you so much, Andrea!! I look up to the mom that you are to your girls, and I am beyond thankful for the way you and Jeremy have welcomed us in.

What was your favorite thing that Andrea said? Do you have a question you want the Motherhood Monday moms to answer? Comment on this post or e-mail me at openhandsopenhome@gmail.com. Know a mom that needs some encouragement or that would like the Motherhood Monday posts? Send them a link to this post! The goal of these posts is to reach out, encourage, and empathize with moms all around.

The “ZZzzz” Family

I have known this sweet family for years. Sam, their younger son, was in my mom’s class a few years ago, and we have known them ever since. Erika was featured on Motherhood Monday, and I truly think she is supermom. Their entire family is sweet and loving. They give back to their community, and they love those around them. It was so much fun taking their pictures, talking movies with Noah, and chatting about school with Addie Rose and Sam. They even got to hang out with Henry for a few minutes at the end of their session. It was a great time!

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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“ZZzzz” Family — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

Taylor + Michael Engagement

Taylor and I worked so hard to schedule their shoot around rain that was coming in, and when we pulled up, it was pouring… Needless to say, we rescheduled and had beautiful weather the second time around. These two have so much fun together. A lot of the time we were together, we talked about the most random things and laughed. You can just tell how much Taylor and Michael love each other. They are getting married this fall, and I’m so excited for them!

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Taylor + Michael Engagement — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

Randi – Senior Pictures

Randi is graduating high school this year, and she’s so excited about the next season of her life. Our families have known each other for years, and it is honestly crazy that she is graduating. Her brother and my brother are the same age, so now the younger-younger siblings are graduating??? I met up with her and her mom, and we spend the morning taking pictures. She is so sweet, and she is going to the University of Alabama for college. Roll tide, Randi!! I’m looking forward to taking some pictures of her in her cap and gown when she gets them. Be on the lookout for those pictures on the blog as well.

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

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Randi Senior Pictures — Montevallo, AL — Spring 2017

Abby + Tyler

Abby is a photographer too (you can check out some of her work here), so I was so flattered when she asked me to take some pictures of her and her boyfriend, Tyler. She knew exactly where she wanted to take them and showed me around one of her favorite spots to shoot. Don’t you love when people value community over competition?? Abby and I used  to ride the same bus, so it was fun to catch up and chat about life too. She and Tyler are so sweet to each other, and it shows in their photos. Just look how cute they are!!

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

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Abby + Tyler — Alabaster, AL — Spring 2017

Turner Turns One // “T” Family Pictures

I loved meeting up with the “T” family to take some family pictures, as well as some pictures of Turner for his first birthday. Ashleigh, Turner’s mom, and I have known each other since 5th grade. We were in the same class. Since then we have stayed friends and recently really got to be able to start hanging out again. Turner is such a joy. He is laid-back and sweet. He did such a great job with smiling and showing his little personality in the pictures. The ones with his tongue out may be my favorites. We even got to do a smash cake, provided by Ashleigh’s sister-in-law. Turner wasn’t really a big fan of getting messy though… Overall, we had a great time, and we got some good shots to show for it!

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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Turner First Birthday Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

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“T” Family Pictures — Helena, AL — Spring 2017

What I’m Into (March 2017)

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I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to talk about what I’m into from this past month.

March always seems to fly by. I remember in high school there were all kinds of things going on that made it go by so quickly like tennis matches, baseball games, spring break, etc. Then in college, it was always when the weather got consistently warm enough to hang out on the quad or find somewhere to hang up some Eno hammocks with friends. Also, my mom, dad, and brother all have birthdays in March. Needless to say, we’ve been running a million miles an hour it seems like, but more on that farther down in this post.

Reading-Related

I read some really great books this month, and I learned about the magic of the library holds system. I put a few books off my TBR on there, and wow, I got way more than I thought I would right away. I am slowly making my way through them!

Another reading-related thing that I have found and love is Books By The Pound. It is a bookstore near where we live, and you pay for your (used) books based on how much they weigh. I got The Chronicles of Narnia collection and four other books for $19. You can’t beat that. I will be going there again (hopefully Sam will let me) to get more books from my TBR list.

“For as long as she could remember, she had thought that autumn air went well with books, that the two both somehow belonged with blankets, comfortable armchairs, and big cups of coffee or tea.” // The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald has been on my TBR list since I began keeping up with it. This book was so charming! The small-town setting gave me a nostalgic sense while reading it. It is also packed with lovable characters and a bookstore, which makes for a perfect book to snuggle up on the couch with. I couldn’t put this book down once I started it, and it was a great, light read that had a happy ending!

“Our limitation is God’s opportunity. When you get all the way to the end of your rope and there ain’t nothin’ you can do, that’s when God takes over.” // Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore was one of those books that I knew about for a long time but had never read. It is the story of two unlikely friends and the woman that brings them together. It far-exceeded any expectations that I had built up in my head. It was such a heart-wrenchingly beautiful story. It was fast-paced but not a page-turner with short chapters and alternating perspectives. I think this is the book that I have cried the most in ever. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone!

 “Strange, how such a small realization can affect everyone’s life forever. In movies there is always a carefully staged moment – a big crescendo of music, close-ups of the actors’ faces, the camera slowly pulling away to let all this sink in for the viewer…but, in real life, most all of the extraordinary things happen with no more loudness than a whisper.” // Eli the Good by Silas House was a great, YA read. I don’t really know how to explain the book, except that it made me feel good. Eli is the most precious character that you end up really loving. I loved his observations about his family and everyday life. This was a good, quick read!

