Author Archives: Mary Beth

Our Sweet Bébé

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I’ve been bursting to finally share the news that we have a sweet bébé growing in my belly!!! There has been so much recent change in our lives, that it felt right to keep this little one tucked safely inside as a secret until now. But here we are. 16.5 weeks, finally feeling less sick, planning a Georgia birth and a potentially southern name, and over the moon excited.

As I was getting ready for this photo and this announcement, I was scrubbing paint off my hands, and putting my hair in a bun (because who has time to fix their hair these days?!!) and thinking about new life. How fragile it is. How sacred. How tender. How we like to act like it is in our control to bring a baby in the world at just the right time and at the point where it is most convenient to us. And our agendas. I got to thinking about Mary and baby Jesus and how when the angel came to tell her she was going to be with child, the news came in all the wrong timing and for the strangest reasons. The son of God?!!! And I’ll have to give him up?!!!!

I have such a soft spot in my heart for that girl. Maybe it’s because I got married young, had children young, and every time we deal with people’s criticism it feels like one more stab I can’t take…that’s when Mary comes to mind. On most holidays, I’m sitting in church seeing things through her perspective. What did she feel like giving birth to her baby boy in that unsanitary stable in Bethlehem? No crib? No cute baby hats for picture-taking? When passover came and she knew her baby was about to give his life for mankind. For her. Did she try and stop Him? Did she try to tell Him it wasn’t worth dying for a bunch of sinners that had criticized and drug their family through the mud? Did she tell him that she loved Him – over and over again – hoping He would change His mind? Or deep down did she know her purpose? That the very reason she had been given this baby, was to give Him up.

To give up. I think about that a lot too. How our culture is all about getting, and how God says that true living is giving. Sacrifice. That a full life is really laying things down…our original plans…our finances…our school year…our jobs…our marriages…our children…the drapes we were going to buy for the living room. And oh how that begins to hurt. How personal it starts to feel when it encroaches on the things we hold most dear.

Maybe God knows I am most sensitive to Him when I am pregnant, and so He chooses to do the bulk of His heart-changing work during these 9 month intervals, or maybe God really does have a sense of humor and He likes to keep me on my toes. ;) Either way, when life is swirling all around me and a little bebe grows softly in my womb, I start to see the things I’m clenching tightly with my fists. The things I don’t want to give God. The things I don’t want to lay down. The things I’m holding onto within an inch of my life and uttering in pregnancy-induced insomnia, “Not this one too. You just can’t ask THAT of me, Lord.”

And yet He does.

When I prayed about 2014, I had a framework in mind, but we went into it with open hands asking God to do a mighty work. Even before we knew about all the rest of the moves and the career changes, we saw this tiny heart beating on the ultrasound and that was enough. Enough.

There is a special kind of freedom that comes from walking hand in hand with a God who knows all things, wobbly trusting Him with the fabrications of your life. And when you can give it up to Him? The drapes. The perfectly decorated house. The easter dresses. The baby brought home to a place you have yet to pick out. The vehicle you have yet to buy that fits all 6. The tenth move. The perfect school in Georgia that enriches your 5-yr-old’s life. The school runs and homeschooling that somehow happen when you’re adding a newborn into the mix. The house you have here to sell. The supportive phone calls you need to be having with your husband. The doctor’s appointments. The dinners made. The baby equipment. The time to spend on each of your loved ones…

When you can give all of that up? I believe that’s when you truly begin to live. You see life as this tender, fragile, precious gift and you can lay things down more easily because you don’t want to waste a single second of it hoarding things up for yourself.

ANNAPOLIS & CO: Sweet Bébé

Sweet bébé, I want you to know that you are so loved it makes our hearts want to burst. Your siblings ask to hold their heads next to my belly so they can feel you inside of me and give you countless kisses throughout the day. Your daddy drove 15 hours to be at your doctor’s appointment, just to hear them say that you were growing and well. I can’t tell you what hospital you’ll be born in, which house we’ll bring you home to, or whether you’ll have your own nursery, but you are loved. So fully loved. And we cannot wait to meet you in September!!!

P.S. A huuuuuge thank you to my sister, Mandy, for taking photos of a hormonal pregnant woman who does not – in any way, shape, or form – enjoy getting photos taken. Love you, sis! ;) ;) ;)

The Everyday Project | Treasure

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I’ve never been good with my phone. I’m that person who keeps saying I’m going to buy an otter box, but has had her screen crack three times. THREE times. I’m guilty of letting my phone die almost every afternoon and never feeling the urge to charge it again until late at night when I’m laying in bed and the schooners are all asleep next to me and the thought occurs, “I might need my phone in case there’s an emergency.” So I trudge around a dark house looking for my phone charger. The phone charger that only works if you lay the cord just so.

