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...]

Seasons Change

We've had an unusually rainy and cool summer down here in Georgia. Even though the calendar says we have four weeks until autumn, the school bus driving up the street, the cozy cardigan I am wearing, and hot cup of coffee I am sipping, leads me to believe that autumn has already arrived. I've been thinking a lot about seasons and change lately. When I wrote back in February that I felt like I was entering into a season of quiet, I had no idea that six months later, I would still be here, … [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...]

Preserving Memories

I finally got around to organizing our keepsakes. I don’t know why it took me so long to start the project because once I began, it really only took me a few hours and now I am finished and it feels great to be able to check that off my list. Most of my keepsakes were already in boxes, so I just needed to sort through them. I have a box for Jack, a box for Aidan, and a box for me and Phillip. I simply went through the boxes and grouped the cards and keepsakes by year or event or church or … [Read more...]

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Last night I fell into bed declaring that I need a two week sabbatical from motherhood. Phillip looked at me in such a way that his face showed that he was trying to think of how he could do something like this for me and then I worried that he would really try to make it happen and that I would be so lost and alone without my boys that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself and that all I really needed was a good night’s sleep. "The memories of home and of her children rose up in her … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 5 & 6}

Chapter 5: When the Dark Invades Depression. Something that many women struggle with but no one wants to admit to it or talk about it, especially in Christian circles. I applaud Sarah Mae and Sally for going there, and bringing this topic to the table for discussion. Depression can be such a strange thing. One would think that depression is only caused by sadness or dissatisfaction with one’s life, but for me, the darkness tends to be brought on by physical and mental exhaustion. If … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 3 & 4}

Chapter 3: Formulas Don’t Always Work I LOVED this chapter! It really spoke right to my heart. I am a woman who loves formulas, and very much likes to live inside the box. It’s safe in there. Neat and clean. But once I became a mama, I realized that there wasn’t just one formula. There wasn’t just one box. There wasn’t just one opinion. There were thousands upon thousands and they were coming at me from every side. From parenting styles to discipline strategies to education … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 1 & 2}

I am so excited that this day has arrived! I have been looking forward to reading Desperate since I first heard about it several months ago. This is one of those books that begs to be discussed, and I am thankful for the opportunity to discuss it here with you. Chapters 1 & 2 are full of so much insight that there is no way I could ever cover it all, so I am just going to highlight the parts that spoke most deeply to me. Chapter 1: Ideals and Going Under “When it finally dawned on me … [Read more...]

On Finding God in My Kitchen

I sat down at my computer multiple times last week to write, but ended up staring at the blinking cursor on the screen. Tapping out a few words, backspace, backspace. Close. Don't save. Shut screen. No words coming to mind. So this is writer’s block, I think to myself. No words come to mind because all that I can think of is food. The Bible says to not worry about what you will eat or drink. But what if your child has digestive issues? What if certain foods cause your little one … [Read more...]