Scarlett is One-derful

Scarlett Sofia is One-derful

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My one desire is that when you grow up and read this letter, your Daddy and I will have raised you well.  We are forever grateful to God for allowing us to raise you, for allowing us to enjoy you for this past year, and for forming your beautiful soul. You made us a family of four 🙂  A year has passed and I’m still as in awe of you as the day you took your first breath. You are bold, bright, fearless, sassy, sweet, shy, and stunning. You’ve wooed us all, even big sis. Your Daddy and I call you “stink pot”.  I swore I would never tell you that, but I just did 🙂

Today on your first birthday you are walking, sometimes running when you get excited, and eating with those 6 little teeth.  You learned to push doors and open drawers, and I learned that nothing could ever get in your way.  You’re surely on a mission.  You eat everything in the house right now, and smack the table when you want more.  Your laugh is contagious and you’re truly a beautiful soul.  There is so much about you that is already so unique and special.

You amaze me at each and every turn, and the bond between you and your big sister is something I never could have imagined and it takes my breath away.  Daisy continues to be your favorite person – the one you look for when you first wake up, the one who makes you laugh the most.  It is my greatest hope that this bond will last a lifetime, through difficult years, possible distance, careers, marriage and children – whatever life throws your way as you grow up, may you never grow apart.

On the occasion of your first birthday, I would like to impart to you some advice that you won’t understand for quite some time.

Always put God first.  Before any man, before mommy, or daddy, or anyone.  HE comes first.  I pray that you will always draw close to Him – the same way that you draw close to mommy and daddy whenever you are tired or sick.  God will give you rest, He will protect you and most importantly – He will always love you.  He is the only One who could possibly love you more than I do, and that’s a big love.

Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.  Begin to walk in His Spirit daily and your beautiful story will begin to be written.

This is a big one so pay attention…  I want you to keep searching until you find the man who loves you like your daddy loves me.  Observe the way your Daddy takes care of me, talks to me and brightens my day.

Don’t get caught up in other people’s lives’ and in judgment and gossip.  Always be ready and eager to help and encourage.  Enjoy and live your life to the fullest and use those incredible gifts you have been given!

Understand the value of contentment and use it the rest of your life.  Without contentment and gratitude, life will always leave you empty and broken.  Always see the blessing and the lesson in things.  Be grateful every day of your life.  Have gratitude when things go your way, and even when they don’t.  There is an opportunity to grow and learn from everything that is in your path.  If you can go through life with gratitude, humility and positivity, you will see miracles every day.

I look forward to watching you grow this next year – seeing more and more of your personality emerge, watching the bond between you and your sister grow and discovering your talents, abilities and likes. You are an absolute treasure and complete our little family.  I cannot imagine life without you and am blessed to have such a wonderful life with you!  I hope you always know just how much you are loved, and we are all proud of you.  I love you so much that I get emotional even thinking about it!  Thank you for making us the happiest Mama and Dada in the world.

Happy 1st Birthday Scarlett Girl!

Love, Mama


Our dear friend Jess has taken both my girls’ pictures since birth and they are the most special memories that I will hang onto forever.  She’s an incredible wedding photographer, so if you’re getting married be sure to check her out (jessmaslyn.com)

Scarlett Sofia is One-derful

Scarlett Sofia is One-derful

Our Debt Free Story on Family Balance Sheet

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We answered some questions from Family Balance Sheet this month to share our Debt Free Journey.  This blog is special to us because it focuses on the intersection of finance, family, and life.  Some really cool resources out here, and we love that the author is a fellow Ramseyer!  Take a look at some cool new questions they asked us that we hadn’t really shared anywhere else yet.

Blog Article on Family Balance Sheet

Thanks to Kristia for doing such a great job sharing the Ramsey Gospel and spreading this hope of financial freedom!

Interview with His & Her Money Show

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Drew and Farrah realized that they were headed in the wrong direction financially, and they decided to change their situation for the better. They became so focused on their goals that they were able to become completely debt free, and paid off their house in just 5 years.

We were interviewed on June 24th, 2016 by Talaat and Tai of His & Her Money Show.  We LOVE this show because of their great mixture of money, marriage, faith, and family.

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Here is the episode from their iTunes and YouTube, and then below is a link to the article that they wrote about us.  Thanks to Talaat & Tai for doing such a great job and spreading this hope of financial freedom!
Podcast Episode & Article on His & Her Money Show


Podcast Episode & Article on His & Her Money Show

Interview with WHIO TV on How to be Debt Free by 30

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Income is a shovel and debt is a hole that you are down in. Some people have bigger incomes and bigger shovels and some people have bigger debts and a bigger hole. The point is don’t look at the size of your shovel or the hole that you are down in, just start digging

We were interviewed on June 6th, 2016 by Rachel Murray of WHIO TV.  Channel 7 has a segment on consumer reports and shopping, etc… Well Rachel got wind of our crazy story and decided to share it with our local city of Dayton, OH.

Here is the segment that aired on TV, and then below is a link to the article that she wrote about us.  Thanks to Rachel Murray for doing such a great job and spreading this hope of financial freedom!

