Thursday, September 1, 2016

Introduce Yourself

YAY! I truly cannot believe that this is my third year to take part in my friend Bailey's Blogtember Challenge. Y'all are going to be so sick of seeing my posts in your subscriptions at the end of this month, haha! The first post of the challenge couldn't possibly have come at a better time, I had just been thinking how much my about page needed an update. Let's do this!


My name is Victoria Strader, and I'm thrilled that you've landed upon my blog. I started blogging sporadically during college, and have been sharing bits of life regularly since 2012. My blog was first "Bonjour Victoria" and then "Happily Ever Strader"... and in pursuit of simplification is now just a self titled little blog. 

I'm twenty-five years old, and was born in Paris, France. My parents are British and moved there for a few years before moving to the United States. I have one brother who's currently living abroad pursuing professional golf. I've lived deep in the heart of Texas since I was five years old, and I'm so grateful. 

My high school years brought me the biggest blessings. At age sixteen the grace of Jesus captured my heart and I haven't looked back since. I met my husband at our high school's "fish camp" and started getting to know him during our junior year. I was a smitten kitten and he was too mature to consider dating in high school. We started dating after graduation, had a brief split, and reunited on a mission trip in Romania. Benjamin Luke is the absolute best thing for me, and I praise God every day for providing my life with joy and stability through marriage to my best friend.

(Read about our wedding here + our "pretend" wedding for Southern Weddings Magazine here)

Ben is a country boy, and both sides of his family have lived in the same small town for generations. Everyone lives out on Strader Farm and our plan is to settle there one day too, building our dream home. Ben and I both went to Texas A&M University, Whoop! I was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and served as a Breakaway Ministries prayer team member and as an Impact counselor. College was a sweet time of growth and friendship for us. We got married in December 2012 and moved home to renovate our first home, a little fixer upper, before Joanna made it cool. :)

Read about our home renovation here.


Our lives changed forever in May of 2016 with the birth of our precious son, Beau William Strader. He is our little prince and blesses our lives in abundance. I love being a mama, and pray that the Lord will grow our family in the years ahead. (See our Pregnancy announcement, Gender Reveal Party, + Beau's Birth Story , NICU story, + Newborn Photos)

I love blogging as a creative outlet and sharing about our love for travel, my passion for interiors and home, what the Lord is teaching me, the sweetness of friendship, and a little bit about shopping too. I always describe my blog as "my life plus a little bit of style", and I think that puts it perfectly. 

I'm so glad y'all are here! For those of you who aren't new, each time you read I wish I could give you a big old hug! You people bless me in abundance. 




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15 comments:

  1. Your blog is so cute! I love it :) Looking forward to following along during September & beyond!

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  2. Yay! So fun to see you joining this too-- I've been reading your posts for ages but can't wait to get to know you better as this month goes on! :)

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  3. It's a pleasure to meet you Victoria! The V8 editorial that you and Ben modeled in is my absolute favorite and I'm excited to share in Blog-tember with you. :)

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  4. Victoria, a big shout out to you for inspiring me to particpate in Blogtember this year! I always look forward to reading your posts, especially the prompts during this month!

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  5. I found your blog last year through the Blogtember challenge! It has been so fun following your sweet little family. I can't wait to read more this month.

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  6. I have loved catching up to your blog and seeing all your beautiful travel photos! What a fun adventure you and your beautiful family were on! Excited to read more of your Blogtember challenge posts!

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  7. I LOVE following along on blog-tember challenges and I'm glad you are a part of it! I won't be able to participate myself this year due to busyness, maybe next year :)

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  8. I didn't know you and Ben had been together for so long - that is awesome! I definitely have to go back and read about your wedding and meeting Joanna!

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  9. Yay for our friend-a-versary!! So excited to follow along this month and see more of that beautiful baby.

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  10. Oh my goodness! I love Blog-tember even more after coming to your blog! I can't wait to read along over the next few weeks :)

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  11. What a darling introduction! Y'all are so sweet. I am not going to do every prompt, but I am trying to blog every weekday in September and will be using the prompts here and there! I can't wait to follow along with yours!
    xo,
    Catherine
    www.classiccatherine.com

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  12. I enjoyed looking back on your home design posts. You have a beautiful home! You have inspired me to decorate my master bedroom.

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  13. I'm so happy that you're doing Blotgtember again! If I'm not mistaken, this is how I "found" you!

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  14. hi!! i just had my first baby in january of 2016 and also a boy! so excited to follow you and LOVE his nursery!

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  15. Nice to meet you! I'm excited to poke around your blog a little more and follow along with you. My mom is from England, so we have that in common, although I was born in the States :)

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