In Due Time Book Review


I have said time and time again social media can be a great opportunity to build relationships with others. I have found so many people through blogging that I enjoy getting to know and reading their stories. It is such a nice community to be a part of. One women I have followed and gotten to know is Caroline Harries. I have followed her inspiring and beautiful journey of life, love, and infertility for over a year now. Her journey is encouraging. Her journey is uplifting. Her journey gives women in similar situations a place to feel comfort and that they are not alone.

Not many know this about myself, but I have suffered from infertility. The moment my husband and I got married we decided to try to conceive. It was a long journey to our first child. It took four years for us it get pregnant. The struggle to keep things together and the emotions that were experienced were heartbreaking yet taught me so much about the person I am.

Caroline has channeled not only her experiences in life but also her faith in God into a beautiful and much needed devotional. “In Due Time” is not just for women experiencing infertility. It is for anyone experiencing a time of waiting. Whether it is waiting for a new job, a new home, health, or a baby, this devotional will give you the guidance needed to see that “it is possible to have joy and declare that God is good, even in the midst of waiting.”

Throughout the 60 days, there are short but powerful messages to read and then spend time reflecting upon. At the end of each day of reading there is an application part. This allows you to examine what you are feeling about your situation and what possibly could be done to bring you closer to God. This devotional gives you hope and encouragement through a time that seems unbearable.


The following is an excerpt from the book:

How Long, O Lord?

“How Long, O Lord? How Long?” How many times have
you asked this question as you have waited for God’s
promises to manifest in your life? It’s probably a
question that every believer has asked at some point in time. For
me, I feel if I knew the answer to the time frame of when my wait
would be over, then the wait wouldn’t be nearly as hard. But the
unknown, coupled with realizing God’s timing is much different
than mine, becomes exhausting. Some days I feel as though my
wait has no end in sight. Time after time I have cried out to the
Lord, “How long, O Lord, How Long?”

This part really resonated with me as I was reading. I do not know how many times I have cried out to God and asked how much longer? Waiting as an imperfect human is a struggle that we have all experienced. The day of devotion goes on to use the example of David and how in the Bible he asked the same question. His question and prayers were met with silence from God. But this does not mean that God did not hear him. “It is in God’s silence, that he is actually working.” So when we may be feeling like we are not able to handle the wait, know that God is working on our prayers and “he is waiting for the perfect time to bless you richly.”

This is just one example of what this beautiful and insightful devotional has to offer. It is filled with beautiful passages from the Bible that inspire and encourage each one of us to draw closer to God and build a strong and everlasting relationship with him.

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Hopefully everyone will enjoy this devotional as much as I am!


Week 24-Bump Update

I am a little behind but last week I hit 24 weeks! I am six months pregnant and cannot believe it! This pregnancy is moving so quickly and I have to admit I am a little sad about it. I absolutely love being pregnant. Even with all the pain and discomfort, I love the feeling of being pregnant. The movement that I feel and the bond that I have with this baby boy is something that only I can experience. May sounds selfish but it is so incredibly special.


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The girls and Josh are able to really start feeling the baby. Madelyn lights up every time she feels him kick. The sweetness that these girls share with their baby brother is such a beautiful moment. They will talk and sing to him. Every night there are hugs and kisses for baby brother. With Josh, it will never get old experiencing each and every movement with him. Last night as we were talking, the baby was moving up a storm so I placed Josh’s hand on my belly. That was the first time Josh experienced such a constant movement from the baby. I, being the emotional mess that I am, just started to cry. It is a moment that I time and time again love. For the man I love to be able to get a glimpse of what I am feeling. For his face to light up and have a big smile on his face, it means everything.


Here are a few details about this amazing experience!

Weight gain: I have gained a total of 12 pounds so far! I am at the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I know, I know, I am pregnant, but it is was still a little bit of a shock to see that number on the scale.

Cravings: Still am craving pretty much anything and everything! One thing I did notice that is hard for me to eat is chicken breasts. It is something we eat a lot of so that it has not been the greatest.

Sleep: Hah! Sleep. I miss sleep. I will not experience a good night’s sleep for a few more years. I am extremely uncomfortable and cannot find a position that works for me and the baby. The bed is becoming more cramped and filled with a surplus of pillows. Another fun experience that occurs at night, charlie horses. Nothing like a pregnant woman shooting out of bed with horrible leg pain.

