Friday, August 15, 2014

To the Moon...KIDS

I've become a small business and handmade shop supporter.
I have great admiration for those that start up something that just begins as a dream, and evolves into something much great and bigger than ever imagined. 
One shop I'd like to highlight is To the Moon Kids.


This shop exists because of a super sweet stay at home mom of two is also a born again believer! 
She has a passion for fashion, and after staying home with her two littles, she started her own shop, that is full of shimmery, unique accessories, leggings, and shorts. 

To the Moon Kids is a minimalist style of kid fashion, The prints are simple, clean, and fun. its not wild and crazy, but the simplistic design and style of it, gives these clothes that cool and collected edge. I mean, look how you could pair up some of these prints and patterns! 




I think the one thing that really stuck out to me about this mommy led shop, 
was that Ashlee is very much about helping small businesses, bloggers, and shops.
She has a heart, a ministry, a will, to want to see young bloggers and shops, blossom into something bigger, and widely spread.
She does this, all the while, while tending to her own shop, doing photoshoots for boutiques, and raising her family. Busy mama, but she's doing super quality work. 


and guess what? Ya'll, my readers, get to reap the benefit of this shop's hard work of not competing with other shops and brands, but working along side of them.
To the Moon Kids is having a fabulous, i mean FABULOUS giveaway with 16 awesome shops. You must head over to her blog today and check out the details!
http://www.tothemoonkids.com


Pretty amazing.
When you support a small business or handmade shop, you're supporting a family and a dream of someone who decided to take a leap of faith and do it!

So what I'd like you to do, is check out the shop and find something you think your kid could totally rock. (and you'll definitely find something!) and the mama of this shop is being incredibly wonderful and offering my blog readers, ig followers, and Facebook friends the special coupon code for 20% off your order.
Use the code below for your discount and support this shop!
Might as well send your kids to school looking super fly and stylish in some To the Moon Kids Threads!:)

Loving this shop, everything the woman behind it stands for, and the style that she's putting on our kiddos. 
Head over to her shop and blog now to find check out that giveaway!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

More than Enough



Recently, Lux and I have been working on sleeping without a bottle.
She's always nursed to sleep those days when I was breastfeeding, and when she moved on to the bottle, we continued letting her suck to sleep. It's one of the best parts of the day for me, when i get to hold my little active mover, and snuggle her as she drifts off to sleep.

Now that she's hit one, our doc encouraged us to start getting her off the bottle to sleep.
Blah.
I didn't want to do that.
I love the time that I get in the rocking chair with Lux, Naps her monkey, blanket, and her bottle.
I started giving it a try though.

She was not happy.

For her naps, we read some books and then i brought her to the rocking chair.
She looked at me expectedly waiting for the bottle to be brought to her mouth.
When it didn't, she started to cry.
and i mean, CRY.

She wanted the comfort of the bottle.
Wanted what was familiar to her.
But i wouldn't give it, so she kept crying.
I held her, trying to snuggle, as she's wriggling around demanding her bottle.
Finally, i placed her in her crib frustrated, and she cried wanting that security of the bottle.

I left, listening to those cries, wishing that I was enough.
I tried again, picked her up, and tried to hug her to sleep.
Nope. 
Still not having it.
I was kinda heartbroken, realizing that I wasn't enough for Lux to stop crying.
I wasn't the one she wanted, she wanted the bottle, even though I was the source that the bottle came from.

"I'm here, Lux."

Still not enough.

I listened to her cry herself to sleep that day, and my heart was broken as i thought about her desire for something that wasn't me.

Made me think about my relationship with God.

So often, we can desire our own "bottles."
Something that we long for, find comfort in, or desire more than God.
We might insist that we're not idolizing, or choosing something over God, but in reality, those things are hindering that relationship with God.

"I'm Here."

how often do we say, "nah, you're just not enough for me, God?" 
It struck me. 

I wanted so badly to be what comforts Lux. 
Just me.
Just my hug, my hold, my touch.
It drove me nuts that I wasn't enough to comfort Lux. 
She didn't want just me.

