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Larken’s Birth Story

You have finally arrived and we couldn’t be more in love. You are a gift from the universe – born of moon dust and bright star bits. I can’t stop staring at you. It’s all been so surreal. Your arrival marked a turning point in our lives. You are the missing piece of our life puzzle we didn’t even know we were missing and now we can’t imagine a world without you in it. We feel so fortunate to be your momma and daddy. Welcome to the world, Larken. Life is so much brighter with you in it.

Nine months I dreamt of the day we would meet. To feel each other on the outside deepening our connection as we had become so close during the time I held you within me – safe, secure and tucked tight inside my belly. I was curious of every move you made. Curious of which body part poked it’s way out of my belly. Wondering if you would hiccup as much on the outside as you did on the inside (which you do). Wondering whose features you would have, what your personality would be like, what it would feel like to hold you in my arms. I never could have imagined the amount of love that would boil up deep within me when they placed you on my chest. My world and my heart exploded.

The anticipation of your arrival was intense. I waited with baited breath. You were due on August 24th and every day leading up to that day we said was going to be the day. Except you decided you weren’t ready to see the outside world just yet and so I was scheduled for an induction on August 29, 2016 at 5:00am. The night before your arrival, your dad and I went to dinner chowing down on crab legs which we have done on many momentous occasions in our relationship. We talked about our excitement, our fear, our love, our anticipation, and joy. We celebrated and got ready to welcome you into our lives. I went to bed wondering how I could possibly sleep that night and somehow I did until 1:50 am. when I started to have contractions. I suddenly felt so calm, you were ready. Now you and I were moving towards the same end goal and we were in it together. The fears of birthing you melted away as I felt an aching in my soul to hold you with each contraction.

We arrived at the hospital at 5:00am, getting settled into our room as the sunrise filled the sky with varying shades of baby girl colors as though it were preparing for your arrival as well. Throughout labor your heartbeat remained steady and strong and was a comforting sound as I breathed through the contractions. Time both stood still and flew. I had no real sense of it. Your dad, Memaw and Auntie Kari were all in the room with us as we prepared slow and steady for what was to come. They provided so much love, support, and encouragement. They made us feel like we could move mountains – and boy did we.

You arrived at 4:21pm. I remember hearing your first breath and your cry as they laid your sweet body on my chest and we connected our bodies warming each other. We celebrated your arrival as a healthy, beautiful baby girl weighing in at 7 lbs 5 oz and 20.5 inches long. You had a full head of hair that everyone commented on. It’s still the first thing people say when they see you for the first time. I remember the look on your dad’s face. Tears of joy filling his eyes as I saw the love swell from his toes! And your memaw and auntie staring at your sweet face and falling in love.

You are our world, sweet girl. Welcome to the family.









Words will never describe the how deeply touched and honored I was to be a part of such a special and joyous day! Thank you to my sister and her husband for letting me be there on the day their family became three!Sweet baby Olive was born on 2/7/2015 at 3:04pm at West Penn Hospital in Pennsylvania. She weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19.5 inches long!
I’m officially Auntie Rae




Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! What are your plans for tonight? We are having a quiet little night at home complete with a fire, dinner and a bottle of fancy wine we bought on our honeymoon! Valentine’s Day sure is a great excuse for a date night!

Speaking of date nights… what is your idea of the perfect date night with your love?





Working through all those photos I mentioned previously!! There are so many, but it’s almost like living the moments all over again as I make my way through the thousands of them.

Back in 08′ I went to Brazil. Rio de Janeiro for carnival to be exact. The trip rocked me to my core. I came back feeling like my universe had been tilted on its axis. Traveling changes you. You also get a bug, an itch and before you know it you are consumed by wanderlust. I’m looking for my next big adventure. I’ve been slipping it into numerous conversations with the hubs. You know, just planting the seed! Where should we go?





I’m going to be an Aunt. YEP! ME. AN AUNT! My littler sister is expecting a precious little pea in Feb. of 2015. I’m taking my job very seriously and that little peanut isn’t due for another 2.5 months or so. EEEK! I’m literally busting at the seams with joy.

