On Recognizing The Good Times

the good times

I listen with slight irritation as my son sings his ABCs at the top of his lungs while he is supposed to be napping... I'm sure any minute, he'll come out of his room and ask me to tuck him in again.      These are the good times. Half-asleep, I swoop my baby girl out of her crib for the 3rd time in one night so she can fill her belly with Mommy's milk...again.      These are the good times. My husband is working overtime again this week. He does what he has to do to make sure his family is taken care of, but I wish he didn't have to work so much.      These are the good … [Read more...]

Our Baby Girl’s Home Birth Story: Part 2

This is the second and final part of our baby girl's home birth story. If you're just joining us, you can read Part 1 here! After much talking and convincing from my husband, I finally (reluctantly) agreed that he could call our midwife. After getting off of the phone with her, he told me that she was going to start getting ready and would leave her house in about 30-40 minutes.  That meant that we still had a good solid hour (at least) before she would arrive. The next hour went by very quickly for me.  My contractions were as intense as ever at this point, and I wasn't getting much … [Read more...]

Write it Down, Mama! {Keeping a Simple Journal to Intentionally Preserve Family Memories}

Keep a Simple Journal to Remember the Simple Things

Welcome back to 5 Days of Intentional Living, a series that I’m participating in this week with 15 other bloggers. Head over to Intentional By Grace to see the full line up! If you are just joining us in this series about preserving family memories, you might want to check out the other posts to get some more great ideas. So far we have talked about taking lots and lots of pictures and keeping them backed up and organized, displaying these pictures in creative ways throughout your home. making regular family update videos to capture precious memories, and making memory … [Read more...]

Memory Jars {Intentionally Preserving Family Memories}

vacation jar

Welcome back to 5 Days of Intentional Living, a series that I’m participating in this week with 15 other bloggers. Head over to Intentional By Grace to see the full line up! Just joining us? So far in this series about preserving family memories, we have talked about taking lots and lots of pictures, keeping them backed up and organized, and displaying them in creative ways throughout your home. We have also talked about making regular family update videos to capture precious memories. Today, I have a simple idea to share with you that is a great alternative to scrap-booking. As … [Read more...]

Make Regular Family Update Videos {Intentionally Preserving Family Memories}

Preserving Family Memories Family Update Video

Welcome back to 5 Days of Intentional Living, a series that I’m participating in this week with 15 other bloggers. Head over to Intentional By Grace to see the full line up! So far in this series about preserving family memories, we have talked about taking lots and lots of pictures, keeping them backed up and organized, and displaying them in creative ways throughout your home. Today I want to give you an idea for preserving your family memories beyond pictures: Schedule and record regular family update videos. What is a family update video? A family update video is simply a video … [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Display Family Photos {Intentionally Preserving Family Memories}

Cades Cove

Welcome back to 5 Days of Intentional Living, a series that I’m participating in this week with 15 other bloggers. Head over to Intentional By Grace to see the full line up! Yesterday in part one of this series, I talked about taking lots and lots of pictures (even if you don't have your dream camera!) and keeping them backed up and organized. Today I want to motivate myself, er, I mean you to do something with all of those pictures that you are taking! I love each one of these ideas and several of them could be passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms. So … [Read more...]

Get out that Camera! {5 Days of Preserving Family Memories}

Preserving Family Memories

Welcome to 5 Days of Intentional Living, a series that I'm participating in this week with 15 other bloggers. I'm so honored and excited to be joining up with these awesome bloggers in this series and I can't wait to read all of their posts about intentional living. Head over to Intentional By Grace to see the full line up! The topic that I will be talking about this week is "Intentionally Preserving Family Memories" Honestly, the reason that I chose this topic to blog about this week, is because this is something that I stink at! I want to be more intentional about documenting and … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert {The eBook launch you don’t want to miss!}

My friend Erin from The Humbled Homemaker has outdone herself! She has written an AWESOME eBook all about cloth diapering that I would have done anything to have when I first started cloth diapering almost 3 years ago. I spent hours and hours searching the web for reliable info on cloth diapers, only to still be confused and not totally sure of the process or what type of diapers I wanted. If only I had had this amazing resource at my fingertips, I would have saved a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of cloth diapering mistakes. (Read my post 10 Reasons I Love My Cloth Diapers to see … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Transitioning to 2 Kids

Transitioning to 2 Kids

Although I was beyond happy and excited, I will admit that I was a bit anxious about adding a second child to our household. I had heard from countless people that the hardest transition was going from one child to two. Despite my anxiety, I was still so thrilled when we welcomed our baby girl into the world a few short weeks ago. We were blessed to have an awesome home birth, and I couldn't have asked for anything more. However, it definitely is a big transition to go from just having a toddler at home to having a toddler and a newborn. Join me over at Keeper of the Home today where I … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Prayer for Fruit

fruit of the spirit

Dear Father, I pray that You would guide each of my actions and thoughts today. Sometimes staying at home with our two little babes can be tiring and bring out the worst in me. I love my family so much, and I don't want this to be the case. It's my human nature to be selfish and just think about myself all day long. But please give me the fruit of the Spirit. Let this fruit be evident in my life. These are not attributes of me. They are attributes of You, but I pray that You would let them shine through me. Today I pray for... love Give me a love for people. For my son, for my … [Read more...]