Rich in the only way that could ever matter. ❤️
I cried yesterday morning, once Eric finally calmed Alyosha down and got him out the door for school. I cried about the challenges of parenting a child with extra needs. I cried about the fact that the toddler had woken up at 5 and had whined to be held every waking minute thereafter. I cried because how on earth would we manage with another baby in two months? I cried because it doesn’t seem fair to any of them. • But the day got better, as they always do. The kids were all angels again (okay more or less), my hormones had stopped screaming SOS at me. And I soon remembered again how I felt this way preparing for the 2nd child, and the 3rd. How impossible it always seemed, how I wasn’t sure how it would ever work. Squeezing new life into a family never feels easy, but what I forget is the unquantifiable joy it brings with it. The joy of a miraculous human being, the joy of watching new brotherhood be forged between the babes of our hearts, the joy of seeing your spouse as a parent all over again. With each child we have welcomed, life has gotten a little crazier, but oh how our joy has expanded. Mystery though it is, God is love and love always, always multiplies. So I can trust that come December, it will happen again, impossible as it may seem. • (Thank you so much to a mystery friend who sent me this darling bonnet from @mrs_annagloria ‘s Etsy shop! Clearly I needed it. 😭)
Had a gestational diabetes scare and thought I was doomed to the sad situation of this being my sweet treat for the next 10 weeks, but we’re all clear now so I can go back to my regularly scheduled pastry eating and 45 pounds gaining. #whew #fitmomlife
Today I officially get to start thinking about Advent! (Be still, my red and green heart.) The @blessedisshe__ Advent journal releases today and I am just over the🌛about it, guys. Two of my very favorite people created this (words by Laura Fanucci @thismessygrace and art by @ericatighe at @beaheartdesign) and it is gorgeous in every way. Each one of the Gospels are explored over the four weeks of Advent, and I can’t wait to see how Jesus speaks to us through the accounts of His birth. ⭐️ We sell out every year so don’t wait around to order yours. Using the link in my profile sends a sliver my way, and I appreciate that support so much! #bisadvent
Caught in the act with contraband toothpaste and these thugs don’t even care.
I stumbled upon this little obscure gem recently, and I just can’t get over it. The author’s reflections on the humanity of Christ- and what that means for us- are deeply moving. I’m giving away a copy to a newsletter subscriber this weekend so hit the link in my profile to sign up + for a chance to win!
Dese baybieeees 😍😍
Saint Francis, radical voice of nonviolence and love, pray for us. #feastofsaintfrancis #lasvegas
Yesterday Moses came home from preschool fresh off a unit on spiders, about which he was obviously stoked. Upon hearing what the topic had been, Alyosha (the big brother, if you’re new) said, “Oh! Moses you know a little about spiders now and I don’t know much at all about spiders, so why don’t you teach me?” 😭 What if grown-ups showed this kind of humility? What if we shoved aside our ideas of who we know more than, and accepted that someone “down the ladder” might just be able to teach us a thing or two? What if we stopped shutting our ears when someone else speaks, and start admitting that we don’t have all the answers? The world might turn out to be a safer and more just place for our children, who will show us the Kingdom of God one spider at a time.