Our Little Fall Pregnancy Announcement

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

Photography by: Teressa Jane Photography

Well, the news is out today and we couldn’t help but tell you guys all about our little Fall pregnancy announcement! We are adding another pumpkin to our patch! We couldn’t be more excited about this pregnancy and have been waiting for my first trimester to be over (it ends on Friday!) so we can make the big announcement.

Many of you have noticed that things have been pretty quiet on social media lately- sometimes going days between updates. This baby has given me quite the morning sickness, or I should say, all day sickness. Between taking care of Addie and napping when she naps, it’s been pretty boring around here. We’re all ready for the nausea and vomiting to go away, but in the mean time, I’m taking it as a big blessing because it means our sweet baby is growing.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

As you all know, we suffered a miscarriage last year and it was a huge blow to us. We weren’t sure if we’d ever be ready to bring another kiddo into the family, but God had the perfect timing for this sweet angel baby. We found out Sunday, August 6th that I was pregnant, and to be honest, we were a bit shocked! I took a test, and immediately went to tell Mathew. Our faces were priceless. Were we ready? Should we get our hopes up? What would we do if we miscarried again? We just prayed and held our breaths until my first appointment.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

The first appointment went really well. The last time I’d been in my OBGYN’s office was when I miscarried, so I was really worried. I went by myself so Mathew could watch Addie and everything looked great. My doctor is a really great guy (we know him from church) and asked me to come in a couple weeks later just to make sure everything was ok. Since I was worried about miscarrying, we saw him 2 weeks later.

That first appointment was also a bit stressful because it was the same weekend Hurricane Harvey was supposed to hit the Gulf and my family was unexpectedly coming to town so they could escape from it. Addie’s birthday party was the very next day so between running around for last minute party supplies, cleaning the house for family, doing laundry, and getting food for the party, you could say my I was a bit on edge that day. The good news that our baby was a-ok did my heart and mind so much good.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife


Mathew- Shirt/ Khakis/ Watch

Addie- Shirt/ Pants/ Shoes (similar)

Stephanie- Shirt/ Jeans/ Scarf/ Hat

Two weeks later, with my crew in tow, we went to see the doctor for a second appointment at 10 weeks. We saw a very strong heartbeat and were absolutely taken aback at how big our baby had gotten in just 2 short weeks. It was so great to have Mathew and Addie there, and we got our very first picture of our baby! We asked a lot of questions- genetic testing via blood tests and amniocentesis, if we needed to worry about anything right now, etc. Thankfully, we got great news that we could do that further on in pregnancy, and we’ll likely talk about it again next week when I have my 14 week appointment.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

As for our photo shoot, not only did we want to make sure we were out of the woods by announcing towards the end of the first trimester, but we really wanted a Fall pregnancy announcement with tons of pumpkins. We shot at the Dallas Arboretum because we just love how it looks with all of the thousands of pumpkins. If you’re able to visit the Dallas Arboretum sometime, definitely do it in the Fall because it is INCREDIBLE! Make sure you take a picnic blanket and a picnic lunch so you can relax on the berm and overlook the lake. It’s beautiful this time of year.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

I want to take some time out to thank Teressa with Teressa Jane Photography in helping us with our Fall pregnancy announcement. Teressa is currently expecting her own sweet baby in just a few weeks, and she squeezed us into her busy schedule to take these amazing pictures. She captured our perfect vision for these Fall pregnancy announcement photos and we couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to print some out and frame them for the house! Teressa is a dear friend and I’ve known her for a long time through the blogging world. Although we weren’t close, we found ourselves on the same Young Living essential oil team and chat every day about our businesses. It’s been amazing to get to know her and her sweet mama heart so much better the past couple of years.This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

So this is where I leave you, we have an appointment next week to see how things are going and I’ll be updating as much as I can about this pregnancy like I did with Addie. I will say, I’m awfully tired these days and pretty nauseated, so I’ll do my best on updating! If anything, check Instagram or Facebook. And if you don’t watch my Instagram Stories, definitely do, because I update DAILY on there with random happenings!

Fun, Festiveness, Fashion, and Fossil!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Fossil. All words and opinions are my own and are no way influenced. 

With Christmas around the freaking corner, I’m panicking. My Christmas shopping isn’t done for my family or my students, we haven’t taken pictures for our Christmas cards, and we still haven’t put up our little 3 foot Christmas tree in our bedroom. I’m just counting and waiting for the days to pass by so I can stop stressing about Christmas. Right now though, I can honestly say that Christmas card pictures are the most heavy on my mind right now. Why have I procrastinated so long?! My family never did the whole Christmas card picture thing growing up, but I knew it was something I wanted to do every year with Mathew once we got married. Really though, the only reason I’ve procrastinated is because I nave no idea what to wear. Yesterday with my post about meeting Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, you may have noticed my leopard top that I was wearing. It’s honestly become one of my favorite winter favorites and I’m really considering wearing it for our Christmas pictures. There were some other fun accessories though that I wore when I met the girls that I may have saved just for you today though. They’re fun, they’re festive, and they’re Fossil!

