Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 In Review

Ronnie and I were talking this weekend about how 2014 was a BIG year for us. It didn't always feel big, especially during the mundane, every day moments but when we started recapping the things we did, I knew that this year was a special one where we accomplished much, and we overcame even more.

In 2014 ...

I hosted an Online Bible Study with a group of bloggers who desired to draw closer to the Lord

I attended the Build Your Blog Conference 2014 with Karissa and had the absolute best girls weekend away with her and even learned a few things about blogging

Ronnie and I celebrated our first married Valentines Day quietly at home with a heart-shaped pizza, a slice of cheesecake, and a glass of wine.

We celebrated Ronnie's birthday on a weekend trip to Seattle and had the best time exploring the city, drinking delicious coffee and spending time together.

I crushed a big career goal of mine-I studied for and passed my PHR exam!

I won tickets to sit in the front row and meet Lady Antebellum, one of my favorite bands!

I ran a St. Patrick's Day 5k with my bestie, Karissa.

I visited one of my very best friends and her new baby boy in Arizona.

We visited Chicago, and were able to spend time with family, our best friends who left us moved away in 2013, AND I met Lisa, my blogging friend turned real life friend!

Ronnie started school and we successfully have paid for two semesters (and counting) of school without student loans.

I also won tickets to see a private concert with Eli Young Band (my favorite band of all time) and got to meet them backstage as well!

Ronnie started a new job and just a few weeks later, I started a new job as well.

We celebrated our first anniversary with a dream vacation to Kauai.

Oh, and we MADE A BABY!!!!

I am still dreaming and trying to envision what 2015 is going to hold for us, aside from the HUGE (little) addition of our new baby. The past few weeks I have wrestled a bit with what place blogging has in my life going forward, but one thing I am sure of is I love having this place to document and collect memories of our growing family. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our growing family, to yours! 2014 has been a whirlwind of a year for us, and I can't help but look back on the months with contentment and gladness in my heart. It was a year with great joy and trials alike, and through it all, God's provision and care for us is so evident. 

2015 will hold even more incredible blessings, the most exciting of them all a baby joining our family in June! Everyday I thank God for a healthy pregnancy and a growing baby and loving friends and family who have already shown us their unconditional love and support for our family.

Merry, Merry Christmas friends. May you always remember the gift that is Jesus Christ.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Rasmussen | Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you all so much for your kind words last week on our announcement. I was almost in tears reading through all of your comments on the blog, Instagram and Twitter. Since then, I've been meaning to update you guys with more details but last week the week just got away from me with work, babysitting, and church events each night of the week! Today I thought I'd share some more details with a little FAQ. If you have any other questions I didn't cover, feel free to leave it in the comments! Thanks for being so excited with me as we embrace this new journey!

How far along are you?
13 Weeks, 2 days officially. My doctor moved my due date to June 20th the day after I announced the pregnancy online.

How are you feeling?
The first few month or two was ROUGH. I was extremely sick every day and started a new job so I had no choice but to suck it up and rally. I don't want to complain though, but I definitely had my fair share of morning sickness. As of a couple weeks ago, that mostly has passed and I just occasionally feel nauseas until I eat in the morning. 

When did you find out?
The Monday after we came home from Hawaii.

How did you find out?
Well, my period was extremely late which is rare for me, so I stopped by the dollar store and took a dollar store test. When it was positive, I thought "surely this cannot be trusted, its from the dollar store" so I made Ronnie bring me home another test. $12 dollars later, I sort of believed I was pregnant but it wasn't until our first doctor appointment that I was convinced.

Were you trying?
While I find this question extremely personal from anyone except my besties and family, it has been asked more times than I can count and I've embraced it. Nope, we weren't trying. But we weren't actively preventing either. Baby was a happy surprise.

Are you going to find our what you're having or be surprised?
I am going to be surprised on January 3rd at our gender reveal party. 

Do you have any gender preferences?
I know I should say "I just want a healthy baby" and thats VERY true. But there is a small part of me that has always wanted a big family full of little girls, so I definitely would be thrilled if this baby was a girl, but still just as excited to have a boy. 

Do you have any names picked out?
Well, I have names picked out. The real question is does Ronnie agree on those names? NO. We have approximately zero names we both like for either gender. This is how people go five days past birth without naming their child! Ahh it gives me anxiety already.

Are you going to work or stay home with the baby?
As much as I desire to stay home with the baby when he/she comes, right now we need both of our incomes so I will be going back to work after my maternity leave.

So there we have it-a few updates on Baby Rasmussen. I have been meaning to take a little "bump" picture but I have been really unhappy with the ones that I've taken and just feel blah lately so that will have to wait. There's not much to see right now anyway. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shine Bright In Holiday Photos

Our Christmas cards were delivered on Friday and I was giddy with excitement when I opened them. I love everything about this season, but Christmas cards are one of my favorite traditions. I love receiving them from friends and family near and far, I love taking special pictures for them, and sending them out to spread some holiday cheer to those I love. This year Erin designed them for me and I love how unique and personal they are to us and our family this year. We even got to include our baby announcement photo on them which will be so fun for all our family who doesn't check in on social media often to see. I will be sharing our card soon after I get them all sent out!

Holiday photos don't always have to be done with a hired photographer-you can use a tripod, or ask a friend to take some in front of your Christmas tree. This year we were able to get together with our wedding photographer Carli to take our anniversary pictures which we also used for our Christmas card and the day after, we had family pictures with my family. Of course, I scoured Pinterest for days trying to figure out the perfect color scheme for our outfits, and we picked some gorgeous locations, but the secret weapon for a picture-perfect holiday photo is of course, your smile.

