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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in July 2020.
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – July 2020

Dear July 2020,

You are always a hot one… and as usual you were extra toasty with the award for the hottest month in AZ history! We spent most of the month in a pool or indoors to stay cool, with the exception of our dreamy Colorado vacation! We were so blessed to have booked this trip a year ago, that still allowed us the opportunity to get out and explore in the middle of this pandemic. We soaked up cooler weather, incredible hikes with majestic water features, took in breathtaking mountain views and fished like it was going out of style. When the day came to pack up and drive home, we all wished that we didn’t have to leave! It truly was the highlight of the summer. We also had the pleasure of celebrating our oldest daughter’s 8th birthday, which doesn’t even seem possible. Where has the time gone?!

But July 2020, you have come to an end and here we are getting ready to start virtual kindergarten and third grade from home next week. So August, please provide us with patience and understanding as we start this new chapter. We’re all in this together!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – July 2020 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in July 2020.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in March 2020.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – March 2020

Dear March 2020,

Where to begin… March 2020 you were completely unexpected. We started out the month with life as usual – busy sports schedule and school activities. We then jumped in the car on day 1 of spring break to enjoy snow and mountain weather with friends on a ski trip. Little did we know that when we got home, we were home for good.

This month has taken some crazy turns. But, after all that has gone on, we are just so grateful to be together and healthy. With Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the world, we have spent the rest of the month safe at home and soaking up family time.

With school now canceled for the rest of the year, April is looking to be a month of homeschooling, family bike rides and embracing more social distancing. BUT we are going into it with a smile and determination to look on the bright side and continue to be grateful! Grateful for health, love, family and thanks to technology we get to stay in touch with those we love. April is going to surprise us with some very special family time! Even though it isn’t at all what we expected, we are looking forward to it.

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2020 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in March 2020.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in February 2020.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – February 2020

Dear February 2020,

You have surprisingly become one of my favorite months of the year. You are a month filled with beautiful AZ weather that tends to be chilly, breezy and rainy… my kind of heaven. You are also a month filled with our favorite sports and activities, which are extra enjoyable due to the stunning weather. [Super Bowl festivities, The Phoenix Open, Soccer Saturday’s, golf and hiking… we kept busy! ] We spent a lot of time as a family outdoors this month and that gives us all a little extra skip in our steps.
I also adore February because as a girl-mom it is so much fun watching all of my lovely ladies date their daddy for Valentine’s. Getting each girl ready for their surprise date with their favorite Valentine melted my heart each time, they made special memories that they will never forget… and priceless moments for me as their mom.
Oh February, you were loved! As we march right into March, I am pumped for a new collection of firsts and I promise to slow down and continue to be intentional with my loved ones. Let’s do this, March!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – February 2020 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in February 2020.

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New Year's Day is always an exciting day that brings new adventures. It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. Hello 2020!
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Hello 2020!

New Year’s Day is always an exciting day! It is a day that brings new adventures. It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. It is a day that opens the door to new goals and dreams. So as we ring in the new year, let’s give thanks for all of our blessings!
For my family, we say goodbye to our first year as a family of 5, and we say hello to a new year ahead of growth and more adventures to come.

We are so excited to celebrate new beginnings… HELLO to a new decade – Hello 2020!

Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come.Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come.Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come.Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come.



Take time today to thank God for the blessing of Day 1.  
Lamentations 3:23 – Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.


From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year! Hello 2020!www.espressoeverafter.com

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in November 2017!
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Our Month In 9 Squares – November 2017

Dear November, 

You were a month of traveling and holiday fun!  Between Thanksgiving celebrations, my husband’s birthday and my annual best friend trip it was an adventure-filled month…. Just the way I like it!  I was able to jet set away to San Francisco for a kid-free girls weekend full of yummy food, beautiful sites, much cooler weather and lots of shopping. It was dreamy and exactly what this pregnant mama needed!  I am now in my second trimester so hopefully this morning sickness will fully go away soon, counting on it December! But, what I loved most about this month was the excitement it brought for the holiday season ahead.  It was a month of gratitude and family time and a special first… Our oldest learned how to ride a bike!  This is a big deal in the parenting world of firsts!