The Erin purse from Fossil is so beautiful! Red, leather, and lots of pockets? What's NOT to love?! #FossilStyleMathew took me out to the park a couple weeks ago to scope out places for our Christmas pictures. Of course, I wanted the feel of the colors that would be in the picture, so I dressed up, grabbed my Erin satchel and Georgia Three-Hand Bangle Watch from Fossil , Jade necklace from Compliment, Michael Kors heels, and went out into the wind and cold. While Mathew was scoping out the scene (mainly so my Michael Kors heels wouldn’t get ruined), I may or may not have taken a selfie in the car to get warmed up for a little picture taking with my outfit. I mean, hello, the red SO pops against the green leaves.

I couldn’t have felt more festive (unless we were actually TAKING our Christmas pictures), with my sparkly Georgia watch  and my red Erin satchel out in the wilderness. Dare I say that I felt like Jessica Simpson on Newlyweds when she brought her Louis Vuitton camping?!

The Erin satchel from Fossil is so beautiful! Red, leather, and lots of pockets? What's NOT to love?! #FossilStyleMathew found us a spot to take a few test pictures for our Christmas cards, and I gathered my things and practically tip-toed in my heels to the spot. Let me tell you- walking in heels in rocks and dirt with your beloved new Erin satchel isn’t easy! I just about tripped 5 or 6 times! What I love about the Erin satchel from Fossil, though, is that it’s a beautiful bright Christmas red (and comes in 7 other colors!), has side zipper pockets, lots of pockets on the inside for my phone, blog business cards, and receipts, has a detachable strap, and can hold a LOT. I have an Erin Condren planner that I tote around everywhere and it fits perfectly in there with 2 makeup bags, pens, a big wallet, and there’s STILL room. Out of all the Fossil women’s handbags, this is definitely my favorite. It also holds its shape really well because it’s made with quality leather. I love leather purses (I got a Michael Kors purse for Valentines and have used it every day since), because they last so much longer! I wonder if I put Pearl inside my purse if she’d stay for the pictures. I mean, I just really need an excuse to have it in the pictures haha.
I love the Georgia Three-Hand Bangle watch from Fossil! Definitely want it on my Christmas list this year! #FossilStyle

For the Christmas pictures, I’m not sure why but I felt like throwing in mixed metals. The studs on my sweater are silver, the Erin satchel has gold hardware, my Compliment Jade necklace and earrings have gold, and my wedding ring is rose gold. I really wanted more rose gold to go with my outfit, so I decided to wear my Georgia Three-Hand Bangle Watch. You guys- it’s so perfect. I got a Michael Kors (wow I feel like I keep saying that!) rose gold watch last year for my birthday, but unfortunately the rose gold plating has worn off a bit, and my watch isn’t so shiny anymore. I didn’t want to wear a dull watch, so I thought the Georgia would be PERFECT…and it was. The face has SO many rhinestones all over it, and the links are designed to look like a bangle bracelet. I’m already excited to pair it with a black dress for Christmas that will just make my whole outfit POP because of the rhinestones and sparkles. Fossil has so many other pretty women’s boyfriend watches though, picking the Georgia wasn’t easy. I want to get the Decker Chronograph Stainless Steel watch too really soon!
I love the Erin satchel and Georgia Three-Hand Bangle watch from Fossil! Definitely want them on my Christmas list this year! #FossilStyleAll in all I think our trip to the park proved to be pretty good. Mathew and I got some fun shots of my cute accessories, and we found the perfect festive spot for our Christmas pictures. Now, hopefully, we’ll get them done and taken care of this weekend so we can mail them out and get them to our friends and family on time!

What do you think of my new fun, festive Fossil accessories? Aren’t they perfect for the holidays?


Never Ever Ever: Fall Favorites Edition

It’s the 17th week of Never Ever Ever! Thank you so much for participating this week! It always makes us feel so good when you guys link up!
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The info on Never Ever Ever:

1. The Never Ever Ever link up will be posted EVERY Tuesday at Midnight CST . Tell us about the things you’d “never ever ever” do!

2. Please put our button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. We won’t make it mandatory, but we appreciate the love 4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag myself, Neely, and Shelley and use the hashtag #nevereverever

I Never Ever Ever….

– can believe that I am married to such a wonderful man. Sure, we’re not perfect, but we work really hard to make our relationship work. I love that my husband loves God, works hard to support us, and loves me. Not gonna lie- he’s pretty amazing.

Love this Fall photoshoot of The Vintage Modern Wife by Sarah Lake Photography!

– can get enough of photo shoots with Mathew and Pearl. Now that it’s officially Fall, I really want to do another fun pumpkin patch photo shoot. The one we did last Fall was SO much fun!

– can stop loving working for such a fun school and district. Have I mentioned that I get next Tuesday OFF just so I can go to the Texas State Fair?! ANNND that I get a free ticket through my school? So awesome. The only sad part is that I am most likely not going to see Neely like last year when I go to the fair this year.

Neely and I at the Texas State Fair with Big Tex the week before he burned down

Neely and I at the Texas State Fair with Big Tex the week before he burned down

So now it’s YOUR turn to link up for Never Ever Ever!