Have you seen the new Letterpress Blocks from DaySpring? They are so fun!

letter blocks

I got to choose a few of my favorite words to display around my home. It was so hard to decide!


I ended up with STAY. Joel and I have been talking about how we want to make sure we keep inviting people into our home even during this crazy time in our lives. We are so tired and overwhelmed sometimes and it would be easy to become inward focused (especially for a hermit like me). So this is such a good reminder to have around our house. We want people to come into our home, feel loved and known, and STAY awhile. Who wants to come over?


I had to get a 6 too. I love having numbers around our home to represent our growing family. A simple six is a way to include Cora…and I love that.


And JOY for Christmas. So thankful that we can have true JOY in Christ no matter what the circumstances this holiday season bring.


There are a few favorite words that you can purchase as a set if you are a bad decision maker. Haha. But I love the ‘build your own word’ interactive site. It allows you to choose your letters and letter size and see how they look together. I am such a visual person so I really needed this!

letter blocks 2

I love the idea of giving these as a gift. Here are some fun ideas…the year a family was established…a house number…a family name…attaching an initial to the top of a gift…a favorite word…a word for the new year. You could do so many things!

So how about a giveaway so you can build your own words too?! DaySpring is generously giving away $100 credit to one of my readers.

Giveaway Details:

$100 DaySpring gift card

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 17 @ 10PM (CST)

To enter, visit DaySpring

Then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me what word/number/phrase you would build with your letter blocks.

And if you are still trying to get some last minute Christmas shopping done these would be perfect for so many people! You still have time to order and get them before Christmas…and it would even be personalized! Use code 30MACS to get 30% off the letterpress blocks at DaySpring. Discount good for letterpress blocks only. Discount expires at NOON tomorrow (December 17, 2014). And don’t forget you can get free shipping on orders over $50.

