Monday, September 12, 2016

I leaped.

Well friends, I have returned after a 10-month hiatus. And just like the last time I returned after a long break, I have a lot of rather large life updates to share.

For starters, I took a big leap two weeks ago.

Monday, August 29, I turned in a resignation at work so that I can stay at home with Brody and Sawyer.

This was by no means a rash decision. We prayed long and hard about it. We talked to our church leaders and friends, and we went over the “what if’s” a million times.

We also crunched numbers over and over again. With our daycare costs being only about $400 less than what I make a month and with us having no daycare options for when Sawyer started school, we knew the right choice to make but were terrified to make it. In the end, we just listened to what God was telling us, and we obeyed.

It’s going to be tough financially for us, but we have faith that we can do it and that God will make a way.

So, I leaped.

I am not only excited about getting to spend more time with Brody & Sawyer, I'm also pumped to do some freelance graphics and content management at home along with another endeavor…

I am opening my own design and invitation shop, Front Porch Paperie & Design. I have been making invitations, printables and other things for friends and family for quite some time, and I’ve decided to expand to include some logo and business graphic design (and start actually charging for my services). I’ll begin with an Etsy shop that  I am hoping to launch some time around my birthday (9.27).

I've already had a few awesome business customers:

My friend Marie sells some amazing jewelry (I especially love her oyster shell necklaces). Visit her shop here

Live in the Carteret County area? Check out Tripoint Fitness

check out Savage Boutique on Facebook, the shop will launch soon!

God’s timing is amazing and this decision has already been a blessing in so many ways. Especially considering Brody broke his leg Thursday night (by just falling an awkward way while playing with Sawyer) and I can now be with him as we deal with a large cast and no weight bearing for 4 to 6 weeks.

excuse the crumbs on the giant bean bag, it's been his favorite place to eat, sleep and lay ever since Thursday night.
If Friday hadn’t been my last day, I would have been at a conference this week and scrambling to find a way to either not go or to find someone to keep Brody. And Josh would be taking off work to cart Bro to and from doctor appointments for the next few days.

While I am not happy about my 22 month old’s broken tibia, I am so thankful that the timing worked out that I can be with him during this time.

I appreciate any prayers you can send up for us as we make this transition and also for Brody (he is already pretty miserable and tired of not being able to run and chase after Sawyer & Sookie, and it’s only been four days).

I am hoping to slowly get back into blogging as well, so check back for more posts soon (hopefully). 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Where My Witches At?

My good friend Kristen (aka "KG") is getting married in April and our friend Kathryn had the great idea of throwing her a shower in October so we could celebrate KG with a fun night together in our costumed-best.

It was such a great time to celebrate in a more laid back shower atmosphere and enjoy some drinks, photo booth fun, and fall/Halloween themed food.

How cute is Kristen (middle) as a mail-order bride?

So much fun celebrating KG's upcoming nuptials and I had fun getting to use my design brain again to make some printables and the invitation. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Brody Bean is One

A year ago today, Brody Scott Edmondson made his debut.

His first year of life has been nothing like Sawyer's was. He's been through a move, a long string of babysitters, and a lot less time with our family's but he has been so chill and happy through it all.

He is so adventurous and loves to climb and balance on things (and give me small heart attacks).  His current favorite balance beam is the laundry basket.

Brody has thankfully been a much easier baby than Sawyer. He has been free of any medical scares so far, enjoys being left alone to play, and started walking at 10 months (much to his brother's dismay).

Sawyer is slowly getting used to not being the only kid. He gets frustrated easily when Brody tries to play with his toys or "messes up" the iPad, but he's getting there.

Brody loves the beach and the sand, he's stay outside and crawl around in it forever if we'd let him. He also loves pushing things in front of him while he walks or pulling things behind him. The stairs also provide hours of entertainment for him, as do books.

At first, I thought Brody was going to look like me but he keeps looking more and more like Josh, just like Sawyer did. He has almost white blonde hair and blue eyes, which makes my Papa (who had similar coloring when he was little) so happy.

We have his birthday party this Sunday (at home), and we can't wait to celebrate our happy, easy-going Brody Bean.