Friday, October 31, 2014


i had a lot of fun brainstorming, planning, & creating this month's craft. the phrase "i can do hard things" stuck with me the first time i ever saw it. i knew it was something i wanted to have in my house as a daily reminder.

it was also the mantra i had while slowly carving out each letter. it was hard work. it was mainly hard work because i was doing it late at night, during nap times, while children were interrupting me when they were supposed to be playing, and one glorious hour at panera. a man thought i was cutting a bagel all funny. nope, it's a linoleum block.

as i worked i repeated the phrase i was carving "i can do hard things, i can do hard things..." over and over again. because it's true.

i'm very tired a lot of the time. i wake up groaning when, in a previous life, i woke up alive and spunky. this print is a reminder of what i can do. i can do hard things. 

this print is for the mama who is up all night with a teething baby- i can do hard things. (me!)

this print is for the teen with too many broken hearts- i can do hard things.

this print is for the freshman trying to make it onto the varsity team- i can do hard things.

this print is for the sixteen year old studying to take their driving test- i can do hard things.

this print is for the college student during finals week- i can do hard things.

this print is for the twenty-something working harder than hard for peanuts- i can do hard things.

this print is for the mother who is watching her son drive off to college- i can do hard things.

this print is for the father who drives and hour to work everyday and misses too many mornings, afternoons, and nights with his kids- i can do hard things.

we can all do hard things. and this is a simple reminder of that. the hard things mold you. the hard things test you. the hard things give way to the great things in life.

i can do hard things.

there are two options: b&w or color.
you can purchase your own print here.
thank you so much for your support.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


one night i cleaned up the day's mess and then took some pictures. when i uploaded them to my computer i laughed at how it didn't even look like my house. so i took real pictures to put up against the fake ones. because that's real life.

that last one i threw in because you can really see everything.

i do like a clean and tidy house- don't get me wrong. a lot of nights my apartment does look the the first set of pictures. but that's only when both the kids are sleeping and i've done all the work to put everything back in it's place.

but some nights, usually after a few nights and days of being really on top of things, i settle my butt into the couch and take in the mess. i take it in as my own and as a sign that a lot of playing, learning, and loving went on that day.

and a lot of laundry. always a lot of laundry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


over the past few weeks i have wanted to capture rorie's play. not just when she's actively doing something, but more what's left when she's abandoned it and before it gets put back on the shelves. i think there's really something special about the "finished product" of children's play. it makes you wonder how they came to all those conclusions.

i think my project has turned out successfully. her meticulous play is so funny to me. sometimes it's so orderly. everything in a row. sometimes it's a pile of everything she can get her tiny hands on. knowing that she's capable of being both orderly and a mess makes me think i should also jot down her mood for each picture. but i didn't. so we'll have to guess based on the pictures.

i think it's really beautiful.

i'll probably continue this project (:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


so you know i have christmas cards. and it's not even halloween. i know, sue me. but really! you got to be ready! the christmas season is going to smack you in the face like it's already smacked the big box stores!

 i LOVE these cards. the color is fantastic to work with. it reminds me of after a snowstorm. the white snow on a blue-blue sky. and it's calming. like the words joy & peace of the christmas season. i highly suggest checking out the actual shop. you can find it here.

so here's the jist on the creative adventure i'm partaking in...

i'm going to shake it up each month. i'm going to try out new mediums. i'm going to create something awesome (hopefully you all think it's awesome too!). i'm going to stretch myself creatively as much as my mama-self can take.

why? because i need this. i need to be keeping myself creative and busy. i need an outlet. i'd like to provide a bit for my family financially. but that's just an added bonus if it happens.

and that's the deal with the what you love shop.

care to suggest something specific? or a medium i should work with?

p.s. don't see anything you like? i'm totally into custom work. just ask!