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  • December 16, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    kasey - What a fun giveaway! I would love the number 5 for our family and maybe “H” for our last name.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Melissa - Love this-would get my last name :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Janelle - Love this! We just moved…I would get our new house number.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Rachel - Cute! I would get our last name!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    Angie - I would also pick a 6 to represent our family. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    Carley - That’s hard to decide! I’d go with “Be Still.” (Not sure if you can do two words…but I’m going for it!) It’d be a great reminder to be present and stop just going and going and going.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Shannon - I would either get our last name or 4ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Erin C. - So pretty! I would do the number 6 because we are a family of 5, hoping to adopt soon.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Liana - I would do Shine, Grace or Est. 2002!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    C Rassi - I would get our last name, but I also love your stay.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Michelle D - Love these! I would get our last name, or Est.2003. Merry Christmas to you and your precious babies!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Maria Goins - I would probably get our last name and est 2004. Or a random word :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Ashley - Love the #5 for our family size and the letter W for our last name. :) Cute idea.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Julie Anderson - I love letters and numbers too! I’d get “Malachi 3:10″ to put somewhere in our home. That verse has had a special meaning to our family this year.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    chrissi - i love the stay. i would choose hope. trying to remind my family never to give up hope.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    Christi {Jealous Hands} - What a fun giveaway! I would lov to have a 4, or the date our fam was established (1998) or ‘gather’.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    Cara - Probably our last name plus a 3. Love this!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Cristin Thurman - I would love to have the “shine” letters! Let your light SHINE!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Katie D - Great ideas! I like having our family’s first initials on our mantle- Tkecl. Might look funny to some but I would love it. I would also like a 7 to include our little ones that have gone before us.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Alisha - I absolutely love these! I also love how you decorate your home. I think I’d do our last name OR grace… as a reminder to give it to each other and ourselves! Oooh – I also like the idea of our hour number… maybe in our entry way. So many fun options.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Amanda Stan - I would get either ONE (for we are one family) or I would get TRUTH (for always tell the truth). Love these!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Anne - Hope! These are amazing!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Jen - I love these! I would love to have our last name and a 4 . . . or possibly my boys’ names for their rooms.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Meggie - My last name!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    Amy - FamilyReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Elizabeth Hadsall - be still or stayReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Leah - I kind of like the 4 idea or our last name…ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Mindy - I would get our house number!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Sara - I’d love to have “When oceans rise” on my wall!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Carrie M - I would have such a hard time choosing – probably est. 2006 or our last name or our new address in a house we plan to be in for a long time. Thank you!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Ashley J - I would love a 5 but I would also love something like stay or dwell- just a reminder to enjoy our time together.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Christie Otts - I’d love 6 because we are soon to be a family of six after our Africa girl comes home! : )ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Kendra - Cute! I would choose the word “gather.”ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Hannah - I would love TRUST to remind us all to TRUST in HIMReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Liesel - I would get the word Treasure because it would be a good reminder to store up treasure in heaven and not here on earth.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    Dannon - I would get our last name or our house numbers….or maybe both! :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Jennifer Barela - These are beautiful. I would get the word genuine because I think it’s so important and it would be a good reminder. :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Tiffany Milne - Gratitude….Our loving God has blessed our family richly we have four womderful children and this year especially we made it through a rough twin pregnancy and welcomed two healthy boys! I’m beyond grateful for them, their older brother, sister, and Daddy!! Merry Christmas Macs, and thank you, this blog fills me so much as Momma and a beliver!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Lynn - I would get “still.” That is my word for 2015. Be still and rest in the Lord.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    Andrea - I would get a number 4 to represent our family with our newest additIon or the year our family was established! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Sarah - Id seen these on the website but somehow missed that you could customize your own words-what a great idea! I love the word JOY, not just for Christmas time but all year round. Id hang it right above my daughters violin stand.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Michelle S - This is a great idea… they would look perfect in our entryway by our front door! I would love Est. 2005 because in April we will be married 10 years our wedding was one disaster after the next from the photographer forgetting a lens, to a DJ that showed up without the 50 songs I handpicked then calling my husband by everyone in the bridal parties name but his… I cried our first day on our honeymoon but soon to be 10 years and two kids, many surgeries later..I learned never to sweat the small stuff in life.. Those are just little things…ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Erin - So neat, love your decor! I’d choose Shine.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Jody R. - Definitely the ampersand and maybe pray or shine. I also liked your joy, though.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    Amber - I love the idea of EST2007 for the year our little family began! I amtrying to update some things around our home and freshen up and these would be perfect! :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    Marquis - I want the est in 2010 ! Really I want them all!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations - Love “Shine”! Thank you for the chance to win! :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Aly - I think I would go with hope.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    Megan M - I love the idea of year we were married, then our last name and the number 5 for the people in our family!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    Kristi - I love these blocks! I think I would do Shine or Grace. Love your 6!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Tina - I would LOVE to do the house numbers! We took down our 70s style numbers last year when we moved here and we put up bigger lights by the door–the old ones didn’t fit. Darn. :) And a year later, still no numbers on the house, just the mailbox by the curb. We really need to do that…ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    Krystal Luaces - Ooooh! I played around with my husband and my initials (J and K) and our last name, moving up some of the letters of our last name up and wanting to turn sideways one of the blocks with a design on it for them to sit upon. Thanks for sharing all of these really neat items!

    Praying for you and your family, especially missing Cora!



