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About

I am a 29 year old Christian wife and mama living in the greatest city on earth...Austin, TX. I married the love of my life, Jon, on February 5th, 2011 and we have 3 beautiful children who we are coined the #hartlittles on social media. Ford Nehemiah was born August 11th, 2013, Lucy Joy April 27th, 2015, and Gideon Aaron November 7th, 2016. God took us on the wildest ride to our son Gideon Aaron through domestic adoption (a 4 month long failed match with a baby girl and 4 days later receiving the news that our son, Gideon was born the night before). You can view the video diary we made about the journey to Gideon here and the story behind his name here. We also have a 4 legged fur baby, Ernie the Frenchie who drives me insane but I love him to pieces. I am a stay at home mom who has a heart for ministering to new moms and have a love for crafting, design, embroidery, and cooking (follow my shop Instagram @ruthiemonograms). Most importantly, my husband and I are servants of the Lord. We believe in the bible and our marriage and lifestyle is built on the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. I pray that my identity in Christ shines and that by reading my blog, you can feel encouraged, hopeful, and treasured. 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 
- Psalm 73:26


Some fun facts about us...


Many people say I look like Kristin Chenoweth...a younger, brunette version.
Jon is almost 6 years older than me...cradle robber.
We were on an episode of House Hunters July 20th, 2012.
Jon went to Baylor, I went to Texas A&M...Sic Em/Gig Em.
My husband was the one who encouraged me to start blogging 
We are addicted to the show Impractical Jokers and play board games almost every night.
I started a moms group in Austin called Ladies with Babies that has grown to almost 10,000 women,
We attend The Austin Stone Community Church and are Missional Community leaders.
We love Jesus more than we love each other.


62 comments:

Jenni Lynn said...

you and your husband are so cute!! I love how you captured so many of your wedding memories!

ThisMamaThing said...

You guys are adorable. Ernie rocks! Visiting from #commenthour.

Celia Houck said...

love your blog. visiting from #commenthour and following you. :)

Adrienne said...

Also visiting from #commenthour....your setup is very professional looking, well done! My eyes were immediately drawn to your book worm post. I am obsessed with books and am (slowly) working on my own book. I agree about not paying full price for either. I get a ton at garage and rummage sales. But I also tend to keep my books so I don't use the library as much as I should. :) Oh and if you haven't done so give the Twilight series a try...but make sure you have a lot of free time coming up! :)

www.adriennecarrick.com

Jazmin @ My Little Memory Jar said...

Woahmygosh. Girlie, I can't get over how stunning you are! I am interested in having you guest post... but can't find your e-mail. The link I click doesn't work. :/ Can you please shoot me an e-mail... jazmiller09@yahoo.com

www.millerhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

♥Jazmin

Kayla Yow said...

I just wanted to say your blog is too cute! I am now following you! :)

Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary said...

Hi! Just found your blog via Mrs T Naturally and wanted to say hi! :) xo -Heather

Anonymous said...

Hi! We just became friends on 20SB and I wanted to check out blog. I'm super glad I did! You have a great outlook on life. Can't wait to read more. :)

Soleil Doux @ Soleil Doux Blog said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! I have really enjoyed looking around, and my French Bulldog, Zoey, is especially smitten with Ernie. ♥

... said...

Ruthie,

I am new to the blog world and its so exciting to see other girls who have a love for Christ out there and sharing their lives! (:

Jordan Marie @ hottlt.com said...

Loving on your blog! and I'm moving to Austin soon! Maybe we can be real friends! Cute puppy!

<3xojo

Jessica Ruud said...

You are so cute and short!! I love it! :) I'm wayyy short so I can say that haha.

Love your blog hun. xo.

janetha - meals and moves said...

just from your about me page i love your blog! my husband wants a frenchie so badly so i have a feeling we will be getting one eventually--we already have a basset hound and a swiss mountain dog mix. do you love austin? i have always wanted to visit there.. it's one of the top 10 healthiest cities in the USA! rad. anyway--adding you to my reader now, glad you made my recipe so i could find you!

womanwalkignupright said...

I am so happy I found your blog! You have such a joy about you! Thank you for sharing your life! May God continue blessing you and your cute little family!

