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Life is a race these days with three littles at home. A breathless race of moving from one thing to the next. We have a one year old baby in our midst and as if that doesn’t keep us busy enough we have had endless vacations, ministry activities, family chats, memory verses, road trips, movies, books, games, eating out, birthdays, packing & unpacking and the taste of summer always on our tongues. Since I last posted it seems that Winter passed the baton to Spring too early and Summer was in the lead before we knew what to do.

Sometimes the race of the school year feels endlessly overwhelming to me. Summer has been a sweet break from that grind. I have been trying to use my phone less. Use my apps and social media less. Play more. Read more. Walk more. Take in life and enjoy my kids {even when they drive me crazy}!

In the rest of Summer…the craziness…and beauty and even the stress of our little life I’m thanking my sweet Jesus for it all.

What are you thankful in this season?

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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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{somedays i get ANGRY}

I totally HATE to admit that I get angry as a mommy…but I do. It’s an area I struggle with and often feel unequipped to improve. There have been a few seasons in my mommy-life when I have been angry with the kids ever day {you can read about that more HERE}. Ugly moments that I’m not proud of. I hate the way my anger has made my kids feel and I pray that they remember it as something that only happened from time to time. I try not to take myself too seriously but gosh it’s hard when your regrets and struggles affect your kids.

A few years ago I read a book that had some great tools in it for dealing with anger. I want to read it again. My angry-mommy moments are  rare in this season but I think it is always good to keep working towards my goal of being a patient and gentle mommy.

Anger may not be a struggle for you, but if it is I think you will like this book. Check it out:

 Good & Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids

By Scott Turansky

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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.

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