Tent Play!


Today, this is the scene in my house. So far everything has been done from her. Crafts, story time, meals, quiet time… They’ve already asked to sleep here. I love how a few minutes of work for a mama makes an entire day of creative play for my sweet babes. And really… Who wouldn’t want to hang in here all day!


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Getting our Groove Back

So this is how it went… 

I took a job. A night job, 9:30 pm – 5:30 am. I kept saying it was only for four weeks. I could do anything for four weeks. The job? Oh, the job was fun. I loved getting back out into the job world (even if it was in the middle of the night) But in trying to balance sleep, work, babes and home it wasn’t doable. I didn’t even finish out the job, but in the past four weeks my plants have died, my meal plans are all messed up, our laundry is in all kinds of weird places, and my body (and Adelai’s food source)  is still recovering from the weird sleep schedule. In the midst of that, Joseph has been working 50 hours a week plus trying to get in about 10 hours in the studio. Why did I think that job would be a good decision? Because I didn’t fully understand my role in our home right now. I realized that whether I like it or not (I do like it most of the time) I am the center of our home. Everyday when I wake up (or come home from work) I set the mood around the house. Joseph does have an amazing closeness to both of his kids in a different way, but many times through the week when he just can’t be here, I become the glue between him and them. I become the glue that bonds us all together into an intertwined, knit together… family. It’s a challenging, exciting place to be in. I have so much purpose in being wife, mother, and homemaker and that makes me feel good and know that I am needed. But it also means that just because there is something I would like to do or I think would be good for our family doesn’t always mean it’s the way to go. If I am absent then the rhythm we have as a family is off. How have we gotten our groove back? Well, let me show you!


DSCF6045:: A walk through the woods with cousins!






:: Through the woods to the LAKE. This is our favorite little spot.



:: Farmer’s Market for Peach Day


:: Some very special guests came to town!




:: Enjoying the lots and lots of rain around here.

So right now my days have been spent following our little rhythm which puts us and our little home all back together. 


There’s a first time for everything…


Going to a movie is not my idea of a fun, adventurous afternoon, but we decided that she would probably love to see Ice Age in 3D. So we did it… 


These pictures were taken at the beginning of the movie. She LOVED looking at all the animals and sitting around the other children watching the movie. But by the end of it…. whew… I was covered in Dr. Pepper and she spilled her apple juice so she ended up walking out in her undies. But I think she had the time of her life. As soon as she saw the mammoth she made this very loud whooooooo!!!!! sound that the whole place could here… she, of course, was being an elephant!


It seems like in our little groove of life we always end up in some beautiful mess. Sticky and naked, but happy as a clam!!

– dancing the blues away –

Oh yes. In our house there is typically music, singing and dancing. It’s not quite my style to be so outlandish, but what can I say, If you lived with two of the silliest people on the planet you would give in to. 

Sometimes I just let Scarlet take the lead. We both end up twirling until we fall down laughing. Laughter is good… like a medicine. It chases the blues far away. 

What are we dancing to, you might ask? 

Dancing the blues away today with some Ingrid Michaelson! LOVE this girl!

I hope you find time to stop and dance today!

Swim Time & Sad News

This weekend was very relaxing. Scarlet had her first trip to the pool. We can tell already she will be a little fish! She LOOOVED it! She didn’t want to leave.

There is no easy way to say this on a blog. About two weeks ago we miscarried the baby. It was a long process. Joseph and I are both doing very well. We are very sad to lose this baby but we do realize that sometimes it is the bodies natural reaction to an unhealthy pregnancy. Many women have them and never knew they were pregnant. Knowing that has made this a little bit easier. Still, we were very excited about this new baby. We know that all things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose. Therefore, we realize that we need to keep our eyes focused on the things God has asked us to do and leave the rest to Him. Please be praying for us. We are still trying to get back to our normal rhythm. We are both having strange reactions to all of the stuff going on. Pray for peace and wisdom that we will know how to deal with every situation that comes our way.

I believe that God puts beauty in everything. I believe that even when we cannot see, hear, or feel God Himself that we can always feel the evidence of Him. That evidence, His beauty, is you. I am so thankful to have people in my life you care. People who stop their lives to bring me comfort. If it was bringing a meal, showing up at the hospital and holding my pinkie, or even taking the time just to sit beside me and knit… thank you to all of you who had a part in supporting Joseph and I. You are the beauty of God on this earth. We are quickly becoming the only beauty left on this earth. But that is another sermon for another day….

Hope you all had a good weekend. This week holds trips to the pool, starting the process of hording food, knitting, and clothes for winter (yes, I am a lot like a bear… I hibernate), art projects, and getting back into the groove. Fun! Hope your week is filled with fun!

Packages in the mail!

This is a picture from Amanda Soule’s blog. She was the first person I saw using Sheepskin for her baby. Not to long after that I started realizing that a lot of mamas use sheepskin. I’ve been wanting one for Scarlet and just didn’t know where to go. Last week I found Nova Natural Toys and Crafts and there I found the perfect sheepskin comforter for babies. It will mostly be used for the new baby. But for right now Scarlet is really enjoying it. She lays on it and rubs it. It is the softest thing I think she’s ever felt.

I have a list of things I want for this baby that I didn’t know about for Scarlet. So many people look at me strange when they see the weird things that matter to me as a mother. I am one of those parents that people look at with their head tilted. But I love my life and the way my little family lives.

My heart has never been fuller.

Our Rock…

I have so many new pictures to post that just haven’t gotten here yet. There has been so much fun going on. New ways of play, crafting all kinds of goodness, new babies… but something else has been on my mind lately.

(one of our first pictures together when we first started dating)

I’ve been reading here, here and here about girls and their hubbys and how loved they are. Since reading those I have been thinking about how amazing it is that God sends you exactly what you need. Joseph is so very perfect for me. Our childhood, our years away from each other, and our coming together was all God-ordained. I am not the type of person to believe that God makes someone purposely for someone else and creates them to be for each other only. But it’s hard for me not to believe that when I was created, He had Joseph in mind.

(A dating picture at Josiah’s birthday party)

Joseph has walked through so much with me. He really helped me learn how to live again. He never judged me for all I’d been through. He gently held my hand and walked me out of it. God had such perfect timing. My heart was rapidly changing and Joseph was just an added blessing. He re-entered my life at the exact right time.

(Married, during the Snakes and Suits time of our lives)

Marriage has been a huge adventure with my best friend. Of course, there have been good times and bad times. But he has been constant through it all. If I could describe him in one word it would be just that – constant. God knew I needed someone solid. A rock. Someone who could handle with complete grace anything that comes at him. And he is my rock.

( The night Scarlet Rayne was born, she knew who he was immediately)

The night Scarlet was born was amazing. It was a whole new level of love. Watching her look up at him only moments after being born. She had the same look in her eyes that I felt in mine. Adoration. Everyday she looks at and gives him these gorgeous google-eyes. He is a rock for her as well. She wakes up in the morning knowing he’s going to be right there to make her smile.

(Our little family on the porch at my grandparents house in Tennessee)

He changes the whole atmosphere of our home. When he walks in, everyone lights up. Macky wakes up in the morning (for the second time) saying ‘Doe-fuf’ and pointing to our bedroom. She loves to here him playing guitar somewhere in the house. He livens up the whole rhythm of our home.

(Looking over Roanoke Valley with Josh and Carrie)

I most definitely cannot imagine life any other way. Life could have taken different twists and turns… I am so very thankful that life turned his way. God knew I needed him, everything about him.