About two weeks ago, my iPhone 4 began biting the dust. Specifically the portion where you take photos. (My life is a living irony, I swear.) It took all my Everyday Project posts revolving around “no complaining” and “work with what you have” to a whole new level! Thankfully, I was able to get a “new” phone for free last night and I’m ordering an otter box off of Amazon as we speak. ;) As I get everything transferred over and I get use to actually taking photos of our everyday again, I just wanted to say how much I’ve appreciated your comments on IG saying how blessed you’ve been by this Instagram project I host. I know I’ve been pretty absent, but your encouragement during a very busy season of my life has meant the world to me. You have inspired me far more than I could ever inspire you – so thanks for being amazing.

The photo prompt for #theeverydayproject this past week was TREASURE. It was probably the hardest week yet for me to pick my favorites because we each have so many treasures in our lives, and how do we narrow that down? I picked the photos that just tugged at my heartstrings and went with my gut. I hope you enjoy them and that you see the treasure behind every photo and the person who took them.

Much love,

mb

no.1/ @whoajess| no.2/ @kendralavoy | no.3/@ehjaeeajhe  | no.4/ @tessaarmstrong8  | no.5/ @whitneyxsarah| no.6/ @ana_schr | no.7/ @jenniferpvm | no.8/ @carissa_graham  | no.9/ @tshirtjeansnicki

The photo prompt for next week is BEGINNING. Hashtag your photos #theeverydayproject on Instagram!

Savvy reStyle Market

ANNAPOLIS & CO: Boutique Market

One of the first things I wanted to do when I knew we were going to be moving back to the Greenville, SC area for awhile was explore more of the locally owned businesses and antique shops. That was something we tried to be very intentional about in Tulsa and we built a wealth of memories from our weekend jaunts to coffee shops, farmer’s markets, antique stores, and art shows. 

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There is something in me that wants my children to recognize and appreciate hard work and the ability to create with your own two hands. I love when they ask me how things are made (e.g. water, paper, ice, hurricanes) at breakfast in the morning. Then I begin to see the wheels turning and I find them trying to make hurricanes with two cups and some water in the kitchen. :) I hope that by exposing them to artists and handmade items, it continues to fuel their curiosity and the desire to put forth beauty in the world.

ANNAPOLIS & CO: Boutique Market

This past weekend, I took a break from working on the house, picked up an iced coffee for me, a cookie for the kids, and we visited the brand new Savvy reStyle Market in Greer, SC. I think we were all excited to get out of the house and do something purely for fun! The host for this monthly market is Heidi, a friend of my mom’s, and she has curated the most lovely group of vendors with handmade, up cycled, and vintage goods on the first Friday and Saturday of every month.

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The girls favorite part was watching Rosemary, from McRose Designs, twist and craft her handmade jewelry with a pair of needle nose pliers. I see some bead kits for birthdays in our future!

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The schooners are obsessed with birds and since we left our little birdhouse in Oklahoma, these colorful houses almost came home with us. We are knee deep in dirt and gardening right now, so these outdoor planters and birdhouses give me hope that things will grow and get pretty again around here. Spring, we’re so glad you’re here. And just to be sure, grass does eventually grow, right?!!!

ANNAPOLIS & CO: Boutique Market

The sweetest little antique finds in Malia’s Mark. I wanted to take home everything with me, including the vintage fan, wood brushes, and rulers. Remember my love of mixing old and new in our home?! I am trying so hard to finish up the painting so I can start adding in my antique finds and artwork.

ANNAPOLIS & CO: Boutique Market

If you are local, and looking for a place to shop handmade goods, The Savvy reStyle Market opens on the first Friday and Saturday of every month from 10am – 6pm. They are located at 325 S. Buncombe Rd. Greer, SC 29651. Also, since I love refinishing my own furniture, I really wanted to mention that in addition to the market, Heidi offers DIY classes, open studios, and a design center for inspiration. She is a retailer for the Amy Howard at home DIY product line (think no-prep paint, lacquer spray paint, and zincing metal products), and I was super impressed with the finished pieces she showed me.

Thanks for inviting us, Heidi, and for giving the schooners cookies for the road! We can’t wait to come back in May!

 

P.S. This post is in partnership with Savvy reStyle Market. Couldn’t be more excited to support them!