News Article on WHIO TV

News Article on WHIO TV

Debt Free Scream

On May 19th, 2016 we were on the Dave Ramsey Show to do our Debt Free Scream live from Nashville!!!  If you know us well, you know this is a huge moment for us!  Thanks for all your kind words, love, and support on this journey.

Pics of our Trip to the Debt Free Scream

Pics of our Trip to the Debt Free Scream

Our Story: How We Paid Off Every Debt Including Our House in 5 Years

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WE PAID OFF OUR HOUSE!

WE’RE DEBT FREE!!!  We paid off our house completely, meaning we will no longer have any debt forever.  And I mean FOREVER!

Gosh, where do I begin?  I debated to even share this post.  I believe it’s important and I hope to encourage you.

First off, I am screaming for joy on the inside and I’m also screaming for you to understand my heart while you are reading this post.  I know times are tight right now for a lot of people, and it would hurt my heart if you think I am boasting.  We want to share our story with you to try to enlighten how anyone can achieve this.  The purpose of this post is NOT to be haughty or boastful, and if you assume that, then you must not know Drew or I personally.  Hear me as you read – we are so thankful and God has blessed us.  We have spent years sacrificing to reach this goal, and I know you can do it too!  It’s hard and a lot of sacrifice but if you take small steps you can do it too! (Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps)

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GOAL

Our goal was to pay off all debt, including the house, by the time we were age 30!  “Debt Free and Thir-tee” was our goal! (Drew loves to rhyme)  We beat that by 2 years! (Drew is 28 right now).

TOTAL DEBT PAID OFF – $200,000

  • Kia Soul $17,000
  • Kia Spectra $4,500
  • Student Loans $37,000
  • Mortgage $133,500
  • Small credit cards and interest on the above debts $8,000

December 2010 to 23 April 2016

We started this journey in December 2010 with Baby Step 1.  On April 23, 2016 we find ourselves here at the bank paying off our very last payment on the mortgage.  We looked at each other with tears in our eyes and said, “We did it!”

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HOW WE DID IT

So how did we get completely debt free in 5 years, before we even turned 30?  No, we don’t make six figure salaries.  No, we didn’t receive a big gift from somebody.  A few key things to answer how we did it…

We found jobs and interests we love and learned how to make money on it.  While God blessed us with 8-to-5 jobs for the Department of Defense that was the biggest staple, we had some other doors that God opened up for us…  Drew ran a website company and worked live event productions on the side.  These were not just any “side jobs”, it’s fun and working with people that he has grown to love.  More about that later… We also started a toddler t-shirt company.  When our littles went to bed, we made t-shirts!  When we sold the first shirt online we cried like a baby, and now 1 year later it’s boomed and a fun hobby has turned into a successful side income.

We made a budget and stuck to it!  My husband is an excel freak.

We bought well below our means – When we got approved for our home the bank said Drew qualified for $500k.  I don’t know what banks are thinking, approving people for things that stretch them to their max.  If you haven’t bought a house yet – then DO NOT get excited if the bank gives you permission to spend a ton of money.  No big fancy house it worth stressing over.

We had shared goals.  We always knew when we got married that we wanted kids.  We also knew we wanted to fully be in their lives and stay home with them part time.  We knew we had to pay off our house to do this.  See those little girlies – those were our tiny motivators!

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We lived on one income.  While both of us worked full-time, we built a zero-based-budget that would ensure we paid our expenses with one income, and the other income went fully towards the debt snowball (Baby Step 2) and then later on the mortgage (Baby Step 6).

We sold everything!  If we weren’t using it, it’s going on Craigs List or the sell groups on Facebook.  (random memory – Drew found a bicycle in the trash and sold it on Craigslist for $15)

We shared meals.  We didn’t eat out unless we had a BOGO.  We ate leftovers all the time.  And dinner (specifically spaghetti) always tastes better the next day anyways.

We packed lunches.  We learned how to eat semi-healthy and cheap.  We went out to lunch about once a week.

We paid cash for everything.  Everything extra that we could scrounge up went to the debt snowball or the mortgage.  $50 bucks here, $25 there really adds up!

We cut cable,  got cheaper cell phone plans and internet packages, and whatever else that could save us $5 a month.  We also never signed up for new things, memberships, etc that would increase the monthly expenses on our budget sheet.  Because the core of Ramsey is a zero-based-budget, if either one of us was going to sign up to something monthly (like Netflix), we would have to add it to the budget sheet and that would require us to decide if X was really worth the additional expenses every month.

We shopped second hand.  Most of our clothes are from second hand stores and Gabriel Brothers – which is our favorite store.  When our girls arrived, we bought all their clothes from second hand stores.  You can always find the most unique clothes, and mix and match outfits.  I always say, put a fun accessory with the same outfit you have had for years and it’s a brand new outfit.

We rarely bought things for our home.  We moved furniture around a lot!  Every time we did that, we felt like we were living in a fresh new home!  When we did projects on our home, we cash flowed them and always paid cash.  If we didn’t have the money, the project would wait. Patience was key.  The biggest improvement to our home was new carpet (right before Daisy was born).  We saved for 5 months to have enough cash.  When it was finished, it was like walking on heaven.  You love it even more when you pay with cash and have some patience built in.

