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Q&A Kid's Journal - Post-nap grumps to kids party gift
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Last week a sweet little package arrived with a return address for Freely Give Co, a company unfamiliar to me.  After taking a quick naptime peek around their site and looking through their gift box options that give back, my excitement for my own package jumped up quite a bit.  

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A canvas drawstring bag held a sweet 3-year kid's journal.  The striped cover was delicious and textured with just enough embossing pizzaz to delight a kiddo and quite enough class to sit on my shelf of daily study things.  

Thumbing through the pages, I loved the simplicity.  I'm not exactly the best with daily prompts and another thing to keep up with for the boys, but this seems simple enough.  One quick question a day with a short scripture verse and 3 spaces for writing.  I plan to try and use it with both boys as Cal is chatting more, but a simple answer with each's initial and age fits perfectly.  The journal is aimed at a 3-year timeline, but you could easily fit in more or less.  

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What I've loved most are these questions break through even a 3-year-old's grumpy afternoon slump.  We've mostly dropped the nap and on the days he naps, he's crabby after and on the days that he doesn't, he's needy and crabby - enter this journal.  I get our afternoon snack together, tell him it's time for "our special question time" and we head for the sunroom couch.  Some days his replies have been short and another he told me he'll be getting married in June, when he's 10-years-old.  He then asked a few questions about weddings, we recited the bible verse together, ate snack and commenced playing in a much better mood.  It generally opens discussions and questions that wouldn't otherwise happen.  So good for us and certainly for older kids.  I could see this being a sweet bedtime recap, too.  

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We've only been at the journal keeping for a long week and I've already enjoyed looking back on past answers and having a second (or third!) chuckle.  Check out this sweet journal here  and know that while this journal was a gift to our family, these opinions are my own and we're really enjoying it.  I can't imagine how fun it would be with an older child who has more to say!  It's totally going on my birthday party giving list - paired with a cheap digger or car and it's a sweet gift that lasts a little longer than most. 

Play-Doh Printable for last minute Valentine's
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Last fall I grabbed a giant bag of mini Play-Dohs from Costcos' Halloween offerings to keep around for playdays and when I realized Tru needed Valentines for school, I whipped up this quick little printable. Our house is gluten and dairy-free for the time being, so this treat option is perfect.  Plus, no one needs a preschooler high on life AND sugary candy.  Figured he'll get lots of candy options, so some Play-Doh to stimulate some creativity was a wise choice.  

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It's quick and simple, just run a couple sheets of cardstock through your printer and cut in fourths.  I used a paper cutter, but you can easily skip that step and opt for scissors.  I don't have a punch large enough for Play-Doh, so I grabbed a kitchen knife and cutting board to make a series of cuts where the Play-doh would go. You can see the above photo where I shoved the Play-Doh through and added a little washi on the back to keep it secure.  Tape isn't necessary, but I'm all about a little extra color on this minimalist preschool Valentine.  Enjoy the links below for easy downloading - and if you've got a guy named Truman like I do, I included a personalized option.  

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Just Another Morning
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You're growing by leaps and bounds and you're just so fun.  The mullet is in full force and I keep willing it to curl around your ears, though I'm not sure it'll work before it's time for a trim.  I love how hard you work at your new tasks - walking, drinking from cups, drinking smoothies.  You accept your brother's apologies and intense 'loves' and hugs with grace.  You can go from yelling (maybe a bit dramatically?) about a hurt he's inflicted to nuzzling your fluffy head into Truman's neck while he promises, again, not to push you over or whack you with a lego.  Thankful for your example to be quickest to forgive - we need more of your silly puddy heart in the world.  And we need more of your joy-bubble nature, too.  Love you so, sweet Calvin.  You are such a little light in our home.

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Just hangin' around, livin' the life
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Got to have a few days with just Cal and I and it was fun to watch him bloom on his own.  TONNNSSS of chatter and a very marked effort at walking that ended in walking success!  Hurrah for that.  Still lots of falling down and just short bursts of steps, but it's seemed to wear him out quite a bit - back to sleeping through the night after several months without.  PRAISE.  In my little estimation, he also seems to have all of his teeth in that he'll be getting - molars included.  Excited for the chill and funny phase that's on the horizon for this guy.

