While doing that, I put together a recap post and I only included the good stuff, because I don't know about you, but sometimes that's what I really need to focus on. (Of course, it's not always perfection and happy rainbow cake all the time, as these photos may imply... It's real life, but as a mama I'm doing my best to make sure we "make lemonade" at least once each day and these photos reflect that.)
And isn't that what it's all about? Finding the good moments in life and being thankful for them.
picked the first of the flowers from our cutting garden and I congratulated myself on not killing them. (Which is what I tend to do with plant-life.) I am thankful for growth. Sometimes in my garden... sometimes in my heart.
just because. No special occasions. It brought smiles and that was my goal.
This cake was stupid easy. Six bowls. Six bottles of food coloring. One batch of your favorite vanilla cake (gluten free in our case) divided evenly between all six bowls, and one batch of butter cream icing. Do it. (Make the batter color nice and bright and you'll be fine.)
It is, what it is.
call me blessed. Amen.
donation boxes. Apparently, I was craving some sort of order. I do that sometimes. And I can die in peace now, should it ever come to that. (If you've ever cleaned a child's room from top to bottom, including school papers you know what I mean.)
dip dyed some shirts and scarves and things using Rit dye and a bucket. It's instant gratification and a way to bring new life to old things. I am thankful for a daughter and the creative connection we share.
beach time with favorite "cousins" and their mama. I am thankful for friends who have known me since eighth grade. I am thankful for conversations where fears are mulled over even when there is no solution. They always say that when you go through a hard time, you find out who your real friends are. They are the kind of friends who grab your hand when you find yourself slipping into a dark pit and say, "HECK NO. I'm picking you and the kids up and taking you all to the beach." I love you Alli.
favorite neighbors, who show up because they care. I am thankful for their hugs and the sweet flowers they hand me and heart to hearts about life, contentment and kids. I love you Trudy.
backyard play tent from ripped up sheets and scrap fabric. It's a bit jimmy-rigged. And I couldn't possibly tell you how on earth to make one because it took me darn near all day long. It was way more involved than I anticipated. (We used four 8 foot garden poles from Lowe's) I am thankful this project is over. Ha!
I taught my kids how to use a sewing machine. Ava made a full, old-fashioned play skirt and petticoat (she's reading Anne of Green Gables right now (I am crazy thankful for THAT! One of my all time faves!) and I'm reading Little Women to her each night) and Joe got a cowboy play shirt and cape because some things... never change. We don't have much longer for pretend play around this house, so I am making every opportunity for it to happen NOW. I am thankful-OH SO THANKFUL- that I can be home with them right now... and do this with them.
I watched all previous seasons of Parenthood in the evenings with my man. I am thankful for a good man who comes home to me each night and helps me solve problems.
farm life. We found baby birds waiting for their mamas to come back with lunch. It was crazy adorable. I am thankful for an adopted grandma who says "yes" to my kids and says, "Oh honey, they can't hurt anything," and then pats my hand as they run off to climb trees and do wild things.
Emily from Jones Design Co. has been interviewing some bloggers for the past many days. I'm not sure what on earth I'm doing in the company of these amazing bloggers but for some reason Emily included me. I am humbled, thankful and to be quite honest... overwhelmed. (in a good way) These are all women I've got blog crushes on and that I'd love to know in real life. Emily has asked us to choose an item that she can offer as a giveaway on our interview day and I picked out my favorite Noonday necklace. Make sure you pop over there, check everyone out, and enter to win! (And Emily, thank you. Thank you so much. What a sweet blessing to be a part of this fun thing.)