Saturday, February 16, 2019

Our Nashville Guide Pt. 1

Josh and I had a wonderful getaway in Nashville this past week. We have begun a tradition where we like to take a mini road trip to a nearby city every Valentines. It's a nice excuse to get out of town, explore a new place, and enjoy spending some uninterrupted time with one another.

This year we had decided to explore Nashville. We have been to Nashville a few times but had never taken the time to just explore, get lost, and try new restaurants and browse cute shops.

We booked an overnight stay at the Fox House. This charming tree house has been featured in "Country Living's Tiny Homes" and is absolutely stunning. We had a wonderful stay and felt so cozy, relaxed, and calm in it's tiny space. I felt like it was a bit like The Swiss Family Robinson meets Girl of the Limberlost. Magical.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentines Gift Ideas

For all the sappiness that it is, I do love Valentines Day. No, I don't need a special holiday to show my husband and baby girl that I love them, but it's so much fun to have another excuse to pamper them and come on, who doesn't love gifts? :)

I thought I would share a few Valentines gift ideas with you if you are on the search for the perfect gift for your special person. Josh & I are giving each other an experience for our gifts this year (my favorite kind of gift!). Purchasing tickets to a concert or show, taking a weekend get-away, or going for dinner and a movie are all fun ways to show your affection, but if you are on the hunt for a tangible gift I have a few in mind...

A New Houseplant 

In lieu of flowers, try gifting a plant instead. In most cases, they last a lot longer and brighten up a dreary winter by bringing some life into the home. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"For This Child I Have Prayed..."

We have waited a long time for this little one. We have spent countless hours praying for our tiny bundle of joy. We feel so immeasurably blessed to be Colette's parents. To think that God had her planned for us from the beginning of time gives me chills and leaves me humbled. How faithful our Father is to us. Our cup runneth over...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Colette's Nursery

This space has been so special and so much fun to put together ever since we decided we were adopting. I had been wanting to create a nursery for years but never let myself begin the project until I knew for sure a baby was coming.

I always knew that I wanted a gender neutral nursery as I love muted tones and natural wood but I slowly added in more feminine touches when we discovered we were having a girl.

I wanted to create a haven and a sweet retreat of a space to rock our little girl, read to her, sing to her, and a place where she would feel safe, protected, and loved.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018: A Year of Valleys and Mountaintops

2018 was definitely one for the books. There were so many highs and lows and my faith has never been shaken or strengthened more. It's funny how when I look back on different years, a particular word or words come to mind. This year will always be the year of the baby. Our precious girl.

In January I was featured in the Wall Street Journal because of my very controversial bookshelf. It's humorous to me how something so simple but precious to me in our home has become my most liked photo on social media but has also made some book-lovers show disdain for my decor choices. Apparently displaying your books non other than the very traditional way is the only right way. I still get a kick out of people's very strong but petty opinions.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Introducing our daughter...

Colette (Coco) Arya Briggs 

We have our little girl. God is so kind to give her to us. Looking back, we clearly see why God had us walk down the path we did, to be scammed out of our adoption savings, to cry more tears than I have ever cried, and to go through more heartbreak than we have ever experienced. It was all for this little bundle.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Family Worth Fighting For

As many of you may know by now, we heard the heartbreaking news last week that our adoption match was a scam. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the email informing us of the FBI investigation, telling us to reach out to some lawyers that we had never spoken with, to receive more information. We had to find the hard facts out for ourselves and determine if this birth mom we had spoken with on the phone was a figment of our imagination.