Overall feeling: Overall I feel good most of the time. There are some days where he sits really low causing back pain. But then there are some days where he sits really high causing pressure on my lungs and bladder. I am starting the beginning stages of nesting. The bedrooms in our home are extremely tiny and with putting the girls back into one room, I need to make some necessary toy cut. Once I can get this all taken care of then I can start putting together the nursery!

This is quickly passing by and with just over three months to go, I need to get moving to get this house ready for baby brother!


Making Memories in the Fall


Fall is my favorite season. The leaves changing, the crisp air, the fires, the delicious comfort food. There are so many wonderful things to experience during this season. With having kids, I feel like it just amplifies the excitement and the adventures of the season. One adventure that I love to share year after year with my girls is going to the pumpkin patch.

This year was a little different. It was a beautiful day during the week and I just did not feel like wasting the possibility of the day. So we loaded up and went to the pumpkin patch. Usually we go with family or at least my husband tags along but this time it was just me and the girls. This I found to be extra special. In just a few short months it will no longer be just the girls and I. So I am trying my best to spend as much girl time as possible.

Immediately when we got there Madelyn grabbed a wagon and we walked the long path to the pumpkin patch. If the girls could they would have picked out the the first pumpkin they saw and our trip would have been over in five minutes. But I encouraged them to explore and exploring is what we did! We found small ones, green ones, misshapen ones, and one that made them think of the great pumpkin!



Second we explored the apples. We did not need to pick apples today (we have already canned and froze apples) but it was still a great learning lesson for school. In school we are learning about apples and all the different kinds that are available. There was such a variety growing that we talked and talked about what we learned. I think this falls under the win category since we did not do school that day!

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Next up on the agenda were donuts!! We are suckers for yummy sugar and cinnamon donuts so we had to get some to enjoy. As we sat there enjoying our donuts, we talked about silly stuff, laughed at each other’s sugary faces, and made goofy faces for the camera!




Lastly we walked and looked at the smaller and unique pumpkins and picked out some gourds. The girls spent about 10 minutes picking out the gourds they wanted to bring home. Our house is now completely covered in gourds, pumpkins, and all things that scream fall.




This was definitely a great day and a day that will be remembered in our handful of pumpkin patch memories! Continuing to make memories with those that I love and embracing those moments that may seem so ordinary is truly a blessing. These moments are so fleeting and I know personally I want to look back and have ones to fondly reflect on.





So Long 33


Another year. Another year that has been filled with laughter, adventure, sadness, joy, stress, tears, and love. Each moment forming together to create a different version of me.

It no longer scares me getting older. As I age I gain wisdom. I gain realistic expectations. I gain the ability to create a sanctuary filled with love around me. Also as I age I lose the drama. I lose the willingness to hold a grudge. I lose the negativity trying to fill my days. Getting older is a part of life. Acknowledging this allows me to fully embrace the life I live and the people that surround me. I am truly ready to embrace all of who I am and who I continue to become.


Looking ahead, what does the next year have in store!

  • A new baby. I have to admit it still sometimes baffles me that we are having another child. I wanted a third child for so long that it just did not seem to be in our cards. However we are and I cannot wait to meet the little fella. It is going to be such a different experience. What brings me so much joy is that I get to share this experience with my daughters. They are finally on board with having a brother and are completely ready to meet him.
  • A new home. We have officially outgrown the home that we are in now. I am not great at change but know that it is time to move forward and find a place that accommodates our growing family. Location is still up in the air but we know where ever we end up, the love that we have for each other is what creates a home.
  • Continuing my blogging. I have been teetering on deciding whether I want to blog for a hobby or for a business. I love writing and want to make sure that what I write continues to be authentic and things that I am passionate about. Sometimes I feel that the pressure to make it a business takes the fun out of writing. However I also believe that there can be a balance between the two in order for me to get the best of both worlds.
  • Getting healthy. I know, I know, it seems like a ridiculous thing to throw in there but I know I have not been at my healthiest. Since the loss of my dad I dipped into a bit of a depression and have not been taking care of myself. Now being pregnant and eating everything in my sight, I know that I need to take charge of my health. Changing the way I eat and starting in exercise regimen is a must in order for me to gain the healthy lifestyle I once had. It would also benefit me in keeping up with this crazy kids!

These are just a few things that will happen within the next year! I am thoroughly excited about 34 and where this year will take me!!


Keeping Time With Jord & Giveaway


Time. We all talk about it. Talk about how we do not have enough of it. How it is rushing past us like the speed of light. We say things like “if only we had more time” or “I never have enough time”. We probably spend a good portion of our time talking about how we have no time. It is the one thing that eludes us.

