Outtakes 3.0

These are the outtakes from my phone.

The photos that didn’t make it onto Facebook, Instagram, or the blog. They maybe weren’t cute enough, show my messy house, were a bit blurry, or I just plain forgot to share.

Zero editing, touchups, posing, or captions. Just raw images capturing our everyday life!

To see some older outtakes click HERE & HERE! 


Ivy’s First Christmas Season


A baby’s first Christmas is such a special time. Sharing the meaning and magic of the holiday season with a little one just makes it all so much more fun!

I wanted to document Ivy’s first Christmas so she can look back at it later, and so that I will never forget it!

One thing I pride myself on is that I am rarely on my phone when I am with family or friends. So I didn’t get near as many pictures as I would have liked, but I got a few good ones that captured the season!

Ivy’s first introduction to the season was the Christmas tree. For the first week she was content to just look on at it in awe. Then she discovered that ornaments are fun!


Shortly after that, she realized that under the tree is truly the most magical place to be.


Our tree may have looked pretty gnarly on the bottom level, but it sure made for a beautiful backdrop for our littlest gal!


Her first official Christmas celebration took place early in December at her Grammy and Pa’s house (Collin’s parents). She really could have cared less about opening the presents, she was far too busy eating the paper!


The picture below shows a classic Ivy smile. It kills me!

All girls on this side of the family!


Mid-December Ivy’s first Christmas also brought her first big road trip! We headed to Kansas to spend Christmas with my family for a week!


Ivy was a complete angel the whole 8 hour drive!


17 people in one house for a week! It was the best kind of crazy! Ivy slept amazing while we were there and got tons of attention from her cousins, especially her cousin who is going to be a big sister again soon!


Ivy got to meet a whole ton of people she had never met before! I love showing my sweet gal off!

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We got back from Kansas just two days before Christmas Eve. Ivy got to enjoy her first Christmas Eve service. Since daddy is the pastor and mommy was singing, she got to snuggle with a friend of ours during the service. She was an angel and loved the music!


Christmas morning at our house was so sweet. Ivy was more interested in “opening” gifts this time. She and her sister had a great time playing with all their toys while mom and dad made breakfast.


We ended the season in Illinois later that day and I didn’t take a single picture. I did, however, get a picture of her sleeping with me in bed. She was up 3 times Christmas night, and ended up sleeping with me which she has NEVER done before. I was tired, but in all honesty, it was a sweet way to end Ivy’s very first Christmas!


Our Love Story | Part Two

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To read part one click here

*enjoy some old pictures from our early days as you read!

After that fateful night when we first laid eyes on one another, we were lucky to see each other many more times in the following week.

I loved the campus ministry (and not just because of the cute guy), and as Collin had casually mentioned, they were doing all kinds of events that week to kick off the school year. I went to basically everything they had and drug poor Courtney (my roommate), and a new friend who lived on our floor (Christine) along. I will admit after the volleyball game where Collin and I shamelessly flirted the whole time, I kind of began going to the events for him.

He was real charming okay!


I believe there was a volleyball game, a night with inflatables, kickball, and then there was the first weekly worship service. Collin was part of the leadership team so he had to be at everything, which I quickly figured out and took advantage of.

(Do I sound a little creepy?)

Now, while Collin and I had our share of interactions that all involved flirting, I would be doing this story an injustice if I didn’t say that there were actually three other guys who asked me out BEFORE Collin sort of asked me out (more on that in part three).

Don’t think I’m trying to brag, this had literally never happened to me in my life. It was kinda weird to have options ( I went to a very small high school so my dating “choices” were limited), but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I did at least consider one or two of the other guys too.

Apparently, college guys don’t waste much time cause I had two ask outs and another guy very blatantly hitting on me in the first three weeks at school. I prefered Collin from the get-go especially after him and his friend came to my dorm room to watch a movie with my roommate and me, and he took out our trash! He actually became known as “the guy who took the trash out” when discussing my “suitors” with my sister. haha!


