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Our Anniversary

June 12, 2017

I cannot believe that I am celebrating 11 years spent with my best friend and husband today!


June 12 marks our 4-year wedding anniversary and the 11 years we've spent together, and I am so thankful for every minute I've had and every moment I've shared with him since 2006 – from highschool sweethearts, to husband and wife and now dad and mom.





Happy Anniversary, Ryan! I love you and can't wait to see where this voyage takes us next.

About Our Wedding:

Our beautiful wedding photos were taken by one of the most talented photographers, Valerie Bolitho, of Valerie Bolitho Photography. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and I would recommend her to any couple. You can view her blog about our wedding day here.

I also wouldn't have felt near as beautiful on my wedding day without the help of Sandy Goldstein. She specializes in a wide variety of makeup, including airbrushing, which she used to make me picture perfect on the big day.

I'd highly recommend both women to engaged couples looking for bridal cosmetics or photography!

New Life with a Newborn

April 30, 2017
"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ― Agatha Christie


No matter how much you've planned, prepped or researched having a baby, I now know that nothing can prepare you for motherhood or your new life loving your newborn.

Our days and lives are admittedly more challenging now – between functioning on little sleep, living and working in three hour windows and searching for time to stay on top of Roselyn's cognitive and physical development.

That being said, however, I wouldn't trade this new role for anything – the joy, love and strength that comes from being her mother is truly what continues to drive me each day.

New Life with a Newborn


There are also a few strategies and qualities that we've employed to make our new life with a newborn simpler that we'd like to share:

Community:

Motherhood isn't easy. Thankfully, when you have a community of family and friends that you can discuss parenthood with, get support from and rely on, life becomes less complicated.

Shoutout to my community who answers calls and texts in the middle of the night, and doesn't mind talking about Roselyn's feeding and napping strategies at length!

Endurance:

The days are long, but the years are short. Parenthood is all-consuming right now, but we know that our days will get easier and that we'll miss having these moments with our daughter after they've passed, so we're enjoying making memories with her and are continuing to move forward.

Flexibility:

Staying flexible is a must!

We learned in our first week home with Roselyn that our days would no longer be as organized as they were or go as planned, and staying flexible has made everyone's lives easier.

Humility:

Going through birth and pregnancy was humbling, and motherhood has been no exception. Our daughter has completely changed how we view our happiness and success now, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Nourishment:

In addition to caring for a baby, it's important to remember to nourish yourself as well.

I came down with a sickness in the first three weeks of Roselyn's life after not focusing enough on my own health, and it was difficult to care for her and mend myself at the same time. Remember that caring for yourself also benefits your baby!

New Life with a Newborn Products


In addition, there are also products that can make your life with a newborn easier – namely the ones made for feeding and sleeping. We have had great success using:

Feeding:

Mama & Little nursing and teething necklaces, which currently aid the development of Roselyn's vision by allowing her to follow the necklace back and forth evenly and focus on patterns. We'll continue using the necklaces for nursing and teething in the coming months when she becomes more active!

Sleeping:

The Philips Avent Soothie pacifier, which comforts Roselyn when she's experiencing IUGR symptoms, and Swaddle Designs muslin swaddles, which she uses every night to rest and not startle herself while sleeping.

What other strategies or products have you found helpful in your new life with a newborn? We'd love to hear your stories or tips in the comments below, or on my Facebook or Instagram.

10 Things We've Learned from Moving Across the Country

January 1, 2016
On our last road trip, we were talking with new friends about how we have made the cross-country move a few times now – and were asked what we thought we had learned from the experience.

We considered the question, and were inspired to compile a list of 10 things that we've learned about ourselves after moving across the country.

Although we understand that it is a unique experience for everyone, we believe that this list captures the 10 things that impact you the most after a cross country move.

We hope you enjoy reading!


10 Things We've Learned from Moving Across the Country


1. We know ourselves better.

Moving across the country allows you to view everything around you from an outsider's perspective – without the influence of close family or friends. Leaving home allowed us to see who we really are and what we truly wanted in life, because we had the freedom to discover it without that influence. Our moves have really helped us understand and know ourselves better in many ways.

2. We are more independent.

There is nothing quite like being lost in an unfamiliar place. You encounter that many times when moving cross country, and over time, it allows you to build up the courage and independence to no longer be afraid of being in that situation. In fact, we now enjoy being lost in a new place, because it allows us to explore and see more than we would have.

3. We know what it feels like to have no support system.

Although you are always connected with family and friends, when you move 500, 1500 and 2500+ miles away, it can feel like you have no support system, especially in the early days and months after a move. We found that moving across the country allowed us to primarily rely on each other for support, and has strengthened our relationship in that way.

4. We are more adaptable and open-minded.

When you move across the country, no matter how much you have prepared and researched, your new home will astound you in some way. Whether it be the culture, language or surroundings, you will have to adapt and be open-minded about the change. Eventually, you will enjoy it so much that you'll begin to look forward to your next move, to see what you will discover next.

5. We have had the opportunity to build connections.

One of our favorite things about moving cross country is the opportunity to make new connections. Connecting and making new friends can be challenging at first, but if you've done it once, you can do it again. We are fortunate to have made connections and friends across the country that we look forward to meeting whenever we are back home again.

6. We have new identities.

Moving across the country provides you the opportunity to start fresh with a new identity. No one knows you or your story, so you can really concentrate on finding the people and place that you belong, without any other influences. Then, you can make the best of that experience and start fresh again with a new identity in your new home.

7. We are increasingly self-reliant.

Without any family or friends nearby, we have learned that you become self-reliant with each cross country move. You are in control of every situation, which is empowering. You will also become adept at making the most of the opportunities around you, because you are the only one who is making things happen.

8. We are more in tune with each other.

Relying on each other for support strengthens your relationship after you move across the country together. It allows you to become more in tune with each other's needs, and after 11 years spent traveling together, my husband and I know each other like we know ourselves.

9. We are more bold and fearless.

If you can make it through your first cross country move, you will begin to see how bold and fearless you really are. The independence and self-reliance builds and increases over time, allowing you to become more bold with each move and more fearless about the challenges you face and what you can overcome. Eventually you realize that nothing is unachievable.

10. Wherever we are is home.

As a military brat, I have always had difficulty defining where my home is. Now that my husband and I have moved across the country, we are realizing that living this way is a part of who we are. So, wherever we go and wherever we are is home to us.

What have you learned from moving across the country?

We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, or on Facebook or Instagram!