A Letter to my Single Friends…

Have you ever come to the place in your life when you look back and really wish you had enjoyed ‘that’ time in your life a little more?

I have! and although I love where God has me at in life right now, it is still at times tempting to wish the kids would grow just a little faster, be at the next stage in life, be able to do just a little more on their own… and the list goes on.

But I have also learned from past experience that I will never have this chance again and if I don’t enjoy it now I will never have this opportunity again! So I am focusing on

  • enjoying the moments,
  • making memories,
  • taking time for the little things,
  • having a little more patience,
  • speaking a little kinder,
  • and knowing that if they don’t learn everything I am trying to teach them ‘right now’ that they will still be just fine πŸ™‚

So that is kind of what inspired this post…

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Here are a few things that I wish someone would have told me back when I was still single…

  • Make God your #1 priority
  • Travel (especially missionary related excursions)
  • Help out a busy mom
  • Save your money (check out Dave Ramsey here)
  • Invest it too
  • Help out at local ministries
  • Enjoy the carefree days
  • Never drop your life to chase after ‘him’, let him pursue you πŸ˜‰
  • Most of all, live your life to the fullest, with no regrets (yes that’s something you will be working on your entire life πŸ™‚

With all that being said, yes I am happily married! And no I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Marriage is work tho, and it will come to you at the exact time God has it planned for your life, so pining for it won’t bring it any sooner, so go enjoy each day you are given πŸ™‚

And here are a few of my current blessings…

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My Big Girl is Two

Ahh finally,  yes I am finally posting pictures of her birthday party! Almost 4 months behind I know, but better late then never πŸ™‚

We had a birthday party planned for her the evening of her birthday, but as you know her little brother decided it was time to be born that very evening so we had to postpone the party for a few days! What’s better then getting a brother for your birthday gift anyway?!? πŸ™‚

It was just too hard to pick photos to post so I finally settled on the ones below, there’s a bunch so hopefully you won’t get bored!


Its still kind of hard to believe we already have a 2 year old!

We always like to give her the birthday gifts from us before everyone else shows up at the party because then there’s soo many gifts and we don’t really have the satisfaction of seeing her reaction to what we picked out for her! We gave them to her the morning of her birthday, so technically she did have a ‘little’ party on her special day.

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Her huge doll from Mommy and Daddy! Its bigger then a newborn but very lightweight! This was an awesome deal at a Kids Consignment Sale for $3 and there was just no way I could pass it up even tho she really didn’t ‘need’ another doll!! But seriously, can a little girl have too many dolls? πŸ˜‰ She was thrilled!

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Writing and drawing are some of her favorite pastimes, the one side is a chalk board and the other side is a dry erase board. She has spent countless hours playing with it.

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And… Her pink Camo recliner πŸ™‚ Daddy picked it out for her and it has been well used! 

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“I can sit on my chair and write on the white board all at the same time”

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This is her adorable Princess Cake decorated by Aunt Julia! We were soo pleased with how it turned out.

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 All dressed up and ready for the party.

Kitten blanket collage

I didn’t take the time to post pictures of all the gifts she got, there were a bunch! But the expressions we captured when she saw her kitty blanket were just too good to resist! Kittens are her favorite animal and she was beside herself with joy when she saw the blanket! She had to run over and kiss it πŸ™‚

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 This is probably been her most played with birthday gift! From her cousin Amy, it says some Spanish words and recently she walks around saying, Ola, Ola πŸ™‚         (Hello)

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Enjoying the cake πŸ™‚

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Julia got to have a photo shoot with her on her birthday and she cooperates so much better for pictures if she’s alone with Julia. I was so happy with the results πŸ™‚ Books and Kitties, who wouldn’t be happy πŸ™‚

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Ahh yes, melt my heart! That adorable lil girly I get to call my own! She is such a burst of energy (and emotions) but I truly cannot imagine life without her! Thank you Jesus for allowing us the privilege of caring for one of your sweet children.

Catch up Brag Post

It seems like this year has been busy and blogging has kinda been the last thing on my mind, but sometimes ya gotta just stop and take time to show a few adorable pictures of this little – big girl that keeps our life so interesting around here! She is definitely all girl and we can’t imagine what we did before she came into our lives. She keeps us smiling, sometimes shaking our heads in wonder at her latest antics, and does know how to try out our discipline areas as well!


 Watching the parade in town, she was in awe of all the different sites and especially loved all the candy they passed around!


 She was so tired she lay asleep on the couch and fell asleep with her baby, that seldom happens, we usually have to rock her for a while!


 Her expression says it all in this picture! We had this swing sitting on the porch for a few weeks waiting for a chance to put it up and she would ask for it about every day, finally one day we just went and put it up and this was her expression on the first ride! She can hardly get enough rides and when we drive out the lane she has to wave bye-bye to the swing. πŸ™‚


 One baby is no longer enough!


 Helping Mom wash strawberries. Playing in water is one of her favorite things to do!


