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Introducing Diesel West

October 28, 2015

Copyright of Sydnee Peacock

Ben and I are excited to announce that our son, Diesel West, was born October 14, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 3.7 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long! He was born two weeks early, and completely healthy.

We are so excited to have Diesel with us, and I never knew how much I could truly love a little person as much as I do! Ben and I — not being huge baby people — have been completely shocked by how much we love being parents. Who knew? We were also completely shocked by how cute Diesel was right away, too. It just always seemed like babies always looked a little funky fresh out the oven. 😉

I’m incredibly thankful and praise God for how He so sweetly and lovingly answered our prayers throughout this entire pregnancy. I was horridly afraid of the entire “labor and delivery” process, and surprisingly getting the IV was the worst part of the entire deal. (I hate needles!)

Adjusting to life with a newborn at home hasn’t been as crazy as I originally imagined either. Diesel is a sleepy, little guy. I wake him up twice in the middle of the night to feed him, and then he goes happily back to sleep as long as he’s swaddled like a little burrito.

In this early stage, he has steel blue eyes and medium brown hair. His skin and hair are velvety soft. He has long fingers and toes, cute little feet and long, skinny legs. His ears poke out of his little hats. He gets cuter and cuter each day!

Every morning, he is wide-eyed and cooing, waiting for me to get up and change his diaper. He doesn’t cry. He just takes everything in, and stares intently at my face. He doesn’t particularly enjoy the cold chill of the diaper wipes, or getting his clothes changed (I guess he’s cold-natured like Ben).

Right now, he eats every 2-3 hours for about 10-15 minutes. He sleeps most of the day, but will wake up intermittently for at most an hour. This kid will sleep through any amount of noise — the roaring of my hairdryer, the noisy vacuum, some powerful thunder, and even this obnoxious off-tune train that is very close to our house!

Currently, we go through about 3-5 outfits a day until I eventually just give up and let him hang out in his diaper with a blanket. We’ve discovered that Huggies just doesn’t absorb or hold really anything this little guy puts in there so we’re going to try Pampers next! I’ve also recently had some trouble with spit-up, and it is testing my patience to hold Diesel in an “upright” position for at least 20 minutes so that gravity is on our side. It is super difficult to get him to straighten out his back to even sit him up or burp him — he prefers to curl up in a little ball (which is the cutest thing ever…until he spits up, ha).

Diesel’s favorite place to be is on his daddy’s or my chest, lying on his tummy. He is super cuddly and makes little squeaky cooing noises as he exhales. When he’s awake, he often furrows his brow, and just stares at you like he’s just deeply perplexed with how weird we look. It’s adorable. If you lightly tickle his cheek, he gives you this precious smirk. When he wakes up from his naps, he likes to dramatically stretch his entire body, arch his back, raise his arms above his head and let out this intense grunting sound. He really enjoys his stretches!

Life is so fun having him around, and I love this little family that we are now. Can’t wait to document his little quirks and tricks as he grows older. Diesel West, you are such a blessing and we love you so much!


Life List

October 12, 2015

While I was going through old files from last year, I came across a Word document where I’d listed out all the things I wanted to do that year, every year or at some point in life. It was cool to see how many things I could cross off the list now. I had totally forgotten I’d written this! I thought I’d post it on here, cross things off as I could, and just have my goals in front of me. I even added a few more things to it today, and will continue to do so!

Spiritual Growth + Serving

  1. Memorize at least 50 Bible verses.
  2. Read the Bible through in one year. (recurring)
  3. Complete my prayer journal — cover to cover. (recurring)
  4. Keep a running list of answered prayers. (recurring)
  5. Invest in younger girls’ lives. (recurring)
  6. Lead a girls’ group at church camp.
  7. Support a missionary financially in some way.
  8. Take a Biblical Womanhood class.
  9. Start and host a ladies’ Bible study at my place.
  10. Coach a girls’ volleyball team at church.
  11. Coach a girls’ cheer team at church.
  12. Serve as a more consistent decision counselor at church on Sundays.
  13. Take a meal to someone in need. (recurring)

Travel + Adventure

  1. Go to Disney World (WITH BEN for the first time.)
  2. Go on an international mission trip.
  3. Go to Schlitterbahn.
  4. Go to Six Flags Over Texas.
  5. Go to a tropical island outside the USA and stay at a resort.
  6. Go pick fresh fruit.
  7. Go to Laguna Beach, San Francisco and Napa Valley, CA.
  8. Travel to Jerusalem.
  9. Get a spontaneous cheap flight and escape the regular life for a weekend.
  10. See the floating lanterns in Thailand.
  11. Visit Transparent Lake, Montana.
  12. Go to Istanbul, Turkey (because Ben has only said great things about it). 🙂

 Health + Fitness

  1. Try Zumba.
  2. Participate in a glow-in-the-dark color run.
  3. Try yoga.
  4. Floss my teeth everyday for a year.
  5. Try a spin class.
  6. Try a Barre class.
  7. Try some fitness DVDs.
  8. Join a recreational volleyball team.
  9. Consistently attend a fitness class for a season.

