I spent this past weekend at the craft house as a helper for Whatever Craft Weekend. It was such a nice break from my normal routine. The best part is always spending time with Megan and Kimberlee. They are so fun and the best hosts! And this time I got to be a helper with the lovely Carissa. She is such an encourager and just as sweet as I imagined her to be. I wish she lived closer! And the group of women attending this month were so great too. There was lots of laughing, eating, crafting, sewing, staying up too late and antique shopping. I learned how to make yarn pom-poms too…a new obsession for sure. Oh, and there was a crazy snow storm on Saturday and Sunday morning. When I left the craft house it was covered in snow. It was beautiful but I have to admit that I was a little grouchy that it was snowing again. I’m so ready for warmer weather!

While it’s always refreshing to have a little time away…I sure missed these two! We took these pics right before I left on Friday. They had their backpacks packed and were so excited for the weekend. They got to visit their cousin Max and stay overnight at Bammy and Papa’s. And they had a boys night planned with their daddy too. I didn’t think they were going to miss me at all, but I think they were actually glad to see me again!;)

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  • March 5, 2014 - 1:29 am

    Sian - Wow, that sounds like such a fun weekend! I wonder if anyone has created anything similar here in the UK. I hope so!ReplyCancel


  • March 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

    babykatesmom - Looks like a wonderful weekend! My hubby & I were away this weekend and the kids stayed with my mom, when we got back I asked if they missed us and my mom said the topic didn’t really come up lol!

    p.s. Happy Birthday to your sweet Cora Paige!ReplyCancel


  • March 5, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Jill - Thinking of you today as you remember Cora on what would be her 6TH birthday. I’ve always felt a connection to you because my daughter, our 1st child, was born 3.2.2008 I began reading your blog just before Cora passed away, and since learning that her bday was so close to my daughter’s, I’ve remembered Cora’s by thinking of you during this week. I love reading your blog and love seeing your adorable boys. Wishing you the best:)
    Jill in TexasReplyCancel


  • March 5, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Marah Hawkins - Happy Birthday in Heaven to your little girl.
    Today is my Birthday, too!



  • March 5, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Michelle from Australia - Jealous! Jealous! Jealous! Jealous! I think it is three years I’ve been on the Craft Weekend waiting list now. I know God will chose me to attend when the time is right. BUT I would like that time to coincide with one of my trips to the USA!! Beautiful photos Jess. Thank you for sharing. M xReplyCancel


  • March 5, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    creole wisdom - I’ve been thinking I need to attend one of these someday! They look like way too much fun. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself and were surrounded by other like-minded, sweet ladies. And look at that darling belly! :)ReplyCancel


  • March 5, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    gin - I’m sure the time away was special. We all need a few hours. Happy Birthday to your sweet Cora. And, you’re pregnant belly is looking so cute!ReplyCancel


  • March 5, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    Jessie - Praying for you today! I share a birthday with your sweet Cora and you have all been in my prayers today.ReplyCancel


  • March 6, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    awbree - That’s so funny that you took a shot of my shopping haul! lol I guess I outdid myself, I couldn’t help it! I love all your snapshots. We’re all meeting there again next month right???



  • March 7, 2014 - 12:42 am

    Emilie - It was so nice meeting you, Jess. You have such a sweet spirit. Hope our paths cross again someday!ReplyCancel


  • March 17, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    february’s craft weekend » whatever - […] to make perfect pom poms! we used a Clover Brand Pom Pom Maker… i am obsessed with them now. Jess helped Kimberlee in the kitchen cooking amazing meals for all of us. it is a team effort every […]ReplyCancel


  • March 17, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    Michelle Whitlow - I get to go in 2 1/2 weeks….SO excited (and ready for a weekend away!!) I sure how there’s no snowstorms the weekend I go…I’m coming all the way from Spokane, WA :)ReplyCancel


  • March 19, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Michelle Whitlow - Meant to say “I sure hope”ReplyCancel


My sweet friend Katy is hosting an auction tonight to benefit the Zeller family. The Zeller’s house has been infected by toxic mold for years and they are just learning what the affects of this mold mean for their family. They have lost so much already. Their house. Their possessions. Three babies. I am so heartbroken for them. I can’t imagine the enormity of the grief they are facing. I am praying that although this auction won’t take away their pain, they will be reminded of the indescribable love and comfort of Jesus through it. Will you come alongside me and so many others to show love and support to the Zeller family as they face this gigantic storm?

