Good morning, Neverland!
So much to say, so little space, and I’ve been sitting here for two hours staring at the screen trying to decide what in the world to write, so I’ll just cut to the chase. I’m back and all is well!
Here are the past four months in a seriously compressed nutshell: we had a baby (lucky fifth!), survived the “fourth trimester,” baby’s sleeping through the night (hallelujah!), we close on our new house next week after losing contracts on 3 others in totally not-meant-to-be complications (aka God protecting us from getting the wrong house), AND our older kiddos just started a new school last week (not at home!).
Sweet swirling onion rings, I FEEL LIKE A NEW WOMAN! [insert gif of me twirling in the rain, face to the sky] Seriously though, what an intense year. A little time to hibernate was just what the doctor ordered for this mama, and I highly recommend it to any of you going through a crazytown life transition. Log off, unplug, pray, go to counseling, pray more, exercise, kiss little cheeks, eat chocolate and renew thy soul!
Say hello to my new squeeze!!! This is Ruby Lynise, born October 22nd, weighing 9 lbs 2 oz.
Delivery went great (and by great, I mean HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS I THINKING PUSHING OUT A NINE POUND BABY WITHOUT DRUGS!). Just kidding (not really). It was gloriously empowering, in a can-we-not-and-say-we-did kind of way ;-p Love this girl. Worth every second.
Time has flown by and I can’t believe how mature she’s gotten! Seems like just yesterday she was a sleepy newborn, and today she’s grabbing at toys and laughing out loud. We’re are completely smitten. Don’t grow up too fast little girl!
I’ll post more about the new house once we get those glorious keys and get moved in! It’s not a farmhouse. Not in the country. But we absolutely love it and can’t wait to share pics. It’s old. And it’s cute. And it has a walk-up attic that’s perfect for adventures (cough…master suite…cough).
I’m thinking about writing a post later on about our school journey and how/why we ended up choosing to send our two eldest to school instead of teaching them at home. Granted, it’s been a massive emotional journey for me and the last thing I need is to solicit critical public opinion, but I’d really like to try and be an encouragement to other moms out there who are struggling with education options. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom, it’s the fact that we need to cut each other (and ourselves) some major slack. Momming is hard. Trying to make the best choices for your family is hard. And it’s going to look different for everyone.
Anyway, with the girls at school, I’ve been enjoying the major blessing of getting to spend some extra special quality time doing preschool with my little guys at home, and I will tell you what- it’s been absolutely 100% joy. There’s no other word to describe it. Baking and reading and pasting on googling eyes…the simplicity and sweetness is such a gift that I needed right now.
Well, that’s the update from over here! After such a long absence, it’s just so great to be back, and I have so much more to share with you…furniture makeovers and baby sewing and yummy recipes. So excited for this year, and all that’s to come. Getting settled in the new house and setting up my studio….mmmm….can’t wait.
Grateful for the journey. See you soon!