6.19.2015

Introducing Everly Reese Rankin

Introducing our sweet little Everly Reese.

Born June 4, 2015 @ 7:52 pm - 7 lbs 5 oz - 19.5 inches.

She is beautiful. 

So sweet. 

A big eater. 

Such a great baby. 

Sisters love her. 

Mom and Dad love her. 

She is loved. 

So thankful the Lord chose to bless us again. 

Two Days Old

First weekend out! 

Sweet Sisters! 

2 Week Check Up! 

5.31.2015

40 WEEKS TODAY!

Selfie Baby Bump! 

Hubby took this picture! 

I have officially hit my due date today...my husband's guess is that I will not have Everly Reese today but sometime this coming week. This is the first time I will not be induced (unless of course we need to.)

I am nervous, scared and excited. I am ready to see her sweet face. On the other hand, I do not like to unexpected things...like not knowing when I will be going into the hospital. The Lord has been reminding me that He is faithful. He has everything in control. This gives me much peace.

Everything is pretty much ready for Everly to come on.

We moved into our new house at the end of March so I have been one busy momma. Hence my absence to this blog.

I am hoping to start blogging again soon. I REALLY miss it!

How are you all doing?
39 weeks! 

Mother's Day!! 


1.18.2015

Officially Under Contract


Our home is officially under contract as of this past Thursday! So thankful the Lord has brought us through this process. We will close March 27th. This gives us a good amount of time to find another home.

Today, we spent a few hours driving around to look at homes found online. We like to look at the outside of a home before we decide if we want to look inside. We eliminated 5 homes today by doing this. The outside is very important with little ones. :)

My hubby has a meeting this week to get pre approved for our next home loan. We also need to figure out if there is a creative way to purchase our home before we close. This will insure we do not have to rent.

I am excited to see which doors the Lord opens and closes. Please join us in prayer in finding our next home. :)


1.05.2015

Bi-Weekly Menu Plan 12/29 - 1/11

Skinny Taste Cookbook - Christmas Present























I am trying something new this year. Instead of a menu for just one week; I have decided to plan for two weeks at a time. This will (hopefully) save me money in the long run since I will not be going to the grocery store 4 times each month...this is the plan anyways. 

I am proud to say I have cooked every day this week except one since we had leftovers but with a twist. Here is our menu for this week and next. 

Breakfast: 
  • oatmeal
  • protein bars with fruit (nathan has started going to the gym again)
  • cereal 


Lunches: 
  • peanut butter sandwiches
  • fruit and/or veggies
  • leftovers


Dinners: 
  • monday - pancakes with bacon
  • tuesday - chicken parm with spaghetti
  • wednesday - slow cooker santa fe chicken (skinny taste)
  • thursday - french bread pizza supreme (skinny taste - modified)
  • friday - santa fe chicken leftovers on tortilla shells 
  • saturday - baked potatoes, grilled chicken (from work) and tossed salad (dessert: peach crisp)
  • sunday - sunday roast with gravy (skinny taste) mashed potatoes, tossed salad, broccoli
  • monday - grilled chicken (from work), pasta and tossed salad (dessert: strawberry crisp)
  • tuesday - italian bread pizza (either bbq chicken or pepperoni)
  • wednesday - chicken saute with peppers and goat cheese served with pasta (weight watchers)
  • thursday - tacos with dear meat
  • friday - leftovers (raid the fridge!)
  • saturday - country fried steak with roasted sweet potatoes and veggies
  • sunday - homemade pizza (this will probably be changed to something else) 

I am excited to see how much money we can save by planning for two weeks instead of one. Also, we will save by not going out to eat. I am so tired of that. We just want home cooked meals! 

Between Aldi and Walmart I spent about $108 (this includes toilet paper, diapers and breathing strips) - food total was about $85. I picked up a few things twice this week since saturday and sunday we added people to the dinners. That added about $40 - we purchased peppers, cucumbers, 2 ice creams, italian bread, coffee, coffee creamers and a couple other things. 

What is on your menu plan? Is menu planning on your New Year Resolution List? 

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