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Jan
29

snow!

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So we have had a little bit of snow down here.  Actually, a lot of snow for Atlanta.  It has pretty much shut the city down, and left countless people stranded in their cars overnight, and I have heard too many crazy stories from friends (it took one of my friend’s husbands from 1 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. to get home from work with their three month old and three year old – so glad they are home safely now!).  I am so thankful Chip stayed home yesterday.  He was sick last week, and the girls had it, and this week was my turn, or as Vivi would say, “Daddy swallowed a big bug, and I swallowed a little bug, so now we are sick.”  Looks like I swallowed it, too.  I’m feeling much better today, but it really knocked me off my feet!  Grateful to have a couple of slow snow days at home with my people to get back to normal.

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Brianne Heape"I love quotes from little ones. They say the darndest/sweetest things. :) "

Lesley Graham"oh no! so sorry to hear you've been sick. :( vivi kills me. kills me!! "

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Jan
27

Last week was Alt Summit!  (Business cards letterpressed by my friends at Crayton-Heritage and photographed on my pretty tablecloth from Chip.)  I loved getting to connect with so many fantastic creatives and smart business women.  It’s quite a bit outside of my comfort zone to introduce myself to people I don’t know (or perhaps even tougher, people that I recognize because I admire their work, but haven’t met in person), but really every interaction I had was great, and there was no reason to be intimidated. Can we talk, too, about how I sat directly in front of Jamie Mears of Furbish Studio on the plane to Alt?  I didn’t realize who she was, but I did turn around and say hello because I could tell she and her friends were headed to the same place and I was too excited to contain it.  However, I was too afraid to introduce myself and ask who they were.  I wanted to connect with Furbish while I was at the conference, but didn’t make it happen, and didn’t realize it all until after we got home.  Lesson learned: it’s better to be brave than miss an opportunity to meet someone awesome!  It was really fun to see how many different types of creatives attended.  It wasn’t just bloggers, but also graphic designers, developers, and shop owners and there was great content and networking opportunities for everyone.  Below are some of the talented shop owners I got to meet (and there were lots more, too, I am sure!).

(1) The awesome Alison of the Alison Show (just as fun as you would expect in person!); (2) The inspirational Susan of Freshly Picked; (3) The talented and trendsetting Amy of Little Hip Squeaks; (4) Sweet Jessica of Fraulein Co. (I’m going to have to get some of those bows for Vivi!); (5) the beautiful Erin of Candy Kirby Designs; (6) Preppy and polished Rachel of Pencil Shavings Studio; (7) the adorable Megan of Goods by Grinn; and (8) the smart and talented Stacie of Gingiber (she has a lot of new stuff coming out this year!!).

Chip came along with me, and we (mostly he!) put in quite a bit of hours on the new site.  We still have some more work to do, but it’s going to be awesome, and we are trying to get it working as perfectly as possible before letting y’all see it!  It was so great getting to be there with Lesley (she has a much better recap than me!) and Krista - love them so!  I can’t wait to start utilizing what I learned to continue making Lay Baby Lay a more inspirational and beautiful place.  I feel so blessed to get to do what I do, and even more blessed to have readers who connect with and appreciate the content here, so thanks so much to all of you!

 

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antisparkle09"Wasn't it wonderful? I wish I was back. I didn't get a chance to meet Stacie of Gingiber. I wanted …"

Joni Lay"Aww, thanks, Patty! Maybe next time - I hope to go back! It was such a great week. "

Joni Lay"Hi Meghan! They were letterpressed by Crayton Heritage (http://heritageletterpress.com) - love them! Thanks so much! "

Patty // House of Lucky"So amazing, overwhelming and inspiring! I went alone and was totally out of my comfort zone, but I gained …"

Meghan J Splawn"Hey Joni! Who did your business cards? They are just darling! "

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Jan
23

adventure at sea

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nautical baby room ideasHave you seen all the new adorable-ness at the Land of Nod?  They just launched their spring collection, and it’s full of lots of fun new things.  I am loving all the new nautical touches, so here is a classic boy’s room designed around maritime adventures.  I also love all the new shelving options like these and these (excellent for storing and displaying all the books)!

We are on our way to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit – I’m so excited!  Be sure to follow on instagram.  I’m really looking forward to connecting with so many people in person!

Jan
20

It’s January 20th, which means it’s six days away from my baby’s first birthday.  It’s hard to believe it’s nearly been a year since this little darling came to live with us.  I have to say that I feel quite differently than I did when Vivi’s first birthday rolled around.  Before Brigette was born, I didn’t really identify with mothers who cried bittersweet tears at their baby’s first birthday, sad that their little one was getting older and changing so much.  I was rejoicing that we survived that first year, and I think every month Vivi got older, I enjoyed her more.  With Brigette, save for those first few weeks of crazy newborn-ness that give me hormonally induced blues that I find incredibly challenging to battle, I have relished every month and haven’t wanted it to end.  I’ll definitely be the teary eyed mother this Sunday, finding it hard to believe my little red-headed bundle will be turning into a toddler before I can blink.

This year has changed me in many ways.  I have surrendered and settled into motherhood, enjoyed it in a different and better way, and I have to say that I truly love it.  Not that it isn’t difficult at times, but I feel like I fought it a lot before Brigette came along.  I adore my sweet Vivi, but I just wasn’t sure who I was.  Now I do.  I was reading a story a few months ago about this beautiful young woman who had terminal cancer.  My first thought went to her mother and what she was enduring and feeling.  After a bit of pondering, it occurred to me that was a different thing for me to do.  Had I read that story previously, I would have put myself in the shoes of the woman with cancer.  This time, though, all I could think of was her mother, and that is because I am a mother.

The beautiful thing about this young woman’s story, however, is the hope and peace and joy that you could see on her face and hear in her voice when she talked about her situation.  It was one the worst of tragedies imaginable, yet she obviously had a faith that was unshakeable.  And I thought, that’s it.  That is what I am fighting for with my babies, that no matter what comes their way, whatever circumstances or difficulties arise, they will have that same peace in their hearts and joyful resolution on their faces.  I know this is a bit of a heavy post, but it has just been on my mind and in my heart lately as I keep encountering others going through such tragic circumstances.  It’s probably another reason I have settled more into motherhood.  How can I not be grateful?  And grateful I am, for my sweet little Brigie and her endlessly cheerful disposition and strength of spirit, and the fact that I get to hold her and cuddle her and dry her tears and watch her learn to walk.  She is going to do great things, I am very sure of it.  The same goes for her big sister, too.

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Brooke"wow thank you so much for this post. it completely helped put things in perspective for me. i only have …"

keshet"I love this post--with baby #2 as a newborn, I'm in a tougher mama moment, so this is wonderful and …"

ramblingrenovators"What a beautiful post and what a wonderful gift Brigette has given you - another chance to become a better …"

karlee"Love this post. Happy early birthday to your sweet girl! "

Julie Novarese Pierotti"What a great post. Thanks so much! Happy birthday to your little one. "

Caitlin"So beautiful - congratulations to Brigette and your whole family :) You all seem like you have the best time …"

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Jan
16

white on white

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black and white baby room ideasI love all the sculptural details in this board.  How lovely are those bedroom suite pieces?