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    life: [noun] the period between birth and death of a person. that's what's going on over here. the everything in between. the breaths that are exclusively mine, the experiences only i can carry out, and the moments that were specifically created for me. this is my story.

Category Archives: FROM THE MAMA

El-Kan | God creates

This part of my world [writing] has been kept more to the pages of my journal lately.  I haven’t wanted to openly/publicly express anything mainly because by talking about it … it

happy 1st birthday.

Israel Rhodes … how did we get here so fast?  With your brothers, I felt like the first year flew by.  And now with you, it seems that time never stopped its momentum.  From the moment you were

overheard / 5

For a while, I was able to keep up with writing down every cute little thing the boys were saying.  I got to posting a few conversations but that didn’t really go places (hence the no.5 for

five months.

Seriously, how can my wee babe already be FIVE MONTHS??  I get all choked up, thinking how quickly his first year is already going and at times, all I want to do is document it all – take video

me time with the boys.

“Listen–are you breathing just a little and calling it life?” – Mary Oliver Maybe this sounds funny, but it’s not every that I get to spend ALL day with my boys.  Sure,

my job.

This morning was a frustrating one getting out the door.  We had a battle of the wills, diapers/back/clothes/bumbo, the foreboding task of finding matching clean socks … to name a few.

being mama.

If I were to get a glimpse into the person I am today, only 4 years ago, I don’t think I would believe it.  Had I had the chance to feel the love that I feel today, four years ago, I would

one month …

Like the other two boys, I *tried* to do a month-by-month update with how they were doing/progressing/learning/growing.  Try as I may, some months, I missed, others I didn’t document as much as

israel rhodes.

He is here.  He is finally here!  Our sweet baby boy, Israel Rhodes, joined us on this side October 12, 2015 at 2:37am – healthy, happy and ready to take on the world.  His calm countenance and

sleep schedule.

I remember at this stage of the pregnancy with Hunter, I was in need of some type of bed-time routine.  I’d take a 10-20 min. shower – in the complete dark.  And then, I’d lay on

what will it be …

More than EVER … I can’t wait to know what the gender of this little one is!  Being pregnant with the boys, I could imagine how things would go if we ended up having a boy or a girl.

judah’s 3rd birthday weekend.

How can my baby boy I mean, big boy be 3 already?!  Saturday was his actual birthdate and we pretty much took the weekend to celebrate him.  The poor guy woke up with a fever (on his birthday) and

be still.

Yesterday marked four weeks since I’ve gotten sick within this pregnancy … Woohoo!!  I am beyond excited that 1. it’s ended much earlier than the other 2 pregnancies and 2.

over here.

Happy week, friends!  It’s been a bit of a crazy few weeks over here – for more ways than one.  Not only is my role within our business busy lately…  we are expecting another

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Hunter Elias: there is a new snuggly side about you lately … we just can’t get enough of your hugs and kisses that you so freely share. Judah West: even though there are some days i

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Judah West: you always help your mama out with such a pride that makes my heart swell.  i’m so blessed by your giving heart. Hunter Elias: i wish i could bottle up the sounds of the squeals

build up the right things.

The wise woman builds her house, But with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  Proverbs 14:1 It’s so easy to “keep going” with life’s busy-ness and not take the

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Hunter Elias: it seriously feels like yesterday you would only be in the stroller for our walks.  now, there is nothing holding you back from racing ahead with the big kids. Judah West: this day,

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Hunter Elias: Your “cheese ball” face.  You are such a little ham. Judah West: You do stuff just to crack us up.  And sometimes, not even on purpose.

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Judah West: You love wearing gloves and are a big fan of the snow!  Watching you play makes me feel like I am a kid again.  Never lose your curious nature. Hunter Elias: Your sense for adventure is

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Judah West: your smile can cut through any gloomy day … even the smirky kind. Hunter Elias: these past few weeks, you’ve been waking up mid-nap just to fall asleep on me for the

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Hunter Elias: you are now 1 year and 2 months old. the word I think of when I see you this week is wonderment. Judah West: you are now 2 years and 7 months old. the word I think of when I see you

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What a cool project this has been.  Some weeks were a lot less creative than other weeks, but it was all about documenting, right?  I’m hoping to make a book of each of their 52 weeks from

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 Truth be told, I took these a couple days after this week was over, but I figure they still can count.  I call these shots, “the times I caught their awkward faces”. Judah West: you are

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Judah West: you are always so imaginative.  i hope you never lose that creative, ingenious spark about you.Hunter Elias: you are always so curious.  i love gaining your perspective of life

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Judah West: lately, you haven’t been letting me take your picture.  i’m sure glad i was able to sneak this one in! Hunter Elias: trains, trucks, wheels – anything that

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Judah West: you’ve always got a plan up your sleeve … today’s was a motorbike ride with your backpack and an important phone call.Hunter Elias: your smile these days just lights

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Judah West & Hunter Elias: today, you guys weren’t really digging the outdoors. but that’s ok … there’s always tomorrow.

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Judah West: you exude such a passion for everything you do …  we love that about you. Hunter Elias: there is a face for everything, and there is not one face that I can’t help but

happy 1st birthday.

I can barely believe it … my Hunter-bear is one!  Parts of me feel like it was way longer ago, and other parts feel like he should only be 2 months old right now.  This year has been the most

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Judah West: I am convinced you are going to be one great worker, at whatever you do!  It’s always on your mind to “work” and get stuff done just like papa … it makes my

tender moments.

Much like this post, I can see that nearing birthdays is going to be a time of nostalgia for me.  These boys are the quintessence of my role as mama and I mean, with cuteness like that face,

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Judah West & Hunter Elias: yous are far, the best (and cutest!) kitchen cleaning helpers I have ever known!

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Judah West: you call this our family park and you especially love this train.Hunter Elias: that smirk just about says it all – t r o u b l e ! !

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Judah West: Closet clown.Hunter Elias: Rocking clown.

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Judah West: You were very happy to pose for these pictures (with your great Auntie Shirley) and are quite proudly telling the story of how you scraped your nose after you crashed your bike with