Brand Redesign✨

As most of you know, my little family has been quite busy over the past few months with all that has been going on.

The twins being born 5 weeks early really threw a wrench in things as we were not as prepared as we would have liked to have been. But honestly, is anyone ever really truly prepared for twins or even a singleton?

But over the past couple of months we have been adjusting to life with our circus and planning out next biggest adventure.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new shop.

✨Raising His Arrows✨

Our shop is now live and can be found at the link below!

https://etsy.me/2LwDNX9

Our shop is a family owned small business designing custom t-shirts. I have found a way to express myself and I couldn’t be more excited.

Feel free to favorite our shop on Etsy and follow our page on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/RaisingHisArrows/

We have special deals and new product daily!

Today and tomorrow we will have FREE SHIPPING so make sure you take advantage of this awesome deal✨

Ready or Not… Here They Are❤️🖤

From the moment we found out we were having twins, Michael and I were terrified. So many different thoughts running through our minds. What if something goes wrong? We only have a three bedroom house! OMG, we are going to be out numbered.

So many different things and issues at hand that we didn’t enjoy the pregnancy quite like we probably should have (especially since it was most definitely our LAST). I can’t speak for Michael and the last couple of weeks I probably would have told you differently but at this moment in time I can most certainly say that these last 7-8 months have flown by.

As I lay here in bed, Michael is asleep in the most comfortable recliner ever (HAHA) and the boys are snoozing off and on in the bassinets at the foot of the bed… I can’t help but feel a rush of emotions. All the emotions anyone could feel. Excited for the adventure that has just begun, nervous for the two new tiny humans I have been in trusted with, scared to be outnumber by these tiny humans and their big sister, happy that my babies are healthy, but most of all I feel content. I know now that my little family is complete.

Reagan hasn’t met her brothers and I haven’t seen her in almost two days and it’s killing me! I’m nervous to see her reaction to these teeny, tiny babies that are soon to invade her home but I know she will be the best big sister ever💕

Soon I hope to post these little boogers full birth story but as for now, I’m going to try to catch some zzzzzz. Here are just a few pictures to hold you over until then😍

Countdown to D-Day

Okay so it’s not what you’re thinking. D-Day as in DELIVERY DAY💕

Recently being diagnosed with preeclampsia has moved my induction date up a little and we are now 9 days out. NINE!

Holy cow. Can you say emotional wreck? Nervous, excited, scared, over planning, feeling unprepared, worried about my daughter… the list goes on and on. I know what you’re thinking, “shouldn’t you have had time to prepare yourself for this day?”

Well, yes. You would think that I would have been preparing all along and we have. The nursery is almost complete except for a few things which aren’t necessities, the car seats are installed, the hospital bag is packed (finally) but that doesn’t mean I’m mentally prepared to have and bring home two babies. Surely they wouldn’t let me leave the hospital with two babies because that would be crazy. I have no clue what I’m doing.

Although I feel as though I’m slowly losing my mind, here are a few things that I intend to do to pass the time.

1. Sleep. That’s right. I know it’s not always possible with a 14 month old but I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful support system to help with Reagan anytime I need it. My mom stays with us a lot and she is always helping with not only Reagan but house work and preparation for the boys! My mother in law is also wonderful when it comes to lending a helping hand. She comes straight from work and gets Reagan when I need her to and keeps her until Michael gets home! So sleep/rest is my number one priority as it will most likely be a thing of the past when the boys do arrive.

2. Cleaning. Light cleaning of course. I simply turn on some music and just start. Usually in the kitchen while Reagan eats breakfast and then on to the living room while she runs around and plays. She always does better about playing by herself when I am up moving around and keeping busy but there is a fine line that I have to keep in mind. I don’t want to push myself too much and make things worse so this one isn’t always a sure thing. But wouldn’t it be nice to bring babies home to a spotless house? A girl can hope!

3. Spending time with my daughter! The weather has been nice here for the last day or so and we’ve got to enjoy a nice light walk to the mailbox and to see our puppy. I hope to be able to take her to the park and let her play just us a time or two before the boys arrive!

Nine days. Nine days until they are here with us and our life is completely different. Scary, very scary but oh so exciting.

We all know those last few weeks drag by, so what are your favorite things to do pass the last few weeks of pregnancy? I’m gonna need all the help I can get!

Baby Shower Shenanigans

So from the moment we were told that we were having twins I haven’t been able to think about much more than just that. We are having TWO babies at ONE time. We would need doubles of a lot of things and we had just recovered from having our first baby!

Just kidding, but seriously, how are we going to afford TWO at one time? I just hoped and prayed that everything we needed would just fall out of the sky. HaHa!

Well it definitely didn’t just fall into our laps but we have been extremely blessed with amazing family and friends who recently showered our little family with tons of gifts for the boys! We are so grateful for all the things we received and we absolutely cannot wait to use everything when the boys arrive.

