What’s in a name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Choosing a name for our sweet baby has been far more challenging then choosing a name for our son, Lucas, was. Our first pregnancy was filled with so much anticipation, urgency, and unknowns and choosing a name happened so quickly.

With this pregnancy my husband and I have been surprised by our feelings of patience and peace. I think I am most surprised by my own lack of urgency throughout this pregnancy as I find myself so often saying, “there is plenty of time for that” and “no need to rush”. Lord knows, I’m not a patient person! I know that relaxed attitude is going to bite me in the butt in my last trimester, as I’m going to feel like I need to accomplish a million tasks in a short period of time.

Heading into our ultrasound to find out the gender of this little one, we didn’t have a single name for either gender that could be considered a real contender. We walked into the appointment with an excited big brother Lucas predicting that we were having a girl and adamantly declaring that her name would be “Annie”. We walked out of the appointment cracking up at our 3 year old’s foreknowledge of the sweet baby “girl” wiggling in my belly. He was adamant from the moment we announced our pregnancy that we were having a baby girl, and he was absolutely right.

After learning we were having a girl, we began thinking about the “perfect” name. Nathan and I were a little less sweet on the name “Annie” but thought it would be extra special to incorporate it into her name somehow. It will be a sweet story to tell our daughter one day that her brother helped name her before we even knew she was a “she”.

Lucas bears the same middle name as his Daddy, and his Daddy’s daddy, so we felt that incorporating my middle name, “Lyn”, into her name somehow would also continue that special tradition. Through the process of discussing names, Daddy arrived at “Katie” and declared it his favorite.

After a few weeks of trying different variations of name combinations we arrived at the perfect name; one that incorporates Lucas’s sweet name for his sister, my middle name, and daddy’s favorite name.

We would like to share with you our final pick:

Katelynn Annette

Kate- to use a variation of Daddy’s favorite.

Lynn- to use my middle name.

Annette- to incorporate Ann in some fashion to allow Lucas to call her “Annie” and it still make sense.

Katelynn means “Pure” and Annette means “Grace”. It is my fervent prayer that this precious baby girl growing within me exemplifies both of these attributes in the most beautiful of ways.

I cannot think of a more lovely combination of words then “Purely Gracious”….


Decking the Halls {DIY Magazine Christmas Trees}

We’ve been getting in the Christmas spirit over here with tree trimming, bread baking, Christmas music playing, and advent calender displaying! In our house the tree goes up in its full glory the day after Thanksgiving. I can’t bring myself to put it up any earlier as I refuse to skip a holiday, but as soon as I’ve stuffed myself beyond all reason it’s tree time!

This year I’ve been trying to add little bits of Christmas all over the house without breaking the bank, or looking like an overdone department store. I’ve been perusing some of my absolute favorite blogs for DIY inspiration and have come up with a “to DIY” list that is 10 times longer than any child’s list for Santa. Ruffle wreaths, paper bunting, re-purposed ornament window decor, table centerpieces, and handmade wrapping paper that’s all too pretty to use have begun to fill up my list quickly.

I figured I would kick off December with one project from my list of “must makes”. I found this “Paper Christmas Tree” tutorial through one of my favorite blogs Creature Comforts who got the DIY from on of my newest favorite blogs Renee-Anne :)

Instead of taking photos of each and every step of the process you can just grab all the great detailed photos via the tutorial link here and I’ll just show you my finished product.

I used a Good Housekeeping magazine for the taller tree and a Baby Talk magazine for the smaller one. In the tutorial you will find that a staple spine magazine is advised, not a thick spine like my Good Housekeeping magazine. I, unfortunately, didn’t have any staple spine mags laying around and I wasn’t about to go buy a magazine to make into a tree so I figured I’d give it a shot and I’m incredibly pleased with the results!

The tutorial calls for 2 staple spine magazines and since I used such a thick magazine to begin with I only needed one for each tree. The biggest challenge, I found, was getting the tree to open up perfectly even because the spine was so thick; but I solved that problem with a little extra bending at the spine and viola!

One last tip: I learned after making the first tree that some pages are boring on one side and incredibly colorful on the other side. So instead of folding every page the same direction, I alternated folding to the front or back depending on which side was more colorful. The second tree turned out just as even as the first and has a bit more color pop to it. Although if you wanted to go for a more monochromatic look; find a magazine with fewer images!

Merry Christmas and happy DIY decorating!