it’s been real around here, lately.
so real that life has just swept me up
in the billions of things being thrown at me.

i had a dream about the perfect baby name
and then i remembered the name the next day…
i like it,
B likes it,
so it might be a good fit!
of course, i will need to scour my baby name book
just to make sure i’ve thought of every single possibility
for this little one.

i did seven photo shoots in one and a half weeks.
that was sure something.

and this past weekend, we celebrated this little miss as she turned seven.


and thanks to my sweet friend mia,
who lent me the fascinator.
isn’t it fabulous?

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Titus 2:11-14

3481. feeling the baby kick, kick, kicking
3482. B feeling the baby kick, kick, kicking
3483. those birds chirping out my window
3484. knowing He knows
3485. watching ann voskamp speak


around here,
the baby is growing!
i’m craving peaches with almond butter,
soy sauce,
and chinese food.
and lots and lots of fruit
and smoothies
and fruit.

we aren’t planning on finding out what we’re having
until they are welcomed into this world
(we’re old fashioned like that).

i’m having a heck of a time
trying to come up with baby names.

and only one stranger has told me what i’m having…
she said it was a boy.

i can feel the baby kick which is SO fun
and i absolutely cannot wait for B and the kids
to feel the baby having a dance party in there.
D thinks i should swallow a disco ball.

when i pick D up from school, he greets the baby
before he greets me.

it’s all pretty delicious.
and we’re so very grateful.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

3476. when the kids laugh and play outside
3477. lemonade with crushed ice
3478. finding and eating spring rolls at tj’s
3479. being able to run an errand
3480. quiet




things have been completely
out of whack here lately.


my to do list
which grew to a to do pile
is now multiple to do piles,
completely covering my desk.
i don’t even know where to begin.


i’ve bought new file folders,
but they are still sitting in their box,
in one of the piles atop my desk.


school papers are being swallowed up by my house
and i’ve been waking in the middle of the night
wondering what i’m already forgetting to remember
to do tomorrow.


and that’s only the messes not going on in my heart.


so i will counteract all of that
with a bigger list of my gifts
that i’m trying oh-so-hard to notice
and not allow to also get swallowed up by my house
or by the distractions in my heart.

He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem
Isaiah 2:3b

3461. how the dishes go faster while listening to my favorite songs
3462. clear chest x-rays
3463. no tears at L’s blood draw for the first. time. ever.
3464. the sweetest babysitter
3465. L sleeping until almost 6am. a true miracle
3466. the school year going really, really smoothly for all three
3467. feeling the baby kick
3468. cooler weather
3469. actually getting cold last night
3470. having the most incredible husband
3471. our church doing exciting things
3472. the beginning of CBS
3473. a certain little boy who loves baths more than anything
3474. enjoying the backyard two nights in a row
3475. enjoying the most wonderfully cooked artichokes