* Do you believe in newborn smiles?? * We named our tiny human Meri Jocelyn, which we translate “Our sea of happiness”. (Meri is Finnish for sea and Jocelyn means happiness). It seems so right that she is already smiling. I’m falling for it hook, line, and sinker and totally melt when she reacts to my voice with a smile. BUT there’s always that person who says, “it’s just GAS” or “it’s just a REFLEX”. Which one are you? It's ok, be honest. I can take it. 😄
It's been on the tip of my tongue to apologize for the overload of pregnancy and baby pictures around here, but for some reason I just can't find it in myself. This is my life at the moment-- these small moments-- and I'm not sorry that they're what consume my days. I waited longer for this than I did any dream destination or trip I've ever been on. There are more and different seasons to come, but at this moment I'm busy memorizing these little toes and this little face looking up at me. 😍 *Swipe for little 🐸 legs* How can you not love her little legs?! 😁😉
My photography, blogging, and Instagram are all fed by my curiousity about my surroundings and my love for the beauty found in the details. It feels like to me, that Meri Jo fits right in around here. She's so curious about everything and I’m so curious about her! And, she’s the most beautiful thing in my life right now. *heart eyes* For so much of 2018 we were incredibly curious to meet her and to know if she was a she or a he and what she would be like. Now, at the start of 2019, we're spending quite a bit of time at home allowing me to fully recuperate and get to know our tiny Meri. Someday soon though, I hope our Instastory will be filled with our curious Meri seeing her world for the first time! 📷 : My Mom
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Hi World, Meri Jo here. Today I’m a whopping 17 days old. I’m keeping mama sleepy and busy, but also really happy. Whether awake or sleeping we’re dreaming up some pretty cool things for this new year. Mama is most excited about watching my big little personality develop, but besides me, she also got a new lens for Christmas (Thanks Dad) and really hopes to develop her photography technique. We'd love to hear your sources for photography inspiration! Any favorite podcasts or other online materials?
Remembering that time when I thought a month and a half would be quite a lengthy visit with my mom. Now my life seems to be moving in weeks instead of days and I'm not sure how I'd survive them without her here!
It's a GIRL! Born 23rd of December and home by the 24th, Meri Jocelyn aka Meri Jo and I have been doing some pretty hard core resting this holiday season thanks to Daddy, Grandma, and the midwives! We are thankful beyond words for this little 6.9lb Christmas gift from heaven. #bestchristmasgift #christmas2018 #babygirl #BerKayandMeriJo #thatsdarling #travelfamily #happychristmas #lifeinswitzerland #expatlife #callthemidwife #mydreamcometrue #verilymoments
Mom's here and we're eager to introduce her to grandbaby number 3 (!!!) Ber and I joke we hope shipping is on time for Christmas and that Amazon Prime will really prove itself this year. 😉 I just can't believe we will be taking that car seat empty and coming back with a tiny human we've never seen before. #holidays2018 #thischristmas #mamalife #mamatobe #amazonprime #amazon #creativetravelcouples #thatsdarling #verilymoments #happychristmas #merryholidays #shereadstruth #risenmotherhood #expatdiaries #lifeabroad #swisslife #advent #texaninswitzerland #givingbirth #fröhlicheweihnachten #glühwein
Ever have one of those days where nothing goes right and the to do list just gets longer but then the NEXT day everything goes right and you get so much done and you wonder why you were ever stressed? Thankfully today is the NEXT day already 😂. Yesterday, the packet shop was closed when I finally had a ride and some help to carry my packages. I didn't get my devotional done. I didn't feel good after my morning escapade trying to get my packages so I just sat around in my messy apartment worried about everything I still needed to do. And TODAY I woke up, made a yummy breakfast (mushrooms, cheese, and scrambled eggs), went to a local women's sewing circle and got my curtains sewed, came home, put chicken soup on the stove, did the dishes, and my help and driver came back and we went and got the packages. Its only 1 in the afternoon and I have soup and time to do yesterday and today's Advent reading! 😊 Moral of the story, if you're having a bad day or week, hang on, the tables will turn I'm sure of it ☺️ Tomorrow I'll probably lay in bed all day but hopefully I can remember this too 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #36weekspregnant #lifeisgood #thatsdarling #darlingescapes #travelfamily #travelcouple #advent #risenmotherhood #builtonfaith #deeplyrooted #motherhood #mamalife #mamatobe #expatdiaries #expatlofe #lifeinswitzerland #lifeabroad #amazonprime#topvenicephoto