Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Prayer

To Hadley and Mason,

I want to start off saying that you are loved. Such seemingly simply words but they hold so much power.  I urge you to never forget that because there may come a time where you feel the complete opposite. Personalities may flare up, we may butt heads and you may feel alone, but remember you are not. You have an entire village that supports you and an all-encompassing God to hold you.

Your life matters, and so does others. Be kind and compassionate. Those are the greatest gifts you can offer to those you come in contact with on a daily basis.  Let people know that you care and are invested.  Listen and be present. We live in a busy world with lots of distractions and we are losing the gift of being present.  I urge you both to slow down and just be available, to open your ears and close your mouth, and really hear what someone is saying, not only with their mouth but by their actions.

Be you, not the person you think others see, but what you feel in your heart. You are unique and gifted in your own ways. Don’t follow because it’s the thing to do.  Embrace who you are. This can come with its challenges and can be downright difficult but the outcome in discovering and understanding your self will be well worth it.

Laugh often and smile frequently. Laughter is so good for your heart and soul. Find joy in the simplest of tasks and share that joy with others. I hope each day you are able to see the bits of gratitude within your life. Some days might seem darker than others where you struggle to see the blessings but I promise you they are there in the smallest of details.  

Above all, my precious Hadley and my precious Mason, I urge you to be a light that shines brightly in this world. All of my love,


Thursday, September 10, 2015


My dearest Hadley,

One year ago, our family became 4 strong. I can’t even grasp how this quickly this year has gone, yet I feel like you have always been with us. You are a beacon of joy, and your smile lights up the room. You have the same easygoing personality as your brother, yet you are definitely your own person.  Content is a good way to describe you. There’s no rush for you, which has demonstrated many teaching moments for me. Life is to be enjoyed and embraced and you live this way in the fullest. You love to chatter and have so much to share. You adore your family with all your entire being, especially your big brother. Mason never fails to make you laugh and smile just with his presence.

My sweet girl, the love that I have for you is enormous.  My prayer is that you always fully embrace life. Continue to smile and find joy in even the smallest moments.  Love wholeheartedly.  Keep shining.
All my love,


Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring pictures

I get swept up into the whirlwind of parenting. Into the messiness, the repetitiousness that goes with that. Then I get these pictures and I just want to stare at these two. To soak in all their goodness and joy that they bring to our lives. To sit in amazement that these babies of ours were formed in me and we are charged with sharing our legacy. 

Photos by the amazingly talented April Shoulta Photography

Monday, February 23, 2015

Balance or the lack thereof

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This post cut into me. It opened me up and allowed me to acknowledge what I’ve been trying to put into words.

The everyday routine tasks threaten to make me feel like I’m drowning. I’m never caught up yet I feel any extra quality time with my family is lacking. Parts of me are torn in different directions so not one person or task is fully getting all of me. I know that I'm surrounded by so so many blessings but in this season I feel so worn. I’m in dire need of finding balance in my life and a way to nourish my soul because this mama is running on fumes. 

I needed to express these thoughts out loud because ultimately, I know I'm not alone in these feelings. 

So share with me please, how do you find balance?


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow Day

The snow finally made its way to Kentucky. About 10 inches of it in fact. I really don't mind it at the moment. There's just something about snow that I really appreciate, maybe the stark beauty of it. Even the memories that it evokes, of sledding, snow angels and hot chocolate to warm up. On this side of the state we do not see too many large snowfalls regularly, so everything tends to shut down which is exactly what happened yesterday. We enjoyed a fun snow day at home. 

Mason has not experienced snow when he would actually remember it, so he was excited to check it out. To his surprise and delight, he discovered that  snow was on both sides of our home. He, of course, had to check it out for himself.

The coupe just wasn't made for this type of weather.

The snow made for some tough walking for those toddler legs of his, but he kept on trucking through it. We did not stay out too long, but it was enough for him to have fun (and wear him out for a long nap).

Of course, a snow day has to include homemade snow cream! Mason helped me mix the ingredients and thoroughly enjoyed tasting it.

It was a good day.

And the girls are extremely disgusted with the snow. Running out of the coop only to discover that it was cold and as tall as them, one of my hens could not get back in fast enough, so they have not budged from the coop. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hadley Marie :5 Months:

My dearest Hadley, here we are at 5 months. You have just seamlessly settled yourself into our lives and we just cannot imagine life without our sweet girl. You continue to enjoy life and just handle whatever comes your way with your laidback attitude.  Dogs running around problem. Big brother trying to shove your paci in your problem.  Your smile is still constant and you have started sharing some belly laughs with us. You are a "talker" and I can only imagine what you have to say to us. We have brought out the bumbo seat for you and it's a winner (as long as we can keep big brother out of it). You like to be where the action is. You are an active little girl and can really get your arms and legs moving (just wait until you can really get somewhere with all that movement). Your hair is following right along with what Mason's did...thinning out and growing back lighter. Never in my life did I imagine I would have 2 blonde hair babies. 

You are such a beauty and the light just shines from your eyes. Keep shining girl! Lots of love to you!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hadley Marie : 4 Months :

Well, here we are, on the tail end of 4 months Hadley. According to your doctor, you are looking absolutely perfect (not surprising to us at all of course). You are my petite baby weighing in at 11 lbs. 13 oz. 24 in. and you still have the cutest thigh rolls. Embrace them now honey. 

 You continue to be such an easygoing little girl with not much that upsets you. You're quick to smile and enjoy "talking" to us. You decided to roll over from your stomach to your back a few times and you are all about kicking your legs around.

You continue to watch your big brother as he definitely entertains you. 

This month you decided why bother with a paci when you have a thumb that is always there when you need it!  

We just love you to pieces Hadley!