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Stella Grace, Gratefulness, Christmas Pictures, and Fried Chicken

This blog post is written by Jeremy.

The past week has literally been a turning point in our lives with the addition of our wonderful little baby girl, Stella Grace. Only 8 days ago our little bundle of joy made her debut into this world and wow how time flies! Kristin keeps joking that those last few days of her pregnancy seemed like FOREVER, and now all of a sudden Stella is already a week old! Crazy, right?

With all blessings there are usually trials. We had a minor trial this week when Stella Grace was officially diagnosed with Jaundice, a yellowing of her skin and eyes.  It was quite scary having her get an IV in her tiny little hand and forcing her to lie still under those blue lights, but all in all, we are thankful she is healthy. But not just thankful, grateful. For Stella’s treatment we are at Cook Children’s Hospital here in Fort Worth. During our 24 hour stay I made my way up and down the halls looking for Chik-fil-a (yes there was a chick-fil-a and a Starbucks in this hospital). I couldn’t help but notice the scores of children that were not so “luck” as Stella to be there with only a mild condition. I saw an 8 year old boy with no hair being pushed in a wheelchair by his mom, obviously fighting cancer. Another 6 or 7 year old boy still wearing diapers running through the halls with autism. Watching these parents chase their children and struggle to be “strong” for their kids while their worlds are collapsing around them gave me a greater sense of thankfulness. Sure, Jaundice can be scary if not properly treated, but all things considered it is mild compared to what many kids face today. Watching Stella at the hospital not only made me thankful for her health, but also gratefulness.

On a lighter note, I have been cooking dinner recently! Scary, I know. Kristin is a superwoman and I know nothing about cooking! Needless to say, I saw this easy recipe on the Today show yesterday so I gave it a try. Simply put, it was a little bit spice and olive oil to make fried chicken on the stove. Yum. (btw, Kristin said it was good and would eat it again).

Enjoy these BEAUTIFUL pictures of our precious girl. We know we are biased, but she really is the cutest baby EVER!

Can you pick a favorite? I can’t…

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Love everyone! She really is a litle bundle of joy!

Jaclyn Rose

She is so beautiful! A perfect mix of both of you. Congratulations!

Krista Morgan

Adorable little girl! :) I think the first one might be a favorite but it’s hard to decide. The ones she is laying on the presents also are adorable. Hope Kristin is doing well. :)

Cindy Clinton-Kinsey

ADORABLE! I wish you lived closer so you could do pictures of Jackson :(

Elaine Joy McDonnell

She is beautiful.

Amber Olsen

Hard to believe you have a little girl! So cute!


Are those all presents for Stella? :P haha What a beautiful blessing, just in time for Christmas! :)

Kelsey Lemonhead

LALALAlove these! so beautiful! I’m so happy for you two and little Stella for getting such amazing parents (:

Jared Johanna Spangenberg

Aww! Such a precious post. Good writing & cooking, Jeremy ;-) So happy for you guys. She is beautiful and precious. Keep enjoying every moment with her!

Aww…she’s too cute! Congratulations!!

Jillian Tree

She is so so so cute! Major congratulations <3 <3.

Pop Pop

Wish I could be there!

Vivien Tran Jordan

Ahhhhh! SOOOOO stinkin’ cute! Praise the Lord for your precious gift! Love all these photos! Such great ideas here.

God Created our little Stella Grace

Jeremy is writing this blog post:

These past few days have been overwhelming to say the least. As I sit here staring at my little angel I can’t help but realize how good God has been to Kristin and me. Sure, Kristin and I both had some challenges during the pregnancy, delivery, and now recovery process, but it all fades away when we look at Stella’s cuteness!

Kristin and I are so grateful to our Savior, Lord, and Creator Jesus Christ. He gave us the most precious little girl we ever could have asked for and I think the picture says it all.

Psalm 139:14-16 – (14) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well. (15) My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

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Crying….as I read this post, and thanking God for this beautiful family He has created.


Crying… I read this post, and thanking God for this beautiful family He has created.

Caitie T.

Sooooo….maybe I cried again? :o)

Nicole Davis

please tell me that the headband was a pinterest idea as well…the scripture, the baby, your heart…all BEAUTIFUL.

Carla Malinowski Dicken

How precious!

Patty Thompson


Kinzie Marie Harvell


Kristin Schmucker

actually the headband was an etsy idea – we bought one just like it from etsy and realized the flower was from the scrapbooking section at hobby. with a little bit of elastic string so we made this one.

