The First Snow of the Year

December 1st and we woke up to a blanket of snow – how fitting! Western PA isn’t so bad 😉

My morning started with working out and my daily bible reading, I am still reading through a commentary on the book of Hebrews. It has been so insightful in my faith.

Once Caroline woke up, I finished a few chores around the house. Caroline has been loving sitting and “reading” to herself while I work around the house.

Then we headed outside for her (and Indy) to play in the snow! Caroline was too small last year to actually play in the snow. We practiced saying “snow” and she got it once by saying “sah-NO!” It was easy to get the last half because that’s her favorite word!

She was upset that you can’t, in fact mow the snow.
Indy pulled her hat right off of her head and proceeded to play with it.

Next we headed out of the house to drop off some of Josh’s suits to be dry cleaned and to get gas. Naturally I had to make the trip out in the snow worth it by getting some coffee. It hit the spot.

Caroline and I then did what I like to call “school time.” She’s not two yet and we don’t have a plan or anything, but I’m enjoying doing puzzles, reading, and practicing words with her. We also do lots of crafts. We made a painting for Josh’s mom because her birthday is this Thursday! She loves to finger paint.

Puzzle time!
Caroline calls her Gigi (she pronounces it “doo-doo.”)

Next we ate some leftover wedding soup that my mom made us, it was so delicious. Caroline really liked the little Acini de Pepe noodles.

After we ate, we read some books together and I laid Caroline down for her nap. That brings us to now… time to work on homework. Definitely not my favorite part of the day, but I’m going to try to knock this week’s lesson out and hopefully only have a little left to do tomorrow. Then I’ll be taking Indy for a walk, Lord willing, when Josh gets home from work. I’m thinking Caroline will still be sleeping by then since Josh gets home a little after 3pm. Then I’m going to try a new recipe… Shepherd’s Pie baked potatoes… if you’re interested to see how they came out, let me know in the comments!

Okay… no more stalling… time to get to work. I hope you all are having a great day thus far.

What did you do today? Did you have snow where you live?

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Our Gender Reveal!

I am so thankful. Our baby is healthy and I got to see the little peanut for the second time. I have been feeling kicks and just cannot thank God enough for the wonderful blessings He has given me and my family!

The ultrasound was Friday morning and I called Josh at work when they told us the gender, it was very special. Last week at Bible study, a few people had mentioned doing a “gender reveal” at the next study since we meet on Friday’s and it’s the same day. So we did! I commissioned myself (lol) to make some cupcakes with pink or blue frosting on the inside. I used my sister’s favorite buttercream frosting and some Betty Crocker chocolate cupcakes. It honestly took way longer than I thought, but it was a lot of fun to learn and be creative.

We told all of our immediate family and grandparents right away and the rest had to wait until Friday night!

Thanks to my friend, Melissa, for videoing the reveal!

AND… the icing was blue! It’s a boy!! We have decided on the name Lawson Martin Rowe. We are so grateful to have the chance to raise a boy next, Lord willing.

Bible study was a great time of fellowship as always. Saturday brought even more fun and fellowship! My sister hosted a Mary Kay party at my mom’s house, it was my first in person party because of Covid, and it went off without a hitch! We had so much fun!

I love my sister! Please pray her fractured hand heals quickly!

After the party, we went to Cracker Barrel with the girls and once again had an awesome time. We loved looking around the store and enjoyed a great meal! Afterwards we headed to Once Upon a Child to get Caroline a pair of sneakers and naturally we floated to the baby boy clothes. Then we headed out to Allie and Jimmy’s house and the girls played their little hearts out together and while in the bath tub! Caroline was fast asleep within a minute of us getting in the car.

These girls are seriously best friends.
All of this was only $32!!!

Needless to say, we had an amazing few days and I cannot thank God enough.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” James 1:17


Well, it has been a while. Life has gotten busy, but I have loved it. I have missed blogging about my life for a few reasons and have truly missed reading about all of your lives. It’s time to get back to it! I’d like to share some recent life updates.

#1: We are expecting!

Yes, you read that right. Josh and I are expecting another little peanut in late March and are so very excited! We find out the gender next Friday, November 6th!

#2: Caroline is an absolute blast!

