weekly three.

This week has been so slow but in the best way. One if those where you feel like it's Tuesday every day and then all the sudden it's Friday! I've been busy in the kitchen, and keeping the house clean this week, since I'm determined to do a little bit everyday so it doesn't get out of control anymore. So far, so good! Some of Peter's family are visiting from NJ for a little while and I can't wait to see them and spend some time with them this weekend!! Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Receiving my latest Chatbook makes me so excited!!! Already on volume three of his life! 

Wrestling matches with friends, ha!

The way this boy is loving books lately makes me die. I could literally watch him turn the pages and touch everything all day long!

ten things I love at ten months.

The world of an almost one year old is an exciting one! I can't believe we are almost at that point. There are so many things that Solomon is doing lately that crack me up. He is such a funny kid.....

1 // the "aahhhhh" face. 
The one above, he makes that face all the time. I'm going to cry when he stops making it. He does it when he's happy, and can't contain the happiness no longer, and just needs to let some out. I also mentioned this same thing during the 6 things I love at 6 months. I still believe that one reason I love it so much, is because of how it reminds me of myself a little bit. Happy mommas make happy babies, right?!? ;)

2 // all the kisses.
He has just started giving kisses all the time but they are always on my shoulder when I pick him up or someone hands him to me. Randomly he will give me kisses on my face or head but most of the time they are on my shoulder and he makes this "mmah" kissy noise when he does it. Sweetest. Thing. Ever.

3 // quick rest.
Sometimes while he is playing in the living room he will crawl to this one spot, by the chair and in front of the tv, and lay down. Never for long, just a few seconds, then he's up and moving again. It's so weird, funny and adorable! 

4 // in and out.
His fascination with putting things into other things and then back out again is so cute. He does it over and over and I find myself in a trance watching him sometimes, it's oddly relaxing for me. Little things into a box, blankets in between his legs and then out again, anything repetitive.

5 // the couch slide.
When he's having some milk on the couch and he's finished he will let go and slowly slide off my lap and then off the side of the couch really slow until his feet touch the floor. Then he stands up super straight and smiles before he leaves to find a toy. It is so precious and funny!!! 

6 // drinking water.
He actually prefers to drink water from a normal cup and it's so funny. He actually guzzles it down, and gets mad when we take it away. Not so fun when we are trying to eat, but it's cute. 

7 // grocery shopping.
I swear, he could spend an hour in a grocery store! He looks around, talks to people that are walking by & if I'm not moving the cart for too long, he rocks back and forth like he might be able to move the cart all by himself. 

8 // just before sleep.
He will stop drinking and clap his hands together, just 3-4 claps, then he goes back to his milk and closes his eyes. Within a few minutes he's knocked out asleep. Like one last hoorah before he gives in, ha! 

9 // book love.
He has also started to love books and will sit and put them in his lap and turn the pages back and forth. I can't remember the last time he put a book in his mouth!! It's super cute to watch, I'll even say "go get your book!" & he will crawl over and start looking at it. 

10 // toy search.
The new car seat has cup holders and he likes to put his toys in them. Little animals, wooden blocks, basically anything that will fit. Once we put him in the car seat, he frantically searches for whatever was left in the cup holders last. It's so funny and I'm thankful that the cup holders have made his car seat experience a little more fun!

all or nothing.

Today's post is something a little different for me. I don't normally share posts like this, but when I was contacted by Heather Von St. James and learned about her story, I knew I wanted to be a part of this inspirational day. Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in 2005, right after giving birth to her beautiful daughter Lilly. Mesothelioma is very rare and occurs in the lining of the body's internal organs. Sadly, it has a usual diagnosis of 15 months. Once she learned that she only had 15 months, she decided to live with an ALL OR NOTHING mentality! After she beat the odds and survived, she made it her mission to spread awareness and to continue to live her life fully. Such an inspiration!

When Heather asked me to be a part of All or Nothing Day, I didn't hesitate to say yes. With all the darkness and sadness surrounding us every day, I wanted to share something full of light and goodness. It is sad that flags stay at half staff, the news is always pushing the latest threat or killing, and the political drama is never ending. But today is a reminder that we should live every day in hope and faith, celebrating life.

Today, July 26th, is National All or Nothing Day. Seize the day! What better way to live life, everyday? Life is short. It goes by so quickly, speeding up with age. When Heather emailed me about participating in this wonderful day, she told me, "I wanted to reach out to you after seeing on your blog how you truly embrace each and every day..." That is what I hope people see. Not only in this space but in my every day life. Spending more time to hug those I love and reach out to those in need. 

"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
John 7:38

Rivers of living water, that is what I want my life to look like. Today, tomorrow & all of eternity. I'm so thankful that I can say that my future is in His hands. It truly makes living every day with an All or Nothing attitude so much easier. 

Heather, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share your beautiful story! Check out Heather's incredible story, it is so inspiring! 


We feel so fortunate to have our community group from our church for the past few years. We are also thankful that we haven't had to break up yet. It's so amazing when God puts people in your life that can speak truth and be honest with you. When we joined our group we were engaged and almost married. Since then we have changed so many moments of growth together. Actual growth with babies being born, and heart growth during hard times. Having these people around to lean on, and enjoy fellowship, makes everything sweeter. During the summer months off without weekly meetings, we try and get together once a month. We were excited to visit the "Batson Farm" over the weekend!! 

we totally snapped the hammock after this picture when I asked Peter to sit with us... he thought it was a bad idea, ooops! 

Since our group doesn't normally meet with the kids around, it's always so fun to see how much they have grown and watch them play together when they get the chance! 

so, so thankful!!! 

weekly three.

This has been the first week of the year that this weekly three post has been the only post on the blog. Some weeks are harder than others, then some weeks are better than others and some are just crazy. This week has been one of the better ones, so good that I didn't have a chance to even open the computer and write something. This summer is going so well and I'm looking forward to our relaxing weekend with family and friends! 

Solomon's new favorite spot to play. It's pretty cute, even if it makes me nervous!

Finishing up the last week of this amazing study! Check out Seamless if you want to dig in deep to His word and learn more about it, it's so good. 

Mango Key Lime pie, baby napping, and an episode of Pretty Little Liars. I should be embarrassed about how much I love it, but I'm not!

weekly three.

It it has been a whirlwind of a week around here! We started with a fun Monday with family in town and I've been trying my best to get the house ready for a shower for a friend this weekend. Building furniture, cleaning, laundry, and taking care of the little man.... All the things that keep me busy and make me want a vacation, ha! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!! 

Getting the living room set up with the new furniture!!! Making me all kinds of giddy!

Building our new shoe organizer for the back hallway, mainly by myself, was fun! I find it as a challenge, anytime I see the two people required on the building direction booklet from IKEA.  Naptime activities, ha!!

I'm really enjoying how this boy wanting to be in his sling more than normal. It may be the leap he's going through, or the many teeth cutting right now, but I'll take it! 
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