Monday, October 20, 2014


well... i just couldn't take the hair anymore. it was getting unruly and out of control. i didn't know where to swoop it. it was so long it touched his eyes if i didn't swoop it. the swoop was just growing longer and longer on the side of his head. it always looked greasy and dirty...even after a bath... except in these pictures of course. so aaron and i decided to just do it- we would cut his hair. and we did. and it was hilarious and very hard to do with a squirmy baby.

this is stage one. the macklemore style. we liked this...and debated keeping it... but it was too similar to the starting hair-do. and it didn't help with the swoop...because that's pretty macklemore- the swoop.

so i kept cutting... and took a little more off the sides. and aaron kept saying it looked good and we were done. and i wasn't so sure. either was he apparently. see photo above.

cleaned up the top and we have a new man! a blondie, too! he feels ten pounds lighter (which would be a horrifying 4 lbs if that were true)! 

it's sad to see the dark locks gone, but i think his new look suits him well. and i'll leave you with a comparison...because who doesn't love a comparison pic?!

Friday, October 17, 2014


i actually wrote this a while back, but it still rings true. and i still loathe spit-up.

if this blog is the only thing that gets me through the stage of infancy - so be it.

yesterday i washed and folded four loads of laundry, three quilts, stripped and washed three beds, washed and hung a load of 14 cloth diapers, and changed my shirt six times. and a normal day.

i almost don't want to be friends with people who have babies that don't spit up. i almost don't want to think that those type of babies even exist. it's almost more than i can handle to think that there are mothers and fathers and babies who aren't drenched in white acidic liquid 24/7. i don't even want to think about babies who can fall asleep after eating. that will just make me cry. because if i did that my babies wake up screaming in a pool of their own spit-up. it's all over their face, up their nose, in their hair and ears.

the people who have babies who don't spit up must be the ones who go around saying that babies don't need to be bathed but once a week. not my babies. if i could figure out the logistics, i'd bathe them twice a day. it's THAT bad.

i love blogs that talk about the only kind of baby i can imagine (here & here are a couple). the spit-up soaked smiling reflux babies. that's my crew.

and that's the end of my rant. i've cried a lot today. BUT...

1) i successfully took my two babies to church today. alone. i got them both in the car (jacob spitting up in his car seat before i even have the straps clicked together-we had to purchase new straps after rorie did a number on the first pair). i planned to drive around and give jacob a good nap before we rolled into church. which worked. we road around looking at the turning leaves. i stopped to get gas ($0.20 off!) and rorie cried about having to go to the nursery without me. because we have tried going to church four times before this and she made it all of ten minutes before she was overcome with tears. the ugly crying.

so i chanced it. i took both of them to church alone. rorie stayed the whole time in the nursery. i'm going to say it again. rorie stayed the whole time in the nursery. i couldn't believe it. i still can't.

and jacob ate and napped again in the ergo. and i heard a sermon. praise the lord. and i'm still unable to fathom how that happened...

2) my afternoon and night of crying were made good after running into rorie's room before she fell asleep and apologizing for the crying and yelling and overall ugliness that was her mother that day. and there were lots of i love yous breathed into words. (and then i'm in her room telling her to stay in her bed...right as i'm typing this. of course. i still apologized and that's what matters).

3) these two...

Monday, October 13, 2014


baby girl got her first taste of apple picking. we literally went ten minutes from our house to poverty lane orchards. it was the perfect distance away, had the best pickings, and was hands-down the easiest and most entertaining place for us on a saturday afternoon.

rorie was all about getting a "pumpkim" and picked the first little guy she could carry. and that's the one that currently resides in the playroom- covered in stickers, might i add.

we went to the first row of trees and picked apples from maybe the fifth tree. filled up a little bag and that was that. rorie was shaking with excitement when she saw the apples on the trees. she just couldn't believe it and she started laughing! it was really cute. the first apple she picked she ate right away and then wasn't really interested in picking anymore. haha!

my grandma was with us this past weekend as aaron was away at a men's retreat. it was so nice to have some backup! and she left us with a freshly made apple crisp. mmmmmm! 

we will definitely be bringing aaron to the orchard soon!