Our Family Update: What’s Been Going On Lately!

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written so I have a lot to update you on! Since there is so much I’m pretty much gonna skip this intro step and jump right on in to tell you about what’s been going on lately!


I am officially 34 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy has gone. Overall I am doing really well but to be honest, my body is really starting to HURT!!! The ligaments in my lower stomach and upper legs just ache all day long and by the end of the day it’s hard to move.  Sleeping at night is the worst. Those ligaments get stiff as I sleep and just ache so bad whenever I go to rollover in the middle of the night. Other than that though, this pregnancy is going great!

I have noticed a huge change in my weight gain from my last pregnancy with Sadie to this pregnancy with Emery. I can really tell that my eating and working out have made a difference and that is so awesome to see!! Here is a picture of 2 of my maternity pictures–the left is of me at 33 weeks pregnant with Sadie and the right is me pregnant at 34 weeks with Emery. I know that there are several differences in the pictures but to me the most obvious one is my weight gain with Sadie versus Emery. Look at my face!!! I’m so proud of myself for making my health a bigger priority this time around! photogrid_1474256723003


Maternity Pictures:

My friend Jess is an amazing photographer and she took my maternity pictures last night!! She’s already given 2 sneak peaks and they are AMAZING!!!! She is truly incredible and I can’t wait to see more! She has an incredible eye for lighting. You can check out her awesome work at Jessieannphotography.com 


Photo Credit: Jessie Ann Photography http://www.jessieannphotography.com/


Photo Credit: Jessie Ann Photography http://www.jessieannphotography.com/

Church Update:

The church plant that we are a part of is going great! As a matter of fact, I was just working on putting together an agenda for our Playhouse staff  (this is what the nursery is called at The Grove Church) this morning for our upcoming meeting.

We are going to take part in Gladfest on October 1st. Gladfest is a big festival that happens every fall in Gladstone. Several of  our members got together on Saturday over the weekend and started the construction of our float that will be in the parade! They did an awesome job and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

This coming Thursday we are also getting together to start painting the construction that was built on Saturday. It’s going to look awesome!!

At Gladfest, we will also have a booth up selling our #lovegladstone t-shirts. All proceeds will be going back into our fund for our #lovegladstone projects. These are projects that we do around Gladstone to help out our community. If you want to check this out more head on over to our website!

Our Weekend:

Over the weekend Brad and I were busy with lots of projects.

Chair for Emery’s Room–My parents had an old recliner that they rocked my brother and I in when we were just babies. They gave the chair to me and Brad and I have decided to reupholster it ourselves. Sometimes I ask myself, “What the heck have we gotten ourselves into????” but other times I’m so proud of the work that we have already accomplished. This is an extremely long project but it’s coming along and I can’t wait to show off the finished project.


Here is the original chair. Sorry it’s so pixalated…the only before picture I could find was a picture on my phone that I took from the computer…definitely NOT the best quality!!

Swingset for Sadie (and eventually Emery)–Brad and I are really wanting to make our backyard a place where we love to hangout and spend time together as a family and with friends. One step into making this happen is by putting up our new swingset!! Brad got a ton of it done over the weekend but we have a slightly unlevel backyard so he needs to stop work on the swingset to level it out before moving on to the next step. I can’t wait to have it all up so that Sadie can start playing on it!! She is going to LOVE it!!!

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Grove Church Float–On Saturday Brad went and helped start building the float for the Gladfest parade that I mentioned above. I can’t wait to see the final product!!

Girls’ Names–I scrap-booked some wooden letters for each of our girls. I got an awesome new book of scrapbook pages at Hobby Lobby and then pulled out different sheets that went with each girl’s room color scheme. Then I traced the letters on the pages and modge podged the paper onto the letters. We got their names above each of their beds over the weekend and I am in love!

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We also got their names on their doors! This weekend was just packed FULL of things and I couldn’t be happier to start checking items off of our list.


Today I am focusing on getting caught back up with our home, my blog and my business. I have quite a few items checked off my to do list and still quite a bit left as well! I’m definitely excited to have the energy to keep on going and to get our house back in shape and ready for our sweet Emery to arrive!


Have a great Monday everyone!


7+ Uses For Google Drive

Are you looking for ways to declutter some of your space? Do you need a place to keep everything important to you but don’t know where that could be? Would you like to be able to access all of your important information from just about anywhere? Check out why I love Google Drive and how I use it!