  • December 16, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Jessica - I might do “JP”, which are the first and last initial of all five of us in our family.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Amy Sooley - I LOVE these!!! They would look great as my house numbers! 1725!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Krista kanode - Love these! I would choose Grace or redeemed. They both speak my heart at this time in life. All Bc of Jesus.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Jamie Bender - I want to get an est 2005…it’d be perfect for celebrating ten years next year.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    Amy Sooley - Love these!!! Would get our house number!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    E - Love these! I would get 5 for our family or our first initial of our last name.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Lindsey Jo - how fun! i think i’d do ‘happy’ or ‘5’ for our family :)ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Hollie - I would love to have “hope” as a great reminder.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Amanda - i would get “joy”. It’s part of on if my favorite verses.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    Lori Hammond - I would do 4hamms for my family!!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Kristy - I would love to win! I would get the word “JOY” or “BLESSED”.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Kelli Kelly - I would get the statement– Represent Him Well
    I want this to be made and hung near my door. A great reminder when I walk out every time to represent God in everything I am doing. Make positive choices, have patience, etc.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    Jenn - i love typography and these are too cute! i would probably choose a 4 or “happy”ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Toni :0) - I would do R and T and 1993 for when we got married. It started everything that’s beautiful in our life right now.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    Katie - Oh my goodness these are so cute!!!
    I would also do 6. For the same reason as you and your little family. We lost a little girl to Trisomy 13, and I LOVE that idea. I’d also get “HOPE” – because her life gave us hope, too.

    love them all!!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    Jennifer Dewing - I love the “grateful” sign, for that’s exactly what I am: grateful for all the Lord has given us. And the word “shine”, for it is a wonderful reminder to “let our light shine before men, so that our Father in heaven gets the glory” (my paraphrase). Plus, I love the look of them!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 11:02 pm

    Donna Coffeen - I think the word Grace would be nice, or maybe Cozy, or maybe our last name or house numbers.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Kristin - I would choose “blessed” because that seems to sum our little family up, or the letter S.ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 11:56 pm

    Robin - I think I would choose the word “Us” to add to a wall collage of family pictures! These are so great!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:05 am

    Jill - I love these! I think I would choose “bless” as a reminder to me to use my words to bless others and also to bless The Lord at all times.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:06 am

    Kristina - I like “Shine” and “Grateful” ….Or I might build my own :)ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Briana - “Love,” or “imagine” or “sisters” for my girls or….would be hard to choose!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:37 am

    vicki - totally love these, I would get my address in numbers to go on outside on my garage. Would love to win!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 1:02 am

    lucy - I would get the words “My Beloved”ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 1:55 am

    lynn krestel - I love the word ‘grateful’ or ‘courage’!
    what a great giveaway!!
    thank you!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Johanna - I chose the word Redeemed.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Deborah Raney - I would get the word CLASH because it’s the name of my husband’s business and this would look so cool in his home office. I always love the Dayspring features!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Krista - Love these letters! I would get a B & K for our initials. Thank you!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 8:50 am

    pm - would love to get our family name..ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Ashley L. - I love these! I would get the year my family was established. Great gift idea.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:12 am

    evelyn Lugo - I would love to get Trust in Him because we so often get swept away with the cares and worries of the day that we forget who really is in control and who we should look up to…HIM.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:28 am

    ranee - I’m not sure…so many good options. But for sure a number and letter to represent our family and maybe the word hope…I like your idea of stay as well…such a welcoming entryway!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Rachel N. - I like the number idea…but then I like alot of your decorating ideas…=)ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Miranda - “Just” – my *new* last name! :)ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Liz - Love DaySpring, I think getting my future last name would be very special as we’re planning our weddingReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Brooke - I would get the ampersand. I love the punctuation and how it means there is more to come.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Erin Ellis - I would build the words “Happy” and also “Family”. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot comReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Christina - These are great. I would get the year my family was established.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Cassie - These are so cute! I really like the ‘JOY’ for Christmas, but I also love the idea of customizing something that could be used the whole year…maybe ‘LOVE’ or our last name? So hard to choose! Thanks for the fun giveaway!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

    Jen - I would love to get either our last name or “Est. 2006″ for our living room!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Elizabeth - I can’t decide!! I am thinking Hope, NEGU (never ever give up), or 28 ( I went into cancer remission on January 28, 1993. I had cancer as a child so this day is always so special to me.)ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Elizabeth - I LOVE these! I would do “dream big “ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Kim - These are adorable! I like the idea of the word ‘NOEL’ for Christmas, but I also would like my house number. Thank you for the giveaway!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:30 am

