Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I am cooped up with sick kids.. STILL.. and feel a little bit like losing my mind. I don’t know what else to try other than burning the house down. Don’t worry– I am afraid of fire and would never go that far. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Speaking of sick kids, this humidifier is the best! It has helped us through many, many rounds of respiratory illnesses.

The Day My Child Lost Her Joy

Love Your Melon is doing BOGO beanies for Superhero day– today only!

I love this skirt. I need to learn to sew better so I can make one like it.

This is a great budget friendly meal. Yum.

My last favorite thing- baby wearing. Or, toddler wearing. I love being hands free for my other sick girls while carrying the fussiest little sick one.

We had some warmer weather today while it was actually dry. We are in for more storms and cool weather this weekend.

Happy Weekend!

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A Lot of Questions with a Lot of Faith

I am so exhausted. I have been sick. My kids have been sick. And, big bombshell I haven’t shared on the blog yet– we’re moving.

Where? I don’t know. When? I don’t know. But, God does, and that is really all that matters.

I have been trying to keep it from our daughters because we don’t know when or where we are moving, and they have been through a lot over the last year. I don’t have any answers for them, so I wanted to wait. They have heard me talking to my parents on the phone and talking to Scott’s parents and have put the pieces together. That is all ok, because they needed to know at some point. I didn’t really know how or when to bring it up.

Chloe had a bit of a breakdown today because she has made some really wonderful friends here and is going to miss them. I fought back tears while I comforted her and reassured her that she would make new friends and that we could write to her friends when we move. I also fought back tears for the amazing friends that I will have to say goodbye to.

After May 28th, Scott will be stepping down from his position at the church we are at. We love our church family, which always makes it very hard to say goodbye. However, God is calling us to something else and we have to obey. I am very excited for what is to come. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little fearful about the “What if’s” that come with a leap of faith like this.

When the announcement was made at church, I was really nervous. People tend to gossip and start making assumptions that are completely false. I was so incredibly happy when we had people hugging us, telling us how much they will miss us, and saying how much they understood that we have to obey God’s calling. Seriously, the best church family..

Obedience isn’t always easy. Walking with God and only seeing the next step in front of you can be quite frightening. Any step of obedience, no matter how big or small, takes a lot of faith. I am so thankful that God has been teaching me a lot about trusting Him over the last year and a half.

We know that God has always provided for us before, and we know that He will continue to provide for us now. We know that whatever is coming will be great!

Please pray for us to have clarity through each step we take. Pray that we can make the transition as easy as possible for them and that we have patience as they learn how to deal with their emotions.

Please also keep our church family in your prayers as they make the transitions this summer (technically still spring?).

I love all of you who have followed our family and prayed us through a lot of hardships and celebrated with us through all of the good times.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s day is just a few weeks away! Here are some affordable gift suggestions for the moms in your life!

Mother's Day

Teapot and cup set // insulated tumbler // aqua globe // The Magic of Motherhood // mixing bowls // slippers // hot tea // stationary // earringsย  // coloring book

Do you live near your mom? Will you be taking her out to eat? How do those of you who live near your mom balance spending it as your special day and also celebrating your own mom?

However you celebrate, make sure that your mom knows that you love her. If you are spending this Mother’s Day grieving, know that you are in my prayers.

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Veggies and Herbs

Tomorrow is Earth Day! I know it’s not a huge holiday, but I always like to do fun things with the girl to teach them more about recycling and taking care of the Earth that God has given to us.

Last week, we planted vegetables and herbs. It was perfect timing! It has been raining most of the week, so we haven’t had to do much with them other than move them out of the storms and back into the sunshine when it appears. I had started a small compost pile last year. I was thrilled that it actually worked and I was able to mix some in with the soil for the vegetables!!

I loved that we all got dirty and my girls are learning about growing plants right along with me! I used to help my mom water her flowers, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I think I helped her plant some, but I have always been afraid of ruining things. haha!

I bought The Book of Growing Food from my friend who sells Usborne, and I have really enjoyed what I’ve read. I need all the help I can get!

 

FYI,ย Zoya.com is doing an Earth Day promotion. Their nail polish is 10 free, which is GREAT. You can enter the code EARTHLUV for 50% off on a minimum of 6 colors. Plus, you get a free gift with a $30 purchase! You can mail your not-so-great for you nail polishes back to them where they will dispose of them properly, or you can donate to a worthy cause.

