I honestly can’t believe it is the last day of October and its Halloween!!  This month literally flew by for us.   Lyla turned 3 and we threw her a party… my sweetest 2nd baby turned 18 months a few days ago. My parents came to visit for 4 days which was glorious. I had them all to myself and they filled my love tank by finishing all my started projects. We traveled and captured 5 weddings in four weekends …drove to LA twice, and life was just all around too busy.  So, we are beyond happy to chill at home this weekend and celebrate Halloween with our girls.  And thankfully its been gorgeous weather here in the north state!!

We are definitely dressing up tonight, and there may or may not be fairies running around in the cutest little costumes. Im so looking forward to our very first “trick or treating” …I can only imagine how much fun Lyla is going to have getting candy for no good reason..no bribes… just free candy. And Lucca, well she will probably stay close by my side watching all the other kids run around.  She doesn’t just “trust” any one so knowing her, she will find her own little happy place and be her content little self that she is.

We’ve been spending our afternoons on our new porch and Im assuming this is just the beginning for photos being captured here. I took these yesterday and thought I’d save our “costume” pictures for next week!… Here are just a few from our afternoon hangout. Hope you all have a fun night!  Happy Halloween from all of us!!

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Its almost been exactly 7 whole years that I moved to Redding, and I can honestly say that my heart is finally here. Moving is tough. Atleast it was for me. I moved here for Brent, which at the time he was only my boyfriend..and the only person I knew. I guess you could say that I was following my emotions, and thought it was the best thing to do. But somehow I left my heart somewhere else. Yes, he definitely had a piece of it, but I left a huge part of it back in the only place I knew… the place I grew up, and lived for 25 years.  The only “home”  I knew,  the place of many firsts and so many memories.  My life was full,  so, leaving that place and home was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Not only did I say goodbye to my family and friends, but I said goodbye to the life I only knew. I didn’t know how to find a new one or even begin the process of how to build one.  I already had a family and tons of friends…so starting over wasn’t something I knew.  And that was hard. Living in a place of not being “known”, where I had no friends and no one knew my last name.  I was “Brent’s girlfriend” …which  I loved and hated all at the same time.
Fast forward 6 years. We are still here, with two kids,  a new last name, seasons have passed, memories have been made, friendships have been formed and love has grown.  Life is good and we are seeing the fruit after the storm. Im not going to lie and say that its perfect. I still miss my family like crazy, and not being able to do “daily” life with them is hard. But I’ve been able to see the good and honestly the blessings of living in Redding. I’ve come to realize no city is perfect and this one is especially hot in the summer… but it is simple and peaceful, and for now this is where my heart is and my family belongs.
Life is so short and Im learning to cherish every moment with them…the ones that are here and the ones I don’t see quite as often. I can’t say that this is where we will be forever,  but for now it is exactly where I want to be.




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  • Dede

    Nicely put. I learned in bible study this week, where you are, be all there. Not always easy but necessary ReplyCancel

And just like that… she turned three.  The day she was born, she stole my heart… and not once have I wanted it back.  Happy Happy three years my sweet Lyla. You are one of a kind!

We had a wonderful time celebrating Lyla last sunday. It was a sorta last minute party with friends and family. I didn’t have time to bake and decorate too much, but most importantly we got to celebrate Lyla. My parents came and it was really perfect.
Thank you for all of you that entered the giveaway last week. It was really fun to share and be a part of this blogging community.
We are headed out of town ( yes again!) for work… so enjoy your week / weekend! xo

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In 7 days my little Lyla turns 3!!!  Im so excited to celebrate her and I am so excited to be having a giveaway in honor of this special occasion. I asked a couple of my favorite “kid” shops, Cagedbirdblog & Dunlap love to donate in her name and Im thrilled to share these with you and hopefully one of your littles will be blessed this week also!  Please follow the prompts below to enter the giveaway !


Giveaway #1:   $15.00  Shop Credit from Cagedbirdblog

From Wyatte, the mama behind Birdcageblog:

I am a Mom of two darling babes, 11 and 2. Our sweetest baby Josephine was diagnosed with Autism at 14 months. Painting portraits became my “me time” activity and as the financial burden of having a child with special needs started to present itself, I decided to sell custom portraits to help offset some of our costs. Portraits soon segued into bracelets, and the shop blossomed from there. Each bracelet is made by hand, each bead hand painted, each tassel handmade. Each bracelet is truly one of a kind! We deeply appreciate each and every purchase. Thanks for your support!


Giveaway 2:   $35.00  Shop Credit from Dunlap Love

From Kaylyn, the mama behind Dunlap love:

I am a Jesus lover, wife, and mom to 3 who loves all things design and out of the box. God has given my family a mission to care for the orphan. We brought our son home from Uganda in 2013 and through Dunlap Love we help adoptive families bring their children home forever through softie fundraisers, support orphanages, and put personalized softies into the hands of children in orphanages around the world. All my products are made by me and each one of a kind. I love how God has been able to use my love of quirky toys for His Kingdom.

****Winner will be announce on Sunday, October 12th.   Good Luck xoxo
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Hi!! Im alive:) Well,  Life has been nothing short of boring lately and I apologize for the lack of blogging…I honestly miss it deeply. And soon, very soon I will be back in the swing of things, I promise. We have been non stop traveling almost every weekend to capture some very special weddings and trying to keep up on this thing called “life” .. And even though we are exhausted… we do love this season. Thankfully wedding season gives us a break after Thanksgiving for a couple months.  Last weekend was a double wedding weekend for us and we left our girls for 3 nights / 4 days… which is so hard!!   We took this (iphone) picture right before our 2nd wedding…so, please excuse our eye wrinkles…I blame the lack of sleep and hours of driving…
Life has been good and I’m really looking forward to jump back in to the normal routine of “blogging” I can usually do. Ever since we got home from our vacation to Hawaii… I’ve been (too) busy and actually have had a lot on my mind.   I have been wanting to write and share my heart… but I have been a bit guarded of what that could or should look like.    When writing on a “personal” blog that can be shared anywhere on the internet … it makes you ( and me ) think twice before hitting the “publish” button.  I’ve been known to have a few “drafts” pending now for awhile.  Although life has been so good to our family and the few health scares we had earlier this summer turned out to be nothing,   I have had to face some hard things.   Im not totally ready to share my heart and what I’ve been thinking about, but I can say that I keep leaning on the Lord and pushing through the “whys and unknowns”.  Life can be so good, so full of blessings and sometimes so challenging.   My friend Season has become one of my biggest inspirations,  Her son Kicker was diagnosed with Leukemia about 10 months ago.    If you follow me on facebook or instagram, you may remember me sharing his picture and the garage sale/ fundraiser I had for him this past spring.  Anyways.. through this incredibly hard journey Season has been such a Light in such dark places. Not only does she give her kids amazing care ( and food), she has been able to share her knowledge on Holistic health and nutrition and started a non-profit to help bring these things to chilidren fighting against cancer.  I have been wanting so badly to introduce her here, but want to honor her and also protect her family.   My heart behind saying this is to shed light on this subject, ask for prayer for Kicker and donate if you feel lead.  You can follow her blog here  and their new non profit The KICKcancER Foundation here.

On another note, Lyla turns 3 in two weeks and of course, Im not prepared. Thankfully I have a little bit of time and she doesn’t totally understand the whole “birthday” thing yet. Of course we are so so excited to celebrate her life… she is such a gift.

Hope you all have a great week…

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  • leah

    I just caught up on all of your recent blog posts. I love them all and love you, sister!!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE YOU! This made me cry. Would love to share our story on your beautiful blog! You are such a good friend!ReplyCancel