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2022-12-01 05:56
It is no secret that I love Christmas Cards! They are one of my favorite traditions to do year after year. We save a card each year since 2012 (our first married Christmas) and marvel at… Read More
2022-11-26 03:03
When I was in teenager (or even in college) and I heard the story of Mary and Martha, I could NEVER relate to Martha. I was not the teenager who was in the kitchen, preparing meals for m… Read More
2022-11-24 13:53
“Do you want to hear some life-changing news?” I asked Bruce as he stood over the kitchen sick with a hand full of dishes. We had just got the girls to bed after a long &… Read More
2022-10-30 22:11
Hot dog mummies are one of my favorite holiday treats. I’m not even joking. So classic and so adorable, we make them all season long for a spooky and kid friendly lunch! Also they… Read More
2022-10-29 04:37
This year the Mayberry Five (I guess that is what we call ourselves these days) dressed up like classic Halloween! Hilde really wanted to be a ghost this year, and as much as I tried to… Read More
2022-10-27 04:35
Happy Halloween! I’m a big fan of holidays around here! Any excuse to be festive and I am IN. It’s just one of those mom things that brings me a ridiculous amount of joy and… Read More
2022-10-18 04:41
“But I want to be hereTruly be hereTo watch the ones that I love bloomAnd I want to make roomTo love them through and through and throughAnd through the slow and barren seasons too… Read More
2022-10-06 19:28
It must be October! The first Saturday of October Rock Ledge Ranch hosts their annual Harvest Festival and we go every year (except the ones we haven’t 😉 ) I’ve learn… Read More
2022-09-26 21:49
Since I don’t use Instagram anymore but I am a sucker for tradition, I am moving my monthly posts over to this platform. YAY! Maybe these posts will be short and sweet like the one… Read More
2022-09-22 03:56
I love being pregnant and I love not being pregnant anymore after nine months. I love seeing the face of the little human who has been kicking me for the last couple months and having th… Read More
2022-09-16 04:25
This year I have two preschoolers and while neither of them are actually in preschool, we’ve been doing some fun preschool activities at home. I saw something like this on Pinteres… Read More
2022-08-31 18:50
Like any new mom of three, I’ve been trying to get pictures of all my kids together. All three of them. I’ve been pinning sibling photos on Pinterest to get inspired but my r… Read More
2022-08-26 23:25
Our little man is one month! I honestly cannot believe it – I’m all cry eyes over here! Only eleven more months until he is ONE! I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but after… Read More
2022-08-21 19:20
Hilde’s 4th birthday landed in the middle of the newborn days with our littlest Mayberry so I was unsure what we would be able to do to celebrate. But since birthdays are a big dea… Read More
2022-08-13 21:11
Welcome to Thorin’s nursery! It is so fun to have a boy room to put together. Not one thing of pink or floral… okay, well the stacking bears does have a rose blush colored o… Read More
2022-08-08 23:23
My little sister was in town with her whole family when Thorin was born. We have been pregnant at the same time with two of our pregnancies – Millie & Judah are 6 weeks apart a… Read More
2022-08-04 19:22
Thorin John Mayberry || July 26th, 2022 || 7:53 am || 7 lbs 12.5 oz || 19.5 inches Baby’s Outfits: Knotted Gown (Retro Khaki) + Copper Pearl Swaddling Blanket and Bonnet (Briar) He… Read More
2022-07-25 19:58
And the belly faces made it in! We procrastinated a bit this pregnancy with our to-do list so these last weeks/ months have been CRAZY. We totally redid and FINISHED two bedrooms (the gu… Read More
2022-07-20 21:46
Alternate (and better for search engines) Title: Our Family Maternity Photos 😉 I sit here writing this post at my kitchen table. The windows are open and the smells and sounds of… Read More
2022-07-14 21:55
Just stop it. How are my kids so big?! This pregnancy has slowed me down big time. I quit social media and have posted like a dozen times this whole year – which (btw) is not a lot… Read More
2022-05-21 15:48
Nearly every night I sing the hymn “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” to my girls as I tuck them in bed. Recently I have found myself going back to the old hymns – some that I… Read More
2022-05-13 18:09
Happy Easter from the Mayberrys!! We had a festive and eventful Easter Sunday gathering and celebrating our Risen Savior!!!! And both of our girlies baptisms! It is a joy to see these gi… Read More
2022-05-02 07:48
Christmas comes with an abundance of traditions, activities, and advent calendars to count down to the birth of Christ & celebrate the season but this year in an attempt to bring my… Read More
2022-04-29 10:51
ESV Study Bible – $34 || Wildflower Seeds – $13 || Willow Tree Child of my Heart – $44 || Yeti Mug – $35 || Risen Motherhood – $14 || The Wordsearch Book &n… Read More
2022-04-27 12:26
As a mom of toddlers, I am always thinking of and searching for little activities to fill our days. Crafting is one of those sweet spots for us. Nearly every day we have creative time wh… Read More
2022-04-25 17:29