Happy weekend, friends! I hope that you are having a sunnier weekend than we are! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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An Almost Secret Garden

We moved into this house in November, as you may know. Everything was dead and overgrown. The leaves started falling and covered EVERYTHING. There are so many trees in our front yard, and a lot of wind in Oklahoma. Leaves were everywhere. We didn’t even own a rake! We just started cutting all of the weeds and overgrown things down, and bought a rake! There was this thorny bush in the corner of the back yard. It had little berries on it. I told Scott that it surely wasn’t a rose bush because they don’t have any kind of berry on them, so I trimmed them down.

I was shocked when buds started appearing this spring.

The color is just so beautiful!!! (I told you, leaves everywhere!)img_7066On the side of the house were a bunch of small trees and weeds. But, everything was dead or dormant because it was nearing winter. Scott cut it all down because trees shouldn’t be that close to the house.

Behold, another surprise!! I text my mom a picture of the buds and she told me that I had peonies growing! WHAT?! ย Now, they are blooming beautifully.

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They are such a vibrant shade of pink! The girls have loved checking on the flowers each day and seeing new blooms appearing.

The day that I planted all of my vegetables and herbs, I also bought a lot of clearance flowers from Walmart. I planted some in flower boxes in the front of the house and some are in pots.

I LOVE flowers, but have never had the opportunity to really have any in my yard. Our first house, we were completely broke and flowers were just too expensive. Then, we didn’t have a real “yard” to plant flowers. I am so excited that these flowers grew. It may sound silly, but I feel like God really blessed us with these. We “pruned” them without realizing it. I obviously cannot take credit for growing these since i had no idea that they were there.

Our backyard has become such a retreat. It’s such a blessing to have a safe place for our kids to play, and beautiful flowers to smell all day long.

If April showers bring MAYย flowers, I’m excited to see what else will bloom. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Happy Thursday! We have almost made it through the week!!

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P.S. Have any of you purchased the She Reads Truth Bible? I REALLY like what I am seeing of it, but was curious if anyone had first hand knowledge. Most of the colors are out of stock right now.

Hoppy Easter ’17

It’s so hard to believe that Easter has come and gone. Our Easter started off super yucky outside. It was grey and raining/drizzling all morning. I was bummed thinking that we would have to do our Easter egg hunt inside.

We had an INCREDIBLE Easter service at church celebrating the resurrection. It was awesome to see the auditorium packed with guests and seeing two people come to know Christ. Praise God!!!

Getting a picture of all three of these kids is nearly impossible. At least Harper smiled. haha! These dresses are from Primary. I was worried about the quality since they are only available online, but they are so well made. Plus, they have pockets! Winner winner chicken dinner!

We had extra special guests with us for Easter lunch. Two of them went to the early service and then came home to work on our Easter meal so that we didn’t have to eat hours late. It was so delicious. These bread nests are SO good. This is the second year we have made them, and they don’t disappoint. I actually got them all put together the night before and put the uncooked nests in the fridge. I pulled them out in the morning and they were ready to go in the oven a few hours later.ย 

Thankfully, the weather had turned beautiful by the time we got done eating, so we were able to have an egg hunt outside. We opted for the front yard so Rocci wouldn’t eat all of the eggs while the girls hunted for them.

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My kids will hunt eggs over and over and over again. It’s the perfect way to entertain them. We finally got tired of eggs all over the house and put them all away for next year.

 

I hope that you all hand a wonderful Easter full of family, friends, and most importantly, remember what Jesus gave for us. I am so thankful that He is risen!

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Seventh Generation and Earth Month

Since becoming a mother, I have done my research on what chemicals that I bring into my home; from food to cleaning products.

Did you know that the air INSIDE of your home is 2-5X more polluted than the air outside of your home! That’s scary to think about; especially in the winter when you are shut inside of your home for so long. Since this is Earth Month (Earth Day is the 22nd!) I thoughtย it was a great time to share about my favorite brand–

Seventh Generation

Their brand is environmentally responsible and is true to their word.

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You can download an app called Think Dirty if you have a smart phone. It allows you to scan products in the grocery store and find out what they rate. 10 is incredibly toxic, so the lower the number the better. I am so thankful for this app because it allowed me to discover just how bad some of the so-called clean brands really are. Seventh Generation has passed the test!

