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  • Our Cottage Craftsman Kitchen: Before and After

    We finally did it! Two years in the making our kitchen has been 

    almost totally made over to feel like ours. 

    In case you forgot what it looked like when we moved in:

     

    And now:

     

     

    Now for what we did:

    The first thing we did was paint!

    We painted the entire kitchen Modern Gray by Valspar.

    Next big project was making over our countertops with feathering concrete.

    Read all about how we did this project here.

     

    And we lived with our yellow floors for awhile because we honestly thought it would be a big and expensive undertaking. When we finally had saved up what we thought would be enough to cover the  floors without hurting our budget, we went to Lowe's and purchased beautiful tile that we loved.

    Only to be told by an installer that they did not recommend ceramic tile for how uneven our floors are and the high possibility that it would crack eventually because of it's weight. Gotta love a 1925 house. 

    So we returned the tile and started the hunt for the recommended vinyl flooring.

    We found a pattern super similar to what our tile would've looked like in this Mannington flooring which a local store carried and installed for us for a third of what we had saved up to install tile flooring.

    And we absolutely love the final result!

    It changed the entire look of our whole downstairs area.

    Budget breakdown for our kitchen reno:

    Paint: $30

    Concrete Counter supplies: $150

    Ardex Feathering Concerte

    Sealer

    -Safecoat

    Vinyl flooring purchased + installed: $600

    So for less than $800 we went from this:

    To this:

    We still plan to replace all the white appliances with stainless ones and have done the refrigerator and the dishwasher so far (because they broke down) and are so happy with how this fun renovation project has turned out!

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  • It's A...

    We recently found out who we will be adding to our family in January!

    This is one of the moments I look forward to most in pregnancy. For me, this moment of finding out if we're having a boy or girl makes the whole thing feel so real and exciting. It helps me personalize the whole experience and I love to start to call our baby by name. I dream about what they'll look like and start to create space in our home and our hearts for them. 

    We did a gender reveal with both of our other babes. So we definitely couldn't leave this baby out.

    We did a cake for Grady.

    And we did donuts for Griffin.

    So for this babe, we started with cupcakes.

    But those were just for fun. The real reveal came in the form of colored smoke sticks!

    My heart was racing before we found out. I was so anxious for the news!

     

    The only person who knew our surprise was my friend Trisha. So she brought out the right colored smoke sticks for us and lit them.

    Then we all were so shocked to see...

     

     

     

    BLUE smoke! Another brother for the Goodman boys!

    Truth be told, it took me a hot minute to accept this news. Everything about this pregnancy and everything in my heart told me it was a girl. I had to let my heart hurt a little bit for the daughter I thought I'd have. 

    I'm rewriting the picture of what I thought our family would look like in my head and just so grateful to experience this all again and give my boys a brother!

    Even though the surprise was not what I was expecting, it was so special to share this life-changing moment with our friends and family. We were able to do the gender reveal while my brother and sister-in-law were visiting us in Indiana from Virginia by using SneakPeek early gender results.

    This DNA detection test allows you to get your gender results early, so I was able to do my test at 14 weeks and then share the results with our family when my brother arrived in town!

    We did a gender reveal for him and his wife last summer here in Indiana so it was super special to share a memory like this again this summer!

    Enjoy this video of our reactions right when we found out!

     

    We are all so grateful to add another boy to this crazy crew!

    Thank you for celebrating with us!

    And super special thank you to Christi Lee Photography for forever capturing our speical life moments in photographs.

  • Coming January 2019

    I can't believe I'm finally writing this story.

    It's been quite the journey and there are so many thoughts and emotions along the way. 

    About a year ago, Josh and I decided we were ready to try for another baby.

    And after having two children, we were pretty hopeful that that process would be smooth.

    So we decided to just 'see what happens'. Which for us meant proceeding as normal and just hoping for a surprise one month. 

    But the surprise never came. 

    So then we started to reeeeeally try. You know, the tracking and charting, the whole nine. 

    And the surprise still didn't come.

    And I started to lose heart after almost 9 months and wondered if it just wasn't part of God's plan for us to have a third baby.  I finally spilled all my emotions and fears I'd been tucking away on my dearest friends here and they prayed the sweetest words of hope over me while tears ran down my face.

    Another month went by but their prayers had filled me with renewed hope that God had a special plan for us.

    And true to God's nature, just another month later, he gave us the sweetest gift on our 10th anniversary.

    The very day of our anniversary I woke up with so much gratitude in my heart for our entire journey and just had a nudge to take a pregnancy test. I wept tears of joy as I saw the two lines appear.

    I just knew this was a special gift from God. 

    I didn't tell Josh right away but decided to write a card and give it to him at dinner that night for our anniversary. There in the corner table of our favorite restaurant, I handed him an anniversary card.

    As he read it, I saw his eyes fill with tears.

    "Are you serious?"