Easter Baskets are a tradition in our family. Growing up every year, we always had one and I plan to do one for the kids every Easter they wake up in our home (see past ones here: 2021… Read More
2022-04-22 11:14
You read that right – our first three rolls of film! It all started when we picked up a Pentax K1000 the other Saturday morning at the thrift store. It sent us into a film photogra… Read More
2022-04-13 20:08
April 4th, 2021 Well would you believe that this post is one year late? It is! Welcome to Easter 2021. In typical Easter fashion, I have added photos to this post and left it in the draf… Read More
Hilde’s Baptism On Easter Sunday
2022-04-11 10:00
This post is about three years late. There is something about hitting publish on something so significant that it is easier to keep putting it off. Every Easter I remember that I still n… Read More
2022-04-08 04:22
Do you find yourself weary of doing good? Of doing the dishes, making the meals, wiping up messes, and thinking up adventures? Do you groan in the morning when you hear your alarm clock… Read More
Cardboard Easter Bunny Masks
2022-03-26 02:15
“Morning Mommy! Are we going to craft today?” My oldest always wakes up thinking of the day ahead. She comes into our room proclaiming that “the light is green” a… Read More
2021-12-05 21:47
We did a new fun thing this Christmas and spent an overnight at Gaylord of the Rockies! They go all out for Christmas and I’ll tell you that “all out” is so much! We co… Read More
2021-12-03 18:52
I am a huge fan of filling your walls with art and photos! I think it brings so much life to a space and so I wanted to make a gift guide featuring some of my favorite artists and shops… Read More
2021-11-24 05:20
I didn’t think I would be able to go to Disney this year but here I am! My sweet kiddos and husband didn’t join so I felt kind of guilty and missed them a bunch but still tot… Read More
2021-11-10 12:43
Record Player – $70 || Retro Bluetooth Speaker – $70 || Electric Kettle – $65 || Ember Temperature Control Mug – $130 || Sheepskin Women Slippers – $70 || Q… Read More
2021-11-05 14:01
Right now most of our house project attention is going to the shed. We are still working on the electrical and all the trenching, permitting, electrical panel work for that. It is a lot… Read More
2021-11-03 11:30
The air is so crisp and cool right now. Our Colorado fall has been so magical. The colorful leaves are outlasting their normal course and everyone here cannot get over it! Usually we hav… Read More
2021-11-02 23:24
Halloween night looked magical this year. It was cold that’s true, but also foggy and autumny! The leaves and the color of fall has lasted longer than normal this year since we hav… Read More
2021-10-25 17:41
…. and the family costume is, PETER PAN! We threw out several ideas leading up to October and we were having a hard time picking which idea to move forward with & start creati… Read More
2021-10-24 04:46
Happy Halloween! This year when I opened our Fall/ Halloween decorations box I noticed that I didn’t have much for Halloween decor! So I started rounding up some cute Halloween fav… Read More
2021-10-22 16:31
Lately I’ve seen several post and shares about Christians celebrating Halloween. Some feel very passionate that it is a holiday we should avoid because of dark roots & pagan pr… Read More
2021-10-18 09:28
Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Did you know October is Fire Prevention Month? It is! And we took the opportunity to include our girls on a journey through our home to co… Read More
2021-10-15 16:30
My parents just celebrated 43 years of marriage! You go Dean + Kim! They were married as young 20-year-olds and have experienced so much of their lives together. I remember when my mom c… Read More
2021-10-13 12:05
Is it even October if we don’t go to the Harvest Festival?!? 2020, 2018, & 2017 all say so! 2019 doesn’t and that’s because I planned a trip over the first weekend… Read More
2021-10-11 11:53
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Flexitol. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dealt with dry scalp issues. I often get eczema patches on my scalp and deal with da… Read More
2021-10-10 05:56
The last craft in our week of Halloween Crafts are these Spooky Handprint Ghost Ornaments. It is a craft that is a little bit more for mom but you need the kids participation for a bit o… Read More
2021-10-07 10:51
It’s day four in our spooky craft week and we’re making homemade Halloween crayons!! You’ll find soon that this is more of a how to/ how not to do post but it is still… Read More
2021-10-06 18:39
This is our third toddler friendly Halloween craft of the week! We’re having a fun little week of Halloween crafts to celebrate the month of October. Every morning Hilde asks me to… Read More
2021-10-05 13:29
Next up on our week of crafts is TP Roll Mummies! We made these in less than 10 minutes and then the girls played with them for a week! We started with two mummies and then the girls wan… Read More
2021-10-04 09:23
At three years old Hilde is excited about everything. Making things and holidays are amongst the top contenders so we’re doing a week of toddler friendly Halloween crafts to kick o… Read More
Why Are You Hopeful?
