Saturday, January 3, 2015


As I look back on 2014, there is so much I could say.
It was one heck of a year, and not all good.

However, I started out with a word in mind, and through it all, I tried to remember to "nourish" myself and my family and my life.

But really, it was not me that did the nourishing.

He works all things together for good. 
He restores my soul.

He nourishes and makes me whole.

Thanking God for this new year...
I plan to relish every second of it.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Christmas time has rolled around again. And while most years we find ourselves making the majority of the gifts we give, this year, with a new baby, we decided that we would save ourselves the extra work and just buy gifts... Holy cow! Now I see why so many people complain about the cost of Christmas. It is a good thing Papa has a better job now, than in years past. Even still, I put my foot down when it came to Baby Mousey's first Christmas ornament. I found one that I loved for her on amazon... For $23! Sorry, but that is not going to fly with me. Then I found one on zulily, but it would not be here in time for Christmas... Finally, I said to myself, "Self, how hard could it be to just make an ornament?" So that is what I set out to do. 

I searched Pinterest and came up with a few ideas. Most involved felt. Super cute, but i did not have the supplies on hand and didn't want to wait to get them. When the crafting waves hits, you have to ride it now. 

Then a link to a link to a link led me to some youtube tutorials. Boom! There is was. The perfect little mouse for my perfect little mouse. So I grabbed some clay (I had just seen some when mom was cleaning out some boxes) and made this little critter in a few minutes. 

I was psyched at how it turned out, so i cranked out two more little critters.

Later, I added eye hooks (I made them with jewelry wire) and baked them. Then I added some details with a couple of sharpies. I tied on some pink ribbon, and was done. Ornaments for my three girls, in no more than a half hour total, with only supplies I already had laying around. I call that a win.


Friday, December 5, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual, inspired by SouleMama, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Three weeks ago today, after 42 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy, our sweet Miss Mousey finally decided to make her entrance. It was an epic birth and I will write out the full story some time, hopefully soon. For now I will just say that we are both happy and healthy. She is wonderful and oh so very loved.

Miss Mousey. Born on the morning of October 26, 2014. 7lbs 8oz. 20 inches long. Perfect.

She came out hungry and had a strong latch, right away. She was pretty fussy until my milk fully came in, two days later. However, she has been a very happy baby ever since. We rested pretty much all of her first week, and have been slowly easing back into things since then. She is a major mama's girl, but is warming up to other family members as well.

She loves the moby wrap, which is such a blessing because I need my hands free as much as possible to keep up with Bunny and Squirrel. They, by the way, are thrilled to have a sweet baby sister to love on. Squirrel has been very sweet and gentle with her. Something I didn't expect to come so easily to a two year old. Bunny is all about her role as the biggest sister. She is very proud that, at four and a half, she is big enough to hold Mousey (while sitting on the couch or the bed) by herself. 

Three weeks in, with three girls, and things are going great.