The auction will take place on InstaGram starting at 6:30PM CST.

Follow @thezellerauction

Spread the word and bid on items…there are so many great vendors who are donating!

For more information read Katy’s post and visit Misty Zeller’s blog.

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  • February 27, 2014 - 12:55 am

    Kristina - I just read many of her posts. So very sad and overwhelming. Glad that so many have reached out to them. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel


Today is my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law’s one month anniversary. I thought it would be a good day to finally post pictures of their wedding! I could tell you so much about this day but I will just let the photos do all the talking. It was the most beautiful day…a perfect wedding. James and Liz planned so many little details and I thought the day was such a fun and meaningful reflection of them as a couple. The wedding ceremony pointed to our Savior in every way. My favorite part was listening to God’s Word as it was read in three different languages. So powerful! Joel was the best man and Levi was one of three ring bearers. He and his cousin Heath held the cutest sign going down the isle and they had so much fun together! We loved celebrating with James and Liz…here is a peek into their special day…

Congratulations on one month Mr. and Mrs. Mac! We love you guys.

To see their wedding photos go here. They are gorgeous.

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  • February 25, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Toni :0) - Beautiful photos and that sign is GREAT!!ReplyCancel


  • February 25, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Katie - Darling pictures! Levi was such a handsome ring bearer!

    My brother is getting married this summer and my Levi needs to wear an outfit very similar to your Levi’s! Where did you buy the pants and suspenders? Also, my daughter is the flower girl. I LOVE the flower girl dresses. Where did they buy them?

    THANK YOU!ReplyCancel


  • February 25, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    Melissa - It looks like a beautiful wedding, and your boys are precious! Were they married at Olde Dobbin Station outside of Houston? My sister’s wedding was there last September and the setting for these photos looks very familiar!ReplyCancel


  • February 25, 2014 - 10:56 pm

    Jamie - Beautiful! I love everything about this. That soft aqua color is my favorite color ever. Thanks for sharing pics :)ReplyCancel


  • February 25, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    creole wisdom - So lovely! And you guys look darling, too :)ReplyCancel


  • February 25, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    Michelle from Australia - WOW! What beautiful pictures. And I LOVE that sign! Thank you for sharing Jess (and James and Liz too!).ReplyCancel


  • February 26, 2014 - 1:32 am

    Kristin - Wow, those are beautiful photos! What a gorgeous location! All the details were unique and simple. Very pretty. :)ReplyCancel


  • February 27, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Melissa Joy - How beautiful! Every detail looks just exquisite.
    And that family picture of yours here? Oh! Beautiful. You are radiant, and it brought tears to my eyes.
    I have to admit, I was imagining Cora standing there next to her brothers, in a little cream lace dress with gold shoes… (I hope that doesn’t sound weird; it was a beautiful little image in my head…)ReplyCancel


  • March 2, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    EricaG - Your boys looks so sweet in bow ties!!!ReplyCancel


The winner of the Life Verse Design giveaway is…

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.

Congratulations, Kari! Such a thoughtful gift idea for your friend. Send me an email and I will get your $50 shop credit to you!

And don’t forget that right now Julie is offering free shipping on anything in her shop. No coupon code is needed. Offer is good through the end of February.

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  • March 6, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Kari G - Hi! I sent you an email! This is so exciting…Thanks so much!!! KariReplyCancel


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