A few weeks ago I carried Griffin into his room to put him down for his nap and he announced, “Sleep bed. Me big!”. I wasn’t planning on moving him out of his crib quite yet but he was pretty adamant that he was a big boy so I decided to give the big boy bed a shot. He had been climbing out of his crib anyway so there wasn’t much to lose. He came out of his room once or twice (I can’t even remember!) and then a few minutes later I peeked in and he was asleep.

Another milestone that is making him seem like a big boy all of a sudden.

He always likes to take something (or a hundred things) with him to bed. This day it was cars. A few nights ago he insisted on sleeping with his cowboy boots.:)

So my baby is slowing becoming a big boy and we officially said goodbye to the crib…for a few months at least.

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is restful.

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  • February 21, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    molly - He is just so adorable. It is so bittersweet when you hit milestones like this with your kids! I haven’t commented on your blog in forever but I follow you on IG and I wanted to say CONGRATS on your pregnancy! We just welcomed our third child in January and it has been an adventure, for sure! But one I wouldn’t trade.

    I hope you have a healthy happy pregnancy. I have loved watching your family over the years as I have two rowdy boys too :) ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    creole wisdom - What a sweetheart! Love him :) ReplyCancel


  • February 24, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Mary Ann - Griffin is so cute….he certainly is getting to be a big boy. What a darling set of pictures…I like how he’s all curled up and sleeping so sound. You new little one will be here before you know it and it’s back to needing a crib. Babies and children so very special. You have a darling family. I really appreciate all the things you share on your blog about your family AND about the Lord.ReplyCancel


  • March 6, 2014 - 10:52 am

    Anne - You are a godly example to me!ReplyCancel


I am so excited to introduce you to Julie Chen of Life Verse Design. I first saw Julie’s work shortly after Cora died when someone sent me one of her beautiful prints (I wish I could remember who it was…thank you!!). I had fun looking through Julie’s shop after she contacted me recently…there are so many new prints and canvases! Her art is full of Scripture and inspirational sayings for you to put around your home. I love the Rejoice in the Lord print. Something about it makes me think of Cora lifting her arms up in the presence of Jesus. And what a good reminder that I can still rejoice here on earth…always…because of the hope I have in Him.

Do you love The Jesus Storybook Bible as much as we do!? Well, here’s a fun fact for you…Julie is the designer behind this Bible! Look for her name on the copyright page. So cool, Julie!

Right now Julie is offering free shipping on anything in her shop. No coupon code is needed and the offer is good through the end of February. Julie is also generously giving away a $50 shop credit to one of my readers! Yay!

Giveaway Details:

ONE reader will win a $50 shop credit to Life Verse Design

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Saturday, February 22nd at 10PM (CST)

To enter visit Life Verse Design

then come back and leave a comment telling me what you would order with your $50 credit!

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  • February 19, 2014 - 10:13 am

    Toni :O) - Jess, if I had to choose it would be Color This Is The Day (Psalm 118) in a 16×20 size. It’s just so beautiful and really speaks to me. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Jody - I’d get the notecards. That way you get to share them with friends & family.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Cassie - Wow, what beautiful artwork! I love so much of it I think it would be hard to choose, but I really liked the “Do Justice, Love Mercy” verse Design and the family signs are pretty cool too! Thanks for the fun giveaway:) I absolutely love your blog and your amazing faith in all things, thanks for what you do!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Kasey Laughlin - I would get any of the scripture art. Beautiful!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Adrienne - I love everything. I’m always wanting more to hang on my walls! I would be torn between a lot of them but I really like the Color the Joy of the Lord and the Custom Baby Name canvas.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:16 am

    tara - Thanks for the giveaway! I really love the You are my Sunshine print and the ABC’s and the Always and Forever prints. They’re all beautiful though!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Dottie N - My favorite of all is Be Still. I love this verse and have said it over and over. I would pick that oneReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:19 am