 Marriage + Family + Friendship

  1. Take Ben on a surprise weekend trip.
  2. Have a fondue date.
  3. Go ride horses with Ben somewhere beautiful!
  4. Ride segways with Ben.
  5. Eat at Reunion Tower with Ben.
  6. Go with some friends to that “Uptown Foodie Tour” in Dallas.
  7. Go on a gondola date.
  8. Have girls’ nights at my place. (recurring)
  9. Have a badminton & disc golf party in our backyard!
  10. Plan a friend’s baby shower.
  11. Plan a friend’s wedding shower.
  12. Throw a Superbowl party.
  13. Throw awesome birthday parties for Diesel.
  14. Have more get-togethers in general for different occasions or just because! (recurring)
  15. Bake something for our neighbors.
  16. Cut down our first, REAL Christmas tree.

 Writing + Designing

  1. Get an article/piece published on a major site.
  2. Create an e-book.
  3. Design unique packaging for my Etsy shop.
  4. Blog at least once a week.
  5. Get a domain name.
  6. Design a prettier blog template.
  7. Design a custom address stamp.
  8. Design CUTE custom wedding invitations.
  9. Design a cute baby shower invitation.
  10. Design a pretty typography iPhone backgrounds.
  11. Establish a consistent style on my Instagram account.
  12. Design a pair of shoes I can wear.
  13. Design and publish my own recipe book.

 Life + Learning

  1. Learn how to sew.
  2. Learn how to crochet.
  3. Learn how to make awesome jewelry.
  4. Learn calligraphy.
  5. Save for and make a BIG purchase completely with cash.
  6. Pay off the car to be debt free!
  7. Save for a house and buy one.
  8. Put money in savings every week.
  9. Learn how to make a PRETTY cake.
  10. Develop the skills to be a great food photographer.
  11. Learn how to take GOOD pictures of our baby. (ahem, Ben — teach me!)

Dreams + Passions

  1. Teach an art class.
  2. Teach a beginner’s piano class.
  3. Teach a graphic design and layout class.
  4. Have something I make sold in an actual store.
  5. Have a booth at a craft fair or a farmer’s market.
  6. Sing on stage.
  7. Teach a dance class.
  8. Re-brand a “mom & pop” shop.
  9. Oversee the decorating for a big, public event.
  10. Get published in a widely recognized publication.
  11. Remodel the house in the back into an art/music/recording studio.

Feeling Alone?

September 21, 2015

Have you ever had to answer the icebreaker question that’s something like, “If you were on an island by yourself, what are the three things you’d want with you?”

Everyone in the group would voice their answers, trying to think of the most necessary items that would make their stay more enjoyable. But whatever those items may have been, the idea of being on an island alone sounds downright terrifying and horrible. Most people would not want to live in such conditions.

Ironically though, we put ourselves on a dreadful, lonely island quite often. But I’m talking about our mindsets. We enter dangerous territory when we begin to think things like “I’m the only one that feels this way.” We start focusing so much on our own circumstances and feelings, that we trap ourselves on these islands. How do we escape these thoughts?

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Now If We’re Talking Body

August 26, 2015

Pregnancy is such a weird life-transition. Your whole body changes to make room and provide for this new, little life inside of you. And while it’s only for a short time, the challenges pregnancy brings to regular, everyday life have reminded me of something important.


My body is not my own.


I’m not going to lie — when I found out I was pregnant, I freaked out a little about what would happen to me physically (and maybe a lot at times). For the first time in my life, I became overly worried about the possibility of getting stretch marks, having excessive weight gain, and basically just not having a body I could be proud of. I worried that I would be unattractive to my husband. Others’ comments about my weight and what I was eating had never bothered me before, but suddenly they did. I’ve had off and on worries about whether or not I’ll be able to “bounce back” after having a baby. This was all new territory for me. I didn’t know how to handle it. And then I read this quote:
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Baby Shower + Invitation Goodness

August 17, 2015

Baby Peacock Invite-Display

Out of all the invitations I have ever designed, my baby shower invitation for Diesel is my absolute favorite!

