Today is a big day, ya’ll!

Exactly one year ago today, I published the very first blog post on Newlyweds:North. 
When I stop to think about that, I am honestly overwhelmed with everything that has happened in just one year. That first post announced our move to Maine and we clearly haven’t slowed down yet. A wedding, destination unknown Honeymoon, our first few months of marriage living thousands of miles apart, selling our South Carolina house, buying our Maine house sight unseen, marriages of friends and families, babies born, exploring Maine, surviving (barely) our first winter, our first married holidays away from extended family, announcing our pregnancy, a winter escape to Mexico and gearing up for the birth of our son and our Babymoon….I mean, what more could we have possibly squeezed into 12 months??

One thing that I know for sure is that through all of the craziness, this blog has turned out to be a blessing. I have “met” so many amazing bloggers – most through their own blogs and some in real life. It has been such an experience to watch all of their lives change and take turns right along with mine. Every comment, email and coffee date has meant more to me than most of you could realize. Even when I was alone out here in the wilds of Maine, I never felt truly lonely because I had all of you. 

So, thank you, one million times over, for reading this little slice of our lives.
And what kind of birthday would it be without presents?? 
 I thought I might really say thank you by having a Blog Birthday Giveaway! 
Thank you to Mia Earrings for sponsoring this giveaway
I found Mia Earrings though my blog and real life friend Megan and I have been a fan ever since.
When I wanted to give my baby shower hostess, Ashley, a very special hostess gift, I immediately went to Mia and asked her to create a special necklace just for Ashley. 
The initials represent the two guys in her life, her baby boy and her husband (can you guess who got the bigger disc?!). Mia hand stamps each of her pieces so no two are identical and each piece is gold plated. I’m actually dying for a piece with baby Gray’s name or initial on it (hint, hint husband).
When Ashley’s necklace arrived, I sent Mia a message thanking her for her work and basically gushing over her pieces. I mentioned that I had a little blog and would love to share her jewelry and wouldn’t you know it, Mia send a little something just for ya’ll! 
These sweet hammered heart studs are just perfection.
Wouldn’t these be the best Mother’s Day gift for the new mom? Studs to keep her feeling put together but nothing to dangle and entice the babe to grab and pull!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Blog Birthday Giveaway will be open through next Wednesday, May 7th. 
Good luck, ya’ll!
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