Friday, October 29, 2010

it's the little things

a sweet note from mr. handsome

my two girlies playing together
(gracelyn faith and macy jane)

my family playing together

fresh flowers in reused jars

baking together

(hester was enjoying it too.)
(my mr. handsome)

having a bathtub with fresh running water

noodle kisses

a little voice singing me a song

a game of peek-a-boo

oh, how i love the little things in life.

Psalm 13:6    
 6 I will sing to the LORD,
       for he has been good to me.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One Day

Working outside our home is so very hard for me.  It is my heart's desire to stay at home with our sweet Gracelyn.  One day, I know that God will answer my prayers. 

These are the things I thought about today and my heart ached.  
  • her "uh-uh" and giggles when she wakes up from a nap
  • her little nap hair sticking up everywhere
  • making her breakfast while she watches my every move
  • fixing her a cup of juice and hearing her excitement
  • playing in the middle of the floor
  • helping her pick out her clothes for the day
  • changing her little tootsomes
  • seeing her excitement when it is snack time
  • holding her in my lap while she drinks her bottle
  • watching her play with our fur babies
  • practicing our sign language
One day I will be home with her.  One day I will see those precious moments every day.  I pray it is one day soon. 

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

We Love Shopping

I love to shop and thankfully so does our Little Miss and on occasion so does Mr. Handsome.

(my new favorite store)

We enjoy looking, touching, and playing with everything.  We get a few looks, but I think that is because our Little Love is so adorable and not because we are loud....or that I have a camera stuck to my face.  

I hope we show others how to enjoy everything they are doing.  That every day, every event is a memory in the making.  They should slow down and take the time to enjoy it.

(I really LOVE this sink!)

(So did Gracelyn)
I also enjoy being inspired.  I always come home with ideas of things that I can make much cheaper than if I were to buy it in the store...and it's much more fun. These beauties made my "to do" list. 

I hope you take the time to enjoy the small things, the small trips, and your everyday outings too.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fun With Friends

How stinking cute are they?!  The other day, Gracelyn and I met some friends at the park for a yummy picnic and play date. 

The weather was perfect.
The smiles were heartwarming
The laughter was contagious.

                    The mommy talk was needed and so enjoyable.

 Oh, it was a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Thankful Heart

Last night while grilling out, I sat on the edge of the porch stairs and was overwhelmed with thankfulness. For on that very porch seven years ago, Matt and I sat dreaming of the day we would have a child of our own playing in our yard. 

I did not notice the peeling paint, the splotches of test paints on the wall or the tissue that one of our fur babies had torn up.  All those things are no longer of huge importance to me.  All I could see was my precious family.  All I could hear was the sweet laughter coming from Gracelyn Faith as she climbed up and down the stairs and my husband talking about his day. 

Thank you, God!  Thank you for blessing us so abundantly. 

Proverbs 15:17
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
Than a fatted calf with hatred.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Special Room Made with Love

For almost eight years I dreamed of decorating a nursery for our baby. I had elaborate dreams of Pottery Barn furniture with silk drapes, monogrammed everything and a comfy over sized glider with ottoman. During my two stints of bed rest, I laid there registering for so many things. I had dreams for every detail. The sky was the limit. After all, I had waited so long to be a mommy. I thought I deserved everything and anything I wanted.


Shortly after we lost our second set of triplets, God opened my eyes to my worldliness. I had set my mind and heart on all the wrong things. I was so consumed with grief over our loses that I lost sight of everything that was important. Expensive furniture and over priced curtains are not what make a nursery special. The memories that were going to be made in that room would be what make it special.

Titus 2:11-13
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ

So, I set out with a tight budget and a mission to create a place that our baby would love. I started out by finding our crib on Craig’s List for $100. I knew that would set the style for the room.  The night we put it together was such a wonderful night. We laughed and talked for hours. That will be a day that I never forget.

My heart melts at the little precious items, all of Gracelyn's favorites, that are left in the crib each morning.
We just added some white wood blinds and some white curtains that we bought from IKEA to the windows. Matt had the best little helper to help him hang them. 

(don't worry that was clean diaper)

This is Gracelyn’s cozy reading nook. I bought this rocker at an Estate Sale years ago for $20. I spray painted it black and then distressed it a little. The little table was my great grandmother's. I painted it white and added a pink knob.

 The best part of the reading nook is the little person who enjoys reading in it. 
This is a bookshelf that I found at a dump years ago. I knew it had potential so I begged Matt to get it for me. At the time we lived in an apartment on the second floor. I knew he loved me when he agreed to carry it up both flights of curvy stairs. After lots of sanding and repainting, I think it looks beautiful. It is referred to as the “500 pound bookshelf”. It is very heavy. After several moves, the men in my life have begged me to “dump” it again. But, I never would. I knew it would look perfect in our baby’s room someday.

One weekend mom and dad were up for a visit and mom and I were looking for inspiration for the nursery online.  We found this sheep/lamb slip cover on  I purchased it on sale for $9. At the time, we did not know if Gracelyn was going to be a boy or a girl, so I did not know what to have monogrammed on it.  Therefore, I had what I did know put on it. I took a very light weight board and wrapped it in stuffing and stapled the cover on.
One afternoon I saw a sign for an estate sale and it was screaming my name.  Time I walked into one of the bedrooms, I saw this beautiful dresser.  It was already white and had these beautiful crystal knobs.  I snatched it up for only $100.00.  Once again, my sweet husband went and loaded it up for me....I love him!
Some of Gracelyn’s bibles.  The little blue one was my first bible.

Everytime I go into Gracelyn Faith’s room, I fall more and more in love with her special space.  I look at each thing…every detail of her room. Every item was handpicked or made with love. Each item has a story behind it.

Proverbs 24:3-4
3 Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

There are more special parts to her room.  So many precious hidden treasures that tell a story, but I will have to make a part two to this post.  There is a little sweet face playing peekaboo from behind my screen that I must go eat.