Recharged

These are my favorite things from this season of life as a SAHM to a 1 year old. I find it important to write these down so I never forget how fortunate I truly am. Especially on those days that are less than perfect. I believe God finds little ways to encourage me even when those words of affirmation can’t be spoken.

  1. The endless baby chatter. It’s as if she really has a message to spread to the world but the words aren’t forming yet. Whatever it is, it’s very important.
  2. The extreme excitement when she see’s myself or her dad for the first time after a few hours of being separated. The kicks, wiggles, and giggles are what my soul desires.
  3. The random toys I find stashed in different places. The chew toys that were strategically placed in the laundry basket full of clothes. The Chapstick that magically found it’s way from my nightstand into the empty washing machine. The alphabet magnets that were found in the other side of the cat door in the garage. All of it wrapped up in a tiny gift of sticky fingers and poopy diapers makes my heart smile.
  4. Her extreme love for her blankie. She can’t resist laying her head down when blankie is under it. This makes for amazing snuggles when it’s time for sleep. I enjoy nothing more than singing my daughter to sleep while we cuddle.
  5. The discovery of new things. This will never get old. She found her tongue (and mine) the other day. That was truly the best part of that day.
  6. Games! Namely “I’m going to get you” and Peek-a-boo. I love the squeals and laughter that follow the wiggles and giggles.
  7. But I think my favorite is during our daily routine. She’ll be playing and I’ll be trying to get something done or my focus is split between her and a project, when all of the sudden I notice the silence. This means one of two things; she is either doing something she shouldn’t be doing or she has stopped mid play to watch me and smile her biggest smile. It’s amazing to stop the busy of my life, completely expecting the worst and finding my child smiling from ear to ear as if to say “I love you, mommy” or maybe she’s thinking “my mom is really funny looking”? No, it’s definitely the first one. I love my sweet princess.

It’s important for me to remember these moments because there are also those moments when I’m exhausted and in need of a break. Living away from grandparents and family means breaks are harder to come by. I thank God for these precious moments I do get with her. They are gifts from God to recharge my sleepy soul. No, I wouldn’t change my occupation right now for anything. I am right where God needs me to be, I have every confidence in that fact.

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Yarn-a-thon 2012

I love to crochet. So this past weekend when my “yarn soul mate” made her way down to visit and it rained the whole weekend we never feared of boredom. I was slightly disappointed that the weather didn’t cooperate for us to make our way to the pumpkin patch and corn maze but then I remembered something her and I have talked about for years: we needed to have a weekend together without husbands to sit and play with yarn.

Thankfully, her 4 month old twin boys didn’t mind playing on the floor as we ventured down memory lane of awesome college years. Oh how things change and life goes on. It’s been a long time since those nights when we would sit in the common areas of Anderson Hall or backstage during intermissions and played with yarn. Who knew this would be a lifetime bonding activity that I have used many times to bond with other females and creative types. I could only find two pictures of us playing with yarn which is shocking considering we did it all the time.  Oh how things have changed since those good old days of yarn, late nights, and giggles over our favorite topic: college boys.

This past weekend was awesome… Old friend, twin baby boys, good conversation, and yarn. I am truly blessed. 😉

Now, who wants to have another yarn-a-thon with me????

Backstage during the play “Harvey!” Yes, it was about the big imaginary rabbit.

I made such a cute maid. 😉