How do we make God feel when we choose anything or everything other than Him to hold us, comfort us, or love us?
How often do we break His heart by crying out in our times of needs and turning to anything other than Him?

Yet, He's always there.
A constant presence. 
He sees us, knows us, even created us...

Why wouldn't we allow Him to be enough for us?

(p.s. Lux learned super quickly. we now snuggle and read two books before she goes to sleep in my arms. Win win...i get to snuggle with her even without a bottle. So thankful. Mommy's touch is enough for Lux.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Miracle Baby

When you're pregnant with your first, you really can only just imagine what life will be like when that baby is born.
I didn't know the kind of love that would embrace me when Lux Ann joined our family. 
It's different.
It's that piece of your heart that is outside of you.
It's that joy that can only be experienced when that miracle is placed in your arms and your breath is taken away by that teeny tiny human being.

She's a miracle.
Only God can do something this magnificent, this awesome.
My miracle baby.

Tink and Key is a brand that uses their tees to share the powerful message of God's perfect love.
They have tees full of encouraging and uplifting messages, one being the "Miracle Baby" raglan that Lux is sporting in these pics. It's a shop unlike many others, and it offers a positive message straight from the Bible. For someone in passing, these powerful messages might be just what they need that day.

All their shirts are American Apparel, which means they are beyond the best quality of tees for your littles. Super soft and comfy too! 
They make faith tees look super cool and not cheesy:-D I pretty much adore every single one of their designs, especially with the meaning behind every single one.

Especially my miracle baby one.
As every baby is a miracle, as they are created fearfully and wonderfully by God.
This shirt  can pertain to every person you know who's got a little one (and they've also got mama tees!!!) 





I want you to think super hard for a second for someone you know with a little.
and think about how lovely it would be to have this raglan (or any of the others with positive messages) for that little of your own kids.

So here's the deal,
Go to Tink and Key right now and check out their prints.
Notice their super awesome prices, 
and then if you notice below, 
Lux has an awesome code to share with you for 20% off your purchase.
Tuesday, July 29th only, so purchase one today for you or your friend, or for both of you!
Thank you Tink and Key for your faith based tee ministry.
I am all about small businesses and I'm a full supporter of this shop!
(so much so, that after seeing Lux in her raglan, i just HAD to buy a shirt for her new born friend...shhhh, don't tell her mom though!:))

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fever


 This girl has a fever. 
She is currently asleep in my arms and I have no desire to put her warm little body down. We've been doing lots of snuggling, reading, and more cuddling all morning. She usually doesn't have a problem being laid down in her bed but today she just wants mommy to hold her. I don't mnd at all baby girl. 
Here's my attempt at blogging on my phone. Just curious to see what it looks like and how it turns out. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

tidbits



-Lux is fast. Like really FAST. one second she's there, and then next she's gone. Wonder woman i tell you.

-Had a middle school girls' camp all last week-super awesome week.

-Played the djembe and cajone all week during camp, and it reignited my love for playing the drums. I need to own a cajone ASAP.

-my dear old friend, my five year old canon rebel xsi, fell to it's death during camp.
I was heartbroken.

-My super hero, prince charming husband, surprised me with a brand new canon rebel t5i yesterday, which I can't get over-so so so excited about my new toy!

-I'm counting calories again, because in the last three weeks, i seemed to have gained five pounds.

-Lux got picked up for three more online shops, one being Heritage Youth Company, a new brand that celebrates kids of all heritage, while recognizing the needs of youth all around the world. quite the privilege.

- Ryan's looking good...real good.

-Tried co-sleeping with Lux cuz i desperately want her to sleep with us...total fail. took her about an hour to get over the excitement of being in our bed, and turns out she moves constantly the entire night, which gives me little anxiety attacks thinking she's fallen off our high bed. Neither of us had a good night's sleep.

-Went through the thrill of World Cup soccer for the first time in my life. Super fun. 

