So I came home last night and saw Taylor in Our sons room folding his clothes and baby blankets and my gosh I had to capture the moment! She is going to be the best mommy to our son! You are so loved and appreciated my beautiful wife.
The truth is having two kids so close together is HARD. You constantly struggle with making sure you give them both the same love and attention, you have days where your patience is tested from the moment you open your eyes, you worry twice as much and sometimes you cry twice as much when the days are long and the nights are short.
But then you find a routine, you find joy in the chaos (most times), and you find yourself daydreaming about how much fun they’re gonna have growing up together. And then you see how much your oldest loves your youngest, and how much your youngest smiles when your oldest stalks her 24/7. Then it’s ALL absolutely worth it. I am excited to see them grow up in a loving, happy home and build a strong sisterhood with each other, just like @andrea_245 and I have now✨
Happy birthday to our beautiful Alicia! Six today. Oh my goodness, where has the time gone?! Such a wonderful niece and an even better big cousin. Amelia adores you princess. We love you and can’t wait to see all that God has for you this year 💕
Yesterday like many DMV folks I was able to explore the winter wonderland that we call home! Del Ray has truly become a place I call home, I’ve been here for 2 1/2 years (Alexandria for 5) I’ve gotten married here, had our first home here, have many friends here from running club, Orangetheory, and church, we are starting a family here.
. I never in a million years would have thought Virginia would be home. But this navy brat has started to find out what having a home place means and it’s not “where you’ve lived the longest” (though it helps) but where you grow, love, laugh, create memories and build a community! .
“They follow me even though they don’t follow me.”
I never wanted peace in my life as much as I do now. I am so over drama, negative energy and things that complicate my life. It’s 2019 and I am at the age where I don’t find playing games or having a stalker (who apparently doesn’t have anything better to do than to stalk every social media I have as well as search about me) entertaining or fun. That’s just annoying, scary and honestly, creepy. I want a complete peace of mind and enjoy the blessings god is giving me with nothing, but positivity so if you’re blocked & you still manage to see this after making multiple fake accounts that I had to block, get help. At this point it’s not even a suggestion.. you should REALLY get help because what you’re doing is not normal, but crazy... Honestly, leave me alone and focus on yourself & whatever the hell it is you are doing with your life because I’m not famous to need/want a FAN who doesn’t even support me or follow me, but instead unblocks me just to see what I have shared be it pictures or stories (doesn’t even like or comment) then blocks me again (see that made you get caught.. by you doing the most.. I wouldn’t have noticed you until I saw the red flags). I am at a different point in my life where I am only focused on my family, love, blessings, happiness & growth.. maybe in the past I would have entertained it & played along to the pettiness, but I am too grown to do that. I left my 18’s years ago.
We got a phone call. 3 month old little girl. My heart screamed YES YES YES, but we decided we’d talk it over and give them a call back. Not an hour later we returned the call and they had already placed her somewhere else. Prayers for their home and situation.
As a mama of a 3 month old little girl this call really captured me. These babies, and what they go through, is absolutely devastating. I’m pained for each and every child in all their confusion and distress.
I feel a tinge of heart break every day as I reminisce on our fosters. I think of baby boy every.single.time I give Hadley a bath because of how much fun he had during bath time. I think of him when I see bananas, or when I see the crib he slept in. I think of our toddler girl and how much I just want to hold her close, and put her curly hair up in pigtails. I think of T every time I see a rock or leaf on the ground as he collected one each day. I miss them, because I love them, and I know they’ll never be with me again. Nevertheless, I would do it, and will do it again and again. I’ll be holding my baby girl extra close today, not taking a single moment spent with her for granted. 🖤
The past week has been pretty crazy in the McMullin house. We’ve been organizing, purging, and making room.
This little nugget has been a trooper! Now we’ve FINALLY finished out our bonus room.
Our hope is it will be a safe haven for guests of all shapes and sizes to feel loved and welcome.
So far, Ethan’s favorite part is the “big boy bed” (toddler bed) that we set up! 😂 It may have taken some bribery to get him to leave!
Here’s to 2019 and all the changes it has to offer, big and small❤️
THREE MONTHS 🐘
Sweet Hadley Elliana turned three months old just days after mom and dad’s three year anniversary! I’m feeling extra mushy over here thinking about 3 amazing years of marriage, and extra thankful they include this perfect little girl [who looks stunning in mama’s wedding gown!] It’s been an extraordinary 3 months with my mini. What a learning experience for us both. I think it’s safe to say I’ve grown just as much, if not more than she has. My little baby is 3 whole months old. We’re still often reminded of how tiny she is though. Stay tiny forever, sweet girl.
