The End of a Chapter - More Changes for Our Family

Joe has been mowing other people's lawns since he was eight years old. When I first met him, back in high school, he was running Joe's Lawn Care and he mowed the lawn of the family who I babysat for so I got to see him in action quite often. When last year's season ended, we knew that we had some decisions to make before the next season started. Joe was considering upgrading his truck and adding a second crew to mow during the day, while his high school employees were in class. We also considered having him quit his full time job and grow Mow Joe full time with a small crew.

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Why I Quit My Job to Stay Home Full Time

If you haven't heard already, I put in my notice of resignation at work last month and have been home full-time for two weeks now. I've mentioned it on Instagram a few times and shared the news with my newsletter subscribers, but I've had a few people ask me to share more about my decision to quit and everything that went into it and that's something that I want to share, so I wrote this post for those of you who have asked (and those of you who haven't).

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Six Relationship Memories from our Six Years of Marriage

Today we are celebrating six years of marriage. Tonight we plan on celebrating our family's "birthday" with the kids, going to dinner and doing something fun. This weekend we have plans for just the two of us. We are excited to celebrate our marriage by spending quality time with our little family and with each other. In honor of the occasion, I decided to share a few of my most favorite memories from our time together.

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Welcome to Married Life - It's 2017

If you read my last Welcome to Married Life post, I have an update for you. I purchased Eggos for Joe and while I still feel like they are different than waffles, they are delicious! I almost feel like they're a more pastry like feel than the waffles that I make though, they're crispy and airy and so perfectly yummy! They became a staple in our household because they're quick, easy and I know that everyone will eat them.

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Why I Miss Our Time in the NICU

It has been seven months since we left the NICU but I still think about it often. Is it weird to say that I miss that place? How could someone miss having half of your heart at home with the toddler and the other half in the hospital with your tiny little one? Those three weeks were definitely some of the hardest in our lives but also some of the best. I cried more tears during those weeks than I have at any other time in my life, and while some of them were tears of anger, frustration or sadness, quite a few of them were tears of joy.

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Welcome to Married Life - Fall and The Holidays

All day one day in September, Bensen was making noises that sounded like he was beat boxing. I posted it on Snapchat a lot because I was so entertained and then told Joe about it when he got home. It turns out, he was actually chanting. What was he chanting? "Bensen, Bensen, Bensen" in a whispered voice. Joe taught him to chant his own name.... Now he chants his name as he goes down the stairs and randomly throughout the day.

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Welcome to Married Life - Summer

The last few months since graduation, things have been crazy and fun! We've been busy spending time together as a family, working on house projects and preparing for the birth of our new little one. I didn't think she'd be here quite this soon (more details coming Friday), but it's been a great way to end our summer! I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year has in store.

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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update - Hospital Bed Rest

This post was going to be an update about how I'd been put on modified bed rest, what baby girl's room looks like right now and a few other things. Instead, I'm writing this post from a hospital bed, where I'm on total bed rest for anywhere from the next day or two to a couple of weeks. My doctor put me on modified bed rest at my appointment on Wednesday morning because I told her that I'd been contracting and feeling really uncomfortable.

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How We Display Keepsakes from Our Wedding

Five years into marriage, I still love to look at pictures and items from our wedding and reminisce on the little details off our special day. When we got married, I knew that I wanted a way to display some of the decor from our wedding in our home. Looking at those keepsakes often and remembering the details of that day seemed like a better idea to me than putting everything in a box with the rest of my treasures and storing them in a closet somewhere. I've had fun finding the perfect place in our house to display each of our items!

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Four Secrets to More Memorable Date Nights

I've always had a passion for date night, but for a couple of years, we were taking date night for granted. Now more than ever, with our busy schedules and our roles as parents, being intentional with date night is important to us. I don't expect every week's activity to be one that I remember in detail for year's to come, but I want to be intentional with each one and not take any of them for granted. By remembering the things that have made other dates memorable, I hope to add more memories to our story, make our marriage greater and make date night a ritual that we look forward to anxiously each week.

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Baby #2 Gender Reveal!

I thought I had him convinced, until he came home for lunch the day of our ultrasound. We spent his entire lunch break discussing what we wanted to do. Joe suggested that he could just find out and tell, who made our pinata, and keep it a secret from me and everyone else for the week. I told him there was no way that I'd let him find out without me, so we made a deal instead and both found out that day. For the rest of the week, we let our families think that we'd be finding out our baby's gender on the same day as them. It would have been a fun surprise, but I didn't mind finding out just Joe and I!

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Wives to Watch in Every Stage of Life - Amberly of A Prioritized Marriage

Each stage of life looks different and brings unique challenges to every couple. My hope is that you will be inspired by the stories of the women in this series. I hope that their experiences will help you find more ways to make your marriage relationship a priority throughout every stage of your own life.

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A Look at What's Next for Our Family

Family time is high on our list of priorities because we have no excuses not to spend quality time making memories together, and because we are still working, we have to make the most of the time that we can spend together every single night. I get excited thinking about our future and all of the traditions that we can start now that Bensen is old enough to appreciate them and I have time to carry them out.

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