Mental + Emotional Health | I’m not going to sugar coat today because part of my was hard. Mentally and emotionally I struggled today. Motherhood is lonely—it’s not always this perfect beautiful work. There are definitely those moments in the day, especially when your toddler comes up to you and says, “your my best friend, mommy!” but just know like everything else in our lives it isn’t perfect and it isn’t easy. The boys didn’t nap today, they both screamed for a large portion of the day, I was covered in poop from both boys at one point, and I’m running off of 3 hours of sleep. Yes, being off mentally and emotionally is hard, but it’s not something that lasts forever. It was only a small part in a great sea of love. This moment captures being immersed in that sea of love as I pushed past what I wanted to do and dove head first into playing with Jackson. We laughed and that laughter makes even the hardest of days easier.
Today. All around, today didn’t quite match the joy in this photo. Yes there were smiles, yes we giggled and played and got silly. This sweetness was nestled within the thick of it all, and I’m so glad it did.
We’ve been experiencing so much family and personal growth recently. The girls have been playing beautifully together, Rhys has just blossomed into her own amazing little person and gained around 20 words the past two weeks. I’ve been painting + drawing + dreaming again for some time. And I’ve yet again picked up my pen and a fresh journal + have been writing.
I can feel the seasons changing in my soul. I can feel that breeze blowing me forward, beckoning me to step forward with trust in my heart. I have ideas, vision, and yet I feel like I have so little in terms of a clear “plan”. I’ve been pushing myself hard to achieve a “plan” or a “timeline” and today I crashed. So tomorrow; I’m letting my heart lead me instead of my mind. And I’m choosing to hold onto the truth that ‘I am enough’ with picking up these somewhat dusty pieces of myself. I’m not striving, or even yearning to have, or be, what I once was when I used to create - when I used to paint + support our family with my handmade passions. I simply wish to come alive in a new way; for myself, for my family, for the Lord, for you.
That my girls will grow up watching their mama believe in herself... so that they’ll grow up believing also.
I don’t know quite what that looks like + I feel like David did as he stood before Goliath. Just a small stone in his hand; but huge faith in his heart.
But here’s to saying ‘yes’ and believing the rest will come. .
Weddings with this man as my date are so special. Such a beautiful reminder of the covenant that we have made and the beauty it brings as we reflect Gods covenant with His bride.
We love you Claire and Kolby. What a beautiful day to celebrate such beautiful people. #ourfullerlife
Frozen Week: 🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨
We spent the day discussing how Queen Elsa had ice powers and what we needed to melt the ice. Using a cup of hot water and a paint brush and a pipette , we worked on melting the ice. Ultimately, he figured out that we needed a bowl of hot water to easily melt the ice and set the animals free. *Just perfect for a younger set, maybe without the animals, or with close supervision.
232/365 • one last summer (mini) adventure. It lasted an hour, but it was a good hour! Nash ran around at full speed on top of Loveland Pass. Cooper took photos and the babies threw rocks. #unruhproject365
we had a very spontaneous and fun weekend including a cotton candy machine, uninvited dinner guests (that was us), a nature hike, a most delicious burger i’ve ever had, a farm visit, and camaraderie of cousins and family 🙃
I can’t believe he will be starting kindergarten in a couple weeks!😩I’m going to miss having him around so much but he is going to have a blast! 🍎 Thanks @balloonbaryqr for the cutest balloons! wearing @roandryshop
I am feeling nostalgic AF today guys. My baby turned five today. FIVE. Like when did that happen?! This is one of my favourite pictures of us, we were at a Christmas picnic and I dressed her up in a Santa suit. Must have caught on because this kid has a dress up obsession, it is a daily negotiation to try and get her to choose regular clothes instead of a dress up. I have had to make Fridays a designated ‘dress up day’ to try and appease her 😂 She still has the delicious cheeks and loves cuddles, but now she is also confident, intelligent, strong willed, inquisitive, kind and sassy as hell. I can’t wait to see how the next 5 years shapes her ✨ 📷 cred: @anoinoz
Instead of what I thought was going to be the long boring drive to Denver, we had an adventure day. (Which was much needed)
Today was just full of goodness.
We (kinda) climbed our first 12,000 ft peak together (which he did all by himself), pooped and peed with the bears (oops), stood 20 ft from an 7 point (each side) elk, saw all kinds of different animals and birds, ate a picnic and was filled is SO. MUCH. AWE.
Moral of the story - Go the long way.
Staying inside didnt last. The chickens were just calling his name! He loves feeding the chickens and they know its his job to feed them. They com running from all over the yard when they see Micah heading down the path to the coop. It has warmed up somewhat its still got a chill in the breeze and were expected to be -3 tomorrow morning brrr!! Micah wore himself out and is now fast asleep on the couch.
This kiddo. Recently he has REALLY gotten into reading. So much that he now asks immediately for books upon waking instead of milk, brings everyyyyy single book from room to room throughout the house, and has his favorites *nearly* memorized. I am amazed at how fast he is learning and just love this sweet little stage so much 🤗📚
Lag time in parade? No prob! We create a mini parade. 🚘
I love he has the ability to occupy his own time just as much as he likes to hang with others. I like he leaves the house with a "just in case" choice of toys. It’s always different and often seems to go with the theme of the day. He doesn’t need these toys on every adventure, but he likes they’re available in the car or his backpack. I’m surprised he does this, but as I ponder this photo I think he might be influenced by my actions. He watches me leave the house daily, grabbing a knitting bag. It’s not always the same project - it has to fit the mood, the setting. Easy project for short stints; bigger project if I’m the passenger for a road trip. The act of having a knitting bag on me has made me a patient person. Extra wait at the doctor, Secretary of State, polling stations, dinner out...no problem! I have something to occupy my time. And he now practices this act relentlessly. "We have to wait? More play time!" #perspective
Went to the pond tonight to feed the duckies because Alice loves them; unfortunately, all the ducks were already sleeping (on that island to the very left). But we did see the most amazing sunset 🌅 so it was worth it ❤️
The Little Man has been playing with a lot of kinetic sand and clay lately. This is why I decided to change the #sensoryplay a bit by using light red kidney beans instead of the usual. Here's our version of the construction site #bookishplay .
35 WEEKS 🌿 baby is the size of a....almost fully cooked BABY! Wholly shit. The other day I was going to take Rosie to the beach but she wanted to go to Nana's instead (💁🏻👋🏻) so I did a bit of cleaning and then headed to the park to read a book, eat snacks in peace, + savor being by myself- something that is not likely to happen much in the coming months. But I'm feeling more + more ready by the day 💙 #pregnancyhormones#inspirepregnancy#stylishbump#momlife#pregnantlife#thebump