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snow day!

A few weeks ago, we took the kids out in the snow for a little bit. (Beau wasn’t having such a good time, hence why he is missing from these photos ha ha) It was Reagan’s first real time in the snow and she absolutely loved it! She didn’t want to come inside! Leland loved it too but there wasn’t quite enough snow to make a snow man so I think he was little bummed. Love these little ones of mine (Leland is still little right?) …they are such a blessing!!

…she is so full of joy….and energy! lol!

 

  
jessica

I love the snow pictures…snowy pics are some of my favorites. And where did you get your top? I love it.

present.

Present. When 2016 came, that was the word that came to mind. I want to live in the present, this year (and always.) Last year was a really difficult year for me- a year that I didn’t do so well with “living in the moment.” I was waiting for whatever I was going through to just be over, and it made me miss out on some precious moments. But here we are…a new year.

My prayer is that I will live for the present. Whether that means putting my phone down more, or not posting on social media as much, or being content with where I’m at. You see, I’m the kind of person who is always looking for the next. The next season….the next house…the next whatever it may be. I even buy my kids clothes for the next season way (way) ahead of time. Truth be told, I’ve always sort of been this way. I’ve found it’s not a very enjoyable way to live because there is so much to miss out on in the here and now.

“Each of us is given one day at a time to be faithful- that is this day.” sally clarkson

A different house, a new milestone, a different season will not satisfy. It will not make one any happier. Today is what I’ve been given! Today I will watch my kids as they play and not wish it away. I’ll be content in the moment, and not wish time away. It is simple, but that is my prayer for 2016. To be present.

 

  

This is beautiful and so true! This is exactly what I struggle with also! Thanks for sharing!

I can totally relate. I think it’s almost a safety mechanism to look ahead. And it’s just as hard for me to let go and live in the present, to literally be present for my kids instead of worrying about all the other stuff I need to be doing. That’s the life of a mom. My middle child’s name is Beau Hudson. Small world!

So true. With our third baby being tiny I found myself thinking ‘how is she already two weeks/ one month/three months’ but looking back means I don’t appreciate how little and lovely she is right now rather than what was. I’m also trying to put my phone down more and ‘wherever you are be all there’ I’ve got up as a painting I did in our lounge.

our family photos.

I hope that you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas! We had such a good Christmas, and the kids had so much fun!  Since I haven’t posted anything in a while, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from when we (attempted) to take some family pictures a while back. Taking photos of three little kids can be challenging sometimes, but with some m&m’s and a little bit of dedication, it can be done- haha! Anyway, here are some of our family pictures from year…

Mr. Beau, love him and his sweet personality.

Leland…what can I say about him?! He keeps us on our toes and keeps us laughing :)

…and Reagan…a sassy yet sweet little thing with a big personality!

Love my boys!

 

  
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Such a Beautiful Family! <3

So lovely! I have so enjoyed watching your beautiful family grow. Also – I had this post open with my 3 year old on my lap and she looked over, gasped, and said, “Is that Elsa?!!!” ;)

leland’s fifth birthday!

Five years, I can’t believe it. It went by so fast, like the blink of an eye. Five years ago,  I was young…not really sure I knew what journey I was about to embark on. But I was ready to pour my heart out and take care of a little baby boy who I loved so much. Leland is such a sweet little man and he definitely keeps us on our toes. He is strong willed, but I think that will do him good as he gets older. (At least that’s what I’m praying!) I’m so thankful for him! It’s been about a month, but I still wanted to post a couple photos from his “football” birthday…

…a couple of his favorite things. his uncle and football :)

we love you, leland!

  

What a gorgeous birthday x

elegantees.

So so excited about this beautiful shirt I’m wearing from Elegantees. It’s called “arielle” which is such a cool thing! I truly love the heart behind Elegantees and their mission. They empower and employ women in Nepal who have come out of sex trafficking. How awesome is that!? I love when I can find clothing companies here in the U.S. that support a good cause. You can check out the shirt here, and read more about all they do on their website! :) xo!

 

  

pumpkin patch.

This year we learned that the best time to go to a pumpkin patch is in the middle of the week! Especially with three little kids, it’s so much easier because it’s not crowded! We basically had the whole orchard to ourselves (and it helped that they had all had naps -haha.) Leland and Beau loved it and wanted to get all of the pumpkins they possibly could into the wagon. Reagan was a fan too, but she thought the pumpkins were for eating ;) I took a few photos (well, more than a few)…

Leland was pretty proud of this one – haha!

…not sure the boys wanted their sister in there with them ;)

…which one to pick ;)