Thursday, July 14, 2016

This is Us

I feel tired lately.  And we are having a lot of fun.  I think I have laghed more in the past year than in the previous 6 years combined and that's awesome.  And I'm tired from doing things that I feel called to do, so that's good too.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Love Overload

I often have people ask me about how can I possibly continue to want children and always invite extra children to my house and be ok with all of it.  THIS.  This is why.  Because it's all so simple and beautiful and they love the little things and it is such a joy to learn from them all. 

When you look at it that way it's pretty easy to see why I love it so much, right?   That and the fact that my husband is kind, extremely involved and helpful, and irresistibly handsome. 
Sailing On, 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Two teenagers in the house

Last month we celebrated Savanna's 14th birthday.  Madeline planned a big surprise party for her and we were able to pull it off with a full surprise!  It was so great and I will not forget how she covered her face and ran back out the front door!  She was really truly shocked.

What I Love so much about her is that she can handle any situation, any challenge and make it all work out beautifully.  She is beyond creative and she loves the outdoors so much I can rarely find her inside.  She is an animal whisperer and can catch anything.  She is beautiful and thoughtful and always does kind things for others.  She loves to sleep in and have breakfast around lunch time.  I love her so much!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Happenings that I must remember

The days are so filled with joyful, laugh out loud moments that I made sure to try to capture more of them this week.
The back door was open and a bird rapidly flew into our kitchen, realized it was a bad idea, and turned around and ran into the NOT open side of the sliding door and promptly killed itself.   We were all so stunned!  Savanna picked the bird up and Sheffield begged to hold it.  He was fascinated with the soft feathers and was having a hard time grasping the fact that it was suddenly no longer living (after flying in our house right past him!)  He was really sweet about it and kept asking "birdie fly?'
Our florist unit is wrapping up with the end of the school year and while I will not miss the mess and the hard work I will miss having so many fresh flowers in my house every week at my disposal.  It has been so fun to watch Savanna and Emma grow with their artistic abilities and trying new things.  Last week Savanna went to teach 15 young girls about floral arranging and helped them make boquets for their mothers for Mother's Day.  It was a huge success and she did a lot of prep work. 
Sheffield is really into giving loving headbutts lately.  It's pretty funny and it's great when he doesn't hit you too hard.
A friend gave us a swing recently and Emma took it upon herself to climb a tree in the backyard and get it in working order for Sheffield.  He now lets himself out the back door and climbs up in the swing all the time.  The only thing is he cannot get himself out so after he's finished (about 40 minutes after he gets in) he just sits there calling 'hewp, hewp'!
What my house really needed last weekend was some serious cleaning.  What my family needed was a walk to the park.  I'm glad that I gulped down my frustration at the mess and that we spent some time walking and playing together.  As I watched my beautiful teenagers play the cup song on the park drums I found myself wondering how many more years do I have with them walking to the park with us as a family?  Oh, and the mess was waiting for us when we got back.  It didn't go anywhere and they were much more willing to help after having some down time. 
The weekly family photo project continues and I love it so much.  I love that it's perfectly imperfect every single time with so much personality coming through. 
Tomorrow is Madeline's last day of school for this year.  I could not be more proud of her tenacity to work hard and push herself.  I keep reminding her to have fun being a teenager as well.  She's pretty great.  
Faye continues to ride her imaginery horses everywhere and she cracks us up constantly.  Yesterday my brother said that he serioiusly wishes that she walked around with a selfie stick with a gopro on it because she is always saying the most funny things.  Great idea! 
Emma's new favorite thing to play is Pioneers.  She gets all the get up on and packs up the wagon and gets Faye's teepee out and they travel around the yard.  This week they waited out a hail storm in the tent and she thought it was the greatest experience ever.   I love her game planning skills, it's amazing.
The spring sunshine is taking us outside more and more and I feel myself being pulled toward the green grass and the Vitamin D.  I love it.  I'm so excited to see how the garden grows and what adventures are waiting for us this summer.  We are very blessed to live in such a lovely place. 
Sailing On, 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Come With Me!

If you haven't heard about Brave Girl Symposium I highly recommend you check it out.  There will be so much goodness is one place I hope you will come with me!
You can see details and Sign up HERE if you are interested! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sand Dunes

Last weekend we made a quick one night camping trip to the Sand Dunes.  We had such a great time. Talk about a picturesque place!  I could have spent days there {If I wasn't camping!}  Sheffield has never been a good sleeper and it is not getting better so being in a remote camping spot didn't help him at all.  We hung out in the car from 1 - 5 am and then I gave up and started a fire.  Ah, well, the children came home with great memories!

