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{No Love Lost: Part I}

In a world where we are all far more alike than we are different from one another I have never understood the stigma behind being open about “sensitive” subjects. Those like mental health, depression, eating disorders, divorce, abuse, addiction, miscarriage; the list goes on. There is a 100% chance that you or someone you know […]

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February 23, 2016 - 10:08 am

Lisa Ritter - Oh! I am so sorry for your loss, Lisa. It is a loss, no matter when it happens. I am sending healing thoughts to you and Davin. Big hugs, too.

February 23, 2016 - 10:44 am

Lisa G. - Thanks so much Lisa! The support has been overwhelming! We’re feeling much better now and excited for the future! xo

February 23, 2016 - 10:54 am

Terrai - beautiful writing Lisa! my heart & thoughts are still with you!

February 23, 2016 - 10:54 am

Lisa G. - thank you for the continued support Terrai! <3

February 24, 2016 - 9:27 am

Chelsey - Thank you for sharing your story – as someone who just recently suffered her second miscarriage in 2 years (with a lovely 15 month old daughter in between) I can tell you that it makes me feel comforted knowing I’m not alone and that there are others who are going through the same heartache that I am. You are a brave, strong, amazing woman (it comes across so well in this poignant post) and while this will be a part of your life story I have a feeling it won’t end here. I am wishing you all of the best and so much light and love!

February 24, 2016 - 9:33 am

Lisa G. - Thank you so much for reading and sharing your story, Chelsey. I’m so sorry for your losses <3 It definitely is a trying time but I think you'll agree that having a little girl at home to keep us busy helped speed up the healing process by leaps and bounds. Thank goodness for our girls. Your comment certainly makes me feel like I am not alone either, and I am so glad that we can find comfort in each other. Sending the same light and love back to you! xo Lisa

February 24, 2016 - 10:31 am
February 24, 2016 - 10:49 am

Steven O. - It saddened me to hear this originally from Tara. You and Davin are strong and brave.

February 24, 2016 - 11:52 am

Lisa G. - Thanks Steven! <3

February 24, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Ashley Ziprick - I understand the feelings and truly extend my sympathy to you, Davin & Lyric. I was 13 weeks along when we lost ours in between Mady & Emily. It was completely heart wrenching, especially as I had just sort of got into that “safe” territory, I thought. I had to take a medication to induce contractions. It was like my body just knew how much my heart was not willing to let go. It was a horrible experience. It was almost 4 years ago- it still hurts. Time changes it, makes it manageable- but it still hurts. I remember being in church about a week after and bursting into tears during a hymn and having to walk outside. “From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny” was the line of the hymn that got me. A few weeks after that Sunday, I got to thinking about that hymn and that line in particular, and I had this realization of just how little control we have in our destiny and that it lies truly in the hands of our Father. My tiny little one didn’t even have to grace this physical world for me to feel her spirit and to love her, and having her even just inside me for those few weeks changed me, became a part of me, and helped me see even more clearly, the love of something that can’t be held. My lost little one was a gift from God, in my heart I feel, to help me see His love and be reminded that He is always here, even in those moments that seem so wrapped in despair and pain. I lost my little one on May 4, 2013. The most miraculous thing happened afterwards. On May 4, 2014, exactly 1 year to the date, I met my Emily! God is good, His love is always there, and His workings are miraculous- even the ones that seem to challenge us to our limits and that we do not understand or even notice! I know the pain and I know the worry about future attempts and I know the angst that comes with delaying something so special… but try to remember in those moments of frustration and despair, that He is working with you and for you. Our destiny lies in His hands and He will not forsake us. I will keep you guys in my prayers.

March 1, 2016 - 5:15 am

Esther | The Cuteness - Thank you for sharing your story! I agree, talking about hard things is so helpful, and it also helps others who have gone through something similar! xo

March 9, 2016 - 9:26 am

Lisa G. - Thank you so much for your love and support Ashley! I remember clearly the day that we found out at work that you were expecting, then days later we heard what happened. I also remember seeing you at the administrative professionals lunch the following week and wanting so bad to just hug you. My heart was so broken for you and the family, but it felt selfish of me to do what I knew would make me feel better, not knowing if it would do the same for you. Looking back now I wish that I had. That 12 week mark really doesn’t make us or our children invisible, but reaching that milestone sure does give us a little peace of mind, and I can absolutely understand how that made it even more devastating for you. The fact that Emily was born one year to the date is simply incredible. She is such a miracle! I’m so glad you have four happy, healthy and beautiful kids that make for a very busy household I’m sure, but a very love-filled one as well. I’m thankful God gave me the intuition to foresee that this baby wasn’t mine to keep, but His instead. It made it easier for me to understand in some way. And I’m thankful that He’s given me the peace within to trust that our next pregnancy will be a healthy one that will allow us to bring another baby home! Thanks for sharing your story and keeping us in your prayers xo

May 12, 2016 - 11:02 am

{Mama’s Due with Baby #2!} » - […] trying to explain how I’ve felt the last few months. Further to my last post, where I shared our story about our loss in January, one thing I didn’t share was that immediately after the […]

{Mint Chocolate Cookies}

I’ve been meaning to share my all-time favorite mint chocolate cookie recipe for a few years now. YEARS! But honest to goodness, each and every time I’ve made them they all disappeared before I ever stood a chance at taking a photo. Obviously no one likes to make a recipe when they can’t see what […]

