23 Weeks – Bump Update – Halloween Edition!

by Aquila on October 31, 2014


23 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss? 167. Weighed myself in the afternoon again. For the love of Pete, why do I keep doing that to myself?
Maternity clothes? Yup, and I’m filling out the maternity jeans more and more each week.  PLUS, I have a ton of cute maternity dresses planned for Fashion Week that I can’t wait for you all to see!

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The Sun Came Back: Learning Optimism from a Two Year Old

by Aquila on October 29, 2014


This post has been scheduled for quite some time now, but it honestly couldn’t have come on a better day.  I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather since Sunday, and with a toddler, growing bump, and Fashion Week craziness going on, it’s taken me much longer than usual to get my energy back.  Writing about Cora and her beautiful little heart makes me feel a thousand times better though, no matter what. [click to continue…]

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A Declaration of Faith.

by Aquila on October 27, 2014


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I’ve been debating about if/when I wanted to write this post for a little while now.  It’s always a bit unnerving to write the highly personal posts, and although my faith isn’t a secret, I haven’t actually taken the time to spell it out for my readers in black and white.  Recently though, we’ve started a new series at church on why work matters to God.  Why your career can and should be intertwined with your spiritual journey, no matter how unwelcome it may seem in the office.  Since this blog is one of my passions and pursuits in life, I think it’s important that I confess to all of you one simple fact: I am a follower of Jesus.

This doesn’t mean Haute in Texas is becoming a religious blog.  If that’s what you want, I highly recommend Naptime Diaries and She Reads Truth. I’m still going to write about fashion, beauty, and motherhood because that’s all a part of my life.  I think it’s important that women understand that choosing Christ doesn’t mean you have to dress frumpy and never put on makeup for the rest of your life.  It’s ok to like those things, it’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, we just have to keep in mind Who is at the forefront of it all.

In plenty of my previous posts, I’ve mentioned that we’re blessed, or I’ve thanked God for something, and that’s where I envision it staying for now.  I just think it’s essential to use this platform to tell you, in at least one fully devoted blog post, that if you want to know more about Jesus and what he’s done for my life, I’m an open book.  If you want to come to church with me, it’s every Sunday at 11:30 at Oak Hills Church, or you can watch it online here.  And if you ever see me straying from Christian values on this blog, I want you to call me out on it.

Everything I have, everything I am, is thanks to God.  He gave me my love for writing, he gave me this blog, now it’s time to offer it up to Him as a way to further His will.  If that’s through a kind, gentle voice that writes on the struggles of motherhood, or in a post about fashion that isn’t all about how much something costs or how it will make you better than the next girl, I’m up for it.  I’m all in.  And I hope you are too.



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22 Weeks – Bump Update

October 24, 2014

22 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 162, so I either lost 4 pounds in a week, or weighing myself in the mornings is a MUCH better idea. I’m going to go with the latter.   Maternity clothes? Yup, and I noticed a few days ago one of my workout tank tops kept riding up to reveal […]

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Why a midwife is the right choice for our family.

October 22, 2014

If you’ve read Cora’s birth story (Part One and Part Two), you know that she was born in a birth center.  If that’s an unfamiliar term to you, it’s essentially a happy-medium between a home birth and a hospital birth.  We had a midwife, I was never given any pain medication, and I was free […]

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32 Ways I Miss My Husband

October 20, 2014

I was originally going to title this post “5 Reasons Why Long Distance Marriage Sucks” or “Why Long Distance Love Is Harder When You’re Married With Kids” but it just felt too negative and complaint-ridden.  Many of you know that Orlando plays professional basketball in Mexico, which means he’s out of the States for the […]

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21 Weeks – Bump Update

October 17, 2014

21 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 166.  I may have to stop calculating my exact weight, this is getting depressing.   Maternity clothes? Jeans for sure, otherwise I’m still getting away with mostly normal clothes.  Although, in this outfit that top is actually one of my semi-scandalous mini party dresses from my pre-kids days, but now […]

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15 Christmas Traditions I’m Stealing From My Mom – Plus an Olé Market Giveaway!

October 15, 2014

But it’s not even Halloween yet! Why on earth are we talking about Christmas today? Well, first: Christmas is the most magical time of the year, but you have to PLAN the magic well in advance.  And second, the Junior League of San Antonio has their 21st annual Holiday Olé Market starting TOMORROW and its […]

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Droopy Earlobes: A letter about aging to my younger sisters

October 13, 2014

Dear Sisters, A few months ago we were talking about earrings…maybe it was what kind of earrings you were going to wear for Kelsey’s wedding, I can’t remember.  Anyways, one of you said you didn’t want to wear a pair of big chandelier earrings because you’d heard that wearing heavy earrings will eventually make your […]

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20 Weeks – Is baby number two pink or blue?!

October 10, 2014

  I’m officially(ish) halfway today y’all! 20 weeks have FLOWN by, and I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going.  I’m going to start a little Friday tradition of a weekly bump update, but today’s announcement is a BIG ONE.  Are you ready to find out if we’re having a girl or a boy? […]

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