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I am so excited about today…

My daughter has no idea what is going on, but it is her birthday and MAMA is trying desperately to make her excited about it. {in other words: MAMA  is being a FREAK and she doesn’t know why}.

Perhaps I am TOO excited…she had “birthday yogurt” this morning and “birthday jelly” on her sandwich and she gets a LOT of birthday kisses. Ok, so I am not actually doing anything out of the ordinary, but I AM WORKING WITH WHAT I GOT ON A RAINING DAY.

I guess I just get excited because Ella was a bit of a surprise to us, but MAN has that little girl changed our whole world into something beautiful…
ella is born

ella is born

Don’t get me wrong. In the past 2 years there are times when I literally just STARE at her because I have no response for how RIDICULOUS she is being. That is right. She. Can. Be. Very. Difficult. She hit the “terrible twos” when she turned ONE.

ella is 2

But thank you GOD that You made her the most fun-loving, hilarious, smart and wonderful 2 year old I know too….

I love her with my whole heart and pray that God will bless her as much as she has blessed Nathan and I….

Happy Birthday, Ella. You are my favorite girl.




This post is a little late, but I had to share. My sweet husband and my lovely Ella made this video for me for mothers day.

It makes it better to know what she is TRYING to say on the video:

“Happy Mothers Day. I love You. Bye!”


Wouldn’t it be FUN if I posted a pic of ella every wednesday?? I would call it “ella wednesday”. OK- don’t count on this actually happening, but this is me putting my best foot forward…

ella almost 20 months

Ella is almost 20 months and MAN do I love this girl…

ella almost 20 mo

She is my happy Ella Bean.



Ella is 19 months and officially A BIG GIRL (or so she thinks/acts). A month ago we switched her to a toddler bed. I was slightly worried about the switch….and by slightly I mean, I was sure she would be able to get out of bed, open the door, climb over the railing and fall down the stairs.

But NOT ELLA- she was all “SO? BIG DEAL..I am in a big girl bed”. She took to it like a champion. If you know Ella at all, you know that its not always so easy breezy, so YES I am delighted.

Nathan took a very sacred Saturday to make her a toddler bed and I just finished painting it white yesterday. With just one 2×4, and two small boards my oh so talented husband made this ADORABLE bed for our little nubbin for only $30. SWEET, I love cheap.

sanding toddler bed

Ella doing a preliminary inspection…(before paint)

testing toddler bed

AFTER: In the room all painted nice and WHITE.

toddler bed painted white

The best part about it? Now when she gets up from naps or in the morning, instead of crying, I just hear a “knock, knock, knock”…..this means she is very politely ready to come out now….SO FREAKIN CUTE! I mean, she is NEVER polite!?! But she OWNS this big girl bed.

Don’t mind if I do…

ella in new bed 1

CHILLaxin…in pacifier HEAVEN…

ella in new bed 1

What a HAPPY girl.

Happy ella




I am finally (at 7 months pregnant) beginning to work on the kids room. Because I am selfish, I am sticking them both in the smallest room in the house so I can keep the “extra” room as a guest/play/sewing area.

Many of the pieces are coming together, but I have no final photos yet. There is no theme and nothing is match-y match-y. Here is what I have so far:

1- Ella’s quilt. I bought this sucker at Burlington for $20. It was a twin and I cut it to fit her toddler bed (cutting it was scary by the way) and I just finished sewing up the edges. I may or may not have done this right….I just bought some binding stuff and sewed it on….is that how you do it?

binding ella's quilt

ella's quilt- finished

2. Lincoln’s quilt. Since they are in the same room, I had to find something that matched Ella’s – but hers is super girl-y. I found this Alexander Henry fabric on Etsy to use as my main fabric. I will bring in more browns and greens with the quilt AND bumper ect….

alexander henry spotted owl fabric

I think they go pretty well together:

ella & lincoln's fabrics

2. Wall color & Accessories. When it was just Ella, the room was green:

ella's green room

I wanted to change it to something more NEUTRAL. Just last week, I painted the room twice. Yes, TWICE. The first time I got the color wrong and it looked like an insane asylum with all white walls- I love white, but this was bad:

kids room - white wall color #1

The second time, I went with a color called “natural wicker”. MUCH MUCH better:

natural linen wall color

The elephants were given to me by Nathan’s mom. They used to hang in Nathan’s room as a baby. I love them. The lamp shade is from IKEA.

Found these old mirror trays at goodwill and (of course) painted them white. Planning to hang them on the wall with ribbon.


goodwill mirror trays before


goodwill mirror trays painted white

goodwill mirror trays painted white

4. Dresser. Found this on craigslist last saturday for $30!!!!!! Be jealous.  I love it. Plenty of room for both kids. OF COURSE I will paint it and put new hardware (or paint the hardware that is on it)…..but for right now it works GREAT even as it is!

kids dresser before

That is all so far! Any suggestions are welcome as to how to make it more boy-ish for poor Lincoln.



We spend Sunday afternoon at my parents farm and Nathan let Ella ride the tractor with him.  I snapped a few photos of my little farm girl and I just CAN NOT GET OVER how grown up she looks! I am so proud of her and what a beautiful child God has created. NO, I can never control that mess of a head- but I love the hair anyway and I love her!

It’s not fear those Torrence eyebrows are conveying…more like confusion….

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 1

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 2

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 3

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 4



We have a big announcement. But first, lets recap: our family so far consists of Nathan, myself AND:

ELLA JADE who is 1.5 years old and more than likely the most beautiful, above average 18 month year old girl on the planet. I found her the other day like this:

ella jade reading a book

We also have a dog named CHARLIE  who is the most well behaved glorious addition to our family (other than the children) and we love him:

charlie our dog

And NOW, we found out a little over a month ago we were having a baby boy (due June 20).

We were so excited- now all we need is the .5 kid and we are the perfect family!!! (all those who know us should laughing histarically right now). Anyway, we were so excited until we realized we had to name HIM. What? A boy? We don’t do boy names. We have girl names down.

HOWEVER, after 25 weeks WE FINALLY DID IT.

We finally completed the impossible task of naming a baby boy….AND we are still married!! Yay for us!!!

Please welcome


Lincoln James - 20 week ultra sound pic

(and yes, it looks like he is doing a fist bump. that is our boy)




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