    Stacey M - I would pick the word GRACE as it is my motto to live my life by.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Alena - I LOVE those! I’m going to order some for my mother-in-law for Christmas.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Tanya - I love these, I would do “Blessed”ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Jenn - I love these. I would either get Grateful or our last name!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Michelle S - I would choose an S for our last name as well as a B, M, G and L for our first names and do a collage of our first name letters around the S on our wall. So fun!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    elma - I would get 10 for our little family!!!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Erin - either faith or 5 :)))ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    Sandy Futhey - I would love our Last Name!!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Sandy Futhey - Our last name!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Marsha - I would most likely get the number 5 (for 5 granddaughters) and the word mimi (that’s what they call me)!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    Heather S. - What a fabulous giveaway! I’m so enjoying letters/numbers lately. I would choose ” ABIDE”ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Tammy A. - My oldest daughter is getting married in 2015. I would get her new last night!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Danielle - I would love to get our last name to hang in our entryway.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Bridge - Faith! I think these are adorable and love the rustic nature, yet sleek.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby! - Love these! I would choose the word JOY because that is my word for 2015.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    Erin - I would get 5 for our family and joy because I love joy all year round!!!!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Melissa Wolf - Oh, I love these!! I would either get FAMILY, HOME, or the number 5 to represent our growing brood.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Joni - I would get the word family or love or last name, the options are endless!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Tara - I think I would either get a 5 for our family or the word ‘hope!’ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Melissa - It’s such a tough choice, i love all things DaySprings. They are our Go-to Gifts for our nieces and Nephew for birthdays and Christmas . I think I would go with our last name, or the #4. Thank you for always sharing and showing us a peek into your beautiful home! Blessings always!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Brady Wilhelm - Am I crazy or is the s in your ‘stay’ backwards? :) Just wondering if they all come that way! I love the idea of doing the word stay! I think that’s what I would do! Thanks for the wonderful give away!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Jill - I love the “EST. 1992″ … or maybe just a big W for our family. :DReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    christy - Our last name, and established date.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Selena Bragg - What a nice giveaway… I would love the “grateful” word sign. And/or a number five to represent our family. :)

    Have a Merry Christmas, Jess, and thank you for sharing your sweet family.ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Janey - These are darling! So hard to choose — I’d get our last name, our new house number, or “”give thanks”ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Jenna S - These are so cute! I love the pre-made PEACE, but I also love the numbers and a big S!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Cody - probably a 5 or our house number! So cute!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Holly moran - I would probably do Established 1995. Fun giveaway!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Jackie - I would get our last name!ReplyCancel


  • December 17, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Kelsey Boyd - So cute! And loving all the ideas in the comments up above :) I would definitely get a 6 to represent my wedding day, 6/6.ReplyCancel


  • December 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Amy - It’s hard to pick! Maybe ENOUGH or a 5 or our last name or Est. 2008.ReplyCancel


  • December 18, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    Jen Mc - I’d pick a word for our year…not entirely sure which yet, but maybe “love”…ReplyCancel


  • December 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    MurdocksMama - I LOVE these! An H would be nice, but I HAVE to get 311 to put up at our lakehouse!!ReplyCancel


  • December 18, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    Cassie - I would start with a 4 and S for our family name and number :)ReplyCancel


  • December 18, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Debbie - I like ‘grace’ or ‘peace’.ReplyCancel


