Life and other random things.

Obviously I’ve been pretty inconsistent in my blogging lately. Truth be told, I’m just not exactly sure what I want to do with this space. I realized that previously I mostly used it as a venting outlet, with occasional family updates. I think it’s what I needed last year, so thanks to all of you who read my rants 😉 Any suggestions moving forward, I’ll take ’em.

This year, Kyle and I have deemed it our “stress free” year…if that’s possible. So far, so good…minus the whole losing of the job thing, which has made us stress a little bit about the old bank account. But, it has also provided us the ever-present opportunity to put our faith in God to provide for us, and he has not failed.

Some of our house projects have been put on hold because of our temporary financial hiccup, but it’s kind of been a good lesson. It’s allowed us to live just right where we are, right now, and be grateful for the many abundant blessings we do have. Instead of focusing on “oh, we need this and it will be so much better,” we’re saying, “hey, this is awesome about our space, and I love it.” I know for me, it’s really helped me to appreciate the little space we call home, and the potential it has to blossom even more in the future.

So, some updates. Kyle has recently started working at an elementary school in an autism room. He is really enjoying his job, the school schedule, and those little k-2 kiddos that he gets to work with every day. Getting to this point has been nothing short of God’s work in our lives. Seriously. Going from wanting to be a college RD to working in an elementary school has been quite a ride, but looking back, you can see the divine hand that led him there. We are so thankful for this opportunity for Kyle. Thank you to everyone who has been faithfully praying for us and for Kyle in his job search.

The “terrible two’s.” We are in those right now, but honestly, they are not so terrible at all. I know, I know…just wait until he’s three, but whatever. Judah is a blast. Growing quickly, saying the funniest things, and he is just the sweetest, most generous kid I know. What two year old freely offers his coveted Easter M&M’s to his parents (and dog)?? *Swoon*

Zoo carousel.

  Zoo carousel.

Judah's "cheese!" face.

Judah’s “cheese!” face.

Makeup time. He's a beaut.

Makeup time. He’s a beaut.

Super into legos these days.

Super into legos these days.

Friends :)

Friends 🙂

I have been finding a new appreciation for being a stay-at-home mom. After I was laid off from my job, I realized how much I depended on that title. I was so offended by the question, “so what do you do all day?” when people would find out I stayed at home. So to be able to say, “I’m a writer” when asked my occupation took away all the insecurities of simply, “being a mom,” Wait…simply being a mom?? Isn’t that important enough? Yes. Definitely. I still write some freelance pieces here and there, but I’m finding new joy and new confidence in this whole, I’m a stay-at-home mom thing. I love being able to take frequent walks in my neighborhood with Judah and our dog, Quincy (we got rid of the puppy, sadly, but it was just too much. We opted to adopt a 5 year old retriever Chinook mix and he is the bee’s knees).

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I also love being able to do yoga with Judah, actively play with him and be all there, instead of worrying about my time to meet my next deadline or make sure I’m not missing an important email. And, it’s been nice to slowly build friendships with some other mammas in the area.

We’re ready to start our first small garden this month, which we are all excited and anxious about. If it bombs, there’s always next year and the farmer’s market, right?

Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend. I know we did!

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