I would never trade a moment with my baby girl. I love spending time with her and bringing her practically everywhere. She is my little buddy and is so much fun, now at 17 months old. I can’t believe she will be a year and a half next month! She has been talking SO much. She says things like mama, dada, yaya (my mom), gigi (Josh’s mom), pappy (synonymous for both grandpa’s), Inny (Indy), ball, uh-oh, hi, bye, oh no, etc. She has also been putting together two words like “Inny, no!”, “Hi dada/mama”, “night, night”, “hereyago” etc.

#3: I have taken on another job (lol).

I am still not practicing as a nurse, but I am working towards my BSN as we speak (actually I am currently procrastinating working on an assignment lol). I am still working for my parents, but on an as needed bases like when they go away – I fill in for my mom as the administrative person. But mainly, two days a week, I am cleaning our church building. I have so far loved serving the Lord in this capacity.

#4: I have been loving fall!

This fall has been fantastic so far! We have loved going to Friday night bible studies with a group from our church where we all share a meal and then learn from the Word.

The Corn Maze that our church family attends was a blast, as always.

Hunting has been great so far. I haven’t gotten a deer yet in archery, but something about sitting in the woods, high in a tree, and praying while you watch God’s beautiful creation either awake or fall asleep is just plain therapeutic. Getting a deer would be a bonus!

Josh, on the other hand, harvested an amazing buck this year. We are so grateful to God.

#5: Indy has been great, as always!

My first baby is still living the dream, with a minor setback – an ear infection. Goldens are prone to those. He’s getting some antibiotics and it seems to be on the mend. In the mean time we have enjoyed many more walks together!

#6: Reagan Lynn was born!

Our niece, Reagan Lynn Stolarski, was born on August 26th, and she is just absolutely precious. Josh’s sister, Lindsey, and our brother-in-law Nate, are over the moon happy. She’s a doll.

What is your life like lately? What is your favorite part about fall? What is your guess on the gender of our baby?

Our Weekend

This weekend was truly great, but boy did it fly! Friday night we went to Bible study once again and enjoyed an Italian meal with some church family.

Saturday morning, I got up and went hunting while Josh hung out at home and Caroline slept. I saw two doe, but nothing that was in range. It was very chilly, but I still felt refreshed from just sitting, praying, thinking, and pausing for a moment surrounded by the trees high up in a tree.

Josh enjoyed sharing some time in the morning with his little girl!

Then we headed out to my parent’s house because they were watching our niece, Sadie, so that the girls could play! A little later on, Josh went and sighted in our rifles with a good friend of his.

Then, in the evening, our church hosted a “Halloween Alternative” where we all got together to roller blade and eat some pizza! At first I had considered not going because Caroline can’t roller blade yet, but then a friend from church reminded me we could push her around in the stroller. I am sooo glad that we went, because that was the most fun I’ve had in a while! We brought our new double stroller and pushed Sadie and Caroline for a while and then let them run around and play.

Sunday consisted of church in the morning, visiting with Josh’s grandma and family, some housework and prepping for the week, and then back to church in the evening! Our weekend ended with all the kids running around the church with lollipops and just getting their wiggles out.

I truly am so thankful for our family (both blood and church). Josh and I have started to write down one thing we’re grateful for each day! It has been a positive influence on our days and I hope to continue doing it! We use a little chalkboard and each update it in the morning.

What are you grateful for? What did you do that was fun this weekend?

Friday’s are for Fun!

Hi everyone! This week has been nothing short of crazy, so I am just getting on to blog now! I’d like to just share some words and pictures from my day today!

It started with getting up at 5:10am this morning to see Josh off to work. Then I did my daily Bible reading. I am currently reading the Daily Bible in a Year, but I’m going to try and do it in 6 months by simply ready 2 readings a day. I am loving it so far because of all of the explanations it provides. I am also participating in a few devotionals in the Bible app with my mom and sister!

Nothing like Jesus and coffee 😉

Here is an example of my list that I use to organize my day. Call me psycho, but it works for me!

In the mornings, I like to sit at our door to our backyard and pray, Indy also enjoys this time with me.

Before Caroline woke up, I worked on some homework for my summer online course. I also threw in a load of laundry.

Once Caroline woke up around 7:30am, I read her some books and got her ready for the day.