    We cried and rejoiced at that corner table and as the waitress awkwardly approached us again, Josh said, "I'm gonna be a Dad again!"

    His excitement from the very beginning has been so good for me.

    (Here we are the night of our 10 year anniversary in front of the restaurant) 

    You see, as much as I wanted excitement to be my overwhelming emotion, it wasn't.

    My past experience has taught me to be cautious and guarded. We lost our first baby.

    And with the both of the boys' pregnancies, I developed a hemorrhage that put me at risk for miscarriage. Both times. So as excited as I was for this gift, I was equally scared of losing it.

    Because of my history, I got to see our sweet baby at just 6 weeks pregnant.

    Then again at 8 weeks looking for any signs of that reoccurring hemorrhage.

    We brought the boys to this appointment and it was so special for them to see the baby.

    But the morning sickness never came and my fears told me that was a bad sign because I was SO sick with both of my boys. 

    No nausea, no aversions, no extreme fatigue. 

    I walked on egg shells every week.

    I got to see the baby again at 11 weeks, arms and legs and a strong heartbeat.  Each time it softened my fears a little.

    And I let my heart love a little harder. 

    9 weeks

     13 weeks

    The entire thing is a gift. From finding out on our anniversary. To not having one second of morning sickness. To having energy to keep up with my boys.

    I know it's a sweet gift from God but I've never had a harder time accepting a gift.

    I still feel anxious some days but part of this journey has been learning to trust God even when my emotions feel differently. 

     

    And it is with great joy, we share with you Baby Goodman #3 coming in January 2019.

     

    Our boys could not be more excited. Grady tells almost every stranger he meets and prays for my belly every night. Griff tells me he wants to name the baby "Sissy".

    Josh has been taking the most wonderful care of me despite my lack of sickness. 

    And we could not be more thankful.

     

    Thank you for sharing in our joy!

     

     

  • Picnic Date + "We go together like" Printable

    The way I show love best is by giving my time and talents. By taking time to be thoughtful and creative. I know you're not supposed to keep score in marriage but Josh has been loving me SO well lately. I'm talking picking up my slack without saying a word, planning date nights, and I even found the microwave cleaned out last week. 

    The best seasons in marriage are the ones where you're trying to out-serve, out-love the other so I had to up my game! This time by planning our date in picnic form. 

    It was a perfect 80 degree day with bright blue skies and big fluffy clouds and by the look on his face, I know my gesture said loud and clearly, "I see you, boo" 

    Taking a little extra effort to make things beautiful doesn't have to be difficult! 

    I bought these 8x8 kraft boxes off amazon for a pack of 10 - perfect for things like this and simple gift wrapping with a beautiful ribbon! 

    The name cards are reused place settings from our Friendsgiving last year - handlettered by Mallory Overton.

    Everything else was scrounged up through my craft box. Stickers, washi tape, and bakers twine.

    And I designed the top myself! Printable version available at the end of this post!

    My menu was pretty simple but delicious. 

    Turkey sandwiches on ciabatta wrapped in parchment paper

    Rainer cherries in a berry basket

    Veggies and dip in a cup

    Dark chocolate for dessert

    Perrier with a straw

    (I also brought hummus and pita chips and strawberries but they weren't in the lunch box)

    Such a simple + sweet way to reconnect for us. 

    Dates don't need to be over the top. Just intentional time set aside to do 

    something we enjoy together.

    Need to plan a date for your boo? Use my printable template and fill in your names in the bottom!

    Either hand write them in or insert this file into your favorite editing program and use the blank space at the bottom to type in your names! FIle is formatted to fit an 8x8 box top.

    (For personal use only)

    Be sure to tag me if you use it and share via instagram!

  • 10 Year Vow Renewal

    (Dress by ASOS / Suit by The Black Tux)

    In one sense it feels like 10 years flew by and in another sense it feels like we're still those 22 year-old's saying our vows. 

    We met when we were 19. Just freshmen in college sharing the same class. I was the teacher's pet in the front row and he was asleep in the back. Two weeks before the end of the semester he asks me to lunch, via Facebook no less. (In his defense, Facebook had just hit our college campus and was all the rage). I had already been through several boyfriends that year and was done with dating for awhile but something about him made me say yes. He winked at me when I walked into class that day and I can still remember the way it made my heart skip a beat.  We planned to go to lunch after our mutual class but our class got cancelled that day and instead we spent 3 hours talking at lunch. We then spent every day for the next 2 weeks together before summer break. 

    We dated all through the next 3 years of college and developed a tight knit group of friends. Made so many memories and developed a strong friendship. We had so much fun together. 

    My college experience was one of my greatest gifts giving me forever friends and this man. 

    We graduated college May 10, 2008 and got married May 24, 2008.

    It was a whirlwind but everything we dreamed of. 

