Bravely Belle’s room is my favorite room in the entire house. Her nursery is so bright and cheerful and has a warmth to it that doesn’t make you want to leave. When I first found out that I was expecting a little girl, I knew exactly how I wanted the nursery to look. I knew I didn’t want pink. Pink was not an option. I wanted soothing colors and wanted the colors to also resemble her name. We all know that Princess Belle is best known for wearing yellow, so I knew I would base her nursery off of that. Everyone thought I was crazy for putting so much white into her nursery. So far, no accidents! (Knock on wood.) And I have also found that all the white in her room makes for good photos of baby, as you will see below.
Last year’s birthday, 3.5 months pregnant with Bravely Belle.
This year’s birthday holding six month old, Bravely Belle.
I believe that 25 was the best year of my life! Moving cross country to my dream city, to be closer to my sister and having a healthy, happy baby girl has been a dream come true. It brings me so much joy to be able to hold my baby girl in my arms this year and I’m thankful for all the birthdays I get to spend with her and my husband in the future.
Thank you for all the texts, Instagram, and Twitter messages and wishing me a happy day. Twenty-five was more than I could have ever imagined and I can’t wait to see what 26 will bring me. I see you 26, and I am ready!
The day before Josh and I moved to DC, my last night was spent with my best friend, Lauren. After watching our favorite show, Pretty Little Liars, something we did every Tuesday night together, we embraced and cried our eyes out not knowing the next time we would see each other again. Unfortunately it has been a little over a year since I have seen my dear friend but we are still as close as ever.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your best friends close while still being miles apart:
Let your bestie know that you are always thinking about her. Lauren and I have this never ending conversation. We text consistently. Even though the both of us are extremely busy, at the very least, one text is exchanged per day. Just a ‘good morning’ can make your day.
Send little notes in the mail. I try to send little postcards and small handwritten notes to my friends back home. I’ll even send small gifts that can fit into a envelope with a note that says, ‘thinking of you.’ Every time I get a little something in the mail it always adds a smile to my face!
Be silly together! Lauren and I are ALWAYS laughing. I use to joke that Lauren had a natural six pack due from our laughter, since we never stepped foot into a gym. Even though we are far apart we still send little videos or silly pictures of ourselves to make the other one laugh. We have this ongoing competition of who can send the ugliest picture of them self!
Try to keep up to date with her daily life. Even the smallest of things. When you learn about the random facts about each others day, you feel like your not missing out as much.
Keep sharing and talking about the bad days too. Even though your best friend might not be around to hold your hand or hug you on your low days, make sure to let her know what’s going in your life. Your best friend will be able to tell if something is wrong even by text message, so share and seek encouragement an uplifting words from each other. Let your BFF know that no matter the good days or the bad days, you are still here for them.
Remember her family. Ask about her family and things that are close to her heart to show her you care.
Make plans together. Lauren and I dream of the day we can see each other and laugh together again. Talking about future plans together will bring hope and excitement. Traveling can be extremely expensive so we use things to motivate us. For instance, “If I pass this test, I am coming to see you!”
Have girls night. Either Facetime or set a time to watch the same movie or show together while texting one another your reactions! Lauren and I like to talk about what happened on PLL.
What things do you do to help stay close to your best friends who are far away? I’d love to hear from you!
Thank you so much for reading.
Bravely Belle’s romper is now only $5.00 at H&M.
Little Baby Belle is finally sitting up all by herself with no support needed! For the last few months she has always needed a boppy behind her. This makes life a little easier for Mommy and Daddy. We don’t have to watch her so intently now while she’s playing on the floor. My girl is growing up so fast! Next milestone, crawling!
(All photos are taken by me, Shell K Photography.)
As you know, I was adopted when I was twelve years old. Growing up and thinking about myself becoming a parent, I knew I would commit to giving my child what I never had with my biological parents. Which was a stable home, both a Mother and Father who would love her unconditionally, a safe haven, and for her to be surrounded by Godly influences.
When I looked for qualities of a man I could call my husband, I was sure to look for a man who resembled God’s love. I looked for a spiritual leader for our home. I looked for a man with ambition. I had high expectation of what the Father of my child should be.
When I met Josh, I was taken by how he searched after God’s own heart. I was so impressed my his knowledge of the Word and how he displayed it. I honestly can say, that I have never met a man who reflects God’s character as much as Josh does. This is why I married him. This is why he is the Father of my child. Bravely Belle and I are so blessed to have Josh in our lives. What a privilege it is to call him my husband and for Brave to call him Da-Da!
We adore you.