Breanna said...

I hadn't realized you are living in Austin! That's not far from me!

You and your husband are too cute :)

Nicole said...

I love the part that says, "My husband and I are servants and children of the Lord." So beautiful!

Unknown said...

i found your blog on hollie's link up, and it is very refreshing. you and your husband are adorable, as is your puppy :) thank you for sharing!

-megan

Lani Derrick said...

Just found your blog through Chelsea, looking forward to reading more. newest follow here in ATX.

NickandCaeli said...

Oh, I am so excited about stumbling upon this blog! I love when I find a blog whose writer is Christian. I think it brings such value to the content. So excited to start reading... Keep the faith!

Katie Cook said...

Ruthie! So fun to find your blog, you are too adorable! I'm so excited to get to know you more:) love Katie

Unknown said...

Hi Ruthie. I was curious, did you design your blog or did you have it custom designed? I ask because I love it. I have a blog as well, I just started it and I'm trying to make it...beyond awesome. I wanted to know if you recommended any websites or had any other ideas on making and fun, cool, eye catching, make you want to read blog page design. My email is psncues@gmail.com and my blog is thesesweetpeas.blogspot.com.
Thanks for any ideas and thought.

Michelle D. said...

Hi Ruthie,

My husband and I saw your episode of house hunters which led me to your blog. I love your dining room. Jon did a great job on the chevron wall. I recently bought a salvaged wood dining table and would love to know where you got your chairs. I really like the combination of yellow and grey together.

Thanks,
Michelle

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Knitting Diva said...

Hi Ruthie! Love your blog, your love of life and God! In your post of 9/21/12 you mentioned an issue with the new blogspot not allowing uploading of several pictures. I am having the same problem on my blog http:/knittingoncloudix.blogspot.com and was wondering what you did on your site to resolve this.

Normally, if I'm taking time for a post I certainly want more than 1 pic! Thank you and Happy Blogging! Dawn
Wflynn1@triad.rr.com

Cramer Coffee and Jesus said...

So glad i found your blog!! Found ya from twitter (someone announcing your giveaway!!) Love following ppl who share the common interest of loving Jesus....your little family of 3 is precious (because yes, the dog matters!!) Haha newest follower.

MandaBeth said...

Hi there. I found your blog due to house hunters and have been following ever since. I know you and Jon have a love of "the mustache" and I came across this via pinterest, had to share...
http://prudentbaby.com/2010/07/entertaining-food/its-a-2/

Hanna said...

Hi there. I'm new here. I just found your blog through Jenna at the life of a wife. New follower for sure! Your gorgeous and adorable!!!! Love:)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. House Hunters, eh? How was that? I am now "following" your blog and hope you will go have a look at mine. It's new and I am not real sure what I am doing so critique with care! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

a) you are beautiful!
b) i love your blog
c) i love jesus
d) i'll now be stalking you!!!!

-xoxo-

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Courtney said...

Your love for Jesus makes me smile. Shine on!

Leslie Monroe said...

You guys are so cute! Just saw House Hunters and had to check out your blog. It's so pretty, and love how you write about your faith. Keep it up sister!

Leslie
http://www.besimplybetter.com

Unknown said...

I saw you on House Hunters last night & just looked up your blog. I thought it was cool that we have a few similarities. Although we are 40 something'ers', my husband is 5 years older than me (we joke that he's a cradle robber also). He grows a beard every Thanksgiving till New Years. We live in Lubbock (both went to Texas Tech), but Kevin was born in Austin & grew up in S.A. Our 2nd son is named Austin.
I believe I will continue following & (enjoying) your blog. I bet y'all will have some cute kiddos someday! Julie

Katie said...

Ruthie! I happened to see your episode of House Hunters today. They showed that part about your blog and after a little bit of thorough creeping I am ecstatic to have discovered you went to A&M! Right now I am a sophomore communication major there. Again, I am so glad to have found your blog and can't wait to see what you write about in the future!

Unknown said...

I left a comment on 1/1/13 & then saw your email today that asked for email addresses in order for you to respond. juliemomx3@att.net (if you want to, that is =)

Aimee said...

