Distracted By Fear

During the IF:Gathering, the Lord showed me three specific ways that I have been allowing myself to be distracted from fully being the Woman of God and leader He has called me to be. Last week I shared how I am easily distracted by others when I allow too many voices to influence me or when I spend too much time looking at what others are doing causing me to lose sight or confidence in what God has called me to do. Today I will be sharing my third distraction. Distraction #3: Fear of Not Being … [Read more...]

On Grief and Motherhood

Two weeks ago, Phillip and I spent Friday afternoon at Starbucks followed by a dinner date. I worked on my plans for the local IF:Gathering I’m hosting and had some great conversations with Phillip about our family, our callings, and our future. I spent that Sunday afternoon working on my Powersheets and left the coffee shop feeling so energized and focused and excited about 2015. It was a great weekend! Later that night, I received a call from my sister that our grandpa was ill and had been … [Read more...]

Perpectives on Motherhood and Writing

Hello! How is your January going so far? I'm not really a January 1st kind of a girl, but rather view the entire month of January as a time to reflect, plan, and start making small positive changes in necessary areas. I feel like we have finally fallen back into a weekly rhythm as a family, and I have been able to take a little time to myself the past two Sunday afternoons to work on my PowerSheets. I love them and I can't wait to share some of my goals and intentions for 2015 over the next … [Read more...]

I don’t want to forget…

These moments. They pass by so quickly. I want to pay attention to the details. So each night I try to be intentional about reflecting and writing in my Mom's One Line a Day Journal. Just a few sentences to help me remember... January 31, 2014 Kate has found her voice. Tonight she lay down on the couch on a pillow and “talked” to me forever. It was the sweetest thing. I imagine it was the first of many late night mother/daughter talks. March 9, 2014 Whenever … [Read more...]

DIY Co-Sleeper Review {One Year Later}

A little over a year ago, I blogged about the DIY Co-Sleeping Crib we made and it became pretty popular on Pinterest with over 152,000 pins to date. I had no idea that so many people would be inspired by our little IKEA hack, and since I blogged about the co-sleeping crib before Kate was born, I thought it would be helpful if I shared my review after using it for one year. The Quick Version I love it and I wouldn't change a thing! We are still happily using it and will continue to do so … [Read more...]

Permission to Dream

A change is in the air. On my front door hangs the big letter M that my boys painted and glittered last year, the yellow flowers in my entryway have been replaced by a bouquet of sticks collected from our yard, and a pumpkin spice candle flickers in my bathroom. Fall has arrived. I am busy packing away the sandals and shorts and swimsuits, hanging up sweaters and hoodies and still searching for that perfect fall shoe to replace my beloved Gizeh sandals I have worn all summer. A gentle … [Read more...]

3 Weeks

Today our little Kate is three weeks old. I can't believe how quickly these 21 days have passed and how much she has changed and grown in such a short time. I want time to slooooow down, but I know it won't, so I am doing my very best to be fully present and enjoy every moment, hold her as much as I can and take lots of pictures, because I know that in the blink of an eye, she will be as big as these two boys running around my house. When Jack was a baby, I remember being … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Having a Daughter

A few weeks ago, Phillip and I sat in a little booth at Chili’s for some late night appetizers and made some baby predictions. Ironically, each of us picked November 7th as our predicted birth date. Well, today is the 7th and if labor doesn't begin in the next few hours, he and I plan to go out on another little dinner date and make new predictions and relish this last bit of alone time we may get. Phillip has been so sweet over the last few weeks to take the boys along with him a little more … [Read more...]

Our DIY Co-Sleeping Crib

We co-slept with both of our boys, and plan to do the same with our baby girl. With the boys, I just put a toddler bed rail up on the side of my bed to prevent them from falling off, but the bed rails are so unattractive, and I really don't want to put one on my bed again, since I just finished decorating our master bedroom. (You can find more pictures of our master bedroom here.) I started looking at co-sleepers on Craigslist, and decided to check out Pinterest as well, where I found this DIY … [Read more...]

Thinking Pink

If you missed the announcement on my Facebook page, we are so very excited to announce that we are having a baby girl!!! Phillip had me convinced it would be another boy, which I was perfectly okay with because I LOVE being a mom to boys. But as it got closer to the time for us to find out, I really started wanting a girl and I knew Jack and Aidan really wanted a sister. I have been collecting and making little girly things for a few years now in hopes of someday having a daughter, adding … [Read more...]

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