Thursday, February 11, 2016

happy Mardi Gras.

I just have to gush about this photo for a second. because that face while she's playing with her 'dada' makes for one joy filled mama.

also, have to mention how weird it is that yesterday felt like Monday because of Mardi Gras. things I never knew I'd get used to. it's bigger than Christmas here and even though we don't participate that much it's still just in the air. but it worked to our advantage because we had Chad home for a week.

I can't ignore the fact that his job seems glamorous. it can be. that quickly fades. it is not family friendly. a majority of the people he works with are single; there's not much room for other things after work. the hours are kind of outrageous and he's usually exhausted. some shows we just push through in survival mode. but when he has a few weeks off in between, I am so grateful. he gets to be part of our day to day. regular jobs would only allow him weekends and holidays and I love that we get to have some extra time with him once and a while. kind of makes up for the long working days when Norah might not see him at all. it's obviously not ideal for toddlers that thrive on consistency but I'm thankful for what we have. now I'm going to just stare at this photo some more.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

king of my heart.

it was 73 degrees Friday. and while that's all nice in January, I can't help but wonder what that means for the month of August. praise the Lord for air conditioning, I guess!

so we're home. it's always an adjustment for me and this time is no different. waking up in a house with a couple extra family members and knowing your parents are right down the road is nice. so being many miles away without knowing when we'll go back is always a little hard. and Norah is so bored without all of her family and those darn Michigan dogs. so I decided to take advantage of the weather and take her for a walk. she's always up for a walk.

I just wanted to share this song though (I'll post the video at the bottom too). we came back to town facing a few unfortunate things. one being a half empty shed. there are so many reasons I am thankful it was just the shed, and not our house or cars, but when you're processing what might have happened and how it all feels premeditated and like a really bad joke.. and you're glad to just be back to your own bed, but then can't quite get comfortable because you feel a little violated. it just kind of stinks that the comfort of family we just left is so far away, honestly. and it is only things that were taken from us, but still a bummer. 

anyway, the song. it's long but I'd just turn it on while you're doing whatever it is you're doing today and declare it over all of the things. a friend posted it on Facebook and I hit play and just started walking. walking in a place that sort of feels uncomfortable this week. but going confidently because He is good. He is protecting us and has never, ever stopped.

so here's this pretty little thing.

just really happy she doesn't fully understand that anything is weird and can play in her yard without fear and sleep (though not for very long, ha..) like this and dream sweet dreams.

but in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Monday, January 11, 2016

a gentle answer.

a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.. the soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:1&4

I've never seen anything confirm these scriptures like parenthood. I know she needs to hear the word no sometimes, but when it's out of my own fear or anger, 'no' is never helpful.

she seeks nurture. it breaks my heart to know so many babies are deprived of that.

I'm convinced you learn the most in your life when you're raising a toddler. I'm sure I'll continue to say that through each stage, but for now.. toddler.

this bird is so brave and this year is going to be quite an adventure, I'm sure.

hello 2016.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

it's a jolly holiday with Norah.

I didn't think I'd be in to Halloween. I'm not, really. honestly I really don't look forward to the days we come home with a bunch of candy - when Norah actually knows what it is - and wants to eat it. but as we navigate through parenthood, we're just trying to live and learn and love and have fun doing so. and a couple nights of dressing this girl up was f u n. it was also nice for me to be able to get creative and throw our costumes together. 

my one costume mistake.. Mary Poppins would never need glasses.

we went to Boo at the Zoo a couple weeks ago with some friends and she had the best time in the toddler area there. this little live band playing cute music was the highlight for her. best dancing penguin there ever was. and my mama's girl didn't hesitate for one second to be front and center (and then ON the stage!) to hear that music and dance her heart out. I love to watch her grow and bloom.

here's a short clip. she was slowing down at this point, but you can get a small glimpse of her dancing.

Halloween was last night for us here. they (I'm not sure who they are) changed the day because it's supposed to rain a lot here tonight. I didn't know you could just change it but they did. so I put Norah's costume on her and she helped me pass out candy, clapping for herself every time she put a piece in someone's bag. it was very cute. 

hope you're all having a nice weekend!