January 21, 2015

Crosbi Says...

This month. Goodness. We started this month with such big goals and expectations, awaiting new and fun experiences, but life doesn't always go the way we think it will. For nearly the past two weeks, our girl has been sick.

Last week she had a fever for 5 days and little energy. She finally came out of it in time for my mom to visit (God is so good that way). But the day after my mom left, Crosbi was hit by a stomach bug that won't quit. As I write, she's napping. Her third today. And she hasn't eaten since Monday night (it's Wednesday afternoon). Ugh. I'm just so thankful that I can be home with her, even though there isn't a whole lot I can do to help.

Our fun plans are postponed for now, and we're missing out on some amazing warm weather, but I'm so thankful for God's provision and promises. I'm blessed to know she will fight this and be back to herself soon. I know more warm days are ahead and memories will be made. Today, we snuggle. We rest, her with a cold washcloth on her forehead, and we watch lots of TV. His mercies are new each day and I'm so hopeful my girl will be much better in the morning.

Last week when Crosbi wasn't feeling so great, I bought her favorite movie and offered her a big bowl of popcorn. She jumped up on the couch, eager for the movie to start and said to herself, "I love this popcorn life."

I laughed out loud. I called Todd to tell him what she had said, telling him I was so glad we could fulfill her deepest dreams. Ha! But today, when all I want to do is get outside and see my girl run and play, I'll sit beside her and put on another cartoon. Because this is what life is made of. This is it. It's not perfect and definitely not always Instagram worthy, but it's so good. Crosbi, I'm with you. I love this popcorn life.

Now get better, young lady!


January 11, 2015

Thankful :: December 2014

Nothing like posting a recap of December during the second week of January! I almost made one of my goals for this year to blog more. Then I thought...who am I kidding? This year could be a bit crazy. We're preparing for crazy, anyway. So instead of making blogging more a goal, I'll just be pleasantly surprised if I record more of our memories here than last year.

December was a complete blur. I know it's that way for everyone. So many activities, dinners, celebrations. Throw in shopping, wrapping, and lots of travel. It flew by for us.

This past year was really special. It wasn't the easiest year, necessarily, but I think we really found our groove as a family. As a couple, Todd and I were intentional about spending time together, but also spending time doing things we love as individuals. He spent time with friends and time on the water in his new kayak. My girlfriends and I started a monthly girls night, I went away on two girls overnight trips and I felt less and less guilty for sneaking away for a cup of coffee or a walk around Target on my own. I'm hoping for much for of that in the year to come.

Last year we made growing in God's Word a priority. BSF changed and challenged us and really set the tone of the conversations in our home. I've loved the She Reads Truth studies and Todd and I feel much more equipped to share God's truths than we have in years past. 

December wrapped up 2014 nicely with time spent with friends and family. A busy, but beautiful month.

I've so enjoyed this Thankful series. On hard days, it's nice to look back and remember all of the good that happens in my life that could be easy to overlook. I thank God for the many blessings in my life, the memories I cling to when life throws curve balls. I'm really excited about 2015 and all that it could bring. Even if it's predictable and uneventful, but resembles 2014 even a little bit, I'll be more than grateful.

Goodbye, 2014. Thanks for being so good to us.


December 12, 2014

Crosbi Says...

I haven't been the best about writing down all of the funny things Crosbi says. She makes me laugh daily, so I would need to follow her around with paper and pen. But, I did jot down a few of her funny phrases. This girl. She's so fun.

"Hey mommy, I need to speak to your ear." (Tell me a secret.)

Me: "What are you doing?"
Crosbi: "I'm painting a mustache so kids can laugh."

With a stuffy nose Crosbi said, "My nose isn't working."

Me: "Crosbi, on Christmas we celebrate Jesus' birthday."
Crosbi: "I just had a birthday. I turned 3! What's his number?"

Crosbi to another little girl at the park:
"What color are your eyes? Oh, brown? My mommy has brown eyes."

I love that she's paying attention to the small things.


November 29, 2014

Thankful :: November 2014

November inspires all of us to stop and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for, but this month has given us so many reasons to give thanks. Some big dreams are starting to take shape and prayers have been answered in big ways. Even if those dreams fall through, we feel so encouraged and excited about what the future holds. But I'll get into more about that after the holidays.

What a full month November was. The past few weeks we have felt thankful for...

Little friends who all have November birthdays.

Slow mornings and homemade oatmeal on chilly days.

The great privilege to live (and vote) in a country we love.

Birthday invitations that have become my favorite annual keepsake.

A husband who brings me flowers for no reason.

The last warm days of fall with this girl.

Zoo dates and train rides.

A thoughtful gift from dear friends.

 A future baker.

Another year with her. We celebrated Crosbi's third birthday in Missouri and felt so loved by family who think the world of our little lady.

A girl who knows what she wants. This year, she requested a Paw Patrol party and we were happy to oblige.

Our favorite gift of all.

Thanksgiving at home. It has been many years since we've been in our own home for a major holiday and it was wonderful. Such a sweet time spent with close friends. I can still taste the sweet potato casserole. Yum.

The first year Crosbi could put the star on the tree.

Close friends who mean the world to us and the adventure God has them on.

These people. My heart.

Hope you all had a wonderful November and a very happy Thanksgiving!


November 3, 2014

Thankful :: October 2014

Lots to be thankful for in October. I turned 32 and while life doesn't exactly look the way I thought would in my early thirties, I'm feeling right where I'm meant to be.

This month brought another round of family pictures. Crosbi refused to cooperate until she was bribed minutes before we wrapped up. But isn't she cute?

Free birthday cookies to be shared with my girl.

For first concerts and catching up with old friends.

For my favorite chili cook-off with some of my favorite people.

For lazy days being silly with this one.

For so many reasons to dress up as Elsa.

For first face paintings.

For fall events at Crosbi's preschool. This month has been such a sweet reminder of how blessed I am to have a flexible work schedule that allows me to be present. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

For trick-or-treating for the first time. She had so. much. fun. She just kept asking if we could do it again. 

October has always been one of my favorite months. Little did I know having a daughter would make it even better.