    Josh worked for the university we attended and so we settled in nicely to our college town in Virigina. Our closest friends settled in too and it was a dream.  We were all newlyweds living within miles of each other; enjoying the simple things in life and navigating adulthood and marriage together. 

    Life was fun. We dated and went away on long weekends. We bought a house and started realizing how good of a design + woodworking team we made.  We started talking about having a baby around our 3 year anniversary and by our 4th anniversary I was almost ready to pop with our first little boy. 

    Becoming parents was such a great adventure. It grew us and changed us in ways we never realized.

    It made things harder but life sweeter. Grady was the great joy of our lives. 

    By Grady's first birthday we started talking about another baby.

    And life started to get more and more complicated.  Josh started talking about making big life changes.

    And I started digging my heels into this life that I didn't want to change. 

    We got pregnant with Griffin not long after we started trying.

    And somewhere along the way our hearts got divided on what we wanted in life.

    We struggled through the next few years hard. Josh took a commuting job when Griffin was just 8 weeks old that left me single parenting weekdays and only having him home on weekends. 

    During this time, our hearts started to grow even further apart. And we lost ourselves. Lost us.

    But God was so faithful to us and to our marriage. Bringing in the right people to help us,

    exposing dark places and selfishness and helping us realign our hearts to each other and to Him.

    And that's why we truly have so much to celebrate at 10 years.

    There's SO much before getting here. There was so much life and love and pain 

    and heartache and healing and redemption. So much hard work and forgiveness.

    I look at these faces and I'm just so thankful.

    Thankful for all of it. Even the hard parts that end up changing us and making us better.

    (And these two sweet boys looking especially handsome in their Mini Swag bowtie and suspender sets - use code HONEYSUCKLE for 15% off)

    Saying our vows again in front of these sweet faces was so special.

    Looking in their eyes and giving them confidence was a beautiful thing.

    Finding ourselves the most in love and the best versions of ourselves 

    is the best 10 year anniversary present we could've ever wanted.

    The vows I said that day and meant with all my heart:

    Josh,  It's been a wild ride being your wife for 10 years. And one I wouldn't trade for anything.  We've fought harder than I ever imagined to get here, but not in vain. 

    We've seen the true, redemptive work of Jesus up close and personal and it's nothing short of amazing. W'ere a portrait of God's grace, and 10 years later, I feel more humbled and grateful than ever to pledge my love and loyalty to you.

    I promise to be your best friend and biggest cheerleader.

    To respect you as the leader in our home and never forget that we're on the same team.

    I promise to push you towards Jesus with compassion and grace everyday.

    I promise to be faithful and true.

    I promise to be love in it's truest form to you: to be patient and kind. To not be self-seeking or

    easily angered. To keep no record of wrongs. To always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere. 

    I promise to love you fiercely, for better or worse, all the days of my life.

    Josh's vow's were a little more like him - unrehearsed and from the heart.

    He promised to wait patiently for me in each season of life. To look to Jesus first and to lead and love by His example. 

    Then our friend Holly sang a beautiful song that really just said it all for us.

    You Hold it All Together By All Sons and Daughters

    It feels like an ocean of sorrow is under my skin
    Even the ocean eventually meets with the sand
    Sorrow on sorrow, I’m waiting
    Heavy I’m anticipating
    Trusting the current, will carry me
    You are my strength
    You are my song
    You are my salvation
    You hold it all together
    You hold it all together
    We come with great expectations, and fears in our hearts
    Send us Your light, as we’re making our way through the dark
    All of the earlier troubles
    Chaos and pain they unravel
    Looking ahead we rejoice in You
    You are my strength
    You are my song
    You are my salvation
    You hold it all together
    You hold it all together
    Like a stone, in the wasteland
    I was useless, until You
    Lifted high, in Your mercy
    Out of sorrow and made new
    Oh this mind, it can't measure
    All Your favours in this world
    So we shout in adoration
    Holy, holy are You Lord

    Then the people who had journeyed closely with us surrounded us and prayed over us.

    It was so sweet and I'll never forgot how Grady kept kissing my hand, I could tell he was so filled with joy.

    Then we celebrated!

    With good food and great friends.

    The beautiful fresh greenery that was used on our the mantel and on the table was by Lynch Creek Farms. It was sent with such care and so beautifully constructed. I highly recommend them for fresh wreaths or greenery for events.

    Thank you for your beautiful attention to detail, Lynch Creek Farms.

    Everything else we borrowed and brought from home. 

    And I designed wine labels to fit the occasion.

    We had our meal catered by Ryan Noblitt and everyone raved about the food. We highly recommend his services!

    We felt so incredibly blessed and loved by our friends that celebrated with us. 

    The night was one we'll always cherish. Simple and meaningful and filled with such joy.

    The best is yet to come.

    Super big shoutout to this friend + photographer who took time to come celebrate with us but also to take all these absolutely beautiful pictures for us to cherish.