Monday, May 9, 2016

a day I've been waiting for

My dearest Allie,

Yesterday was a day I'd longed for.  My first Mother's Day.

Not only did you soothe the ache in my heart that longed for a child, but my heart has grown about ten sizes since you came.  Oh, Allie, you bring so much joy to my life every day, not just on Mother's Day.  Every day with you is special and worth celebrating!

Today I received a pretty purple flower at church as a gift for being a mom.  When we got home from church, your daddy gave me two sweet cards.  One was from you, Daddy, and the puppies and it made me laugh.  The other was just from Daddy with very sweet words he had written.  He loves watching me be a mommy to you!  Then I opened your gift.  It was a Willow Tree figurine of a mother and daughter.  It is beautiful and precious just like you.

Thank you for lighting up my life and making my heart explode with love.  You are better than anything I could have dreamed of.  I am convinced I am the most fortunate and blessed woman in the world to get to be your mama!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

spring cuteness

Here are shots Luke took of Allie at six months and for Easter.  I am in love!

that face...

This girl loves being outside!  I don't think I've ever been more excited about warmer weather and the summer ahead!  I'm thinking... baby pool.  Definitely a baby pool!

little bunny.

Allie's personality is developing every day.  It's so invigorating watching her change and do new things all the time.  The last couple weeks her thing was "dadadada."  This week it's "bababa."  My friend Carolyn asked if that was for "bottle" or "baby," to which I replied, "It's not for anything."  I then thought, 'Oh, I guess we need to start actually connecting objects to words...  Oops.'  It's crazy to think she's over seven months old and near talking when I still often think of her as the newborn she was only a moment ago.  We DO however try to connect who "dada" and "mama" are (although she's not quite saying mama yet).  That's the priority, right?  

One of my favorite things right now is how excited she gets to see us, especially first thing in the morning.  She usually squeals with absolute delight when we walk in.  Talk about feeling loved!

I also really love my time with her at night before bed.  Lately she has struggled to stay awake during her bottle and so when we finish and I'm burping her, she ends up just laying her head and my shoulder and sometimes falls asleep.  Normally we don't rock her to sleep; we just lay her down when it's time.  But I love her head on my shoulder so much that I'll rock for a bit and sing and just soak in the moment as deeply as I can.

This mama got TEN hours of sleep last night, hence my brain is rested and functioning enough to write a blog post, hooray!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

stuff that helps my mommy life

Let me start by saying, none of these items are mommy-specific (except the book).  I just simply appreciate them even more since becoming a momma!  Just thought I'd share...

Sleep line from BBW (lavender chamomile) - bubble bath, body wash/foam bath, lotion
This stuff is LEGIT.  When I use these, I can seriously feel my muscles relax and I definitely fall asleep faster.  It’s also a nice pampering treat at the end of a long day, especially if I am able to work in a bath.  For me, using a combination of the products is more effective than using one product alone.  For example, if I take a bath AND use the lotion, you can pretty much count me as passed out within ten minutes.  Annnd they smell WONDERFUL.

MK Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream and Eye Soothing Gel
I’ve been a faithful user of Mary Kay eye care products for years and for good reason.  I use the gel on mornings when my eyes are a bit puffy (which is most mornings).  It is cooling, soothing, and it depuffs your eyes in a matter of seconds.  I use the renewal cream at night.  It is super duper moisturizing and it works over time to combat darkness and wrinkles.  It truly works!

BareMinerals blemish Remedy Foundation
I love this for many reasons.  It’s easy and quick to apply.  It feels so light on my skin.  It improves my skin while I wear it.  As a mom on the go who benefits from multi-tasking products, this one’s a favorite.

Herbal Essences Naked dry shampoo
I am an avid user and believer in dry shampoo, and I feel like this is one of the best WM/drugstore options out there.  It really WORKS and it smells great (as do all Herbal Essences products).  I typically go about 3 days in between washing because of this, and could probably go more.    Soooo much time saved!!

Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker
I am a fan of Jen Hatmaker and I love her laid back, raw, humorous writing style.  This is a great book of short devotions geared for mommas.  While it is not my main Bible study right now, it is great for when I have a few minutes and need a dose of encouragement.  And thanks to my thoughtful friend Kelsie for gifting it to me!

Homemade Granola Bars
These are one of my favorite snacks to make and have on hand.  They are super easy to make, fairly healthy, high in protein and fiber, and easy to grab and take with me in a baggie.  I’ll admit that even though I love to eat, I do not always make the time to eat as much as I should because I’m so focused on Allie and what she needs, or I’ll go longer than I should between meals and snacks.  So this is a great snack to have ready on hand and it fills me up.  AND they are YUMMO! 

1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 TBSP honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup chocolate chips (or something else of your choice.. raisins, etc.)
Mix all with wooden spoon and press into 4x8 pan with wax paper on bottom.
Or double the recipe and use 8x8 pan. :)

Thank you to my friend Stephenie who shared this recipe with me! :)

If you're someone who likes to comment on posts, I'd love to hear what some of your favorite things from your daily routine are right now!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

nevermind you, February, we're doing a Christmas post

More snow days here in Kentucky... More going through neglected pictures from the last few months.  I didn't realize how many we had taken on Christmas morning.  These were too special to not post.  Luke got me a metal picture (yes metal) to hang up of Allie and me.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

We're kids, ya know.

I was soooo stinkin' excited about giving this personalized coffee to Luke.  I stumbled upon one day and knew I'd hit the jackpot.  This guys loves his coffee, and he loves personalized gifts.  He loved it so much he teared up a little.

Needless to say, it was a wonderfully perfect Christmas morning because of this little girl right here.

Jesus loves adoption, this I know

My brother, his wife, and all four of their children made the long trek to come visit us and meet Allie back in October.  We all had so much fun!  Half the fun was watching the kids interact with Allie.  Talk about preciousness overload!!

Joshua, Jacob, Grace, & Hannah

This is one of my favorite pictures on the planet... My brother's family adopted Hannah from China toward the beginning of last year.  She is so sweet with Allie.  She loves to hold her and help feed her.  I look at this and am overwhelmed by God, by answered prayers, by the beauty of adoption, and by God's provision in bringing these two little girls to our families.  Thank You, Jesus!

 The heart can hardly prepare for the moment you see your brother holding your daughter.  We love you, Uncle Chris!

It was a slightly chilly October day, but not chilly enough that we couldn't go out and play in the plethora of leaves in our front yard...

It won't be long and Allie will be right out there with you, kiddos!
Thank you so much for visiting us!