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  • Welcome to Counting My Kisses!

    Counting My Kisses is all about finding that silver lining, even on our most frustrating days. It’s about cherishing my little girls and enjoying being married to my best friend. It’s about taking a minute to stop & remember what’s really important in life—and to discover that each & every experience gives us something to be thankful for.

    I’m a daughter, sister, friend, writer, and most importantly these days, a wife & mother. My life is full of fun chaotic moments, and this blog helps me to capture the laughter and love that fills our house every day.

    Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

Wordless Wednesday {little miss mischief}

A few days shy of 10 months old + Little Miss Mischief is in to EVERYTHING…

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…in the most adorable of ways.

Counting My Kisses: It appears the Hubs + I have some SERIOUS babyproofing to do around the house! Baby J is climbing, crawling + pulling up on ALL THE THINGS right now. It’s so fun to see her grow + learn + explore~ I can’t believe we’re at this point already with her! Have a GREAT Wednesday, friends!


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She wants to follow the big girls and do everything they’re doing, I’m sure! She’s sure going to keep you all busy. :)



You are so right Helen!! The big girls are a HUGE motivating factor!!! She is keeping us on our toes for sure!!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!



Adorbs! Ten month olds rock! xo


Our favorite guy {happy birthday hubs!}

You know that feeling that you get?


The one that says this is exactly where I’m supposed to be?

You’re that feeling for me. 

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You’re my everything.

My co-pilot + my co-conspirator. The one who binge-watches entire series of shows with me + always knows that I need a bowl of ice cream once we get the girls to bed.

You’re the one I snuggle up to in a thunderstorm + text when the three-year-old accidentally locks herself in the bathroom {thanks for knowing where we put the key!}.

You ask the girls about the best part of their day each night at dinner. You push them on the swings + toss the ball around with them + show them the “right way” to wash a car.

You talk about our lawn more than I thought was humanly possible~ but I love the pride you take in our house, our family, our life. You work so hard + always come through the door after a long day with a smile, accepting whichever child I hand you without question.


We’re building a life of love + dreams + adventure~ one step at a time, one day at a time. Some days we run together + some days we have to inch along. Some days you have to carry me; others I have to carry you.

But we’re always in this together.


You show our girls what it means to be hardworking + kind, faithful + faith-filled. Every day you demonstrate that hard work pays off + that it’s important to always try your best.

Our girls are beyond blessed to have you as their daddy. And I’m beyond blessed to have you as my husband, my partner in crime, my best friend + the love of my life

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May this be your best year yet! We love you SO much!

Counting My Kisses: How cute is that picture of the Hubs?! H-Berry snapped it over the weekend~ turns out she’s a budding photographer {never mind that the camera is almost as big as she is!}. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend~ ours was FAB! I can’t wait to share a million pictures later on this week.:)Today’s all about celebrating the most beloved guy in our family~ what could be better?! Happy, happy birthday Hubs!


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SO incredibly sweet. xo


Wordless Wednesday {butterfly kisses}



This is summer.


Pure wonder.


And sheer, unbridled delight.

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And I love love LOVE every single minute of it.

Counting My Kisses: Today’s butterfly kisses encompass everything that I love about this season: fun-filled days + the chance to do something unique + awesome at every turn. I have SO many fun pictures I can’t wait to share, but I know this sweetness is going to be one of my all-time faves from this year.

AND~ happy 37th anniversary to my parents!! Thanks for teaching us to always put love above everything else. We love you both so much!

Have a GREAT day, friends!


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Oh, that look on her face! So much joy.



You, Amy, loving every minute of it, is the very best part of all. Little ones are so precious and innocent and we just need to set everything else aside and enjoy this time with them.It all goes so very fast. Formulating the mind of a little one and showing them love, above all else, is the best gift we can give our child. It is also the most important job you will ever be given in life. I know God is smiling down on you.



This totally looks like it was Photoshopped but I know it wasn’t! Such an amazing picture! H looks so happy too!



You are such a great mom, Amy, to capture this moment. H-Berry is so lucky to have a butterfly land on her (my girls tell me that it’s good luck!). xo



Oh, and happy birthday! xo



Thanks so much Amy!!! {and for the birthday wishes!!}! It was the SWEETEST moment, I’m so glad I had my camera handy! I’ll let H-berry know that it’s good luck to have a butterfly land on her, so cool!



Thanks Jen! I know, it barely looks real! So happy “Christmas the Butterfly” had some quality time with the girls. :)



Thank you so much Aunt Diann!! So true! It’s such a gift to be with our sweet little girls + seeing them experience life + showering them with love. It is absolutely the most important job I’ll ever have, and I thank God ever day for it! xoxo



Right Shell?! Love the joy on her face!!! Thanks for stopping by!