    Sara - I’d either get the encouragement notecard set or the baby name keepsake!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Elizabeth - oooh, I’ve never seen this site. I love the Sisters one and the Dream Big canvas!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:49 am

    babykatesmom - A personalized one for our mantle. It desperately needs one :) ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Christie Geaschel - My husband and I have 9 daughters. I would order wall hangings for them to use now and then to take with them when they are married. I went to church with Julie Chen all of my growing up years, and I love to see her inspirational art work/photography.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Meggie - I really love the baby name keepsake!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Tina - Wow, so many beautiful things. I would love the Baby ones for my two boys. And love the family one too!!!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    StacyB - I would pick a 16 x 20 scripture art, either be still and know or I know the plans I have for you…ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Marcy - I would definitely get something from the “Baby and Child Art” collection.” Thanks for all your fantastic giveaways Jess!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Emilee - I would love the I See The Moon print!!! My mil always said that to my hubby when he was growing up, and we say it to our girls!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Jennifer Keesler - I would do one of the scripture art… Maybe the How Deep How Wide one.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Ashley M - I would get the modern art print of Revelation 21. Love that verse!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Rachel E. - I’d order the Micah 6 picture. Thank you for doing this, Jess!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Lyndsey - I would order the Jeremiah 29 print. I love that verse! My Dad has been recently diagnosed with Leukemia and that verse has given me so much hope and peace.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Angela N. - I would buy a customized family art piece.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    Jennifer S. - Huge fan of Julie and her work! You could never go wrong with a personalized name print…but I also love the idea of notecards to share with friends!❤️ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Lisa - I can’t decide what I would choose! So many beautiful pieces. Hard decisions… :) ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    Kari G. - I would get the adoption print for my dear friend who is in the process of adopting a baby from China. And will probably get it regardless of this giveaway at some point when she and her husband finally make it through their adoption fully.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Carley - I’d go for one of the scripture art pieces, but it would definitely be hard to decide!!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Jeri - I would get scripture artwork that says because 2 people loved each other….ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Trisha - I love the This Is the Day print. It reminds me that summer is coming!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Kalyn - The sister print for sure.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    Jessica Lovett - I would get the baby name keepsake for my friends whose little boy passed away at 18 days old. They have a memory wall in their house and it would be an awesome addition to it.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Samantha - I would pick one of the adoption prints or the 1 Samuel 1 print for our daughter’s nursery!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    Tina Coleman - I really like the adoption (white hands). My son will be adopting his fiance’s little girls soon and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Course i have a new grandson coming in April so I loved sweet dreams! Thanks Jess!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Suzanne - One of my goals in the new year is to reach out to the people that mean a lot to me–and let them know how important and loved they are. Her notecards are perfect!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Sarah - Wow! So many wonderful things to choose from. I think I would choose the “The greatest of these is LOVE” print for our master bedroom.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Lois - I love the Courageous – Joshua 1 scripture art! It’s been my motto verse since the time of my confirmation day many, many years ago!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Kristy Wallace - With a new baby on the way, I would get “it’s the little things” print to hang in the nursery!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    creole wisdom - Ahhhh what a cool company! I’d def. order the “color this day” print.

    :) ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Mandy - I love the Path of Freedom one with verses from Psalm 119 on it!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Danielle - I would get the “May God Fill You” print with the verse from Romans. That’s the life verse I chose for my daughter Emilia who was born this September!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Bethany - Definitely the ‘Rejoice over You’ print! Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    Emily - Oh, wow….I had no knowledge of Life Verse Design, but now I think it’s going to be a new obsession. I would get one of the Vintage Scripture Art pieces but how in the world would I narrow it down? Would it be inappropriate to just wall paper with them?ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Krista - We adore the JSB! Don’t you love the preface? I would definitely go with the sisters print and the be still & know print. My favt verse and one of my favt people.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Bridgette Melton - I would have to get one of the baby art pieces for our newest little one coming in April.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    Deb Hintz - I would pick: Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Rachel Ashe - I would pick the inspirational thank you cards or encouragement cards! I love sending someone a card when they aren’t expecting one to brighten their day! :) ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:50 pm

