Saturday, December 31, 2016

In 2016, We...

This is one of my favorite posts I write all year. I love recapping our year and looking back on all that has happened in 12 seemingly short months.

And THIS year's post is extra exciting because we have BIG NEWS to share!!!

We can hardly believe it ourselves. All we can say is God is pretty amazing and full of surprises. If you've followed our journey to parenthood, you know that there was a season in our marriage where we felt like having biological kids may not be the story God was planning for our future family. We were overjoyed when we became pregnant with Ryan and then completely shocked when we became pregnant with Natalie without any help from doctors. So to find our we were pregnant AGAIN so soon after our first two?! Well, let's just say we're pretty darn excited to embrace the crazy that will be having 3 kids so close in age.

Ryan will be turn 3 about a month after this baby is born, and Little Miss Natalie will be 16 months old. Ryan and Natalie are 18 months apart and we've enjoyed having them close together in age, so here's goes to trying it out with the next two even closer in age! 

We will find out gender at our 20 week appointment (I am 15 weeks today) and will get to all of the fun nursery and name planning then!

As Matt said when I told him I was pregnant (after, "Are you serious?! That's AWESOME!"), "...we are head-down in this stage of parenting right now and we know how to do babies- as in, we still have one, not at all that we're perfect at it, hah!- We haven't even come up for air (insert laughing emoji here, and maybe a coffee one too), so why no stay in the zone?! 

So in-the-zone we will stay and ever-so-grateful we will be!

Our 2016 "Best Nine"
(Taken from Instagram- follow us here)

Here's a recap of the rest of our 2016!

In 2016, We...

Shared updates on our kiddos:



Shared thoughts on:

Had adventures to:

What a year! Thank you to those of you who take the time to read what I write each week! I appreciate you taking an interest in our family and making me feel like this space is a little more than just an online journal for us to look back on one day.

We wish you a Happy New Year and a BLESSED 2017!

For recaps from previous years, see the links below:



  1. Congratulations on baby #3. It sure seems like it was a surprise to you 2, hope Natalie & Ryan are excited to have another sibling too! Happy New Year to the Nelson family! Be SAFE & have fun! Cheers!!

  2. Congrats! This is so exciting! I am just a few weeks ahead of you with our number two!

    1. Congratulations!! So happy for you! You will love being a mama of two! :)

  3. What a full year indeed! How exciting. Congratulations on your growing family! I'll have to look you up on IG and follow along.:) (I'm not sure how I found your blog but I did and loved reading about your journey to parenthood. What a sweet family you are!)

    1. Aw thanks, Bethany! So glad to have you around!

  4. Congrats!!! So happy for y'all, and I can't wait to see the smile of Baby #3!