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Christmas, For the Kids, Uncategorized

Magical Moment

IMG_20181202_072610_915.jpgMy Son Everett watched the Polar Express for the first time. If you’ve seen the movie, you understand that the bell rings for all who believe in Santa Clause.

I wanted to instill some magic in his young heart, so I attached a bell to some red ribbon and placed it in a small box. At the end of the movie I handed it to him. He didn’t even have to open it, and somehow he intuitively knew what was inside. His eyes lit up as he opened it. My husband Aaron laughed, “mommy’s been waiting her whole life to do that”. I laughed even harder because I knew it was true.

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Spiritually Surrendering

SmartSelectImage_2018-11-11-13-32-01.jpgLately, I’ve had some coincidental encounters that leave me wondering if the universe or God is trying to teach me something. I believe there are signs if you pay attention to them. I had my lightbulb moment after meeting a friend for lunch. They told me about how they were trying desperately to obtain a relationship and felt like they would never truly be happy if they didn’t succeed in doing so. They were completely focused on this one thing, that it distracted them from seeing all the blessings around them.

I explained to them how life never goes the way you plan. In fact, sometimes the more you resist something the more it persists.  It’s a hard concept to grasp when our whole life we are taught to have goals. . . . Get good grades, get into college, land a career, buy a house, get married, have some children. It would seem more socially acceptable to complete them in chronological order, but it doesn’t always happen that way, and that’s ok! Goals are a great roadmap for life but having it unfold exactly the way you want is an illusion.

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Christmas, Crafts, Crafts and Decor, For the Kids, Kids Stuff, Uncategorized

Snowflake Ornament

20181109_094953.jpgWe kicked off winter this week by learning about snow. It couldn’t have been a more perfect morning to teach the littles about it; as we watched it fall gracefully from the sky. There is something magical about the first snowfall of the year. I felt just as excited as they were. We read our Usborne book called “What is Snow?” and then worked on a simple snowflake project.

I had so much fun making these, that I want to share it with you. Plus, there was little to no set up time or cost to do this craft and the kids loved practicing their fine motor skills with the scissors! This was a win, win for me.

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Halloween, Holiday Albums, Uncategorized

Halloween Scrapbook

20181108_123213.jpgI know, I’m a bit late on posting this one. Especially with Christmas decor hanging around the place lol. I’m one of those people. . . sitting around in their halloween costume, eating pumpkin pie while listening to Christmas music haha. Kidding, not kidding.

So I figured, better late than never. This happens to be one of my favorite scrapbooks. I used the halloween paper by Echo in the Park brand.


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Christmas, Holiday Albums, Uncategorized

Christmas Scrapbook

20181108_120513.jpgMy Christmas decorations went up the day my hubby left for hunting. Now that he’s out of the house, Everett and I can begin decking the halls. We have achieved to make a small dent in our annual holiday decor. One of my favorite things about the holidays is unpacking our Christmas decor and enjoying the pure magic of a nostalgic moment. My heart beamed as I watched Everetts eyes twinkle in rememberance.

As I sorted through my treasured items I found an old scrapbook I want to share with you. I made this a couple years ago and haven’t got around to posting it until now. . .

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For the Kids, Halloween

Halloween Spook House

20181025_125004.jpgI’m completely obsessed with this Halloween Haunted House project. I think Everett loves it as much as I do. Yesterday I found him playing with it. He had the ghost standing at the door step repeating, “trick-or-treat”! I plan to pack it up and only take it out each year during the month of October to hopefully build some nostalgia!

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Unlocking the Pain

I always thought it would be easier to push away my pain, and try not to acknowledge the aching memories from my past. I figured, if I focused on being present in the moment or kept my thoughts on my future I would never have to feel the pain of my past.

I’m not sure if that is a good idea anymore. Maybe there is only one way to push past it. . .  To remember my loss, let the pain rise up, face the fear and surrender to the feelings. More and more memories are surfacing and I have the agonizing sense that I’m going to have to start dealing with the shattered pieces. It especially hits me hard with the changing season.

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Christmas, Holiday Albums

Christmas Mini Album


20181015_133834.jpgI created this mini scrapbook album to document all of our sentimental Christmas ornaments. It was important to me to document the meaning behind each one because I believe they tell our story.

This book is a special way to keep our family legacy alive. That way someday when I’m long gone, Everett can pass it down and his children and they might find nostalgia in our families history.

Although you won’t find any pictures in it yet. . . You will find many places for photos or journaling.

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Undying Hope


Ashley blog pictureIt’s been 6 months since we lost Audrina, and almost an entire year since we found out about her death bearing condition, Thanophoric Dysplasia. I can honestly say now that I’ve felt very little joy since that moment. Life has been more of going through the motions each day and trying to find little distractions. Everett does help me move forward and keeps me smiling but there’s this underlying numbness in my heart that can only be described in one word. EMPTY.

I fight like hell every day to count my blessings and focus on gratitude, but the joy is gone. There was a part of me that felt like all this pain would melt away once I would become pregnant again. Although I’m hopeful this will eventually happen; I can finally accept that it won’t put all my broken parts back together.

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