Rhett Update

This post has been a long time coming. Every night before I go to bed, I think about putting my pen to paper, or let’s be honest, my fingers to the keyboard, to type this out. I think about where we’ve been and where we are now. And honestly, I’m blown away. There were times where I thought we may never hear Rhett say more than one word. There are times I thought he may never comprehend what we’re saying

Clayton is 5!

Today my baby boy is 5 and I am having all the feels! A little background story about our journey so far… I went in for my routine 38-week OB appointment on Monday, April 25, 2016. My doctor told me I wasn’t progressing and that we would talk about inducing at 41.5 weeks (which I was totally fine with). To be honest, I wasn’t ready at all. Not one bit. I felt very content with my baby being in my

Where? What? Why?

Hi guys! I’m sure you’re wondering where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to and why I haven’t been present. Life has certainly taken my family & I in several wild directions lately. I’ll catch you up. Dustin & I have officially sold our home! We started meeting with a realtor in March. We wanted to get the low down in the world of real estate before we moved forward with the process. If you’re not familiar, the market is

What’s in a Name?

When I was in High School, we had to read the book Great Expectations. For some reason it’s the only book that I actually wanted to read…aka the only book I didn’t have to use Spark Notes for. The name Estella always floated in the back of my mind. “Maybe one day if I have a daughter, I’ll name her Estella.” I carried that name with me through all three of my pregnancies. Though, none of our children are named

Kennedy Blair: A Real Life Miracle

Photo Credit: Amelia Zobrist Photography This story has been a long time coming. I’ve asked you all more than once on stories if you wanted to read it or if it was something you didn’t care about. I appreciate the amount of you that care and want to know. It makes my heart SO FULL that our readers, some of whom don’t know me personally, wanted to know our story. I’ve had this written since a week after we launched

Comparison Killed the Cat

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Teddy Roosevelt Who do you compare yourself too most frequently? It is the mom who has a spotless home and seems to always have her shit together? Is it the woman who can eat anything she wants and not gain a pound? Or maybe it’s the family down the street, with two perfect kids, the perfect dog, and the perfect marriage. Could it be the man that works down the hall from you,

My Valentine’s Day Story

February is a pretty jam-packed month. You have Black History month, Groundhogs day, the Super Bowl, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, President’s Day, Chinese New Year, Cancer Prevention Awareness month, American Heart month, Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day. I’m not a giant fan of Valentine’s Day but it has become a day that I will never forget. I shared on our Instagram page a couple of days ago that Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart.

What’s Your Love Language?

Love languages are a hot topic these days. Not just in romantic relationships but at home and in the workplace, too. Do you know what your love language is? Let’s start with the basics. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate” love languages are defined as how we best receive love from others. As mentioned in the title of his book, Dr. Chapman believes that there are

An Interview with my 4 Year Old

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? To just live in your imagination and not have a clue what the “real world” was like? I didn’t have the best childhood. Not because my parents didn’t give me the best childhood. In fact, we were pretty fortunate kids. We were loved. We were safe. We had what we needed, and sometimes even got what we wanted. But almost all of my childhood memories consist of being made

Super Bowl Trivia

It’s almost time for the beloved Super Bowl. This year Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on last years winners, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.  I won’t lie to you. I was really hoping to see the Bills and the Packers play. I suppose there is always next year. After the Holiday season, this is the next thing I look forward to. Each year our brother, Austin (Kaitlyn’s husband), creates prop bets and we all submit

Must Binge Netflix Originals

This is embarrassing, but basically my hobbies include going to Starbucks, drinking too much Diet Coke, and binging TV shows while eating Midnight Milky Ways after my kids go to bed. (Side note- Midnight Milky Ways are BOMB… you need to try them). I don’t discriminate between streaming services. I use them all (well, probably not ALL… but a lot); Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, Disney+, Prime, and HBO Max. Wow, I’m reading it back and that is A LOT. I

The Advice That Changed Me

I certainly don’t want to make Avery & Ellis, “The Allyson Show.”  It’s just, I’m so in awe of the love I received after sharing my post last week. I feared it would come off like I’m the only person in the world who is going through something like this. All of you proved me wrong. I am forever grateful for the kind words and the new friends I have gained after sharing some our story. What I wasn’t expecting