Baby Prep: Newborn Hats & Mittens

Several years ago, when I moved to Minnesota, I found a keyboard and that took me on a journey of learning piano chords, songwriting and leading worship.
When I moved to California I found a sewing machine!

With the baby on the way and everything changing, I’m trying to be a good steward of the time that I have. I’m getting the opportunity to do things that I only dreamed of during my busy Starbucks life. I finally have the time & schedule availability to join a small group, to meet with other women in the church, to meal plan on a budget (first time I’ve ever had to do that!), to exercise at the start of my day, to support my husband by taking care of all the different odds & ends, work on video & photo projects and…to craft! 

I’ve had so many little ideas here and there throughout the years (and a growing “DIY” Pinterest board) but I didn’t have the time or energy to actually do it myself. Now it feels like I’m “living the dream” as I wait for our baby, work on different projects and adjust to this new life.

I’m not a fan of baby things. When my Mom was asking me about what kind of fabrics I wanted her to use for the baby quilt she’s making, my only rule was “no baby blue”. I’ve never really liked the baby prints or the powder blue (or pink!) color that’s used for blankets, outfits, fabrics…it’s everywhere! When we were registering just last week I was kind of wincing at every other thing my husband pointed out for that reason. Finally he said, “you know we’re having a baby right?”.

So I’m very aware of how ridiculous it might seem that I’m so picky but it’s really just a preference issue that I need to get over since this baby has a whole gang of family members that will be dressing him up and handing down clothes. BUT if you can save money by making your own designs that are more along the style that you prefer, then go for it!





These little hats and mittens were made out of old knit shirts that I had. I figured since I wouldn’t be wearing an XS for the next several months I might as well save the money on buying fabric and put it to good use! I made up my own pattern for both of these after spending lots of time researching different construction methods on Pinterest and combining all that I learned.

Some of the best tutorials I found were here and here. Just find what method works for you, what size you need and then make your own pattern from there. I drew all of my pieces out on wax paper and saved them with my fabrics for future hats. These are so easy (& inexpensive) to make and perfect for little shower gifts for all the little newborns on their way!



I Left My Heart…



I have so much to be thankful for.

Afternoons with my sister-cousin for a long lunch in Brea by the outdoor fireplace was good for my heart in the midst of such a busy season. 

Actually, I had a few long lunches out in LA…
So thankful for the time to sit back, relax, and wander down the two-way street of pouring your heart out and encouraging each other.

Sunday, I had the privilege of listening to my husband preach! My heart was full and especially thankful as he practiced his sermon that morning, preaching to me as I put on my make up.

He appropriately spoke on suffering well, a sermon he had delivered months earlier, but this time it was coming from a raw and vulnerable place in his heart. All week he had been challenged to live out what he had learned and even taught from the Word.

It was such a precious time for me to sit in the church that he grew up. I met the lady who shared the Gospel with him when he was little and so many other people who had impacted his life. I’m so thankful to all of the wonderful people who played a part in the man that he is today. I wonder if any of them knew that the “trouble maker” kid would be back twenty years later to give a message…


Even though the reason for the trip out to LA was under such sad circumstances, I was blessed enough to experience the Tibayan gift exchange. The bed upstairs was completely covered with presents being wrapped while we listened to Christmas music and waited for everyone to arrive. The house was flooded with people from all over as everyone was shouting and laughing, competitively selecting and exchanging gifts. The little kids would come over us to give us a hug and thank us for their gifts and it felt like our hearts just might burst, knowing that in a few hours we’d be on a plane, leaving everyone.

Those people (especially the little people) make it so hard to leave that place…especially when it means coming back to this:



After our red-eye flight back to MN we were greeted with 15″ of snow. Thankfully one of our friends had shoveled our driveway before we got home but after the plow went through we literally had to shovel ourselves IN to the driveway. Going from 70 degrees to 3 degrees in a matter of hours makes your lungs feel like they just might freeze inside your body.

We’re still unpacking, working like crazy and not ready for Christmas. What a busy couple of months it’s been!

We have so much to be thankful for, even if it means leaving our hearts across the country for now.