Sunday, October 26, 2014

Life// A Surprise Baby Shower

  We did it, we actually pulled it off. After months of careful and secretive planning, we were able to throw Mom a surprise baby shower. Man, was she surprised! With a lot of help from a friend, it was a success. Friends came from hours away to celebrate our Mom. She really had no idea! You can see from the pictures how happy/ surprised/ flabbergasted she was...






 I bet you want to know how we got her to the party, huh? It's a funny story...
After buying her a maternity dress for the party, we couldn't figure out how to give it to her and get her out of the house without spilling the beans. We decided to give her the dress and say,"We have something special for you at 2 'o clock today." The morning of the party she wasn't feeling too good, but we had to get her there on time! We gave her the dress and said our lines. She thought we were going to do a maternity shoot of her, so we took that idea and ran with it! She got dressed and ready, not too excited since she wasn't feeling that great. But we got her in the car, and drove to the building. When we pulled up, she questioned why we were there. We said we had set up a studio for her shoot and not to worry. Hagen ran in first to "make sure the lights were on" while I helped her out of the car. We walked up to the building, I opened the door for her, and you can see her reaction!









Here I am telling her how surprised and thankful I was that we pulled it off! We feasted and visited, talked and laughed. Then she opened her gifts. From blankets to quilts, diapers to clothes, she was every blessed!








 We are just so thankful that everything fell into place. We prayed hard that it would be a special day for her, that she would feel loved and appreciated, and she did! Our Mom is wonderful and she deserved a day to be honored. If you haven't figured it out from the pictures, she is having a boy! We can't wait to meet our little brother soon. Thank you to all our friends who helped make this possible, and special thanks to the Lord who answered our prayers!
Love from,
Layla & Hagen

Life// A Tea Party

Earlier this year, August 23rd to be exact, we threw a late birthday tea party for Hagen. It was so much fun! We decorated the barn with crocheted garlands, heart streamers, wild flowers and lights. We baked delicious little finger foods and brewed different teas.











After the party, we visited some antique shops. Hagen loves vintage hats!




We came back to the house and had a water balloon fight, played in the sprinkler, 
and laid out in the sun.


All of the girls we invited are musically talented and Hagen asked them to bring their instruments. So, to end the day we played some music, which was beautiful with all the lovely voices!



 It was a great day, spent with wonderful friends. Like I always say, life is a party... a tea party that is!
Much love,
Layla




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Revelation Song Cover by L&H

Hello friends!
Last week, Hagen and I were on the front porch, just picking some tunes, and decided to sing Revelation Song for y'all. It is one of my favorite worship songs, I play it several times a week for our family worship time. We would like to start doing more covers, so if you have any requests, please let us know!
Blessings,
Layla

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Sounds of Summer

You know that Summer is in full swing when you can hear the cicada's chirping and see the fireflies blinking...
Here is a short video taken at dusk in our backyard. Enjoy!
Love from,
Layla


Morena// The One with Chestnut Hair

Hello friends! Did I ever tell you that I love cosplays, make-up, dress-up and special effects? Well, I do! A while back ( about 2 months, actually), Hagen let me play around with her a bit. I just let my creativity flow, and this is what I came up with...


I called her Morena, which means The One with Chestnut Hair. She was an Elvish Princess and Guardian over all things Pure. 
Maybe I shall write about her story one day... maybe.
Love from,
Layla

Monday, August 11, 2014

Everything is AWESOME!

Last week we celebrated eleven years with Gabe. I just can't believe he is already eleven!
It was a rather Lego-y birthday, hence the title of this post... We had just seen The Lego Movie so we were singing, "Everything is Awesome" the whole time!


 Everyone thought that the little green candies were peas...


 A gluten-free, vanilla cake with cream cheese icing is always a good mix.

We usually don't have as many candles as we need, so we just put them in the shape of 11.




 Eli said that his drawing was Gabe's wedding suit.


 He got from cards to letters to...


 You guessed it, Legos!


I, too, got him some Legos.


 After cake we ate dinner. 'Cause what's a birthday without eating cake first?
We had a dinner of his choice. Corn on the cob and what we call, "meat muffins." 
 It was quite scrumptious.


I am so blessed to have Gabe as my brother. Our whole family is blessed by him.
 He has such a sweet heart and is always smiling. His happy attitude cheers us all up on rough days. 
We don't always get along, but he never holds a grudge.
 I love my bro. 

He's AWESOME!

Love,
Hagen