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    Count It All Joy

    It was looking like one of “those” days. You know. The days where nothing seems to go right and you just want to go to bed, hit reset, and start the day over. Well, we know we can’t really do that. but what can we do? I was driving home from a fiasco of a trip to the DMV (2 trips actually) and these thoughts are going through my mind: Maybe I’ll take a nap and hope the days resets, maybe I’ll drown my stress and sorrows in brownies…and this pops into my head: “count it all joy”. That made me pause. Count it all joy. It comes from James…

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    30 Sometime Around 30

    Well, in keeping with “taking time to…”, I’ve taken my time updating the blog about my 30 Before 30 Adventure. The truth is that I’m still finishing the last 3. They’ve proven to be more difficult and/or time consuming than I had imagined. Though my birthday was at the beginning of August, I’m not just going to give up. Now my goal is to finish by the end of the year. I’m hoping this is a little more realistic.   And so here’s the list as it stands.     Consign at a Children’s Consignment Sale Read about it here. Get rid of maternity clothes It’s a little hard to…

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    Photo A Day {#17 of 30 Before 30}

    Probably a couple years ago I stumbled across the Photo A Day challenge from Fat Mum Slim on Instagram. I got into it. It’s fun! But I’ve never been able to consistently take a picture for several days in a row. I’d forget or not be able to come up with an idea. It’s something I really thought I wanted to do, so I put “complete 2 straight weeks of photo a day” on my 30 Before 30 list. And…I did it! Here’s the result:   It was a fun challenge to complete, and I had even more fun than I have taking pictures for the challenge in the past.…

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    Chair Fiasco 2015 {#5 From 30 Before 30}

    I had dreams. Oh, did I ever have dreams. Our dining room chairs had 3 layers of paint on them and were looking sad, so I decided #5 for my 30 Before 30 list was going to be refinishing those chairs. I was going to strip the paint, sand them, paint them…really do it right. ‘Was’ is the key word here people. First, I tried just sanding them. If I did one chair a week, I could get them ready in about a month. I know technically it wasn’t impossible, but it wasn’t happening. It just wasn’t. That little bit of sanding on that chair in front took me hours. So I…

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    30 Things: Consigning

    Though I really thought my first “thing” from my 30 Before 30 list to complete would be trying 5 new types of ice cream (lol, I wish!), the first one was in fact consigning at a children’s consignment sale. Looking back, it was an odd choice, but I knew that if I didn’t put it on the list, I wouldn’t make myself try it. It was something new and a little scary and that makes me a wee bit uncomfortable. As much as moving from my home town has forced me to grow, I still like my comfort zone, my little bubble, so I have to sometimes “encourage” myself to…

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    30 Before 30 {Update}

    It’s been over three months since I started out on my “30 Before 30” adventure. Yikes! 3 months and I haven’t blogged a single thing since then. Maybe I should have picked “blog more consistently” as one of my “things” to complete. The truth is that life is busy and sometimes (well, most of the time) I’d rather spend time with my boys. I’m not a fast writer. I think about every.single.word…so it takes some time.   Well, anyway, I’m going to pull out my little “30 Before 30” journal here and give you an update. Here goes! 1. Consign at a children’s consignment sale Done! I think I may do…

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    Goodbye Twenties {30 Before 30}

    About a month ago, I realized I would be turning 30 in six short months. Whoa. 30. Saying goodbye to your twenties can be tough for some. I’m determined, however, to celebrate it. I’ve been on this earth for almost 3 decades! Doing anything for that long is something to celebrate. So I decided to come up with a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. I asked my friend and family for ideas, posted on my Facebook page about it, and searched Pinterest for ideas. Some are just little things (like getting rid of all my maternity clothes), and some are going to take a little…

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    Our Pregnancy and Birth Story

    Over eight months. Wow! It’s been over eight months since sweet Little Brother came into our lives. Life’s been crazy since he was born: summer kept us busy, we moved, and then came Thanksgiving, a birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, and another birthday. It’s been a whirlwind! So it’s taken me a while to get here, but I wanted to sit down and share our story. The story of Little Brother and all we’ve been through since we first heard he was on the way. Get comfy. This could be a long one. September 19, 2013–We find out we’re having a baby! We’re keeping it quiet though. October 13, 2013–The day…

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    A Year Later

    Life is crazy. Life is busy. Life changes so fast. A year ago today I took this picture on our way to the vet. Little did I know it would be the last picture I took of our sweet Beau and the start of probably the most difficult year of our lives. I could write about all the “bad” things in great detail…losing our dog, having kidney issues during pregnancy, Little Brother having some health issues when he was first born, a difficult delivery, feeling lonely away from family, having a hard, and on and on it could go. Most recently, we were having a hard time finding a house…

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    5 Weeks

    It was 5 weeks ago today that Little Brother (as we’ll be calling him around here) arrived. We’re so excited, and just love him so much!         {Hospital photos taken by Bella Baby Photography} It was quite an experience and there was a fair share of excitement along the way. We hope to share our pregnancy and birth story soon. Little Brother is doing well, though, and growing like crazy as you’ll see from the pictures below!     {Weekly picture inspiration can be found here} He’s such a doll! You may have noticed he’s on oxygen. That’s something I hope to talk about soon, but rest…

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