Before any big events and especially before Christmas card photos, the first thing I do is run to my nearest Target for a box of Crest Whitestrips. Target is my go-to place for Whitestrips because not only am I always there, especially this time of year, but they frequently have coupons too! Right now you can get $7 off your purchase of Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips at

Crest’s best whitening system gives you professional results for a flawless holiday smile--right at home. I swear by them for a white, sparkling smile. They are cost effective and they work just as well as professional whitening treatments! They are perfect stocking stuffers too. My husband always is stealing packets out of my box to whiten his own teeth, so this year he may find some of these of his own in his stocking!

I try and wear mine while getting ready in the mornings-its so easy to put them on and let them do their magic while I blow-dry and straighten my hair, get dressed and pack my lunch. By the time I am ready for my morning coffee and breakfast, its already time for them to come off. I love how easy they are to use and how quickly I see results! For someone who drinks as much coffee as me, these are a necessity for a beautiful smile.

This Christmas season, don't be afraid to show your beautiful smile. If you want it to be extra sparkly and bright, definitely take advantage of the $7.00 off coupon on a box of the Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, December 8, 2014

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage....

My quietness and random posting schedule over the past few months can finally be explained:

Happily sharing this news with you friends-we're expecting our first baby next summer!
We couldn't be more excited and I  can't wait to share more about this gift God has blessed us with in the days, weeks and months to come. 

"Every good and perfect gift comes from above..." - James 1:17

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Currently | December Edition

Is anyone else wondering how in the world it is already December?! 2014 has been a wonderful year but it has absolutely flown by! Its time for another Currently Link Up, hosted by Jenna from Dearest Love one of my favorite link-ups of the month!

LISTENING | Although I am married to the world's biggest Christmas music fan, I admit its not always my first choice even during the Christmas season. Right now I have Elevation's "I Will Look Up" on repeat-throughout this year, the lyrics I will look back and see you are faithful, I will look ahead believing you are able has been my mantra, my prayer, and what I've clung to in times of uncertainty and change.

 WATCHING | Too much Gossip Girl! I am rewatching all the seasons, and somedays I come home from work, turn on my electric blanket, put on my pjs at 4:30 and crawl in bed and watch it until Ronnie comes home. #NoShame

 WRAPPING | Shamefully, NOTHING. I've purchased a couple gifts but I am really slacking in this area. I hate crowds, so I need to finish my shopping online or on my lunch break here really soon so I can get started wrapping!

 MAKING | Over Thanksgiving, I made some delicious food including my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole but now, I am really wanting to try Jenna's Pumpkin Chai Cookies and try my hand at some sugar cookies with Royal Icing. If they turn out, I will be sending them in my Christmas Cookie gift packages for our family members afar.

 ANTICIPATING | Getting our Christmas tree this weekend and decorating for Christmas! We always do it the day after Thanksgiving but this year, the weekend got away from us and we've had other commitments each night this week, so I am hoping we will have it no later than Thursday!  Also, there is something exciting coming to the blog next week and you will NOT want to miss it. My lips are sealed for now though, but I am counting down the days!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Coming off of a four day Thanksgiving break should be easier right? Getting back to work and back in the swing of every day life should be a breeze after a restful weekend with friends and family, but alas, I am on the struggle bus a little bit today. Not because I didn't have an amazing weekend, but because I wasn't quite ready for it to be over.

This weekend was incredible-Thanksgiving I ran the annual Turkey Day 5k, and then we went over to my brother and sister in law's house for Thanksgiving dinner. I always love spending time with my family but it had been awhile since we all got together and we had such a good time eating all the amazing food, talking, laughing, playing with my precious niece and nephew and watching football. Well, the guys watched football and us girls chatted. We had such a fun time together I forgot to take one picture but thats okay because sometimes the best memories are kept in our hearts.

Aside from a brief stint of Black Friday shopping, I spent the majority of the weekend in my flannels reading, blogging, entering giveaways and watching gossip girl. But after church on Sunday, I decided it was time to start tackling one of our guest rooms that became a poorly organized storage closet for all the items that I didn't want to deal with over the past few months. As I started organizing, the pile of things that we never used started growing, rapidly. And I found myself looking around my house. My guest room, my closet, our pantry, and our garage. I saw a fridge  that was full of food that sometimes, goes bad before we could eat it. I saw an overflowing closet of clothes I don't wear. I saw bags and purses stacked at the bottom of a storage tote, long forgotten about. I saw a whole lot of excess, a lot of material things that at one point, I thought I needed but as soon as something newer came along, I quickly discarded.

I was again, like last week, reminded of just how privileged and blessed I am to live the life I lead. I felt a tugging at my heart to reduce, to simplify, to let go of my need for material things. To pursue finding my joy and contentment in Christ alone, instead of in things that can't possibly fulfill me. I pray, especially in this season of Advent that Christ alone can be my portion as clothes and food and comfort always fall short.

This month, I plan to study Gods word diligently, going through an Advent study, while praying for Him to heal me of my greed, my materialism, and my selfishness. I plan to focus on ways I can give, instead of what I can buy to fulfill my selfish wants. I hope to rid my home and my life of the excess and donate it to a charity so it can bless others. I plan to live for something bigger than my own happiness.

Tell me-is excess something you struggle with? How do you break the trap of consumerism?