Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello New Year.

Happy 2016, everyone! A new year means new posts here on the blog and I'm very excited to be back in this space. 2015 was a year with many ups and downs for our family and I decided taking a step back would give me the room I need to heal and prepare for the next chapter of my journey.
Last year started with the news that we would bring a new baby into the world and we were hopeful and excited for a new little one to love. Unfortunately, we miscarried in February and spent several months trying to decide where we would go from there. Our bond as a family grew over those months and even though the experience was painful, we all took something good from it and healing became easier. I started feeling more like myself and confident that another baby was waiting for us so we decided to try again in September and I immediately got pregnant again. I tried not to get too excited but I remained hopeful that things would work out and my pregnancy would remain healthy. At about six weeks, the weekend of my 25th birthday, we miscarried again. Finding strength the second time around seemed impossible but we pushed through. I took each day as it came and gave myself permission to embrace my feelings as I felt them and it became easier once again. Celebrating on New Years Eve was bitter sweet, one whole year had passed since that first positive pregnancy test and we had gone through a lot but we were looking to the fresh start a new year had to offer us. We ended the year with a sigh of relief, ready to say goodbye to all the pain of 2015 and hello to the endless possibilities 2016 has in store. The future is bright!
I wouldn't have been able to make it through without all of my wonderful family and friends who let me speak openly about my loss and gave me so much love and support. I have appreciated every single kind word and gesture. Thank you all for sticking around, checking in on me via social media, and encouraging me to come back when the time felt right. It feels good to be back! xo

Thursday, September 10, 2015

4/52


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.” 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP // Onondaga & Meramec Caverns.

A few weeks ago we took the little ones on a super secret homeschool field trip. We have been learning about different land-formations in our science class and wanted to plan a little weekend getaway so the kids could experience how amazing the earth is first hand. Caves had been a popular topic though the week and Missouri is a cave state so we took full advantage and headed down to the Meramec River for a weekend of learning and outdoor adventures. The kids had no idea where we were heading and that made for a car ride full of very imaginative guesses! When we finally arrived and our destination was revealed they were so excited to start exploring. We took two cave tours, panned for crystals and minerals, explored a few state parks, and enjoyed a night in a hotel room. I think the kids were more excited about our hotel stay than learning about cave formations but at least they had fun! When we came home we set up a cave corner that the little ones filled with cave drawings, dioramas, a grow your own stalactite experiment, and a bunch of cave vocabulary sight words! It was fun bringing a little cave atmosphere to our home classroom and making our lesson very hands-on.  All in all, it was such a great experience and I'm excited to see where our next homeschool field trip takes us!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

3/52

 “A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”