    Kendra - I like the “trust in The Lord” print!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Mary Ann Stafford - I would love some of the stationery – so pretty.ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 12:16 am

    kelli - “love the lord your god” print :) ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 12:52 am

    Sarah - I love the Romans verse “May God Fill You”…would love that for our home!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 1:08 am

    Brenda - I love being reminded of these, so for me it would be THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT {WORDS} from Galatians 5. Thx!!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 1:14 am

    Brittin Olson - The mothers love printReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Christyn - These are lovely prints. To choose one is difficult! I really like the This Is The Day and the Joy Of The Lord prints.ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Kelli - I love all of the children prints! So beautiful!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Tina - I LOVE the sunflower/”Joy Is In the Lord” and then “This Is The Day” and the meadow scene. I think is a sign I’m sicking of looking out at white! :) ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 9:08 am

    katherine - I love the ‘love is’ print!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Sue Jones - I like the “For me and my house we shall serve the Lord” plaque!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Carmen Erickson - I would get the color Rejoice in the Lord. SO beautiful! I would use it in my daughters room!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    marybeth - I like the “welcome to our nest” fine art print or gallery wrapped canvasReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    EmmaG - I would order the “taste and see” for my kitchen.ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    Kasey - I would custom design a print with scripture and a picture of my three children. I would love to put it in our living room. Thanks for the fun giveaway!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Jennifer Roehl - All so beautiful! I think I love the print you have on your blog the most…the one with the little girl looking upwards with the passage Rejoice in the Lord always. So sweet.ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Cat Kotaka - I would choose the Courageous Vintage print in black and white. I am fighting cancer and scripture is my life line.ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Monica - I love the Ps 118 print!! We have a blank spot on the wall in our bedroom, and it would be the perfect thing to see just as we wake up!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    Angie@ Creating Our Home - I love the color print, “This is the Day!”. The light in the picture is gorgeous and that is one of my favorite verses! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Amy - I would get the print “he gently leads” – would love to get a large print for our nursing mothers room at church. So many beautiful choices – I could pick 15!! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Dana - It would be hard to choose, but I would get some Scripture art…trying to incorporate more Scripture around our home. Thanks! :) ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Donna - I love the Taste and See print. Those blueberries remind me of my daughter, and I love the verse. This is a beautiful shop!ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Barbara - I think I would choose either “Rejoice in the Lord” or Give thanks to the Lord”. Or maybe both!ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    The One Year Praying God's Promises {On My Shelf} | Life Verse Design Blog - [...] giveaway over at my new friend Jess’ blog for a chance to win a $50 gift card to my shop! Go HERE to enter the giveaway which ends [...]ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    Laura Robinson - What beautiful work! I would choose Do Justice Have Mercy. Love it!ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    Cindy Worthington - The scripture art, for sure! It is beautiful!!ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Erika - I would choose This Is the Day color print.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Sherri Infranco - I love so many of them! I would chose something from the scriptures. I love to have scripture hanging on the walls in the house. I especially love the one with the fence and the verse from Micah.ReplyCancel


  • February 21, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    lucy - My favorite is….Your are my sunshine.ReplyCancel


  • February 22, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Kim - So many nice things to choose from…thanks for introducing us to yet another great site. I would get the Delight in You (Zephaniah 8) wall art for the girls’ room and the Do Justice, Love Mercy wall art for our boy’s room.
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!ReplyCancel


  • February 22, 2014 - 11:30 am

    amy j. - I love the “You have my whole heart for my whole life…” the “You are my Sunshine…” and another one. Which I can’t remember. Even though I left her page like 20 seconds ago. Sheesh.ReplyCancel


  • February 22, 2014 - 11:35 am

    Andrea Stoltzfus - I would choose the custom art or the “Trust in the Lord” plaque. Julie, your work is beautiful!ReplyCancel


  • February 23, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    Shannon - Well I’d choose the ‘rooted in love’ ‘happily ever after’ or ‘my soul loves’ all perfect for my June wedding :) ReplyCancel


  • February 24, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Danielle - I would get the “for this child I prayed” plaque. It’s beautiful. :) ReplyCancel


I thought I’d give a little pregnancy update today. I had intended on taking photos every couple of weeks starting at 15 weeks…but here we are at 17 weeks and this is the first one. I found this weekly pregnancy photo idea on Pinterest…I even pinned it…but now it is gone and I can’t find it anywhere. So, this is not my original idea…but I thought it would be a fun way to document this pregnancy. Now if only I can actually remember to take the pictures.