Well, Jake is quickly approaching five months so it seemed appropriate to post his three and four month photos. Haha. Maybe it just accurately represents my life right now. All the months seem to be running together and life often feels like a blur. I was thinking this third child thing wasn’t so bad…what was everyone talking about?? I was doing pretty good, or so I thought. And then it hit. Or maybe the exhaustion just finally settled in. Most days right now I am feeling so tired and overwhelmed. We love our little Jake so much…so, so much. Three Mac boys…crazy little boys running everywhere…such an incredible blessing and a reminder of God’s faithfulness to us. But I am learning that I have to take this three boys gig one day at a time. I have to slow down, enjoy the noise (a house full of little boy joy, right?) and trust that as I choose to seek God first, He will give me the energy I need for that day. I have to keep my eyes on Him. And isn’t that usually my problem?? I get overwhelmed when my eyes start drifting away from Him, the One who sustains my days.

jake 3-4

So here we go. A few of the highlights from Jake’s third and fourth month:

Jake  I  3 months

3 months  I  You took your first tractor ride this month. Your brothers are usually hogging the tractor time so we had to squeeze you in for a few minutes. Next year they are not going to be happy when you actually do want to steal their tractor time!

3 months  I  You slept through the night one time this month…the day after you turned three months, actually. One time and then never again. You still are usually getting up once or twice a night.

3 months  I  For your first Halloween you dressed up as a super hero. Just like your brothers, of course.

3 months  I  Your brothers still love to hold you and they often fight over WHO gets to hold you. You are such a snugly little baby. We all want to hold you!

Jake  I  4 months

4 months  I  You are weighing in at 18 pounds and are 25.8 inches long. Big boy…just like your brothers.

4 months  I  You are wearing size 4 diapers and 3-6 month and some 6-12 month clothes.

4 months  I  Everyone always laughs about how big and chunky you are. So it seems fitting that your dad and brothers have given you the nickname Baby Tiny. It has stuck and now you are Baby Tiny to everyone.:)

4 months  I  You are still not sleeping through the night. I will give you a little slack because you have been fighting a cold and had your first ear infection. Just promise me you will sleep through the night soon, okay?

4 months  I  You saw your first snow! And just as important…you took your first trip to IKEA.:)

4 months  I  We finally moved you out of your bassinet. It was time since you were touching the ends head to toe. We set up your crib in our room, so we are still roommates. I was hoping it would help with the whole not sleeping thing, but no such luck.

4 months  I  You rolled over from your tummy to back. That is big news for a big, chunky boy! You actually like being on your tummy more than any of your siblings ever did. You sit in the bumbo now too. You love watching your brothers. They are a source of constant entertainment.

4 months  I  You found your hands! You even started grabbing at your toys. Pretty soon you will be putting everything in your mouth.

jake 1-4

1 month  I  2 months  I  3 months  I  4 months

I was so sad when I started looking for photos for this post. I realized I had only taken a few photos over the past two months! Poor third child…and thank goodness for Instagram!


Yay for 3 & 4 months…only a few more days and you will be 5 months already!

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  • December 15, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Disco - Sweet Baby Tiny – he is precious!ReplyCancel


  • December 15, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Mary Ann - Oh Jess….he is so adorable. He is quite a pretty baby and so cute. He will bring you great joy. My little grandson (4 yrs old) was a big chunky baby. I called him “Big Giant Baby.” He’s still big for his age. I bought him a size 5 suit for church and promtply took it back for a size 6. AND…he has a big head? What’s up with that? It’s strange because my son is only about 5″6″ tall (short) and my cute daughter-in-law is 4’11” tall (short). Anyway, he a my joy and I’m sure your 3 boys are the same. I think God every day for my grandson. He is my best boy…my love. I found out he was coming a year after my husband, mother and father passed away so you can only imagine what a lovely gift he is in my life. With my grandson’s height, I try to imagine my 6’4″ (very tall) husband telling Jesus, “Send that cute blonde blue eyed little boy to them…that great big giant baby!!” LOL I love your post. You have beautiful children.ReplyCancel


  • December 15, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    chrissi - such a beautiful boy!ReplyCancel


  • December 15, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Jake's a Girl - Absolutely darling! And! I’ve finally found my granddaughter a man if Jake likes older women ! haha. She is 5-months and at 19-lbs and 24″ long. They look so much alike. Her eyes are dark blue and she has black hair that is often in a pebbles-do. They are a perfect match. :D And Jake likes to shop Ikea. What more could a girl want?!