We've been enjoying lots of outside time, lots of garden time and lots of trying out new activities and playgrounds.  And, of course, LOTS of gator rides together and just enjoying being outside.  I will say everything seems 100x more fun with y'all.  Gardening is this magic, wonderfilled experience - which is why I love it - but the amount of WOW and OHHHHHH that our plants and growth solicit from your little heart, Truman, is just soooo wonderful.  Cal notices things that are out of order or folks who are sad with a quick 'UHT-OHHHHH' and Truman is still busy giving hugs, high fives and saying hello to anyone in his vicinity...which Cal has learned.  Little Calvin stands at the living and dining room windows often and waves at cars as they pass, saying 'hiii!'.  So sweet to get to be with two friendly guys.  Both of your joy and friendliness has made us many new friends and been an avenue for pointing me to the joy of Christ - so much joy in your two hearts.

We're also really loving our library times and Truman is more into picking books and asking for specific ones and specific characters.  Lots of Arthur, Curious George, diggers/dump truck/garbage truck, and Bernstein Bears.  Tru has also started to enjoy listening to books be read in the car via audiobook.  Is a bit hard to find young reader books with matching audiobooks, but when we can line them up he loves them extra.  Trying to take advantage of his smart mind that sucks up his school memory verses like a sponge and is listening to (and memorizing and asking sooo many questions about..."mom, sometime can you show me what a leap is? says makes my heart jump and leap?!") lots of various music.  Some of our faves right at the end of this post...

Love you boys.  Thankful for the way the Lord loves us through shared love and joy.  Is a good good good gift I never knew I needed.

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Our recent favorite kids church music...LOVE these.  Like I actually listen when the kids aren't with me - ha!

And a couple top faves are super cheap on amazon's audiobook - audible app is so easy to use in the car with the boys.

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Poking around with friends
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Sweet, little guys: you keep me so busy!  I've been trying to make more pictures, but it's often tricky as we're so busy just being.  We visited the zoo with our friends Andrea and Henley and they treated us to a train ride which you, Truman, mentioned as your Wow! prayer for the day.  Such a gift to see your wonder.  Little Cal just loved that it moved, we were with smiling friends and he got a chill stroller ride.

Another night, we headed over to hang with Josh and Hay Hay at the Wright Elementary playground and go for a little golf cart ride.  Super fun.  Lots of imaginative fireman games which led us to visit the Bagdad Fire Department with them later in the week.  Truman, you were totally in awe of getting to see the firetrucks and try on the fire gear and you talked about it for dayysss.  So sweet to see you move from trains into firetrucks - but most sweet is to see you bravely trying new things and growing in kindness.  Love you both.

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A State Fair kinda day
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Woke up the little, smiling babes yesterday and headed to the state fair with their Nana.  We got to have giggles in the morning, a car ride of songs, watched the mule show, pretended to be bees, had a milk moment and even got pulled over by the state police...for a photo.  Was a sweet day of so many big joys through little, popcorn-eating eyes.  You two continue to be the biggest blessing to my soul.

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First day of 3yo Preschool, Soaking up Summer
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...Because life with these two is too sweet, pictures are a joy to my heart and they do no one any good on a harddrive all in the name of waiting until I'm caught up and getting to things chronologically.  Truman started back to preschool this week and had a great first day.  He and Cal even (crazily) obliged Momma for a couple extra pictures.  So big and fun, that little Truman is.  Prepare yourself for a peppering of various stages of past life and current happenings.

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Last supper with the Earleys for a bit before they moved to Alabama....Florida.  Thankful for sweet friends to raise wild boys alongside.

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Soaking up the last bits of summer on the farm.

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And being super tired from all the activites.

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And insanely adorable...