2021-09-29 11:57
Why are you hopeful? The battles are long, the news is dark, the world is divisive & full of injustice, wickedness is praised, people are isolated, hurt, lost, and fearful. These las… Read More
2021-09-27 10:19
Well we found a new hangout! Red Leg Brewery just opened a new & bigger location that is simply the best hangout for people who want to share a beer with friends in a kid friendly lo… Read More
2021-09-22 21:55
In honor of the first day of fall (whether the weather feels like it or not 😉 ), I wanted to share some fall decor favorites I’ve found on Amazon lately! Did I already deco… Read More
2021-09-10 17:53
May I introduce the newest member of our family, our very own unicorn! In honor of Hilde’s birthday, the girls opened a big box that arrived on our friend porch and discovered a po… Read More
2021-09-10 17:53
May I introduce the newest member of our family, our very own unicorn! In honor of Hilde’s birthday, the girls opened a big box that arrived on our friend porch and discovered a po… Read More
2021-09-08 20:45
This post is sponsored by Betty Crocker, but all opinions are my own.  My oldest daughter turned three the end of August and I’m turning into one of those moms that is always… Read More
2021-09-06 22:53
I have countless memories of getting up while it was still dark out to load up into the car and head ALLLL the way across town to the Labor Day Lift Off with my family. Now that I a… Read More
2021-09-01 22:13
For Hilde’s 3rd birthday we dove into the world of Lovevery and I don’t know why it took us so long! HAHA. I’ve seen Lovevery on Instagram and we have played with Lovev… Read More
2021-08-27 20:50
Three years ago Hilde Joy made me a mom and Bruce a dad. We had no idea what the future would look like, how we would take care of and raise this little human, and how much our lives wou… Read More
2021-08-17 16:11
Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers are a family favorite in this house. Not only are they and easy to make/ quick to make recipe but I usually always have the ingredients on hand since they… Read More
2021-08-13 10:05
Devote yourselves to prayer: stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At this same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the world, to speak the mystery of Christ, for whi… Read More
2021-08-11 18:36
When I look back on my photography journey, I am just in awe. I remember writing this post with this really artsy photo about wanting to learn photography. I had hoped that I would grow… Read More
2021-08-06 18:11
I am the oldest in a family of four kids. And like the obedient, perfect, responsible, favorite, oldest daughter I am 😉 , I stayed here. My siblings all moved away. LAME. I still… Read More
2021-08-02 10:54
Welcome to my newly formed book club section here on Oak + Oats. It is not exactly a book club because we don’t all plan to read each book together at the same time, but it is a pl… Read More
2021-07-31 22:33
Peek-a-Boo! We had our first official Ridings family (my side) reunion in 2020. I know, what a year to have it 😉 But it was the first one since all the kids were married and with… Read More
2021-07-23 22:39
Today I opened Instagram. I haven’t opened it for awhile. I used to click on the little camera icon without even thinking. It was so natural to scroll through Instagram multiple ti… Read More
2021-07-19 16:13
Several years ago Stephanie Pollock made butterfly wings with her girls and then shared them in this blog post. I thought they were beautiful and the photos were filled with such childli… Read More
2021-07-13 22:24
Last year we went to farmland Kansas for the 4th of July and we liked it so much, we did it again! We braved the mosquitos, the humidity, and the insane temperatures all so that we could… Read More
2021-06-21 09:54
We’re still in the middle of our kitchen renovation, but our dining room is practically done! I am toying with the idea of adding fun + bold window treatments but I haven’t b… Read More
2021-06-18 19:04
This mama is jumping head on into summer over here! With temperatures in the 80s and 90s we spent the week at the pool. It was a little bit crazy and a lot a bit exhausting but magical n… Read More
2021-06-16 19:29
We had a Colorado Springs first last week on a double date with our good friends and that is pretty historic!! Since both Bruce and I are Colorado Springs natives, it is hard to find som… Read More
