Five on Friday!

Well it has certainly been one of the best weeks of my life. I can’t thank you all enough for all of the sweet comments and emails we received in response to our big announcement! I promise to write a post soon with all of the answers to your questions!


– ONE – As if the week couldn’t get any better, I took the day off of work, my sister and her hubs flew into town and we are spending the weekend at the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival (the Southeast’s largest sanctioned barbeque contest) in Uptown Charlotte. For several years now, Matt and his friends have competed in this contest and it is always so fun! If you are in the area you need to come find our tent, try some BBQ and vote on your favorite sauce!

– TWO – Earlier this week I made a huge batch of Pumpkin Dip, so Matt and I decided to run for “best neighbors ever” by dropping off surprise treats to some of the families on our street. Everyone was so excited!

– THREE – I picked up the cutest fall sweater at Target this week. I’d been wanting a sweater like this for awhile but couldn’t find them anywhere for less than $55. Thankfully Target pulled through at $29.99! Score!


– FOUR – I have to give Charlie a shout out this week. He has been unbelievably sweet ever since he figured out we have a babe on the way. He follows me around non-stop, stands at the window and watches me if I’m outside, comes to bed when I’m tired and sleeps only next to me with his head on my belly (for 12 hours) and has been so protective of his momma! I sure do love this lil guy.

– FIVE –  I am so in love with Hillsong United’s new song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” Right now, this song is exactly what I need. With a baby comes lots of worry and I am constantly reminding myself to trust in Him. I purchased this song from iTunes and listen to it on repeat all day. It is so powerful and true!


Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let we walk upon the waters

Wherever you would call me


Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.)  Write  your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.)  Share the logo above on your blog and link back.
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!





  1. Jillian Manesh
    October 18, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    congratulations on the big news! and i love your sweater 🙂 xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  2. Rebecca Jo
    October 18, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Yellow labs are so smart… & lovable…Congrats on your news!!!

  3. Courtney W.
    October 18, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    I'm wearing the Target sweater today! I was beyond thrilled when I found it – the last one in stock. Have a fantastic weekend!

  4. Ashley {Whole Foods New Body}
    October 18, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    Love the sweater!! How did I not hear about this festival?? I may have to stop by and grab a bite of BBQ! Sounds like fun! 🙂

  5. megan
    October 18, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    Congratulations again! Can't wait to hear how you found out and how you told your families!

  6. the girl in the red shoes
    October 18, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    First of all, congratulations! I'm a little behind on my blog reading! Second, I love love love that sweater! And third, I love that Charlie is protective of you. Wrigley did the same thing when I was pregnant and it was so sweet. And now he's super protective of Hudson!

  7. Jess Norden
    October 18, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it!!! Congrats on the big news! Motherhood is THE BEST. 🙂 I LOVE that sweater…big sweaters are my thing during the fall/winter…and under $30 – I'm on it!! I hope you have a great weekend!

  8. new found love
    October 18, 2013 / 1:05 pm

    Isn't that song incredible?! hearing it live took my breath away… it is just so powerful! Just trusting so fully to walk on the water with Him… phew not an easy task when you like to have a plan! Love you

  9. Shayna Yancey
    October 18, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    Have fun this weekend! If Texas was a little closer I would def stop by y'alls tent at the BBQ fest!!

  10. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    October 18, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    such a great Five on Friday post!! I love everything here! 1. we're totally stopping by the tent tomorrow! let me know what time you ladies will be there! 3. I looove that sweater, and it'll go great with a growing bump!!!! 4. Charlie is the sweetest, we know this, but THAT FACE! love him! xoxo

  11. Mirkka Rautala
    October 18, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    Awww… Charlie just melts my heart!

  12. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    October 18, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    I always wondered if dogs noticed when their momma is pregnant, sounds like Charlie is being a total sweetheart!! That's so cute!!

  13. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    October 18, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Yay congratulations again! I can tell you're glowing. 🙂 I love that sweater you found, it will be so cute to wear when your bump starts to show!

  14. Eloquently Emily
    October 18, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Congrats on your amazing news love! What wonderful neighbors yall are, I wish I lived near by! Have a great weekend!

  15. Noor
    October 18, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    This sweaters just looks awesome :)Noor's Place

  16. Samantha Ledford
    October 18, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    First of all, CONGRATS on the baby news! So exciting – I remember when I was pregnant, Moe followed me everywhere and now he and Mason are best buds. My fam is coming into town this weekend so we may have to hit up the BBQ fest! Happy Friday!

  17. Ashley
    October 18, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Congratulations on the baby! It's so sweet that Charlie follows you around and protects you.

  18. Puffy Paleo
    October 18, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    CONGRATS!!!! So exciting!Jules 🙂

  19. Bekah Walsh
    October 18, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    That is so stinkin' cute about Charlie. Hope your man rocks the BBQ contest! And Hillsong is great 😀

  20. Kelly Crusenbery
    October 18, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    So excited for your little bun! And thank you for posting that song, we've been singing it for weeks in church but I had no idea who sang it/the name of it.

