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A Little Front Door Pretty

Soooo, this post was due a way long time ago. I got sidetracked. It happens when you're nesting. After Christmas, I got inspired to do something - anything - to brighten our front door during the springtime. I didn't actually make it reality until March, but WHATEVER. It all started with this wreath I spied on Whipperberry. She might make you feel inadequate as a creative housewife, but I just find her inspiring. I love seeing pretty and she totally delivers. I loved that wreath so much, I made this one, too. At this point, I think you can call it an addiction. Me + muslin + canvas = love. All the spring wreaths I found on St. Pinterest were just a little too eggy for me. Plus, I wanted one that did triple duty: Lent, St. Patrick's AND Easter. Because I need simplification in my life. I completely copied Heather's tutorial for her candy corn wreath and just used different colors. Maybe you like different ones. Go for it. If you want the full tutorial, please visit Heather's blog as she does a much better job explaining than I could. I will say, however, that she … [Read More...]

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A Letter to My Unborn Baby

Sometimes words need to be written. Thoughts need to be shared. Love needs to grow. That's what you get today. Time is ticking by and before I know it, I'll be 39 weeks. These words have been percolating in my brain for months and before I go into full-on labor, I'm sharing them with you. Photo courtesy of Sugarbee Photography (yes, that's my belly!) Dear Baby Whitaker, After your … [Read More...]

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Happy Easter Y’all!

From our family to yours, Happy Easter! Today was lovely, for many reasons, but mostly because life was all around us. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Easter season than to give birth to one of God's masterpieces. I pray that your Easter was filled with peace, hope and joy knowing that whether you're suffering or celebrating, Jesus knows your heart and promises you eternal … [Read More...]

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Lent: Did You Blow it or Bring it?

The Triduum is upon us. The holiest three days of the year are almost here and I think most of us are asking ourselves this one question: Did I blow it or bring it during these 40 days? Me? I did both. In many ways I felt like life slowed down during these last 40 days. I'm betting that probably has something to do with giving things up - like my beloved Sonic Happy Hours - that makes the … [Read More...]

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Birth Story #4 {The One I Drove Myself to the Hospital, In Labor}

Because a mom needs to reflect sometimes, I’m sharing the birth stories of each of my children as we count down the weeks to Baby Whitaker. Most of these were pre-blog days, so while I share these with you, I’m really writing these for the kids. And, here’s hoping I don’t cause them to duck under the nearest table from embarrassment. Baby #1: Will Baby #2: John Paul Baby #3: Anna-Laura Baby … [Read More...]

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HDYDI: Capture the Beauty of Pregnancy in Photos

Ladies, can I be bossy Kathryn for a moment? If you are pregnant, please hire someone to take your photos. I mean it. This is one of the most blessed times of your life and speaking as a mom who only took pictures of her last three pregnancies, I wish I would've done it with all of them. There is something so life-giving and awesome about creating life. Even if you're hovered over the toilet or … [Read More...]

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Birth Story #3 {A NICU Scare & a Bittersweet Family Reunion}

Because a mom needs to reflect sometimes, I’m sharing the birth stories of each of my children as we count down the weeks to Baby Whitaker. Most of these were pre-blog days, so while I share these with you, I’m really writing these for the kids. And, here’s hoping I don’t cause them to duck under the nearest table from embarrassment. Baby #1: Will Baby #2: John Paul Baby #3: Anna-Laura Baby … [Read More...]

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To The Iowa State VEISHEA Rioters, I Just Have One Question

I opened my Facebook newsfeed this morning to see devastating news. Another riot broke out at VEISHEA. Another student was injured, seriously. Another year of planning, hard work and preparation would go to waste. Again. Back in 1998, I was elected to serve as the VEISHEA General Co-Chair, the year following the death of Uri Sellars. I've lost track of the hours my fellow co-chair and I spent, … [Read More...]

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