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Sweet Summertime

I L-O-V-E summer. It’s hands down my favorite season. I love the heat, the camping, the traveling, the swimming, the long days, the campfires, the crickets and cicadas singing their songs outside my window at night, the smell of grass and cornfields, the tan lines, the parties, the fireworks – I LOVE IT ALL.

Our summer has been a whirlwind so far! In June, my husband and I journeyed across the globe to the U.K. and France; spending some time in London, Oxford, and Bristol, and then in Paris. It was a non-stop adventure from the time our wheels lifted off of US ground. The time we spent together and the experiences we got to share were invaluable to us. For a couple of weeks, we got to take off our “mom” and “dad” nametags that we’d worn (very proudly) for the last 8 months, and simply be “husband” and “wife” again. It was a trip we will never forget.

Shortly after we got back, I left for my annual trip to good ‘ol Owensboro, Kentucky for the ROMP Music Festival (which I wrote about here last year). It was another fantastic weekend of music, dancing, and camping with my family. I always say, there’s nothing like listening to live music under an open sky, especially in the company of those you love most.

With a little time in between travels, I’ve been enjoying every second of the sweet summer heat with my little Emery girl. She’s at such a fun age where all the new sites and sounds of summer leave her squealing with joy. She loves summer just as much as her momma and has become quite the water baby. Our weeks are filled with lots of outside playtime, walks at the park, baby reading time at the library, and staying cool in the pool (:

In a few short weeks, we’ll leave for our annual trip to Missouri to go camping in the Ozarks with my family and friends (also posted about that here last year). Swimming, tubing, canoeing, horseback riding, dancing – it’s a blast! It’s a trip we look forward to all year long, and we can’t wait to see what baby girl thinks of it!

Well, I just thought I’d post a quick update about what’s been going on in my little world. I’ve been so swept up in sweet summertime, and it’s been a blast. I hope your summer is treating you well too!

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Falling

Ever missed a stair? Hurrying with ease down a flight of stairs and suddenly your foot meets thin air instead of solid ground. In that split second you’re not sure whether you’ll catch your balance and play it off cooly, stumble until you face plant into the nearest wall, or just fall flat on your face at the bottom of the stairs. Will you be able to save the bag of groceries you’re carrying? Will anyone see you make a fool of yourself? Will it hurt?

So many unknowns. And it’s scary.

I felt like this after my daughter was born last year.

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My life was cruising right along. I got married, got a house, got a good job, and then I got pregnant. Then, my daughter’s arrival *step* lead me to the decision to quit my full-time job *step* so that I could spend more time with her *step*. But what now? *missed step–falling* Continue reading “Falling”

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Christmas Magic

It’s that time of year. Time to get our holly jolly on!

Celebrating the holidays with a little one really does make things extra magical. Watching her little face light up when I plugged in the Christmas tree made my heart skip a beat. She’s at that age where anything with bright lights and vivid colors becomes the most interesting spectacle in the world. Her little eyes lock in on the twinkling lights and glittering tensile. And when I lay down beside her, cheek-to-cheek, and see what she sees, I see it too – Christmas magic!

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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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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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