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February 22, 2016 - 12:52 pm

Terrai - These look delicious!! when I’m baking Caius’ healthy muffins this weekend, I may have to bake these for the hubs & myself… :))

February 23, 2016 - 9:07 am

Lisa G. - It’s all about balance! haha I hope you like them! and I’m sure Caius would too 😉

{5 Reasons I Love My Ikea Kallax Change Table}

The Functionality The fact that Ikea sells this as a shelving unit means that when I no longer have a use for a change table I can re-purpose it as a completely different piece of furniture in any other area of my house. And since it’s not a dresser I’m not limited to keeping it […]

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October 23, 2015 - 10:14 am

Davin - Nice to see Lyric’s room tidy for once. You should do a blog post on the basement (:

March 5, 2016 - 7:24 am

Sara - What change pad are you using? I love this idea but all the change pads I am finding are too wide to fit on top of this unit.

March 8, 2016 - 8:55 am

Lisa G. - Hey Sara! I actually bought our change pad used, but it’s just a standard one! I’ve looked at ones in store and it’s the exact same…I didn’t even realize there were different sized ones! Hope that helps!

March 24, 2016 - 6:47 pm

Andrea Lebovic Haworth - This was so helpful. I’ve been trying to decide if the Kallax was a good idea for a change table and now I’m sold. Your nursey looks beautiful. Thank you!

April 18, 2016 - 11:56 am

Victoria - Hi! This post – along with some other cute photos – helped me decide to also use the ikea kallax as my changing table I’ve run into a little problem though, I was planning on using the keekaroo peanut changing pad but just discovered that it’s slightly over two inches wider than the table top! I started researching and can’t seem to find a single changing pad that isn’t wider than the top of the unit! I’m dying to know what changing pad everyone is using on top of their kallax changing tables! Thanks so much!

May 11, 2016 - 8:55 am

Lisa G. - Hi Victoria! Sorry for the late response – I bought our change pad used, from a friend and there are no tags on it, so I can’t tell you the brand. But I measured it and it’s 17-1/2″ wide x 4″ tall x 32″ long. The Kallax is 15-3/8″ deep so that’s only 2-1/8″ too narrow. However, ours sits right flush to the edge of it, but that’s because we don’t have the change table right tight to the wall. We’ve left room for the thickness of our baseboard and a little breathing room for the plug in receptacle that’s behind it too. Once you buy your kallax and have it set up I’m sure you’ll find that a standard change pad will fit it just fine! Good luck! =)

May 11, 2016 - 8:56 am

Lisa G. - Thank you Andrea! I’m so glad to have helped in your decision! Happy Designing!

June 12, 2016 - 5:09 pm

Brenda - I love how this looks! Where did you purchase the drawers?

June 13, 2016 - 4:14 pm

Lisa G. - Thanks Brenda! The drawer inserts are also from Ikea!

August 17, 2016 - 10:51 pm

Kathryn Myers Ufferman - Whered you get this mirror!!! so cute!

August 18, 2016 - 1:02 pm

Lisa G. - Thanks Kathryn, it’s from Ikea =)

February 16, 2018 - 9:36 pm

Cyndi - Hi Lisa, great job putting this together and posting such useful images. I was wondering if the installation of the drawers how you have them here, horizontally, are easily able to be deinstalled and reused to be placed as drawers again but in the vertical position? Or will there be visible damage? For example if you wanted to use those particular cubes “open” or with out bins or drawers again? Have you done this yet? Noticed this post is from a few years ago.

February 21, 2018 - 9:51 am

Lisa Gegolick - Hi Cyndi! I still have the change table set up similarly to this (I just added additional drawers), but I would guess that they would be very easy to un-install and rotate so the drawers are set up so the unit can be rotated vertically. The drawers pop out easily, then it’s just a couple of screws to remove the tracks. As for any visible marks, the only thing I can see being visible is the pre-drilled holes for the screws being larger wherever the drawer was once installed. I think this is a pretty versatile unit you could easily switch up! Good luck!

March 27, 2018 - 9:54 am

Cecilia - Have you found this to be sturdy enough? I love the look but I’m afraid it might be wobbly? Looks beautiful!

April 28, 2018 - 11:15 am

Lisa Gegolick - Hi Cecilia! It is VERY solid! perhaps if it was used a bookshelf and positioned vertically, you’d for sure want to anchor it to the wall, but the unit itself is very solid! We’re expecting baby number three and I’m still keeping the same change table set up! It’s literally the only thing I haven’t changed once over the course of having our kids. haha

June 13, 2018 - 12:25 pm

Bonnie - hey Lisa! I absolutely love this and you’re nursery is BEAUTIFUL! Can you tell me where you got those pretty gold knobs for the drawers? THANKS!!!

June 18, 2018 - 8:45 am

Lisa Gegolick - Thanks Bonnie, with number three on the way it’s the only piece of furniture that hasn’t changed a bit! We still love it =) The knobs are also from Ikea, they have a good variety of interchangeable hardware in-store.

{DIY Cotton Candy Halloween Costume}

Last year on Halloween Lyric was only barely five weeks old. Needless to say we could pretty well dress her up as anything and she couldn’t say much about it. I was nice and decided to make her look like a big delicious, fluffy helping of cotton candy. I think Davin wanted to make her […]

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