I wanted to wait until after the baby shower to post it, and it is now available on my Etsy as a customizable baby shower invitation for purchase! You can buy a digital version and print it yourself, or you can request a custom order where I can professionally print them for you and supply you with envelopes. This is a boy-themed invitation, but the colors and letter can be changed to match any color palette and name. So excited to be able to offer this sweet invite to others. 🙂

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FREEBIE: iPhone Wallpaper

July 17, 2015

Alyssa, from GLOW, asked me to design a free download this week! 🙂 So here it is! Be sure to show her site some love too, as each of GLOW’s posts are focused on encouraging you in your walk with the Lord. Good stuff!

I’m excited to share this new iPhone wallpaper free download with you! I’ve been playing around in Illustrator lately with watercolor and found out I can make FLOWERS. So fun! I’ve even incorporated it into some of my new Etsy designs, and hope to be making more soon. You can check out what I have here. If you’d like to download this fun free wallpaper, just click on the photo below, save it to your camera roll, and make it your lock screen background!

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Why I Lost My Passion to Blog & Why it’s Back

July 14, 2015

“…he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It’s no secret I have been slacking on my blog.

I started out with great passion and ambition of encouraging girls in their walk with the Lord, and providing (hopefully) relatable advice from my previous experiences to bring application from His Word in their own lives. I felt like God had placed so many things on my heart to share, and that He would bring those who needed to read them most to my blog.

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Baby Peacock is a BOY!

June 1, 2015

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Ben and I had the chance to come back to Tennessee for a few days and see our families. It was great to have everyone (well, mostly everyone!) come to a little baby reveal party that our moms put on. Everything was so cute! I wanted to share these pictures with everyone, and to officially announce that we’re having a BOY and his name is Diesel West Peacock!

And of course…the video! 🙂


  1. God — We are so excited about this baby boy and pray that you will use him in mighty ways for your Kingdom!
  2. Ben — For being the sweetest, supportive husband. And for putting together the reveal video!
  3. Daddy & Summer — The box was amazing, and we absolutely loved it! It was so fun to know that it was “the biggest one” the Party City people had ever seen! 🙂 Thank you Summer for giving it a fun look with the chalkboard art and polka dots!
  4. Cynthia, Momma, Nicole & Memaw — The decorations were awesome and we loved all of it! 🙂 Thank you, Cynthia, for letting us have it at your house! 🙂
  5. Danny & Naomi — For taking endless amounts of pictures with everyone’s cameras!
  6. Rivers — For being so sweet to share your birthday weekend!
  7. The family — For traveling to be a part of this. We were so glad to have you there!

We love each and every one of ya’ll! And Diesel West…we can’t wait to meet you! 🙂


25 Things I Learned from Planning a Wedding

April 30, 2015

Ah, wedding planning. I’m sure many girls dream of what they want it to be like way before it’s time. The dress. The decorations. The people they’d have in their wedding party. It’s a special time, and definitely worth all the excitement! Seeing so many of my younger friends come to this milestone, and many very close to it, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I learned when we planned our wedding!

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Sweet Memories: Our Proposal!

March 24, 2015

Today is a very special day! Three years ago today, Ben asked me to marry him. 🙂 Most people don’t understand the engagement video so here’s a quick explanation:

Ben and I dated long distance (He was in Fort Worth; I was in Memphis — 8 hours apart). We saw each other probably once a month in person, taking road trips to see each other and meeting half way as much as we could! We sent each other letters, texted all the time, called every chance we got, and Face-timed each night! He always joked about asking me to marry him through FaceTime but I said he could only do it in person. 😉 So of course, when he asked me to marry him, he did so in person AND on FaceTime! Haha! He took me to our home church, Bellevue Baptist. They have a BEAUTIFUL campus. He had laid out this pretty, white blanket under gorgeous, tall trees and placed a purple orchid in between us, and set up our laptops across from each other. The orchid was symbolic because it was the flower he sent me with a note asking me to be his girlfriend! He also had his big camera set up on a tripod, but that didn’t seem out of the ordinary to me because he was ALWAYS planning photo shoots, being a photographer and all. 🙂 This seemed totally BEN, so I didn’t question it too much, but I may have had a hunch. 😉 What I didn’t know is that he sneakily was filming the entire proposal scene, and even filmed my face while he was asking me!! 🙂 This is a super sweet memory and sums up our entire dating relationship. And I love love love it, and YOU, Ben Peacock. I am so happy that you are mine, and that I get to spend every day for the rest of my life with you.