February 25, 2011

friday finds

I started this post last week ~ but as I’ve said before, it was a rough week. I just took it easy today and then remembered I hadn’t posted this yet. hope you enjoy fun finds, even if they are late according to my clock :)

sweet and simple sentiment and it’s *yellow*
{tuesday mourning}

how cool is this?

i heart clouds.

i think i am going to try this.
cr chick soup ingred 
{homemade cream of chicken soup}

chloe needs this…..okay, I’m kidding but c’mon, it’s wicket
{where else?}

February 24, 2011

mommy’s day out, etc

today, I am typing this while not popping a paci back in or holding a little one. today, I am typing this with a tear in my eye.

chloe is with her mimi and she is going to have a great day. her big cousin will stop by to play with her and her gigi, jacob’s great-grandmother, will get to love on her as well.

we are so very blessed with wonderful families. we are especially blessed to live fairly close to jacob’s family. mimi, jacob’s mom, will be keeping chloe when I go back to work in a few weeks until the end of this school year. what a blessing! and I couldn’t think of anyone who could care for her better than her mimi.  


^that is what I wrote this morning. then, I got too choked up to finish. :)

I ended up going to a small local consignment sale for one thing I’ve been hunting for chloe and a consignment store for a couple of clothes for me. it was nice. breathing room. but I missed my little girl like terrible. I only called twice.

jacob got home early and we decided to have a day date. it was unexpected and very nice. we held hands. and pop-kissed in public.

gag if you want.

it was a good day. and now we are settling back into our regular routine.


February 17, 2011

sweet kisses

today. last night. and the beginning of this week.
they just haven’t been great. rough for us.

chloe hasn’t been napping ~ maybe thirty minutes at a time ~ maybe.
and her awake time has generally been a fussy time.

but i need to focus on happier things. like the way she is when she is on her changing table. she could lay there all day and play. we kiss and sing and just have sweet little conversations there.

i snapped this the other day when we were playing.

i’ll be glad to have this some day when i am chasing her down to give her kisses.
or just to look at on these rough days.

there is something to intentionally capturing the little moments in life. definitely.

linking up here


February 15, 2011

two months

dear baby girl,

you have been in our lives for just a few short weeks but it seems like you have been here forever. i think that is because you have always been in our hearts, but we just now have the blessing to be with you in flesh. what an amazing life ours has become!


as far as your development goes, you are well on track – quite impressive actually.

you smile all day long. and you laughed once for daddy.
you LOVE being on your changing pad.
you prefer to be naked. and hate getting into clothes.
you hold your head up. and have since you were born.  
you sit straight up. and fuss if we don’t let you for very long.
two people in two separate venues have stated that you look like you are about to talk.
you take in everything around you. you are so very alert. always.

and the kicker, you have been sleeping through the night for almost 4 weeks!!!


we love you.

you have made our lives more wonderful and we praise God for you.

February 11, 2011

friday finds

i adore this.
but i must say there is still something grand about making a fort out of dining room chairs, couch cushions and sheets
{found here

a happy quilt.
i could have a picnic in the snow on this thing.
okay, i was exaggerating.
{she's talented

i want to make this SO BAD. you don’t even know.
{just the most famous blog ever}

and so very true.
{etsy shop

i’ll be joining in next week.
i should be more intentional about taking photos with and of loved ones.
{read more here}

the josie gellar.
definite birthday potential.
{eclectic whatnot shop}
{her hilarious blog}

Have a happy weekend! It is supposed to be in the 60s here – woohoo!

February 10, 2011

ten on ten

early morning sun and snow
spinach and feta omelet
chloe got her shots yesterday – not cool, not cool at all
this baby is SO happy when naked – maybe that’s why she spits up so much
i drove in this icy weather to a consignment sale     
to get one of these for our beach trip this summer – ironic?
my little sweetheart
darby’s favorite show – she watches like that the whole time 
jacob cooking dinner
our bedtime story

so, what did you do today?

ten on tentake a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments.

share the beauty of your day

please excuse the mess

i’m in the middle of making some changes. things needed updating around here. i will get there eventually. but between tending to baby, laundry, and sweeping up dog hair….well, creative things just get drawn out.

i know you probably do not care. but i am overly-apologetic.