A day at the lake {bliss!}

Happy Tuesday, friends!


This post is a day late thanks to the unforeseen arrival of a stomach bug in our sweet H-Berry. Booooo. Yesterday morning started out just like any regular summer morning~ and then quickly took a nosedive as our poor kiddo got sicker + sicker. She’s MUCH better today + we’re beyond thankful to see her spunkiness and appetite make a comeback. Three cheers for pedialyte, resilient kids + in-laws who jumped in to help with the logistics of getting everyone to all.the.things. Woo!


So, how’s everything with you?! Hopefully you’re settling into summer nicely and enjoying sunny days + long, breezy nights.

This weekend was a quiet one around here. We went to church on Saturday evening + were suddenly faced with a wide-open, beautiful Sunday to enjoy as a family. The girls requested a trip to the lake + the Hubs and I happily agreed.

Our little lake is a hidden gem that is just a few miles from our house~ talk about good luck! It’s never crowded + it’s the perfect spot for kiddos our age. Quiet, shallow water, endless sand to play in, a fun playground + lots of shady trees to eat lunch under. What could be better on a warm, sunny Sunday?! 

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Usually the girls + I head to the lake with friends during the week, so it was a HUGE treat to have the Hubs with us on Sunday! He suggested a paddleboat ride with the big girls + they were in seventh heaven. It was their first paddleboat trip + I think it’s safe to say that it will not be their last. They LOVED it! 
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Baby J + I hung out on the shore + watched them paddle around the lake. Or rather…I watched + Baby J snoozed. Stroller nap for the win!
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It’s a treat when Baby J takes a snooze at the beach, because our on-the-move girl is constantly trying to eat sand + army-crawl towards the water. She got right down to business as soon as she woke up!

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It was truly a perfect few hours at the lake. No one fought, no one even had a temper tantrum?! {an absolutely miracle!}. It was good old family fun.

Just the way we like it.

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Do you have a favorite summer spot that just makes you relax + soak up life?? I hope it’s close by + I hope you get there often!:)

Counting My Kisses: In the midst of a super fun, rather busy summer, it’s such a blessing to have a quiet, blissful day at one of our favorite hangouts. I wanted to capture this day so our girls will know just how much these sweet, quiet little summer days mean to their daddy + I. Childhood is filled with so many big moments~ but so many small, wonderfully worthwhile ones too.


Have a GREAT day, friends!



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Such summer fun, except for the stomach bug! Boo! xo



Oh, and our favorite summer spot is outside, running around with friends. xo


Happenings {Friday the 13th edition}

Happy Friday, friends!!! In fact, happy Friday the 13th with a FULL MOON {apparently this makes things extra crazy?!}.

Around here we have a newfound love of Friday the 13th, because of sweet Baby J’s surprise arrival exactly 9 months ago. I’m having all the feelings about our littlest baby bear turning 9 months {already?!? sob!}, but I couldn’t be more thankful for all the laughter + happiness she has brought to our family. 

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Happy 9 months, sweet girl!



Last weekend the Hubs + I headed down to the University of Dayton for our 10 year college reunion. Oh my goodness. Talk about the most fabulously fun weekend EVER! They sure know how to throw a good party at UD.

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We were planning on having an awesome time with our friends~ and that mission was accomplished {and then some!}. What we weren’t counting on was having the chance to renew our wedding vows on Saturday afternoon. That unexpected blessing~ coupled with being at the very place where our love first began to grow~ made for an extra-special weekend. 

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Without getting super sappy: I love this guy with all of my heart + soul + I couldn’t be more thankful to be his partner in life. Thanks for asking me out to dinner all those years ago, babe!:)


The big girls also started tball this week. Holy CUTENESS! Not only were they totally into it, it was pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Here are a few gems out of the hundreds of pics I snapped~ the girls can’t wait to go back on Wednesday night! 

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That last picture? I may have cried a little bit when it happened. We LOVE that these two can experience being on a team together!

Phew! So that’s what’s new + exciting around here. We have a fun weekend of birthday parties + celebrating the amazing fathers in our lives ahead~ I can’t wait!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend, friends!

Counting My Kisses: We’re full into the swing of summer at our house, and we’re loving every minute! So far we’ve been balancing fun outings with friends and low-key days at home, with great results. How’s your summer going so far?? Hope it’s all sorts of warm, sunshiny + happy! And a very happy Father’s Day to all the specials dads, grandfathers + Godfathers out there~ we’re so thankful for all that you do!


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Sounds like fun things are going on! xo



So fun!!! I LOVE summer!!!! :) Hope yours is off to a fab start too Amy! :)


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