Please tell me I'm not the only one who needs this reminder every laundry day. . So for those of you like me...you're welcome!
We weren't going to do pre-school. I fought the idea long and hard. But it kept gnawing at me. And then finally one day in the park I met a woman who had a foster son in the preschool and she was telling me about the teachers, the program, and how much it helped her boy. And I knew God had planted her there just for me. . As soon as she left the park I was calling the school to get information, and ended up taking him in that day to meet with the entire team of pre-school teachers who made time to sit with us and learn about Darrow's strengths and hardships. I walked out knowing that was exactly where Darrow needed to be...and my Momma pride felt a little bruised. . We'd felt strongly that we wanted our kids home with us in the really young years, that it was the best place they could be. Knowing we needed to send him out when we wanted him here felt like I wasn't doing good enough of a job. But then I realized this isn't about me. This is about Darrow. And right now Darrow needs a little more than I know what to do, and thankfully God put us right in a place where there are amazing trained people to help him and to help us know better how to help him. . Darrow started preschool last week and this boy is beyond excited every day. Enough that I couldn’t even get him to stop and look at the camera for a picture on his first day. He's more cooperative, happier, and having the time of his life. And that right there makes me so happy. I've been able to put off the mom-guilt and feel the peace of knowing this is the right plan for him right now in his life. And oh my goodness, the excited face and hug he comes off the bus with is fabulous! . Now to just convince Ione that this is a good thing. Poor girl cries every day when her best friend leaves. . . . #momguilt #goodbetterbest #godisalwaysgood #onh #opticnervehypoplasia
Coming back from any sort of Instagram or social media break always brings mixed feelings. I'm excited to get back and see my friends and interact, but then jumping back in feels overwhelming and like I have to have something amazing to catch the algorithm. But then I realize that's a bit silly. So I wanted to post a photo that made me happy! And here it is! @amandaveronee nailed this bouquet at the @katelynjames workshop last year! . This break hasn't been my first Instagram break (as any long time followers will definitely know), but it was just as refreshing as the previous ones. I re-realized just how often I reach for my phone to entertain myself or turn off my brain for a few minutes. I wasn't curious all day how my posts were doing. And the kids I'm sure felt a difference with how much more present I was. . I know there are a number of you who participated in President Nelson's 10 day social media fast in various ways (whether a full cold turkey cut, or a huge minimizing of usage but just popped on enough to conduct needed business, or whatever variation you felt you could do)...what takeaways did you gain from it?! . . . #socialmediafast #unplug #theworkshopexperience #kjfangirlforlife
After this Saturday I'm going to have to figure out how to get a dose of @cakes_with_tlc in my life every few months. That was one of many many perks of getting to do weddings in the Gila Valley! I thought her Snickerdoodle cupcakes were my favorite until she came out with these Churro cupcakes and I was blown away. But really, I haven't ever had a bad cupcake by her! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What's your favorite cupcake flavor?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cakeswithtlc #churrocupcake #gilavalleywedding #arizonaweddings #weddingcupcakes
As I was scrolling through Facebook one day a @Pier1 ad popped up. I’m not huge into foxes but for some reason I was instantly pulled in by the cutest wood curls fox wreath ever! I needed one! But then my DIY Shoulder Angel whispered in my ear, “You can make one!”. I scoffed. But he kept beating me with the idea. So I grabbed it by the fox tail and ran with it! . Do you remember last week’s stories where I was making 120 rolled orange flowers?! And it took FOR-E-VER?!?!?! Well the project is finally complete and it makes me giggle with how much I love it! I took a total guess at how many rolled flowers I’d need and made 120. It took 118! That was close!😱 . Between the 10 sheets of scrapbook paper from @michaelsstores, a skein of yarn (it didn’t take the full skein though), a half sphere of floral foam, and a circle of decor styrofoam from @walmart, and odds and ends from my stash, I made this guy for $8!!! I think I used up all my Fall crafting energy in one project though 😂. Someday when I buy a white skein of yarn I’ll add the white tuft to the end of his tail...or that’s what I tell myself. Probably not. . Want to see the inspiration photo I went off of from the Pier 1 add? Check my stories! Do you have a DIY shoulder angel that leads you to jump into projects that are bigger than they look?! . . . #makeitwithmichaels #pier1knockoff #diylife #falldecor #caronyarn