About Me

 I grew up in a SUPER small town in Missouri.  
(Like 12 people in my graduating class kind of small). 

 After much deliberation and procrastination, I decided to go to college at Arkansas State University.  It wasn't too close or too far away so I thought it would be the perfect choice.  I met lots of great people there, and still have some dear, dear relationships that all began in Jonesboro, AR.  

I met Tab the summer before my senior year.  (I'd actually met him a couple years before that but it was a really not-so-great time for both of us, so I don't count it). We instantly hit it off and began dating a month later.  He graduated and moved to Dallas for a job.  I graduated, we got married, and then I moved to Dallas too!  

We eventually bought a house, we both had jobs and were waiting patiently (maybe not patiently) for a baby!  I learned SO much about myself during this time and my relationship with Christ really grew.  After months and months of prayer and fertility treatments AND on an "off" month, we got pregnant!  Funny how that happens isn't it?  All in HIS timing. :)  In April 2009, sweet Miss Ebby Lee was born...
 Such an answered prayer

 On August 10th 2009, Tab's birthday, I decided to take a pregnancy test (just because I felt a little off) and guess what...

 Happy Birthday Tab!  Another blessing on the way and all on HIS timing again :)  But...we had a 4-month-old baby so it was a crazy time in our life.  I remember calling my family/friends and kind of laughing and crying all at the same time.  Little Miss was so much fun.  We felt so good about our decision for me to stay-at-home with the baby considering #2 was arriving in a few months!


 In September, we took our first family vacation...to the beach.


 I know this is going to sound crazy, but I'd always dreamed about pumpkin patch pictures of my family!  (I know...it's a little crazy!)  But my first pumpkin patch trip was so special!

 Thanksgiving 2009

April 9, 2010, (we actually partied in March..just in case baby brother made an early appearance) we celebrated our baby turning 1!

April 12, 2010, we welcomed Nixon Talbot to the world.   

 We adjusted to life with two little babies.  
Pumpkin Patch 2010...18 months and 6 months

 Christmas 2010 
Our family of four

 April 2011, we had a Lumberjack and Jill (double) birthday party.  Nixon turned 1 and Ebby Lee was 2.

 Pumpkin Patch 2011

 April 2012...we threw a big Easter birthday party for these two turning #2 and #3.  (I should mention I felt HORRIBLE this weekend.)

 I took a pregnancy test on Nixon's ACTUAL birthday (April 12th) and POSITIVE!  Soon to be...Slaughter Party of 5!  We took another beach vacation.  Made some GREAT memories.

 Pumpkin Patch 2012...Mama was 8 months pregnant.

 Thanksgiving 2012

 Bowen Hency arrived on November 27, 2012.  What a special day!

 These 3 kiddos kept us SUPER busy in 2013.

 We celebrated Ebby Lee turning 4 on April 9.

 Nixon turned 3 on April 12th.

 A beach trip as a family of five...funny how that first beach trip with one baby should have felt like a breeze! ha!

 Loving living my life with this guy!



We moved into our new house in July 2013.  This was our first night!  Poor Bowen!  He had no clue what was happening.


I turned 30 and we celebrated with a 30th Rapunzel Birthday.  :)


Tab and I celebrated 8 years of marriage at a kid-free dinner and then a selfie in the playroom.  Doesn't everyone do that?


We celebrated my 30th and Tab's 32nd birthdays with friends.  Love these girls!


Mrs. Narci took some AMAZING pictures of us!!


The kiddos and I traveled to Tab's first game of the season at Oklahoma University.  It was HOT!


The big kiddos had their first day of preschool.


During football season, these three and I kept busy making some great memories!


One of our very favorite fall traditions...the Texas State Fair.




We went trick-or-treating with friends.


And we celebrated Thanksgiving in Texas.


Bowen turned 1 and he invited all his friends to a little party at the mall.


2013 was a great year!!


Nixon turned 4 in April with a little get together at Dave and Buster's.


He is Risen!!  We celebrated on Easter!  (Well some of us were happy about it.)


Ebby Lee turned five and had a painting party.


Nixon played his first season of tee-ball with his bestie, Smith.


We went on our first big vacation with my family...to Disney World.


Later on in the summer, we headed to San Antonio for a family trip with Tab's family.


In August, our sweet girl started kindergarten!  She did awesome!  Dad and I took it a little harder than she did.  :)


Everyone missed her during the day.  :)


Another fabulous year in the books for the Slaughter family.  Bring it 2015!

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I'm going to fast forward the next three years pretty quickly.  


The summer of 2015, the we moved into a new home, built in 1998, which means all kinds of renovations and updates are needed.  We're slowly working through this-one project at a time.  We love our neighbors, our new 'hood, and the area so we're being patient with the upgrades.  {Or at least I'm TRYING to be patient.}


That same summer we enjoyed a week long family vacation back to Destin, Florida.


We sent a first-grader and a kindergartener off to school in August.


And we ended 2015-with a six-year-old, five-year-old, and three-year-old.