Thanks to Brent and Christa for inviting us along and getting us out of the house enjoying the great outdoors! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Typewriter Notes

I am one of those crazy people who still has a typewriter around.  My children play on it all the time and write letters to each other and notes to me on it.  I thought this one was worth documenting.

Someone didn't want to do their schoolwork and I must have said something like 'I'm not the bad guy here, I am doing my job making sure you learn what you need to know'.
Good times !

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Every day is a tea party

That's the thing about having a four year old daughter around.  Tea Parties every single day.  I love it.
This is why I have fancy glass plates and little cups and cloth napkins.  Why save these things for a special occasion when they can be used every day to make a little girl amazingly happy?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


This boy is more trouble than I have ever had.  If there is any liquid, glass, ball, food, utensil, ok basically any thing at all - he will climb to it, throw it, spill it, pour it, and generally make a huge mess.  Good thing he is adorable.
Do you see all of those pencils and papers and older brother's school work on the floor?  He had to push all of that off {and naturally tear some of it up} in order to climb up on the desk.  

If there is an open door he will find it.  Especially if it is the open bathroom door which leads to a large bucket of water that he thinks is awesome to play in.  

For the record Savanna got up and sat on the wall AFTER Sheffield had put himself up there.  We did not arrange this for a cute photo op:).

In other news, Faye is sporting a new pixie cut that she did herself.  Trouble?  Yes.  Adorable?  That too. 

While I'm on the subject of adorable I have to add this photo of Madeline and her amazing Auntie Emilee. 


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Listen Up! Your Soul is Speaking!

Happy New YEar!
How did it become week 52 and then the New Year?  Well here we are and I am happy to write that we have continued stong with the weekly family photo and even though I haven't posted them here I have most certainly taken them.  One of the 3 gifts that my children recieved for Christmas was a photobook of all of the photos of themselves from 2014.  It was magical when after they had all opened them the wrapping paper was quiet and they all sat {all 7 of them!} and looked at their books smiling and laughing before continuing to open their other gifts.  I love it!  I'm excited to make the 2015 books for next year that will have all of the weekly family photos in them.  I'm such a photo taking nerd and I love having them.  I think they will be treasures in the future.  I will send those books off with them when they get married and I feel like it will be something worth taking.

With the new year I have had so many thoughts and ideas and expereinces telling me how to be better and what I need to do.  I've never been one of those people overly 'thankful' for the very hard things I have had to go through in life but I know that these things are helping to knock off my rough edges and to open up places in my heart for better things.  I've gained a whole new perspective on heartbreak reading this.
"True worship begins when our hearts are right before the Father and the Son. Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord. “Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit,”7 the Lord declares. The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need.
With a growing understanding of the Lord’s grace and mercy, we will find that our self-willed hearts begin to crack and break in gratitude. Then we reach for Him, yearning to yoke ourselves to the Only Begotten Son of God. In our brokenhearted reaching and yoking, we receive new hope and fresh guidance through the Holy Ghost."

I have concluded that I should indeed be grateful for the experiences that break my heart so that I do have a broken heart and contrite spirit to offer so He can make something better of me. 

What happens to a seed when it cracks and breaks open?  That’s how the light gets in.  Then the inside of that seed has a new path to become what it was truly created to be as it grows into something new; something different and much larger and more productive than that seed could have ever been on it’s own. 
The other conclusion I reached is that I don't need a list of goals or resolutions for the new year.  I need to listen to my soul speaking.  I need to listen to hear what my spirit wants my life to be like.  Instead of lists and goals and reminders on my mirror this year I carefully wrote up my ideal life.  I wrote and wrote and edited and added and listened and wrote until I let my soul tell me all about my future life and now it is written down and recorded on my phone and I listen to it each morning when I wake up.  I'm calling it my soul speaking prophesy.  I'm believing in it.  Because this I know:  the subconscious is a powerful tool.  When I listen to myself telling myself {whoa that sounds really funny} saying that I only speak in uplifting and inspiring ways, even though that isn't always true right now, when I go to speak in a way that is not uplifting and inspiring my subconscious will wave a reg flag telling me how I speak.  
Is your soul speaking?  Maybe you should listen.