Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Oh man, I failed again. Remember how I posted almost a month ago that now that I am staying home with Brody I will have more time to blog again? LOL, JK. I was delusional.

Let me just tell y'all, having an active almost-two-year-old that all of a sudden can't get up and down and walk anymore is an adventure. It is like reverting to newborn days (minus the pumping, feeding every two hours, spit-up and naps). He is needier and whinier (and also cuddlier though).

Brody Bean got his cast off Tuesday, Oct. 4 but because both his knee and ankle were bent for so long in the cast, he is having a hard time adjusting to walking again. He refuses to put his leg down or even attempt to bear weight, but we are hoping his little tendons and ligaments and all that jazz are ready to be on the move again soon.

happy boy after having his cast off
Don't let that happy face fool you though, some days have gone like this:
flinging a fit because I wouldn't let him eat the laptop charger. Check out that pout. 
His leg has really thrown a wrench in our plans since we have been kind of confined to the house with him not being able to enjoy being outside or going to the park. We have taken an almost daily long walk to get out some though.

Brody has also enjoyed his new found love, coloring. With him being unable to sit comfortably in a chair and reach a coloring surface, we have had to lay on the floor and color. Usually, I'd be completely against this because by no means can he keep a crayon or marker on the piece of paper (and off the carpet). But Crayola has this amazing product called ColorWonder where the special ColorWonder markers or paint only write on the special ColorWonder paper. So, we can lie on the floor and he can go to town coloring without tearing our carpet all to pieces (and making us lose our hefty security deposit).

I snapped a pic of him coloring back when his leg was freshly fractured and shot Crayola an email just thanking them for their awesome invention. They sent back the sweetest email wishing Brody a swift recovery and then also mailed us some great coupons and free ColorWonder merchandise! Talk about customer service (side note, this is not a sponsored post haha). 

Throughout the day we've done a pretty good job about keeping a schedule of dropping off Sawyer at school, eating breakfast and then watching Mickey and playing while I work on invitation samples (or design jobs) until around 10:30a then going on a long walk before lunch followed by a nap (while I do some house stuff) then going to pick Sawyer up.

Everything has gone well aside from me actually being able to work on invitations. Most days, Brody is crawling all over my laptop wanting to play. But, I have gotten a good bit done and I am pretty proud of some of the samples I've created.

So, that's life right now. I have about 800 blog posts in draft mode waiting for me to finish, edit and organize. I am not making any promises about when they'll be posted though, because I don't like to set myself up for failure ;).

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).