Some of her favorites now include:
Yoga with mommy, giggling-oh so much giggling!, smiling, cooing, watching lights and movements, toys that talk, story time, Bible studies with mom and dad, dancing, singing during worship (she always sings along at church and it makes my heart melt more than anything,) bubble baths with mommy, sensory teethers, cuddles, essential oils, wearing all the bows, and drooling on everything. Happy New Year!
Oh what fun yesterday was.
New puppy, new cubby & new car. These three had a ball and there were just so many sweet moments - I wish I could’ve captured them all 😍
“Dear, whoever said it will get easier... I believe you now. In the beginning moments things seemed impossible and I didn’t believe anyone. There was no light at the end of the tunnel and I thought I had screwed my family for good by bringing another human into this world. We are good now, things are messy and beautiful and hard but we are much better than we were. Those first few weeks were really tough, we are still all getting to know one another. And to the next mom who asks me how to survive it... I don’t expect you to believe me, it’s something you have to experience yourself. Just remember that nothing is permanent.” @mamanicoledavis#buildingafamily#motheringwithoutfear
Wall Art Printables are hitting the shop this week! Some are already up! Take a peek here and be on the lookout over the next few days for even more!
These make for a great addition to your home or nursery decor, or even as a gift for a friend or a baby shower! Simply download, print, and place in a frame.
These wall art printables are instant, digital downloads and come in three sizes with each purchase: 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14. You also have the choice of portrait or landscape orientation, and the files are available in both PDF and JPEG formats depending on whether you choose to print from home or send the file to a printing company.
One of the best mom life hacks there is, and it happens to fit right in your pocket...because if it's not convenient #fahgetaboutit 🙌
You know when your kids wake up with a sniffle or something they didn't have the night before and you know what's coming...
Just grab your trusty Thieves roller and & apply down the spine, back of the neck/behind ears, or even on the bottoms of feet before bed (our kids especially like that because it tickles ☺️)
It's kind of a fun way to give their immune systems a little boost without them realizing it -- so much easier than getting them to take those yucky cough syrups, ammiright mommas??
Todas as vezes que Deus der uma visão a você, Ele também te dará pessoas. Um dia Deus desceu à terra e contemplou um povo construindo algo, porém não encontrou neles um coração correto. Deus então diz; é melhor que Eu os pare, senão ninguém poderá pará-los. A minha oração é que Deus continue encontrando em nós um coração correto e diga ao nosso respeito. NINGUÉM PODERÁ PARÁ-LOS!!!
You are beautiful baby girl 💕
You are kind and you are gentle. You are cautious; I love that because you are careful and think before you act. You take a bit to warm up to others but then they are your best friend. You are so thoughtful and loving. I love the little expressions of love: picking up your sister’s toy for her, giving us big cuddles and constantly saying ‘I love you’ 🖤
S i m p l i f y
Welcome to ourheppilyeverafter.
Today is a big day for us. It’s our anniversary. Elliott has put up with me for three whole years [more than that, really.]
One of my favorite aspects of our relationship is that we support each other’s dreams. & we have big dreams.
The Hepp family has decided to fulfill our vow of adventure, choosing experiences over items. We’ve spent the past several months ditching our belongings and initiating a travel-friendly tiny home life.
We’re just a couple of California raised foster parents, turned minimalist, adventure seekers who got fed up with the nonsense of all the fluff and decided to ditch it for simplicity and freedom in the form of tiny-home living.
Yep, we’re giving a good ol’ Sayonara to the white-picket-fence life that is our 4-bedroom house, yard, cars, storage unit, and all the JUNK that fills the crevices. We took the plunge, selling legitimately everything we own with the exception of key essentials, and building ourselves a cozy lil’ tiny home. We’re trading in comfort for freedom, and focusing our attention on our biggest passions- mission work, travel, and adoption. #lovelikejesus
Join us as we share the inner-workings of our adventure, how we made it happen, where we’ll go from here, and the behind the scenes of our day to day.
Let’s do life together! 👣
What a year 2018 has been for both of us! The first half of 2018 was pretty pants for both of us. (Those who know us well, will know what we went through) But WOW, we’ve had a blast since we’ve met. Honestly can’t believe how lucky we are 😍😁🤪 2019 and beyond is going to be amazing. .