So I actually ended up not going on any dates with the other guys (my brother in-law vehemently objected one of them, because the guy was a senior to my freshman and he did not like that one bit). I was pretty hooked on Collin from the start, but he hadn’t made a move ( I didn’t know about the “don’t let me date a freshman” comment).

Luckily, a few nights before my birthday we ran into Collin (I may or may not have orchestrated it), and he found out I didn’t have plans for my special day. So he asked me to go eat with him on my birthday.

That marked our first date… or did it? The verdict is STILL out that.

To be continued…


Currently | January 2018

cooking | I have been cooking up a storm lately. I have been menu planning so well and finding some great recipes! These Swedish meatballs were amazing and easy.
indulging | A mid-afternoon latte! Collin got me a new espresso maker for Christmas and I have been having a lot of vanilla lattes and dirty chai lattes! Yum!
hoping | A new idea I have goes as well as it looks on paper! I am so excited to share more soon!
wearing | thick socks and slippers. At the same time. My feet are always cold, and we have exactly zero carpet in our house so that doesn’t help! I scored a great pair of warm slippers from jane.com and love them. They were $5!
loving | planning both my gal’s birthday parties. We want the girls to have their own first birthday parties and then after that, they will share since they are just over a month apart. We don’t go crazy for many holidays, but I love to plan a birthday party! Pinterest and I are real close right now!
excited | for a calm month finally. November and December were so busy. We traveled a ton and rarely had a weekend free. It was really starting to wear on us all, so we declared January a no-travel month!
wanting | to replace my favorite coffee mug that broke (not the one pictured above). I have had it since Collin and I first got married, and I’m oddly sentimental about it. I have a cabinet full of mugs, but that one was my favorite…

Looking Back | 2018


This was a pretty big year for our family. Some big-time changes and a big addition to our family! There was some tough stuff of course, but overall 2018 was a really great year for our little family. I love writing these posts as they make me look back on each month and the big things that happened!

So many blessings! Here is a look back at our 2018!

Read 2013’s Look Back Here

Read 2014’s Look Back Here

Read 2015’s Look Back Here

Read 2016’s Look Back Here

Read 2017’s Look Back Here


| January 2018 |

| I entered the third trimester in my pregnancy with Ivy (then known only as Baby Cashew).

| I also learned I had gestational diabetes which I took pretty hard. I was admittedly a bit of a drama queen about it the first few weeks, but after I learned the ropes it was fine.

| We had just sold our first house and moved into the parsonage. So I spend most of the month of January setting up our new house.

| We moved Nora to a big girl bed and she acted like there was no change! She did amazing!

| Generally a pretty calm month simply soaking in our time with Nora before she had to share us.

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| February 2018 |

| Nora turned 2 and we had a fiesta to celebrate! Two has been one of my favorite ages and this month is when it all began!

| I found out that I most likely wasn’t going to have an April baby like we originally thought. So we kicked it into high gear preparing for Smith baby #2.

| Collin turned 28, and like always his celebration was minimal compared to his birthday month partner’s. Sorry babe!

| At the end of the month the weather was amazing, so I took Nora to the park as much as I could. I knew a newborn was on the way so I wanted to make the most of our easy days together.

| I got back into blogging quite a bit after a long lull.

| February Blog Post Favorites |

Simple PleasuresRedeeming a Bad Day

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| March 2018 |

|In all honesty, the end of March was rough for me. I was incredibly uncomfortable at the end of my pregnancy and just ready for the baby to come.

| Even in my discomfort and impatience, I wanted to spend so much time soaking in my last moments with just Nora Kate.

| March was the month of Ivy Corinne. She came on March 26th and added so much love to our family. Gosh I love that little girl!