While I did the dishes and packed our lunches, I laid out a muffin tin and some of her ball pit balls, an idea I saw on Pinterest! She seemed to like it.

That isn’t quite how it works Caroline…

At 10:30am I met a few ladies and their children from our church at a park about 40 minutes away. There was a dog park as well that Indy enjoyed. It is always such a blessing to enjoy fellowship with those of like-faith.

Indy enjoying the playground!
All of the kids at our church are so good with Caroline, she had a blast!

After the park, I stopped at my parent’s house to visit and I did a little Pilates workout. I thought Caroline would take a nap, but she decided otherwise. She ended up playing while I worked more on my homework.

I went and got groceries from Aldi in the meantime.

Caroline and Papap walking through the yard!

About half an hour after I got home, Josh headed out with his cousin and good friend to go fishing for the evening! Caroline and I headed out to Dollar General and picked up some fun things: a slinky, some pompoms, stickers, softer hair bands to try in her hair, a bath toy that moves, and cards for a birthday party we’re going to tomorrow! After that we went to Giant Eagle to grab a couple things I couldn’t find at Aldi!

The slinky was a big win!
This is another idea I spotted on Pinterest.
First experience with pompoms!
She caught on!

After our fun, it was bath time and then some milk to finish out the day!

A new nightgown from YaYa!

What did your Friday look like?

4th of July Weekend 🇺🇸

Happy Independence Day! What a blessing to live in a free country.

This weekend was an absolute blast. It began Friday night when Josh, Caroline, Indy, and I headed over to Josh’s grandparent’s house for dinner. We haven’t seen them in a little over a month, so it was definitely time. We enjoyed laughs, food, and chasing Caroline all around their yard. Here are some photos from Friday.

Caroline and Pappy Kim swinging.
Playing in the cozy coupe!
Grandma showing Caroline how to put the key in the ignition.
Grandma, Josh, Caroline, and of course Indy, too.
Caroline found a bench just her size!

After Grandma’s house, we headed over to my in-laws and dropped Caroline off to stay the night. It’s such a blessing to have so many people in our lives who love us and care for us. I never have to worry when she’s with family.

The next morning (Saturday), Josh and I woke up around 6am and headed out to go fishing along the Allegheny River, at Kelly Station. He mostly wanted to catch Catfish and I was just excited to fish in general. Indy also came along. Here are some photos from Saturday morning!

On our way!
It was so peaceful!
Getting things rigged up and ready to go!
Indy, looking so astute.
He got a catfish!
Indy was very intrigued by this new animal.
I love my little buddy!
Good quality time is so important for every marriage! Whether you spend it fishing, going out to eat, walking, shopping… whatever works for you and your spouse!

Once we picked Caroline up from my in-laws, we headed out to my sister’s house for a picnic! We had an absolute blast and the food was so delicious! My sister even made this delicious strawberry rhubarb pie… I NEED the recipe! Here is a bomb of photos for you!

The boys playing hacky sack!
Pool time with Caroline, Sadie, and Macie!
Hi, American cutie!
I love my sister so much!
Caroline and I! She was saying “hi”.
Caroline and YaYa!
My sister’s dog, Niva!
My sweet little niece, Sadie!
Buddy, my sister’s in-law’s dog!
My cousin, Bre, Allie, and I!
Allie and Sadie!!
Sadie and I!
The girls and Yaya!

Well, what a fun-filled day! What did you do for the 4th of July?

Reflection: Caroline’s 1st Year

On May 24th, 2019 our baby girl Caroline entered the world. She was born at 2:51pm weighing 7lbs 1oz and 19 inches long! She was 8 days late (her due date was May 16th) and I was induced. Here are some pictures of her when she was born.

She was actually born the day before Josh’s 22nd birthday – what a gift he received last year! She came into the world on a Friday and we were home by Sunday afternoon! The only major issues that occurred were that after I had her I had a fragmented placenta (my placenta did not come out in one piece and many of the pieces went back into my body and had to be manually extracted) and Caroline had a spinal dimple. Both of these were easily resolved – they gave me IV antibiotics after the extraction and no further issues ensued and Caroline’s spinal dimple was “benign”.

Being a mom has become one of the greatest blessings in my life. It is amazing how much you grow by having a child. Each month I took a little picture of Caroline and I’d like to share those now!

