Durham, North Carolina

It’s no secret that I love maps.

This black, white, and gold map was just the latest addition.

We’ve also had a giant map of the London Tube on our wall for most of our marriage (purchased for the enormous sum of $4 from Amazon, although it’s now gone up to $6 with free shipping, so most of you are probably priced out).

But probably my favorites are these state maps I put up last fall with the states each of us were born in.

Every time I walked up the stairs (which was approximately 10 million times between September and May), I just felt happy looking at them. They turned out even better than I’d expected, which is not always the case with my DIY projects.

And early next year, we’ll add a new state to the lineup.

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  • Reply Elaine August 8, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations!

  • Reply heather gilmour August 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    These maps looks fabulous! It's simple but very stylish!
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  • Reply Andrea Smith August 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    What?!! Congratulations Bradshaw family, very exciting news! Super excited for you!

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  • Reply Paige Flamm August 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Congrats! I'm so excited for you! Ps this might be one of the best announcements I've seen yet!

  • Reply Rachel August 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Oh my goodness, hooray!!! Such a cute announcement, and so much fun for your cute family. Hope you've been feeling well!

  • Reply Fleurthefearless August 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Such a cool announcement!!! Got me… So wasn't expecting it. So fun. Congratulations

  • Reply julieupstairs August 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Congrats!!!! I was going to say how cute your wall is, but the surprise announcement is even cuter!!


  • Reply Amanda August 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Congratulations! I hope the pregnancy goes well for you 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca August 8, 2014 at 11:58 am


  • Reply Abby August 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulations, Janssen!

  • Reply Meg ~ Chasing Pink Fireflies August 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Yea! Congratulations!

  • Reply Elizabeth August 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Aughhhh! I knew it!!! So exciting!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Señora H-B August 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Hooray! I'm so happy for you!!

  • Reply Amy Jo August 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm


  • Reply Amy August 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Oh, this is such happy news! Congratulations!

  • Reply Amy Edmunds August 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations, that's such exciting news!

  • Reply Ash August 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Yay!!! Congrats, Janssen! (And what a great way to announce it, you clever girl!)

  • Reply Rachel August 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hurrah hurrah!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Just Jaime August 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm


  • Reply wtiger9 August 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Congrats! And what a great way to make a baby announcement. I had no idea where this was going! Love it!

  • Reply missris August 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Squeeeee so exciting! Congratulations, y'all!!

  • Reply Tina's Blog August 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations! You are so clever!

  • Reply Amanda W August 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm


  • Reply Aleta August 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Congratulations! I got goose bumps-ha! And, I don't even know you in real life! So excited for you and your family. Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy!

  • Reply Jessica Pugh August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Congrats! Cute announcement.

  • Reply Brooke August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This is totally awesome!! Congratulations!!

  • Reply CoolGreenDays August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Wow – such great news – thank you for sharing with us! xx

  • Reply Kimberly F. August 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm


  • Reply Mama Bub August 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Best birth announcement ever! Congratulations!

  • Reply Melanie August 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm


  • Reply Kelsey August 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Yahoo! Trevor and I have a major map obsession as well, maybe one day I'll steal this idea! (But Trevor and I both would have California so maybe it would look a little goofy?) CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Reply girlseeksplace August 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations! This is the most clever pregnancy announcement ever.

  • Reply Kelly Jensen August 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!!

  • Reply Kristin @ Going Country August 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hooray Valentine's baby! (Like they ever come on their due dates, but you never know . . .) Congratulations to all of you.

  • Reply Janelle August 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Congratulations! That's such a cute idea. It would look pretty lame at my house, though, since my husband and all six of my kids were born in the same state… You guys are apparently much more diverse than us. 🙂

  • Reply Becki August 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats! Very exciting and a cute idea! Although, we would just have five pictures of the same state if I did that. Haha

  • Reply Megan August 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm


  • Reply Desmama August 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yay! What a fun date to look forward to! Congratulations to you and your sweet and growing family!

  • Reply Stevie Storck August 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm


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  • Reply Jenae August 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Awesome! Maybe this time around you'll get a brown haired baby and complete the set!

  • Reply Laura August 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Yayyyy!! Congrats Janssen!

  • Reply runtspickins August 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Oh my!! Congratulations! Awwww, Valentine's Day! :]

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  • Reply Merrick August 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, I forgot that you made these! We are so excited for you guys!

  • Reply This Confetti Life August 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Congrats!! So exciting!

  • Reply Vanessa August 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations!! I'm due on the same day as you with my first baby, so I'll be watching you like a hawk to figure out this maternity wear, baby-gear buying business. Gotta learn from a pro! 🙂

  • Reply Lady Susan August 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations! You make motherhood and pregnancy look easy! Wishing you an easy pregnancy, especially during your international travels!

