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Ultramarine

I’m a bit of a geek. I can geek out over the silliest things. Ask my husband. He just smiles and nods as I get excited and ramble on about art history, color theory, grammar, women’s studies and all the other things us extreme right-brained folk nerd out about. Today, it was a color that did it. Not just any color. Ultramarine.

It’s not so much the color itself that geeked me out (although it’s one of the coolest and richest colors in the world), but but rather the name of the color, and how it got such a name.

I just finished a book that described how the color ultramarine blue got its name. Ultra meaning “beyond” and marine meaning “sea”. So the color name literally translates to “beyond the sea”. What struck me about this is that ultramarine is literally named after the journey that it takes. Let me explain…

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Welcomed into Motherhood

I’m back!

It’s been six weeks since my last post, but for good reason! Our little wildflower made her grand entrance into the world on October, 19th. And our lives have changed in the best ways.

Emerson Hazel Scott has brought more joy, love and contentment into our little world than we ever thought possible. From the moment I heard her little cry, my whole being overflowed with inexplainable joy.

All those cliche things people tell you before you have a baby: “There’s nothing like parenthood”, “You’ll never be the same again”, “Holding your baby is the best feeling in the world”.

It’s all true. Every bit of it.

I know this is all old news to all you seasoned parents out there, but the newness of this crazy thing called “motherhood” has not worn off yet for me.

And I’m not quite sure it ever will. ❤

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The waiting…

The tiny frilly dresses are hung in the closet. The flowery onesies are washed and folded. The tiny pink socks are tucked away in their drawer. The diapers are sorted. The baby swings and soothers are assembled. The bottles are sterilized and stored.

And now we wait.

As the impulse to nest fades and my energy levels wane, the anxious anticipation of meeting our little wildflower grows stronger and stronger.

I’ve never had patience. It’s the fruit of the spirit I most struggle with. But nothing prepared me for the impatience of waiting for something that means as much to me as my daughter does. As her little kicks and flutters fill my belly, her future fills my mind. She’s all I think about, day and night. What will she look like? What will she be like? Will she have her daddy’s dimples? What will she be when she grows up? On and on and on…into the wee hours of the morning I think about this little girl and practice patience like I never have before.

The Lord has taught me a thing or two about patience in these final, uncomfortable days of waiting. Romans 12:12 runs through my mind over and over as I lay awake each night:

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

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Maternity Photos

We’ve been saving in preparation of my maternity leave. After crunching the numbers, there just wasn’t a lot of wiggle room in the baby budget for professional maternity photos. While this was disappointing to me, it didn’t discourage me from getting some anyway!

I do have a degree in photography, after all. 😉

So, I ordered this wireless remote for my Nikon D610, bought a pretty outfit (deets below), and waited for the natural lighting in the nursery to be just right. *Sidenote: the nursery is my favorite room in the house because the lighting from the west and north facing windows is gorgeous throughout the day!*

I’m happy with how they turned out. Nothing fancy, but at least I’ll have these to look back on someday to remember this special time, and that baby bump that I love so much! (:

I got this bodycon dress from the plus size section at Charlotte Russe. The floral kimono came from a yard sale right down the road from my house, and it was just $2! Necklace is Seabreeze from Premier Designs Jewelry.

Remember ^^this book^^ from my last blog post? Seriously, I’m obsessed with it!

Of course, our beloved pooch Silas had to make an appearance! He’s gonna be such a good dog brother ❤

 

I’ll be posting more nursery detail pics in the future. I’m so happy with how it’s turned out so far. Just a few more finishing touches to add until it’s ready for her arrival!

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Rainy Day Reads

What is it about the rain that makes us want to curl up with a good book? That’s the effect it has on me anyway.

I woke up to the soft tapping of rain on our bedroom window this morning. The urge to burrow deep into the covers and pillows was a strong one, but I knew I had to get up. One. More. Work day.

As I stretched and rubbed the sleep from my eyes, I racked my brain for every possible reason to stay at home, in bed, with book or two all day. Oh how I took advantage of those lazy college days where I could do just that!

Throughout the morning, I’ve been compiling a list of books in my head that are perfect for a rainy day. I call it my, “Ultimate, Rainy, Lazy, Cozy-Up-With-A-Good Book List”. So, that’s what I’m going to share with you today. Hopefully I have some fellow bibliophiles out there (:

 

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This is my all-time favorite book. Shel Silverstein was the voice of my childhood. I had the audio recording of Shel reciting, singing and shouting the poems and stories in this book. I loved reading along to his silly sing-song prose on rainy days when I was growing up. Actually, I still do (:51yVNePLRBL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The Feather Room by Anis Mojgani

I remember stumbling across Mojgani’s work in college. I was immediately hooked to his one-of-a-kind style. His work is so raw and beautiful. His poems just fill me with all sorts of emotions. My personal favorite is “Shake the Dust”. It gives me chills. 

