2017 Highlights: A Year In Review

2017 Highlights: A Year In Review

It amazes me how quickly an entire year can pass yet so much life can be lived in 365 days.

When I take the time to look back at the year and gather the memories, milestones and photos, I get a better sense of just how much we experienced, how much we grew, lived and loved. The year 2017 was good to us and we have so much to be grateful for in this season.

I’m amazed at how much a family can grow in one year.

Our big boy turned THREE in October and I was amazed to look back at how little he was in January last year. I kind of teared up the other day when I came across some tennis shoes he grew out of this past summer. They were so worn in and well loved, with little velcro straps that were barely hanging on. They were a little reminder to hold on tightly to this short and beautiful season with my little boy as time will surely pass too quickly.

This past year we also added to our little family with a second baby boy, Roric. I worked tirelessly to nest in my home and business before his arrival.


I traveled to several shows with my big belly and made as many preparations as possible so Rustic Honey could run smoothly without my two hands so I could enjoy somewhat of a maternity leave.


I put some milage on the mobile boutique and officially got it up and running in 2017. It’s been so much fun to take it to events and pop up at parties!

In 2017, we also celebrated five years of marriage! Time flies when you’re having fun with your best friend! <3

We went to see Garth Brooks when he came to town this past summer… as you can see I was pretty close to popping at that point! A fun night with friends we won’t forget anytime soon!

We welcomed Roric in June and big brother couldn’t have been more proud! They’ve been two peas in a pod since day one!

As with any season, we take on new norms. When I felt ready, I slowly got back into my business, two kids in tow this time! There were some new challenges for sure but I’m learning to grow and embrace this beautiful season.

It’s pictures like this that tell the story of my business journey as a mompreneur… something I’m very proud of and will someday be a fond memory to look back on.

This past year time flew and we grew just as quickly…

I have to say I’m more excited than ever to continue this journey in 2018 and celebrate a huge milestone this fall – FIVE YEARS in business!

P.S. Thank you so much for following, reading, and shopping with Rustic Honey! It means so much to me and my family! <3


2017 also saw my sister graduate from MU with her masters, get engaged and watched her move further south to pursue her first official college coaching job at SEMO. I’m a proud big sis!

P.S. yes, that’s my karate kid… Haha!


We took a little family vacation to see her over Thanksgiving break.

We had a blast and the boys traveled well!

We also found a little time to celebrate my birthday! Cheers!

“You have a baby! … in a bar!” Haha! – Name that movie! 😉  (it was a brewery for the record… and my age will not be disclosed, haha!)

Overall, I have to say 2017 was pretty darn good to us! It may be hard to beat but being the optimist that I am, I already have my 2018 goals set in front of me, a prayer of gratitude in my heart and hope that the best is yet to come!

I hope you had an amazing year and that 2018 will bring you an abundance of joy, love, and life in the next 365 days!

Let’s dance our way through the year! <3

Happy New Year!

Many blessing to you in 2018!

-Lauren

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