rooted here

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we took a much-needed trip to a beautiful place today with some of our dearest friends and oh my goodness it finally has snowed in california! so we are so very excited.. all the while some of you i’m sure are v e r y done with seeing snow out your window everyday! the beloved Hume Lake is very close to our hearts and it was so good to spend a day… away. and so near to the Lord’s amazing creation. He is so amazing and so talented and wouldn’t you know it? He has made all of this so we can stand in awe of Him and remember that the Lord has us in the palm of my hand. such a wake up call… recently it’s been an uphill trek to try and stay focused on His plan for my life. but seeing the way that these mountains are formed and the way that our friends love on us and this little babe doing his little dance in my tummy… we might not always have beautiful days, but this is a beautiful, beautiful life. and i am so incredibly thankful for where i am rooted. here in these mountains, i know i am rooted in love. and what more could we possibly ask for?

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by the way. 27 weeks. hello third trimester! bring it on! i’m starting to get serious with my walking schedule and getting ready to be strong through labor and delivery! by the way . . . that glucose test you have to take? phew, that one is a doozy! i chugged that nasty drink that tasted like straight sugar concentrate, was on a sugar high for maybe m a y b e five minutes, then absolutely crashed and was a wreck the entire day, so glad we can check that off the list! the results come back next monday, pray for a pass so i don’t have to take the three-hour test! i can’t even imagine what that would be like. getting very very excited for baby beck to be here. hope your week is happy happy happy. xoxo.

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i know what i’m doing this weekend

d-i-y-momma

my babes is gonna have one of THOSE mommas. the DIY mommas. because who said you can only DIY cute little girl tutus and bows and such? i say boy DIYS are wayyyyyyy funner. yeah, funner. yup that’s right little bebe, you’re gonna have custom made leggins, swaddles, dino sweatshirt!!!, paci clips, an arrow mobile… i’m gonna diy every little corner of this little man’s new world. i’m gettin a head start ASAP, tryin out a few, or two… or three…

tiny harem pants

arrow mobile (no tutorial, i’m just gonna eyeball it, no doubt it’ll be GREAT, i’ll let you know)

custom burp cloths (tribal patterns, YES)

lil’ man onesies w/ freezer paper stencils

triangle teepee hideout 

topknot beanie

swaddles (cool feathers and other prints, i’m thinking..)

DINO HOODIE!!!

kiddo tee (guys, it’s a bear. it’s a free printable. uh, booya.)

leather paci clips (no tutorial, i think i can eyeball this one too. i’ll let ya know.)

mod triangle quilt 

baby leggins from a stretchy skirt (5 min?)

what are your favorite things to DIY?

xoxo

guess what?

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isaboy. isaboy. isaboy. we are so excited over here!! already got half the nursery picked out, nah. i want him to be here, now, so i can wrap him up in cute blankets and little mocs for christmas! oh well, bebe. you can have a few more months of fattenin up in momma’s belly. lots of dirt and giggles and adventures comin right up. xo.

thank { full }

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today is the day of eating turkeys and watching football and getting together with your relatives to pack on a few extra pounds that, let’s face it, we totally won’t regret in the morning. at least, me and the little bebe inside me don’t regret a single thing.

today was also the day i finally went to thanksgiving with the fiancee’s side of the family. and oh man do i love them. there were children, children everywhere. food. football. card games that got way too intense. there were baby bumps with the other lovely lady in the family who is all preggers right now too { we quite enjoy ourselves }. and there was food.

so i am stuffffffed with not only amaaazing food today { and like super extreme excitement for little baby beck on the way, and also hoping that this little one is a boy, but crossing my fingers we don’t have all. boys. forever. it’s kinda a beck tradition. and oh man i don’t think i can handle a houseful of boys. but, seriously people say that all the time. and survive. so. }, but i am also filled to the brim with thankfulness.

thankfulness for love and family and support. and for encouragement when life gets just too darn stupid for any human to deal with on their own. thankfulness for warm food and a warm home and cozy scarves. today i am thankful for being home, for being in a place i adore, the place i grew up in. thankful for a Lord and Savior who, in His last moments of hanging on a cross for the entirety of the world’s sins, had my name on His lips, and died so that in turn i could love. thankful for unconditional love. thankful for new life, and for clean slates, and for baby fingers and toes and noses.

and more than anything, thankful for a man who loves me more than life. for a boy that i had a crush on in junior high who turned into a man, like overnight. before my very eyes. a man that was my best friend through high school and decided he wanted to stick around for the long haul. i’m thankful for a man who is a provider by nature, and a man of the Lord. a man who knows what family is. a man who i know, for certain, will never leave my side and will love me through any. circumstance. i am thankful for a man who once gave me butterflies in my tummy, that now have turned into little tiny feet.

i am so thankful for you, love of my life.

what are you thank { full } for?

xoxo.

these blogs

i am obsessed with blogs. a few in particular. i can only hope and pray and cross my fingers tight that i could design and maintain a blog half as great as these ladies have. so these are my inspiration! i’m sorry if i’m taking their ideas! i promise you will get HOOKED. click on the pictures to go check out their cute little corners of the internet ❤

there’s just something about a good blog.