I joined Seventh Generation’s Generation Good and have enjoyed getting tips on cleaning up my home even more; along with learning more about the importance of doing so. I enjoy being part of a community that has some of the same concerns and passions as I do.

Their diapers are made from sustainably sourced materials, which I think is great. We cloth diaper most of the time, but do use disposables at night, when we are out and about, and when we travel. Their diapers used to just be brown, but they have recently added these fun prints. (You can learn more about WHY here.) Their wipes are so thick and get the job done; every mother’s dream! Plus, they don’t irritate my extremely sensitive daughter’s skin. Win-win!

Their cleaning products actually WORK! For a long time, I was left disappointed by how poorly natural products performed. Then, I tried Seventh Generation and was hooked.

Seventh Generation products are easy to find in stores, but they are also available on Amazon, which I love. If you have prime, you can subscribe and save even more. They don’t even know I exist, aside from being a part of generation good, so this is not paid. I genuinely love the brand and their products. Everything I have linked to is something that I have tried and loved. I would never recommend a product that I don’t absolutely love!ย 

Have you ever tried Seventh Generation products? If not, what are you waiting for?

 

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A Day at the Zoo

The end of March/all of April have been completely madness. This is always a busy time of year in any church, so it is not something abnormal. ha! Scott finally got a day off last Friday. We loaded the kids up and headed to the zoo!

The last time we were at the zoo, a giant umbrella got loose from the gift shop. It barely missed hitting one of the girls in the head and landed on my foot. It was pretty bruised for quite a while. I let the zoo know what happened, because I would hate for someone to get hurt. They gave our family passes for unlimited train and carousel rides on our next visit. Score!!! I’m glad we didn’t pay for it because the train was lame and the noise terrified Harper. But, the big girls had a lot of fun on it.

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The sea lions are one of the favorite spots to visit since you can go down below and watch them swim. It just feels really magical beneath the water.ย 

We walked a ton that day. The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot or cold. The animals were all pretty active. It was just wonderful. I got to hold Scott’s hand all over the zoo, which is also really nice when you haven’t spent much time together.

If you are ever in Oklahoma, hit up the Tulsa Zoo. The animals are all very well cared for, and it is so much fun!! (There are also a lot of museums around the zoo, so there is plenty to do!)

We have another busy week ahead of us! Lots of special events, service projects, and Easter! My family is coming into town this weekend, and I am really excited!

Happy Monday, friends!!

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The Burden of Fear

Scott and I are once again finding ourselves in a season of great unknown. I have allowed fear to creep in. I have felt frustrated at once again being here with the ground feeling unsteady under my feet. I have felt all of the emotions. Fear has been one of the greatest.

What is going to happen? God, why won’t you clue us in a LITTLE? You called us to obedience and we have obeyed. Can’t we know something?

I was talking with a friend last night who is pregnant. We were discussing all of the fears that come along with pregnancy; especially when you have suffered a loss before. I remembered when Scott was preaching and said that the burden of fear is not ours to carry. We were never meant to carry fear with us.

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I need to repeat that to myself over and over again. Just like the little engine that could kept telling himself “I think I can. I think I can.”

Can I also just say how difficult and painful obedience can be. There are times when I obey God, but I do so while kicking and screaming like a child.

God works everything together for our good. So, why do I have to fear? There is nothing to fear. He has never once let us down. Yes, it’s going to hurt. It already hurts. But, it is for our good. It is for their good.

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If you are reading this and fearing what comes next for you, don’t. God has this in His hands. He called us to it, and He will bring us through it. If you are sad, I am with you. If you are excited to see what God does, I am there.

If you are in a season of change and trial, don’t ever forget that God is always a step (or several steps) ahead. He is never surprised. He knows what is coming around the corner. We have nothing to fear.

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April Fourth

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Many times, people seem to think that when you have a miscarriage, you just lose a baby and move on from it. But, you don’t just lose a baby that you never knew. You lose celebrating all of their firsts. You lose all of the birthdays. The graduations. The weddings.. so much loss.

Today, I would be planning a 4th birthday. ย Every year, I feel a weight when we enter the month of April. Time has made it easier to bear. However, time will never fully take it away. I will never be able to forget. Nor would I want to.

Our baby was so very wanted and loved in those 12 weeks and in all of the weeks that have followed.

Even though my heart is heavy today, I am going to chose to celebrate that little life and the big impact that was made on me. I’m going to celebrate that those little eyes have only known the face of Jesus and the wonders of heaven.