Monday, August 17, 2015


This morning we had our first day of homeschool.  And just in case you're scrolling back trying to do the math.. yes.. I started with a 2 week old baby in tow ;)  
Summer has officially reached it's "dog-days" mark here in Texas.  It's too hot to play outside during the day which has left us all feeling a bit of cabin fever by the time the day ends.  Routine was calling our name! 
Two years ago I homeschooled Emma for her kindergarten year.  Then last year she went to public school for first grade.  Both were the right decisions for those years and both years were SO wonderful!  But after a lot of prayer we decided that homeschooling was the best fit for our family for this year.  I love having a flexible schedule and being able to learn alongside the kids. And we wanted them to be able to explore the world around them… not just from a classroom. 
I've had several people ask what curriculum we're doing and what our schedule will look like… that post will come in a month or so. Once we've had a chance to get into everything :)
Our school morning started bright and early.  Once one kid wakes up the rest of the house is up as well!  I had set out the kid's new school supplies on the table for them to find when they woke up.  You would have thought it was Christmas morning :)  After breakfast the rest of the morning was spent trying out our new routine and digging into their new books.  
This morning before the kids were up I was nursing the baby and praying over our day.  Praying that our day would be peaceful and that the Lord would bless it with so many little ones doing so many things.  And now here we are on the other side of the morning… and He did just that.  I am so thankful for this time with my kids.  So thankful for the time that I have been given to invest into their lives.  Now off to make myself an afternoon cup of coffee…. I'm exhausted :)

Friday, August 7, 2015


This afternoon at 4:10PM we'll officially have a one week old.  It has truly been one of the best weeks of my life.  Next week marks the one year anniversary that we miscarried a little one.  I remember praying and begging the Lord for another little one.  We found out on Thanksgiving day that we were expecting again.  And now here we are… one year later with the most glorious blessing.  The Lord has been so good and faithful.  
Cash has truly been a dream of a baby.  Sleeping long spurts through the night and nursing like a champ through the day.  Wednesday was my first day with all five of them by myself.  The recovery with this delivery has been the quickest yet which has been a HUGE blessing.  I know you're supposed to take it easy after having a baby but I have tried to get back to our normal routine for the most part.  Mainly because I see the big four thriving when things feel "normal".  There's something so comforting about having their little routines in place.  Wednesday morning we even ventured out… the bank drive-thru, the drive-thru car wash and the drive-thru Starbucks for cake pops and an iced tea.  It felt glorious to get out of the house with all of them… even if we did just drive around ha!
This next week is going to be filled with laid back fun… my mom and little sister came into town for the week. Which means lots of help and down time on my end.  Isn't family the best?! :)  
Hope your weekend is a great one!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Welcome Little One!

Friday was one of the best days of my life!  We welcomed sweet Cash Marshall into our family!  He was born at 4:10 PM and was 8lb. 8 oz and 21.5 inches.  He has been a dream of a baby!  It has been so fun watching the other kids interact with him.  Emma turns into a mother hen when around him, Colt gets googly eyed and can't stop kissing him, Cade is similar to Colt and turns the sweetness level up a million notches…so much sweet baby talk going on! And then Eloise…she's not too sure what to think :)  She acknowledges his presence and that's about it.  I have a feeling he'll have to win her over ;)  
It was an easy delivery which has meant for an easy recovery.  I am so thankful for that!  One thing is for sure, Cash is a nursing champ.  I'm certain he would eat 24/7 if I let him :)  
Just a few pictures from his birthday weekend...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Life has been good in our little world.  We've beens soaking up every bit of summer and sunshine we possibly can before baby number five gets here!  We have several friends who are BEYOND generous with their swimming pools, which means we've been pool hopping all of July.  I'm certain there's nothing better than floating in a cool swimming pool when you're nine months pregnant in the Texas heat :)
The past few weeks have been filled with all sorts of events.  I had my 31st birthday, one of my little sisters got engaged, Travis' grandmother passed away and sweet Colt turned 6! All of those events happened within a two week span of one another.  Just a tad crazy!
My prayer was that baby five would stay in just long enough for me to celebrate Colt's birthday with him.  I LOVE birthdays and love celebrating each child on their special day!  His one gift request was a remote control monster truck and also "anything that looks awesome".  We started the morning with his favorite… pancakes, bacon and orange juice.  And then we all went out in our jammies to watch him drive his new monster truck and to try out his walkie talkies :)  We spent the day at the swimming pool and had dinner as a family at Chuck E. Cheese.  Before he went to bed that night he came to Travis and I with a piece of paper he had drawn on.  It was a picture of a little boy with a happy face and hearts above his head.  He told us it was him and that he had the best birthday ever :)  
I love being a mama to my babies.  They are such a blessing.  I still can't believe we're going to be adding another precious little one to the crew any day!  

"The fundamental mission of motherhood now is the same as it always was: to nurture, protect, and instruct children, to creat a home environment that enables them to learn and grow, to help them develop a heart for God and His purposes, and to send them out into the world prepared to live both fully and meaningfully.  It's up to us to embrace that mission as our own, trusting God to walk us through the details and to use our willing mother's hands as instruments of His blessing"- Sally Clarkson

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bedding Game Changer

One of my favorite parts about blogging is getting to share some great products with you the reader.  I never write a review for a product that I don't believe in. In fact, I've actually had to email companies before letting them know I wouldn't be able to write an honest review after using their product.  I know that when I read other product reviews on blogs I hope that the review is 100% honest!  With all that being said… I want to introduce something to you that has truly been a game changer for our family!

My boys sleep on bunk beds which can be a beast to make!  Not to mention I felt like they always looked super messy even after they were made.  It had gotten to the point where I had cut a queen sized quilt in half to make smaller quilts to fit the bunk beds.  But they still hung down and looked rumpled 99% of the time.  

This is where the game changing part of the boy's bedding takes place.  We discovered Beddys bedding which has been INCREDIBLE!!!!  The way it works is that it's all of the bedding in the form of a fitted sheet.  You simply slip it on the bed and you're DONE!  When it's time to make the bed or get into it, you just zip down the top.  

My boys were BEYOND excited to get into their "sleeping bag beds" as they call them :)  And you know it's cozy when they ask if it's time to curl up for naps.  Mark my words that has never been asked before ha!  

When it's time to make their beds in the morning they simply get out of bed and zip it up.  I love walking past their room to see freshly made beds that look VERY put together!  

Also, mom to mom…when it comes to washing them… it's a BREEZE!  You just toss it into the wash on cool and then throw it in the dryer on tumble dry low.  Once they're washed just slip them onto the mattress and you're good to go!

The last thing I have to mention about this bedding… my boys are SLEEPING better and longer with it.  If someone would have told me their kids slept better because of a certain type of bedding I would have thought you were crazy.  But my husband even pointed it out after a week of them sleeping in their Beddys Bedding.  They're going to sleep faster AND they're sleeping in longer.  I honestly think it has to do with the fact that they're tucked in nice and cozy all night long instead of rolling around in messy blankets.  Seriously… GAME. CHANGER.

Beddys RARELY does coupon codes anymore but they have generously offered my readers $35 off!
Just enter thevanillatulip at the checkout!  That code will expire on July 31st.  

If you have any questions regarding the bedding I would be more than happy to answer them! Just leave it in the comments below :)

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