We had fun!  Every time we paid off another debt or 10K on our house – we celebrated with a big dinner or sometimes a mini vaca.  Every time we would celebrate or do a vacation (or a 3 week trip to Europe) we saved and cash-flowed the entire purchase (which makes it all the more rewarding).  Towards the end of the mortgage – we would get so giddy and say we’re in the 80’s, 70’s. 60’s, 40’s, 20’s….  and then one day we fainted and said “we’re in the TEENS!”

JOY & PEACE

The peace of playing blocks and babies with our littles in their cozy little teepee, the joy of giving small amounts and large amounts of cash to the single mom in need, the joy of staying home part-time with my girls, not missing every adventure, the peace of knowing that you can do anything you want for the rest of your life…  That is what has made these sacrifices entirely worth it.

Thanks to Wright-Patt Credit Union for making the day special!

Thanks to Wright-Patt Credit Union for making the day special!

CONTENTMENT

The word “contentment” means the world to us.  Everything we’ve done is important, but contentment is the most important – it’s a matter of the heart.  We have learned to be content in all we have and it has forever changed our world.  Now that we’re debt free, nothing much will change in our lifestyle.  I’m still just as happy eating peanut butter sandwiches, clipping BOGO coupons, and watching my toddler twirl around in her second hand Princess dress.  Being content is not about how much you have.  You may be thinking that you will be content once you have a newer car or a bigger house or whatever it is you think you need (or even being debt free).  Those things would be nice, but being content isn’t circumstantial – if you can’t be content with a little, then you will never be content with a lot.

GIVING

We definitely had a few struggles along this journey.  We were gazelle intense in a lot of areas and getting out of debt is AMAZING and it matters, but we had to keep a constant check on WHY we are doing this and make sure our hearts were in the right place at all times.  The best thing we found to do through this entire journey was to continue to GIVE in the process.  Even if it didn’t make sense, we still gave.  We gave financially through tithing to our church, and to missions work, and local orgs we believe in.  We also gave much of our time volunteering for faith-based causes.  Giving was the best prescription from becoming someone consumed with greed and anti-debt hatred with their fists locked tight on money and losing focus of what’s really important…  God called us to love HIM and to love his people so giving was a constant reminder of WHY we’re on this journey.

THE ULTIMATE GOAL

Our main goal is to manage Gods Blessings, God way for Gods Glory. (quote Chris Brown)  Having long-term freedom and do what God wants us to do without being tied down by a mortgage and debt, to make choices.  Giving freely without being constrained by constant bills.  The Giving has and will continue to be a huge part of our entire life.  Drew and I have already made our next-month budget that will increase our giving to foreign missions work.  We believe being able to give more freely since we have paid off our mortgage will be one of the most amazing blessings of our entire life.

Our debt-free decision has changed our life in a lot of unexpected ways.  It’s paid dividends in our marriage and throughout our friends and family.  We love who God has molded us into throughout this journey.

Our Home and the chart that tracked our progress

Our Home and the chart that tracked our progress

WHAT’S NEXT?

We’re going on the radio!  After 5 years… we’re finally Debt Free and we’re going to celebrate!  Dave Ramsey has a radio show where you can go to his studio and scream “WE’RE DEBT FREEEEE!” so we’re going to Nashville on May 19, 2016. Look for us!

More to come on this adventure because it is just beginning as we create a legacy for our girls and future generations.

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Scarlett 6 Months

Scarlett Sofia Turns 6 Months

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This time last year we were announcing that we were expecting a New Little Miss.  Our Daisy was 6 months old and another lil’ babe was forming.  This February, that lil babe, our Scarlett Sofia, turns 6 months old.  She has been the best little joy and was the perfect missing piece to our world.  But seriously though – she is the best baby…. we say every day, “God had mercy on us with 2 babies only a year apart!”

Her smile lights up the room, and her giggles will make you melt.  She’s rolling over and observing every little thing her big sis does.  Every day she gets sweeter.  A lot of days I can’t wait until she wakes up from her nap so I can cuddle her.  I always wanted a cuddly baby… and I got that with this one.  She has been 6 months of heaven and we love her to pieces.

I am head over heels in love with these photos!  This set could not have been more perfect for our princess!  Big Sis and Mama stepped in for a few too 🙂  Tutu’s, pearls and our sparkling girl!  Our dear friend Jess has taken both my girls’ pictures since birth and they are the most special memories that I will hang onto forever.  She’s an incredible wedding photographer, so if you’re getting married be sure to check her out (jessmaslyn.com)

Scarlett Sofia 6 Months

Scarlett Sofia 6 Months

Orlando is for Lovers

Loving in the Sunshine State

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Every Mom and Dad needs some “away time”.  It’s good for you, and it’s good for the kiddos.

A week ago we did just that.  We got away for the weekend and went to the Sunshine State.  We left our babies with their amazing grandparents and scoped out Disney, Universal, and all the magical things Orlando has to offer.  We can’t wait to bring our girls back one day.  We even made of list of all the places we plan to take them (so this was kind of a scouting research trip).

