on writing

I sit, a warm-ish latte in front of me. Rain is sleeting down and a patio umbrella just blew past the window. Daddy has both babies on an errand, giving mommy uninterrupted time to write. First I check email, follow up here, reply there. Oops, this is work –...
On the Flip Side of Love {an (in)courage post}

On the Flip Side of Love {an (in)courage post}

I’ve felt a bit reserved with my love lately. Like my heart wants to burst at the seams but for some reason, decides to just quiver a little instead. I know fear is creeping in when I don’t lean into my husband as we stand in the kitchen, or hold his smiling gaze for...
on my Josie girl at One Month

on my Josie girl at One Month

Milestones She smiled at me!! Last Thursday (so technically she was already five weeks old. Whatever.) A big ol’ gummy grin. It was wonderful. Since then she’s given daddy little smiles, and MorMor got a big one tonight. Playtime She loves to do tummy time...
on the first three weeks

on the first three weeks

I want to tell you a little about our baby girl, and life in these past few weeks. And it’s going to be in bullet points, because #newborn. =) Our sweet little Josie girl turned three weeks old today, and our lives have never been richer. Or sleepier. This baby,...
on Josie Marie: introducing my daughter!

on Josie Marie: introducing my daughter!

Josie Marie Rendell April 22, 2014 9:22pm 7lbs, 15oz 20″ long           Our sweet, precious daughter is here and we could not be more in love. Big brother is as smitten as we are. More photos {you can see more here} and stories to come, but for now we are...
on Easter and 39 weeks

on Easter and 39 weeks

Yesterday did not start out well. Yesterday started with a total, epic-sized mama meltdown because I didn’t have an Easter dress that fit me. At 39 weeks pregnant, I was upset to not have some perfect pastel-colored Easter dress. Ahem. #hormones Needless to say,...
on 38.5 weeks {a #girlwithbaby update}

on 38.5 weeks {a #girlwithbaby update}

So I’m almost done being pregnant. I can’t even… The next time I post an update it could be about baby, while I’m holding him or her. UNREAL. Symptoms: – Contractions: more in the evening. Enough to take my breath away, but can talk/walk...
on the orchid that has been telling my story

on the orchid that has been telling my story

Last year, after we lost our third baby, a dear friend of mine gave me an orchid. It had several blooms on it already, and the directions said to simply water it once a week. At the time, the gift itself was meaningful. After all, my love language is ‘being...
on (in)courage: the fence meets the beach house

on (in)courage: the fence meets the beach house

I have some fun news, friends. Like God-sized dream, hugenormous, fun news. And of course it starts with a story.  Nearly five years ago, I sat in a cold, empty office building with a heart that matched. My husband and I lived hundreds of miles away from our family...
on Five Minute Friday: writer

on Five Minute Friday: writer

Linking up again with Five Minute Friday at the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker‘s.The rules: write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. Hop over to her place to find out the full scoop behind FMF, and to visit other posts that were freely written...
on the superhero cape you each deserve

on the superhero cape you each deserve

Oh mama. It’s been one of those days, hasn’t it. The kind where sleep and patience are thin, toddler tempers are raging and so is your headache. You want to sit down for exactly three minutes and refuel, but that’s nie to impossible with small people...
on 35 weeks: a #girlwithbaby update

on 35 weeks: a #girlwithbaby update

Ahem. We are nearly inside a month. Question: how did you NOT freak the freak out when expecting your second child?? Also, why do you suddenly see ALL THE PROJECTS as if through a magnifying glass when expecting your second child? Like big projects. Like cleaning all...
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