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summer is…

Summer is here! I can’t believe were almost to the end of June- phew! Can time slow down a little bit? ;) I’ve been soaking up this summer with the two boys and we’ve been enjoying every minute of it. These photos totally sum up how our summer has been so far….

Summer is for playing in the woods…

…and being cute while doing so.

….for fresh strawberries from local farms. (with nutella, of course!!)

….for some Reds baseball.

….(they really love the Reds haha)

….for reading lots of books (mostly just the same ones over and over again)

…..playing in the water

…..and of course running around chasing two little boys all day long. :)

 

  

I just can’t handle how adorable your little men are! And you’re baby girl is going to be something suuuuuper sweet:) I love watching your family grow!

25 weeks!

25 weeks! We’re getting closer to meeting this little girl! I’m so thankful that I’ve had a lot of energy lately (chasing two toddler while being pregnant is no joke.) However, I know that towards the end of pregnancy that energy will probably be gone so I’m really not taking this time for granted! It’s hard sometimes not thinking about the future and fast forwarding to the fall, when she arrives, and all that we have to look forward to. So I’m soaking up this time and enjoying the moment- enjoying this summer, spending time with the boys, and doing photography too. Not to mention eating ALL of the fruit from local farms! Oh, and swimming too ;) (Being pregnant in the summer aint so bad!) As the weeks go by, I’m only getting more and more excited…

 

 

  

Cutest pregnant lady around! Your perspective is refreshing and inspiring, and I can’t wait to see you with a girl! xo

You are sooo adorable. Love that dress on you and your flower crown!!! Hope you are doing well. Love seeing this little updates. xo

a new favorite accessory.

Yes- this is a diaper bag! Can you believe it? Either can I. It is more like a purse/diaper bag and I LOVE it! I use a purse most days but I also use a diaper bag and I also use a camera bag. With this Lily Jade bag, I think I can use it for all of those things. This is the Elizabeth diaper bag and it can be worn as a backpack (my favorite), a messenger bag, and a satchel.  The best part is that it has a washable baby bag liner inside so when It gets dirty, I can just throw it in the wash! I promise I’m not getting paid to write any of this, I’m just excited to have found this brand ;) It’s definitely going to be my go-to bag from now on. You can check out more of their lovely bags here: http://www.lily-jade.com

  

currently reading.

Over the past few months, I’ve been reading through several different books. I recommend each one! The book “Seasons of a Mother’s Heart” by Sally Clarkson is actually aimed toward homeschooling moms. I don’t have any plans to homeschool but I am still getting some good stuff out of this book! ;) “Beyond Bath Time” was such a good book on motherhood and I read it in maybe three or four days! So good. Even though I’ve had the “Handsfree Mama” book for a few months, I’m still only a few chapters into it. Oh! And of course the “Inspired You” book is so, so good (especially if you like thrifting for your home, diy projects, and shabby chic/french country decor.)  There are other books that I’ve touched or read a bit of that aren’t picture here but these are the main ones I’ve been reading. What are some books you have been reading? Anything online maybe that’s been inspiring? I would love to know!! :)

 

  

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker is exceptional! As a new mama, it cut right through to my heart! Highly recommend.

no small task.

“What you’re doing right now might seem small. Little mouths to feed. Little squabbles to referee. Little house to clean. But God multiplies your efforts. Your small tasks point to a very big God if you are determined to do it all for His glory.

Just as our definitions of blessing and burden have gotten jumbled, so have our concepts of big and small stuff for the kingdom. If a woman surrendered her life to share Bible stories with children in unreached people groups overseas, we would consider that big, and rightfully so.

But your children are also an unreached people group. They don’t come into the world with a knowledge and heart for God. It’s your job to teach them, and it’s a big job. It’s big in the sense that it demands much of you, but it is also big in the sense that it matters a great deal.” ~ Erin Davis

The quote above is from a book I’ve read recently and I love it! So, so true. As I’m knee deep in this motherhood thing, I’ve kind of refocused some of my attention and passions. When knee deep in photography, I would study photography- read about it constantly- study it (I still do, just not as much!) So when I was deciding whether or not to step back just a little bit and do less “work”, my mom mentioned that just like how I studied photography, I could study being a mom. So I’ve been doing just that. There have been multiple books I’ve been reading, learning, and just really cherishing this time and season that I am in. I want to be the best with whatever I am doing- and right now I am focused on these two little ones (almost three!) Just like the quote above, I believe that it is no small task, and I’m thankful to be able to do it and I love it.

(Leland is giving Beau a kiss ^ haha…even though it may not look that way :) )

…I mean, how could you not love spending your time with these two cuties?! ;)

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him… Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Colossians 3:17 & 23

  

Amen Girl! Amen! I really have to remind myself that too- especially since my other work is Youth Ministry. I get bummed missing out in this season because I want so badly to be a part of the youth’s lives, forgetting the value and importance on the lives of my little ones. I forget that this is only for a short season, and that this short season is so vital- for they are an “unreached people group” too.

Love the mentality of studying motherhood. So so so good!

Love this. Love you. Love how your boys give high fives. ;)

Tina

Great post! Do you mind sharing some of the books you have found helpful?
Thanks!

That quote is so beautiful! Motherhood is amazing and exhausting, big and small. And always important.

22 weeks!

More than half way there! Woo! I feel like time is seriously flying by. This summer is going to go by so fast, I have a feeling. We got to see the little one on the ultrasound again a few weeks ago and even though this is our third, it is still so surreal! It’s just as amazing to me as it was having our first. I’ve had more anxiety this time around though, which is weird because you’d think there would be more of that the first time. But whatever, it’s probably crazy hormones or something :P I’m trusting God fully and leaving all of my cares and anxieties in His hands (which is sometimes easier said than done!) Oh and we’ve got a name picked out for the little miss and I’m debating on sharing it or keeping it a secret. What do you think?? I feel like it’s more common now days to wait until birth to share the name but I think it doesn’t really matter- haha! We’ll see ;) Much love! P.S. My dress is from Asos- I think they have some of the cutest maternity clothes ever! :)

  

You’re the cutest Arielle! Your boys have such great names bad I can’t wait to hear your little girl’s name! I’m sure it’s lovely!

you look beautiful! i already feel like i’m going to be more anxious second time around, i think you just know more. anyway, can’t wait to hear her name :)

So excited for you! The name can wait, of course. ;)

With love from the Philippines,
The forever curious Katrina

I say surprise us! I’m all up for waiting. Like JJ said, I know its going to be lovey. You two picked out such great names for your sons.

You’re stunningly beautiful!