We went to Universal and yes – we were the biggest kids there!  There is no other theme park like Universal and it’s tough to say but… it may be my favorite ever (as opposed to Disney)!  Every little detail made you feel like you were part of the show.  Harry Potter World… all I have to say is AMAZING!

We scoped out some of the Disney resorts, and ate at Disney’s most famous dining experience, “Ohana”!  The word “Ohana” means family in Hawaiian.  The food was surreal.  Still dreaming about it as I type (and drooling on my keyboard).  Don’t miss out on the bread pudding!

We stayed in the cute lil’ town of Kissimmee.  Amazing little resorts only 10 minutes from Disney!  Highly recommend staying outside of Disney to save $$$.  We were gone 4 days and missed our girls something fierce!  We were ready to kiss them all over when we returned.  Daisy’s reaction when she saw us after being gone 4 days was priceless.  Distance really does make the heart grow fonder.

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Sunshine Getaway

Video – Orlando is for Lovers

Video – Orlando is for Lovers

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Introducing Our Little Princess – Scarlett Sofia Keller

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Our second sweet girl is here and she fits so perfect! She came into this world August 22, 2015 at 12:05pm, weighing 7lbs 5oz., and measuring 20 inches.  From conception to birth, human life is truly a miracle, and we are reminded of this every time we look at her sweet face and full head of hair (which we were totally shocked about by the way).  We think she’s going to look like her Daddy.

My early birthday present came on August 22nd (a day before my birthday) and I’ll cherish this day forever and ever. What a blessing to be the Mama of Scarlett Sofia.  Both Drew and I started tearing up as we were going through these photos!  God has abundantly blessed us with another healthy beautiful baby girl!

We’re 3 weeks into Scarlett’s life and I look at both of the girls and think about how they are truly little miracles.  I am so thankful for our little blessings and can’t wait to see these two sisters grow up together.

Daisy is adjusting well to being a big sister.  She’s very interested in Scarlett, but I know her little brain is trying to wrap itself around this big life change.

To Scarlett Sofia – we love you more than anything in this world!

Introducing Scarlett Sofia

Introducing Scarlett Sofia

Scarlett’s Arrival Video

Scarlett’s Arrival Video

Daisy’s 1st Pow-Wow

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This weekend was a Big ONE for our Daisy and so much fun for us.  We celebrated Daisy’s 1st Birthday in Tribal POW WOW style and Daisy was the Indian Birthday Princess.  We went to town with our Pow Wow theme and I think it turned out perfect!  The whole day was kind of surreal, and I still can’t believe our baby is a year old. I wanted to make this a special birthday for her (even if she won’t remember it) and I’m so happy with how everything turned out.

The setting was at my in-laws beautiful home and it couldn’t have fit the occasion more perfectly. I can’t really thank them enough for allowing us to have it there and helping us celebrate this special day for Daisy.   It was a beautiful day in our lil town and our birthday girl stole the show with her sweetness. She was so much fun and knew the day was all about her.   I started planning for Daisy’s 1st a few months ago because I knew it may be hard as Scarlett’s arrival comes closer.  I went a lil nuts on some of the décor.  I gathered bits and pieces as I saw them from local stores, borrowed some things from friends and DIYing a lot.  Fresh daises from my in-laws garden displayed on the tables, tribal flags rustled through the air, and an old high chair set the mood for her first tasting of cake.

Daisy’s outfit was my one of my favorite parts of the whole day! I worked with an Insta shop and found her whimsical romper and it made my entire vision come to life. She wore a Feather headdress that was handmade by her Daddy and made the final touch to her special outfit. The feast included:  Crunchy Spuds, Cherokee Garden Veggies, Bear Weanies, Pow Wow subs, Lemon Fire Water and Tom Tom cupcakes.  The cupcakes were made by my dear friend Meagan Wonderly and they were heavenly to say the least.

When it came time for Daisy to taste her first cake, she was a little startled from all the excitement.  She took a while to dig into it, but finally started eating the cake in her own dainty way – one little piece at a time.  I died and went to heaven over Daisy’s smash cake made by my sweet friend Tiffany at Garden of Eaton Treats.  Maybe Daisy had a hard time eating it because it was too pretty 🙂

Every Pow Wow has to have a teepee and Daisy had her very own for all her little friends to play in 🙂 We used the teepee in a family session for Daisy’s birthday and it made a reappearance at her party.  I foresee this being a major hiding place for both of my girls in the future.  Daisy was perfectly happy sitting with Daddy and I opening all her gifts.  She got so excited about all the baby dolls each package had to offer.

I suggested all the kiddos at the party bottle up together in a picture next to Daisy’s teepee.  My husband chuckled and said, “Good Luck!”  There were 15 babies and kiddos ranging in age from 9 months to 9 years old.  It was kind of a given that it would be chaotic, but this is the kind of photo that will be so fun to look back at in a few years.  It is these kids and their parents (and of course our other friends and family) who made Daisy’s first birthday party so very special.  I am forever thankful to have them all piled in together in a photo like this.

