This December my sister, Alicia, and her family came to visit us for a WEEK! It was the best!!! There is nothing like having family in town, especially for the holidays. We had fun cooking some amazing food (horseradish crusted prime rib, anyone?), watching our growing boys, and just being together. This was the first taste of a vacation that we’ve felt in over two years. If you are new to the blog, you can find out why here.

My sister is my best friend, and we are both amazed/thrilled and so grateful for how well our husbands get along. I mean, these two are always joking around. We laughed and definitely cried some ugly tears throughout the week as well. I am thankful for family that is willing to come lift our spirits, love on us, and quite practically, wash our dishes. ;) It hasn’t always been easy to bridge the gap of living across the country with one sister struggling with normal parenting woes and a high stress career while the other sister is facing the the unimaginable with a baby on hospice. We’ve worked really diligently to stay on the same page and face the heart wrenching parts together. I am increasingly glad for every tough conversation, every tear shed, and our commitment to our friendship and sisterhood. This week wouldn’t have been possible without it. Alicia, Alfred, and Cy, we love you three so much! THANK YOU for visiting and making us smile! Come back soon!!! xoxo

Oh, and we snuck in a family session while they were here! It felt so good to pick up my camera again!

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This post is so near and dear to our hearts. You see, Jesse and Rachel are two of our very best friends. We met just a couple of years ago, and our hearts connected right away. We both wanted to start families, and things just weren’t quite as easy as we imagined they would be. I had just gone through a miscarriage, and Jesse and Rachel were in the middle of a long and difficult adoption journey. Over the days and weeks we cried together, we prayed for each other, and our friendship deepened with every meal we shared. We had empathy for each other, and we laughed together – a lot!

Over the past two years Jesse and Rachel have been there for us every step of the way… when we found out we were pregnant for Beckham, when we learned about his heart defect, the day he was born, and every day since then. I cannot even count the number of days they spent with us at the hospital. They brought meals, ran errands, cried and hoped with us. They lifted our spirits. We couldn’t be more grateful for the love they poured out on us.

I remember sitting in Beckham’s hospital room last spring, Rachel and I crying yet again. The truth is that we both wanted the same thing. Rachel and I both wanted to bring our boys home. I wanted Beckham to come home from the hospital, and she wanted her son to come home from Africa. It is a horrible and wonderful way to bond… both begging God to bring the other’s son home.

The beautiful thing is… they are home!! Beckham came home in June, and Jesse and Rachel made the trip to Uganda later that month. The excitement we felt for them was indescribable. On August 17 (my 30th birthday) the Leos family stepped off of that airplane and into our lives as a beautiful family of THREE!! The airport was filled with excitement and anticipation. I will never forget this day!

We love you Jesse, Rachel, and Ollie!!!

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Beto and I met Katie a little over a year ago, and she has become one of my very best friends. You see, Katie is one of the brilliant nurses in the cardiac ICU at Children’s. She joined Beckham’s care team when he was just days old, and we quickly became friends. We realized that we have friends in common, love the same music, and frequent the same great restaurants. Beyond that, Katie has the biggest heart. She has shown us more grace, kindness, and love than I could ever repay. I never planned, nor would I have imagined, to make friends in the ICU, but I couldn’t be more grateful. I tell Katie over and over that I just do not know how I could have made it through this year without her friendship.

Katie found out she was pregnant around the time of Beckham’s second hospital stay this spring, and when she asked me to document her family this winter I could not resist. Beto and I are still on a leave of absense (visit Beats for Beckham to find out why), but when is spending time with friends ever work? Plus, now that we have experienced the beauty that is parenthood, we truly believe those first days and weeks of bonding and loving on a little one are like nothing else on earth. They should be cherished, captured, and always remembered.

Chris and Katie, you are wonderful parents. You’ve got this! It may be the most exhausting time of your life, but it is filled with the best kind of love. It is written all over your faces, your proud words, and the way you hold sweet Oliver. He is your world. He should be. Never, ever lose sight of the beauty in the mundane. These moments will make up your life… and I promise it will be a good one. Cheers to parenthood my friends!

Everyone, meet Oliver!!

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Beats For Beckham

These past few months have been a whirlwind to say the least. In case you missed it, we have been keeping a journal of events on our facebook page. We are thrilled to annouce a new home for updates and information about our journey and our sweet Beckham. We would love for you to check out and let us know that you stopped by. Be sure to take some time and watch our video as well. We are ever grateful for your love and support. xo 

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Beckham’s Room

I am so excited to finally share Beckham’s room! I had hoped to share it before he was born, but then he surprised us all by coming 4 weeks early! After our 7 week hospital stay and adapting to our new life at home, I finally feel like we are finding a routine. :)

When we started thinking about designing a nursery for Beckham we knew we wanted something fun, whimsical, and filled with color. We wanted a place Beckham could grow into. Putting his room together was definitely a labor of love, but oh so worth it in the end! We started building his room from a neutral base. We tested about a dozen paint colors before landing on this perfect shade of gray. From there we found his crib at Pottery Barn Kids and his chair and rug from West Elm. The rug was on back order for quite a while, and we weren’t sure we would get one. While we waited on the rug, we found this great dresser at our favorite thrift store. Beto painted it pale aqua. Choosing fabrics was probably the most difficult task. In November my Mom and sister were in town and they helped me make a decision about these fun, bright, patterned fabrics from City Craft. Beto’s sister made the bedding and curtains, and we love how they came together! All of the prints above his crib were found on etsy. Beto built the shelves above the dresser/changing table. For now we have them merchandised with books, a goat stuffed animal after Beto’s favorite soccer team (the Chivas!!), Beckham’s Beads of Courage from Children’s, and other fun items. We love all the sweet handmade items that fill his room. So many friends sent us quilts and blankets. His set of felt woodland creatures are also made by a friend, and I hope to make them into a mobile asap.

We couldn’t be happier with how Beckham’s room came together! We are so incredibly thankful that he is finally home so we can enjoy spending time in it together. There is nothing better than rocking our sweet boy!

Kendall Crib: Pottery Barn Kids
Dresser/Changing Table: Thrifted
Graham Glider: West Elm
Zigzag Rug: West Elm
Lamp: Target
Wooden Shelves: handmade by Beto
Crib bumper, skirt, and curtains: handmade by Beckham’s Aunt Ceci
Dot Crib Sheet: Pottery Barn Kids
Colorful Fabric Banner: Twenty29 Freckles
Frames: IKEA
b: Anthropologie
You’re Getting Very Sleepy print: Sycamore Stree Press
You Are So Loved print: Jessica Swift
Fox print: Milk and Cookies
Heart & 10 Mil Besos print: The Big Harumph
Polaroid print: Candidate
Dallas Neighborhoods print: David Anthony Harmon
No Whining Print: Hammerpress

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