Happy Holidays from Us to You

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Though I haven’t been posting here as often as the years prior, I want you to know how thankful I am for your support over this past year and half as my family has transitioned to the three amigos.

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We’re finally feeling “normal” and have hit our groove. I’m finally used to my new life and my new job too.

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We are glad to say good-bye to 2018 in a lot of ways, but are thankful for all of the growth that came out of it. We are looking ahead to 2019 and excited for all that it will bring. We will be sure to take you guys along with us too.

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We hope you had the best Christmas, and we’re wishing you the happiest New Year!

Love,

Alex, Elle and Levi

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

Levi's Big Boy Room

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Levi turns 3 this week. I just can’t believe it. He has officially started wearing clothes without the letter “t” in the size, he is potty trained, and he is definitely ready for a big boy bed. For his 3rd birthday I partnered with Living Spaces to pack away the crib and graduate him to a bonafide twin bed.

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It sure was an emotional day when that crib left the house. Countless hours have been spent rocking my babies over that crib. I remember the day we first set it up and how I couldn’t believe a baby would be sleeping in it. Now, here I am…The crib is gone and Levi is sleeping in one of the most gorgeous twin beds I have ever seen.

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He is practically Prince and the Pea because he has the nicest mattress ever. If you didn’t know, they have their own mattress line called Revive. I got the R2 plush mattress, and I wish I had one for my bed. I own one for my guest room, and after sleeping on it I was hooked. They also do a lot of giving back to their communities. During certain times of year they do buy 1, give 1 events where for each mattress purchased a twin mattress is donated to a foster family through Arizona Helping Hands. So cool, right?!

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I kept all of the items from his nursery, and I rearranged the room to incorporate a twin bed. Instead of keeping the big mirror hanging above the bed, I moved the dresser to the opposite side of the room and put the mirror above it. This created some space to put up a wall clock and have the bookshelf be more of a focal point.

If you’re looking to design a room for your son or daughter, I have shared some tips on Living Spaces’ Behind the Design blog.

All in all I still love his room. I’ll miss the beautiful nursery that I brought him home to, but this space is just as great and one for him to grow into.

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

Elle's First Day of Kindergarten

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My Elle, my Daughter; 

You are  just one month shy of your 6th birthday, and today you had your first day of kindergarten. You couldn’t wait to FaceTime to tell me all about your day, and, just like I knew you would, you had a blast. 😊️ But this morning, wow, this morning...More than the smiles of a great day or the pride from a school award, I saw it. I got a glimpse of your glory - who you were made to be and becoming.

You had tears in your eyes this morning. “Mommy, I’m scared,” you said. “What are you scared of?” I asked. “I’m scared because I don’t know anyone and I don’t know where to go and I don’t know what we are doing,” you cried. You were scared of the unknown. You held my hand so tight as you stood in the line waiting to go inside with your class. “You’re going to be ok,” I said. “It’s time to say your good-byes!” the teacher shouted. You gave me one big squeeze, and then you let go. You walked single file following the teacher. You looked back at us with watery eyes, but the tears were gone. We waved, and then I saw it. Right before you took your first step inside the school your back straightened & you raised your head higher & then you stepped into the fear & walked through the doors.

There have been many times when you have had to face fear and let go of me: your first steps, learning to swim and this year as you switched back and forth to houses confused and scared about what was going on and what was going to happen. I forget the fear that you have had to face too, and so I forget the bravery you have had to show just as much as I have. God was not mistaken when He told me He made you like me. Today, you showed me how God sees me. And today, you showed me how brave and strong you are. You are radiant! It took my breath away. And maybe one day you will read this and roll your eyes, but maybe one day you will read this on a scared day & remember the truth of who you are. Let go because you are brave & you will be ok.

Love, Mom.

Mother's Day for a Single Mom

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This post is sponsored by James Avery

This is my first Mother's Day as a single mom. Maybe off the bat it doesn't seem like it should be too different from any other Mother's Day, but I don't have a spouse that will be giving me a card or a gift or even hot coffee at the start of the day. 

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So, what do I do this Mother's Day to make sure that I celebrate the most important job in my life, especially after one of the hardest years yet? Well, i got myself an extra special piece of jewelry from James Avery. 

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When it comes to jewelry I like to keep things simple and special. James Avery has always meant a lot to me over the years growing up in Texas. I wrote about the gift I got myself over the holidays to remind me of peace (click here to see), and I wear it non-stop. So, what better gift for Mother's Day than a bracelet with an "L" and an "N" to remind me of my children. 

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I love that it's on a cord because it's comfortable when I'm typing at work vs. a hard bangle. Elle and Levi also like seeing their letters on my arm. If you still don't know what to get for Mother's Day I would highly recommend a James Avery charm bracelet like this.

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

Neutral Nursery Design

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I've never designed a space for another person before. In fact, that wasn't even the plan for Rennai. You see my dear friend and photographer is pregnant with a beautiful rainbow baby. She has gone through two losses before this pregnancy, and so celebrating this baby is scary and hard and wonderful all at the same time. 

So designing a special space for this baby is party therapy, part scary, part exciting for Rennai. She knew she wanted a rocking chair from Article. She chose the Embrace chair, which completely lives up to its name. It's so beautiful and comfortable. 

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With a rocking chair chosen and crib that she already had from her previous kiddos, the room was already taking on a mid-century modern vibe. She doesn't know the gender of this baby, so we tried to keep things fairly gender neutral. Although, it started leaning more boy to the end. That's nothing that a swap of bedding and the art can't fix though.

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Whenever you put a rocking chair in a nursery make sure there is a table to set things down next to. You'll need it for bottles or a breast pump or your own water bottle. It's a MUST have. 

After doing this with Rennai it really made me want to help other friends design spaces. I don't know if that's in the cards for me right now, but maybe one day. 

Photos by Rennai Hoefer