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ten on ten {march 2015}

Ten on Ten brought about lots of beauty yesterday despite having a sick boy at home. It was a warm & sunny March day dripping with blossoms, being BRAVE at MOPS, a baby, toys, a trampoline, pj’s and the hope of Spring! I truly loves seeing our world through this project every month. Paigey must like it too because she remarked with a smile {as I was taking pictures in the morning} … “Is it already ten on ten again mommy?” Our girl is too cute and acting very grown up these days!                  DSC_0647DSC_0652DSC_0669DSC_0676DSC_0680DSC_0730DSC_0787DSC_0815DSC_0803DSC_0823

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Happy New Year!

It’a almost february’s 10 on 10 and I have not even said Happy New Year…how is this possible?

Life is moving along so quick I cannot catch my breath, but we are having fun and enjoying each little new stage of Blakey’s first year!

I have worked hard for the past month to focus on things at home and to be really intentional about how I spend my time {blogging has obviously not made it on the “must-do” list}. I can be so scattered and “in-the-moment” that I have decided it’s time to change things up. In this season of life I have to learn to just get into a daily routine, develop some healthy habits and focus on enjoying the spontaneity of life when it does happen but not live in that everyday. So naturally with all that in mind my word of the year {actually phrase of the year} is:

embrace routine

I realize that for some of you this is a real head-scratcher. Why would I need to embrace routine or even focus on this as a concept? I’m certain that routine comes naturally to most people {and especially during the motherhood stage of life}. But I am not one of those people that it comes by it naturally. I will talk more about it more some other time but for now here are a few of my favorite posts from last year! Enjoy!

A few of my favorite posts from 2014:

TEA party girl

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what will baby #3 be?

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{HOMEgirl} a practical space vs. a beautiful space

HOMEgirlmaking faith FUN for kids

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make your own {DISNEY} t-shirt

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ten on ten {july 2014} & waiting for baby

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it doesn’t get any better than this {BLAKE scott’s arrival}

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{coffee & showers}

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{teaching my kids to be BRAVE}

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{31 days recap & happy halloween}

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{parenting is not for the faint of HEART}

I love being a mommy but it is not easy.

I have had some very difficult phases in my parenting journey. I have felt completely desperate at times. When Paige and Grant were babies {they were born just 19 months a part} and I had two in diapers & very little support I was a mess. I was completely overwhelmed all.of.the.time. I prayed moment by moment to get through my days. When Aaron would have to work a couple of days at a time and the kids were sick or going through a tough stage in behavior I felt like I was drowning in desperate thoughts all the time. I felt completely alone. I remember a friend encouraging me with the phrase: the days are long but the years are short. I loved it and I hated it at the same time. The days felt so long that I just couldn’t believe, or totally trust, that the years would be short. I felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. And my feelings made me feel like a failure as a mom. The more difficult it got with the kids, the worse I felt about myself and then that made me feel more impatient with the kids and then that made me feel even worse about myself.

I sort-of lost who I was. I didn’t recognize myself. Where was the confident person that had sustained me through each stage of my life? Where was the girl who trusted the Lord and asked for help without feeling guilty? Where was the girl who dreamed of getting married and becoming a mom? I was cranky with the kids every moment of every day. I was mad all the time at how my life was going. I was confused about how hard it was and I was unprepared for the difficulty of it all. I did not know where to turn. I was lonely. I was tired. I wanted help but didn’t even know where to begin to find it. It was just hard all.of.the.time.

I eventually made it out of that funk. I share my feelings about it because I’m pretty certain I’m not the only person who has ever felt that way. Motherhood takes you through so many highs and lows and I’m so thankful the days like that are few and far between.

If you can relate…you are not alone. I’m telling you that you will get through this!

I now know that: the days are long but the years are short.

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{postpartum elation}

My cousin came up with a great term for me recently. She was describing me to a friend and told her that I suffer from Postpartum Elation. I am normally a pretty emotional person with very little energy. I have some health issues that cause me to have chronic pain and very irregular sleep. So I am often tired and I think it’s fair to say I can be pretty darn grouchy. My pregnancies are super tough but my early days with a newborn are a whole different thing. I become alive when I have a new baby. It’s been such a joy in my life that it’s hard for me to imagine not having another baby {Blake is only 3 months old and I feel like he is already so big}. But that’s another topic for another day.

I know this is a weird and strange phenomenon that very few people suffer from. It is rare that I hear someone say they enjoy the newborn stage {let alone LOVE IT. I cannot explain it. I guess it’s just how God made me!

And I’m loving every day with my sweet Blakey because of it!

You might suffer from Postpartum Elation if…

The best moments of your life have been in the hours and days after your baby was born.

You cannot stop smiling and saying how thankful you are for this baby in the hours and days after he/she is born.

You are actually more energized during the early days of having a baby than any other time in your life.

You don’t mind sleepless nights because it means you have a new baby.

You are happy during those emotional early days of a newborn {even during the baby-blues moments when you feel overwhelmed}.

You feel energized by the baby elation that tells you “this too shall pass” as you sort out each new baby stage & difficulty.

You are willing to “suffer” through tough pregnancies to have a newborn baby again.

10727779_344662949048287_2029000831_n{this is the face of a very happy mommy with postpartum elation…of course}

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{babies don’t keep}

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Mother, O’ Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek – peekaboo.

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo.
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

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