{Baby #3 14 weeks}


I’m sure you thought I’d forgotten this poor blog.

I have not.

I’ve simply been prioritizing.

My husband.  My children. My chores.

Plus . . . SUMMER!

Oh, and morning (read: all-day) sickness and online teaching.

So, ya.  There you go.

But, I decided that I’d like to keep up with documenting my pregnancies.  I’ve never been consistent at keeping journals, so this blog is really my only record of my pregnancies and my children’s first years!

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The first 14 weeks have been filled with nausea and exhaustion and not wanting to eat anything while simultaneously being extremely hungry to the point of nausea, which is not good when you are already nauseous.

But, really, I can’t complain.  After two miscarriages, any sign of morning sickness was welcome.  It was a reminder to me that things were going well in my pregnancy.

Currently, I am feeling a bit better with only small bouts of nausea (as long as I eat).  I am hungry all day long and snacks don’t really cut it.  I need first and second breakfast, first and second lunch, and a big dinner, AND snacks.

I’m all about that BEEF lately.  I would eat a can of chunky beef and potato soup every. single. day. However, that probably wouldn’t be wise.  Just the thought of a tri-tip burrito from the farmers’ market burrito wagon makes me salivate (you think I’m joking).

I feel some energy coming back, which is probably why I rearranged my fridge and pantry and have been cooking and baking a ton!  It’s a good thing, because we have a big vacation coming that will require me to be energized!

I definitely feel as though I am gaining weight faster.  That once scared me, but now I have better perspective.  Anything for this little one, eh?

So, there you have it.  I am alive.  I am a bit over 14 weeks pregnant.

Here’s to a healthy pregnancy!






We will soon be a family of 5!

After a rough year of two pregnancies that both ended in miscarriages, we are thankful to have passed the 12 week mark in this pregnancy.

Although we know there is no guarantee that everything will go perfectly, we are hopeful and are trusting God in this time.

I’m excited to see how our family will change and be blessed by this new addition.

I know many of you have been praying for us and I’m so grateful.  Thank you!


{Making the 4th Matter}

I love holidays and I love the 4th of July.

There has always been something about lying on my back on a baseball field with hundreds of other Americans, watching fireworks booming overhead, that has made me so thankful that I was born in this land.

This year, we will be missing out on that great fireworks display since we will be staying local rather than visiting my hometown (The town we live in doesn’t really do much for the 4th).

However, I still want to make it special.  So, a church picnic and a fun BBQ with friends it shall be.

I also like to connect each holiday we celebrate to scriptures.  I like to provide our children with a connection to their Savior whenever we celebrate a holiday.  It is part of our family creating our own traditions.

So, here are some verses we will be focusing on this 4th.

What will you be doing?  Something fun and festive, I hope!  Happy Independence Day!

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{Camping – Summer 2015}

Oh, heeeeeyyyyyy.

I’ve totally been MIA, but SUMMER!

Vacation and teaching some school and back-to-back family weddings and friends in town from out of the country.  You get the idea.

But, I’ve been recording our summer camping trips for the last few years and wanted to make sure I documented 2015 as well!

Due to the drought we had to forego our favorite place and instead headed to a smaller lake nearby.  It was beautiful and peaceful and a total blast.

I just love being outside ALL. DAY. LONG.

I love seeing every sunset.

I love living in bathing suits and not worrying about clothes or hair or make up.

I love campfires and boats and pretty lake water and trees.

I love camping.

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{Three-Year-Old Train Party}

It has been a busy month!

I wrapped up the year of online teaching and started preparing for my summer courses.

We went camping for a week.

We’re prepping for a few family weddings coming up.

It’s been a fast and fun month with some exciting events.

Including . . . our Addie’s third birthday!  I can’t believe that I have a three-year-old!

I still remember bringing her home from the hospital like it was yesterday!

Our little one is a pretty cool kid and has an obsession with trains, so a train-themed party it was!

We even went and watched the train at the station in town and her present was a train set and books about trains.  she is THAT obsessed.

