Monthly Archives: April 2016

#storyofmotherhood – LilyJade Giveaway

Head on over to my friend Jessica’s of Rugged Rooster Creations  blog for a chance to enter a giveaway for a Lily Jade bag!  They are awesome bags, and if you could win one, even better! I have had one for a few months now, and LOVE it! Plus I’ve already been eyeing up others if I ever were to win one 😉

So, here is my #storyofmotherhood

When you are young and fall in love, and get engaged, and get married, you start to think about how the other milestones in your life will unfold.  We discussed baby names, I collected small items for my hope chest for the day when we would welcome our first baby into our family, and eventually our second, after that we’d see if we’d have anymore.  After a year of marriage we decided it was time to start trying for a baby. We would hopefully be pregnant by the fall and have a spring baby, around our 2nd anniversary.

Except, we didn’t get pregnant.

For 5 long years we didn’t get pregnant.  Month after month. Cycle after cycle. We waited.  We prayed. We cried. We longed. We grieved. We wondered.

Finally, we were pregnant. It was amazing, and scary. Something we longed for, but after so long of it not happening, something I didn’t know how to rejoice in.  I felt a fear of saying it out loud for it might not be real.  But it was.

At our 7 week scan, we were in for our 2nd surprise – TWINS!  Not one, but two babies were growing.

I had a wonderful pregnancy, and all things considered did really well being pregnant with the twins.  No bed rest, no concerns, no preterm labour.  Just pregnant with two healthy babies.

We welcomed our sweet babies in December and 2014 and my journey of motherhood has continued.

I don’t think my story is just the past 16 months with the twins and the ups and downs that have come with that.  The story started when I longed for these babies, before I even knew who they were.  When I prayed for them, and prayed for my mothers heart to be prepared for their arrival.

I have felt more love and joy when playing and looking at these two beautiful babies and have been beyond blessed by them.  I have also had really hard days, when I wonder why we prayed for children so hard, when I’m exhausted, and emotional, and feel like i’m doing everything wrong.   I have loved the days when I see them learning and exploring, making friends, trying new things, becoming little people.  I have dreaded days of sickness, and late nights and early mornings when there isn’t enough coffee.

Motherhood is beautiful. Motherhood is hard.  Motherhood is such an individual experience, and one that is a journey that will be ever changing and ever growing.

I am lucky and blessed to have this beautiful #storyofmotherhood.

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Review: Soleil Handcrafted

Over the past 16 months, I have developed quite a collection of teething necklaces.  The thing is, I love to wear necklaces, and actually love fun bold jewelry, but that didn’t work so well with little hands and mouths, so I started investing in some great silicone and wood teething necklaces.

A couple months ago, I came across Soleil Handcrafted who is a local artisan who is making beautiful teething necklaces and delicious hand poured candles.  Y’all know my love of supporting small and local so I was excited to order my 1st necklace from her.  The 1st one I purchased was her Beachy Keen necklace, and it seriously reminded me of the beach – the wood beads combined with the turquoise (my favorite) and cream was so beautiful. It’s super long and goes with everything.

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I wanted to get a mommy & me set for me and the Little Miss, so choose this adorable set.

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Lastly, I couldn’t resist the blush and a new candle! The smells are amazing – the candles however are for local folks, as she doesn’t ship them.

I’ve really loved the style and how they have worn, the babies are have been teething heavily again, have really enjoyed chewing on them, and wearing them.  They have a safety clasp that comes undone if pulled on, but not so easily that you’ll worry about your necklace falling off.

She just recently has added new colors to old favorites, so there are even more options to choose from.  Be sure to check out her page,  she has some exciting things happening!!

 

*These opinions and thoughts are completely my own – I love to share things that I have found and loved*

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