 I didn’t know they like coloring and writing at such a young age?! This color book and colors has entertained her for hours, yes almost every page has scribbles on it, but that doesn’t matter πŸ™‚


 The pool wasn’t cleaned out yet but we had a lot of fun splashing in this tub of water and taking the baby in it too!


 You know its been a long day shopping when she falls asleep and we put her in the shopping cart and she keeps sleeping the entire time we’re shopping!


 Its alot more fun playing with play dough when Daddy joins in and helps make all sorts of interesting critters and even gets the tractors out! 


 Making Snowmen, kitties, and all sorts of fun stuff!


 We spent a week at my parents and she was quite intrigued with baby Evan getting a bottle. She still looks at the picture and says, “Baby”


 While we wait on Aunt Julia to get done with Therapy we clown around in the car with Daddy’s sunglasses. Her big grin is just priceless here!


 Our first time in the pool this year, she loved it!


 Combing the porcelain kitties hair.


 She got her bag of hair accessories and sat down and was busy combing hair for a while πŸ™‚


 And ever since Aunt Julia had ACL surgery she is all intrigued with therapy and loves helping Julia get settled in the chair with pillow, ice packs and a towel. She was grunting and moaning around like her leg really hurt, and her baby had to be right there with her thru it all! She is quite the drama queen!

So now you can see we are quite busy with all her antics and quite in love with her!

These pictures were all taken with my phone so that is why they are a little fuzzy.

Baby’s First Birthday

Once again I am waayy behind the times but I have been so busy posting recipes that I never got around to sharing Shania’s 1st birthday party pictures or more of the adorable pictures that we got on her one year photoshoot! Its been over 2 months already but she is soo cute I’m pretty sure you won’t mind looking at them now πŸ™‚

Moms 1 yr party wmSince Grandma and Grandpa Miller live so far away in Missouri and couldn’t be here for the special day, Grandma bought some cupcakes a few days early when we happened to be at the same place and we had a little party then πŸ™‚

Sigh, now I miss my mom πŸ™

But, back to the actual birthday party…

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We wanted to see her expression when she opened the gift we gave her and were afraid if we’d wait till everyone was here she would feel a little overwhelmed. She has spent many hours playing with this piano and loves dancing to the songs!

1st bday cake n decor wmI wanted cupcakes for her to eat and so I decided to just make the shape of a 1 with the cupcakes for the guests. I bought the cups, plates, napkins and balloons at Dollar Tree. I thought they were quite pretty for the price. The balloon is supposed to look like a flower… Pinterest idea πŸ™‚ 

1st bday eating cake wmAnd… finally eating her cake! We lit the candle but she was not very impressed with it. She was half surprised that she was actually allowed to tear into it and eat it all by herself!

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October 2013 150 editedGettin some lovin’ from Daddy and Mommy πŸ™‚

And now for the 1 year photoshoot… Photo Credit to Capturing Jewels

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October 2013 214I’m tired of sitting in that thing, can I get out and push?!!

October 2013 262She was cheesing, squinting from the sun, and being ornery all in one shot.

October 2013 269Love the lighting on this one. Think she was trying to get away from the camera lol.

And the next few show precisely the mood she was in when we were trying our hardest to get pictures with smiles

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October 2013 288 ..And finally on the ride in to the house she starts cracking herself up. We laughed so hard and so she just kept on doing it.

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October 2013 311She has been showing her own temperaments so much more and is becoming quite the lil smarty! As you can tell, there is never a dull moment when she is around πŸ™‚


A Rich Heritage

 Have you ever considered the heritage that was passed down to you through your family? How many times have you thanked God for your Parents? Grandparents? Siblings?

It is so easy to take our family and loved ones for granted, and just this past week as we were attending my Grandpas funeral I was again reminded of the very rich heritage I have been blessed with, and how I need to be more thankful for it!

Grandpa Yoders

This picture was taken almost three years ago at our wedding! 

Grandpa was in good health until about 2 weeks before he passed away! He was 95 years old when he died. He lived a full life. Rest in Peace Grandpa! You are missed.

You might say, ‘but I didn’t have a good home life,’ or ‘I was overworked and under appreciated’ or ‘my parents had nothing worth passing on to me.’ 

Just consider for one moment tho, your mother carried you for 9 months and then gave birth to you! That in itself is a miracle. Thank her for that.

Its not a matter if you had a perfect home, or a dysfunctional one, what you went through as you were growing up still helped shape you into the person you are today! Our home was far from perfect growing up, and I don’t want my kids to grow up in the atmosphere I did, but I am choosing to be thankful for that because God has used it to help me have goals for our family.