I found her train shirt at Old Navy and the “conductor” pants on clearance at Target.  Both were in the boys’ section, of course. HA!


i found the train candle holder on Amazon for under $2 and I made all the signs with materials I had on hand. I bought one yard of train fabric at Beverly’s with a coupon and used it for the tablecloth.




I used picmonkey to make the invites, cupcake toppers, and photo booth props and then just printed them from home.


Addie found the favors at the Dollar tree.


I hoard paper straws that I find on clearance various places.  They really just make a party a party!


We have a little tradition of the girls wearing a different crown on their birthday each year. I’ve made all the previous ones, but this year I found one for $1 at Target, so I went with that.  I realize the photo of Addie with her eyes closed is less than flattering, but I wanted to show the awesome working train we found for free!

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It was a fun day celebrating our three-year-old.  She had a total blast and memories were made.  That’s the point, after all, isn’t it!?


It’s 2 pm.

The littlest one just fell asleep for her afternoon nap.  The three-year-old is having quiet time and reading in Mommy’s bed.

I’m sitting here on the couch, just soaking up the silence and watching the wind blow the tiny clothes that are drying on hooks in the backyard after a morning of splashing and playing.

I’m tired.  But, that’s typical.  As I look at those tiny shirts and pants, I feel a deep gratitude for all I am blessed with.  Gratitude for the beautiful simplicity of this life of motherhood.

My day has been nothing significant:

Waking at 6 am with the oldest.  Playing trains. Bible reading. Packing hubby’s lunch. Coloring.

Gathering up the baby at 7:15 when she calls for me.  Eggs and waffles and dishes and laundry.  More trains and kisses goodbye for daddy.

Then, it’s books and potty reminders, more coloring and breakfast dishes.  The littlest takes a nap. More laundry.  A shower for mama. Markers and modeling clay. Decaf coffee and lessons on the letter “D”.  Bible story and more train playing.

The nap is over and it is snacks for the girls, then sidewalk chalk while mama waters, playing in the backyard while I rake and switch laundry and make lunches.  They play and eat and I sneak in some study time as I watch them run.  Prune a few roses and strip down the soaking kids.

In we go to warm clothes and books and more trains and lunch for mama.  A bottle, some clean-up, vacuum the floor.  Nap #2 begins, but the babe won’t fall asleep.  Reading books and snuggling with the big girl on mama’s bed and then sneaking out for a moment of silence.

Then . . . pitter patter . . . the big girl can’t sit still and thinks quiet time in done.  I hear the baby still chatting and singing in her crib.

It is so easy to lose that moment of silence.  Of gratitude.  And, so often, I do.  I lose it.  I sink under the weight of NO. TIME. ALONE. And never enough time for all my tasks.

But, it all matters.  The awesome days where the girls nap well and I exercise and we play and I clean and I get time to rest.  Those are great.  But, the days that those things don’t work out, don’t make me any less of a good mom.  in fact, I think surviving and loving and persevering in spite of those things is what makes us good moms.

Loving my children even when they don’t nap.  Being patient even when I haven’t had a moment for myself.  Trusting God and praising Him, even when things aren’t going well.  These things make me rely on Him, rather than my own “skill” as a mom. This teaches me, and my children, humility and submission to the one who is greater than I.


So, whatever you are doing, whether it is listening to a fussing child who won’t nap (like me), or kicking your feet up and relaxing because your kids are napping perfectly, it is all by the grace of God.  Thank Him for it and Rest in Him.

Watch this video and be encouraged!

{Picking Blueberries}

Living near an Agricultural University has its perks.

This past weekend we rode our bikes down to the U-pick farm.

We picked and ate and picked and ate and had a blast!

The setting wasn’t bad.


The blueberries were delicious and abundant and now I want my own bush.  How does one go about that, I wonder?

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This one put each one she picked directly into her mouth.  She was in heaven!  Food at her own height?  No waiting for someone to feed you?!  Also, I now realize that I no longer need to cut her blueberries in half.  I might be a liiiiiitle paranoid about choking.

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There were also peaches, which will be made into a delicious cobbler today!  Ellery was our taste tester.  I think she approved.

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It was a great family adventure!