It’s been a minute or rather a year since I last posted. Whew! A lot can happen in a year. We celebrated the birth of our first born son, sent his daddy off to war 10 days later and welcomed him home 8 months after that. What a whirlwind that 8 months was! Living in a new house with a brand new baby, 1200 miles from family and friends, working full time and going to school. I still don’t know how I managed to stay sane. Perhaps it was the wine:)

I recently opened my etsy shop and today I added the 5×7 sign that our son, Shooter, held as he watched his daddy march across Cooper Field at Ft. Hood, Texas. Emotions came flooding back as I think about how much I missed my husband and how much he missed of his son’s first year of life. Precious moments that can never be reclaimed. I tried my best to capture those little moments on video but they’re hard to watch because it always feels like someone is missing. I recently saw this post “25 Telltale Signs You’re a Military Spouse” and as much as I like to think we live a normal, civilian lifestyle….we do not. We’ve spent countless birthdays, holidays and anniversaries apart. We keep original boxes for EVERYTHING in hopes that it will help make our next move easier. Our life revolves around the next PCS, training and deployment schedules. I can’t tell you how many times our plans have changed. I’m certainly used to it but trying to explain it to those family and friends who don’t live this life is tiring. I can recite my husbands SSN much faster than my own. This is a tough one for me. A little piece of me loses a bit of my own independence every time I key in his number. While some days, this lifestyle makes me want to scream, resiliency has become a part of me. I fully accepted this lifestyle and I’m proud to support a man who wears the uniform. We have sacrificed as a family but nothing compares to what these men and women do on a daily basis. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Home of the free because my daddy is brave print can be downloaded here.
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  • September 18, 2014 - 7:33 PM

    Ebel - Thank you Springer family for all of your sacrifice. My family sleeps soundly every night thanks to our great military and their families. I am so proud to be an American! We are so grateful for the freedom you provide.ReplyCancel

fabric wedding invitations
I love texture so when it came to designing my wedding invitations, I knew that I wanted something more than just a traditional flat invitation. I also love opening pretty packages so I knew that somehow I had to fuse these two ideas together so I decided to create a boxed invitation suite with the invitation and rsvp cards backed with fabric. The older I get, the more I realize my style has become softer. My wedding colors reflected that as well. I have never really been a  fan of anything floral but when I saw the yellow floral fabric and the pink fabric side by side, I was instantly scheming ways to marry all of these ideas. The process of lining each box, cutting the fabric, stiffening the pieces, ironing and eventually adhering the each piece was quite time consuming. In fact, I would be lying if I said there weren’t a few nights that I hadn’t contemplated scratching the whole project. But in the end, I am happy I had a few sleepless nights because I’m still swooning over these pretty fabric wrapped boxes.

fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations
fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations

(images courtesy of brandy j)

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rose bouquet
It’s hard to believe one year ago, I was saying “I do” to the best guy I know. He makes me laugh which is one reason I have always been drawn to Josh, even before he pursued me. And yes, I still hold true to the story that he chased me but he will tell you otherwise;)Our wedding day was relaxed. Never once did I feel those nervous or anxious feelings that most brides reference. The ceremony was simple, nothing extravagant. It really could not have been more perfect for us. We were surrounded by loving family and the best friends two people could ask for. We sang, we danced, we drank……we celebrated the only way we know how.

There were so many people who told me that the first year of marriage is by far the most difficult. I would have to disagree. Marriage for me has been easy. It was a natural transition. I think partly because we were both older and knew what we wanted in ourselves and each other. Marriage has been much easier than the 3+ years of dating and living in separate cities, states and at one point a different continent. I guess if you make it through all of that, marriage would seem like a walk in the park. For us, this past year has brought us so much happiness in spite of the weeks apart and upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. We found out in October that we were expecting our first child. It was truly one of the most joyous moments in my life. I have no doubt that Josh will be the best father. I cannot wait to see these two in action! Here’s to many more years of memorable moments.

wedding shoes

I loved her first

I must give credit where credit is due. All of our amazing wedding images are from our friends brandy j and sticky. I am so thankful to have these memories.

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library baby shower invitation

If you’re looking for a gender neutral baby shower theme and a way to build your new baby’s library, you might consider a library/book themed shower. These invitations were inspired by vintage books complete with the old fashion checkout cards that had each guests name as well as the registry information for mommy to be. In lieu of a traditional card, it was requested that each guest bring their favorite children’s book with a personal message to the new babe on the inside of the book. This is such a perfect way to build your little one’s library.

library baby shower invitation
library baby shower invitation
library baby shower invitation

library baby shower invitation

 (images courtesy of brandy j)

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baby announcement
The past year has been an exciting one for many reasons! Keep reading and I promise I will share our #1 spot with you. We started 2012 with a road trip from San Francisco, California all the way up the coast to Seattle, Washington, where we rang in the new year. It was a beautiful trip! We saw the Golden Gate Bridge and toured the island of Alcatraz and the prison. The island is breath taking. There was an abundance of vegetation amongst the run down prison. I was so thankful to have been able to tour the facility as it has always been so fascinating to me. We drove through the gargantuan red wood forests. There is absolutely no way to express in words how enormous these trees really are but we did drive our car through one if that gives you some kind of perspective;)We spent a night in Napy Valley, saw the Old Faithful Geyser of California, explored Mt. Saint Helens, shopped Pike Place Market in Seattle and ate dinner 604 feet above ground level in the Space Needle. It was a great way to see so many amazing places and collect some crushed pennies. The pennies are our way of documenting travels. They’re small and unique to each place;)

Fast forward to May 26, 2012……the day we said, “I DO!” I remember the day being perfect for us. Our small, intimate outdoor ceremony followed by drinks and dancing with our loved ones is still a very fond memory. We spent a lot of time apart due to crazy busy work schedules but the times we were together we spent on the lake. We met some new friends and had one of the best summers to date! There’s something so very relaxing about being on the lake while the hot Texas sun shines down.

Although the travels and the wedding were unforgettable, nothing tops our #1 spot of being able to announce our pregnancy to our friends and family at Christmas. We created a “Year in Review” card with the top five most memorable moments with #1 being a scratch off (stay tuned for a DIY post on how to create your own scratch off cards). I cannot explain the overwhelming feeling of joy that we felt…..and still some shock! I’m now over the half-way point in my pregnancy and feel GREAT! We cannot wait to meet our little babe! Baby Springer will be making an appearance in mid-July. A big thanks to our friends and family for their support, kind words and advice. Now, let the name game begin:)

baby announcement

baby announcement

baby announcement

baby announcement

(images courtesy of erin photography)

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  • March 12, 2013 - 5:14 AM

    Brandy J - Such a beautiful announcement! Would not expect anything less! So very thrilled for you two! This is one lucky lil babe!ReplyCancel

  • March 13, 2013 - 3:09 AM

    Anna Neuschwanger - I am so very much inspired by your work and even more so with the life you have created. What an amazing and creative way to share your spectacular year with everyone!ReplyCancel

  • December 6, 2013 - 10:10 AM

    Tessa - Can you send me the link to your DIY scratch off method? Sooo cool.ReplyCancel