-Doing a lot of brainstorming of what to do during the cold winter months with a toddler. I think we'll be having some fun this winter, just the two of us:)

So much is happening right now, at the same time, I can't think of enough. All through the week I have brainstorms of what to blog on, and then when i sit at the mac, i can't remember. 
So you get these tidbits.
Which at least is something;).

Have a great weekend ya'll.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Through the year: birth to a year old.












How did this even happen?
My baby girl...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

12 months of "Light" in our lives



This month was probably the hardest month to take these pics. 
She wanted nothing to do with sitting beside the pillow, she preferred to climb on the pillow, throw the pillow, pull the sticker off the pillow, or sit on top of it.

This girl grew in tremendous ways her last month before turning one. She is active, pleasant, and full of smiles. If she's tired or doesn't get a nap, you'll definitely know it, because she's super vocal about how she feels about things.

She is in LOVE with animals...we took her to the zoo and she was amazed at each animal we saw. She believes barking is the universal animal language, so she did that most of the time. She especially loves dogs and horses and her favorite book is "Farm Animals." Her love for animals comes completely from her daddy's family, as they are tremendous animal whisperers.


 This kid has ALOT of spunk. 
Like ALOT.
She's super confident and social. At church, she walks in and out of pews greeting all our attenders. And checks out whats in their purses and Bibles....haha.
She has an awesome sense of humor, and knows that she we laugh pretty hard when she does certain things. She also gets a kick out of splashing water in our faces, tickle monsters, and animal noises.
 Our baby girl has many loves. Animals are one. Her cars are another. 

 She still loves veggie straws, fruit (any berries), beef, chicken, ribs, etc.
She especial loves pasta and rice and will eat lots of both. Carbs, oh yeah. I mean, check out her awesome leg rolls. mmmm....
 She's a fish. She loves the water. She loves to splash, kick, float, etc. 
Thankful we have waterpark passes to get this girl her water addiction met. Otherwise she'd be swimming the the bathtub, and she hated baths up util this past week. 
Lux is growing tremendously. The day after she turned one, it's like a switch went on in her brain that she was older. She started doing so many more things...

saying more words, ("whats that?" "Cow." "This." and imitates words we say), 

going backwards down stairs in church,  

backing up and sitting in people's laps, 

interest in books have increased, 

will sit and read book after book with in someone's lap while pointing at pictures and listening,

 points at everything she finds interesting, especially if she wants something or wants to go somewhere,

Sits by herself and play with her toys while making her toys talk (imaginary play-YES! we've got a vivid imagination here!)

She knows when we're leaving, and runs to the door, so you can't leave...or hugs your legs at the doors.

Much more insistent about being right. Tries to justify in her language why she should do be allowed to do something that we had told her not to do.

But she does not like conflict. So after getting scolded or being in trouble, she'll try to explain things, and then want to hug or sit in your lap to make sure you're not mad at her.

Loves loves loves to be chased.
loves to chase alexio.



This year has gone by suuuuuuper fast. At first, I never thought one year would get here...all those sleepless nights that felt days long instead of hours, made times feel slow, but as i look back at the year, i cannot believe she's already one. 

I adored this year. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. She was totally worth it.

Oh, little Lux...
      I can't even begging to describe the joy you bring us each day. The way you chase alexio for a hug, catch him, squeeze him, and grin is the best. Every mess you make by emptying out the cupboards or your drawers is sometimes inconvenient, but builds those beautiful memories that we will never ever forget. Those six little teeth that have grown in are the beginning of that beautiful toothy grin, and those sparkly dark eyes of yours are our favorite. Your reddish brown streaky hair is amazing, and your uneven strands absolutely make your daddy melt and your mommy go crazy wanting to cut it (daddy won't let me.) We pray that you will continue to be a light and joy to others, as you have been this past year. That you will be filled with a love for others, compassionate, and servant hearted. We love you our spunky girl. You changed us forever.

Love, Mommy and Daddy