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Walks with the grandparents after dinnertime.  LOTS of giggles, pretend firefighting and tadpoles in the creek.  Good stuff.

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First time Cal said 'stick'.

Loving Lately: Little Fat Baby, Struggling Mommas, Books and Foods
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Getting back to this sweet place that I love as our sweet, second son gets to growing and I get to sleeping more.  Excited to hop back on board and share a backlog of images, miles of words and a bucket load of favorites, which can maybe benefit my reading/lady/mom/human friends.  Before I get caught up and can properly introduce our wonderful Calvin David – just know he is a literal dreamboat of a baby.  He’s squishy, cuddly, sleeps well and is just an easygoing, dependable sweetheart.  The past couple weeks he’s really woken up and is busy smiling and giggling and showing off that fabulous dimple.  Couldn’t ask for a better baby boyfriend.  

2 & 3.  Second love behind Cal?  The Kindle Paperwhite I upgraded to right before he arrived.  I took advantage of Amazon’s program that lets you trade in your old Kindle for a credit.  So worth it!  The Paperwhite cost me under $100 and the THING GLOWS!! I can read at night while I nurse, I can read without the light on, and it’s just a much smoother interface than my ancient Kindle.  Super LOVE it.  Also am LOVING this leather case that my family gifted me when I turned the big ’29’.  Allows me to toss the kindle in my purse, turns the Kindle off as soon as I close the front, which has come in very handy when a certain toddler needs attention ASAP – I can toss the Kindle without losing my page.  Fave part of this little guy?  I’ve charged it twice in 3 months and read up to an hour each day.  Crazytown.

4. My fave kindle accompaniment is Modern Mrs. Darcy’s kindle deals page.  She’s not only opened me up to some great new reads, but she’s helped me catch a few on my ‘to read’ list for $1-2.  SO.  AWESOME.  And you can sign up and have it come right to your inbox.  As I’ve mentioned before, I really love her podcast.  Super interesting for my book friends.

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5.  I’ve blogged about my love for podcasts on a few occasions, but I need to introduce you to the Mom Struggling Well podcast.  Emily is just so great!  She’s a fab interviewer, has the best humor and asks for itunes reviews (standard annoyance in podcast world..) in the funniest of ways.  I love most how she interviews her guests FOR her listeners.  As in, she’s always asking for ways to apply what they’ve learned or wisdom on how to go through the processes they’ve gone through to get where they are.  They’re also consistently shorter episodes (which I’m also sad aren’t longer…ha!) that I know will be waiting for me each Monday morning.  Check her out, enjoy her guests – so much goodness there!

6.  VIVIAN HOWARD!  Whether you’re a foodie or not, Vivian Howard’s show, A Chef’s Life is absolutely worth a binge watch.  They’re currently in the middle of the 4th season, so you can get up to speed and enjoy the rest of the episodes as they come out.  A Chef’s Life is what I imagine FOODTV should be.  Beautifully shot, this documentary covers the life of Vivian and her husband, Ben, as they move home from NYC to a small North Carolina town, to open a restaurant.  Each episode centers around a particular food, takes you to the farms where they grow (Truman loves this part, too!), hops back to restaurant life, is full of tidbits about how Vivian uses the particular food and often follows Vivian through various parts of famous chef life: cookbook writing process, cooking competitions, large catered dinners etc.  This fantastic show is on PBS, so you can enjoy it FO FREE.  Pull it up, show your babies where their food comes from, enjoy the Howard’s family and run to pre-order her cookbook, releasing this fall.  I’m basically the biggest fangirl and hoping for an overnight one day at one of her farmer’s airbnb’s.

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7.  Last, but not least, I’m loving this little corner of the guest room that we turned into my sewing space.  I slowwwwlllyyyy work on a couple quilts, as I have the time and it’s been so sweet to be able to get to do this more.  Having my machine out and ready has allowed me to pop in and piece together a couple panels, then come back to it later.  In this season with tiny dudes, I really do only get windows of time.  Bonus: Cal’s crib is in the guest room and he likes to nap if he hears my machine buzzing along, so we’ve been getting in the afternoon shuteye and pinwheels: teamwork! 