I realized this past weekend that I haven’t been thankful enough for the rich heritage I have been blessed with and so I want to list a few things here that I believe have helped shape me into the person I am today:

  1. My mothers prayers
  2. Growing up in a home where we were taught about God at a young age. (it was far from a perfect home but in looking back, I just want to remember the good times)
  3. Being taught good work ethics (there are blessings in growing up Amish πŸ™‚ They have work ethics that are rarely seen in the world today)
  4. Learning how to bake, cook, clean, and do laundry, plant a garden, can and freeze food. (Cleaning is still a dreaded job but at least I know how to do it)
  5. Being taught to be respectful of other people and other peoples property

There are soo many more and I’m sure once this is posted I will think of more πŸ™‚   

Having learned these things, and seeing how useful they are to me now, has really made me want to teach alot of the same things to my kids. The actual culture may be different but the principal remains the same. I know the world is changing fast and with all the social media etc we are having a harder time teaching these principles to our kids. But I know that with God all things are possible. And I will not give up and be discouraged, instead I will press on, knowing that,











Today I’m linking up with : 

My Baby is ONE

It is now a year since we had the sweetest little baby in the world join our family! I can’t imagine life without her! Babies bring work but I would say the joy is doubled and tripled in our home since she was born. Thank you Lord!

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 This picture was taken right after she was born and she started sucking her thumb πŸ™‚ I still almost can’t believe I had a 10 pound baby naturally! *chills* Although I sure wouldn’t want it any other way. I loved my midwife.


 Here’s her 1 month picture! She lost some weight and puffiness after she was born and it took her a little while to gain weight but she had a good start so I wasn’t really worried.

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 Her hair got a lil wild as she got older πŸ™‚ She is so wide eyed and beautiful!

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 And of course every few months we have to have a photoshoot with Aunt Julia so we get good quality pictures! πŸ™‚ She’s just starting her own website over at Capturing Jewels so be sure to check that out as she has quite the eye for photography!

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 At 4 months old she already loved being outside and there were a few beautiful days in February so Julia and I bundled her up and we went out on a walk! She loved it!

5th Month (6)editedAs hard as I tried remembering to take a picture every month on the day that she was a month older there were times that I forgot until she was asleep πŸ™‚ Doesn’t she look so peaceful?!

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 One of my all time favorite photos of her. Julia and I were trying to have a photoshoot with her outdoors but it proved to be a very windy day and I did NOT want her getting an earache, so we decided to put it off till later. After getting into the house we discovered this picture and decided it would definitely be good enough. In fact, recently, my sister-in-law wanted to make a canvas for Shania, and wanted a good picture, so I sent her this one πŸ™‚ 

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 I just have to smile widely when I see this picture πŸ™‚ Such a ‘charmer’!

DSC_0218 editedPhotoshoot with Aunt Julia again… This time we went to the park and she was happy as a lark in the swing!

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 We got tickets for the St Louis Cardinals game and it was on the day that she turned 9 months old.  Such a great way to celebrate πŸ˜‰ We gotta train her in while she’s young πŸ™‚ 

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 Her favorite thing is clapping her hands and she gets all excited when we cheer for her and promptly starts clapping!

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 We were at a friends wedding in the afternoon of her 11 month birthday and she was happy to be released and able to run around in my brothers house by the time we got there!

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 Her one year photoshoot πŸ™‚ Gotta love those lil teeth!

So thats pretty much what my life consists of right now, keeping after a 1 year old, keeping her fed, clothed, diapers changed and all that good stuff πŸ™‚

Tea Party and Recipe Exchange

Who doesn’t love a good tea party with your lady friends?! Recently I hosted a tea party for the ladies from church and had so much fun getting everything ready for it that I thought I would share some of the pictures so you could see what fun we had πŸ™‚ 

I am not very good at this party decorating thing as you can easily see, and wasn’t even really planning to decorate (we just needed to get out of the house and spend some time together) but as I was preparing food I started looking around my kitchen and noticing all the sunflower decor I already had setting out and thought, why not use that?! So here is a little of what I came up with πŸ™‚

1 063 editedI wanted to have a veggie tray but wanted something different then the normal – lay all the veggies in a straight line on a tray- so Pinterest here I come πŸ™‚ Found this idea and just dug around till I found enough glass jars-containers to suit my fancy!

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Some more of the little details… The last picture is priceless! Poor Wyatt getting attacked by Shania, don’t worry, we do teach her to be kind to other kids, I just thought his expression was too good to pass up!

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 Some delicious Artisan Bread made by my friend Sarah. She has a special knack for making everything look adorable!

She has the recipe for this bread over on her blog at Sara Jess Memories

and here is the direct link to her Rustic Crusty Bread! Be sure to check out all the other interesting things while you are there! 



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 And last but not least, here is a picture of the Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake I made, with my like new Bundt pan that I got at Salvation Army! (Score!) Love finding deals like that!

I will be sharing the recipe for this delicious cake shortly so stay tuned πŸ™‚ 

 I asked each of the ladies to bring a favorite recipe of theirs along and then we each ended up being able to take 7 new recipes home!


What kind of Tea Parties do you like? Do you prefer to have activities or just chat and catch up with each others lives?