Here are some major milestones she has hit in the last year:

Rolled over: 3.5 months

Sitting up 5.5 months

Crawling: 6 months

Standing: 7.5 months

First tooth: 8 months

First steps: 9 months

Walking as primary mode of transportation: 10 months

Caroline’s personality is just so much fun. She loves to play, run around, and is always laughing. She sucks her thumb, but has been doing so a lot less; mostly just when I hold her or she is ready for milk/bed. We love having her as our little buddy and wouldn’t change a thing. She likes to dance to Waylon Jennings songs too! I can’t wait to continue to document her life in more detail here!

What crazy milestones did your children hit in their first years(s)?

Let God Be God

Hello! Happy Wednesday. These last couple of days I have been dealing with a lot of anxiety. Even just typing that word makes me angry, because anxiety is such a terrible thing. All of us have daily things that make us anxious. Some people are more anxious than others. We all deal with things differently.

I have previously taken a class and then just a couple months ago had the oppurtunity to facilitate this same class that is based off of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapter 5. It truly is such an awesome tool that Christian can use to deal with what the class calls, “hurts, hangups, and habits.” And guess what, we all have them. It involved meeting in a small group that you develop trust with to share and deal with your issues. There’s a lot more to it, but it’s an 8 week class and it would take some time to explain it all. Something that I learned from this class and that I use often when I cannot sort my thoughts is called a Personal Inventory. It sort of helps you dive into the root of your problems. If anyone is interested in what this inventory is and how it works, please comment below and I can explain it to you.

But anyway… I decided to do an inventory this morning because I knew that was what I needed to do, and it brought me to the root of my anxiety. I feel anxious when I do not feel in control. The unknown is very scary to me. I think that is normal, but it becomes a problem when I do something called “playing God.” I decide that God is not the one who can handle my problems, I am. He is not the one in control, I am. That is where it becomes a big problem. It causes anxiety because, guess what, I am not in any way equipped to play God. He has the almighty power to handle every possible situation in our lives, but when we don’t give those situations to Him, we become worn out.

A little while ago, our Evangelist preached a sermon about Luke 10:41-42a and it immediately came to my mind when I started jotting down my thoughts.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be take from her.”

In this passage, Mary was sitting at the Lord’s feet, listening to His teaching while Martha was running around being a typical woman (lol). She was trying to cook, clean, and make everything perfect. In the mean time, Mary knew what she needed to do, and that was listen to what Jesus had to say.

This reminds me that, in the grand scheme of things, only one thing TRULY matters. What really matters is that we are sitting at Jesus’s feet and learning from Him. Something that I have learned from Jesus is that He told us to go and make disciples. That was and still is His Great Commission: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus wants us to make disciples as He did. However, how this may play out in each of our individual lives will be different, but as long as we remember that only one thing is necessary, and that is following in the steps of Jesus, then we are on the right path.

During this period of anxiety, I have been thinking a lot about my job as a nurse. I do believe that a lot of my stress comes from my work right now. As I said, my anxiety stems from feeling out of control and not knowing what is next. I am still very new to nursing, and home health care is a scary thing because you are alone in someone’s house and you are the only one there to help. You are supposed to educate your patients and help them to make healthier choices. I often do not feel qualified to do what I am doing.

Also, we work about one weekend a month. What a blessing compared to pretty much any other nursing job. But, for me, I absolutely dread that weekend because we are on call. If we get a call for a referral on Saturday, I have to go and see that patient on Sunday. Which is fine, because I get to schedule when I want to see them, but it’s more of the issue of not knowing until Saturday what my day is going to be like on Sunday, especially when I am trying to plan around Church meetings.

I spoke with my supervisor last night about possibly putting in my two week’s notice. I was like WOW, that was a rash decision. But it felt right. She offered that I could take a little break for maybe a month and then see if I am ready to come back. I could have cried. That was the perfect situation. I don’t know if I want to be done with this job or with nursing in general, but I do know that I need a break. I have overwhelmed myself in more ways than one and I know my priorities (God first, family second, and everything else after that).