Caitie Sheppard

Soooo…maybe I cried…again? :o) <3 <3 <3

Denise Schwenk

She is the most beautiful baby I have seen in a while!!!
And I have some gorgeous ones but they have grown up!!!!
The LOrd has truly blessed you! So happy for you!
Grandpas and Grandmas must be delirious!!

Bethany McDonnell

so adorable :)

This post gave me the shivers. I love this picture. I love that baby. So happy for you two. :)

Shelby J

They really are a miracle and a blessing…cherish her every moment!

So lovely. Her cute little lips looks so adorable. Fantastic work, Kristin. I so love the idea of a child lying on the scripture.


She is gorgeous! Congratulations on your sweet blessing.

Vintage Wedding Details

I love when brides have a vintage theme on their wedding day. A few of my brides next year have already mentioned their love for vintage details and when Jeremy and I came across this “Rustic Burlap Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow” we just had to share it. Etsy is such a great place to search for unique items since most are handmade and often affordable. This little pillow is only $15 (also a 20% discount available with this seller for the holiday season!)

Happy Wednesday!


Etsy Seller: Whichgoose

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Love the burlap sack for a ring pillow!

Caitie T

Ooooo…I like it a lot! We’re still undecided on the ring pillow. We have a couple non-traditional ideas we’re considering. I’ll keep this one in mind though! ;o)

Stella Grace at the Hospital

Although I am a wedding photographer, I will warn you that this blog is about to saturated with newborn pictures. But not just any newborn. She’s the cutest newborn ever. She’s my newborn!

Stella Grace has been such a joy to hold and kiss these last few days and I’m so glad to finally share with you just a few pictures from the hospital. Jeremy and I are so grateful for all the friends and family that praying for the three of us during this time. And most importantly we are very grateful to our Savior for blessing us with the most beautiful child we ever could have dreamed of.

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penny edmonds

What a beautiful baby! I fondly remember holding Emma and Elisabeth–what an overwhelming reminder of God’s goodness. When you’re settled and up for company, we would love to see you all and that sweet little girl. ;)


Mrs. Edmonds

Patty Thompson

Congrats! Very happy for you!

Rebekah Slaughter

Congrats Kristin and Jeremy! Can’t wait to meet her! I see you’ve already stocked up on cute little accessories :)

Elaine Joy McDonnell

She’s beautiful, and perfect. Your life is changing for the better…and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! :-) God bless all three of you.

Gina Long

She is such a beautiful baby!

Mark Schmucker

Great pictures. Can’t wait to meet her.


Oh, Stella Grace is sooo beautiful! Seeing her in the hospital brings back so many memories of holding our girls in their first days…such a sweet, incomparable time.
These pictures were only teasers — com’on, we’re waiting for the tons of pictures
ALL new parents take of their little one…! God bless each of you.

J Twigg

Congratulations! You must be so, so happy. What a precious gift from the Lord. How did labor go?
I’m halfway to one of my own, due in April. ;)

Krista Morgan

Can’t wait to see more of Miss Stella on your blog. :) Although, I might be slightly biased & think Alyssa is the cutest baby. LOL! I love the poochy lip in the above picture. Hope you all adjust well & I’m sure your family can’t wait to get down there.

Alyssa Cross

I can’t wait to meet her!


Labor was okay. 21 hours but only about 2 hours of pushing. Recovery is a different story, I’m in a lot of pain but it is all worth just to look at my little girl!

Stella Grace!

Not sure if this is true but I’ve heard that less than 5% of births actually occur on their due date. Well, Stella Grace is not with the majority because she was perfectly on time!

Our little girl weighed in at 9 lbs even and is 21 and 1/4 inches long! I guess she won’t be wearing “newborn” size clothes very long…

Since we are still at the hospital I don’t have any pictures uploaded from my camera yet, but check back tomorrow to see the most precious baby girl ever!!!

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I think you must already be a supermom and superwoman combined to be posting so soon :) Congratulations and can’t wait to see all of the beautiful pics!

Krista Morgan

Congrats to you & hubby. Cant wait for pictures!

Bethany Hanusch

Congratulations! I can’t wait to see her!

McKenna Pendergrass

Congrats! I LOVE that book by the way. =)

Kimberly Chan

Aww, congrats Kristin!


Can’t wait to see them all!!!!!!