Our famous mattress story

Our famous mattress story

Last night after we all got ready for bed, we gathered around in our room to journal. It’s been a while since Kyle (my husband) read through his old journal entry’s to us, so inspired by our oldest daughter (who had been reading his journal secretly) he went ahead and read a few stories out loud. Many of them were around the time each of the kids were being born, so they loved to hear those haha.

But one of them really caught my attention, again...after all these years and the many times we have told the story, it still gave me chills hearing him read it. 

This story took place in Dallas, Texas,

Life with pets!

Life with pets!

In the midst of everything else that’s going on in my life, we currently have four pets and five baby kittens! The newest additions are just a few weeks old, they are so tiny! They have just opened their eyes and are learning to walk.

To begin with I’m not really an “animal person” I don’t enjoying touching them, I don’t like how they smell, I really can’t stand fur, haha etc.. So you’re probably wondering how in the world I’ve allowed all these animals in my house? That's a good question, and it's a good thing that I have stories for you! 

Staying the course when things get tough

Staying the course when things get tough

Although I’m super positive about life and all that goes on in my daily routine. I do have hard days and even weeks just like everyone else. Sometimes it’s easier to hide out and just wait for all to be fine again, instead of opening up and being honest. Last week when I hit what felt like rock bottom, I actually fell right into my dearest Heavenly Fathers arms. The strength, love and rest I experienced is totally worth sharing about.  

In the month of August I battle a headache that lasted pretty much all month.

Summer 2018

Summer 2018

It's still so hard to believe that we are heading past the half way point in the year of 2018. It's been a great year so far and I'm excited for what's ahead. Most people find it surprising that I get so thrilled about school starting up again for my kiddos, being that I homeschool. But I do enjoy having somewhat of a schedule and watching my kids learn so much each year brings me joy. We're officially a week into the new school year and before the routine really kicks in, I thought I would jot some summer memories down. 

End of the year wrap up

End of the year wrap up

Hey there! I have been slightly disconnected on here lately. When I get busy or overwhelmed, usually the first thing to go is social media and writing. But my thoughts and prayers are always with you guys. I just snuck away from the family watching a Christmas movie, I really don't feel like I have a whole lot of insight to share. So if you don't mind I'll just share a little bit of this and that and what's been happening around here lately. 

Cabin Life

Cabin Life

It's been a year already since we moved here to South Carolina from Hawaii! I still cannot believe how fast time flies. This has been a wonderful year for our family, we've made so many new friends, memories and had many wonderful adventures together. The biggest one has probably been, living in a tiny log cabin. It is about six-seven hundred square feet, two bedroom and two bath.

We have loved living here! The first few months we all bunked in the same room

Babies and Toddlers

Babies and Toddlers

Here are a few practical things I've learned through the baby and toddler stages with my kiddos. I hope they may help you if you're in that season of life now. 

A few reasons why baby might be having a hard time going to sleep or staying asleep through the night for the first year or two. I usually tell first time parents or even myself when I had a new baby, 

Trusting for Provision

Trusting for Provision

I wanted to share our little testimony with you about how God provided work for Kyle after we moved here to South Carolina. 

We came without any work lined up so right away we started looking around, trying to find something. If you haven't heard of how we moved you can read about it here. Because of how The Lord lead us through our journey, we kind of expected to come here and find work waiting for us. But like I've said before, trusting the Lord isn't always easy but it's always worth it.  

We took a month getting settled in, exploring where we live, unpacking and jumping full time into school with the kids.

Birthday Surprise

Birthday Surprise

Birthdays were never a big deal in my family growing up and I don't make them "pinterest perfect" now either. I might be a last minute kinda girl when it comes to certain things but the Lord always takes care of it for me. Although I did go through a season when I felt like I should do more, be more and have more for my kids and husband but the Lord quickly pulled me out of that and showed me that it's just not who I am. It's not worth it, the stress and the money take the joy and peace out of having a great relaxed time. So I end up putting a little something together for our birthdays and we invite a friend or two and always have a lot of fun. I guess maybe I'm still "old school" when it comes to things like that but I'm ok with it. 

Memories with Grandma

Memories with Grandma

We celebrated my grandmothers eighty fifth birthday yesterday. To make her day special the kids and I took her out with us, even though we knew she wouldn't remember the trip at all. A few people told me not to worry about it but I feel like even if it's not for her, it's treasured memories for me and my kiddos to spend time with her. 

The night before, after I put my kids to bed I overheard them talking, one was telling the other "it's great-grandmas birthday and we want her to feel special, so we will be going out to take her to the butterfly farm".

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. I know we did! It wasn't the traditional way to celebrate but we live in the lower forty eight now, so road trips are a must haha. Kyle and I went to Florida to visit family and meet the newest little members and also to take some time to celebrate being nine years together. Our trip was short and sweet. 

It felt so nice to sleep through the nights and we even slept in quite a bit in the mornings. (Such a luxury after having kids haha).

Nine years together

Nine years together

It's our Anniversary today! I can't believe it's been nine whole years already since that chilly summer day in Alaska when Kyle and I said our vows to each other. It was a sweet day, I love how genuine and innocent we both were. I finally get why everyone kept saying "you are so young", now that we are "older" looking at teenagers and how young they are makes me realize how young we actually were. I needed a "permission" slip from my parents to get married lol. But to this day the Lord hasn't failed us and still helps us on our everyday journey.  

June 2017

June 2017

I didn't realize until now how busy May and June are for our family, kids activities and camps, birthdays, holidays, and our Anniversary. The only other time of year it's as busy for our family is November-December. With so much going on all I can do is slow down and embrace it all. Soak in every moment and enjoy the life I have. 

For little Alistairs and my dads birthday we went camping the first weekend of June.