First Day of Pre-K

img_9466I went round and round in my head with this one.
Was I really ready to send my baby boy off to school? Was he ready for three full days of school? Was it a matter of mama not being ready, but Ezra bursting at the seams to enter into a new season?

I sent an email to Vanessa late one night….and her response [as always] was just what I needed to hear. Honest truth…..and her birds eye perspective looking into things from the outside in. While I read her heartfelt words, I cried. Everything she wrote was spot on. I knew it deep down in my heart. And in all honesty, I knew this was the right decision for this season……but theres something about kind, loving and encouraging confirmation. Motherhood is HARD! It’s a priceless friendship to have where there is no judgement, but a cheerleader in your corner…..who always has your back.

As expected, Ezra woke up before we had the chance to wake him ourselves. The first words out of his mouth were “Is my classroom ready for me?” Yea, he was ready…..and this mamas heart couldn’t argue with the fact that this was going to be such a great day for him. One for the books.

Of course, we took the infamous 1st Day of Pre-K photo out in front of the house. And shortly after that we drove around the corner to his school….where he walked in, without holding our hands, expectant for something AWESOME to happen.

I tried my hardest to hold back my tears, but they kept streaming down my face. I was boarder line ugly cry. As soon as I got into my car…..I let out the biggest cry and it felt SO dang good. The day felt long….as I couldn’t wait to pick him back up and hear all about his day. I reminisced about the past 4 years where we have spent EVERY SINGLE DAY together. What a blessing it was to be able to stay home, as well as raise our son in our brick and mortar shop these past few years. My heart is seriously filled with gratitude.

Allowing our babies to grow up….and spread their wings is not for the faint of heart.

Ezra, we are so proud of you and we look forward to seeing you grow in all area of life this year. What a privilege it is to have you attend Whitefish Christian Academy. We believe that this new season will be one that we remember forever- and we look forward to all the memories we will make and the stories you’ll tell each and every day after school. You are THE HEAD, NOT THE TAIL. You are a LEADER. You are SMART. You are BRAVE.
xoxo, mama & daddy

 

FOUR

IMG_8857I say this every year…..and I’m sure I’ll continue to say it year after year.

I can’t believe my baby is FOUR!!!

The biggest change in Ezra was from three to four. He seems so grown up these days. His vocabulary has expanded greatly. His imagination is wild and fun. He still loves to sing….all day long, which makes this mama so proud. I love it with all my heart.

Sweet boy, what I love most about you is your curious mind and compassionate heart.

I pray that your natural awareness of people is something that never dims. What a powerful and unique quality this is, in a world where we can all be self-absorbed and consumed with our own happenings. I love that you notice people…..and you step out of your little comfort zone to engage with friends, as well as strangers- whether that’s at our shop or the park. It’s the sweetest thing. Even when you play “shy” it’s so sweet.

We had four whole years together as a family of three….and in just a few months we will be welcoming a new baby sister to our family. She is so lucky to have YOU as her big brother. I can’t wait to see you as a brother…..your love for her is already so sweet, I can’t wait to till you see her for the first time, and hold her and kiss her. You were born for this…..

Thank you for being such a sweet boy. You have brought such joy to my life, even in the midst of pain and loss this past year. You are indeed “Gods Help” as your name means. You have been tender, loving & encouraging….and you have taught me much about the love of our great God, who loves us so perfectly.

Love you to the moon and back!
xoxoxo

A 4th Of July Tradition

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Our 4th of July celebration wouldn’t be complete without visiting our local and favorite firework stand…..to take photos!

The story begins here, at week 39 in my maternity photo series with Ezra, in 2012. Then again in 2013, which we called BOOM POW! And again in 2014…..then 2015. Cant believe this my fifth year returning to this stand and Ezra’s 4th year joining me. This tradition is sweet to our hearts. We also love seeing the owners of the stand, year after year. They greet us with smiles and hugs- so sweet.

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Same location. Same 4,000 SPECIAL FIRECRACKER. Same baby boy [in salt water sandals], who is just getting bigger. I can’t believe my BABY BOY will be FOUR YEARS OLD tomorrow!!
IMG_8554IMG_8569IMG_8544IMG_8542This year IS a little different though……we have a another baby on the way!!! So we had to document a little bit of that too! And for the first time ever….DADDY got in a photo with us! He’s the one behind the camera for this, but someone offered to take our photo and Im so glad we got a family photo this year!

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XOXO

 

Our Visit To The Young Living Farm

There’s something about dreaming with your best friend & seeing that dream become a reality. Truthfully, it’s one of the best feelings!!! Vanessa and I dreamed one year ago to be here at this very place … & we’re overjoyed to see it come to pass!

The words we speak have tremendous power, friends. Speak what you want to see happen, believe by faith it’ll happen & then hustle till the door opens.

Im passionate more than ever, after visiting the Young Living Farm. Passionate about partnering with this incredibly honest, generous and transparent company. It comes natural really, since we have incorporated oils into our everyday living.

If you’re interested in learning more, message me! I’d love to talk you though it. You can also visit my direct link by clicking here. The community that I am part of is called Floral & Pine and we’d love to have you on our team….and help educate you along the way. You will not be left to yourself to figure things out on your own. We are passionate about education and helping people understand the amazing world of oils.

Our time together in Salt Lake City last week was incredibly encouraging and refreshing,  as always. Im so glad we captured bits of our day at the farm…..and I love the video that Vanessa put together for us to remember. Check it out below!

Happy Happy Birthday, Reed!

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Last night we celebrated Reeds 38th birthday!

A small gathering is Reeds party style…..so, a few friends, BBQ and a yummy cake were the makings of the wonderful evening we had…..celebrating Reed.

Happy Birthday, Reed!
Its a high honor to live this life alongside of you.
You are steady and solid…..genuine and trustworthy.
You are a man of your word.
The sweetest husband and the WORLDS BEST DAD.
Thank you for taking such great care of us….& for loving us well.
We honor and celebrate you today, and always.
You are LOVED.
xoxo

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