One, Two B&W Roll
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Some images from a black and white roll(s) that we shot around the house of normal life.  Pretty sure it was from freshman year of college thus the super grain and inconsistencies.  But I love it just the same!

First Year Film

I've made it a slow practice of mine to keep film handy and a camera tucked around the house.  This challenges me to think differently, to slow down and I really just love the images I come away with.  I'm slow to develop it and slow to look, but here are a bucketful of images from the last year or so. The above is obviously long lost on the timeline, but it was on there!

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Adventure & Camping Boy Baby Shower
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A quick little recap from last spring when my sister and I threw our other sister a baby shower for her little adventure baby.  The idea came from the fabrics and theme our sister, Sara, chose for her baby's room. I loved this theme, because we tried to stick with globe colors or green, blue and yellow, then tossed in a handful of vintage floral linens and a few patterns, too.  We picked up this vintage globe bank as a gift for Baby T and I moved a sign in from our guest room on an old high chair she found for me at a yard sale.

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We also pulled out a vintage map and some globes that live in our guest room, added some garlands from Target and called it fancy.  Our Mom gifted her a baby seat and stroller combo, so we popped a bow on those, assembled them and used them as party decor of sorts.  We seperated the drink station out from food to keep guests moving around the house and served up lemonade and water.

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The shower was in the afternoon, so shared a variety of 'trail snacks' that included veggies, fruits, cracker and cheese and some pasta salad.  We also included cashews, as those were a craving of my sister's while she was pregnant.  I homemade a funfetti cake with chocolate icing that matched the colors and we all dug in after the presents were open.  Loved digging up a few old photos of my sister and her husband as kids, too, and popped them in the clipboards overtop some ripped out pages from an old atlas I found at the Goodwill.

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Guests left with their own little baggie of trail mix that featured the mom-to-be's favorite snacks and that sweet little TeePee onesie was a gift to our sister.  Lots of simple things, a bunch of chopped up yummy food - but mostly just a gaggle of ladies excited to meet and love on a new baby gathering together to celebrate!  It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant to be meaningful and a blessing of a shower!

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Loving Lately: Grove Collaborative

Lots and lots I get asked how I keep up with all the things.  From my photo friends, mom friends, ladies I work alongside...all you ladies trying to do the illusive balance routine while still earnestly desiring to love your own people well.  So first things first: I don't. Long ago I was taught a helpful rule to ask myself often;  if THIS TASK is something my family, friends, clients don't need ME to be doing, how can I outsource or hire this out?  Deep cleaning our home, bookkeeping, shopping and cleaning the dog top the list of my favorite things to pay for someone else to do.  When I get in a weird, guilty place about having someone else clean my house or paying to wash an animal I could clean in a half hour, I keep in mind it's this practice that increases my capacity.  This allows me to do two things - 1. Do more of the work that I love to pay for these services and 2. Spend time doing the things I LOVE, with the people I LOVE.  

One of my most faves lately has been Grove Collaborative.  It's been a few months of receiving their shipments and I have to say after being super leery of mail order, scheduled household stuff, I'm hooked.  They offer GREAT prices on so many items I use to clean, care for Truman, our health and a host of other things.  They ship them to my door monthly after asking what it is that I need and I am never sucked into the temptation tornado I like to call Target when I run in for a quick pack of diapers and come out $100 poorer.

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This month, Grove is offering you ladies (and gents!?) a little bonus for getting started: One Mrs. Meyer's Hand Soap, Dish Soap and Soy Candle, A 2-pack of their walnut scrubbers and Free Shipping to your doorstep.  You just drop another $20 of items in your cart and it's all yours.  You can keep receiving monthly shipments of just the items you choose and need or you can cancel as soon as tomorrow, but I doubt you will.  Each month I spend a quick 5 minutes adding and subtracting products we need in the month's shipment and my household shopping list is done from the comfort of wherever my laptop is sitting with me. Good stuff y'all.