I'm another person who found you after House Hunters! How fun. I hope the new house is exactly what you wanted and dreamt of. I was hoping you'd pick that house BTW!

Becca Moss said...

Congratulations on becoming a mommy-to-be! You will absolutely love it and boys are the best!

Megan C said...

I just read through this after following you from the Mommy link-up and I realized we were both from Texas and I attended Baylor University and graduated 2008... small world!

Dee @deeConstructed.com said...

Watching a repeat of your House Hunter's episode & I love Ernie! My {2} frenchies are my everything. Glad I turned on the tv tonight. ~ Dee

Unknown said...

Hi! My husband and I are just watching House Hunters and were interested in looking up your blog. I have recently started blogging myself, so I love reading other people's blogs. I have enjoyed what I've read so far!
Anyway, hope you found your dream home. :)

wtyndale said...

Hi. Saw you blog via house hunters. I just have to ask about your love of Jesus more than your husband---and presumably more than your son-to-be. Are you so certain this is a good idea? I have a son, and I was once a devoted Christian too. But one day I discovered that my church (and your church) hadn't been fully honest with me. Among other things, I read "Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman. I learned that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are actually anonymous works---not eyewitness accounts as my church and bible publisher claimed (in contradiction to the evidence). Once you you realize this one fact, you start to look further, and then the whole story starts to unravel...

Nik said...

I recently watched your episode of House Hunters and just love your personality. I had to check out your blog. :) Congratulations on your future baby boy.

Unknown said...

I saw you blog on house hunters last week and I swear Ive read a LOT of your blogs since then! You keep the reader captivated! I also think its quite inspiring how you, a christian wife puts God first. Its something I am trying to do more and more and you have inspired me on my journey. So thank you and keep blogging! (congrats on the baby too)

Unknown said...

I just saw your episode of House Hunters today! Congrats on your baby! I miss my pregnant belly! Your house is amazing and you and your hubby sure are super cute! I've only read a couple of posts so far and they are awesome! I look forward to trying some recipes as well :)

Cara said...

I saw your House Hunters repeat episode yesterday which gave me the idea check out your blog, and I have to say I've been reading it ever since! This is my first introduction into the world of blogging and I'm completely hooked. I look forward to your posts and trying some of the recipes you posted! (i'm trying the pumpkin butter tonight and can't wait)Ps. congratulations on your bundle of joy, it truly is a gift from God :)

Unknown said...

I found you from your guest post today on The Magnolia Pair and boy am I glad I stopped by! I am so inspired by your faith and I am really enjoying reading through your posts. We have so much in common. Congratulations on the baby and keep up the great work :)

Unknown said...

Hey Ruthie, I just saw a rerun of your House Hunters and I have to say that you remind me so much of a brunette Miranda Lambert! Love your blog!

roadster99 said...

Hey, Ruthie! Just saw the rerun like Maggie G and she is right about you and Miranda Lambert!!

Unknown said...

I'm moving to an area about an hour outside of Austin called Copperas Cove so I'm recording episodes of House Hunters that take place in Texas. So glad I'm not the only one who searches fav couples from HH! Very happy to see your love of Christ and it is apparent that it strengthens your love of each other & your family! Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy & may God continue blessing you!

Lauren Elliott said...

Just found your blog through Jess (JMN Way) and I am so glad I did! (and just realized why you looked so familiar - House Hunters - my husband & I can't get enough of that show haha). Love your precious space & your sweet heart for the Lord. Can't wait to explore your blog more :)

Lauren
www.simplyfreeblog.com

Allison Wall said...

You have such a beautiful family and heart for God! So happy to have found your blog!

cajunmomof2boys said...

Your baby is beautiful and he happens to be born on my birthday. By the way which was 46 years ago. Best of luck with this handsome little one.

Unknown said...

I found your blog after watching your episode of House Hunters and I'm so glad I checked it out! New follower and can't wait to read more!

Tiffany said...

Love your blog! Also, my twin boys have the same birthday as your son. 8-11-13 :-)

Mrs. Southern Mama said...

Love that you started Ladies with Babies! No idea. I see your name pop up on there, but didn't even realize you founded it. Super cool. Also, Impractical Jokers is HILARIOUS. Such a great show :)

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