Friday, September 30, 2016

five on friday

well, it's been a couple of hot minutes since i've remembered to do a five on friday. #imsorry

we have seriously been so busy!! so busy, that i couldn't find my computer for over a week because i put it somewhere and completely forgot where it went. #mylifelately

anyway, pack to the point.

o n e // 

in case you missed it, my baby girl turned one this weekend!! I keep telling myself I have a toddler but my heart isn't quite ready to hear that yet. You can see the full blog post here!

t w o // monday night's have been one of my favorite nights lately. don't call me crazy yet - I have a reason. I was invited a few months ago to be a member of a six week Bible study program called "Apples of Gold". I didn't really know what it entailed, but I felt God pushing me to say yes, so I did.

It's been one of the best decisions of my life! Every Monday, I meet with a group of ladies for a 3 hour night full of cooking lessons, Bible studies, and girl talk. I am always giddy on monday morning because I look forward to our meetings so much. I've never in my life said I was giddy on a monday, so you know it has to be good.

t h r e e // my shop - holy moly! this has been my busiest "busy" season, and I only have God to thank for that! I was actually about to close down right after the summer. It had been a really really really slow summer, so in August, I sat down with God and said, I'm going to shut this down if it's Your will. If it's not, tell me and stop me. I'll listen.

Well, I'm still up and running, busier than ever. Our God is just so good, isn't He?

I have a ton of new fall items up, if you are interested in looking! You can see my shop here.

f o u r // this weatherrrr. oh my gosh. It has been in the 60s-low 70s all week and I'm loving it. What's the temp where you're at?! I'm all about fall and cool temps.

f i v e // my favorite outfit of the week:

shirt // necklace // jeans

"He has walked the path before us; He is walking with us still."

xoxo, Brandi

linking up with carolina charm

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


I'm a little late in posting this - I apologize. It has been c r a z y over here lately!!

My little sweet girl turned O N E this past Monday. We had a "garden party" for her on Saturday, and this weekend was just a blur. A sweet, wonderful, tearful blur.

I might as well get on with the photos, because there's quite a few. ;)

birthday photo dump

garden party

 her face while we sang happy birthday to her, haha!

she was a pro with her cupcake after eating her cake last weekend!

birthday girl

You can read Lilli's birth story here.

Super awesome side note - Lilli crawled for the first time right before her birthday party!!!
I think she just wanted to see if she could get me to cry again.

lilli's romper // kennedy and co
lilli's pink flower headband // jameson monroe _ chelsea
lilli's flower sandals // blushing peach co
my necklace // the vintage honey shop
lilli's birthday outfit // carters

xoxo, Brandi

Monday, September 19, 2016

let them eat cake

We did Lilli's cake smash this weekend, and I'm not sure who had more fun - her or us.

We have less than one week until her birthday party, and exactly one week until her birthday. I'm trying very hard to hold it together this week!

Enjoy all the sweet photos :)

bloomers // kennedyandco

xoxo, Brandi

Thursday, September 15, 2016

physical therapy + more

I’ve been asked many, many, many times in the last few months if Lilli is crawling/why is Lilli not crawling/is Lilli close to crawling/is Lilli walking/why isn’t Lilli walking… you get my point.

I’ve also been asked many, many, many times about Lilli’s physical therapy/if everything is okay/why do we need it/etc.

I’m going to try and write everything in this blog post and answer all the questions here for those of you who do want to know.

No, Lilli is not crawling yet. No, Lilli is not walking yet. Yes, Lilli is behind in her physical milestones.

Yes, we’ve been evaluated by a physical therapist as per recommendation by her pediatrician when she was 9 months old. The process is extremely long (we’ve been in the process for over 2 months) and Lilli still doesn’t start therapy for another 2-4 weeks.

She does have a developmental delay. This delay is not cognitive; it is a physical delay only. In her tests, she exceeded in her cognitive skills. She is extremely bright, and the tests showed that. The tests did; however, confirm that Lilli’s core is extremely weak, more than likely stemming from her early and hard birth, as well as her health problems in her early months. This is why Lilli was accepted into the program, and they will be working on her core to enable her to crawl, stand, walk, etc.

And now down to the dirty stuff.

I’ve had some comments made to me that it’s my fault that she’s not mobile, and I’ve also had the comments made to me that it’s not right for her to be in physical therapy/I just need to wait until she does it on her own.

As for the comments that it’s my fault - no, it’s not. If you know me at all, you know that I have an extremely hard time not blaming myself for everything, so I mean it when I say that it's not my fault. And the state of Indiana confirmed that. Lilli was very tiny when she was born, she had a rough birth, and due to the severe reflux she had until 8 months, tummy time was very hard for her since she threw up entire meals every time she was on her belly. I have done everything our pediatrician recommended, and while Lilli has made some small improvements physically, it has not amounted to the help she will get from a professional in the coming weeks.

As for the comments that it’s not right/I need to wait for her to be ready - she IS ready. In the last few months, I can’t tell you how upset she gets when she wants a toy on the other side of the room, and struggles to move and cries when her body won’t let her do it. It's heartbreaking. I’m with her 24/7, and I can see how hard it is for her not being able to move. She get’s so upset watching everything going on around her, and not being able to participate unless Kyle or I are holding her. She is a very curious little girl, and wants to explore and become more independent. She is more than ready; she just needs a little help. And her mama and daddy are ready to let her become more independent, too. And that’s okay. I’m her mother and I know what’s best for her, and in this case, this is what’s best for her. 

I know sometimes people say things that they don’t realize are harmful. And that’s okay. But, just think about things you say to a mama before you say them, especially when it’s about her baby. She lives the life you are criticizing, and goes through struggles you don’t even know about. Be kind. It’s the best thing you can be.

xoxo, Brandi

Monday, September 5, 2016

elly and grace

I can’t believe I “met” this shop only a couple of weeks ago. I had a friend recommend her to me after I professed my love for screen print tees. I contacted her, and we decided to collaborate. I only had to look at her shop for 2 seconds to decide that I loved it.

Not only does elly & grace sell screen print tees, but she also sells matching items like printables, mugs, iPhone cases, onesies, tote bags... you name it! What makes this shop even better? It’s all about Jesus. Give me Jesus and small shops, and I’m all set.

You can check out elly and grace’s shop here and her Instagram here.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders; let me walk upon the waters; wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander; and my faith will be made stronger; in the presence of my Savior.

The reason why my shirt was soaking wet:

Totally worth it for those huge belly laughs and smiles. :)

xoxo, Brandi

{like my teething necklace? take 15% off at The Vintage Honey Shop and treat yo self!}