What made me grateful this week..

This has been a very hard week. Our littlest was diagnosed on Monday with RSV and an ear infection. Thankfully so far it has been a very mild case and I am so grateful for that.

Thursday we were able to go to Harrison’s preschool to see his Thanksgiving play and watch him have a Thanksgiving feast with his friends. They sang the cutest little songs. While watching him sing and play with his friends I could not help but become emotional and overcome with gratitude that we found this little school. I’ll post some pictures below for you to enjoy.

I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with everyone they love.

Our last trip as a family of 3…

As I lay here next to my sleeping 3 year old, it is so hard to wrap my head around the fact that 1 week from today I will be napping with him for the last time before he becomes a big brother. Harrison is going to be such an AMAZING big brother but my heart can’t help but worry about how much his world is about to change.

Maternity photo session 3 weeks ago. You can tell in his smiles how excited he is for Carter to be here!

We always take a quick trip right before Christmas either to Atlanta or Athens. My husband Ryan is a basketball coach so it’s a perfect little break almost halfway through his season. This year his schedule was too crazy so we were unable to take one. Delaying the trip ended up being absolutely perfect because we were able to turn the trip into a final trip for Harrison as an only child. The weather ended up being cold and gloomy the first day but we didn’t let that put a damper on our trip. We went swimming in the indoor pool, ate at our favorite restaurants, took a walk through campus and finished the weekend shopping. It was a wonderful weekend full of memories that will never be forgotten. It’s so hard to believe that our next trip will be to the beach as a family of 4!!!! I’ll post some pictures from our trip below 🙂

Harrison’s favorite fountain on campus. He always wants to go see it

Ringing the victory bell with daddy is his favorite

We love visiting the campus bookstore
He loves just watching the fountain

Eating at The Varsity for the first time

The weekend definitely wore this sweet boy out

Stepping out of my comfort zone..

When I look at this square I find so many imperfections. I see several squares that don’t quite match up. I also see something I’m incredibly proud of. This block right here is the first sewing project I ever took on!

I have so many amazing women in my life past and present who I have looked up to because they are incredible sewers. I have beautiful quilts from my great grandmother, my grandmother and also from Kathy that I will forever cherish. The thought of being able to sew always seemed so overwhelming and something I thought I may never be able to learn how to do. That all changed one day when Kathy asked me to help her with a project for Market.

Now I will be the first one to tell you that I am FAR from a professional. But helping Kathy make those little 12 inch blocks reminded me that big things can happen if we just take a couple steps out of our comfort zone and try. After helping Kathy with those 12 inch squares I even took on a couple small projects for our little guy who is set to arrive in 2 weeks. I’ll post a picture below of the bib I sewed together.

Front of bib

Back of bib

These are all definitely baby steps but I hope to share with you all my sewing journey and hopefully over time my skills get better and better. I’d love to hear from each one of you what your first sewing project was.

My first little area to sew. I put it in our living room so I’d be close to my family while I sewed.

The Journey Begins

Our journey actually began almost 7 years ago. I stood almost in a daze at the beautiful old church that had been restored to an event venue. The setting was beautiful. The decorations were stunning. The evening was perfect and many of my close family and friends were there. A wonderfully happy time.

So why did I have such a pit in my stomach? My baby of 25 years, my sweet son, Ryan was about to make legal his decision for whom he would live the rest of his life. And it wasn’t me.

I told myself I was gaining a daughter and not losing a son. And both of those things were partially true. And so our MIL/DIL relationship began.

Why did we decide to do a blog? Lots of MIL’s and DIL’s share with me their stories when they find out that I am a business partner with my DIL. Some are great stories. Some are sad stories. But all have a story. Are we experts in the field of life or relationships or even design (which is the business we share)? Absolutely not! If anyone were to say they were a pro at any of these, I would have to beg to differ. The only thing certain in life, relationships or business, is its uncertainty. But to get better at any of these you need to become a follower. And see what others do. So this will be a sharing blog. One that we hope our readers will contribute to.

We will bounce around and our topics will definitely not be in any kind of chronological order. That would take too much planning. We hope to talk about our relationship, our business partnership, our industry, our design business, our life and what we see out in the world in a light-hearted approach. We will add in lots of quilty info. We hope you will follow along and join in with comments and questions (for us and our other readers). Hopefully, we will find a few “guest contributors” from our community. We are excited to learn.

How adorable are these two??? (Ryan and Bekah)