The day was filled with lots of love from family and friends.  It meant so much to have all of them with us to celebrate.  Seeing the people that have supported us through this first year and who have loved Daisy all together in one place is pretty special.  Enjoy some pics of the tiny details from Daisy’s First Pow Wow!

P.S. Everyone that knows Daisy’s Daddy knows there will probably be a video coming too 🙂 Stay Tuned!

Photos of Daisy’s 1st Pow Wow

Photos of Daisy’s 1st Pow Wow

Happy 1st Birthday Our Extraordinaire

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Happy 1st Birthday Daisy Girl!

Photos of Daisy Turning 1!

Photos of Daisy Turning 1!

A year has flown by, and you are already doing and learning so much. I wanted to write you a letter, because there are some things I want you to know today on your first birthday, and never forget. I hope that later on in life, whether you are 14 or 48 or even 88, you can read this letter and feel my heart.  I first want you to know that you are LOVED of immense value and worth.

A year ago at 6:37pm on this very day, you came into our lives and brought us happiness, joy and so much love.  You are such a happy girl and have a smile that lights up the room. You’re an easy go lucky baby, but at the same time you know exactly what you want. One of the best things about you is the love you give.  When you’re really showing extreme love you tap our shoulders and let us know how happy you are.  This feeling is indescribable.  You now give kisses and you love doing it! (even though you do it open-mouth)  I can’t get enough of you.  You, my girl are so FUNNY and very aware of this!  You are your Daddy all over in this area!  You make silly gestures and noises and when we laugh, you keep doing them.  You love attention and once you have it, you know how to keep it.  I love your cuddles, I love your giggles.  I love your laid-back approach to life.  I love the way you lift up your hands when you’re happy, and also when you say, “Mama” in the most pitiful cry when you’re upset.  I love how you’re always so excited to see Daddy and I.  I love the way you watch my every move and the way you imitate those around you.

Always know that you are loved by so many. Your grandparents look on at you in awe.  They hold you in their arms, beaming with love as you light up the room.  Your aunties and uncles and cousins love you, dearly.  Your baby sister, Scarlett will adore you, and you don’t know yet but she will be your best friend for life!  Your Daddy loves you immensely and wants to protect you.  He loves you more than words can express.

I know that you are an extraordinaire and will receive a lot of criticism because I know you will do great things!  But my girl, don’t be afraid, because we are here for such a time as this.  I pray that you will always draw close to God–the same way that you draw close to me now whenever you are tired or sick or needing some extra love.  God will give you rest, He will protect you, and–most importantly–He will always love you.  He is the only One who could ever possibly love you more than I do–and that’s a big love!  Never allow anything to distract you from where God has set you to go and stay strong.

Don’t get caught up in other people’s lives’ and in judgment and gossip.  Always be ready and eager to help and encourage.  Enjoy and live your life to the fullest and use those incredible gifts you have been given!

Understand the value of contentment and use it the rest of your life.  Without contentment and gratitude, life will always leave you empty and broken.  Always see the blessing and the lesson in things.  Be grateful every day of your life. Have gratitude when things go your way and even when they don’t.  There is an opportunity to grow and learn from everything that is in your path.  If you can go through life with gratitude, humility and positivity, you will see miracles every day.

Happy 1st birthday, our little Daisy!

Love,
Mama & Dada

Photos of Daisy Turning 1!

Photos of Daisy Turning 1!

The Summer Continues

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The last couple weeks we have been in full fledge summer mode!  It’s our Daisy’s first summer so we’re pretty giddy to take her everywhere and introduce her to some things we LOVE!  Daisy’s age is so much fun right now so we find ourselves staring at her for hours watching her every move.  Our events the past few weeks have included the Zoo, Pool Side Swimming, Kite Flying, Fireworks and a Balloon Glow!  Side Note: If you are local and have not experienced the Columbus Zoo it needs to be a must!

Enjoy a few summer pics so far!  As of now, we’re planning Daisy’s 1st birthday and awaiting the arrival of our next blessing, Scarlett!  More to come on the fun that lies ahead!

 

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See July 4th in the Land That I Love

Summer Festivities

Land That I Love

9 Months – Sweet Daisy

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My sweet Daisy, you are 9 months!  How does this happen?!  I blink and you are a month older.

Seeing you change and transform into a smart, silly, bright little baby is the best reward each day.  Our life is always so crazy and you go with the flow on every adventure our lil fam is doing.

Your smile kills me when you spot me from across the room.  Daddy & I play tug-o-war with each other over who gets to go swoop you up out of your crib after a nap.  We take turns holding you when we go on family outings.  We each want to be the one who makes you smile and laugh.  You are the best part of us.

You are mobile in every sense of the word!  You can sit yourself up, you army crawl all day long quicker than mama can chase you, you are so curious and into everything, you wave your lil hand, and want to make sure everyone sees what you’re doing.

You eat about anything we give you and just now started eating table foods.  You have learned so much lately!  I feel as though I’m hanging out with a little lady all day and not just a baby.  You’re a whole new level of fun!

You say Dada now and love to repeat it.  Your Dada was happy that was your first word!

You are the most special tiny human & life is so beautiful with you in it.