This pregnancy has been about the same as my last three. I don’t feel great the first trimester…but not horrible by any means either. I have been a little more tired this time around but I am blaming that on the boys. Haha.

Everyone keeps wondering if we are going to find out the gender again this time. We were surprised with Cora and Levi and we found out the gender with Griffin. I think we are going with a surprise again! Actually if you would ask Joel he would tell you that he is going to find out and I am not. If you know what a tease my husband is you know that is a horrible idea. He would have me so frustrated and confused by the time this baby arrived! I don’t think that would be a good idea for our marriage. So right now we are keeping the gender a surprise (from both of us!) but we still have a few weeks until the big sonogram day arrives.

The boys are very excited about the baby which is fun. Levi has already named the baby Dusty Crophopper if it is a boy and Dottie if it is girl. Can you tell he is all about planes right now!? Griffin has started telling us that he is the baby. I’m letting him soak up these last months of being the baby and praying that he is ready to be the big brother in July!

My official due date is July 27…and other than that I don’t think there is much else to tell! We are so excited about the addition of this new little one to our family and praising God for the gift of life. It is amazing to look back and see the work He has done in our family and where He has brought us over the past five years. We are praying that He prepares our hearts for what He has planned next for our family as it grows.


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  • February 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    kim - Can’t wait for the arrival of Baby Mac! Love the updates.ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Stefanie - I’m so happy for you!
    We didn’t find out with any of our four and it was such an exciting surprise in the delivery room. Can’t wait to hear the news!ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Michelle from Australia - What a beautiful update to wake up to this morning. I found out Miss 10-1/2 was a girl. And my husband was adamant he did not want to know. I kept the secret for a week. And then he was teasing me and I blurted it out. Turned out from my facial expressions when I was told the gender he knew anyway so he’d tortured me for a week for no reason! With Master 7, I looked at the screen during the 15 week scan and his gender was blatantly obvious. So no secret there even if we’d wanted a surprise. God Bless you all Jess.ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    andrea - hurray for babies! July 27 is Cai’s bday :) ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Sarah Macon - How did I miss this? Maybe it is my pregnant brain but CONGRATS!!!! Can’t wait to follow along!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 10:04 am

    creole wisdom - You look gorgeous. How exciting to have another baby on the way. July 27th is a pretty perfect birthday if you ask me!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 11:10 am

    tara - awww … i love this!

    we are due july 30th. and haden says that if it’s a boy his name IS batman. sooooo … i’m kind of hoping for a girl so we don’t have to go down that road. haha! and i SO want it to be a surprise, too. but i’m the only one so i’m sure we’ll find out.

    so fun though!!!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    Tina - Love your picture! How exciting. We didn’t find out with our last son. And I loved the surprise!!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Missy Green - It’s so hard to choose! I love the Saved By Grace, Rejoice Over You (Words) and You Are My Sunshine! They are all so beautiful :) ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Lois - Congratulations!! God’s gift to a beautiful family. Surprises are fine…my three weren’t known ahead of time because the technology wasn’t around our area yet. Telling my age! I’m a grandma that adores your family. I’ve been following since Cora’s time.ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    lori - so very happy for you!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Suzanne Hines - I had to chuckle at the part about Joel finding out and keeping it from you.
    I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant (with our 1st), and my husband actually mentioned doing that, but I felt the same way- he would lead me in one direction for MONTHS, then suddenly change the gender and take me another way for the next few MONTHS! Haha! I do have some friends who did that though- the father knows what it is, but the mother just wants to be surprised upon birth!ReplyCancel


  • February 20, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Kimberly - Love the update!! So happy for you & your family! Being surprised for #4 sounds fun– it would be such a special moment & memory in the delivery room!ReplyCancel


  • February 22, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Celine - My sister also has 2 boys, and is due with her third child on July 27th. They aren’t finding out the gender either. I’m excited to see each of your outcomes :) ReplyCancel


  • March 2, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Amie - Adorable!!!!! We are soooooo excited for you all! Keep us posted with more pics of that little baby belly! Hug the boys for us!