Now, if you want to know something about me, you have to know this. I cannot sit still. Some may blame it on the coffee, but I would say it is a personality trait. It’s not that I’m jittery or anything, I just love to get things done. I cannot sit at home everyday (but being with Caroline everyday is a dream come true). Work is a great thing for me, it gets me out of the house and helps me to work my brain some. My parents have a family business called Southbound Enterprises; it is a real estate company that everyone in my immediate family works for. My dad is owner/manager and is a Real Estate Broker (he also works for an oil and gas company), my mom does ALL of the rent check processing, bill-paying, and so much more, my brother and his wife both are real estate agents and my brother is well on his way to also being a broker, and my sister is the advertiser; she runs all of the social media, website, and blog. I have often times thought about joining their team of awesomeness and I think that now would be a better time than ever to try it out. I am not having to give up nursing completely, but just take a little break and see what that does for my mental health. And in the mean time, I can help my family’s business out. I asked if they needed help with anything and my dad said, “I don’t even know where to start. We need a lot of help, and I know you like to get stuff done.” My dad and I are very similar in our work ethic and tactics. We both love to get things done, and quickly. I am hoping that this endeavor will be a fun, but challenging one.

I hate to take a break from nursing, but I think it is best right now. God always has a way of working things out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). If you could, please say a little prayer for me to trust God in this situation and where I am at now. May He increase my faith so that I can trust in Him instead of myself. And lastly, may He give me wisdom to make a right decision as far as my career, while keeping it all in perspective; only one thing is necessary.

Date Night and Cousin Time!

As I mentioned in my last post, Josh and I got to have a little date night on Friday and then we stayed over my parent’s house with both Caroline and Sadie, my sister’s daughter. To say they had a blast would be an understatement.

Josh and I went to Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner (yum!!!) and then to Dick’s Sporting Goods to shop around. They had a huge sale and I got a pair of hunting pants. They are normally $79.99… I got them for $33! I can’t wait to try them out in archery season!

While we were gone, the girls played their little hearts out with Pap Pap and YaYa (my parents). They even got a bath together! I have a really cute picture of that, but I figured it would probably be best to not post it to the internet (lol). A more appropriate, and totally adorable one is them sitting on the couch together!

Later that night, they shared a popsicle with Pap Pap!

They both woke up at 6:30am (oof) and were ready to play as soon as they got up! But first… more couch time together…

They ate blueberry waffles together and then played with old remotes that my parents kept for that very reason.

My parent’s dog, Brandy, is a food mongrel and also enjoyed the girls’ breakfast time!

Caroline & Brandy.

When Dad and Josh headed off to the Work Day at our church building, Mom and I read our devotionals for the morning. We’ve been doing them together with my sister on the Bible app, which is super awesome because you can leave comments for each other to read. I loved this quote from the latest devotional we started: “Plan in faith, execute with wisdom, and choose not to worry.” This devo was talking about how when we worry all the time we begin to worship our worry and are not casting our cares on God.

What is your go to scripture when you are having a hard day?

What are you up to today?

Happy Summer!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first blog post… so far so good I guess! I am excited to begin to share my life with you all and also have this blog as a fun memory book to look back upon. I love to take pictures and put them in photo books, but to have a virtual type of diary to express my feelings and thoughts and reflect upon all of the blessings that God has granted to me… now we’re talking!

What better a time than when I have a one year old? I always try my best to remember every detail of what Caroline, our sweet little girl, does and how she acts as she grows. This is the perfect platform. So… let’s get started!

Today has truly been great so far! I woke up around 5am to see Josh off to work. This is my study time in the Bible and time to present my praises, thanks, and requests before God. Then, I did some stuff around the house. The biggest struggle of having a toddler is trying to get things done while they wander around and hopefully don’t get into anything dangerous.

Today Caroline decided to play with our K-cups that are on the lowest shelf in our kitchen. I figured, hey those are harmless and would be good for her to stack. A little while later, I hear her smacking her lips. I walk over to find that she bit a hole in one of them and was actually eating coffee grounds… no wonder she had so much energy today!

After our fun morning shenanigans, we went for a quick walk with Indy, our golden retriever. Then off to the park for some play time with Church friends.

Tonight, Josh and I are going on a little “Date Night” while my parents watch Caroline for us. Then we are going to stay the night at their house so that Josh can go straight to our church’s Work Day tomorrow at 8am – they live a little closer than we do, which makes things nice. Maybe I will blog about these adventures…

What have your days looked like lately? What is your favorite part of summer?