ABC’s of Us :: Sarah and Jessica

ABCs of us

All About Us ::

We are Sarah and Jessica, best friends and cousins – working together, playing together, raising kids together.  Our lives are more intertwined than we ever thought they would be…but it works, and we’re lucky and we are better parents and people for it.  The end.  Ha!! No…that’s not the end, it’s just the best way to summarize “us.”  Our dads are brothers, making us first cousins…closer than close…sister-cousins is what we call it.  You get it, right?  Not actually sisters, but we treat each other like there are few things as important in life as the other.   We are both from New Orleans, and while we miss it everyday, we now call Houston home.  Two years ago as we were finally feeling settled in our new city, we decided that kids, great jobs, and sweet darlin’ husbands weren’t quite enough for us.  So we started a little business together called The Little Crane Smocked Shoppe, and we’ve been selling precious Southern sweetness ever since.  Our lives are like perfect roller coasters of highs and lows, happy days and sad days, exhaustion and elation…we’re moms y’all.  Raise your hand if you can relate!!

Best Thing About Houston ::

Leaving New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, we thought Houston was a temporary web of traffic. A welcoming friendly mecca where the Texas star replaced the fleur-de-lis.  We never thought Houston was going to be Home.  The place we found love, husbands, put down roots, or the city listed on our children’s birth certificates. As we explored our new city, we found ourselves enthralled with all it had to offer, especially through the eyes of our children. We really struck gold two years ago when a beach house on Galveston’s West End joined our family. The Salt Life, five o’clock, mini’s covered in sand running and giggling, toes in the water, wine glass in hand, soaking in the sun’s last rays, surrounded by the best family and friends this life has to offer. It’s a slice of paradise a mere hour away, and the best thing about Houston.

Children of Ours ::

Laine {3}  is Jessica’s. She’s a do-er, lover, leader, and a dreamer all rolled into one twirling, dancing, singing girl. Bright blue eyes shining proud of all her accomplishments no matter how big or small.

Olivia {3} is the twin sister. The high pitched, mommy/daddy loving, curly q’ed, quick to the point, quick to the wit, champion of all things fair and even. She thinks and feels deep, and she’s going to run something someday and everyone’s going to listen.

Maggie {2} is Sarah’s. The first born girl to a first born girl ready to take on the world. Tow-headed sweetness followed by pure bossy sass, she’s never met a person she couldn’t make smile. Thigh rolls are melting at a rapid pace and being replaced by Whats? Whys? and No, Mines!

Owen {8 months} is Laine and Olivia’s baby brother and the sweetest of them all. Made of sugar, huge gummy smiles, and big baby blues. Go with the flow should be his middle name.  We needed a boy, and he’s filling in his role perfectly. Squishy legs, arms, and cheeks – just the way we like them around here!

Can’t-make-name-decision Baby Boy {coming in November} cannot get in Sarah’s arms soon enough.  We are anxiously waiting for the calendar to say November for so many reasons, especially so Owen has a little help with all the estrogen flying around these parts!

all about us collage

We can’t wait to spend time with you here @ Houston Moms Blog!  Until next time, you can hang with us on our blog, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and please stop by our sweet store – The Little Crane Smocked Shoppe!

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Jessica and Sarah
Jessica and Sarah are tandem bloggers and self-dubbed ‘sister-cousins’ because sometimes the lines get blurred, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Both New Orleans natives, these cousins transplanted to Houston after Hurricane Katrina and have never looked back. Jessica is the mother of twin girls, Laine and Olivia {March 2010}, and a sweet and curious one year old boy, Owen {Jan 2013}. Sarah is mom to Maggie {Aug 2011}, who keeps her on her toes, and the most adorable little brother, Jack {Nov 2013}! By day, Jessica is a stay at home mom, and Sarah works on the financial and managerial end of the healthcare industry. By naps, lunch breaks, and nights, they run an adorable children’s clothing company called The Little Crane Smocked Shoppe. Follow these two, their families, and their adventures in small business ownership on their blog…and don’t forget to show them some love at their shop too!


  1. Hand is raised for sure!! I love getting to know you gals and your kiddos are SO stinkin’ precious. Can’t wait until we can hang out again!

  2. LOVE this!! How awesome you guys are so close and were raised together like sisters. I’m thinking my sister needs to get pregnant immediately so Kennedy has a sister cousin. And of course I just adore TLC. And your kids are just precious!


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