Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dear Samuel: 10 Months

Dear Sam,

How can you already be so close to one? Lately, it seems like you are zipping past milestones like they are child's play and seeming so big.  What happened to that squishy newborn that was just dozing on my shoulder?

This month you've graduated from a wobbly walker to a confident one. You still topple over quite a bit (there's quite a bit of evidence of this on your forehead!), but you are becoming quite speedy--probably because you are trying to keep up with your brother. One of your favorite things to do is chase him. You do this adorable giggle and squawk like a bird when you toddle behind him. Luke seems to think it's great fun too. Now that you are walking, he invites you to play more often, and it's fun to watch you two connect and play together.

You also moved over to your brother's room during the night and most naps and have done really well with sharing a room. Even though you sometimes still wake up and cry for a lost pacifer in the middle of the night, you go back to sleep quickly. Thankfully, Luke snoozes through it all. Plus, you've been sleeping in a little longer (most days!), so we think that's a pretty fantastic thing.

Sam, every day you surprise me. You gobble up life (and food), have such a curious personality, and are generally cheery and goofy. Recently, you've learned to wave good-bye, play the tambourine, do little dances, and push toys all over the floor. When you had a little tummy bug and felt sick, you often cried out "Mamamama" when you needed me. You love tickles from your daddy, playing with your brother's hair, and that light up toothbrush. I think you carried around that thing for two days straight :)

As this year draws closer to the end, we often think about how this year turned out differently than we anticipated--it surprised us. But, even though 2016 has given us many challenges, it started out with giving us one of the best gifts of all--


Sam, I hope you never stop moving through life with your curious tenacity and an unstoppable spirit. We can't wait to see where it will take you.

Love you,


(again, I'm a little behind since you turned 11 months today...but oh well!)

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Friday, November 18, 2016

While the Kids are Napping

It's a blustery, cool, drizzly day in our neck of the woods, and I love that it feels cozy and fallish.

Not only that, but I plan on dusting off the boots for date night tonight (can I get an amen for date night and cool weather?!)

It seems amazing to me that Thanksgiving is next week and that 2016 is coming to a close soon. And even though 2016 gave us one of our best gifts (Sam!), it also gave us a lot of hospital visits, procedures, medical bills, and a continued season of waiting. I am thankful for the heart-work God has been doing, but I am also so thankful for a bit of relief after a hard start to the year. God meets us in the hard spots, and He gives us rest too.

These past few months, creative work has breathed in refreshment and given my mind a place to explore, dream, and idea-scheme. Maybe it's just been one giant distraction, but it's also been one giant relief.

I find it a tiny bit funny that last year I was plum tired of running a printable shop and now I've gone out and started a fresh new one. But, I think the difference is that Color + Kindness has a broader scope and a more colorful purpose. Honestly, I'm loving it! It's so fun to design dump truck potty charts (yep, it's a little tongue and cheek) and advent calendars that are kid-friendly and purposeful too. Luke is excited to put it back up (he got to play with it when we had our photo shoot), so I'm excited to use it this season.

Speaking of Christmas, I've already got a bit of a wishlist started. It includes these earrings from Dear Mushka (so simple and pretty!), this t-shirt from Jean and June (because #momlife), and these boots from Root Collective (ethically-made and pretty to boot...pun intended!) I'm hoping to curate a list that is mostly made up of products from handmade businesses--so if you have any businesses to share, please do!

I feel like this year more than ever, I am looking forward to the holiday season. Especially after months of election commercials, I wasn't even annoyed to see a Christmas commercial pop up before Thanksgiving. I'm ready to tie up 2016 and actually enjoy the Christmas treats (since last year I was hugely pregnant and had gestational diabetes). I'm looking forward to introducing Christmas to Sam (and the Thanksgiving mashed potatoes too!) as well as teaching Luke more about the story of Jesus' coming. How about you? Are you as ready as me?

One last thing, if you are snowed in or need a little extra something to do with the kids before Thanksgiving, grab these FREE printable turkeys and Thanksgiving verse cards. Super simple (and adorable)!

Happy Friend, friends :)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dear Samuel: 9 Months

 (goodness, I adore that little smirk)


You really are a show off, aren't you? You've always had that determined spark in your eye, but we see that light grow bigger and bigger each day.

Nope. You wouldn't be content with crawling. Once you realized that you had two legs that would carry you places, you said, "Yep. I'm going to learn to walk."

And so you did. About two weeks ago, you took a few steps. And now you are walking like it's nobody's business. And I want to tell you to please stop, slow down, and for goodness sakes, do not become a toddler. This momma isn't ready for that ;)

(Luke insisted on being in the pictures with you)

This month you also broke in your first two teeth, discovered a love for exploring cabinets, and continue to like 99% of what we feed you. You also still like to put about 85% of what you find in your mouth, but now that you are walking, you seem to be a less interested in operation put-everything-in-the-mouth. Thank goodness!

We continue to see your feisty side flare up and know that we might have some challenging parenting moments in our future. But we also see your love of smiles, laughter, and being goofy--so we know there will be a lot of silly antics too. You definitely have a sweet spot for music and your favorite is the Star Wars theme (especially this version). If you are grumpy, I put that music on, and you are instantly a happy camper.

Samuel, you are such a sweet addition to our family, and I love watching you grow. I love the fiery ball of energy, determination, and fun you are.

I've told you this before (and I really do mean it)--but could you please sleep past 5/5:30? Pretty please?

But no matter what (even if you wake up at 5 for the rest of your life)

I Love you, cookie.


(ps. you actually turned 10 months yesterday--but you know--at least I'm trying to keep up!)