life lately: may 2016 edition

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Both girls are asleep at the same time (not as much of a miracle as I once feared it would be – more on that below) and I’ve wanted to write. Something about making babies and seeing them grow…it makes me want to write. A way to process it all maybe.

There is so much to say, so much I could say about adding a baby to our solid unit of three and making us a unit of four, about running a business at the same time, about being a mama, about God and His faithfulness, about things I’ve learned so far this time around, about the new designs I’m considering and trying to bravely push forward with, but the main thing is this:

That voice you hear that is sometimes still so small, still a whisper, that voice that begs you to listen even if it sounds insane and there are a million and twenty reasons not to listen (and those are just the ones you could come up with in two minutes flat)…that voice is good. And, I believe, that voice is God.

My goodness we were set on having one baby. Just set. That was it. And…then we weren’t set. Or, truly, God wasn’t set and He changed our minds very suddenly. When I faced this decision with uncertainty and sometimes crippling fear, actually dreading what was to come, I’m so glad I listened when I heard “just trust”. During the nights when I’d run through my old sleep training and scheduling and rule books I’d (unfortunately) memorized the first time around, plotting and planning and sending myself into a hurricane of unsettled worry,  I’m so glad I listened when I heard “just love”. Trust and love…could it be that simple?

I’m not just holding God’s hand this time around, friends…this time around, I am curled into His strong and capable hands letting Him carry me along on this journey He has for us. It’s not all perfect and this giving over of my life and plans isn’t automatic, but it is lovely.  It is peaceful. It is joy. It’s beautiful and scary and mostly chaotic and always always always better than if I were doing it by myself.

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I only sort of remember my various graduations. High school was overwhelming and a fog due to complete terror at leaving home in a few short months for college and I think the same is true about my college graduation…only this time I was leaving for the “real world” armed with a studio art degree and not a clue about how I would earn money and make an actual living. God had a lot to teach me about trust and reliance in those days, even though at that point I’d only listened to Him as a whisper and not as authority. Exciting times can also be fearful times…and sometimes, they can be peaceful times.

If youre a graduate or you love a graduate, I hope there is more peace and joy in the excitement than fear…I hope you can find rest in what is to come.

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for the one who held you, hugged you, kissed you right where it hurt and always gave you a band aid…
for the one who guarded you, guided you, helped you and wiped away your tears…
for the one who laughed with you, understood you, and loved you…
maybe that person is you, maybe you have a few of those people in your life, or maybe she lives on only in your heart. remind yourself today that you, among the to-do lists and life’s demands and the boo-boo’s and fort building and bath giving, are a beautiful mama. wear it close to your heart…that you may always feel the gift that it is to be called mama. and remind your own today that they are and always will be your first love, your mama.
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dwell in hope

111415There are frightening…terrifying…things happening all over the world, in our country, in some of our own backyards. People fleeing terrors I can’t even fathom. There are thoughts crowded with fear and worry that run through the night, the morning and while you’re just trying to to scrub this morning’s eggs from the frying pan. It’s easy, it’s simple, it’s understandable to want to throw it all in, to hide away. To grab the keys and run. And yet…there is hope. Today, tomorrow, and during all of the unknown in the months to come, I will choose to dwell in that hope.

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“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” 
Psalm 16:9

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Hi sweets,

I have big plans for this little blog of mine. Promise I do. But for now, thanks for checking in as I randomly post in my inconsistent manner. Goals for 2015: Pull it together. Amiright?

The new cuffs with sweet metallic details are in stock and I’m so happy with them. My cute husband and I (he’s seriously the best) have been working so hard on making these just perfect – these have been in the works for months and months and to see all of our late evenings and “but what about this…” conversations come to a final product is just the jelly in my donut. Couldn’t be more excited for this launch! All six of these little babies have been uploaded and are for sale right now on the website (link here).

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