well hello there

I’m back! It is so strange not to post each day…feels like something is missing in my day. However, with Little One recovering it has been perfect timing, I thought I’d pop in just to say “hello friends”…and share a few iPhone pics from this week.

I’m hoping to tackle some projects this month. I bought an old beat up hutch and am working to bring it to life again. I also found a mid-century couch frame on Craigslist. The seller just happened to live about 2 miles from the hospital where Little One’s surgery was held. So, the night before surgery we picked up a Craigslist couch! I need to make a cushion for it and cover the pillows. The filing box in between the couch and pallet bed will be getting a makeover soon too. Our little sitting area is slowly coming together.

The birds have returned and this guy gets super excited. Each time a new one lands, he pumps his fist and yells, “TOUCHDOWN!”. In his excitement he forgets to not walk on furniture. A great example for a little girl I am trying to keep off of things. Little One, by the way, is doing wonderfully. She is really crusty under her nose (blood, glue, scabs, other stuff that comes out of the nose), so I am not going to post pictures close of her face until that all cleans up.

Poppy, our cat, is so incredibly odd. She always wants to be with us and in the middle of everything. The boys put the pink box under the track to make a ‘hill’. Poppy jumped right in and strangely enjoyed cards whizzing past her head.

I added some pictures from 2012 to our photo wall.  Click here for more details on creating the wall or something similar…and cute pics of a little FireCracker.

Every year I order 4×6 prints and then have to cut them down to 4×4. NOT THIS YEAR! I was so excited when Mpix.com released 4×4 prints. Even better, they now have an iPhone app Tap to Print where you can order directly from your phone. So all those Instagram pictures I have, now I can just order them directly from my phone. I know there are other companies that work with Instagram, but you know I am a Mpix fan so I am excited I can easily use Mpix for these. I am also pumped about not trimming down 4×6 prints anymore

I am out of room directly above the mantle. I think I’ll just keep going across the wall…

It has been a really long time since I have hosted any type of giveaway, so I thought it would be fun to do today! Mpix is letting me give away 25 4×4 prints to one of my readers. So fun. Here are the details:

Prize: 25 4×4 prints from Mpix.com

One entry per person

One winner chosen at random

Giveaway ends on Monday, January 14th at 5:00pm US Central – Giveaway is now closed

To enter: just leave a comment on this post

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  • Analia - I LOVE MPIX! and your pictures are of inspiration!

  • sarah marie - I would love to start a photo wall or at least a photo canvas.

  • Erica Rhodes - Thanks for giving away 4x4s!

  • Alixandria Olsen - Love that photo wall! Hoping to do something similar!!

  • Sally - Happy New Year to your gorgeous family. I love the 4×4 prints, I have the perfect spot for my arrangement of photos. Thank you. x

  • Ashley - So glad Little One is doing well! :) Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  • Aubrey - Love this giveaway, Mpix is the best!

  • Amanda Kay - I just had my baby girl last Wednesday and already have so many pictures I want printed. I know this is by random but it would be such a gift from the Lord to win this!

    P.S. Thanks Ashley for sharing your life with us. The beauty God has placed in your heart overflows onto these web pages and it’s a huge encouragement to so many of us. Love, Amanda

  • Camille - I would love to try mpix! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Madeline - Gorgeous family! I love reading the updates about your sweet family. Thanks for the link to the pics. I will definitely check that out!

  • Tamara - I didn’t know about the 4×4 printing option! I’d love to have my first order be a free one. :)

  • Julianne - Love your wall! :-)

  • Jen - Free prints would be nice!

  • Trudy - You always make wise decisions for the sake of your family.

  • Mallory - I have always love, loved that wall. So glad to hear Little One is doing so well.

  • Sarah - I would love to try the new 4×4 pics!

  • Emily Matthew - Praying for sweet Little One!

  • Kira Cover - I love this idea! I would love to do it on something that would make it moveable, but I’m not sure if a simple piece of wood would be cute or not. Thanks for the inspiration. I think I’ll keep working on how best to do this in my home.

  • katie kubler - This is a genius giveaway! Here’s to hoping I’m chosen at random, although I NEVER AM!:)

  • Kim - I love the pictures above your mantel. so very sweet.

    Id love to win the giveaway. :)

  • Pamelotta - Oh, yeah, I made it before the cutoff! I have been wanting to put a bunch of instagram prints on a board to be the center of my gallery wall but haven’t done it yet. This would be a great way to start!

    I’m so glad Little One is doing better. Every time I think about how blessed she is to be in your family, my heart wells up with joy. Not to mention how blessed y’all are to have her! ;)

  • Katie Simpson - I would love some 4×4 prints – I have so many instagrams of our kids that I’d love to hang in the house!

  • Allison Hocker - just started following your blog. i love your candid style and your photos are just amazing. thanks for the tips. i look forward to taking one of your photography classes soon.

  • ange - i’d love these :)

  • Tiffany - Your photo wall inspired me to get some clear clips and try to recreate what you have. but i dont know what pictures to put up. my instagram photos are my life so if i can recreate that life on my wall with mpix 4×4…it will be awesome…especially in my new apt!!

  • Gale - Photo wall is wonderful and such a great idea! I would love to try some 4×4 photos.

  • Ginger - So glad everything has gone so well!

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