Author: Allie Zottola

Living the Cousin Life

Man, Sadie has been loving all the time she has with her cousins lately! She plays with her cousin, Hunter, at church and during the moms group I co-lead on Thursdays. Remember when she first met him in December, and I shared a picture of them in February? Look how grown up they are!

Baby boy and girl playing on play mat

As I mentioned before, Sadie recently met her cousin Remi (my brother’s daughter). Less than a week later, my sister gave birth to her daughter, Caroline! Needless to say, our family is on cloud nine right now with all of these sweet baby girls!

I can’t really put into words what it’s like seeing my siblings become parents and having my daughter meet her cousins. Being an aunt is pretty amazing, too.┬áThere is so much joy and rejoicing going on within our family. God has been so good to us.

How about some pictures?!


Baby girl with white headband

Grandparents with babies

Grandparents with babies

Brother and sister with babies


Our Garden 2019: Fencing and Planting

I’ve got an exciting garden update today. We installed our fencing and planted the garden this weekend! Last time I posted about the garden, the plot looked like this…

Baby in garden

Jimmy made the fencing (!), had it galvanized so it won’t rust, and installed it on Saturday. He made the panels in a way that they can be removed from the posts if need be. Here’s what the plot looked like with the fencing all done.

Vegetable garden with wood and steel fence

Vegetable garden with steel and wood fence

We did our planting on Memorial Day while Sadie napped. We bought our plants from Lowes for the first time (we usually buy them from a local garden center),┬áso we’ll see how they do.

What We Planted
-Purple heirloom tomatoes
-Grape tomatoes
-Mini sweet peppers
-Green bell peppers
-Mini sweet yellow peppers
-Jalapeno peppers
-Swiss chard

Here’s a look at the garden after we planted everything, laid down stepping stones, and put up a makeshift gate until Jimmy can fabricate one that swings or latches into place.

Vegetable garden with fence

Vegetable garden with steel and wood fenceVegetable garden with steel and wood fence

So there you have it. We are all fenced and planted and now we will focus on weeding, watering, and hopefully harvesting soon enough!