  • Reply kristi August 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    How exciting – congratulations!

  • Reply KT August 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Congrats! I hope you are feeling well!

  • Reply Erica August 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I got chills from this!! So happy for you!!

  • Reply Melissa August 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm


  • Reply Lindsay August 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I love this idea!! You're always so clever! And yay! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Lisa August 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Congrats! So exciting, and such a fun announcement. 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey Clark August 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    This was such a clever announcement! It took me a second to get it…Congrats!

  • Reply Cami and Juan August 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I went to pool group and Allison and Allisa were talking about your big news, and I had missed it skimming Facebook this morning. You are sneaky! Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Faith August 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Aw, congrats! This is such a fun announcement!

  • Reply Stefanie Hathaway August 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The moment I saw North Carolina on your Facebook feed, I remembered those as the format of your birth map series, and that you haven't yet birthed a child there… Didn't even have to come to the blog to realize what was going on! Congrats!!

  • Reply JoLee August 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Excellent announcement. And, what a fun due date.

  • Reply Melody Mercer August 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Yay! Congrats!!

  • Reply Kristin August 9, 2014 at 12:50 am

    How special!! Congrats!

  • Reply Jodi August 9, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Congratulations! I saw this briefly on your fb or somewhere and was confused by the NC, but didn't think much of it. I didn't realize you were going to be back in Durham. Hopefully this will make your stint in London just as enjoyable! I just thought of a side note: my niece has been working out in durham on her mission and loves it!

  • Reply Lauren August 9, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Aww what a fun way to announce! Congratulations!! I hope everything goes smoothly while you travel!
    (And thanks for that Amazon link, I must be an idiot for never realizing that you could buy art there).

  • Reply Jessica August 9, 2014 at 4:28 am

    !!!!!! Congratulations!

  • Reply Lauren and Joe O'Brien August 9, 2014 at 5:07 am

    So happy for you!!! Congrats!!! Can't wait to see all the baby bump pics. 🙂

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  • Reply Christa August 9, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Congratulations! Your kids are adorable. Can't wait to see the cuteness of the next one!

  • Reply Lena August 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Congratulations! I hope it's a girl for more matching outfits or a boy to see what a son of you guys would look like. I can't decide 😉 I guess we'll be lucky and it's one or the other. I'm sure he or she will be super cute!

  • Reply MVB August 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm


  • Reply Emily August 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations! Such exciting news!!

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy August 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    What a sweet way of telling! Congratulations.

  • Reply Anna Staříková August 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Congratulations ♡ Such a cool announcement! I hope you handle all the travelling well, it was never easy for me when pregnant.

  • Reply Alicia August 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Congratulations! How snazzy that you all managed to be born in different states 🙂

  • Reply Lauren August 10, 2014 at 3:32 am

    such exciting news, and such a great way to announce it!! hope you are feeling good, all the best!

  • Reply Elsha August 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations!! So exciting!

  • Reply ccr in MA August 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Ooh, congratulations! Such happy news.

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  • Reply Nemesis August 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Um, I tried to comment and it didn't seem to go through. So sorry if this is a repeat. But congratulations! I hope you are feeling well, and yay for cute babies!

  • Reply Bre August 11, 2014 at 3:35 am

    So happy for your family! Congratulations! Valentine's baby! 🙂

  • Reply Alysa Stewart August 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I see how you did that. Congratulations!!! And how fun to be due on valentines day.

  • Reply Nicole August 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Congratulations! What fun and happy news!

  • Reply Lisa!! August 12, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Soooooo awesome! I'm due 1-11-15!

  • Reply SB August 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations!! My youngest was born at 11:34 pm on 2/13/14. I love your site, especially your book reviews for me and my little ones and your receipes (we make your Saturday Night Pancakes A LOT)..maybe more than we should 🙂 What wonderful news!

  • Reply Rebecca August 12, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations!!!! I love reading your blog and look forward to seeing your newest addition. 🙂

  • Reply Becca August 13, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I'm officially the last person to this party… but congrats!! 🙂

  • Reply Ashley August 15, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Yessssssss!!!!!!! Can't wait!

  • Reply april August 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    congratulations!! I saw in passing on twitter but I'm catching up on the land of the living now. So exciting!

  • Reply Lexilooo August 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I'm so behind on blog reading! Congratulations, this is such happy news! Hope you've been feeling great!

  • Reply Vanessa • Little Gold Pixel August 25, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I feel like I'm super late to saying congratulations! Somehow I completely missed this post in my reader, and I was reading your latest post and had to do a double take when you mentioned your pregnancy! Congrats!

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