Travel Recap: Miami, FL

Holiday vacation is the best way to end a year and start a new one. I went home for 2 1/2 weeks and it was GLORIOUS. It was amazing to see family, friends, and be back in the city I was born and raised. My heart was so filled to see that everyone is in a really good place. Although it is always hard to say goodbye, I truly left feeling so satisfied and blessed. I am beyond fortunate to have the support group I have. So many times we take advantage of the things around us – I told myself this trip that I would make every little second count. I think I did alright – from late night conversations with the parentals to sleepless nights with friends smashing grilled cheese, listening to records and sipping on coffee (or wine).

Life is a beautiful gift. Spend it with the people you love, the ones that inspire you, the ones that make you better, the ones that stretch you and make you see things different.

Cheers to new adventures in 2017.

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I’m an Aunt (again!)

A lot has been happening lately. My sister and brother-in-law welcomed their 3rd little one last Monday. Their tribe is growing and it’s wonderful to see. Here are photos of her baby shower, maternity shoot, and Mr. Gideon himself.

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Mr. Gideon himself

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Travel Recap: Miami, FL

I had a few friends from Ohio meet me in Miami for vacation. I’m beyond lucky to have a beautiful support group in multiple cities. It was wonderful to show them my city and have them meet some of my family and dear friends. We made the most of our time there – dancing, eating, beachin’, talking and hanging. Here are a few photos from our trip.

Food

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The Beach

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My Friends

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The Family

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Holiday Recap: Miami, FL / Gatlinburg, TN / Charleston, SC

The holidays are officially over and well… it’s quite sad. I spent 2 solid weeks surrounded by family and friends – which was soooo refreshing. I’m beyond blessed to have wonderful people in my life that support and encourage me to be my best self. Here are a few photos of my time in Miami, Gatlinburg and Charleston.

While in Miami I caught up with family and friends, visited my brother at work, shopped til I dropped, ate delicious meals, hung out, rang in the new year dancing, blew up fireworks and released Chinese lanterns. I never made it out to the beach which is unfortunate but that’s alright. Most importantly I spent a lot of quality time with my parents whom I love more than anything. It gets harder and harder to say goodbye to them…

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We tried something new this year and spent Christmas in Gatlinburg, TN. We usually hang in Miami for Baby Jesus’ birthday but not this year! Instead we decided to pack our bags and drive 13 hours north to hang out in a beautiful cabin. There’s something really great about being in the middle of nowhere with the ones you love. During our time in Gatlinburg, we prayed, ate, played games, walked through town, watched movies, jumped in the hot tub, rocked matching pajamas (I know, how cute are we?) and went for a hike. All in all it was quite a memorable experience. Oh! and we found out my sister and brother-in-law are expecting!

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On our drive back to Miami, we decided to make a stop in Charleston, SC to rest. We didn’t see much of Charleston but I’m sure I’ll be back. Maybe I’ll plan a girls trip…

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Hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter and adventure.

Happy 2016!

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Baby Reveal Party

My darling friends are welcoming a little boy into the world! Here are photos of their precious baby reveal party.

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A small group of family and close friends gathered together for the big reveal. The only person who knew the gender of Baby Stiller was mom which made for a really great photo session when the very surprised parents opened the box.

Also, can we take a minute to appreciate this darling cake?!

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Travel Diary: Miami – Misc

Traveling means you eat, meet with old friends, make new friends and stay up way past your bedtime. Wishing I was still in Miami. At least I have these photos to remind me of the past 2 weeks back home.

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Travel Diary: Miami – New Year’s Eve

Another year has gone by. I am tremendously blessed. God is faithful even when I am not. I can only hope that 2015 will be filled with dear moments and unforgettable memories.

Here are some snaps from a very fun evening at my bufu‘s party.

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