  • March 4, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    Meghan - Hi Jess,
    It has been much too long since I’ve had the chance to catch up on your blog. I got goosebumps when I saw this picture. Pure joy! I am thrilled for your sweet family. I think of you often and am always encouraged by your faith. You share the pureness of your heart with such transparency. I am just so happy that you’ve found and continue to find happiness. Congratulations to you! What a lucky little one it is already. :) ReplyCancel


We hosted our annual cousin valentine party on Saturday. So crazy…but so fun! You can see our past valentine parties here, here and here. My how we’ve grown! This year there were thirteen cousins in attendance.

I know I go a little crazy decorating for these parties but it is my only chance to throw a pink, girly party. The crazy takes over in me and I just can’t stop sewing hearts together. And this way I get it out of my system and my boys don’t have to suffer through a pink birthday party.:)

We served breakfast and each kid had a stack of little donuts with a flag on their plate. Idea and free flag printable from here.

Remember the milk glass cake stand Minted  was sending me? It is just as gorgeous in person. We served waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. The cake plate was perfect for those little waffles.

Each chair had a crown from Minted’s party decor. They were super easy to put together and the kids thought they were great.

The only three girl cousins out of thirteen. I am so thankful for these sweeties. They get excited about my decorations and craft ideas and I just love that.

And here they all are. Four from my side of the family and seven from Joel’s side of the family. The oldest is in 2nd grade and the youngest is one. I’m trying to talk Joel into building me a party room. Next year there will be three more cousins and we are running out of space! He hasn’t gone for the idea yet.;)

Strawberry milk for Valentine’s Day. Of course.

I set up a little craft table with bags for the cousins to decorate to hold their valentines in.

The boys and I gathered all the pink and red supplies we could find around the house. The cute heart stickers were from Minted too.

We also made this adorable little cork love bug. Idea from here.

These two thought my jar of washi tape was awesome. They were coming up with their own ideas and crafting their little hearts out.

Griffin gets a little overwhelmed with all the people at parties. Eventually he retreated to the couch but he wasn’t about to let go of his candy bag. He had a tight grip on that thing! He stayed here until everyone had left.:)

My two valentine cuties.

And one forced picture with their mama. I’m trying to decide how long I can keep those pretty heart garlands up. They might become a permanent fixture around here!

disclosure: minted affiliate links used

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  • February 17, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Kim - So so cute! All of it! The super cute kiddo’s and super cute decorations!ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Mollie - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the heart garlands!! They would look perfect in my daughter’s room – could you please post a bit more info about how you made them / where you got them from?? Thanks so much!!!ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Sara - So adorable. I love hosting parties, but if I’m not the host, I tend to end up like Griffin- overwhelmed!

    I teach preschool and Valentine’s is so much fun- just love and fun! No scary Halloween things to worry about and no worries about having to keep Jesus out of Christmas in my public school.

    I bet those three girl cousins are still talking about your fun crafts!ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Teri SP - Great work! I love the heart garland and Griffin’s Valentine arm tattoo!ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Janel - I love everything about this party! So fun! Do u have a mini waffle maker?ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    creole wisdom - Jess, every detail is just lovely. I so admire the way you plan parties… and for little, busy kids at that! My favorite detail is that green cake stand. Don’t you just love MINTED? :) I say a new party room is the perfect push present for baby Mac #4!ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 9:25 pm