| March Blog Post Favorites |

Bibles + Babies



| April 2018 |

| Little Ivy got to celebrate her first holiday just six days after her birth. We attended Easter at our little church, and would later regret it…

| On the day Ivy turned three weeks old she was struggling to breathe that night (after a few days of congestion and a cough). We rushed her to the hospital and found out that she had RSV. We spent 8 days in the hospital with her. 8 of the hardest days of our lives.

| After Ivy recovered it was almost as if she’d never been sick. Praise the LORD she went quickly back to being a happy healthy baby. The rest of the month was spent really getting to know our new member and learning our family’s new normal.

| April Blog Post Favorites |

Ivy Corinne | A Birth Story 

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| May 2018 |

| We celebrated Mother’s Day and the many May birthdays on my side of the family.

| We spent a lot of time outside as we had amazing weather!

| Ivy started smiling. Arguably one of the best baby developments!

| May was spent just soaking in those sweet newborn days and time with my gals.

| At the end of the month Collin and I celebrated six years of marriage! I really am a lucky gal!

| May Blog Post Favorites |

Mornings with Two

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| June 2018 |

| We spent many Saturdays at our local Farmer’s Market. It’s one of our favorite things to do in the summer.

| Lots of play dates with some good friends of ours.

| June seems to be full of church events and Collin was extra busy. The end of the month was Nora’s first time going to VBS and it was probably the highlight of her year.

| Ivy was not the easiest this month. She has such a big personality which often translated to fussy and particular. She didn’t like sleeping much and it was difficult for me. This caused a whole lot of growth in me as a mom though and I look back and am thankful for this season.

| June Blog Post Favorites |

Adjusting to Two| What Sleep?


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| July 2018 |

| We celebrated the 4th with a “quiet” night at home. We never do much for this holiday, but it’s nice to enjoy a full day with the family in the summer!

| My bestie came to visit and meet Ivy for the first time! Nora and I worked together to make scones and cinnamon rolls for her!

|It got pretty darn hot in July as it always does in Missouri. But we still spent as much time outside as we could! I love summer!

| Ivy turned four months old and really started to get more fun. I think four months is a turning point from those newborn days.


| July Blog Post Favorites |

Girl Momma | Not Instagram Worthy | Tuesday Letters 

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| August 2018 |

| At the beginning of the month, Collin and I went on an anniversary/my birthday trip to Nashville. We went to a Dave Barnes stand up/concert show, which was incredible. It was Ivy’s first overnight away from us and she learned to quickly take a bottle (which she had refused to do prior). I learned to pump in a car… It was so nice to get away with my favorite guy, gosh I love him!

| August marked my second year staying home and not getting ready to go back to school. It is always a little bittersweet but August was such a good month I didn’t miss teaching for but a second.

| Mid-month we began potty training Nora and it started off great. I didn’t know that four months later we would still feel like we were in the “training” phase though.

|Spent a ton of time outside with my girls and lots of mornings drinking coffee while they played. August was a great month!

| August Blog Post Favorites |

Things I Can Do with One Hand | Breastfeeding Do-Over | A Case for Not Finding Out

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| September 2018 |

| I celebrated turning 28 on the first of the month. Collin teases me because I can never remember how old I am!

| Our town does a big carnival celebration at the beginning of September, and our church has a very popular food booth. Lots of work on Collin’s end and I volunteered for a shift as well. Nora got to go on her first carnival ride and talked about it for weeks after!

|The girls and I went on lots of walks as the weather was amazing for most of September. We discovered how much Ivy loves swinging so we made lots of park trips! We always had to stop at the church and smell the beautiful flowers!

| Ivy turned 6 months old and I really think that was our biggest turning point. She started scooting, sitting up, and could do so much more. It made her a much happier and more content baby!

| September Blog Post Favorites |

Chores for Little Ones 

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| October 2018 |

|We visited the pumpkin patch with Collin’s family on an unusually freezing day. We had so much fun though and got some great pictures and apple cider donuts!

| Fall was absolutely gorgeous this year! Like so much more beautiful than it typically is in Missouri, which is saying a lot! The girls and I began going on daily morning walks and collecting our favorite leaves. Such a special time!