The next summer we took an amazing family vacation to Mexico.  When asked if our kiddos enjoyed their vacation, "YEEESSSS!!!".  :)

Meanwhile, God was stirring in our hearts for us to grow our family.  Tab and I were praying about this and began getting our paperwork complete.


Later that fall, Tab's football crew got assigned the Army/Air Force game taking place at West Point.  We decided that was worth a family trip to New York.  One of my favorite family trips to date...we took the crew to New York City, the football game, and then back for more fun in the city.


We closed the door to 2016 with high hopes and big prayers for a sweet girl to join our family in 2017.


Everything else from 2017 pales in comparison to this day and this moment.  On May 15, 2017, we welcomed Britt Bradford Slaughter into our family.  Our hearts all grew three sizes this day.  


We celebrated Britt turning TWO on November 12th, 2017.  What a blessing it was to experience all these firsts through her eyes.


In 2017, we praised God for this sweet baby.  We didn't even know how much our family needed her until she arrived.


In 2018, we took an amazing Spring Break vacation to Disney World and then followed it up with a Disney Cruise {with the Shull crew}.


That summer we took a family vacation to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to enjoy a week of fun in the sun, way too late bedtimes, and more memories we can even count.


Tab and I celebrated THIRTEEN years of marriage in July.


And when it was back to school time, this year-we had another kindergartener headed off to school.  It was Bowen's turn!

2018...another great year in the books!

And now we're ready for 2019!

To read full Year-In-Review recaps...

2018

2017

2016

XO

23 comments

Slightly Askew Designs said...

You're not weird because I totally dreamed of pumpkin patch trips too! Except in my dreams they were always on cool, crisp days - unlike the reality of sweaty hayrides and sunscreen... but they're still sweet times.

Also - I will NEVER EVER EVER forget you telling us about Ebby Lee at Rachel's house. So fun! :)

Susan Jeffries said...

I am a new follower via Alison's blog hop! You have an adorable family and great style! And I love your hair! Blessings! Susan

Hayley Chandler said...

I'm a new follower!!! What a great story you have to tell! It always amazes me how God works.

The Bryan Family said...

I'm a new follower - coming from Shay and Shaeffer's blogs. Loved your story and totally can relate to it. I have three kids - 2 boys and a girl and about the same ages as yours. just turned 5, almost 3 and almost 2.

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

Love every single bit of this!!!

Anonymous said...

This is such a fun timeline of your married life to motherhood!! What a sweet family you have, thanks for sharing! Love following along :)

Macy Strozier said...

In the pic of you and your girl friends, at first I thought the girl in the middle was Shay, then I looked at everybody and saw here. Lol!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Look at all of the sweet pictures! I'm so glad you updated this!

Anonymous said...

My middle daughter , izzy , has the same birthday as nix, 4/12/10!! My son was born a year later in November too! 11/15/11!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Mama, you have been busy! Loved this review!!! :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family! Hope you have another baby to add more beauty to this world!!

Maddy Haggerty said...

I love following along with your blog each morning:) Such a beautiful family!!

Heaven's Roses said...

Your family is gorgeous. I love reading your blog and gaining encouragement through your marriage. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. 😊

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

Thanks for being honest about waiting on HIS timing! Isn't that the truth?

Mariah K said...

I'm a new follower and I'm already in love with your honesty and your sweet family! I totally can't wait to take my daughter to her first pumpkin patch this year, either! Not weird at all. Also, would you mind me asking what town in Missouri you're from? I grew up in a teensy rural MO town myself! Maybe we were close!

Liz daRosa said...

I'm a new follower too. I just started a mommy blog (rolled out this Mother's Day). Glad to be more connected with you!

The Classy Chaos said...

I absolutely love the way you shared the past few years. And HIS timing is perfect. How amazing, so happy for you and your beautiful family! I'll be following along from here on out! God bless!

Trista
http://theclassychaos.blogspot.com

Bernadine said...

Cant wait for Britt to be part of your story here. What a special family! Thank you for being so real and sharing your life with us!

Narci said...

Aw!! What a fun walk down memory lane! I love all of these sweet pictures and memories. :)

Jen said...

Such a good recap! Love the way you choose what to share about your family. I can imagine you talking as you are writing.

Kelly Bonner said...

My name is Kelly & I found you through Shay’s blog. We live outside of Houston.I am a wife of almost 10 years, a mom to two great kids. Aubrey is 7 & in first grade & Hudson is 1. I love having my kids this far apart. Don’t get me wrong it has its challenges at times, but I love being at different stages with each of them. I teach kindergarten & before that taught 1st grade for seven years. My daughter is at my school. We are very involved in our church & my relationship with Christ is my top priority. I enjoy reading in my spare time. Thank you for letting us into your lives.

Mother of 3 said...

That is wonderful! I just love that you go on these huge family vacation with your friends. My girlfriend and I planned to do that when we were both dating/just married to our husbands but with our totally different schedules and lifestyles it has yet to work out!

Unknown said...

Just wondering how far back you would have to go back so we could see your husband with hair? HA HA