Showered With Love

Jimmy and I had our baby shower on Saturday, and wow, what an amazing day it was!

Young couple smiling

Our families planned this sweet afternoon for us, and we could not be more thankful for their hard work and dedication to making the shower so fun, beautiful, and filled with joy.

The shower was hosted at our church, and was catered by a local Italian restaurant. My sister made cookies, we ordered some from a local bake shop, and I made strawberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.

Decorated baby shower cookies for baby girlBasket of cookiesBaby shower dessert table for baby girl with cupcakes and decorated cookies pink and yellow

My sister-in-law was in charge of decorating, and she made such beautiful arrangements of daisies and mint sprigs in vases with lemons.

My mother-in-law and Jimmy’s sister made adorable succulent favors, and my mom and I came up with a little advice card for each guest to fill out. Jimmy and I have loved reading through all the funny and wise advice our guests jotted down for us.

Daisy centerpieces with lemons and mint sprigsBaby shower advice cards and succulent favors for baby girl baby showerWatch me grow succulent favor with burlap for baby girl baby shower

We enjoyed a delicious lunch and caught up with all of our guests. We were so overjoyed that so many people wanted to come and celebrate the impending arrival of our little girl. What a huge blessing!

We also spent some time opening gifts for our daughter, which was so much fun. She has been provided for in so many ways, from her basic necessities, to cute clothes, and the immense love our friends and families have for her.

Most of all, God has sustained her sweet life for 33 weeks now. It’s just incredible to think about how cared for and loved she already is.

Couple opening gifts at baby girl baby showerMother and daughter pouring punch at baby showerSisters smiling at baby showerCouple opening gifts at baby shower

What a sweet, sweet day! Afterwards, we headed home with our baby girl’s gifts and started to go through everything and felt crazy blessed and spoiled all over again.

Things are definitely starting to feel more real, and we cannot wait to meet our little one. God has been so, so good to us!


Celebrating Our Boys

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Now that it’s Wednesday as I finally type up this post, I’m here to discuss ours 🙂

Jimmy turned 28 on Saturday! My sister’s husband, Josh, turned 21 on Friday, so Hannah and I hosted a cookout at her house for our birthday boys.

Guys in matching outfit

Yes, they planned to wear the same outfit, LOL.

The preparations started on Friday with some baking! I made cherry cheesecake and red velvet cupcakes, as requested by Jimmy and Josh. On Saturday morning, I took Jimmy’s truck to the car wash as a little birthday treat since he loves having a clean vehicle.

Red velvet cupcakes with rosettes

Funny story about the cupcakes… we got to Hannah and Josh’s house and someone set the cupcakes on a grill, which was then moved, and the cupcakes fell off the grill! Thankfully, they were in my handy dandy cupcake containers and survived the fall. They just ended up looking a little ugly 😉

For the frosting, I combined vanilla buttercream and cream cheese frosting and Jimmy literally said it was the best frosting he ever had. Too funny, because I only did that due to the fact that I didn’t have enough cream cheese to make a full batch of cream cheese frosting!

Birthday boys with cupcakes and cheesecake

The party was such a fun time! We had our families over and grilled chicken, burgers, and hot dogs. We talked, relaxed, the boys opened gifts, and we played kan jam.

Oh, and no get together with our families is complete without dogs, right? We had four dogs at Hannah’s house, and to say Mavis was tuckered out by the end of the day would be a total understatement.

Girls holding golden retriever and cocker spanielGroup selfie

It was so nice to have our families together for the afternoon. Hannah’s in-laws, my father-in-law and his wife, and my parents go to our church, so we all see each other every week, but there’s nothing like sitting down to a meal together and just hanging out, you know?

Also, can you see how adorably Hannah and Josh’s house is decorated in some of these pictures? Hannah has done such a wonderful job with that. I think I need her to give me some pointers because Jimmy and I have been in our house almost four years and we still have some bare walls 😉

Family against brick wallGuys and golden retriever and cocker spanielCouple smiling against brick wallGirls cutting onionsYoung couple against brick wallGuys at a cookout

It was a great day and I hope our boys went to bed Saturday night feeling loved, happy, and appreciated for the amazing men they are!

The rest of the weekend was just as lovely as Saturday. Sunday was spent at church and Monday was our big garden planting day! I will be back to detail that exciting endeavor soon 🙂