|We celebrated Halloween and took the girls to our churches Trunk or Treat. It was a huge success for the church, but Nora did not last long after seeing a scary costume.

| This October also marked Collin’s 1 year anniversary officially working at the church! It was a year of lots of learning and growth, but we feel this is right where God wants us!

| October Blog Post Favorites |

As Good as it Gets| What’s In a Name

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| November 2018 |

|Collin and I got a sweet surprise at church with a prayer from our congregation on Sunday to celebrate the year of Collin’s installment service. We are so blessed by our little church family.

| We had family pictures taken and they were a highlight for sure!

|We decorated our house for Christmas, I am not the type to wait until after Thanksgiving.

| We celebrated Thanksgiving with Collin’s family in Illinois. We loved kicking off Ivy’s first holiday season.


| November Blog Post Favorites |

I Get to Do This

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| December 2018 |

|We had three Christmas celebrations this year and the first one was early in the month! So much fun to do holidays with kids!

| I got real crafty and did a ton of little projects around our house!

|We went to Kansas before Christmas and had a great time celebrating with my family. I am so blessed with amazing family on both sides!

| We had an amazing Christmas Eve service at our church! I was able to sing with a five-piece band and it was so fun!

| Nora got her hair chopped off and I am in love with it!

| December Blog Post Favorites |

Our Daily Schedule |Christmas Cookies

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What a crazy but amazing year we had! So many blessings!  I love my little family and I look forward to what 2019 brings. No matter what it is I will gladly do it all with these three by my side!

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Happy New Year!

Ivy Corinne | Nine Months


Weight |18lbs 13oz
Height |28.7in
Diapers | Size 3
Clothes | 9-12 month clothes

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W H A T ‘S N E W

| Ivy is a full-time speed crawler now! She goes all over the house and does it fast!
| Ivy has started walking around furniture. She can only take a few steps, but they are intentional!
| Girlfriend can wave now and it is adorable and incredibly enthusiastic.
| She says “dada” and for sure says “momma” too… all the time!

LOVES playing in Nora’s room with all her big girl toys!
LOVES the rolly ball toy she got for Christmas.
LOVES being put up on daddy’s shoulders. She smiles so incredibly big the minute she’s up there.
LOVES opening cabinets in the kitchen which is a new found skill.

HATES having her face wiped off after eating.
HATES being tired or hungry.

So glad there are more loves than hates!




Ivy is still a great eater, but becoming less and less interested in her bottles. Here is a rough current eating schedule for Ivy:

7:30am – Finger foods (fruit, bread) and a bowl of oatmeal. Followed by a 4oz bottle.

11:30am – Finger foods (fruit, veggies, cheese, bread, puffs, yogurt bites etc.)  6oz bottle.

3:00pm – 6oz bottle

5:30pm Dinner (usually whatever she can eat that we are having) a fruit and veggie pouch.

6:30pm 4oz bottle




Here is Ivy’s typical daily nap/sleep schedule.

|6:30am wakes up for the day
| Morning nap between 8:30-9am. This nap lasts about an hour and a half.
| Afternoon nap between 12-1pm. This nap is typically two hours!
| Ivy still takes a cat nap in the evening so she can make it to bedtime. It’s typically around 5pm and is only 30-45 minutes.
| Bedtime routine is at 7 and she goes down fast!



You have been a pure joy this month! You are so incredibly active, always playing, moving, exploring! You are quick to smile and laugh and love to get any attention. You have really fallen in love with Nora this month and it melts momma and daddy’s hearts! You are just the best addition to our family ever. We are crazy about you Ives!

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Look How You’ve Grown

~8 Months to 9 Months~


Christmas Break

Our whirlwind Christmas begins this weekend and we will be doing lots of traveling to celebrate the holidays. So the blog will be taking a break until after the first of the year sometime.

Check back on Christmas Day for our family “Christmas Card!”

