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missing them already

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As most of you know, I have been counting down the days until my family’s arrival for months! Sadly, it’s already come and gone… but the good news is we had a GREAT time. We made so many memories and lots of Ezra cuddling happened (their motive for coming). It was a time I will always treasure… missing them already!

for freeeeee

So, just because I love you all so very much…

Here are some cute (& FREE!) downloadable gift tags to coordinate with my 2013 Christmas card designs! So if you haven’t purchased those yet, go on and get them while there’s still time! You’ll be helping this momma bring her baby home for Christmas.




And, all you Memphis folks…. if you haven’t signed up for our Coming Home photo session/christmas card package deal yet you are missing out! Seriously, it is an AMAZING deal. You will treasure these photos and cards for years to come!

sign up here

hurry! spots are limited

Coming Home – A Christmas Card Photo Session



A few weeks ago, I wrote this post about how Kennie and I are trying to raise enough money to come home for the holidays. One of the ways we are doing this is through the Christmas cards I designed. After I posted that blog, I had tons of people contact me and say they wanted to order cards, but needed to get an updated picture first. So… you’re welcome! I contacted one of the most talented photographers I know, and a very dear friend, Katie. We decided to partner up to bring you this amazing deal:


::::: WHAT YOU WILL GET :::::
A 25 minute Photo Session with Katie Kubler
10 Digital Images
1 Printable Christmas Card design by Lizzy Gray Kitchens

::::: WHERE :::::
Conger park in Hernando, MS

You may choose one of the designs already available on my etsy shop, one of the five exclusive designs made just for this event, or a custom design made specifically for your family.

There are only 15 slots and they are going to go fast! Go here to purchase your time slot today!

Don’t need Christmas cards for yourself? Give this as a gift!

All the proceeds go to the Kubler’s adoption and to bringing the Kitchens home for Christmas. Thank you in advance for all your support!

4 months

ezra_four_month 2013-10-22 09.25.43 2013-10-22 09.24.17 This post is WAY overdue… but how is it time for this post already?!

Ezra, you turned four months old on Saturday (the 12th). With every day that goes by, I just love you more.

New things this month:

– you rolled over! Back to tummy (sept. 30)

– Now that you know how to roll, that’s pretty much all you do.

– You’ve started laughing.

– You love looking at yourself in the mirror.

– You weigh 16lbs.

– You are wearing your 3-6 months clothes.

– You drool… a lot.

– I can barely keep you swaddled. Somehow you always wiggle at least one arm out.

– You now love to be on your tummy.

– You do this really cute squeal when Daddy plays with you.

– You’ve been sleeping in your own bed really well… at least for the first half of the night.

Mr. Mittens makes you smile.

– You really like being around other little kids.


As for Mommy, I’ve lost all of my baby weight plus more this month. I gained 40lbs while pregnant with Ezra and have lost 45. Whoo hoo! Thanks goes to nursing!


Ezra, thank you for bringing so much joy into our lives. We love you more than you’ll ever know!


I’ll be home for Christmas… if only in my dreams.

Does anyone know what is happening in 77 days? I do! (Drum roll, please…) That’s right, it’s Christmas!!! My all time favorite holiday (for more reason than one) is just around the corner! I’m even more excited about it this year because this will be Ezra’s first Christmas. Yes, I realize she probably won’t realize it’s different than any other day, but to me, it’s a pretty big deal!

Last year, Kennie and I went to Turkey for Christmas. We wanted to take a trip, just the two of us, before little Ezra came along. Turkey is an amazing country! We saw so many unforgettable things. In a lot of ways, that trip was like a dream.


565021_10152382360225007_608543006_n 36527_10152390326795007_1471271269_n 735056_10152367529315007_1640327845_n Even with all of the memories we made and the fun we had… it just didn’t feel like Christmas. We missed all of our family traditions and gatherings. Oh-man, my heart ached for home.

So with all that said… in 77 days Christmas will be here again. I cannot express to you my desire to spend Christmas at home with our families. I so want to spend Christmas Eve night celebrating with Kennie’s side of the family and then waking up the next morning to Ezra in her Christmas pjs- enjoing the day sitting around my family’s Christmas tree. Ah, I can smell the cinnamon candles burning already.

But there’s one problem. It costs a fortune to travel half way across the world – a fortune that we just don’t have. But I’m determined. I’m determined to try.

Starting now, I will be selling Christmas cards as an effort to bring the Kitchens (us :)) home for Christmas. I have six designs ready for purchase and will be adding more as time goes on. I would also love to do something totally custom for you! All of the design are available either to purchase as a digital file (you would have them printed yourself) or I can print them for you and send them to you. The printing company I use is the same one I used to have our wedding invitations printed, so I know they will be good quality!





More design are available on my etsy shop. Let me create something for you this holiday season!


p.s. Need something else designed? Wedding invitations, Party invitations, logos, brand design? You name it! I’d love to help!



Y’all. Today is October 1st.

in 15 days these three lovely faces will be at my front door… insert happy dance… and some woot-wooting… and tears of joy! Can you tell I’m excited?? So ready to see them and to get to share our home away from home with them.

Ezra’s pretty pumped too…



“What? Pop, Nana, and Aunt Wendy are coming all the way to Africa to see me?”

Yeah, it’s a good day 🙂 We only wish Holden and Gillian could join them (miss y’all!)

Also, Happy birthday to my sweet MIL, Stacey – We love you!