And Breathe...

Oh, hi!

I’ve been on a bit of a blogger “vacation’‘. Don’t all bloggers say they go on those little planned hiatuses to “clear their minds and just get away from all the social media pressure” every once and awhile? Ha!

Well, I did not plan on taking any sort of hiatuses but life just worked out that way!

Last year ended in such a whirlwind for us that I really couldn’t keep it all together, live, and blog about it all at the same time. I even ended up taking a sabbatical from Instagram at one point and that’s the most casual social media.

It could’ve been much worse, but luckily for Mark and I, all the things being thrown at us were good things.

After we were married in May, we decided we needed more space. So, we started house hunting in June. By the way, anyone that has ever said that house hunting is an enjoyable process is a liar. Or they’ve only experienced house hunting via HGTV or Chip and Joanne Gaines because in real life? It’s a grueling, time consuming, heart wrenching process. And we had a spectacular real estate agent!

He made everything so much smoother and more enjoyable than it should’ve been, but it was still a hard process. He was so amazing that we ended up closing on the perfect house in early October. I have no doubt that if it wasn’t for him, we would still be looking and I would still be falling in love with houses that didn’t work out for one reason or another.

Once we closed on the house, and moved, we started to settle into our groove. We started planning to host our first Thanksgiving in our new place, and everything was cozy.

Then, I found out I was pregnant. Part of our move was to have a larger home for when we did start our family. We just really weren't expecting it to be so soon! We were aiming for early 2019 but the Universe has jokes, I guess. Of course, we were (and still are) elated. What’s better than having the child you’ve always wanted and planned for? We’d jokingly picked out names for our future kids by our second date so we both knew this was in the cards.

Having it happen so soon was a welcome surprise. Plus, we had the added bonus of being able to tell our families for the holidays.

Everything in our lives was going great and then mid November it took a bit of a turn. I started to experience extreme morning sickness. I would spend two or three days at a time confided to our bedroom, sicker than I’d ever felt before. I was so exhausted that I would sleep for hour on hours and I couldn’t manage to keep any food down. I’d get to the point where I couldn’t even convince my body to hold on to water. After three emergency trips to the hospital for severe dehydration in just six weeks, my OBGYN diagnosed me with hyperemesis gravidarum. It sounds more like a Harry Potter spell than a true illness, but believe me, it’s a serious illness. By the 15th week of my pregnancy, I was six ER visits deep with a pretty impressive collection of anti-nausea meds and a very short list of foods my body would tolerate. But despite all of that, our child is still growing healthy and on track, and we are very much aware of how blessed we are. I’m doing better, baby is healthy and for now we’re just doing our best to get ready to be the best parents this little one deserves.

We’ve come out on the other side of the year with the most basic of plans. To just chill! The biggest thing we’re doing is preparing for the Summer birth of our kid and that’s it! Last year was the year we somehow made very move possible and checked way more off of our lists than we intended. This year is all about enjoying all that hard work…maybe I’ll even find ways to get off my butt and blog about it!


Karra Wade is a lifestyle blogger, boutique owner and content creator living in Texas with her husband and two dogs.

In 2015, she started Feather + Arrow to promote her work and share bits of personal life. It has slowly grown into a place where she can not only share musings about her day but also discuss fashion tips, lifestyle inspiration and peeks into her shop.