I would walk on legos for you

11 months of living apart from my husband was never something we planned. It’s never something we thought we’d be doing, and it definitely has not been easy.

It’s taught me how important my spouse is, and how easy it is for us to take someone for granted. It’s taught me the value of time, because two out of seven days a week is not much time to spend with someone.

It’s taught me about sacrifice.

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Seasons of struggle

I’ve been really struggling.

Although, I didn’t make that realization until a couple days ago.

Almost 11 months ago, we uprooted our life in Grand Rapids and moved to Big Rapids. In those 11 months, we lived in a garage at my parents house, we had a new baby, Jon got a new job (still in Grand Rapids), built a house, moved into that house, and lost my aunt to cancer. It’s been a crazy time.

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You do you, Mama

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I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile now, but I haven’t been able to find the words to convey my heart.

I remember back when Z was born, and he slept in the crib his first night home. I had so many people comment on how shocked they were that I didn’t have my son right next to my bed, “I’d be up all night worried about him” and “what if he wakes up and cries because he’s scared.” So many different voices…

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Things motherhood has taught me

I feel as though I’ve learned a couple important things from the last 2.5 years of motherhood.

It’s been a hard season over here, and I haven’t been very good at posting motherhood things lately. Between building a house, moving into said house, losing my aunt, and raising babes, I feel like there hasn’t been a moment to just sit and meditate, think or do anything that recharges me or ignites me.

I sometimes feel like my identity is “Z and C’s mom” because that’s what I am day in and day out.

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Our Modular: the Kitchen

If you would have told me a year ago that we would be living in a modular home when we were contemplating selling our house… I would have laughed in your face. But now that is our reality, and I couldn’t love it more.

Next up on our home tour is our beautiful kitchen!

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Top 10 Activities for Celebrating Fall

Red and yellow leaves, cool breeze.

Pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

Brisk walks and blankets to cuddle under.

Golden sunshine and Indian summer days.

Hoodies and football games.

All just little reminders that fall is here.

Fall is my favorite season, every single thing about it. And I’ve grown to love it even more when we had babies. Seeing them enjoy the beauty of fall makes it even better.

I’ve put together a list of my top 10 activities to do with your family to celebrate fall! Don’t forget to take a lot of photos as you’re making memories, and make traditions!

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