See how big Daisy is getting

Daisy Growing Up

A Blessed Easter

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Our Easter Weekend was a special one, because it was Daisy’s first!  We reflected on our Savior and the ultimate sacrifice He gave for us on that hill.  His love and grace overwhelms us daily and I couldn’t be more grateful to worship Him!

The day was full of worship, family, food, and eggs!  Daisy smiled every minute of the beautiful weather outside.  Some day, we will get to share with her the story of The Cross and the only Person who loves her more than her parents.

See the smiles on Daisy’s face this Resurrection Day!

Easter 2015 Pics

Snowy Days Make Warm Hearts

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As the blizzard continues to fall, we’re staying warm and cuddly – blessed to have a warm home.  Daisy’s amazement out of the back door made us get out her snowsuit and enjoy the giant falling flakes.  I’m not the biggest fan of winter, but today was a charming winter wonder world.  Snow angels and eskimo kisses describe this day.  We loved watching Daisy take it all in.

Snowy Days

Our Heart is Popping Once More!

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Baby #2 on the way!

In the midst of our little world of careers, kingdom work, dating each other, launching a new side business and playing with Daisy….. God blessed us with another bundle of joy!

We could not be more excited!  Yes, having a 1 year old and a newborn will be a challenge, but we love how close they will be and so thankful God chose us to be a Mommy and Daddy to another little person.  I’m due on August 25th and our sweet Daisy was born on August 6th.  Our babes will be exactly 1 year apart.  Two August babies!  Daisy doesn’t know what’s all happening yet but I know she will be the best big sister!

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Daisy – 6 Months

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Happy 6 Months Baby Girl!

I can’t believe that I’m saying “half a year has gone by with our Daisy”.  She is so cute I almost can’t handle it!  Daisy is a busy body – this little miss is interested in everything and everyone.  She is very outgoing and loves when anyone smiles and coos at her.  She just started laughing out loud!  It has to be my favorite thing she does and we’re constantly videoing it!  She is crazy about all her grandparents and sitters and any random person that says hello.  Just a few things she currently loves: mirrors, eating her feet, carrots, sitting up, music, her Daddy.

We can’t wait for warmer weather so we can get some fresh air.  Walks, walks and more walks every day!

Enjoy Daisy’s 6 month photo shoot HERE.

6 Months of Smiles

Holly Jolly Christmas

 

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We always pencil in one day during this busy season and celebrate the Saviors Birth with our friends!  We believe that a few years ago that our Savior answered our prayers and sent us some amazing friends to be in our life…  So we give thanks to HIM for bringing us together.  It was an evening of tasty food, intense games, lots of laughter and a heavenly hot chocolate bar!  My hubs and I planned “Minute to Win It” games for everyone and it was a competitive night to say the least!

We also set up a little photo booth! Who doesn’t love Christmas Selfies??? Enjoy a few of our snaps

We also went to the Family Christmas Event where we catered to by the most loving faith-based company in the world at Prasco Laboratories!  I’ve never seen a company that Loves God and Loves People more than this (kinda like Chik-Fil-A).  Our family had the best time meeting Santa, enjoying free treats and small toys.  Our Daisy loved the Big Man in Red!  Let the Christmas Festivities begin!!!

 

Holly Jolly Christmas Pics

Family – The Most Important Thing

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I couldn’t be more grateful for my family.  This time of the year makes you cherish them even more.  My parents have been a tremendous help since we have had Daisy and they love her so much.  I love watching them with her and seeing the smiles beam off Daisy’s face.    

We recently had our family picture taken by our good friend Jess Maslyn.  My family has not had a family picture since the Olan Mills days. Anyone remember those???  This was Daisy’s first photo shoot with my family and with her cousin Blake.  I love how much Blake loves our sweet girl already.  Not to mention we could not be more excited for our first Christmas with our Daisy Girl.  Soaking up every moment…

Enjoy these precious snaps of my dear family.  

Tis the Season for Family

Happy 3 Months!

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Our sweet baby Daisy is no longer a newborn, she’s a baby!  She is 3 months old.  She’s a funny, smart, inquisitive, adorable, smiley baby.

When friends would say, “I can’t imagine my life before my baby,” I was never really able to grasp that statement.  Once I held my baby in my own arms, this statement became so real to me.  So much has changed in just 3 months, but I will say every change is for the better.  There may be less time for sleeping, doing my hair, or just day to day things, but I’m so smitten with her that all of that can wait.  Every few months I’m going to document the new things she is doing.

The 3 Month Details

  • Daisy weighs almost 13 pounds and is measuring 24.5 inches in length. She is currently wearing 3-6 month clothing.
  • She is super smiley and drooly.  The drool explains the 2 teeth! Yes she got her first 2 teeth at 3 months old.
  • Her hair is a light brown that could possibly turn blonde but she’s still a baldy so it’s headband city in our house.
  • Her eyes are turning lighter so I think they’re going to be green but can’t tell for sure yet.
  • She’s been sleeping through the night since she was 6 weeks, so she’s been the best baby ever for us.  (My next one will probably be nothing like that)
  • Her bath time is her favorite time of day. She is in love with her daddy – her face lights up every time he talks and sings to her.
  • Daisy has 4 different babysitters through the week so she gets around the town.
  • She got her first ear infection last week.  Yes, we were the first time parents who were scared to death.
  • She adores any type of music and bright lights.
  • Her nickname is Dazers. Yeah it kind of just happen LOL

To see more of Daisy, be sure to follow us on Instagram!  Take a look at Daisy’s 3 Month Photo Shoot in our home.