For my husband, time is something valuable and always utilized at its fullest potential. My husband works long hours all week and when the weekend approaches he is so consumed with other work that time slips past him. It never fails, time just has a way of disappearing so quickly. For him, what better way to keep track of that time then with a watch by JORD watches. JORD watches are hand crafted wood pieces with beautiful mechanical features that will please anyone. I knew that it being a watch completely made of wood, I had to get one for my husband.

I decided to get him this beautiful ebony and rosewood watch. This watch is an amazing piece that is modern, masculine, and an absolute conversation starter. The packaging alone deserves to be talked about. Each watch is wrapped around a simple yet eye catching pillow then placed in a beautiful wooden box. A great feature of the watch is that it is automatic therefore no battery required!



So why was I so eager to give my husband this JORD watch? As a wife of a man that spends majority of his time working and giving to others, I thought I would give him a beautiful gift to keep track of that time. From day one I have always told my husband what I love most about him is his heart. This man that I love so dearly gives his much needed rest time to help his family and friends. Anyone that needs help or something done, he is the first one in line to give whatever is needed to assist that person. I have never seen a person so willing to sacrifice his time in order to make sure others are taken care of.



Another reason why I felt this watch would be so fitting for him is because he is a woodworker. He spends most of his days working as a finish carpenter and then comes home to think of and create beautiful pieces made of wood. Many items throughout my home are handmade by my husband. The vision that he has and the time he takes definitely shows in the pieces that he creates.                       Maya Angelou said,

“Great achievements require time.”

I could not agree more with this statement and the amount of time my husband works to make things great. Time may be escaping but I know he never wastes the minutes away. His pieces are timeless, jut like this stunning watch.



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This post was sponsored by Jord watches. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.






Gender Reveal Party


Being pregnant is a time for celebration. Every moment should be celebrated and more importantly celebrated with family. I knew with this pregnancy I wanted to do a gender reveal party. These parties were not popular and really never heard of when I was going through my first two pregnancies. So I was so excited when my sister and mom decided to make this party a reality.

Let me tell you, they know how to throw a party. The moment I walked in I cried at how beautifully it was set up. The amount of time they took to make crafts and plan this party shows how much they love me. I cannot go without mentioning the help from my other family members, my aunt Jennifer, Faith, and Jolinda. They took time away from their busy lives to help my mom and sister make the beautiful paper flowers and tissue pom poms for the backdrop. Yes you heard right, those stunning flowers were handmade. I honestly could not believe it and think that the pictures do not do them justice. I am hoping to steal some of them to put in the girls room!







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Banner from Amazon

Smoke Bombs from Amazon

The big reveal!

We decided to reveal by way of smoke bombs. I was a little worried because the weather was less than stellar that day. It was rainy and windy so I was not real sure if the smoke bombs would work the way I wanted. I think it went rather well and the smoke bombs gave me the effect I was looking for!

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We are so overjoyed that we are welcoming a boy into this family! What a blessing and I know the girls will get excited about it….eventually!’

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I cannot express enough how thankful we are for the love and support of our family during this beautiful journey. We are incredibly blessed and absolutely look forward to bringing this bundle of joy into this world.


Planning a Peppa Pig Party


Peppa pig is huge right now in our house. So what better way to celebrate Madelyn turning five then with peppa pig!

One thing I found easy to do is to use what we already had as decorations. Peppa’s house, camper, figurines, stuffed animals, anything you have to match the theme, I say use, use, use! These toys instantly made decorating easy and festive for the party.

One easy and fun craft to do is to make pig noses out of egg cartons. Simply paint them pink, use a marker to make nostrils, and add some elastic and you have a fun item for your guests to put on!


My husband so graciously helped me in making a backdrop for the gift table. My vision was to make the peppa pig house on top of the hill. I absolutely think he did a great job and it was just what I wanted.


My friend and my sister helped make the perfect muddy puddle cake for the peppa fan!



I find it so fun to plan and craft my way through a party. It is time consuming and sometimes a little overwhelming but it brings me so much joy to create a day that my precious Madelyn would enjoy. She was absolutely thrilled with everything and even said she wanted a peppa pig party next year.




