My One Word {2017}

Happy New Year friends! With each January comes grace I find, space to rest and to start anew, to let go of the mistakes and to hope again for the future. The last few years I’ve embraced the idea of choosing one word to frame the coming year instead of countless resolutions that I’d no doubt give up on two weeks in (you can find last year’s here).

As I’ve been thinking lately on life and all I have hoped for the next year for myself, for my little family and for this blog, I’ve settled on a few words that I adore and which I plan to make priorities in the coming months:

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Camping in the Westy: Rolley Lake

DSC09630About a month ago we took our Westfalia camping for the first time, just overnight. We headed out to Rolley Lake to meet up with another couple that we knew through the VW community online. We’d met him only twice and her not at all, but seeing as we both have Westys and toddlers we figured we’d have enough to talk about. We got along so well; they are a great couple and their son is just adorable.

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Ladies, This One is for You

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We all mother. Whether or not we have children of our own, I believe this is something that is ingrained deeply within us. Yes, mothering looks like changing diapers and waking at all hours of the night to feed a crying babe, and that is difficult and wonderful and should be celebrated, but it’s so much more than that. I see beautiful aspects of motherhood in every woman.

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On Prioritizing Rest

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I tend towards being task-oriented. I love to do lists and feeling like I’m getting things done. And life these days, friends, is full. The thing is, I don’t think it gets any less full as time goes on; more babies are born, kids grow up, new commitments are taken on, new challenges are faced. Before we know it we look up and time has just flown by without us noticing.

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The Way We Did // On Going Back to Work

YOU NEED TO KNOW: I absolutely believe there is no one way to parent. Every family is different and every child, and that’s a beautiful thing. I encourage you to parent the way you feel is right and the way you feel will work for your family at the time in which you’re at. Parenting is hard work, friends; let’s choose only to encourage each other and walk alongside each other, babies in one arm and laundry baskets in the other…

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I was planning to write about our vanagon this week… It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to own one and I’m thrilled we do. And I will introduce you to him at some point soon, but my heart is too heavy and today is not the day.

Today is for mourning with people everywhere who’ve experienced loss… of family, of friends, of peace. It’s for holding our loved ones a little closer and telling them they mean the world to us. For linking arms with our neighbors and holding each other up as we walk forward through this complicated life. For thinking on the beautiful things in our lives and being so so thankful. It’s for not giving up hope and for refusing to let the darkness win.

Today is for the little things like changing our facebook profile pictures because it’s the only way we know to show our brothers and sisters that from across the earth: we see you, we mourn with you, we pray with you, we stand with you. It’s for reflecting on our lives and for figuring out what’s really important, then choosing to make time for that regardless of what it takes. It is for putting aside our pride and our differences and for speaking and showing only love.

In a Year

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My baby turned one this week. There are extended family gatherings to come, but in the meantime we celebrated just the three of us with a carrot cake cupcake topped with cream cheese icing and a diy busy board that is almost finished (I totally felt pressure to have it done for his actual birthday but, let’s face it, this year James didn’t even notice). And now that it’s past I’m thinking on the year and how our lives have changed. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:

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