Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A day with me.

Every day, I wake up with my 3 oldest kids to help them off to school.
I make them breakfast.

I help them pack their lunches and zip up their coats.  I sign their binders, load up their backpacks and see them off to the bus.  I give them hugs and kisses.  I tell them, "Remember to be kind and make good choices" as they walk out the door.

My youngest 2 are still sleeping.  I quickly change and workout.  It is a time I look forward to every day.  The house is usually quiet.  I can focus on me; strengthening my body and mind.

Babies wake up and we all eat breakfast.

After breakfast, I clear and wipe the table, then I sweep.

Jake and Jane help me  unload the clean dishes that were cleaned the night before.

Some day, we go grocery shopping to restock our fridge and make meals.

I try to do a load of laundry every day so I can keep up with it.

We play with their toys.  Puzzles are their favorites right now.

We have reading time, where we read the same book 30 times.  Jake also works on a school workbook.  He loves anything that has to do with letters or numbers.

We have lunch and around noon, I put Jane down for a nap.  This may or may not be a happy relief for me.

There are those who want me to walk away from all this today.  To ignore my responsibilities, my family and my role as a wife and mother.
I'll pass.  I'd rather take care of my babies and run my home like our family likes it.  Why?  Because I love them.  

This phase in my life is temporary as my kids continue the grow, despite how much I fight against it.  I am very fortunate to be able to stay home, to take care of the house and nurture my kids.  I wrote this post as a way to show that women who stay at home aren't worthless, inferior or weak.  We are the backbone on society.  It is mothers who raise the next generation.  It is up to us to teach children to be self-reliant, confident, kind human beings.  So many important responsibilities fall on our shoulders.  No one should lessen that important role & privilege.   And why do we do these things?  Because we love our family and want to help and support them.  And its this love that helps us to do these things.

There is nothing wrong with family, children, and being home with them.  Women aren't less when we choose to be home.  Women aren't less when we choose to be more.
More present.  More loving.  More kind.  More nurturing.  More generous.  Women are naturally nurturing.  We love to love.  The day-to-day things I do for my home is a gift to my family because I love them.    And I get that there are days where I do not feel that way.  I promise.  There definitely are days where I long for just 24 hours all to myself.  But again, Motherhood is such a privilege.  We sacrifice our time, careers, education, bodies, sleep, etc for these little ones.  In return, we get glimpses of heaven when they laugh at your silly face, or snuggle into your arms when they have just woken up from their nap.

The world wants us to feel less, to feel ignored or we are worthless.  But we must realize that our role in the home, to our family, is what really matters.

This world is imperfect.  So is life. I realize many of you aren't in ideal situations and can't be home with their kids.  This isn't a guilt post for you.  The desire of your heart is what matters.  I wish everyone could live their lives how they would want to.  Only in an ideal world, right?  The point of this post was to just help the world see that those who choose to be home or are able to be home to be "just a mom,", there is nothing wrong with it!  It is an amazing role and much more important than what the world wants you to believe.  I know every mom out there is doing the best they can with the cards life has given them!  XOXO

Thursday, March 2, 2017

LDS Activity Days Binder & Workbook

I got a new calling for church a few months ago.  I am an assistant leader for the Activity Day girls.  These girls are 8-11 years old.  It's such a fun age.  Even better, my 2 oldest are in it with me.

I decided that our 12 girls needed binders to help them stay organized and help them reach their Faith in God achievements.

I first put together these pages so they would have adorable printouts.
I used Digital Papers by Citrus and Mint.  I love the set from it.  Can't go wrong with Gold and pink.

Also, to help them with their goals, I got workbook pages from JustPoppie Etsy Shop.  They break down each goal so it's easier for the girls to plan and understand what to do.  I personally highly recommend this purchase!

Every printout is copied from the website.

I put the cover on the outside of the binder.  The header for each section, I put in page protectors.  The rest of them, I copied on normal paper, in black and white since it would have costed an arm and a leg.

Here are the pages I created:

 I hope you love it as much as my girls and I do!  They were so excited when I gave them their binders.  They all got started on them.  Makes me happy to hear that!

You can download these pages here:

Let me know what you think!  Please share and give credit where credit is due!  I put a LOT of time to creating these so I would appreciate it!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer in TX 2016

For some reason, the kids like to go outside in this Texas heat.  It is so muggy & hot.  Just so thick.  I can't handle it for too long.  I start to suffocate.
But they love it and it's good for them to get some vitamin D.  I wanted to take a few pictures of them out being with each other.  My favorite ones are the candid interactions with one another.  Just the way that they can be loving and nice to each other and these show that.  I love how each of them have their own personalities that show in these too.  I love each of them.  Kate was absent in these since she's been in Art Camp every morning this week.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jane's Baby Blessing

We were so lucky to have been able to bless Jane surrounded by family Dec. 27th 2015.  We went to UT for Aunt Camilla's wedding over Christmas Break.  So we decided to wait and bless Jane while we were there.  It really was such a special day.  Both sides of the family was there, except for my older brother, Jake, who lives in Michigan.  Jane was surrounded by a HUGE circle of worthy priesthood holders as Joe blessed her with the sweetest blessing.   Jane had been bugging and nagging me for the past couple of years, letting me know that I was not done having babies.  As much as I fought it, I knew deep down that I too wasn't done.  I could trust in the Lord that Jane was eternally part of our family and that He trusted me to take care of her.  It's an overwhelming thought but I know I could do it.

Afterwards, I took some pictures in my parent's front room.  The dress & bonnet was handmade by Leslie Lherson Couture on Etsy.  She custom designed and I couldn't be more happy with it.  I love how it turned out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


So I wanted to share OLIVER + KIT with you all. I stumbled upon it in IG land and fell in love.  They sell muslin swaddle blankets.  Their designs are so bright and fun. So not only are they incredibly soft and perfect for swaddling, but they have some fun colors and designs that have the perfect contrast that even your little one can see!
I got this amazing duo right before Jane was born.  We used them to swaddle but to also lay out on the floor so she could play and look around.

 Even the older kids would end up lying on it. Super soft and comfy. That's what I noticed with them. And we've seen our fair share of blankets too.

I seriously want all ten designs they have. Each one is adorable and bright. Guaranteed people will come up to you and ask where you got your blanket!

I've teamed up with OLIVER +  KIT To give you all a chance to win your own swaddle blanket!

Head over to my IG account to enter! It'll be super easy too.  Make sure you are following me and OLIVER + KIT!  Just like the post, tell me what blanket you love and tag 3 friends!  Contest will end this Monday night, Dec. 21 at midnight.

Good luck!

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