Top ways I use Grove Collaborative to simplify:

  1. I LOVE Mrs, Meyer's smells and formulas and I love that I can choose my scents and swap them out seasonally at my sink.  This Christmas will be the third year running I whip out her Iowa Pine soaps come December.
  2. That lime green scrub brush sticking out behind the soaps works like a dream, has a wooden handle that my numb, pregnant hands can latch onto and cleans all my grandma's vintage pyrex great but still scrubs wonderfully with the Mrs. Meyer's surface scrub on my crusty dutch oven.
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3. Those walnut scrubbers are awesome, they're neutrally colored (I KNOW a bunch of you appreciate my distaste for the traditional neon sponges) and they work great.  I keep this one in the sink of Truman's bathroom.  His sandals tend to get pretty stinky, so we give them a scrub on nights he's in the tub, then leave them over the air vent to dry at night.  Works like a dream.

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4.  While I've always liked Mrs. Meyers, I never ventured past the hand soaps until Grove suggested I give her tub and tile cleaner a go.  It's my new bestie.  Our old cast iron tub needs reglazed, which means it picks up the dirt Leila brings in and often absorbs the bath paint Truman enjoys.  A few squirts of this and a weak wipe down with the walnut scrubber and all is new.  I also LOVE that I'm not gagging from the smell or feel like I'm endangering my pregnant body from chemicals.

5.  LOVE Seventh Generation's liquid dishwasher soap.  Cleans better than anything I've tried and I used to be a die hard Kirkland dishwasher pod person.

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6. Grove has these AWESOME glass spray bottles.  I like to mix up my own cleaning solutions occasionally, but mostly I love that I can water my seedlings and house plants with them.  They spray upside down and sideways and haven't gotten clogged for me after 6 months of use.  Plus they're gorgeous and glass and I love.  We also keep a bottle for Truman's cloth diaper solution in his room for gross hiney issues. 7.  Speaking of gross hiney issues and bottoms, Truman goes through phases of soaking his overnight cloth dipes, so I LOVED that Grove has my favorite Seventh Generation's overnight diapers as an option.  Not even my bestie, Target carries these.  And they work.  I keep a pack standard in my monthly shipment and it's been just the right amount for our overnight travels, thirsty days and nights to grandmas.

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8.  Another Mrs. Meyer's that I was suggested to order: glass cleaner.  After I finished up my last bottle of the blue stuff, I ordered this bottle.  If I'm honest, I didn't think it would work nor did I expect it to be a match for my fingerprint and dust spotting eyes: I like my mirrors and windows and anything I'm looking into: spotless.  This does the job, doesn't have nasty junk in it and smells super.

9.  Grove has also come in handy for having me ready to roll to a baby or bridal shower.  I keep a few extra items on hand that are my most fave to wrap up with a gift or gift card.  They also have a sweet cleaning caddy that is white and simple and perfect for popping supplies in and wrapping up gift-basket style.

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10.  Vitamins and meds!  They offer up a lot of Zarbee's kid's products that I can't find in the big box stores.  I also love their prenatals and their immune support gummies for kids. That's that folks.  I love opening my monthly box and love all the new items I've been able to change over to from my chemical laden past.  I also love that they offer so many kids products that I can't find in stores.  If you're even thinking it over a bit, I'd say jump.  I wouldn't tell you about something I loved if I didn't reallyyyyy love it.  You'll never find me selling ya snake oils or any host of other things that make the rounds these days, but this company has been a sweet little time saver that keeps on giving.  Head over and grab up a couple of my favorite items and your free Mrs, Meyer's items, too!  

