How to Design Your Own Birth Announcement

How to Make Birth Announcements (3 ways) in PicMonkey
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I recently introduced you to our newest family member, Oliver. Today, I'm sharing how I created birth announcements for him with tips if you want to do your own.

Making your own birth announcements (for free) in PicMonkey...

PicMonkey has countless options of how to go about creating your birth announcement that depends on what look you're going for. Because of that, this will partly take you step-by-step through the process, but will mostly include tips to get the look you want at each step in the process.

PicMonkey has a lot of editing options provided for free. If you like what you see, a Royale subscription is affordable and offers full access to all texts, editing options, etc. You can try it out for a week for free.

Friday Update // August

update of a simple life

A little update to wrap up August. Be sure and sign up below for the simple-living resources (and freebie) to come!

1 // pausing on purpose

I took a bit of a maternity leave after welcoming Baby 3 (Oliver) into the world. While I don't have traditional work, I put all my extras on pause to focus on baby and family for a few weeks. (I wrote about pausing on purpose >> here.) It was amazing to have that time covered in grace and freedom from obligation. Sure, laundry and dishes still begged for my attention. But I mostly tuned everything out to just focus on breathing--for my family and myself. Maybe a maternity leave isn't on your calendar right now, but I encourage you to take a moment--an evening or weekend or whatever you can muster--and pause to catch your breath. You'll be glad you did.

2 // online favorites

While I took my maternity leave from all things, I shared guest posts from some of my favorites around the Web. Here are those posts in case you missed 'em:
Our Yellow Door // Kitchen Fellowship // Where the Green Things Grow // Becoming Minimalist // Message in a Mason Jar // The Simple City Life // Marriage Readiness Project // Have Mercy

3 // back to school + cloth diapers

My oldest started first grade (I've temporarily become a coffee-drinker to get us all out the door in the morning), the middle is doing a makeshift preschool at home (more to come on that in October), and we got the youngest started in cloth diapers (more to come on Prefolds Love). Love our little arrows and blessed to now have our quiver complete :) // (Psalm 127 was my focus text for my pause; hence the arrow analogy.)

4 // the big move

Did I mention we moved recently? We're still in our same town in The Good Life of the Midwest. We're just in a bigger space with a little bitty garage, porch and yard--yay! This big move happened on the same day Baby 3 and I came home from the hospital. It was a crazy whirlwind. I have my season of Pausing on Purpose to thank for maintaining sanity through that. Stay tuned, pics of our new place to come as we continue to get settled.

5 // the next big freebie

As I'm easing out of my makeshift "maternity leave," I'm transitioning back into writing and designing. Which means fun things to come throughout October and a big freebie going to my e-mail subscribers the end of October! Signup below. An e-mail is going out this next Wednesday with more info.

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Meet The Marriage Readiness Project

Glorifying God in Singleness // The Marriage Readiness Project

Today's post is written by Merritt of The Marriage Readiness Project. I'm introducing you to some of my online favorites while I take a bit of a maternity leave. I appreciate Merritt's passion for making singleness a little less lonely while filling it with God's purpose. Enjoy!


There was a season (okay, maybe it was a decade+) when my perspectives on love and relationships needed a little dose of simplicity.

Whenever I was dating someone, my thoughts ran circles around themselves in my mind wondering if this could finally be The One. But it seemed he never was. I was obsessed with getting married—not necessarily for the wedding but for the man whose arm I’d be holding onto ‘til death do we part. To top it all off I didn’t have a very realistic view of marriage...but I had no idea until I actually got married.

My name is Merritt, and I’ve learned a lot since those tumultuous years of singleness. As a result, my passion today is helping single women find and hold onto healthy perspectives of marriage. I desire to see them set free from the drive to seek their fulfillment in men and relationships.

So, I started a blog called The Marriage Readiness Project with two objectives. I want to encourage ‘still-single’ Christian women to:

  1. Put Jesus first, above their desire for marriage, and
  2. Prepare their hearts and minds with a strong, biblical foundation before entering into a dating relationship.

It’s not easy to do either of these in our obsessively romantic and sex-charged world. Walking down this road requires courage and effort and community. No one should have to travel this road alone. That’s why I am gathering women together in camaraderie, compassion and courage to glorify God in their singleness.

If you’re single, you have a story to share about your journey, and I want to hear it. Would you spend five minutes answering a few questions for me? Click here to go to the survey.

If you’re married, maybe you know a single woman you’d like to encourage on her journey. I’d love to have you point her my way. I’ve set up a quick survey—just for single women. Would you please invite your single friends to share their thoughts with me here?

Many thanks to Trina for the opportunity to share my passions with you during her maternity leave (and way to go Trina on taking the time you need for your new baby and growing family!!).


Merritt of The Marriage Readiness Project

for more from merritt:

blog | The Marriage Readiness Project

facebook | TMRProject

twitter | @MarriageRP

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