Baby Bump Update-Week 17


Goodness this pregnancy is going so quickly. I keep meaning to take weekly pictures and before I know it I am already approaching the following week. The last two weeks have been such great weeks for memories. At my last doctor’s appointment I took the girls with me so that they could hear the heartbeat. I was waiting for this moment. The moment to see their faces, to hear their reactions. I was in tears just thinking about the moment. Well let me say it was not exactly what I pictured in my head. Since the midwife and an intern were in the room, the girls were terrified to have any reaction. Their shyness took over and enveloped the whole moment. There was no words spoken, no reaction made. Just my girls sitting there, staring at my belly. I asked them what they thought. Absolutely nothing.

However the moment we were alone in that room, excitement came over their faces. They talked and talked about what they heard. It brought tears to my eyes. Ok well more like the flood gates opened. I was so thrilled to have this moment with my girls. I did not get this when I was pregnant with Madelyn because Annaliese herself was still a baby. What a beautiful memory shared between us.

Also for the last week I have begun to feel the baby move. It feels like little flutters happening inside my belly. I absolutely love and cherish these little movements. I cannot wait for the moment where Josh can feel the baby. Nothing sweeter than feeling the baby move, well until later in the pregnancy when the baby starts jabbing in the ribs!

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Here are a few little details of this amazing adventure!

Weight Gain: I have gained five pounds so far. Not too shabby even though I swear I feel like I have gained more.

Maternity clothes: The only thing I have been wearing that is maternity is my pair of capris. But I think I am getting to the point where I shopping trip needs to occur!

Cravings: Yes I have cravings. Pizza and tacos are a must to have close by.

Sleep: I am struggling with the sleep. I already use a body pillow and wish my husband would move out to the couch to give me the whole bed!

Overall feeling: Overall I feel pretty decent. I am still really tired and have not seen much of an increase of energy. My back also has been hurting quite a bit but my husband has tried to give his best attempt to back rubs.

In two weeks we will have the ultrasound to see if we are having a baby boy or baby girl! Cannot wait!!!



How Quickly They Grow

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How quickly they grow. They begin as little hopes and dreams, turn into a beautiful and long process, and then make their entrance into the world. The moments of the beginning are engraved in my mind and heart.The worry, the determination, the love. Every emotion filtering through my body. I remember feeling as though the first two months were the longest months of my life. And then just like that, it was over. My baby was walking, talking, moving from here to there. I knew at the moment, I would never be able to catch up. Catch up with my feelings, Catch up with my thoughts. Time was running by me and I was the slowest person at the race.

Last month my baby turned five.Time is definitely still in the lead. Running circles around me laughing at my attempt to continue to catch up. It has caused me whiplash and heartache. I was not prepared for my baby to be five. I can only remember fragments of her toddler years and now we are about to embrace a new stage in her life. I cannot seem to wrap my mind around it. As she continues to flourish and be such an amazing little human, I will continue to hold on for dear life on this 50 yard dash to adulthood.


Madelyn is a kind, loving, free spirit. She is content on playing solo. She is stubborn like her daddy and emotional like her mama. She is determined in her thinking. She is the most inappropriate but the most adorable. She is stunning. She makes me a better person and mother.


So as they continue to grow so quickly, I have found that I cannot compete with time. Time will continue to run laps around me and laugh at my attempts. I can only continue to be present in the moments that matter and embrace the rapidness of them growing.



Summer Days with SwimZip

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Living in Michigan, we only have a short time to enjoy the summer months. Three months of constant loading up the car, exploring new places, trying to accomplish all the goals that we make for warmer weather.

One place we try our best to spend as much time as possible is the beach. The water, the sand, the sun. We easily get lost in the beauty that is Northern Michigan lakes. The beach allows for hours of play and fun. Swimming, building sandcastles, eating snacks. It is such a wonderful time for each one of us.

This year our beach trips got a little bit better with SwimZip’s round towel. I can not tell you enough how great this towel is. First off let’s talk about the pattern! To die for! Such a beautiful and vibrant pattern that will receive many compliments at the beach. Next the size of the towel. I was not expecting it to be so big.This beach towel is the best accessory to have on hand for all four of us! It gives us all plenty of room to sit and enjoy the view. Lastly, the towel is perfect to wrap around to keep warm after a long day of swimming. Many times the girls will argue about which one gets to use the towel at the end of the trip!





We have not only used the towel at the beach but also right at home. The size is perfect for an afternoon picnic, followed by lounging in the shade watching the beautiful scenery. This towel is a must have to enjoy all our family’s outings!


I would recommend this towel to anyone! Head over to SwimZip right now to get your very own!