  21. capperson
    October 18, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Congrats on the baby! Charlie is so cute. I have a black lab who does the same thing while I sleep. I am 32 weeks pregnant today. She just turned one though so I am going to have my hands full with her!

  22. Living In The Moment
    October 18, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    I bought the same sweater last week and there is a pic of me in it on my post! I love it, such a great find! I will be going back to get it in another color for sure.

  23. Amy
    October 18, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Your yellow lab is so cute! We have 1 full blooded yellow lab and 2 other yellow lab mixes. They are so fun and sweet. Congrats on the baby news! You and I are due the same month! 🙂 I love that song as well! I have that cd and listened to it so much that I had to move on to something else. I may have to put in back in my cd player though. Its just so good.

  24. Chantel Ward
    October 18, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    I've been a long time reader but never commented {Fail} but I wanted to say congratulations on your upcoming arrival!!! Wonderful news! Charlie is presh and he's trying to be the big brother already! Hillsongs is an AMAZING group. I love a lot of their music but Oceans speaks to my sould everytime I listen to it.

  25. Dee Stephens
    October 18, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    Poochies totally know when a babe is on the way!

  26. Jaclyn @ Haute Granola
    October 18, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    I love that cardigan!!! I loved it when I saw it at my Target and regret not scooping it up! I haven't seen it since. Have a great weekend!

  27. April of A. Liz Adventures
    October 18, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    Well you are just the best neighbor ever and if either of my next door neighbors move I will be saying UMM, CHRISTINA! MOVE IN! :)Love that sweater, mama!

  28. Becca Black
    October 18, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    I'm planning to make some pumpkin dip this weekend! It's so good! Charlie is so cute, I bet he will make an excellent big brother!

  29. Christy Squyres {Nellie and Phoebs}
    October 18, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    The pumpkin dip neighbor treat is a fantastic idea! I'm putting that on my to do list!

  30. Kenzie Ashcraft
    October 18, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    I love that sweater! Our dog did that with me when I was pregnant with our little girl! Too sweet!

  31. Shelby {Recent Somethings}
    October 18, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    A big congratulations on the baby news! That is too sweet about your dog being so loving and protective.

  32. Anni
    October 18, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    I wish I was your neighbor! I'm making that dip this weekend! Yum!

  33. RealHouseWifeOfNOVA
    October 18, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    I am still so so excited for you! I just started reading your blog maybe 2 months ago and yet I'm grinning from ear to ear for you! That's why I love blogging I guess, well that and now I know where to get an amazing sweater later today :p can you post the recipe you used for your pumpkin dip? Have a fabulous weekend momma!!!!

  34. Lauren
    October 18, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Congratulations on the baby news, such cute photos to announce it!! So thoughtful to take that over to your neighbors- love that idea! That sweater is such a great find, I think I am going to need to head over to Target 🙂

  35. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    October 18, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    Awe dogs are so smart! And I LOVE that song but it's not new it's quite old if I remember.. I love it when they play it at church.. All time favorite..

  36. Caitlin
    October 18, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    Isn't it amazing how dogs just know!? Anytime I don't feel well, my dog does not leave my side. They are amazing creatures! I wish I lived close enough to go to the BBQ festival. Just reading about it made me hungry! Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  37. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    October 18, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    I almost forgot about the festival this weekend. We'll definitely try to make it and find your tent! Love the sweater. Target always has the best stuff.

  38. Ashley
    October 18, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Congrats to y'all! And how sweet is your pup?! I love how he knows about the baby 🙂

  39. Katie
    October 18, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    …and now I need to go to Target!! Super cute sweater!

  40. The Mrs.
    October 19, 2013 / 1:13 am

    I need that sweater!!

  41. Colleen Sullivan
    October 19, 2013 / 2:02 am

    What a sweet guy Charlie is! I love that sweater!! Picking one up ASAP!

  42. Miranda
    October 19, 2013 / 2:51 am

    I really love the idea of making a big batch of your favorite holiday goody and sharing it with friends 🙂

  43. [darci @ the good life]
    October 19, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    SWEET, SWEET Charlie!! Love that he's being so good to you little mama!And pumpkin dip – oh my! You ARE the best neighbor ever! Happy weekend to you guys!

  44. jamie vespa
    October 19, 2013 / 11:44 pm

    Hello, I've nominated you for "The Sunshine Award" because reading your blog always brightens my day!{ see more here }Jamie 🙂

  45. Jodi
    October 20, 2013 / 10:53 am

    Love taking fall treats to neighbors! Everyone seems to do it at Christmas but it's nice throughout the year 🙂

  46. A Carolina Mrs.
    October 20, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    I love what a good big brother Charlie is already! How precious!

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