Monday, August 25, 2014

Purposeful Nurturing


Since "motherhood" is my all consuming life right now,
I love reading blog posts from other people and
their encouragement, experiences and gleanings.

I came across this recently and thought it was
worth sharing with all of my mommy-friends:


Purposeful nurturing is so important and definitely an area that I am working on because I can get caught up in the daily tasks of life just trying to keep the laundry down, the house clean and healthy meals on the table - not to mention the extra things of gardening, canning, spiritual feedings, etc. But I have noticed in my own experiences that taking those extra moments to cuddle, kiss boo-boos and rub backs, that the emotional level stays more at an even keel than mountains and valleys and bursts of tears (yes, little girls have LOTS of emotions too!). This is truly part of that word "motherhood" and an aspect that we as mommy's needs to embrace and become experts in.

So hop on over to her blog and be encouraged -
I'm sure you will enjoy her other posts as well. :)

Tirzah is my cuddly one and loves those mommy moments

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Motherhood}


Motherhood is one of those words that you don't
fully understand.... until you have
entered into that realm of life.


I looked up the word mother in the dictionary and all it said was, "The state of being a mother" Is that all?! I'm not sure what I was expecting to find but I was hoping for a bit more. Motherly said this: "Motherly authority; tender; parental; as motherly love or care." That was a bit better. One can not fully or simply describe what a mother is. It is so much. It engulfs so many words and characters. 




There are experiences that no one else in this world can experience, except for a mom. It's this fierce power of a love. There are times that you can actually FEEL your love growing and it's so amazing! They say that it is a man's ears and nose that doesn't stop growing but I'm convinced it's a mothers heart.

 If I've learned and am still learning one thing, it is the sacrificial love of a mother. Day in and out it is a giving, even when you don't feel like it. Even when you are tired and crabby or just "done!!" you have to continue to sacrifice your time and love for the little ones that God has placed in your care. There are many difficult and tiring moments but the joys and delights of motherhood far outweigh the negative.



It really is quite humbling as you come to realize how selfish of a creature you are when you become mommy. But in that realization, I am reminded of my Heavenly Father's most selfless love, that none can even compare to. His pure example is my highest goal... even when the girls wake up on the wrong side of the bed and the day is filled with tears, when they get into everything they shouldn't, color permanent marker on their face, draw on my bedroom door, spill grapes under my fridge, put sticky fingers on clean windows, have accidents in their undies, and on and on what a day can bring...

 They are my delight.
My joy.
My gifts.

I need not look any further and I can SEE
and know what my highest calling is.

My name is mommy. And I love it.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another picture update

Just some more random pictures from the past few months. :)

Because we don't know many people here in MO, it has been
really nice having two of my sisters nearby!

Mornings at the nearby park are a favorite...




James and I celebrated 4 years in July - it's been a
wonderful 4 years to say the least and I am so incredibly
thankful for the man God gave me!!

 I am loving the ages of my girls.... they bring me so
much joy that I never could have imagined what 
I was missing before I was a mother!



 Verity loves helping in the kitchen!

 Helping clean up the yard....


 You know those moments when the house is quiet for far too long and all of a sudden you get a panic attack, wondering what your kids are getting into?! I was so please one day when I found her doing this!

 Keeping little hands busy with some window washing

 Watching/helping daddy lay the foam before the carpet goes in!
Have I said that my girls like to help?!

Ice cream is the perfect treat on a hot summers day!

 Stay at home date night with the hubby....
s'mores and a movie = happiness.

 Enjoying the water in the heat of MO at the lake.....

....or in the welcomed rain!

 We have had many memorable and enjoyable days this summer.
Some of those days include 4square....


 ....or visitors from next door.

 We have also had quite a few not-so-enjoyable experiences 
including mammoth spiders, an unwelcome guest snake and too many ticks.



But amidst the joy of this journey and the pain of adjusting, I am so very thankful for the three people in this picture and my Savior which is with me every step of the way.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Goodbye Pennsylvania, Hello Missouri!!


{Blows dust off of blog}

*Choke*

GASP!

Has it really been over 4 months since I posted last?!

Wow.



There probably isn't a single person that gets on this blog anymore. I had really good intentions of blogging to keep family and friends (and random stalking souls that follow me) updated while we moved but ummm.... obviously that didn't happen! I'm not really sure what happened other than that I lost my steam for blogging. I would like to get back to regularly posting, especially since I have had a few people recently tell me that I should continue, but no promises. ;)

I plan to fill you in from the past few months over several posts. So here is goes.... full steam ahead with more to follow!


Finding a seat in the tuba.

Helping Poppy!! I never could have got the house packed by myself so thankfully my family came down for a few days a helped..... a ton.

Snuggles with Grammy

 Amidst the craziness of packing, I literally had to take time to STOP and smell the beautiful flowers I had growing all around me.



Saying goodbye was not easy and tears were bound to flow.

It was hard to leave the people and state we love but it was also very exciting to embark on a new journey! Goodbye Pennsylvania!!

I never could have imagined how much stuff we had for being married only a few years, 2 kids and a small house. My mom always told me I was a pack rat growing up.... well I guess I'm a good one because #1 you couldn't tell it by my house and #2 everything didn't even fit in the 26 ft truck we got! :-O

James got a job in Missouri so he had moved down there a few weeks ahead of us. We were all VERY excited to see James the first time!!!




Last goodbyes.

I was really bad about getting pictures the first few weeks with everything going on. The house needed a lot of work so every waking moment I was busy with a paint brush in my hand and no time for a camera in the other. ;)

My girls LOVE to help!




Enjoying our evenings at the lake nearby.


That's all for now - more to come soon!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Un-paper towels


For some time I had been wanting to make something I found on Pinterest..... un-paper towels! Having two little ones I feel like I go through a good amount of paper towels and this would be a great money saving alternative. I am happy with the way they turned out as they are not only a cute addition to the
kitchen but also very economical. :)

{My choice of fabric.... two different cotton
tops and terry cloth back}

{I wanted it to fit on a paper towel roll so I just
used the paper towel for size}

{My stack is cut and ready to sew!}




{Putting the snaps on is the fun part!}



{Of course a cup of hot chai to keep me moving}

{Time to roll 'em up!}

{Walah! Simple and cute!}