3 Months with Daisy

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It’s our Daisy’s First Fall and she’s covered in black and white.  Have you ever seen a cuter cow in your life?  We took advantage of the weather and snapped a few shots of our sweet baby cow! 

I’m a bargain shopper to the core so Daisy’s first costume came from a garage sale this summer.  It fits her perfect 🙂 We are kind of obsessed with the tail if you couldn’t tell!

This Friday is our church’s annual Fall Festival and our little cow will be making her appearance.  Can’t wait!  Take a look at our Little Cow!

Our Little Cow

Dedication Day

Daisy Dedication-4 Last week we had our Baby Daisy dedicated to the Lord. It was a very special day for Drew and I and our entire family.  Daisy wore a crocheted dress and booties that her Nanny made for her before she was ever born.  She couldn’t have looked more beautiful.  Our entire family gathered at our church, Solid Rock South, for this celebration and made the day so special.  The day was even more joyous having all of our friends dedicate their littles with us together.  Daisy was a gift to us from God and He has entrusted us to be stewards to raise her to serve Jesus!  See some precious pics here.   Daisy’s Dedication

Hannah was a barren wife who promised to dedicate her child to God if He would give her a son. – 1 Samuel 1:11

So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. – 1 Samuel 1:28

San Antonio Charm

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It’s incredible how refreshing it is to get away for just a few days.  Last week, we did just that.  My husband’s work called him to Texas and I decided to go along with him.  We left our 2 month old Daisy for 3 days with mamaw and papaw.  Yes – it was hard to leave her and many people may think I’m crazy but I Iove the bond that she developed with my parents while we were gone.  I facetimed her every day and night and we definitely missed her. 

We stayed in San Antonio, which was close to Fort Sam Houston Joint Base where Drew was working for 2 days. 

San Antonio had it’s own kind of charm.  The weather was in the 90’s and it was the last great weather we were going to have this year so we took full advantage.  I’m having a hard time saying goodbye to Summer so this is just what I needed.

I spent my days relaxing by the pool waiting for my hubs to get off work.  The evenings were spent on the Riverwalk – a highlight and must-do in San Antonio.

We’re big foodies so we asked locals about the best places to eat and got a lot of suggestions as San Antonio has a ton of options, primarily BBQ, steak, and Tex-Mex.  We both agreed our favorite dive was “The County Line” and these ribs looked like dinosaur bones!

On our last day there we went to Sea World!  Rode some dizzy-ing roller coasters and saw the infamous Shamu.  We kept singing that Michael Jackson song from Free Willy lol.  Have I ever mentioned that penguins make me laugh?  Something about them is so hilarious!  It’s always fun to be a kid again.

It was delicious, adventurous and good for the soul!  Take a peek!

Take a Peek at San Antonio’s Charm

Life with Daisy

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I’m excited to start blogging about our sweet baby girl.  One day she will read about all of the adventures our family has experienced.


Many months of waiting and anticipating your every move is now a reality for us!  I can’t even begin to describe how my heart is bursting with love as I watch you sleep in front of me right now.  You are 2 months old and changing so much already.  I have to be honest, I’m a little exhausted lately but there is no other thing I would rather be exhausted with than you!

I’m still learning a lot and half the time I don’t know what the heck I’m doing.  Sometimes your Daddy and I will just look at each other and laugh because we have no idea what to do. 

You are a very sweet baby that is constantly smiling and full of love.  You may be a little high maintenance but that’s ok – your daddy is too!  You are starting to sleep through the night.  Momma’s pretty excited about that! 

Some of my favorite things you do:

  • When you stretch your legs out
  • Look around your room and smile
  • Bath time
  • The love/hate relationship with your pacifier
  • How you pucker your bottom lip when you’re mad

You have an amazing Daddy and I love the way he loves us.  And he’s the best at bath time.  You love bath time so much.  Our beautiful world changer is here and you have changed our lives for the better.  We are excited for you to discover the treasure that makes our life beautiful and who ultimately gave us you!

Daisy Nicole Keller

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When Daisy was 6 days old we captured her cuteness…

I die over how cute her features are!  And this sweet girl smiles all the time to be only 3 weeks old.  So, those smiles are melting our hearts! You may be able to tell in some of these pictures but she has really large hands and feet, so we’re pretty positive she’s going to be tall!

I was so happy with how her newborn photos turned out! There are a lot of pics because it was so hard to narrow them down. Our sweet friend, Jess Maslyn took them all with perfection and always outdoes herself.  Jess was so sweet and delicate with Daisy and captured the most memorable photos of the only moments Daisy will ever be this small.

