Monday, December 29, 2014

A Stay At Home Birth

I had the opportunity to be the photographer for a home birth on December 26th. What a beautiful experience. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them and documenting their story for them.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Visit From Mary Poppins

It's been a good day and a busy one again. It was nice to have a couple of hours to wake up, and do some reading before the day's activities began. My sweet friend, Michaela came over for coffee and lunch. I always enjoy visiting with her and her little guy is so adorable! After they left, I zipped out to my friend, Jacqueline's house for a cup of tea and to pick up a microscope. What a gift! We are so blessed. It was such fun visiting with her and talking music, home school and naturopaths, health and family. I had a wonderful visit and lunch out on the island with my sweet friend, Tracy yesterday while we celebrated her son, Colton's birthday and afterward ran Natalie to piano lessons, gassed up the car and then headed for home.
I came home really tired tonight and was so thrilled to see that Mary Poppins House Cleaning Services (my daughter, Natalie's house cleaning business) had worked her house cleaning magic while I was away. The house literally sparkled from top to bottom! There are no words to express the relief and joy that brought to my tired soul. Thank you so much, Natalie!
I was heading out the door to an essential oils class with just enough time to grab some dinner on the way out. Our pregnant dog hadn't been eating much today, though and I decided to check her temp. It had dropped significantly which means puppies should be making their debut in the next twelve hours. So....I will be staying home tonight and keeping a close eye on our sweet Dallas.
I took a few pictures of our nice, clean house.


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And I took a few pictures of our sweet Dallas this evening. Have a great weekend!



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Decompression Time

It's been a busy fall and I am tired. It's amazing how much running around a mom is required to do and while I don't mind doing some running, the perpetual motion seems to have taken on a life of its own. After a minimum of ten days straight (I believe it has been about 150 days more than that, but I am being conservative here) of running at least one errand a day....and usually at least three or four, I am at home for a few hours this afternoon.
I have this sweet little LazyBoy rocker recliner in our beautiful bedroom, that was placed there with the intention of providing a place for my husband and/or me to read and relax, quietly.....away from the noise and activity of a busy household. Today I decided to be intentional about putting it to use. I have my cup of coffee, my freshly bathed lap dog, and a good book. It's quiet, relaxing and cozy and especially so because it's raining outside.

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We moms need to take time to re-fuel and refresh. I found myself being very crabby with my family over the past few day. I am easily stressed out, tearful, and snappy. These are red flags that tell me it's time to refuel. It's time to get off the roller coaster and be responsible to take care of my body's need to rest. I can't keep fueling the family if my tank is on empty, and fellow moms, you can't either, so don't feel guilty about taking some time to regroup, relax, and refuel. We all need it. It's how we are designed. Find that quiet space where you can think, pray, decompress, process, and just rest.

Your family really will thank you for it and you will gain a new, fresh, perspective. Especially if you include a little Bible and prayer time in those quiet moments.

"Casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you." I Peter 5:7