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  • Welcome!…

    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Lots of Before & Afters | House DIY & Updates

As we list our home back on the market for sale, I thought it would be fun to go back  and look through the very first pictures when we found this house…  The majority of the images are from the original listing, before we closed.

Here is a link to all of the projects w/ details and more before & afters..













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Ashlyn’s 7th Birthday

This birthday was so much fun to plan!  Pink and girly!  Ashlyn gasped when she saw the details when she came home from school… All the errands, and time spent putting something special together for your children is more than worth it to see them smile.  I don’t think she could have been more excited than she was.. Lots of giggling little girls filled our home that Friday evening 🙂

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Then on Saturday, her birthday, we had all of our family over for more party fun..
7th birthday pink princess

7th birthday pink princess 27th birthday pink princess 3Thank you for this idea, Pinterest!7th birthday pink princess 47th birthday pink princess 57th birthday pink princess 67th birthday pink princess 77th birthday pink princess 8Doing a little twirling before guests arrived.. 7th birthday pink princess 97th birthday pink princess 107th birthday pink princess 117th birthday pink princess 127th birthday pink princess 13Finding out that we surprised her w/ a trip to Chicago to the American Girl store… She was SO overjoyed!7th birthday pink princess 157th birthday pink princess 147th birthday pink princess 167th birthday pink princess 177th birthday pink princess 187th birthday pink princess 19

Happy 7th birthday, Ash!  We love you tons!!  You are such a kind, big-hearted, and smart little girl… We love being your mommy & daddy <3

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Ashlyn on her 7th Birthday | Question Time!

Age: 7…..

1. What is something Mommy always says to you?  I love you

2. What makes Mommy happy?  when I do good things, like clean up my room

3. What makes mom sad?  when I don’t listen

4. How does your mom make you laugh? by doing funny things, like cartwheels

5. What was your mom like as a child?  I don’t know

6. How old is your mom?  30 something

7. How tall is your mom?  probably 12 of dad’s kind of feet

8. What is her favorite thing to do?  play games w/ me and also help me play games w/ my friends

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?  sleeps

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?  photography

11. What is your mom really good at?  taking care of me

12. What is your mom not very good at?  driving when I was 16, probably

13. What does your mom do for a job?  photography 

14.What is your mom’s favorite food?  apples

15.What makes you proud of your mom?  making my bed, and throwing parties for me

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?   Elsa

17. What do you and your mom do together?  we play games 

18. How are you and your mom the same?  our eyes are blue 

19. How are you and your mom different?  her hair 

20. How do you know your mom loves you?  because she takes care of me  

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?  that he’s handsome 

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?  Walmart, maybe 

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?  23 


1. What is something Daddy always says to you?  I love you

2. What makes Daddy happy?  when I snuggle w/ him

3. What makes dad sad? when I’m bad

4. How does your dad make you laugh? by tickling me

5. What was your dad like as a child?  probably nice

6. How old is your dad? 41, wait, 42

7. How tall is your dad?  I don’t know

8. What is his favorite thing to do?  snuggle w/ me

9. What does your dad do when you’re not around?  snores in bed

10. If your dad becomes famous, what will it be for?  Maxlider, and he is famous for Maxlider

11. What is your dad really good at?  tickling me

12. What is your dad not very good at?  not kissing my boo-boos, mom does that

13. What does your dad do for a job?  runs 5 companies

14.What is your dad’s favorite food?  chocolate

15.What makes you proud of your dad?  by giving me a present I like

16. If your dad were a character, who would he be? a bunny rabbit, because he’s cute

17. What do you and your dad do together?  snuggle

18. How are you and your dad the same?  we like doing stuff together

19. How are you and your dad different?  eyebrows, eyelids

20. How do you know your dad loves you?  because he takes care of me

21. What does your dad like most about your mom?  that she’s smart, beautiful, intelligent

22. Where is your dad’s favorite place to go?  to the building

23. How old was your dad when you were born?  probably 26


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Rowen’s 5th Birthday

I think our birthday boy had a great time celebrating his 5th birthday.. He took treats to pre-k on Friday and came home wearing a special crown.
5TH BIRTHDAY 18Ashlyn made him a birthday sign that was so sweet;
5TH BIRTHDAY 175TH BIRTHDAY 6He chose to go to IHOP for a fun dinner of funny face pancakes… My kids love breakfast for dinner!  I knew he would be busy w/ his party guests on his actual birthday, so we let him open his gifts from us the night before. 5TH BIRTHDAY 16
Rowen could not wait for his party to begin.. He thought when he woke up that everyone would be at our house and ready to party! lol…  He wanted a dirt bike theme, so this mama had to get creative.  See his “dirt bike racer” shirt?  Picked it out special for his party 🙂
Tickets to go see real live monster trucks next month!  5TH BIRTHDAY 35TH BIRTHDAY 45TH BIRTHDAY 55TH BIRTHDAY 7Rowen saw a picture of a dirt cake w/ dirt bikes going up it, so I gave it a shot… he loved it!
5TH BIRTHDAY 85TH BIRTHDAY 95TH BIRTHDAY 105TH BIRTHDAY 115TH BIRTHDAY 125TH BIRTHDAY 135TH BIRTHDAY 14Who knew a new pair of cowboy boots could bring this out in a little boy…  Too funny! 5TH BIRTHDAY 15

You make us laugh every single day, always tell us that you love us, and bring us joy!  Happy 5th birthday to you, Rowen!  We love you so much, and couldn’t imagine life w/out you.

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