    Meggie - Always love reading about your Cousins Valentine Party! So cute and fun and creative!! Thanks for sharing… I love your ideas!ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Jamie - Those hearts should most definitely remain a permanent fixture. Love them! :) ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    gin - wow! i love it all. from the heart garlands to the strawberry milk. you are an awesome party planner. i would want to leave the heart garland up for a while too.ReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    gin - wow! i love it all. from the heart garlands to the strawberry milk. you are an awesome party planner. I would want to leave the heart garlands up for a while too.ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Michelle from Australia - If you need any more cousins, I’m happy to offer myself for adoption :) WOW! The pics are absolutely gorgeous Jess. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Amy - Makes me wish I had a little girl to do a party for.ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Jill Averitt - I always love seeing your Valentine parties. You inspired me to start having one for my girls and their cousins/friends after your very first one. I’m going to save the idea of decorating bags to hold their valentines for next year. Love that! And I love how Griffin retreats to the couch to get away from everyone. Sweet boy!ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Jenny - So adorable!! How lucky you are to not only have so many cousins to throw a party for but that they live close enough to come! My two boys just got their first cousin (9 weeks earlier than expected) but my sister lives across the country from us :( Love all the cute details and your boys look so sweet in their matching shirts and jeans!ReplyCancel


  • February 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    Trish - What a cute party! Love the heart garland :) ReplyCancel


  • March 2, 2014 - 11:01 pm

    Amie - Rock star party planner once again!:) loved all the pics!
    Always making great sweet memories for everyone!
    Miss u lots:)ReplyCancel


Our Minted Classroom Valentine’s Day Cardscame and we got them all put together for the cousin party on Saturday so I thought I would share them here too.

I picked out the “You’re the cheese to my macaroni” valentines for Levi. He loves macaroni. He loves cheese too. These are so perfect for him.

And then I saw that the macaroni was on sale for really cheap a few weeks ago so we decided to put a box of macaroni with each valentine card too.

We wrapped them all up with this cute wrapping paper from Target.

Then we taped the cards on the boxes and wrapped some bakers twine around them. The cards came with little envelopes but we decided we didn’t want to cover up the cute macaroni and cheese guys.

I think they turned out so cute. Levi loves them too.

I asked him if he would take a picture with his valentines for me. He happily agreed but was being such a goof ball. He sure makes life fun!

I picked out the “I’m a sucker for you!” valentines for Griffin. He loves Dum-Dums. A lot. I think the only thing he likes more is gum. Actually he pretty much loves all sugar. He definitely is my sweet tooth.

And being the sweet tooth that he is, Levi and I put these together for him while he was sleeping. Don’t tell him! I was pretty sure if he helped there wouldn’t be any Dum-Dums left to give out.:)

These were so easy and fun to put together. Thanks for the cute Valentine cards Minted!

Oh, and if you are looking for some fun Valentine’s Day ideas check out my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest. There are so many creative ideas out there! Two more days until our cousin party. Can’t wait!

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  • February 14, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Amanda - Hey, I guessed right!!! ReplyCancel


  • February 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

    babykatesmom - Adorable Valentine’s!!!!! My Jack loves sugar too & lollipops are his favorite. I don’t think I have ever bought them for the house but some mornings he wakes up asking for a lollipop! Silly boy!
    Enjoy the cousin party, what a blessing to have so many cousins so close by!


  • February 14, 2014 - 11:32 am

    creole wisdom - Freaking love this! Love cheese, pasta, macaroni & cheese, the cute wrapping, and that super excited little boy. All around winning at Valentine’s Day, Jess! :D ReplyCancel


  • February 14, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    ranee - cutest little packages ever!! love it!ReplyCancel


  • February 14, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Charlene - Hi there! I love your blog and I love your decorating style! May I go totally off topic and ask the name of the paint colour in your kitchen and living room/family room? It is such a beautiful, light taupe colour!

    Thank you so much!ReplyCancel


    • February 16, 2014 - 10:30 pm

      Jess - Charlene-Thank you! It’s Carrington Beige by Benjamin MooreReplyCancel


  • February 17, 2014 - 10:27 pm

    Lindsey - Your griffin reminds me so much of my griffin (who will be 3 in may). Mine is completely obsessed with suckers and gum too!ReplyCancel