2021-06-11 12:00
Ask Elizabeth: I’m getting requests for my Media Kit but I don’t even know where to begin with that! What is it, do I need one, and how do I make it? SO fun! Today we are dig… Read More
2021-06-09 08:39
Do you ever feel too small? Like whatever you have is not enough? As a mama I feel that all the time. My biggest ministry right now is my family and I don’t always feel qualified t… Read More
2021-06-07 11:46
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared an Our Daily Moments blog post. A big part of that due to the fact that two toddlers make life wonderfully busy! But I am SO excited to be… Read More
2021-06-04 11:44
Whenever we go to the pool, I always get complements on the girls and their swimsuits! I mean, they are freaking adorable so it is not surprising to me but everyone is always shocked the… Read More
2021-05-25 23:09
It has been five years next month since I left my job at Life Network but the ministry has forever changed me and I cannot help but continue to be invested in the work they are doing! I… Read More
2021-05-17 15:58
We went to Texas and I’m not going to lie, the warm weather of a Texas Spring was really nice! Here in Colorado we always get a “second winter” that comes in Spring &nd… Read More
2021-05-10 20:26
Thirty- Three and I can honestly say I’m loving my thirties! I’ve never felt so good in my own skin. I care about what other people think of me less and less. And I’m j… Read More
2021-05-09 20:38
A couple years ago I made my mama take pictures with me and Hilde! I wanted to make sure to capture these three generations before we all grew up. Two years later, we did it again and we… Read More
2021-05-07 09:05
Bruce proposed to me nine years ago this very month. Three long yet very short months later, we were married on August 18th 2012! While I posted about our wedding on the blog way back wh… Read More
2021-05-05 19:09
Checked off a bucket list item last month on our trip to Texas – Magnolia Market! Our family lives in Denton (Dallas area) and when Southwest started flying out of Colorado Springs… Read More
2021-04-30 14:44
I picked up a new book at the library. I’ll be honest, I actually just discovered how great the library is! You can request a book online, they track down what library it is at (or… Read More
The Shed Office Part One
2021-04-21 21:21
One day I think we will just call it the office but right now it is the shed office. We are building an office in the form of a shed in our backyard and we are so excited. Like SOOOO exc… Read More
2021-04-09 10:26
We got a new stove/oven last week and it is the bees knees. After living with a dysfunctional oven for a year an a half, it feels magical to use all the the burners and also be able to b… Read More
2021-04-07 17:06
I suppose we have now moved onto Spring snows here in Colorado but this one truly was one of the last snows of Winter. I’m always a bit sad to say goodbye to a season, but always h… Read More
2021-04-02 12:52
This week is Holy Week. I never took much notice to the week leading up to Easter (or the church calendar in general) until we started going to an Anglican church a couple years ago. We… Read More
2021-03-29 23:22
I love putting together an Easter Basket for the girls. I’ve been doing it since Hilde’s first Easter (2019, 2020) and although they still are not old enough to expect it, it… Read More
Will I Ever Finish All These Drafts?
2021-03-26 16:41
I’m currently sitting on the couch with my laptop, staring at a drafts folder on my website that has over 500 posts sitting in it. Yet here I am in a new tab crafting a new post th… Read More
2021-03-24 16:00
Good news guys! The February Family Fun Event is BACK ON! I know you all have noticed that we skipped going to Snow Mountain Ranch for a couple Februaries 😉 HAHA! Okay so maybe y… Read More
2021-03-22 17:12
We ate at a new local restaurant this weekend to celebrate the first day of Spring and the fact that the best restaurants are becoming part of the culture of Colorado Springs! Birdcall i… Read More
The Tubing Hill
2021-03-12 12:19
One very windy and exceedingly cold winter’s day, we went to the tubing hill. We’ve gone to this tubing hill several times over the years on family vacations to Winter Park a… Read More

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