Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A coffee themed baby shower


I have helped host a few baby showers in my day, and hopefully a few more to come :O)

I typically get 99% of my ideas from pinterest, but when I wanted to do a coffee themed baby shower for my friend Heather, there was almost nothing on pinterest, so I made most of this one up myself.

We have a pretty nice espresso machine/steamer so I was able to make drinks (regular and decaf) for all the guests. 
What is better than coffee with coffee cake?
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And the beautiful Heather! This pregnancy was such a gift, such a treasure and a long time coming for her and her family! So glad her beautiful baby girl is here! DSC_1354

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sweet spot

What is it like having 4 kids?
"Imagine you are drowning and someone hands you a baby" (jim gaffigan).
Sometimes it definitely feels that way
but sometimes it is good

I was just telling Brett a few days ago I feel like I am in my sweet spot, not the amazing chair I mentioned in a previous blog, but a sweet spot in the ages of my children.

Maya and Norah are in school full time and I get be at home with Levi and Sarah 4 days a week. and it is good.

I am just really enjoying my time with the 2 littles, I seriously  love age 3, it has been my favorite with all of my kids, a little more independent but still full of so much cuteness, that is Sarah.  DSC_0747 DSC_0754 DSC_0795

And Levi with his words and the way he imitates his sisters with everything,  His cuddles and kisses. I could soak it up forever!
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Levi and Sarah

They are good kids

They cuddle with me

Play with me

They play with each other

and by themselves so well
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Levi Naps for very long periods of time. And Sarah still naps every other day and when she is not napping she occupies herself so well.

Don't get me wrong, there is still winning, crying and fits, poopy diapers, and food everywhere.  And chaos and arguments, especially when all 4 our home.  But it just doesn't seem to overtake my life right now, or maybe I'm just used to it now and it doesn't bother me as much. 

But there are these moments during my day where the house is totally quite and peaceful.  I spend a lot of that time cooking and cleaning.  But I have also gotten time to read, to rest, to just sit outside and be.

It is so nice to have a part of my day that doesn't feel like I'm going 100 miles an hour.   To just take my mind off of diabetes and off everything that feels hard.. I know this time will not always be here, so I am trying to just soak it up, but at least for now I am enjoying my sweet spot, in life and in my chair.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jack of All Trades

I'm a Jack of All Trades type of person.....
I have thought of my self this way every since I can remember even back to 7 or 8 years old.
I'm not excellent or super great at one thing, I'm kinda just ok/good at a lot of things.

I think this was really hard for me growing up.  You always see the kid who is amazing at Soccer or Basketball.  Everyone dotes on them, everyone knows who they are.  You always know the Valedictorian, not the me who got in the top 5% of graduating class because even though I did well in school I wasn't the very best.   And if you aren't the best, you're not noticed

I blend in.
I'm not musically gifted, in fact I have a terrible voice!
I'm not super intelligent
I'm not a super athlete 
I was never popular
I'm not a doctor
I'm not a good cook
I'm not artistic
I write a blog, that a few people read
I am not bold or outspoken

I like taking photos, but have to work hard and am certainly not extraordinary at them

I like crafts, but get all of my ideas from other people

I love being a mama, but definitely have to work on being a better one daily
(Sarah's probably broken thumb....)
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I even remember in the 5th grade, we did a "5th grade Olympics" and I won the decathlon award, the funny thing is, I did not win 1st place in any of the 10 events we competed in, I just placed in every event, so by the end I had enough points to win!  It almost felt undeserving

Sometimes I still want to be that person who is really good at one thing...
I feel a bit mediocre, which in our society seems blah

But  this guy seems to like me just as I am

And I think God, made me just the way He wanted to

Me is giving my all, my whole heart in everything I do.
When I played basketball, I gave my all and did my best, even though I was not the best

When I take your photos, I am certainly not the best, but I will give you the best that I have

When I host a party, it will not do it half hearted, because people in my life deserve more than that

When I go to work, I give my best work because that is what my boss and patients expect and deserve.

When I'm your friend, I will do my best to be a good one

When I sing, just go ahead and plug your ears or shake your head no (which is what Levi does)

It is so easily to look at my life and feel small and insignificant, 
because I'm not an extraordinary person.  
But sometimes God uses the people who blend in in big ways.  
I just need to allow Him to do it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

That one place

I always want our home to be a place the girls and Levi want to be!  A place of warmth and comfort, where the walls are surrounded by love and memories.  A place, where when life gets hard, it's just where you want to be.  Having a home like that is more than how it looks, more than the decorations or the colors on the walls, but a place where the beauty is told by what happens inside those walls.

There is one place in our home, that is "the place to be"

I'm not quite sure what it is, but this chair, this spot in our room...... It's the best!

I could sit there for hours and everything about it is comforting

Our room is one of the only places in our home we have yet to decorate,

but I still could be in this chair all day!

It is the place where I read, I rest.

My children sit on my lap

We read stories

Watch shows

Stare out the window together

It is the place where the kids argue about who gets to sit there

especially that corner spot, the best!

Even Levi, desperately races and climbs for his spot .

It is the place where blonde hair has been braided, millions of times!

And giggles and thieves oil have been spread.

It is the place I always go when the house in silent and the kids are napping.  Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do when I get there, I just know I want to be there.

It is the place I go when I feel sad or overwhelmed

It is the place where I have gotten a closer look at who God is through His word

and it is the place I have gotten to know the Braveman family.....

I hope that as my kids grow and all four of their little booties can't squeeze on they will still race for the chair

I hope it is a place they will find comfort and joy and a sense of home and maybe even draw neared to the Lord


Where is your place? 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Today marks one year since Norah has been diagnosed with diabetes.  People always say managing this disease will get easier, and in some ways it has, but it also become much more complex.
I made a short video of what life is like living with type 1.  I made it so you can get a glimpse into our lives, but more to spread awareness so children don't suffer the severe effects of undiagnosed diabetes.