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a prayer request + a giveaway

a prayer request + a giveaway

Today I would like to ask each of you to say a prayer for our baby girl. We are in Atlanta for Joy Belle’s 4th casting. It’s so hard to believe that she’s here, not to mention that she’s already…

joy belle’s birthday

joy belle’s birthday

June 23rd began like any other day for us. As Justin and I headed off to work, neither of us thought we’d be meeting our girl in just a few short hours. Little did we know, but God had big plans…

our Joy Belle

our Joy Belle

As I laid in bed snuggling with my girl one week after meeting her and the anxiety of her first casting looming over my head, I decided I had to have some newborn photos taken of Joy Belle. A dear…

introducing our Heape of Joy…

introducing our Heape of Joy…

Justin and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our sweet, healthy, and beautiful baby girl – Joy Belle. She made her debut on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm. She came into this world weighing 6 pounds 6…

things I’ve learned from my parents

things I’ve learned from my parents

This Father’s Day, I want to take a moment to reflect on all my parents have taught me about parenting – especially since Father’s Day marks full term of this pregnancy. (Cue the eggplant parmesan, afternoon walks, and anything else that…

thirty six weeks

thirty six weeks

In the beginning, I vowed no weekly photos… So forgive me as I revoke that promise and document the last few weeks of my pregnancy. With the end being so near, I want to make sure I document this growing…

last shower for baby

last shower for baby

Knowing this was our last shower for baby was honestly bittersweet. It’s been such a blessing to be able to celebrate our girl with so many family members and friends over the last month or so. However, as the showers…

thirty five weeks

thirty five weeks

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve felt like baby Heape has fully blossomed. Not only has my bump expanded, but I’m pretty sure baby girl is out growing my belly! She’s measuring a little over five pounds and that…

no work, all play | work shower for baby

no work, all play | work shower for baby

A couple of evenings ago, several ladies from work hosted a shower for me at a local, favorite Mexican restaurant. (It’s been the week for showers!) Becky, Evie, and Paige (friends and co-workers) went above and beyond to make my…