Wednesday, September 4, 2013


This is an exciting month for us...the month before Audrey's second birthday, the month of our 4th anniversary and the last full month we will live in our rental! Oh and I can't forget...the beginning of my favorite season, and pumpkin spice lattes!

I've been wanting to make my own but my coffee maker is buried in the garage somewhere! Oh well, I guess I'll have to settle for Starbucks!

I'm kind of glad summer is over. This summer has been a tough one for me. My need to plan and know every detail before it happens has really been challenged, and I'm learning to be ok with that. I'm learning how desperately I need to lean on God in times like this because I'm just not strong enough on my own. 

I've had to give up order, organization, personal belongings and planning while we are in this waiting period which is so against my nature, but it's going to be ok - I say that in faith because I don't always "feel" it!

This isn't meant to sound like a complaint or that I'm not incredibly thankful for our new home, I'm just being honest and letting you know that this waiting period hasn't been easy in many ways!

We actually heard back from the builder on our estimated closing date...and wouldn't you know? They suggested Audrey's birthday...October 25th. I wasn't actually surprised. I just had a feeling they would say that. Our original target date was the end of September, but the builder made a mistake which cost us about a month. We have gone back and asked them to expedite what they can for us to try and get us in before her birthday. I'm praying that will be the case! But for now, there is more waiting to hear back from them. 

A recent picture - they're just getting started on the wood siding.

I've been thinking about Audrey's birthday for months now, and in a lot of ways, this second year has gone by even quicker than her first. I can't believe that she's such a little girl now. I miss her as a baby so much, but I love her at this stage too! 

The planner in me wants to throw her a big celebration, like we did last year (see pictures here and here). I love planning a party and creating a special event just for her, but I just don't know if the timing will work out this year. Even if we are able to move in before her birthday, it will be quite a while before we are settled in, and then to plan a party on top of it - even if it's delayed, might just be too much. 

I have to check myself sometimes, and weigh my motives. I love creating things and planning parties, but at the same time, the day is about Audrey and she couldn't care less if there are fancy homemade decorations and food, or not. I just want it to be about her and her happiness. 

I guess we will see what the builder says about our closing date and we will go from there. I'm thinking we will just have something simple...friends and family with some delicious pizza. No fancy homemade stuff like last year, but I think Audrey would be just as happy with a few giant Pooh balloons!

Part of me still wants to do this, though:

A barnyard animal party! She loves farm animals right now, so I think this would be perfect for her. I spent some time putting together this little inspiration board in the event that I do have time to plan a party. I really don't think I should put that expectation on myself this year, but this is just a nice little dream of what I'd do if we were moving in sooner. I may file this idea away for next year, though!

I'm just so looking forward to being in our home and making memories there with my family, no matter if that means having pizza delivery for Audrey's party or something elaborate and homemade. 

What are you looking forward to this month or this upcoming fall?! 


  1. We are going to end up ordering pizza for my daughter's birthday too! It's this month and I wasn't able to prepare like I would have hoped. I'm still doing a theme but it will be simple. You are right, they don't need much to be happy! Your inspiration board looks ADORABLE and if you'd be able to enjoy it more next year you should do that (Audrey might have even MORE fun with it next year). Good luck with everything! And happy pumpkin spice latte season. :)

    1. Glad I'm not alone in my thinking! Sometimes easy is just more fun and relaxing for everyone! Thanks so much! And good luck with your daughter's party!

  2. Maybe you can do a housewarming/belated bday for A... And because of the time of year the inspiration board is perfect ideas for both celebrations!
    I totally understand whe you are coming from though. We moved out of our TX home three days after Avery turned three. Nothing pretty about that party, a bunch of boxes and stacked frames all over the house, but I wanted her third birthday in her home. Then we moved into a furnished rental last summer for three months (still in TX) then moved to TN and had Sadie's second bday here in our new home...but because we just moved it wasn't a big party either. We actually made it a Halloween costume party bc her bday is Nov 1 and we still were getting settled into the home. Neither Avery or Sadie cared. They loved having family around and just eating cake ;)

    1. Thanks for the idea, Katie! are a trooper....that's a lot of moving right around birthdays! I think as moms, we just want everything to be "perfect" but sometimes that's just not possible. Sounds like you've figured out a great way to celebrate your girls birthdays while keeping your sanity in tact!

  3. Hi Rachel, I have been reading your blog for about a year or more now, but I think this is my first time commenting. My husband and I built a home last year and were in the same waiting period you are in now. We were lucky to sell our first home so quickly, but then we had 6 months of temporary housing. I know exactly what you mean when you say you don't want to complain or seem ungrateful, but the transition period and temporary housing really do stink! It's OK to say it :) You are in the home stretch now though! As for Audrey's party, do you have any family nearby or maybe a local park where you could rent a shelter house and have it there? Then you could do a lot of your ideas without the stress of not knowing what your housing situation will be. Or maybe have some of her friends come to a pumpkin patch or a corn maze, etc. so you could do the "fall theme" without as much stress. Just an idea! I'm sure whatever you do will be great! - Tricia

    1. Thanks for being a reader...and for your first comment!!!:) So nice to hear you understand how I'm feeling! Family is 3-4 hours away, but there are definitely local farm-type play places that we could have her party...just not sure if I can even think of planning that...although it'd be much easier than doing something at the house! Thanks for the ideas!! :)

  4. Hey Rachel,
    Im a fellow "Niner" and have been keeping up with your blog for a little while now, but have never commented til now.

    Your house looks beautiful and I can't wait to see how you decorate it! Im sure you have a million ideas going through your head.

    We had a house fire in April so our whole summer was spent in a furnished rental. I know exactly where you are coming from. Im also a big planner and love to decorate so it was hard not to be able to have an exact timeline or list to go buy and to live in a plain -all white- apartment. We rebuilt and just moved in this past weekend but there is still so much to do!!

    Hang in there and remember "this is only temporary"! Ireminded myself of that a lot. And have fun decorating!

    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for your comment! I'm so so sorry to hear about your home! That must be extremely difficult! I'm glad to hear you just moved into your new place though! I hope all the best for you and your family!


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