Rest and waking early
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Lately I've felt like I a. can't get enough done (chronic Elizabeth-Lizzie-Loo-problem), b. I'm not getting to read/learn as much as I'd like, c. I'm not taking the time to workout because I leave it for the end of the day when I'm zonked and d. a tired, bumbling life isn't the one God has for me soooooo...I better get to praying for strength and direction and putting one foot in front of the other.   And while I'm not accomplished at this yet, I'm strides ahead of where I was two weeks when my eyes kept growing big everytime Luke would ask me to do anything and the only alarm clock I was using was Truman's 7am cry.  Much thanks to a few friends on the interwebs, namely Jess Connoly, Valerie Woerner and Nancy Ray.  They can each, often be found instagramming or blogging about their early morning routines and how they run their companies or do crazy things like keep 1-4 kids alive and thriving while planting a church and running a network of women or shipping out a zillion prayer journals weekly while continuing to innovate.  For me, that has been SO encouraging.  To be reminded, that with God's strength, I was made to do more things, serve more people and pretty much roll out of bed in the morning.

And not in the 'lets do so many things so we can be awesome' way.  Nope.  I have a company to continue to run while loving my family well, raising a son to know the Lord and serve others, friends to grow with, peeps to serve and care for, a mind to grow and a quilt to make (more on that later).  I've always been a happy morning person, which I attributes to my parents.  My Dad trains racehorses so he's always been veryearly to rise and I'm sure since I was a chatty little kiddo, Mom sent me to the track often and on the other days I was probably up eating Cheerios with him before he left anyway.  I've always enjoyed getting up, but somewhere in the early years of Lizzie Loo I turned into a crazy, work-all-the-hours kind of silly person and totally forgot that waking before 8 is possible if you go to bed before 2....or 3, which, unfortunately I was notorious for.

Which brings me to my current state of being.   For two weeks my goal has been to be up by 6.  Some mornings the Lord is gracious and wakes me up, so it's staring at the ceiling fan or getting a move on it.  Others I hit the snooze 5x and have to coax myself out of bed by remembering how it feels to have time to myself before Truman wakes up.  I would like to move towards a 5 wakeup, but this progress will have to be slow and steady for now.

Most mornings I wake and grab a cup of coffee and settle down with the bible, a bit of Shauna Niequest's new devotional Savor (LOVE) and try to work through my prayer journal before I hear little baby voices.  Most mornings its worked.  A few have been met with an early, teething riser, which has been hard.  I've decided this practice is only a M-F thing to keep weekends as free as they can be for a wedding photographer.

Other mornings I've been able to write, read and work through our photos of Truman to blog them, and get them printed for his baby book - overall, I haven't missed that hour or two of sleep at all.  Just tricky to get out of the bed, but once my feet hit the floor it's smooth sailing from there.  I've found that having a plan the night before helps me as does going to bed earlier.  At first, the earlier bedtime was annoying, mostly because I'm just plain tired but want to do things.  Usually by 9:30, definitely by 10.  Which sounds plain crazy to my pre-baby self who slept maybe 6 hours and could take on endless activities, but alas.  A little person can both make you giggle til your 'abs' are apparent and put you into a euphoric land when you know they're finally asleep for the evening.

Today I got up and worked out in the basement, made breakfast, had coffee, did a devotional and now I'm here writing as Truman wakes in the next room.  All this to say, if you're feeling weary, you're missing time in your day or once the kiddos are in bed you're ready for sleep, too, that's ok.  It's not just ok but it's possible to listen to your tired, evening body so you can wake up your morning body and do some things for you, get some tasks checked off the list using both hands and avoiding the drool puddles that come with a baby on your trail.  You can always try it for a few days and go back to sleeping longer if it's not your thing.  OR you can try it for a few days, find a whole new way to take care of yourself and be better for your family and get sucked into a 9:30 bedtime, too.  Huzzah!