As the hustle and bustle of December begins, I pray that I can stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season, and continue to demonstrate for my girls what giving and showing love is all about.  Blessings to you this Christmas, remember to pause and cherish each moment.

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2017 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in November 2017! Continue Reading

Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in October 2017!
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Our Month In 9 Squares : October 2017

Dear October, 

You were a month of special news!  We excitedly announced that we are growing from a family of four to a family of five. It was a month filled with kindness, love and sweet comments that made our month! October has also been a month of fun holiday functions and preparation for the thankful season ahead in November.

As our AZ weather FINALLY cools down we are so grateful for the family fun ahead and our growing baby bump.

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 2017 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in October 2017! Continue Reading

My Wish For You... On Your First Day Of Kindergarten | The Blue Envelope - K is for Kindergarten Tee | Back to School Looks | A Letter To My daughter on her 1st day of Kindergarten
Faith & Encouragement, Family, Fashion, LIFESTYLE

My Wish For You… On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

When you become a mom, you hear so often that you need to enjoy every minute because time flies by… overused advice, but oh so true!  I am so grateful for all of the time and cherished moments we’ve shared together.  Memories have been made, time has flown by, and though I don’t want to believe it, here we are… my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten.  How can my first-born and little bestie, that I have spent every waking minute with since the day I found out we were growing our family, be starting school?  I am flooded with emotions. Everything from excitement to sadness to loneliness to nervousness… but most of all, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride in who she is and who she’s becoming.  If I could pass on a few important things, these would be what I would want you to take with you as you enter your Kindergarten class.

My Wish For You... On Your First Day Of Kindergarten | The Blue Envelope - K is for Kindergarten Tee | Back to School Looks | A Letter To My daughter on her 1st day of Kindergarten



Dear Paisley – On your first day of Kindergarten, my wish for you is… 

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Shaken by Tim Tebow | Book Review
Book Reviews, Faith & Encouragement

Shaken by Tim Tebow | Book Review

When you hear the name Tim Tebow do you think of a two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, and first round NFL draft pick? Or do you think of a hard working man who is living his life daily for the Lord with a charismatic and outspoken faith?

Tim Tebow. Some know him as a Florida Gator Heisman Trophy Winner and 2-time National Champion. Others recognize the name thanks to the 2011 “#tebowing” craze, where one takes a knee in a praying position and posts it online.  Still others recognize him as an outspoken Christian with questionable athletic abilities, and more recently some recognize him as an aspiring baseball professional.  Personally, I’ve always seen Tebow as an athlete who likes competing, but loves the Lord. Given his athletic talents, he has been given an incredible platform in the public eye and uses it to glorify God with every step and through every season of his life.

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Two much fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Payton!
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TWO Much Fun – Happy Birthday Payton

When I look back on these last two years with Payton, the one word that comes to mind is… FUN!  Two years ago today my quirky, smiley, and independent baby girl joined our family, and made me a mom for the second time, and Praise God, life has never been the same!

Two much fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Payton!

I didn’t know what to expect when I found out we were having our second daughter. I naively thought that she would be just like her older sister. Boy was I wrong, Payton Reese is quite literally the complete opposite of her Big Sis!  God has quite a sense of humor and I’m sure He has loved watching me grow and nurture my sweet little mini-me. And mini-me she is!… Payton reminds me so much of me as a child, and sometimes that can be scary, but it has given us an extra special bond from day one!

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In Due Time Devotional - Book Review
Book Reviews, Faith & Encouragement

In Due Time Devotional | Book Review

We are all waiting on something! 

Have you ever had a time in your life where you needed to trust in God and His timing, but it just seemed too hard?  Have you ever tried to make something work on your timing, not His, and it just didn’t work?  Have you ever been so defeated that you were ready to give up?  I have!  When you are going through trials and struggles it can be hard to remember to put your trust in God, but that is all we can do.  Trust in Him and His timing, His will and His way.

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