February 9, 2011

a hospital visit

chloe made her first trip to the hospital earlier this week. we went to visit some friends from church whose son was having heart procedure done. it just happens that jacob was not in surgery and we were able to eat lunch with him.

of course, daddy had to show off baby.


some people hate hospitals. not me. in fact, i kind of like them. humans hurting and humans healing. have you ever noticed that a smile goes a little further in a hospital?

it is a strangely beautiful place to me.

more on that later.

February 4, 2011

friday finds

i have been really lazy today. it is cold outside. that’s my excuse and i’m stickin’ to it.

this is what Chloe’s next room could look like. LOVE. IT.
{smart-bottom enterprises}

blast from the past. which was your favorite?
{on etsy, of course}

possible birthday present? cute.
{ruche clothing}

just my style. i really like the church pew with yo-yo quilt on back.
{found here} via {this blog}

i heart these. big time.
{mod cloth}

after a quick nap with the baby, i am going to get started on this project.
{tutorial found here}

Have a happy weekend!

February 3, 2011

Pass It On: the rest of the story

One of our local news stations has a special segment that regularly airs called Pass It On. Each segment highlights a person who is given $300 to pass along to someone who has a need or has made and impact in the giver’s life. It is always interesting to watch the touching stories of relationship and generosity. Never, ever did we think that we would be a part of one those stories…..much less on the receiving end.

A random afternoon shortly after Jacob had returned to work from paternity leave, he got a call from the RN, Chad, that works with him in the neurosurgery operating room. Chad asked if we were home and said he had something for us. We got excited. Chad’s wife makes really delicious red velvet cupcakes and we were preparing ourselves for some. Chad did not come bearing cupcakes.

Instead, I hear Jacob say “Chad has a t.v. crew with him.” WHAT?

We gladly and gratefully accepted the $300. We jokingly mentioned that it would buy a lot of diapers.

That’s what aired. But there is much more to this tale of pass it on.

As soon as we closed the door and our visitors had cleared the porch, Jacob and I looked at each other in shock and laughed. We said “Chad is awesome” about thirty times.  Then, we sat down at the dining room table and almost simultaneously suggested we give it away. Or at least most of it.

It wasn’t that we were ungrateful. We just know how blessed we are and that there could be someone who needed it more. We talked about donating some of the money to victims of a recent apartment fire. We talked about how much to give to Chad as a thank you. In that discussion some things came up and we made our decision.

The next day, Jacob took the money and gave it to Chad. All of it. As per the news stations rules, the money could not be given to a family member; but there was someone in Chad’s life, an extended family member, who needed it much more than we did. She had suddenly found herself with three additional children to care for and raise after their mother died back around Thanksgiving. She definitely needed it more than we did for our one child’s diapers.

I wish I could have been there when Jacob gave him the money.

Later that week, Chad told Jacob the rest of the story. He had tried all week to get in touch with his relative to give her the money. He had had no luck until Friday when she called to say she was in the neighborhood and wanted to stop by his house. Once there, she revealed that she stopped by to humbly ask for money. Since taking in the three additional children finances had gotten tight and she was unable to pay her $250 light bill that was due the next day. Chad revealed that he had been trying to reach her to give her the $300.

I wish I could have been there for that too.

I tell this story not to toot our horn or call attention to us by any means. I want to remember this story to tell our daughter – to tell her that she was a part of something much bigger than her when she was just a couple of weeks old. This story serves reminder of our place in life and the impact that small choices can make.

Chad didn’t have to choose us. We didn’t have to choose Chad.

God chose us. And I hope He continues to choose us to work in each other’s lives.