We hosted a really fun reveal party for her and her hubby back when the fall weather was just creeping in. It turned out to be a great day. We had a burger bar, a dessert table, a voting station, a bonfire with s’mores and I even made little goodie bags for the kiddos. Except I forgot to take pictures of any of that. In terms of the decorations, all I have to show for it is a pile of the leftovers on my office floor. I’ll have to take a pic of the leftovers and  include that little snapshot into a what I’ve been up to and why I haven’t been posting picture soon enough! At least I caught the most important moment! And really…. look at their faces! LOVE IT. LOVE THEM.








Today I have come to terms with the fact that I’m just not good at uploading things…ANYTHING. I’ve got the documenting phase down. Yep… I’m good there. I snap the photos or make sure I ask someone to, I create the mood boards and design files and then they get buried deep in the mess I have on my laptop. So now here I am heading into the new year attempting, yet again, to tackle this mess and to create a new habit. They say it takes what…about 21 days or 66 days or something to form a new habit? hum…

With that out of the way, today I post a sprinkling of my engagement photos shot back in January of 2013. Good grief. Do you see what I mean? That was almost two years ago! Although it feels like only yesterday.  As for the shoot, we kept it local at Raccoon State Park, our backyard and our living room.


PHOTOS BY // Sarah Chillson (Go check her out – Sarah is a phenomenal documentary photographer and does the most heart thumping boudoir sessions).




Where have I been???!!! I’ll tell you… I’ve been defrosting! It’s going to take a few more weeks to shake off this seasonal depression, right myself and really put things back together. This winter did me in. I thought I’d find more solace in this blog, but about the only thing I found was the feeling that it was never going to end. I’ve never been good with winter. It starts to creep up on me in the fall when the leaves start to change and a feeling starts stirring in my gut. That feeling that change is on the horizon. I need to learn to harness that feeling and ride it into spring. Better luck next year!

So in the meantime, I’ll continue to spend as much time as humanly possible outside with my hands in the dirt, my head under a hat and my heart filled with the warmth of the sun!
Happy summertime!

AND – I realized I spelled granola wrong, but I’m going with it. Garnola. It’s what’s for breakfast!!




BeYOUtiful. I saw this the other day and it stuck with me and I thought it was a fitting title for this post.

The internet can be a funny thing. There are days where I find myself deep, down the dark rabbit hole. Surfing the Internet can leave you with a burning sense of desire…a wanting…a yearning… an urge to fill a void you may not even know you had. Maybe it’s for the invitation to the perfectly styled dinner party, or for the linen sheets you have been coveting for years that seem to be popping up on bloggers beds across the globe or maybe it’s for the living room that appears to be straight out of a magazine. It’s ok to be inspired, but it is important to not feel inferior. Do not compare yourself to the images you see online or in magazines. Be happy with you.  “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Well said Theodore Roosevelt. Well said.




HA! That was super cheesy and I love it!

So first June came and went and then poof… I woke up today and realized it was November. That’s at least how it felt to me. I can’t believe I’ve neglected to document all of the things that have been going on recently. We got back from the honeymoon and went straight into putting the finishing touches on my sisters wedding that occurred on September 28th, 2013! Boy was it a beautiful celebration! I still wake up some days and think to myself, “my baby sister is married!” I laughed, I cried and I shook it out (I kind of can’t help myself when Florence is playing).

She was the most stunning bride and she found herself a great man to spend her life with. They even recorded a song for their cake cutting and it was the cutest thing I have experienced to date. I keep asking her to give me a copy so I can listen to it all the time. I had to give a speech at her wedding and I probably could have talked about her for an hour. She is simply amazing. And since I know she checks this, let me just say – I love you! You will always be the snap to my crackle pop!




June came and went! It was a whirlwind (hence the blogation),but I enjoyed every minute of it. We got married, went on a honeymoon and ended the best two weeks of my life with a canoe trip complete with camp fire burritos and a 12 canoe barge with great friends! Can we rewind so I can do it all over again?!
I have a bunch of wedding projects to share! I’ll try to get on that! Until then enjoy the snippet of how we spent those few weeks.

Photo Credit for Wedding Photos: Sarah Chillson Photography

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