Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Month

It's been month of sweetness with Whitley...

She gave me the gift of 5 solid hours (in a row) last night! I, of course, woke up in a panic and gushed milk. 

She rivals Elias for the "easy baby" title of our home. 

We all fight over her. And mama is often heard saying, "Ok, I'll hold her now..." after a very brief chance of someone else holding her.

I make her talk, by moving her lower lip, and she bosses everyone around. They love it!

Her smell is intoxicating! 

Can I just make her stop growing? 




Whitley >>> One Month

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lavender & Little Noses

Sometimes you just need to stop and smell the lavender... to see the world as it really is.



This girl. 
She challenges me...
My pride, my well devised plans, my systems, my expectations.

Then I see her for who she really is. Again. And I remember what I once knew. 

God is holy. 

My pride, my well-devised plans, my systems, my expectations... they all are NOTHING!

Lavender. Crinkly noses. Lots of little words that spill out of her perfect little lips.

God is holy.
In that we give thanks!



Late Nights With Whitley Cate








Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pretty in Pink

~ Whitley Cate ~ 
2 weeks old













Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mama and Baby





A sweet and talented high schooler in our independent homeschool group took these amazingly beautiful shots of Whitley and me. A treasure.

More to come...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cora's Six!


~ Cora Anne ~



Sweet girl, you're 6 years old now! 
I simply can't believe it. 

Six years ago you entered this world. You arrived after a lot of hard work. Your squishy cheeks were kissed. We marveled at your dark hair and eyes. You were measured and weighed and we all fell promptly in love with you! 



You were our 3rd, but now you are our 5th. You changed things. We had our "perfect little family"... a girl and a boy. When you came along we were questioned... and that questioning caused a change in our hearts that allowed for your brother and two sisters to join our family! I LOVE that God so graciously gifted us you and that lead to many more sweet gifts!



You are so much fun! 
You are smart. 
You are creative. 
People enjoy you.
You have a great sense of humor and you make people laugh.
You are good at being who God created you to be.
You don't mind being alone or being part of the party.

I am so thankful to be your mommy!
Love you sweet girl!

Monday, October 6, 2014

What's Going On Here...

I thought about trying to start up school today... then I thought again and said "no". Best choice ever!

I injured my neck and shoulder nursing the baby... lame, I know! It hurts. I am losing sleep over it... not the baby! So SO stupid!

I took a 2 hour nap today.

We are having our first overnight trip for homeschoolers with Colorado Outdoor Learning School!


My husband is amazing. Love him more and more every day!

Whitley may be the easiest baby on the planet. She is sweetness packaged up in a little bundle! I smell her head way too much.

Whitley got her first bath tonight... in the big tub, with me... it was like the womb. She LOVED it!

Tomorrow might be the end of me... midwife, dance class for Addie, shopping and then going to get my shoulder worked on... then home. Awk! I haven't even driven a care since having Whitley... or put her in her carseat!!! Pray for us!


It is strangely satisfying swaddling a baby, it's like the origami of motherhood.

So is nursing a baby and hearing them chug down milk... so satisfying.

Addie is my lifesaver. She is such a sweet little girl with a heart to serve others!