    On the serious side…He is just gorgeous. Those chunky cheeks get me every time. Miss LaLa has a set that could use a stronger neck just to hold them up. ;)

    Merry Christmas!


  • December 15, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    amber - Oh girl. You are living in what I began to affectionately call the 3rd baby fog;). It will get better! Love seeing your sweet family & that sweet baby grow! Just soak up the moments, because as you well know, they’ll be gone too soon. Thanks for sharing your precious, wild family. It’s so refreshing & fun to see, since I’m in the thick of much of the same!ReplyCancel


  • December 15, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    traci - I don’t even know you but this baby makes me smile!! One thing for sure, his daddy can not deny him….Jake is definitely a clone of him!!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 1:01 am

    Andrea Siebert - yes! something about the 3rd child keeps you from grabbing the camera more-i can relate! :) such a cutie. love those rolls!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 10:34 pm

    Toni :0) - Now that is a hunka hunka burning love right there! He’s so gorgeous and perfect. Love his photos, they truly make my day. Thank you for sharing him.ReplyCancel


Some of our favorite Melissa & Doug toys are on sale on Amazon! Today only select Melissa & Doug toys are 50% off. Yay! Such a good deal on really good toys. I wanted to share a few of our favorites in case you are still looking for that perfect gift for your little one. Levi and Griffin would recommend any of the following…


Melissa & Doug Deluxe Alphabet Stamp Set19.99 9.99

We love these alphabet stamps. And I use them for crafting just as much as the boys use them. Such a good deal!


Melissa & Doug Fishing And Bug Catching Magnetic Game Bundle (Pack of 2)19.99 9.99

These puzzles are extra fun with the magnetic fishing pole.


Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set19.99 9.99

My boys have served me many delicious sandwiches from this set.:)


Melissa & Doug Car Carrier19.99 9.99

We have been given several different wooden trucks like this. The boys love them. And I love that they don’t break!


Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks69.99 34.99

And these wooden blocks are so great. We have two sets that we keep in a basket in our living room. The boys love building with them. This is the best deal!!!

There are other deals…some things that look fun for the girls too. We just know more about what little boys like around here.:)So make sure you check out the deal of the day page!

*disclaimer: affiliate links used

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This is our third year taking family photos with Gina of Gina Dreher Photography. Every year I wonder if we should spend the money on family photos…and then I get the photos back and am so glad that we did. This year was no exception. My new favorites for sure. Gina does such a great job capturing us. I can see the personalities of my boys shining through in each photo. And they love Miss Gina which makes family picture day so much easier on me. I seriously could have posted all sixty-some photos because they are all my favorite, but here are just a few. You can see more on Gina’s blog. Thank you, Gina! These photos are a treasure to me.



I love this one so much.



I look through these photos and am so overwhelmed by this family God has given me…and these three little guys he has entrusted to us. They can be a handful for sure, but what a blessing it is to spend my days as their mama.


And then there is this one. When I glance at it I can picture these two as grown men. I’m going to enjoy every moment with these handsome toddlers because I know that time will be here all too soon.

