Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cute summer booty

It's hot in Austin and we are taking full advantage of our backyard getting afternoon shade and spending time playing in the water. We are on year 3 of using this splash pad (our 2nd one, Jon popped one lasts year) and I haven't even showed Ford that we have this pool/slide for this summer, we are going to get it out this weekend. Lucy is such a funny girl. She hates crawling in the grass (see pictures below) and isn't so sure about the water yet, such a girly girl. Instead of going all out in her rash guard and swim suit, I let girlfriend play in the water table in her new Buttons diaper, have you seen a cuter booty? I think not. She mostly enjoys standing at Ford's tricycle and attempting to ring the bell and chasing Ernie. 

Buttons Diapers is a husband and wife team who sought out to make cloth diapers affordable for all. They sell prefold inserts and covers in the most adorable prints! Lucy is wearing the Afternoon Tea diaper cover. Buttons diapers come in 2 sizes, small 9-20lbs and large 20-35lbs and can be adjusted with snaps to fit your baby perfectly. Did you know that cloth diapers can double as reusable swim diapers? This saves my booty packing for the pool with a 1 year old and 2 year old! Hop over to my Instagram to enter  win a Buttons Diaper of your choice!

Buttons Cloth Diapers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Because a brave woman will choose LIFE, our family will grow by one sweet baby, hopefully in the next couple of months. Our future birth mother is selflessly choosing to carry this baby, despite that the world may tell her the baby is unwanted, and courageously choose adoption over abortion. More than ever, mine and Jon's hearts have been stirred towards speak out about our belief that God created each human life distinctly in His image and that life starts at conception. We recently learned from Save The Storks that 84% of post abortive moms thought abortion was their only choice. That breaks my heart but you know what? There is no condemnation in Christ and these women do not have to stay in the bondage of shame and guilt for their pasts. They can instead walk free in the redemption because of the blood of Jesus. This is where Save The Storks comes in. Save The Storks is an apolitical pro life ministry that partners with pregnancy resource centers all over the nation to provide tools and training so they can more effectively reach and serve abortion-minded expectant mamas. They own 22 beautiful state of the art buses (with 18 under contract currently!) that go to expectant women to provide them medical care/testing, counseling, prayer, and support. They don't desire to protest, defund, or change laws, but rather love on these women providing them resources, options, and freedom. The bus offers pregnancy and STD testing and onsite ultrasounds. And y'all... 4 out of 5 women who visit a Stork Bus choose LIFE!

Check out this video that shows the vision behind Save The Storks

I'd love for you to be a part of Save The Storks, working towards educating women and providing them with choices besides abortion. Each dollar donated saves the lives of babies and the hearts of women from shame, guilt, and sorrow. By donating $30 a month for 1 year, you save 1 woman and 1 child from the heartache of abortion. You also get this awesome shirt I am wearing below by partnering with STS. You can save lives friends! Donate here

Check out this Stork Bus...pretty awesome!

Find Save The Storks

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Very Meaty Mother's Day

....I know you are thinking to yourself, what on earth is this post about and I promise I will get to it!

This week Jon has asked me a few times how I want to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend. Man that's a toughie. Some days I want nothing more than to escape for the day and get pampered and be alone reading a magazine without the buzzing of a monitor or something saying mommy mommy 100000 times and some days I want nothing more than to be on the floor rolling around with them, playing restaurant, and playing hide and go seek. I'm sure all mamas can relate to me.... yes we want to be celebrated and loved on by the tiny little creatures who made us a mama but we also need time to indulge in ourselves (and our sanity) SO we can be good mamas. I'm going to get a pedicure with some friends tomorrow but Sunday I decided I want to go bowling (now that I type that out, it'll probably be a disaster with a 1 year old and 2 year old but hey, memories). Perfect balance of alone time and family time. We did start the celebrations early with dinner out last night... hey I've gotta milk this day for a while! Our family was invited to celebrate Mother's Day a little early at Estancia Churrascaria Brazilian Restaurant. If you know anything about me and Jon (go read my Seattle post), you'd know that food is our love language, namely really good meat. We are huge fans of Estancia and have been a few times before but this was our first time to bring the kiddos. I love the atmosphere, especially for a celebration because it is quiet and intimate (sorry to the date night patrons for our extremely adorable toddlers and their high pitched voices). Ford thought flipping over the card was the best thing ever. "Red means no food, green means eat food!". We let him take home one of the cards and I think his life was made. He was a big boy and tried steak, declared it was yummy, but preferred the "hotdog" aka sausage. I don't think I could find words to describe the must visit for your own experience of meaty, delicious, buttery goodness. I wouldn't recommend this to my vegetarian friends but if you are a meat eater, you haven't lived until you've visited Estancia. Take my word for it and keep your plate full of garlic Picana and bottom sirloin.

Estancia Churrascaria will be open all weekend to celebrate you and the mother's in your life! You can make a reservation easily online and mamas will receive a FREE lunch or dinner certificate. Thank you for taking care of us Estancia, we'll be back!

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