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

God Bless!


Our Daily Schedule | Winter 2018

A few weeks ago I put a poll on Facebook asking you to vote on what post you wanted to see next. Our current daily schedule was the winner!

So over those past few weeks I took pictures (when I remembered) of certain parts of our day.

I know why this post won, I LOVE getting a peek into other people’s daily lives too. Why is that so fun? I don’t know but it is!

These are iphone pictures, most with no editing at all. Just raw images of our day-to-day life!

So here is what our everyday looks like around here.

*Count how many times my ridiculous looking slipper boots make an appearance. I am obsessed with them, because my feet are always cold and they keep them so warm!


6:00am | Wake up with Ivy who still hasn’t adjusted to daylight savings time and probably never will. I usually sit on the couch bundled up and she plays hard those first thirty minutes in the mornings. It’s like she missed all her toys while she was sleeping!

Currently I love my festive view while I watch Ives play!


7:00am | Everybody is awake! Daddy is back from the gym and making breakfast for us all, and the girls play together! Ivy and Nora get so excited to see each other in the mornings. It’s the sweetest! I hop in the shower and get ready while the girls play and Collin finishes up breakfast prep!


8:30am | By this time we have all eaten breakfast, Collin is heading out the door for work and cleanup begins for me! I don’t mind having a huge mess to clean up first thing when it means The Hubs did all the work making breakfast!


9:00am | Breakfast is usually all cleaned up and I put Ivy down for her morning nap. She finishes a bottle (because the girl cannot be bothered to stop playing long enough to finish a bottle in one sitting!), we rock, and sing. I get Nora all dressed and she plays while I work on random things around the house. I also often have myself a second cup of coffee or finish my cup from breakfast.

I shower, get ready, and dressed everyday because it makes me feel better about myself!


11:00am | Ivy is up by now and the girls just run-a-muck all over the house!

11:45am | Time for the lunch and nap time hustle! I give Ivy a bottle, then she sits down and has some finger foods while Nora and I have our lunch.


12:30am | Ivy usually goes down for her nap around this time. Nora gets a little longer to play and then it’s clean-up and nap time for Nora at 1. It is so nice to have them on almost the exact same afternoon nap schedule!

After the house is cleaned up I head to our room and get all cozy in bed myself. I always read the Bible first and then I might look at my phone, watch a movie/show, nap, or blog during that time. I made a decision when Nora was little so use nap time as me time rather than to get stuff done around the house. I can do those things when the girls are awake. I can’t have relaxing alone time. I wrote about that a while back here.

I often have another coffee (I love cold brew in the afternoons), and the pups snuggle up with me and take their naps too!


3:00pm | By 3 Ivy is for sure awake and we get some sweet one-on-one time! We play together until Nora wakes up which is usually about 30 minutes later.

4:00pm | Both girls are typically awake and we pass the time until daddy gets home for dinner! Once again the house gets trashed very quickly! I start dinner around 5, some nights Ivy still takes a short nap but that is becoming very rare.

5:30pm | Collin gets home and I finish up dinner while he plays with the girls making that possible. Nora is an amoeba on his side from the minute he gets home until the minute she goes to bed. She is a daddy’s girl and misses him so much while he is at work. Ivy can tag along with them now too and it’s pretty stinkin’ cute!

Christmas Cookies 2018

Christmastime is my favorite.

So many fun traditions and activities surround this holiday.

It is all about Jesus, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some non-biblical things this time of year too.

Tuesday morning Nora and I decorated Christmas cookies.

It was so much fun.

I wasn’t sure how long she would last but she had fun up until the last minute!

We followed up the sugar overload with a healthy kid charcuterie board. Gotta offset the sugar somehow!

Nora was very neat and meticulous to begin.

As you can see she really caught on to the idea of putting the frosting ON the cookie…

I got smart and finally put her hair up halfway through.

I love these pictures. I love her. Almost three year olds are fun!