01/05/2018

New Year, Slow Start

The first post of 2018. It’s been a bit since I last shared here on the blog. I thought about simply jumping into a post all about my goals for the year, or perhaps a look back at 2017, but something else is pulling at my heartstrings instead.

Most Liked Instagram Posts of 2017

A look back at my ‘Most Liked Instagram Posts of 2017

I spent time over the break thinking about content and post topics. And although I can’t wait to get started and share more on what I’ve come up with, right now I want to pause and talk about where I am – today.

Every New Year I like to start on a go-go-go note. I find that I’m almost never as motivated or organized throughout the year as I am on January 1, so I like to take that momentum and run with it.

I had high hopes for the start of 2018 as well, but so far this week has been much slower than I had planned.

If I’m being fully transparent, I would share that in this current season I don’t feel organized, or even motivated. (<– So hard to admit!)

Right now we are waiting for our home to be finished so that we can pack and move. I have honestly been pretty patient over the last almost ten months since we sold our home, especially considering I was pregnant and/or had a newborn for 100% of that time. I am not one to love change, so I do have to give myself credit for being pretty go-with-the-flow since March.

Since I had my daughter on September 1, the time has moved so quickly. I enjoyed those slow newborn days, and then we entered into the Holiday season so I really didn’t feel that rush to get through the days or months. However, now that January is here, I definitely am starting to feel a little anxious about returning to (or finding with two babies) a sense of normalcy.

Currently we have clothes and things all over the place. Our Christmas gifts are still in boxes and bags, Jack’s toys are in every room throughout the house, and Savannah’s clothes are in one room, she sleeps in a second room, and her diapers and wipes are in a third.

Savannah James Four Months Old

Sweet, smiley and happy baby. All that matters!

I recognize that these are definitely first world problems, and are honestly uncomfortable to talk about, but I think it helps to be honest about where my head’s at right now. We are so thankful that my parents took in our family – dog hair and all – since March as we decided exactly what we wanted to do, where we wanted to do it, and then through the design and building process when it comes to our new home. We’ve had a roof over our head and warm beds to sleep in, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. Also, it’s been such a joy to see them with our kiddos, and to let them fully enjoy their role as grandparents. Although they would never admit it, I am sure they are looking forward to having their clean, neat and organized home back!

If I’m being honest, we are probably all ready for the next phase. It will be bittersweet to leave (my mom is truly my best girlfriend and role model and I have loved the extra time together), but I feel so ready to be an adult again and to run my own household! I miss doing our own specific grocery shopping and meal planning, I miss knowing exactly where my stuff is located, I miss having an organized closet (…organized everything), and I can’t wait to have a specific room for most play time and toys.

The moral of the post is this – I am currently in an unorganized, uncomfortable, and unknown season of life. I would love to share that I’ve welcomed 2018 with open arms, but so far it’s been more of a slight wave acknowledgement instead.

Tim and Jana - Marriage

A rare date night away from the kiddos before the end of 2017.

I’ll be back to sharing regular content shortly, but today I simply wanted to share where I’m at. As always, thank you to all of you who continue to follow my blog and my story all these years later. Through the good and bad, easy and trying, your consistent readership and support means the world! And to all of you who are new – welcome and I hope you’ll stay awhile and see where my journey leads me next. Whatever season you find yourself in today, you are always welcome to live it out right here.

12/22/2017

The Merriest Christmas.

What a beautiful, fast and truly merry Christmas season it has been. I can’t believe this will be our third Christmas with Jack, and first with Savannah!

Jack and Savannah - Christmas 2017

I remember as a young girl feeling so excited for Christmas each year. I loved the lights and the gift giving and the holiday baking. I loved spending time with family, and listening to Christmas music and watching holiday movies. There was always magic in the air. Until you hit that certain age or certain stage of life when the lights on the tree didn’t shine quite as bright as they once had…

I have always loved Christmas, but I can’t say there weren’t moments during recent years when the excitement seemed to wear down. Realizing that as an adult, Christmas has to be about so much more than conventional ideas for it to remain special. The focus must – and always must – be on the birth of Christ. I have really made an effort this year to dive deeper into my devotionals, participate in Advent, and get back to the core of what Christmas is really about.

What else has given me new hope in this Season are these two. My babies.

Jack and Savannah - Christmas 2017

I cannot get enough of my babies.

Jack and Savannah - Christmas 2017

These two bring the magic back to the season. There is nothing like seeing Jack’s face light up when he sees the decorations (…not so much Santa Clause though, but maybe next year)! My heart just explodes seeing my littles in matching Christmas jammies. Smiling, and joyful, and innocent. Representing all things kids should be at all times, and especially at Christmas.

Jack and Savannah - Christmas 2017

This season, I hope you will find the joy in the present vs. the presents. The Holidays can be difficult for so many, especially those who are missing loved ones for the first time. It is my prayer for you that the true meaning of Christmas will shine in your life. That your heart will be filled with all things wonder, joy and comfort.

I will be taking off the next week or so from blogging to spend time with my husband and babies. I’ll be back after the first of the year with a new post.

From my family to yours, have the Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2018!

12/14/2017

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

When I last left off, I explained how we only have about a month to go until we’re able to start moving into our new home. We sold our first house mid-March and have been with my parents ever since. I am looking forward to the move (although, I really will miss seeing my mom every day) and I can’t wait to get us all organized for the new year.

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Here is phase two of the Progress Updates. You can see that the big stuff is pretty much ready to go, and now we are just waiting on the fun stuff like the interior design choices. I love this stage when the house goes from a construction zone to a home!

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2

Home Building Series: Progress Updates 2