Clothes, Bath supplies, changing pads, blankets, car mirrors, boppies, tons of diapers and wipes, and MUCH more! We could never thank everyone enough. I understand that it’s flu season and there are so many things that are pulling people in a thousand different directions but I wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to spend a little time with us.

Here are a few pictures of the shower and some of the great things we got!

52 Weeks of Gratitude: Family

Today marks my third month participating in this 52 week challenge and I continue to be humbled each time I prepare my post. This weeks topic is family. What better to be grateful for?

My family is small. My husband and myself only have one child so we spend lots of time together as a whole. I am grateful for my family for many, many different reasons. My husband for the unconditional love he shows me, the way he plays and loves on our daughter and, so much more! I am grateful for my daughter because she has taught me so many things. Continue reading “52 Weeks of Gratitude: Family”

Our First Year- An Introduction

As I sit here and reflect on my day, my mind begins to wander. I look around and see my dream home, a beautiful little girl on a baby monitor sleeping away and the most handsome, hard working husband preparing to leave for the day.

If I told you this had only started approximately a year ago, would you believe me?

Well, IT DID! My husband and I said ‘I Do’ on April 23, 2016 and the past 14 months have been exciting to say the least. We have bought a house, had a wonderful baby girl, sold said house, lives with his parents AND my parents during the move, bought a new home and are currently hoping and planning for baby number 2!

Sure we’ve had hard times. Lost friends who swore they’d always be there, and we’ve had to fight through heartaches but inspire of every single one of those things, we have built a solid foundation in our Christian faith to which we are growing our marriage and family. 

At the end of each day, the good always outweighs the bad and never has there been a single regret. 

So as I sit her reflecting back, all I have to say is bring it on. 

It’s crazy, it’s beautiful, it’s LIFE❤️

Where Do You Need To Be?

“Sometimes we have to experience things we don’t understand just so God can bring us to the place where HE needs us to be. Never doubt the season He has you in.” -RehabTime

 

When you’re a kid, people don’t tell you that growing up is full of heartache and trouble. No, they tell you that “It’ll get better” so naturally we all can’t wait to grow up and finally get to the place where “it’ll get better”… And one day we get there. Suddenly you find yourself at 21 years old, dating the guy you have been in love with for years, working a job you absolutely adore, planning to go to school, all the things you have dreamed of! Things continue to fall right into place for you… that man you love asks you to spend the rest of your life with him, you stay home from school to plan the perfect wedding, get married, and just as life can’t seem to get any better… you find out that after 5 years of doctors telling you that you won’t be able to have children, you surprise your soon to be husband with the AMAZING news. For months you (and your soon to be hubby) have been praying and begging God to somehow give you two a precious baby and now you truly have everything, literally EVERYTHING you could ever need and/or want.

Well you have finally arrived at the “it’ll get better” stage in life. OR so you think.

Then one day, your world gets turned upside down. You are in what seems to be World War III because no matter where you turn, the devil is throwing these ginormous flaming darts directly at you, your family and every single aspect of your life. People start coming out of the woodwork to put your life under the microscope.

People are tearing you apart and sitting back to enjoy the show. Why in the world would anyone treat you like this? Especially people who always swore that there was nothing in this world that could make them turn from you.

Here’s the thing, those people who promised you that it would get better, they were doing the best they could. They thought that they were helping and they never meant to mislead you. What they should have told you was that life is hard. Things don’t always go your way and sometimes we get knocked down but it won’t always be this way. There will be mountains and there will be valleys. You will make mistakes, you will make choices that people (because they are human) cannot forgive you for, and that’s okay. It will hurt to lose best friends, those close enough to be considered family and those who have been by your side throughout your entire life. Some people will believe the lies that have been spread about you and some people just choose to believe the worst in people so they don’t even question the situation. It hurts, more than you can imagine or so you think. You cry yourself to sleep as you wonder why your mistake wasn’t forgiven and you were punished way beyond reasonable measure. So many questions race through your mind, so many tears and so much hurt. More than you thought possible.

Then one day you wake up and it hurts a little less, and so on it goes. You find yourself laughing again and before you know it, you’re happy again. In fact, you are happier than you were before the devil used your entire life against you. You finally realize that the mistake you thought you made is actually the best thing that has ever happened to you. You spend each day utterly ecstatic about the arrival of your baby girl. This is when you realize that God always has a purpose for the paths He leads you down. He also wouldn’t leave you, especially not in the midst of a storm.

Then just when you are within reaching distance of meeting your precious miracle, the devil tries everything in his power to tear you back down in the form of those friends you once deeply loved. So my advice to you, don’t let the devil ruin the blessing God has for you and please please please don’t live in defeat, in the shadows of those trying to break you. God made you stronger than all that. Plus, why would you choose to let the irrelevant opinions of confused, misguided people ruin the best day of your life?

Don’t. Simply choose to pray for them daily and live your life! With no regrets because sometimes we have to experience things we don’t understand just so God can bring us to the place where HE needs us to be. Never doubt the season He has you in.

Before you know it, You are better than you were before. And who doesn’t want to be better?