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  • December 4, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Michelle from Australia - Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing Jess! xxReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 8:22 am

    molly - such awesome pictures of your beautiful family! so so so good!ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Deborah Raney - I LOVE the milk-and-cookies ones! Such a precious family, and you are SO wise to understand NOW how quickly it will all go. (But just so you know…what’s to come is even better! I dreaded the thought of teenagers, and they were a blast. I dreaded our kids leaving home, and I LOVE the empty nest. I didn’t dread grandkids ;) but they are EVEN BETTER than I dreamed. God is so good…and THEN we get to go to heaven. Wow! :)ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Cindy - Beautiful pictures. I also like seeing your family pictures because you can see the love shining in them.ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Sarah D. - That 2nd one…It’s perfection. I am dying! Oh, Baby Tiny, you are too much!!ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Suzanne Hines - That ‘tummy time’ one kills me! SO CUTE! Love it! You have a beautiful family, Jess! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Melanie Martini - Oh my….such sweetness!! I love the pictures of your beautiful, sweet family. Thank you for sharing with us! :-)ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Toni :0) - Jess, oh my goodness!!!! Soooo many gorgeous photos and the one of them on their tummies-perfection!! The milk and cookies one is unique, I love it.ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    andrea - LOVE!!ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    ranee - Your boys are so handsome…and so cutely coordinated! Such great photos of all of you! Also, thanks for the post about the melissa and doug sale, I used your tips last year to order the block set and they have been a huge favorite at our house. This time I ordered the stamp set and am so excited about them!!ReplyCancel


  • December 5, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Audra - Gorgeous family!! And your photographer did a great job!ReplyCancel


  • December 5, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Eliabeth - These pictures are so sweet!ReplyCancel


  • December 6, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Melissa Joy - Jess, I love these!! Are there any shots with Cora’s doll or a balloon? I was looking for those. :)
    Your boys are so adorable, and I love these pictures super duper much.ReplyCancel


  • December 6, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    leiah - Nice photos, indeed! I once read an article that basically said you’ll never regret the money you spend on family photos.ReplyCancel


  • December 7, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    laura - Haven’t read the blog in awhile and I’m getting all caught up! Jess, these are sooooo cute!!! I love Gina’s work so much! Of course, she had the cutest family to photograph ;) Can’t wait to see which one you picked for the Christmas card! If it’s half as cute as these I will melt the moment I open it. Love you guys!ReplyCancel


  • December 10, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Alyssa - Jes, I love these! Precious!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    creole wisdom - Oh I love these! You guys look positively wonderful :) And yes, photos are always worth it!ReplyCancel


  • December 16, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Stefanie - Gorgeous pictures of your beautiful family! Such cute boys!ReplyCancel



Sara from Sarah + Abraham sent me these adorable woodland animal plates as a gift for my boys. I loved them and decided to order a few more for the cousins so that we could use them on our Thanksgiving kids table.


Aren’t they adorable? Griffin and Levi chose the fox. And they thought Jake would like the hedgehog.:)


I used white paper with wood grain wrapping paper (from the Target dollar bin) down the center. I added milk glasses with orange paper straws, wooden utensils and pine cones too.


Why are kid tables always so much more fun than grown-up tables?


Of course the plates were my favorite.


I forgot to take a picture of the kids actually sitting at the kids table. Oops. So here they are the next night right before we opened presents (we celebrated Christmas early with my family this year). They weren’t excited or anything.

Sarah + Abraham is having a big sale this weekend. Use code SALE2014 to get 20% off your entire purchase through Cyber Monday (12/1). I love giving these plates as gifts. And there are so many more gift ideas in her shop…so go check it out!

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  • December 1, 2014 - 11:43 am

    leiah - The table looked adorable! NEXT year I’ll have to buy a plate for my upcoming niece/nephew. Super cute.ReplyCancel


  • December 1, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Mary Ann - So cute….love the decorations. I love the photo of the kids in their pj’s and the smiles…..melts hearts!!ReplyCancel


  • December 1, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Mary Ann - So cute….I love the decorations. The photo of the kids in their pj’s is adorable….melts hearts!!ReplyCancel


  • December 2, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Mary Ann - Oops!! I thought my first comment didn’t work so I did it again. You can delete one of them, if you’d like.ReplyCancel


  • December 3, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    creole wisdom - Jess, you are so talented with making things beautiful! I love this setting… and you are right, kids tables are fun! :)ReplyCancel