Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Fall Crown

As you can see, we're happy that it's October. 
Personally, I'm just excited to finally be wearing boots again, but this girl is smiling for a whole different reason. She's turning 4 this month. 4! I honestly can't even hardly believe it. I am excited though- from what I've experienced so far, 4 is a really wonderful age. Oh yes, there's lots to look forward to this month. 

This afternoon, we made fall crowns. I'm kicking myself for not having better pictures, but it is what it is. Cell phone photos will have to do. 

As I sat there, tying the leaves and flowers together, the kids ran around the yard gathering up all the "pieces of fall" that they could find. Our crown isn't perfect, but we had fun.
Happy October to whoever is reading this! What are you looking forward to this month?

P.S The winner of the VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway Playset Giveaway is......
Nicki Joseph! Congratulations! I've sent you an email! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lately// The Simple Things in Photos

Penny and Plaid. 
I know I'm my Father's daughter, because he's worn plaid at least 5 days per week for the last 30 years and I'm starting to catch on. I won't follow him to 5 days a week, but from time to time, a little fall plaid just feels right.
Dust Baths.
There's nothing better in the world than a dust bath for these ladies. While they fly the dirt through their wings, they basically become intoxicated. It's like catnip, but not....
She said she was "just checkin' for an egg". 
Fall strawberries.
A happy surprise.
Little Mama.
The way little girls instinctively know how to take care of their babies just blows me away. She's not even 18 months and she rocks this baby, sings to her and feeds her. She drops her too, but hey- no mom is perfect. Ha!
Casting Crowns/ Sidewalk Prophets/ Mandisa event with Spirit 105.3 and All Mom Does. 
This event was like the best exfoliator. When you get an opportunity to go do a concert like this, do it. You leave feeling like the old, dry, icky stuff is gone and all of the good stuff is visible again.
Before the show, Sarah Taylor and I welcomed 25 ladies who won concert tickets and backstage passes. After chatting for a moment, we heard from the ladies of Casting Crowns. I wrote more about it over on the All Mom Does blog- click here to join me over there. 
When I got home from the concert, I found this note from Judah. Can I tell you that NOTHING beats this. This is  where it's at, you guys. THIS is where my heart is. Sure, it's fun to go and do something special for an evening, but this grabs my heart more than anything. 
 New expression. 
The sunset outside the grocery store. 
Right before stepping into the store for a few things, I looked up and saw this. After a day of rain, He reminds us of His BIG promises.
Tonight Paisley was teary as we got ready for bed. I explained to her that when I'm tired, I get teary too. Together, we remembered that JOY comes in the morning. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites

Favorite Blog Post:

"For me, it is a matter of WHO I am going to let down, not IF I will let someone down. I'm not prompt at responding to email or texts because I am choosing to be prompt at responding to something else...or rather someone else. I'd rather disappoint a stranger that only knows me online than my little boy longing for time with me." 
Click the photo below to read the entire thing. This is BY FAR the best thing I've read all week.
Favorite Pin:
This week the kids and I had the best time making butter. Honestly, I think it was the best part of my week and it wasn't about the butter, although the butter DID turn out well. The best part was seeing how excited they are to learn, how we can work together and do something that teaches us and also brings us closer together. 
Choosing public school for Judah was a hard choice and every time we do something like this that feels like "homeschool" is blesses me an incredible amount. I've never wanted to put my parenting style into a box. When my babies were little, I was not an "attachment parent", although I loved wearing them.
Now that they're getting older, I'm realizing that we can have our teaching moments at school and also at home. I love that our parenting style doesn't need to be put in a box. We are MANY things. So, with all of that being said, we made butter and it was fun. We danced and we used this worksheet to write about our experience. The homemade butter instructions are here
Favorite Recipe:
This creamy mushroom chicken recipe from Laughing Spatula looks amazing.

Favorite Place:
Cabin in the woods. Hey husband- I want to go here with you. Let's bring big fuzzy socks, lots of hot chocolate mix and a few cozy quilts. Doesn't this look perfect?

Favorite Instagram:
Posted by Under The Sycamore.

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morning Light

For awhile now, I've been wanting to get different curtains for our slider. It's hard for me since I'm a Type- A, who aims for perfection and when I can't find that perfect curtain, then I end up doing nothing---for literally years. I can't even tell you how long we had that awful brown curtain. It's funny actually, how you stop seeing how icky something is, when you look at it all the time.

Finally, I spontaneously grabbed these creamy white curtains, late one night at Ross. They aren't what I had pictured, but I just can't get over how much more light they let in and how beautifully they brighten up this room. I definitely go in spurts of feeling inspired to decorate our home to be the beautiful space that I want it to be. Most of the time it's so overwhelming in this season of life, but I have to remember that I don't need to tackle it all.

Little things like a new slider curtain make a huge difference. An ounce of inspiration is enough to propel me to want to continue to make our home the peaceful space that I crave.

Lately I'm learning to let go of my desire for perfection. I'd rather have the people that come into our home be comfortable and I'd rather make a beautiful mess with my kids, than be terrified of messes. The other day we made homemade butter and while we shook jars of cream for 20 minutes all over the house, we danced...and we danced crazy. I was terrified that one of those jars would break, but we did it anyway. It was the most fun thing we did that day. Honestly, I can't remember the last time Judah and I danced together like that.

Today started with spilled cereal in Judah's lap and it ended with Paisley spilling her milk. It's in those moments that I have to remember that God gives grace freely to me and if I'm truly accepting His grace and taking it as my own, then I should freely pour out that grace on others- especially the little people who share this home with us.

So, tonight I'm thankful for little things like morning light that shines through the new curtain. I'm thankful that I don't need to go all out and re-decorate our entire house this very moment, but that it's okay to find joy in small things like pretty light.

The photo above isn't perfect and I almost didn't post because of that, but I'm sharing anyway. I am a work in progress. My photos are a work in progress and so is my house.


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