Friday Favorites!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hi!! Happy Friday!
Whew! What a week it has been!! This time last Friday, I was in a hospital room, snuggling my couple hours old baby boy- and this morning, I turned off my alarm one too many times, have already had 2 LARGE cups of coffee and am just waiting for all 5 of my precious kiddos to wake up and our house to go from very still and quiet to loud and crazy.
And I wouldn't have it any other way :)

I got home from the hospital Sunday afternoon and while I have spent the majority of this week recovering, taking things nice and easy, it has been such a WONDERFUL week, being home with Marshall and being a family of SEVEN!!

Here are some of my FAVORITES from this very special week we have had :)

When I started this blog a year and a half ago- I had no idea how many wonderful people I would get to interact with and "meet."  It has been such a FUN journey and I am so thankful for all of you who have taken a genuine interest in my ramblings here on this little blog.
The outpouring of congratulations and kind words that followed my announcement that Marshall had arrived just really blew me away!! Thank you SO much to those of you who commented and have shared in our joy of welcoming precious Marshall into this world!! 

When we got home from the hospital I was greeted with the sweetest sign on our outside chalkboard!! My oldest daughter made sure to write a "Welcome" message for Mommy and Marshall and I just thought it was the cutest thing! I was also greeted with the most GORGEOUS bouquet of flowers from my neighbor!! She was sweet enough to come watch the kids while Aaron came and got Marshall and me from the hospital. She not only brought over the beautiful flowers, but also a super fun bouquet of balloons! To top it all off- she and the kids made me chocolate covered strawberries as a treat! We are seriously SO lucky to have such great neighbors! 
My mom and dad arrived at our house right before I was discharged from the hospital- so they were at our house when we got home! My mom is amazing and is just SO helpful. She is ridiculously patient with the kids and my absolute FAVORITE person (besides Aaron :) to have by my side- especially when I have just had a baby :) My parents had to leave on Wednesday and the kids and I are already counting down the days until we get to see them next! 
Oh Aaron :) What would I do without this man?? 
Aaron was able to make arrangements with his schedule to be "working from home" for the next two weeks before he starts a new rotation. He has been absolutely amazing and has taken over so many responsibilities that are normally mine- so that I can rest and spend time with Marshall. He was my angel during my labor and delivery with Marshall- and I am just so darn grateful for him!! 
These 5 precious little people are my absolute FAVORITES. 
The kids have been AMAZING and have done SO well with the transition of having Marshall home! To say they are obsessed with him would be an understatement :) 
The girls constantly want to hold him and be little mommies to him! 
James has done SO well with Marshall and is just so curious and cute with him!! I can already tell they are going to have such a sweet relationship with one another!
So thankful for such a special first week at home as a family of 7!!

I hope you have the BEST Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!
 Joining Karli for her, Oh Hey Friday Link Up! too!

And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!


  1. This post just makes me smile!!! Your family is precious Justine!! And how awesome that your mom was able to come and help you out for a few days =) The picture of the 5 kiddos on the hospital bed is perfect!! I hope you have an amazing weekend =)

    1. Thank you johannah!! I was smiling pretty big when I hit "publish." :) hope you have a great weekend and a beautiful Mothers Day!!

  2. You all look so happy! Moms are absolutely the best. How far away are your parents?

  3. What blessings! Congratulations on your new arrival, he is so precious :) Also I am now offically wanting an outdoor chalkboard! Liz @

    1. Thank you!! And yes- I love my outdoor chalkboard! My husband made it out of scrap wood and then just used the spray paint chalkboard paint- a pretty easy project! :)

  4. Your last picture is my absolute favorite thing I've seen this week!! 5 perfect joys & blessings!!

    1. Thank you Erica! I love how happy all the kids look in the last picture :) they are seriously bursting with joy for Marshall! :)

  5. So glad your week getting home has been a good one!! I have been praying for you!! And the photo of your kids in the hospital bed = framer!!! What a great photo. Happy Mother's Day Justine - enjoy it as a family of 7!!

  6. Congratulations on your beautiful baby! What a lovely family! XOXO Enjoy your Mother's Day weekend!

    1. Thank you so much!! :) I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day too!!

  7. Yay for a great week!! I'm glad you've been showered with love from neighbors and family. That welcome home sigh was precious and you can never go wrong with chocolate covered strawberries. Glad your hubby is able to work from home right now. I love your fab five picture - you got everyone looking and smiling!! I really love that James is so interested in the hospital remote :) Toddlers and hospital rooms - haha! You've got the sweetest crew. Hope you have an AMAZING Mother's Day weekend - you deserve it!

  8. Those kids, Justine...can they seriously be any cuter???? I am SO glad that Aaron is home with you for awhile, there is no better help than your husband (at lease I always think that, haha!!)! Just remember to take time for yourself, happy mom makes everyone happy. :)

  9. I love your front porch! Your family is adorable =0)

    Stopping over from the link up! Hope you can hop by my blog as well. Have a great weekend!


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