Taken about 10 minutes before she conked out for her morning nap... Today I’m thankful to be able to cancel plans and just snuggle all day. A clean house can wait. This little girl is going to get all the hugs and kisses.
I’m thankful for my mom, Karen. She is an excellent and overly generous Gigi to Seattle. She’s a hard worker and has given me a lifelong example of being a working mama. She cares deeply about her people and I’m blessed she’s my mom 💖
I’m thankful for my dad. He was meant to be a daddy to daughters. He was kind, tender hearted and ever so patient with all of us. He taught me that I get to choose my attitude and encouraged me to be everything and anything I wanted to be, which at one point was a barista, fashion designer, author, CEO of my personal design firm and president all at the same time 🤷🏻♀️ This is one of my favorite photos of the two of us.
I’m so thankful for @nova.birth.services. Today my doula, Anna, dropped off Seattle’s birth timeline. It’s things like this that set them apart. On it are notes from my labor, quotes from me and reflections on the process. I seriously love my birth story and look back on my labor with joy. The women at Nova play a huge role in me being able to say that. #homebirth#midwife#doula#naturalbirth#birth
Nerd Alert!!! 🚨🚨🚨I’m SO thankful for my Dungeons & Dragons friends! Isaiah and I have been a part of the same campaign for 4 years. I’m myself with these people. We laugh, eat dinner together and let our imaginations run wild. There’s something really vulnerable about D&D, really about any role play game, and I think it makes our friendships all the richer because of it.
“Tune thy heart to sing thy grace” I’ve been reminded of this lyric from Come Thou Fount a lot as I’ve been doing my month of gratitude. It’s asking God to change the posture of their heart to give thanks and praise for all the grace they’ve been given. I feel like my thankfulness posts are helping me live out this lyric. So, today I’m thankful for old hymns that show us God is as never changing and faithful in 2018 as He was in 1757 when it was written.
I’m thankful that I have the Bible as the #1 source of truth in my life. I was thinking about how I’ll be going back to work in 2 weeks and I’m excited but also a little sad. Of course I want to be near Seattle 24/7 but I also quite literally love my job and the people I work for (not to mention Nashville is expensive, y’all!). I’ve been praying for God to prepare my heart and mind as I go back and today He brought the classic Proverbs 31 woman to mind. I reread it and was so encouraged seeing that this example of a Godly woman was a working lady - sewing and selling her dresses, buying land and planting gardens. The world throws a lot of opinions at you, especially about how you should parent, but I’ve found God’s word is what I can trust in time and again. #workingmom
I was going to post something really sentimental about being thankful for spending time together as a family (which I 100% am) but if I’m real honest I’m just as thankful that mine and Seattle’s outfits coordinate. 🤷🏻♀️💁🏻♀️
I’m so very thankful that Bartolo loves Seattle and that Seattle isn’t terrified of this massive beast. He is gentle and protective to her. I know they’ll have a very special friendship. (Also, now taking catalogue bookings. AMIRIGHT?!?!)
Sometimes my anxiety from losing my dad so early in life gets triggered. I start to grasp really tightly to the things I love most (Isaiah, Bartolo, Seattle, my house, my happiness...) because I’m afraid that something this good just can’t last. So I try damn hard to control it and hold on for as long as I can. It’s a heart of fear that says God isn’t in control and that I don’t believe He has more good things for me. Father, thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to trust in you and to be filled with gratitude for whatever is placed in front of me for the time that it’s there.
I’m thankful that the “perfect life” doesn’t exist. Im thankful that God’s grace reaches me when the dishes are piled up, the clean laundry is on the floor and there’s dog hair everywhere. I’m thankful that my worth isn’t in that. My worth is in Him and His everlasting love instead of in a picture perfect house.
I’m thankful for my daughter’s smile. I waited and prayed to meet this girl and to see that joy light up her face melts my heart. Someone recently told Isaiah that babies don’t recognize they’re smiling this young. But they do see your positive reaction when they smile - so they keep doing it, almost like they do it just to make you happy. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it’s really sweet to think about.