Birth Announcement…

I designed these a while back. It took me some time to actually get them printed. Once they were printed they sat on my desk for way too long. I finally got most of them out just before we left for the summer, with a few stragglers still sitting on my desk. That my friends is the difference between the first child and the fifth child!

Birth Announcement design with hand lettering
Birth Announcement design with hand lettering

Thank you…

Having a baby can be a tough adjustment. It’s like hopping on a merry-go-round for a good solid 10 rotations, then jumping off and running as fast as you can in any direction. There’s a good chance you’ll stumble, throw-up and then you’ll most likely end up on your back, nauseous as the clouds and sky continue to circle above you. If you’re lucky, you might be able to perform this task with grace and make it look easy. But no matter how graceful you try and make such a difficult dismount – it’s doesn’t change the fact that you spent 10 rotations on the merry-go-round – essentially jumbling every single aspect of your life. And it takes some time laying on your back before the clouds start to slow and you start to see straight again.

Unfortunately, the whole time you’re laying on your back getting your bearings straight – life is still moving on around you. Laundry still has to be done, dinner still needs to be cooked and children still need to get to and from school. It’s all a little overwhelming.

Luckily, the effects of a merry-go-round are typically temporary. I finally feel as though I’m not on my back anymore. The clouds and the sky have slowed in their spinning. The dizziness has subsided. I’m thinking more clearly and I’m overcome with gratitude for all those that stepped in to help us out.

Countless friends, neighbors, family and church members have served us over the last two months. They’ve taken our kids to play, made dinner, dropped off gifts, came to visit, given us words of encouragement – all of which was deeply appreciated. On more than one occasion their acts of service were a direct answer to my prayers in a time of need. People are kind and giving and supportive. The load on our family during this time was significantly lighter thanks to all those who offered unsolicited help (because we all know it’s hard to ask for help sometimes!)

Thank you.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Baby thank you card

Stay awhile…inexpensive artwork…

I’ve mentioned before that winter in Arizona is amazing. (It’s what gets us through our toasty summers!) And every winter we get a crew of visitors escaping their winter weather. Our door is always open for visitors. We love it. Our kids love it. The minute someone walks out the door our kids are asking who our next visitor is.

This winter we’ve had an abnormally high number of visitors. When my mom was here, we were naming off all the friends/family we’ve been able to see. We crunched the numbers and figured since December 27 through my mom leaving on March 15, we had someone in our guest room for 49 out of 79 days. The longest visitor was my brother who was here for a week with his family right after Christmas and three additional weeks (although not consecutively) for work. When we say we love visitors, we really do mean it.

I even changed out some artwork in the guest room to reflect our love for visitors.

Inexpensive artwork for guest room using Staples engineer prints

Looking for inexpensive artwork?

Grab a 24×36 frame from Hobby Lobby.

Print out a saying at Staples as an engineer print. (There’s plenty of Etsy shops that sell digital files to quotes and sayings if you don’t want to design one yourself.) The print will cost you less than $4 for black and white.

It’s cheap enough that when we grow tired of visitors we can change the saying!

Nautical Baby Shower Invite…

We’ve definitely got baby on the brain over here. My good friend is supposed to have her first baby just 5 weeks after we have our fifth! Our husbands have been best friends since they were young and she has become my wood working partner in crime. I have no doubt our little boys will share a bond as well.

In celebration of her new little boy, her sister-in-laws threw her a nautical themed shower and I was happy to provide the invite.

Nautical Baby Shower Invite

We’ve taken several pictures together over the course of our pregnancy – these two pictures are from her shower and they are our second to last pictures being pregnant together. (The last one was taken tonight when they came over to watch Survivor with us. It’s a pretty funny series of pictures – I’ll have to get my hands on them from her phone!)
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It won’t be too long before we’re taking pictures of our growing boys together – much more fun than belly photos!

2016 YW Theme; Free Printables…

The 2016 theme for the Young Women and Young Men for our church is “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20).

Every year I design printables around the new theme and this year I ran into a dilemma. I’ve really been liking some watercolor floral prints lately – which is not usually the case. So I designed the theme with this in mind. I completed the theme and sat with it on my computer for almost two weeks without touching it again. Although I really liked it, it just wasn’t me no how matter how hard I tried. It’s official. Floral prints still aren’t my thing as much as I like them. I even tried buying a floral print shirt I saw on someone else and loved it on them. I put it on and promptly removed it. Not me.

So I reworked the theme to more of a geometric pattern which is 100% me. But the work is done on the first design so I offer you two options this year!
2016 YW Theme; Press forward with steadfastness in Christ; Free printable - binder cover, 5x7, 4x6 and logo
Free downloads include a binder cover, 5×7 print, 4×6 print and the stand alone logos. Feel free to use as you please (personal use only). Enjoy!
2016 YW Theme; Press forward with steadfastness in Christ; Free printable - binder cover, 5x7, 4x6 and logo
2016 YW Theme; Press forward with steadfastness in Christ; Free printable - binder cover, 5x7, 4x6 and logo
2016 YW Theme; Press forward with steadfastness in Christ; Free printable - binder cover, 5x7, 4x6 and logo
2016 YW Theme; Press forward with steadfastness in Christ; Free printable - binder cover, 5x7, 4x6 and logo

Find previous years here, here, here and here.

Download All 2016 YW Theme as a ZIP file (Geometric Design)
Download All 2016 YW Theme as a ZIP file (Floral Design)

Download 2016 YW Theme Binder Cover (Geometric Design)
Download 2016 YW Theme 5×7 print (Geometric Design)
Download 2016 YW Theme 4×6 print (Geometric Design)
Download 2016 YW Theme Logo (Geometric Design)

Download 2016 YW Theme Binder Cover (Floral Design)
Download 2016 YW Theme 5×7 print (Floral Design)
Download 2016 YW Theme 4×6 print (Floral Design)
Download 2016 YW Theme Logo (Floral Design)

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