“Life changes you, even if you don’t realize it while it’s happening, and it turns out you can’t take back the years that have passed by.” // The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel has a lot of the elements that I love in a book! The family secret, the lovable characters, and the pretty much happy ending made this one that I will always remember. World War II was woven into this story in a beautifully tragic way, and it showed the reality of how war tears people apart. It also illuminates that people, no matter how difficult, will come together to help in times of great difficulty.

I also did a reading recap of the first ten books I read this year in a post here.

Watching-Related

This Is Us is just incredible television. I know that’s not really news to anyone, but wow. The finale was a bit disappointing I will say just because I thought we were going to find out what happened to Jack. I’m okay with prolonging it though, I guess. The redeemable part of that episode was Randal telling Beth that he wants to adopt. TEARS

I’m still watching Grey’s Anatomy, but mostly because I just have to finish it. I have to stick it out. It could be redeemed if they brought back another original cast member maybe, but we’ll see how it goes…

Yes, I am one of those people that watched The Bachelor, and yes, I was one of the people that picked Vanessa as my favorite. I was really sad for Raven just because she is so sweet, and I am more than a little bit annoyed about the way that they announced Rachel as the bachelorette before she was even off the show. I’m glad Nick’s season is over. I never really liked him…

Survivor is back, and it is crazy, as always. If you watch it, you know what I’m about to say, THAT TRIBAL COUNCIL was ridiculous, and the fact that Malcolm is the one they voted out makes me so mad. Get rid of Sandra, people!

Lastly, I made a bracket this year, so we’ve been keeping up with March Madness. I only made a bracket because our group of friends made one and a date night is on the line. I think I did decently, and at the time of writing this, it’s between my husband and one of the other guys to see who wins. Go UNC (that’s who we need to win for us to win the date night :))!!

Baby-Related

The IKEA high chair is the way to go when it comes to high chairs people. It’s cheap, and it is easy to clean! You can’t beat a $25 high chair people, you just cant. We’ve also been using this zip-up picnic blanket that my mom let us borrow to hang out outside with Henry. He loves it, but now that he’s mobile, he doesn’t really stay on it very well… Anyway, we’ve been keeping that accessible since we’ve had all this beautiful weather lately.

My brother got Henry some sunglasses that look a lot like these. Henry likes to take them off, but they are so cute when he does leave them on for a bit.

Will also bought Henry this Carter’s Baby Boys Baseball Cap . It is so cute! Henry will actually leave it on for awhile too. My parents bought the outfit that go with the hat too. Henry has no shortage of clothes or accessories, mostly because of his grandparents.

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Thanks, Mom, for this super cute picture of H!

Food/Drink-Related

While in Birmingham this past week, we visited Feast and Forest for breakfast with some friends. It has a really cool feel, a loft-type area, yummy food and coffee! It was a spot I’m sure we will visit again.

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We also went to the new Pizitz Food Hall in Birmingham with the same friends. We had bowls from Ono Poke which were essentially all the things from a sushi roll in a bowl. SO. GOOD. There are all different kinds of food from all over the world there, so it is definitely a place we’ll have to go back to to try more things!

Listening-Related

This was an impulse buy for us. We knew that we liked the Ed Sheeran stuff we had heard on the radio, but we had never been big enough fans to buy his other songs. We impluse-bought the deluxe version of his new album at Target, and we have been listening to it non-stop! I think Sam says, “Oh, I like this one!” to every single song, except track one.

I’ve also been listening to some podcasts recently, which I’ve really enjoyed. My favorites right now are The Popcast, which is about pop culture and is so funny. I find myself laughing out loud and talking back to Knox and Jamie the whole time. I’m also loving What Should I Read Next? for all my reading needs. This is one of those shows that I’ve gone back and listened to old episodes while waiting for the new one each week. Lastly, Sorta Awesome is another great listen. It is about all things awesome. I’ve really enjoyed it!

Blog-Related

I took a little break from Motherhood Monday (unintentionally but life got crazy), but it is back now! Jessica V. is my latest mom with a sweet story and some great words of wisdom. I’ve also been more intentional about blogging my photo sessions. There are several sessions on the blog that I would love you to look back at!

Life-Related

Life has been crazy around here lately. Sam had ACL and meniscus surgery at the beginnig of March. That required me to drive him around pretty much all month.

We’re also facing a big transition for our family. We haven’t really announced what that transition will be yet but keep checking back to find out what that may be.

We got to spend a week traveling and seeing family and friends, and I’ve been trying to carry my camera around more to take pictures of everyday life. This was a good time to start this practice.

Lastly, Henry is crawling, clapping, waving, and squealing all the time. He is such a happy baby, and he loves people.

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Henry has always loved bath time, and now his favorite thing to do is splash!

march birthdays

We celebrated the March birthdays on my side of the family this month!

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Henry with both of his maternal great-grandmothers.

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We can’t wait for Aunt Maci and Uncle Aaron to get married in June!!

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Henry got to meet and hang out with Rhyken, who is only 3 days younger than him.

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Henry with his Maw, Sam’s grandmother. She had a picture of Henry’s great great great grandfather, who was always named Henry!

That’s it for this month! Like I said, keep checking back to see what the big transition for our family is. We’re really excited about what’s to come!

 

Lexie Turns 6 Months Old!

Lexie turned 6 months old, and we took some cute pictures to celebrate. I met her family at the park, and we spent some time taking pictures. She was such a good sport! She loved all the poses, smiled at her parents the whole time, and showed off her little personality. We had a great time, even though it did start sprinkling a bit while we were there. Her parents even got in a few pictures too!

I’m looking forward to taking this cutie’s one-year-old pictures when the time comes! 🙂

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017

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Lexie Six-Month Pictures — Birmingham, AL — Spring 2017