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It’s a boy!

11 Feb

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Introducing our sweet new son, Gavin Joseph!   He made his way into world early morning Tuesday, February 5th. He was 8 pounds 10 oz and 21 inches long.  And, has more hair than any of our other babies.

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I’m not sure I even have words yet for how in awe we are with our sweet little man and how much I am loving these sweet new moments.  I know I will never forget the shock of Joel telling me he was a boy.    Or, the girls excitement of meeting their brother that morning.  Or tire of hearing their new song “I love baby Gavin”.

He is simply perfect to me.  I keep finding little tears of gratefulness in my eyes as I fall in love with him time and time again.  Welcome to our hearts, Little Man.

Snow Day

24 Jan

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When Joel got into bed last night, he woke me to tell me it was snowing., There was enough on the ground for the girls to be able to play in the snow.  They have been talking about snow angels for weeks. They were going to love every last inch of this rare treat.

I was drinking my coffee and reading when Sophia awoke this morning.     Oh, the plans they made early in the day as the snow was still ever so slightly blowing off the trees and appearing to still be snowing.  After school was done and layers were added, they were up and at ’em ready to embrace nature’s gift.  We all had a good traipse from the front yard to the backyard and back again.  Just enough snow to be exciting, and they were back inside.  Just enough hot chocolate to make us all remember the real reason we love snow days.

Everyday Beauty : Day 26

26 Sep

When I realized the house was far too quiet, for far too long, I went upstairs and found them snuggled together.  They had begun streaming Tangled on my iphone through Netflix.

Our weekend was delightful. I got to sleep in and have a spur of the moment coffee date with my hunny.  We finished up a few lingering projects and fought off the crickets coming into our house as if they were launching some secret covert-op.  Eva fell asleep in my arms for nap while I was rocking her. I finished the (7)  sashes needed for the wedding next weekend.   Pizza, popcorn, and a movie finished off Sunday night and gave me some much enjoyed  snuggle & knitting time with my babes while Joel was playing soccer. Once the quiet descended and all was still,we settled in with some apple & caramel dip and watched my most anticipated premier, The Good Wife.

For these moments:

  • a sleeping baby in your arms wrapped just as if she was 11 months younger
  • finishing all the flower girl sashes with no major complications
  • prepping for the cold weather around the corner with draft guards
  • hoping that also keeps out the crickets that want to live in our home as well
  • take-out pizza saving your chili which was far too spicy for little mouths
  • “I love you” text messages from your mom
  • hot coffee brought to you while still in your pjs
  • the hope of popcorn to go with their mom & movie time

For these moments, these pauses, the grace of God in the moment, I am so thankful.

{For other weekending posts, see the lovely Amanda’s blog}

Everyday Beauty : Day 23

23 Sep

:::A challenge to try and capture more of the everyday.   A little beauty amidst the craziness. A month to be a seeker of beauty.  30 photos to see the simplicity and loveliness of the here and now. :::

I am also joining in with Amanda for {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Everyday Beauty : Day 20

20 Sep

One of her favorite spots morning and evening.

:::A challenge to try and capture more of the everyday.   A little beauty amidst the craziness. A month to be a seeker of beauty.  30 photos to see the simplicity and loveliness of the here and now. :::

Everyday Beauty : Day 13, 14 & 15

16 Sep

Friends, sorry didn’t intend to be absent from this space with my everyday beauty posts this week.  Just took a little bit to find our stride with starting a new routine.  The weather was very nice in the beginning of the week, and we spent a good bit of our days outside.  Last night, a change happened in the weather and when I got up this morning it was only 43 degrees outside.  Almost time for soups …..

After taking pictures of Lady leaving for school, Sophia took my hand and walked up the driveway.  She was still in her nightgown with an over sized silver bow headband in un-brushed hair and her church shoes on since they were the only shoes by the front door.  She looked ridiculous.  She look precious.  We turned around, walked up the driveway and began the first day of this season of our lives.

Ella really liked preschool this week.  She wore her new dress, brought a book for show and tell today, has come home with loads of papers, and keeps telling me about what happens when you are the special helper for the day.

We made applesauce, as promised.  This week, I also took advantage of the nice weather and made apple prints with the girls on the beautiful Tuesday morning. I used crayola washable paint and it did not stick to the apple very well.  I think a tempura paint would have worked much better, but this was a last minute arts & craft attempt on my part.   Ella was much more excited by finger painting and needed to be hosed off to get the paint off her arm.  I introduced the letter “A” to Sophia.  This time around I am trying to do letter recognition and phonetic sound at the same time.  We will work slowly, and see what happens ….

{this moment}

16 Sep


I am also joining in with Amanda for {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.