On being in a writing, censorship trap
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This blog was started with two purposes: to document our family and give me a place to write words about living within the family deal and not have them tied to my work - where they could quite define me and maybe even separate me from probable clients, unnecessarily.  That said: it ain't happenin.  The writing, I mean.  I feel, more often than not, little freedom to write here due to it being 'family' or 'truman's picture place' or whatever else.  And so I sit at home, ideas swirling in my head all dang day long and I don't write. Well.  That's over.  'Tis time to reclaim the blog for it's selfish journal-keeping ways, to write the things I don't want to forget and clear my brain of reflections on everything from getting peed on by a certain little boy to what Mother's Day means to a hardworking self-employed lady tossed into the sea of motherhood.  And without much regard for others, really.  Which may be rough at times...but it's important to me to be straightforward and honest.  So many other more-brave-than-I-ladies' writing helped me as I sailed my ship into that motherhood sea and I really, truly think there isn't enough honest writing out there about being in the trenches of getting drooled on, running a small biz with a family and just being a human who does more than instagram the pretties all the day long.

So.  Here we go.  Expect more thoughts on what I'm reading (did you even know I inhale books?), some posts on questions I get asked more than twice (because obviously if two will actually ask the awkward question there's gotta be 50 more of us googling it and coming up short) and still pictures of my little man.

9 in 6, my little joy-bubble
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Budzo.   6 months and I'm not getting the things done that I need to.  But you are the best little joy-bubble of a pal.  I could just eat you up, I love you so. A short trip to Chicago with Erin, who graciously kept you so I could attend a workshop.  You've rounded out your 9th state in the 6 short months since we met.  Best travel pal ever.  Except for that one time you literally grew a tooth on the flight home from Colorado.  But who can blame you.

Twenty-six, Twenty-seven

Twenty-Six.

It's over; because today my days measure twenty-seven years.

Oh twenty-seven, I have no expectations for you.  Nothing but breathing because I think that is most wise and the best tracks to lay, for the possibility of joy, anyway.

On my twenty-sixth birthday, my tender husband threw a little surprise dinner gathering at a sweet friend's home.  We'd been married just 7 days shy of three months.  Just 9 days later I found out of the absolute blue I'd be expecting a little babe come April.  Or March.  But that's another story.

Our friends came together to share a meal, my most favorite thing to do.  We shared many desserts, which is my most, most favorite thing to do and we headed home that eve talking about all the things that fall held for us.  Talking about the places we wanted to go and Luke's upcoming assignments that made travel likely.

And then we were out of town.  And then we were weeping, out of town, still in our little secret.  Still in the secret we'd keep for many weeks that tore down all the walls of expectation for twenty-six.  All the walls of newlywedness.  All the walls of flourishing business.  All the walls.  All of them.  And they were replaced by mile-high, night-dark walls of depression and despair.  I'm not sure that I wish I'd been able to function joyfully through a pregnancy.  I'm not sure that's what the Lord willed for that year of life.  It was the hardest, but it makes the joys we have now that much more vivid.  It was the hardest to be numb for so long, but God is good and there is Truman.  And God is good and there are memories.  And God is good and joy now, is magnified.  And God is good and twenty-seven has no framework aside from a simpler life, more time together, more feeling and less of everything that doesn't make my blood pump.  Being numb will do that to you.  Make you aware of what makes your blood move and what absolutely coagulates it.

For now, I know that that tender man I lay my head next to makes my blood move.  The sweet babe whose chest rises and falls thanks to the creator who made him does, too.  The little white fluff that laid with me as I completed college, built a business, bought a home, married a dear man, made a family and got her a yard does, too.  Open spaces.  African accents.  Fresh air.  Ponies of all sorts.  Watching seeds grow into food.  Images.  Creating and making.  My prayer for twenty-seven is that I continue to become more alive.  To the things I loved before twenty-six and all the things I have yet to discover.  And that I would be able to discover new next to the tender man and the sweet babe and the white fluff.  To credit all that new and all that joy to the creator who made us.  That's all.

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Happy Weekend from Truman!

Need to update lots on Truman, as we're all finally well but shot this little picture this morning and I know it's waaaayyyy overdue for some action over here - so just one quick photo.  We're off to a wedding rehearsal tonight and a wedding tomorrow!  Enjoy!

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Just dreaming...
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...About my next bathtime. Truman had another bath (this photo is from the first) and loved it. Sat there looking around, chewing on his hands, just happily chilling. Not a single scream until it was time to get out. Happy Friday from Little T.