Living vicariously through my own camera roll today because this third pregnancy is no joke, which means my couch and I are becoming better acquainted. I just recently finished the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, reading it exceptionally fast because I’m learning to listen to my body and prop my feet on more than just an occasional minute or two. (This could taken simply as an excuse to read more, I understand.). The story took place in Rome, Italy, and now I’m longing to go back! #eshfamilytravels #francinerivers
This spring and summer will be filled with pure newborn sweetness.
Every day, multiple times per day, this baby gets hugs and kisses from two adoring older siblings. They both keep wondering when the newest Eshlet is going to “pop out”. • Yesterday Carson asked how many babies I’m planning to have. I told him my goal is just one at a time. He shook his head, obviously disappointed, and said, “Mom, even Selena (his dog) can do better than that.” • If it’s up to Carson, there would be an entire litter of new siblings come July.
“Rejoice in hope. Be patient in affliction. Be persistent in prayer.” • Reading the Bible is something I aim to do on a regular basis. Not because I feel obligated to, but because I’ve come to realize that the time I spend in the Word, even if it’s a hurried three minutes where the kids interrupt me once every thirty seconds, can set the tone of my heart for the rest of the day. • This morning I spent those three minutes in Romans, reading aloud per Brooklyn’s request, and I was struck with just how well written and poetic those passages are. Got three minutes today? Flip to any chapter in Romans and start reading! You’ll soon see what I mean. • This beautiful banner is part of the new spring/summer collection for @abiartco. Isn’t in lovely?
“Hey Siri, can you beatbox?” PC: @coridana
Often, when I feel a bit sleep deprived, it’s not actually my kids fault, it’s mine. It happens when I choose to fill the midnight hours with writing or reading, because daylight hours spent reading, aren’t spent with books of my choosing – Green Eggs and Ham isn’t one I find exactly riveting. And Crayola crayons, though fun and colorful, are not the tools I typically select when it comes to putting pen to paper. • I’m running on little sleep this week, thanks to several late nights (or, more honestly, early mornings) because of this book. Yesterday, after having gone to bed at 12:30 am, I woke at 6:00 am, just so I could spend another hour or two lost in the story before reality demanded my time. • I enjoy good fiction, but in my opinion, good fiction is hard to come across. Francine Rivers is one of the very few authors whose titles I choose to read again and again. Her latest book, The Masterpiece, is one I already know I’ll be coming back to. #seshreads #francinerivers
Yesterday I asked the kids if they wanted to go out to the mailbox with me. With her usual enthusiasm, Brooklyn yelled, “Sure!” Carson declined, then hesitated for a second before deciding that he’d come along, but only if he could ride his bike out the drive. We meandered out our long lane. It takes a while to get anywhere when this little crew operates in first gear. Eventually we made it there, collected the mail, and headed back toward the house. Upon reaching the front door, Carson let out a big sigh and said, “I should have stayed home.” He never really left, but I had to chuckle. I know that feeling all too well. • This weekend Herm was working a Home Show in Rochester. He got a room there for the night, so the kids and I decided to go up yesterday afternoon to do some shopping, then join him for supper and the night. It was mostly uneventful — a call to 911 happened from the phone in our hotel room, so a kind officer knocked on our door and asked to check things out. You know, the usual stuff that happens when you’ve got a busy toddler. We got breakfast this morning before visiting Herm’s Home Show booth, then heading for home. I had a list of places I wanted to stop on the way back. I only managed to get one checked off before I felt like Carson. I let out a big sigh, and muttered, “I should just go home!” So here we are, back home, with a list of things still needed, a mile-long. But it’ll have to wait for next time, because there is no place I’d rather be right now then HOME. This list has been growing for months and months. So why stop it now? If we’ve done without those necessities this long, what’s another month?
Bed heads and books; a perfect start to the weekend.
Yesterday I left my windows wide open all morning long and my kids ran barefoot through every muddy puddle they could find. This morning I reached for a scarf and coat before going out. It was a full-fledge blizzard, and after leaving I realized I should have probably canceled plans and stayed home. The roads were treacherous. • I’m home now, and my kids are both sleeping, which is an answer to my week of nap time prayers. • So here is to a hopefully quiet afternoon spent on homework (I signed up for @annswindell’s Writing With Grace class, thanks to the suggestions from many of you!), cozied up next to the fire with a hot drink and my warm and beautiful @knitbydesign hand knit scarf. • P.S. Before Shea from @knitbydesign mailed out my package, she sent me a note saying she realized I’m excepting a baby... so she included the most beautiful hand made baby booties! Do you ever feel overwhelmed from the kindness of strangers? I know I sure do! 💕