7+ Uses for Google Drive

Reasons Why I Love My Google Drive:

-I can access it from anywhere! As long as I am logged into my own personal Google account, I can access my drive on any type of device. From our tablet, to my phone, to our laptop and our desktop. I can access it from my mom’s ipad/computer when I’m at her house even. Seriously, anywhere! This is so great!

-I can share whatever I’ve created with anyone else who has a Google account. This was incredibly helpful when I taught 4th grade. I would create things and share them with my students and vice versa. Also, my teammates and I would create documents and share them with each other. It is also great for my family because I can share things with Brad and have him look it over from wherever he may be, even if he is at work. For a while he lived in NC while I lived in MO. Google became my best friend in keeping in contact with him. (Google Hangouts) Best. Thing. Ever.

-There are so many things that you can do! You can create spreadsheets (similar to Excel), presentations (similar to Powerpoint), and documents (similar to Word). The one I personally use most frequently for my house and own personal use is Google Docs.


How I Use My Google Drive:

-Recipe Book

-Address Book


-Our Church-the Grove

-Weekly Meal Plans

-Sadie Stuff

-Our Home Stuff

Recipe Book

The other day I opened the cabinet that holds my cookbooks and my binder full of papers and index cards with recipes. Stuff started to fall out at me because it was such a hot mess! That was when I decided it was time to clean things up a bit. I of course kept my cook books and love using recipes out of them, but I also finds tons of recipes that I love on Pinterest, my mom and other places. So I decided to clean things up a bit. I created a folder called Recipe Book on my Google Drive and began to type up all of those paper recipes. In this folder I have created more folders that allow me to organize my recipes into categories. I have appetizers, main dishes, soups, desserts, etc. It is so easy to find any recipe I want now and my cabinet looks so nice and neat!

Address Book

I feel like people are always moving and I can never seem to find my address book when I actually need it. So I decided to create a Google Doc that held all of the address’ that I will need. I can easily change an address out if someone moves. I can easily add people without any problems and I can access this from anywhere! Perfect!


I try to create blog posts before I actually post them. This helps me stay organized and then I’m not rushing around trying to write a post half heartedly. So I have a folder called Blogging. In this folder I have created categories that I would like to add to my blog one day. In those categories, I have created Docs that have the posts that I would like to publish. This has been so helpful in setting me up for success with my blog!

Our Church-the Grove

We are part of a church plant called the Grove. This has been an amazing process that I see God continually working through. I’ll write about all of that at some point! Well, I’m the director of our nursery there and it’s called the Playhouse. Anything that I create goes into that folder. Creating it on my Google Drive allows me to share it with the other lead teachers for the Playhouse. They can make changes as they see fit or make comments off to the side that we can all see. We can also access this from our phones as we need to while we are at church. Often, I pull it up to look at the schedule to let volunteers know when they are working next.

Weekly Meal Plans

Every Sunday night, I try to sit down and create a list of our dinners for the week. This helps us not eat out as much and keeps me accountable to our family and our budget. On the page I have a table that lays out the days of the week and what we will be having for dinner every night that week. Underneath the table, I copy and paste from my Recipe Book folder the recipes that I will need. This makes everything SO EASY when it comes to dinner. I stay on track and we don’t go out to eat nearly as often as we did before!

Sadie Stuff/Our Home Stuff

These folders just hold random documents that I create for myself or our home. I have recently decided that I want to be more productive with my time so I have created a House Upkeep Schedule. This is located in my Home folder. I also keep our Address Book document in this folder.

In Sadie’s folder I created a document that had the addresses for everyone we are going to invite to her 1st birthday. This helped me so much when it came to addressing the envelopes this morning. It made it quick and easy! Another item I have in her folder is a bunch of pictures from my baby shower. My friend took the pictures and shared them with me via Google Drive. Genious! I am sure there will be so many more things to add to this folder as she continues to grow.


Google Drive is a wonderful thing once you figure out how to use it. I was definitely hesitant towards it at the beginning but have really come to love it and everything that it has to offer. If you are needing help with setting anything up or have questions on how to use it, I would love to help you out (if I can)!! 🙂

What are some ways that you use it? Is there something that I am missing out on? I would love for you to share what ways you find Google Drive most helpful! I’m always looking to learn something new.