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Feb 1, 2017

Hello Sweet February

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Hello sweet February. It's so good to see you. Oh how I have been longing and waiting for you. Now, just like that, you are finally here. Since last summer I have been counting down until our calendars would boldly declare that you have arrived. And with January now in the past, today they do. It's finally February! 
 
Before you came, there was anticipation, joy, fear, trust, sleepless nights and hope filled days. With you comes the reality that soon, well before you give way to March, I will be giving birth to the sweet baby girl that has been the answer to so many of our prayers and the longing of our hearts.  
 
Leading up to you February, God has been so faithful and showed His grace time and time again. Now that you are here, there is still a nervousness as we journey through this ever changing territory and excitement as this gift will soon be here. Both of my babies, before they even took their first breath taught me so much about myself and God's deep unwavering love. And so February, I know that with you will come more of that, lots of more that. More leaning into the truth of who God is and His promises. More of letting go and letting Him. More of surrendering my natural desire to control and plan what is truly not in my control anyway and hand this time over to my Heavenly Father... to the One who created this little life and simultaneously changed mine at the same time.  
 
February, I am so excited that you are here... with all of your hearts, your sparkle and love. You are going to be life changing and I can't wait!  
Hello Sweet February
Happy New Year
Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year

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Oh 2016, you were a sweet one. You had lots of firsts and lots of lasts. You were filled with laughter and beautiful once in a lifetime moments. You brought heartache and unimaginable joy. You brought life's lessons. You brought news of our baby girl coming in just a couple weeks and that, well that makes you one I will never forget and always be grateful for. Here's to a 2017 full of love and life and the things that really matter...  
 
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
Dec 8, 2016

Some Of The Greatest (and Scariest) Stuff

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I didn't hear it while reading the New York Times or watching Barbara Walter's Most Fascinating People interviews.  No, I actually heard it while crashing on the couch after making cereal for dinner and putting Greyson to early because it was one of THOSE days.  Those long days.  With my fuzzy slippers on and Remington laying next to us, Chris and I were watching one of the singing contest shows (well, I was watching, Chris was reading his favorite home improvement book).  I had just tuned in to hear Ben Folds providing his feedback to a group that had just preformed... "Some of the greatest stuff we do is the scariest stuff we are about to do."
Some Of The Greatest (and Scariest) Stuff
Exhaling
Nov 17, 2016

Exhaling

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E x h a l e . . . That is the word that comes to mind when thinking about summing up this month so far. A slow steady breath. An exhale that our busy wedding season is behind us and that all the holidays bring is before us. An exhale that more of our focus is shifting on anticipating and preparing for our daughter's arrival, pulling from the attic the bins of newborn stuff from when Greyson was a baby. Letting the washing and nesting phase truly begin! An exhale that our favorite time of year is here, one where we find ourselves reflecting and giving thanks for all God has done in the seasons of this year so far... all of His promises that have come to fruition and the plans that have unfolded that were so much better then ours. An exhale as we think back to the unexplainable blessings and undeniable grace this year has been filled with in the midst of life's constant change. 
 
I am so looking forward for a slower exhale and inhale during this special celebratory time of year, and this year, looking forward to our sweet little girl joining us in February! I can't wait to see the magic of this holiday season through Greyson's eyes and heart now that he is a little older! 
 
Yup, slowing down, exhaling and soaking in the excitement and joy of this season is where you can find me. And decorating for Christmas already because I seriously just can't wait until after Thanksgiving this year. Call it nesting. Call it crazy. Just don't judge me! :)
Oct 21, 2016

Grace Upon Grace

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This sweet baby girl. I can hardly believe I am typing those words. She has been prayed for, hoped for and so deeply loved even before her very first heartbeat. God heard the whispers and prayers of Chris and my heart for her and with each kick I feel its surreal to think she is going be in our arms in a few months!  
 
To be honest, I thought God had used my pregnancy with Greyson to teach me all I was going to as an expectant mother, but how I was so wrong. God has already used this baby girl in such a unique way already, teaching me more about myself and who He says I am and calls me to be. This baby girl has shown me different facets of God's deep deep love and unchanging, unwavering grace. Grace upon grace, that's what this baby and Greyson are. 
 
A cashier at the store the other day asked me when I was due and if it was my first child... I could barely contain my joy and excitement! I told her we are having a daughter and have a beautiful son. Each time I say those words I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I have the honor to say that. I don't take those words lightly or for granted and can hardly believe them as they fall out of my lips. I know that these children are complete blessings and I am so humbled that God would choose me to mother them for the rest of my life. It brings tears to my eyes as I think about how Greyson has rocked Chris and my world so completely in the best way possible and now this little girl is going to do the same. They both keep making us better versions of ourselves. 
 
My sweet baby girl, the amount of love I have for you can't even be put into words or even partially measured. Listening to your brother talk to my tummy and speak words of love to you melts my heart and is just a taste of what him and your daddy and I (and Remington!) feel for you. I can't wait for the day when I will hold you and look into your eyes for the very first time and know that our family of four will be complete.
Grace Upon Grace
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