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Finding Joy

I read something this morning that said, “Perfectionism isn’t a fruit of the spirit. Joy is.” This thought really hit a little too close to home for me.

My husband and I know we’re different. Sometimes, our stance on things stand at polar opposite ends. This includes how we handle our living space. I prefer tidiness – End tables free from clutter, bathroom sinks clean of toothpaste and hair, dirty clothes off of the floor. My dear sweet husband, on the other hand, doesn’t mind the mess. It doesn’t get to him like it does me. I’m guilty of letting the imperfections of everyday life steal my joy. I’m honestly ashamed to admit it, but there are even times I will lose sleep over a messy house. I let the strive for perfection rob me of the fruits of the spirit the Lord wants for me.

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Snack time!

Hi my name is Sara and it’s been 8 days since I last ate carbs or sugar.

Gestational diabetes. Yuck. I got this diagnosis after some testing last week. So, that means no more late night ice cream sandwiches and grilled cheeses for this momma!

Before I got pregnant, I was on a low carb diet plan through Profile by Sanford. With help from a diet coach, and support from my husband, I had a lot of success on this diet plan. I even learned to love a lot of the new foods and recipes that I had discovered through it. So, hearing that I had to cut back on a lot of the things I had reintroduced into my diet since becoming pregnant, while a bummer, wasn’t the worst news in the world. I knew deep down that I shouldn’t have strayed so far from my low carb lifestyle in the first place – but DANG these cravings!

Anyway, I’m back on track and finding new, healthy foods to satisfy my cravings now and keep my blood sugar in check. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite low carb, low glycemic foods with you all:

Purely Elizabeth Granola

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Holy Yumballs! I found this stuff while searching for a snack at work one day. It’s non-GMO, grain-free, granola sweetened with coconut sugar. I haven’t tried them all yet, but my favorite so far is the Coconut Cashew. I don’t put it in milk or yogurt or anything (although that’d be yummy), I just eat it straight outta the bag! Good for breakfast or just for snacking on throughout the day.

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Where the blacktop ends

I’m back! I was able to unplug and spend a super relaxing week away in Eminence, Missouri last week. You’ve probably never heard of this little one-horse town with a population of 600, but let me tell you, this place has a piece of my heart ❤.

This was my 27th annual trip to Eminence. Every year during the first week of August, my family packs our horse trailer full of all the camping essentials, loads the horses up, and heads west to the Cross Country Trail Ride in Eminence, MO.

The trip from Indiana to Missouri is unremarkable – not a whole lot of intriguing landscape to look at while you travel. But, once your tires hit that red Missouri dirt, you know you’re in for a treat. Nestled in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Eminence swallows you up in its cool natural spring waters, clear, winding riverways and rocky Ozark hills.

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To my daughter…

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, stumbled upon a piece by Sydney Davis called, Why I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Wait. I was so moved by her words. It inspired me to write a letter to my little wildflower. I’ve spent weeks putting these words together for her, in hopes that one day she’ll read them and know her worth, and just how loved she was even before we met her.

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My daughter –

My beautiful, fearless, kind, strong, roundhouse-kick-to-the-face-of-conformity daughter.

First – I want you to know that the love I have for you has been measured out from before you were even conceived. Since the first thought of you I haven’t even began to comprehend how it is possible that God loves you more than I do, but I know that He does. I want you to always know that too, and hold that love close to you all your days. Know without a shadow of a doubt, pretty girl, that the love held for you is so immense that it sits among the stars. The very love that breathed the stars into existence so that you might one day wish upon them, is the same love that holds you carefully and tenderly, nestled in the hands of an Almighty Creator. That, paired with the love your daddy and I have for you, will be more than enough to get you through anything.

Also, I want you to know that there is nothing you could do that would make me love you less. Nothing. 

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Everyday, Printed With Grace

Created to Create

Part of the calling in “The Curve and the Calling” is my calling to create. And from that calling, I started a small business of my own this year, Printed With Grace (blog post here).

After a lot of prayer and work, I decided to apply for a couple local art shows and the farmers market in my town. I was nervous I’d be shot down, but then when found out I was accepted as a vendor for these events, I was even more nervous!

I was so scared to be out in the public selling my art. I love talking to people about art, but I am not a salesman. I was so afraid of failure; That I’d work so hard making inventory and setting up at the local craft show, and then no one would buy anything. Or that my booth display wouldn’t match up to those around me.

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