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colemans in love.

they are such sweet people with an even sweeter child.. so inspirational to read. they love eachother and they love their little one, and they are so cute while doing so! check out their blog for the colemans wisdom through the early years, raising a son, and learn more about fanconi anemia: the battle that their little one is fighting.

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lovemebright

this is kind of a new one for me, but ever since i found this momma’s blog i have been ob.sessed. obsessed. she not only has a style that i just drool over, but her journaling over the course of her pregnancy is to-die-for cuuute. i love her style inspiration for the baby bump, the way she balances her husbands ever-cool busy work schedule and having fun and lovin as a couple, and not to mention. she has a baby.

{ Designs by Shelb }

designs by shelb

shelby is actually a friend of mine, and is expecting a baby right now too 🙂 she has the sweetest spirit and loves the Lord, and that translates into a beautiful blog. her blog is full of ideas on how to decorate for different seasons, parties, and little ways to personalize your home. she is also, like, a professional when it comes to chalk boarding. so just prepare to be jealous.

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the daybook blog

this. this is the first blog i ever started religiously following. this little lady ALSO has style that i die over, like seriously. all through her pregnancy she was cuter than cute and now she’s just the same. and her little one, everett, is the funniest little guy. pictures of his antics will keep you giggling, for sure. i will be stealing her baby style AND a bunch of other things she has put in everett’s nursery when my little one comes 🙂 she does tons of giveaways too, so if that’s not a plus, i don’t know what is.

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ruffling feathers

emily frame is another new one for me, but since obviously i get obsessed a little too easily some might say, i already love her and her blog. her children are the sweetest little boys that have more style than i do, and she is a stylist. for a living. for real? she also does this feature where she takes a pin from the ever-cool pinterest and brings it to life with different style ideas. love that.

so, go check em out.

but please come back to me when you’re done. i don’t want to get lonely over here.

and also in other news, am i the only pregnant lady who cannot for the life of her remember to take her prenatals everyday? i swear, i’m going to have to start taping them to my forehead to remember. sorry, little bun in my oven. but in my defense, they are really yucky vitamins. not complaining. just saying, you better appreciate momma here on the outside.

27 months

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i want to love you in physical. not just through words. i want you to hear me say i love you and i want to kiss you and i want to warm up your hands with mine and touch the back of your neck and i want to love you in physical. in words. in emotions. in feeling. i want to love you here. with me. but i will love you over distance and silence and empty spaces until i can see you and be with you. and let my love be with you when i am not there. because its raining and the night is dark but it’d be darker if i did not have the thought of you to keep me company. and i love you so much it’s keeping my heart lit up. even if the light does not reach my eyes or reach my smile or anything visible. you’re the only thing in my heart and you’re the only one. the only one i’ve learned how to love, and more than that, the only one i want to love. because i know you and my heart knows you and this is my favorite. i know the way you don’t like to listen to music very loud when i’m in the car so we can talk, even if it is a very good song and i want it loud. i know how you sound when you sleep and i know how you dream because you tell me and i know the way that you kiss my mouth hard and the way you taste and the warmth of your body on mine and the way you smell and the way we smell when we’re together. and the way you always roll down your window when i leave so i can kiss you one more time. i know the way you will call me as soon as you get out of class so you can talk to me as you walk back to your car, and i know the way that you’ll message me one last time before you go to sleep, even if i have been asleep hours before. i know the way that you cry and i know the sound of your voice when i know you’re getting tired and weak and sad. and i know the look you give when you’re angry and the way you say you’re sorry. i know the sounds you make when we kiss and the way your hands run over my back and i know all of this about you. and i keep it in my heart and i keep all of you in my heart, even the things you don’t know about yourself. but i’m noticing. everything you do and everything you say and every way you love me. and i love you so much and i don’t know how to show you the extent of my love for you. because you are not here and i am not there and distance is a son of a bitch but it is only physical and anything physical can be conquered. everything, really, can be conquered. i swear with this love we can move mountains that get in our path. i could build a city with all this love i have for you.

happy 27 months. 18 more days until the rest of forever.

(27 months was really sunday. but the love is still there, even though this post is late)

eleven things to make this winter

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1. a big chunky red scarf like that one

2. a camera strap like this one for my bestie

3. one of these valentine’s day banners for our house in february

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(my valentine all the time)

4.  master the herringbone stitch for to make scarves and other cozy lovely things

5. this mug for my love because the last one i made him is ruined a little past its prime

6. this cute squishy octopus or wallie the whale or this soft rattle giraffe 

7. this pretty baby mobile if baby beck is a girl

8. this sign for our kitchen

9. more stained wooden crates for things in the living room

10. artichokes. enough said.

11. homemade apple pie

also, here’s a picture from my high school’s homecoming game last night! so fun to finally be an alumni woot woot. got to see old friends and watch my little big brother play football. NOT TO MENTION he also escorted the homecoming queen. what. stud.

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also : the very. first. picture. i am actually starting to show any signs of a baby! yesyesyes.

baby bump : me + some very cuute outfits are ready for you.

soo hurry up.