Enjoy Daisy’s Tiniest Moments Here

Welcome Miss Daisy

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Welcome to the world Miss Daisy Nicole!  Today our sweet baby girl is 10 days old.  The last week has been a whirlwind of so much tiny joy and happiness filling our home. 

I had the most tremendous doctor and nurses that took care of me and made the best decisions for our little family.  My doctor is the father of Drew’s childhood best-friend and I have loved him since I’ve been pregnant and was so glad he was able to deliver Daisy.

Daisy was born at 6:37pm on August 6, 2014 at Atrium Medical Center.  I will never forget how my heart melted when they plopped her up on me and I heard her first little cry.  She was 7lbs 6oz, 20-3/4″ and the tiniest little thing!  She was so perfect from head to toe.

I have to add how cute my husband was during labor.  Even through every pain he still had me laughing and calm.  One memorable thing I will never forget is at the home stretch before Daisy was born he read Psalms 139:13-14 with a tear in his eye…

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

A little after she was born all the family began to pour in to meet our little miracle.  My father in-law also brought me Penn Station and it never felt so good to eat a chicken teriyaki!

Having Daisy has truly changed our lives and we’re loving every minute.  Besides being a little sleepy, I am loving the newborn stage.  Thank you all for the love that has been sent our way.  We feel so grateful to have the greatest friends and family in our life during this special time!

See some snaps from the hospital

Daisy’s Nursery

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Every momma loves to prepare the room for their little one!  This has been by far one of my favorite things to decorate in our home.  Daisy’s little room is really simple and neutral but that’s exactly what I was going for.  I found peach, gray, and bronze poms and then a hundred ideas started running through my mind!  The poms were my inspiration for the rest of the room.

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I tried to capture the “little things” that I love so much.  These little things include some of daddy’s shoes, dedication dress, magical butterflies, banner, poms and so much more!

Thanks to my sweet family for helping me prepare Daisy’s room in areas that I needed them the most!

One of my favorite parts of the room is the warm gray paint color.  My father in-law took extra time and care in painting Daisy’s room and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  He also installed a beautiful ceiling light with a family friend, Frank Sforza.  Secondly, my sister in-law Kandy helped me open and prepare all the poms to go above her crib. This was a very tedious process and Kandy was so much help.  Thirdly, Drew’s grandma (Nanny) crocheted Daisy’s Dedication Dress that is now hanging in her room, as well as added finishing touches to the crib set.  Lastly, I can’t forget my Drew! He lifted, hung, mounted, moved, built, assembled and added so much love all over the place to Daisy’s room.

I’m excited to have these photos for little Daisy in the future! I hope you all love them as much as I do.  Enjoy them all here.

I tried to put as many details of the special shops and places I got some things from that made the perfect final touches for her room!

  • Wall Butterflies: Bugs Loft
  • Nursery Poms: PomLove
  • Handmade Deer: Home Goods
  • Beautiful Girl Foil Print: Hobby Lobby
  • Sheep Skin Rug: Ikea
  • Dresser: Craig’s List Steal
  • Crib: Special Mother In-Law Gift – Sears
  • Glider: Babies R’ Us
  • Paint: Lowe’s – Valspar Satin – “Gravity”

Lakeside Maternity Shoot

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I am so excited to share the most special pictures we have ever taken!  These are by far my favorite pictures ever.  The fabulous Jess Maslyn shot these maternity pics for us, and we can say that she never disappoints.  I wanted to do a classic look, and a small little park around the corner was the perfect location!  I could not be happier with how they turned out.

As the due date draws closer, we are loving her more and more.  We are beginning to see our life with Daisy and all the adventures we have ahead with her.  We pray everyday that we can be the parents that will lead her in a fun-filled life knowing our Savior and exploring the world to see God’s great creation!

I’m excited to share these pics with our Daisy one day! Enjoy them all here.

Celebrating America

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There is no holiday that I love more than Independence Day!  Summer is the best time of the year and we couldn’t have had better weather for July 4th weekend.

It’s become a tradition to have a July 4th Party at my brother and sister in-laws beautiful home.

My brother-in-law prepares a massive fireworks show for the whole community.  I have no idea how he plugs and wires everything, but every year I am left speechless from a display of beautiful explosions!  This year was the best year yet!  I’m pretty sure Daisy loved it too as she was jumping in my belly!  It’s always so fun to watch my hubby and his brother work together to put on the show.  Great job guys!

There is nothing like grabbing a hot dog and watching the sun set with an amazing group of people.  We were so blessed to have all of our family and friends there with us.  The cutest babes were running around dressed in red, white and blue.  There were even bubbles and bouncy houses for the kiddos!

Enjoy a few snapshots Celebrating America!

Showering Daisy

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The last two weeks have been full of genuine love from our family and friends!  We have been showered with hugs, kisses, gifts and so much more.

Drew and I have loved getting fresh new baby stuff!  We couldn’t thank everyone enough for sharing in this special time with us.

Baby Daisy’s arrival grows closer, and I’m beginning to “nest” and prepare for this sweet little one.  As we finish the nursery and step back and see the beautiful things that you all have contributed, we realize that she will be welcomed by an amazing family and friends 🙂  I can’t wait for Daisy to meet you all!

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