Friday, March 9, 2018
I've got 20 minutes to spill all my not-so-secret secrets here about a few people in my life that are STEALING my heart more than ever -- my precious little family. I say "20 minutes" because if I don't set a time limit here, I could be at this gushing for a long while. So the timer is on, and so is the challenge to spill my beans on these people. My dear, dear people!


Sunday, February 18, 2018
Pic via: the living room floor. Honestly, it took some faith from me to plop down there a couple days ago -- my big girls had just left to go play at our friend's house during Emmy's nap time, AKA, I had some free time -- and I so wanted to work on some other projects. But I remembered the countless times I'd put God first via studying His word and that it always pays off (either immediately or eventually), I dug deep, and I sat down to put God first via studying His word. Can't say that anything magical happened that evening because I exercised some faith there, but I did feel strong and at peace: I had done my best to remember Him.
Entry from Saturday, February 17
1 Peter 4:8
"Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity prevent a multitude of sins."


Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Not sure why, but Valentine's has always had my heart. 

HA. Didn't even plan that one! 

How punny. 


But really, I love celebrating Valentine's Day. Proof here, here, here, and here. And, actually, I think I do know why: Valentine's Day redeems the winter. It pops up right when you're tired of the cold and dreary world, blasting you with energetic love. Even here in sunny San Diego with a non-existent winter, it still saved us from a dearth of celebrations and gave us a feel-good boost. Valentine's is clutch! Always and forever...๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜‰


Friday, February 9, 2018
I'm in a unique phase of life as a mother. I have three children at home, ages 5, 3, 1, and I have them all day long. 

Olivia missed the Kindergarten cut-off by 20 days, and as she was uninterested in going to a third year of preschool, and as our budget was uninterested in paying for a third year of preschool, we kept her home. The choice was a happy one, as I know full well that school schedules will soon run our lives, and each day that girl goes to school is another day that she flies farther from my nest. I have loved having her home. She is brilliant, wildly creative, and her unending "projects, Mom, these are my projects!" are proof.

Claire is a three-year-old. Beginning and end of story (psych ๐Ÿ˜œ, I can say more). Three is an awesome age and, emotionally, Claire is an easy three-year-old. But three-year-olds are messy with little-to-no-drive to tidy up as they mosey along. They leave trails of their day behind them wherever they go. Markers, clothes, puzzle pieces, baby dolls. You can walk into my house at any given moment, see where Claire once was (there on the ground is her third outfit of the day!), and follow her treasures to wherever she now is (there she is, putting on her fourth outfit of the day)!

Emmy is a nearly-one-year-old, and our newest "big girl" is into it all -- from the dishwasher to the art cupboard and every other organized, should-be-contained space in-between. She is climbing on it all. The chairs, the stairs, the couch. I'm on guard with her always, preventing falls and crashes, bumps and bruises. If I'm really watching and on guard with her -- sometimes I'm turned helping the other two (putting on that dress, or writing that new word), or heaven forbid, I'm turned to sweep the floor.


Thursday, February 1, 2018
Ryan and I went away last weekend - FAR away - to Carlsbad. We were away for forever, too - gone for 20 whole hours! ๐Ÿ™Œ Really, though, our "sneakaway," really did feel like a small world away and the time really was sufficient. It doesn't take much, you know - when you're go-go enough with your babies, and work, etc. - any time with just you and your +1 is enough.

We committed to getting away together every January a couple years ago (we snuck away while in St. George in 2016; we escaped to Spain in 2017), and it has been a game changer for us. We 1) celebrate our anniversary (weird timing, but time has proven that a late-July anniversary tends to get trumped by summer stuff) and 2) goal-set and plan out the new year. We love it. The planning, the playing, all of it. This year we had a Saturday away, so played hard while we could, and we squeezed in our priceless planning sesh. We saw some progress from our planning session last year, which made us so happy. IE, we didn't have a habit of doing Family Home Evening every week last year, so we made that one of our shared goals for 2017, and we didn't have to make it one of our 2018! Wish we could say the same for our goal to go to bed early, but ahh well, better late than never. Turning in by 11:00 is on our goal list again, and by golly, we're going to GRAB that one this year or else!

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