Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Copycat

I have noticed on blogs copycat is usually referring to copying an outfit, but I am am referring to a project I did yesterday.

I am not always the best at figuring out how to do things, with 4 young ones to take care of, the energy and sound mind isn't always there. However copying someone elses idea...perfect!

Since moving into our house we have done a lot of painting, which means the old yucky blinds were taken down and not put back up. So the kitchen window has been bare which wasn't an issue until the sun started setting later. Now the sun shines right in my eyes while trying to cook dinner. The window needed a prettier replacement than blinds, but I wasn't sure what.

I saw this tutorial on making a roman shade with fabric and blinds. Since I don't sew, I did the no sew version.

the bare window

my yucky blinds and fabric

my mess of blinds

it worked!






I am seriously a little shocked I was able to do this. It was so easy and almost impossible to screw up. Yay for simple things that make me feel crafty, plus it was fun!

-Erin





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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mothers Day

This Mothers Day was fantastic! I felt complete being surrounded by my four boys and my husband. The day was so warm and perfect to enjoy being outdoors.

We went to church in the morning and then spent most of the day in our backyard taking in the warmth.


The boys played in their inflatable pool.


While the baby napped.


Goodness, I love them!!


Thank you husband for giving me a relaxing splendid day!


Don't mind the hair it was originally down and curled, but quickly tied back as soon as I went outside.

I was very spoiled and enjoyed every minute of it!


-Erin





Wednesday, May 2, 2012

mom style?

The weather has been cold and rainy here, and I am not even close to fitting into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes. I have been working with what I have and trying to add accessories when I remember. I wasn't sure if I looked too "mom" today...




When my husband saw me he noticed my outfit and really liked it. So in the end that's all that matters! I am a mom, I might as well embrace it, style and all.



-Erin


pleated poppy

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Reflecting

For the past 6 years May 1st has been a day of reflection for me. This day 6 years ago is what may have been one of my littles birthday. I had the privilege of carrying this sweet little one in my womb for 13 weeks, I even got to see his or her sweet little heartbeat through ultrasound. This baby never got to be born into our family the way we thought, but this baby is a part of our family's story.

We had no clue going in for a routine appointment that anything was wrong, but so fast our world had changed. As quickly as the tears of heartache came at the news, the peace of the Lord washed over me. We had recently moved away from all of our family, but through God's provision we had found a church that became our "family" nearby. There was such a mix of emotions I was going through. I was heartbroken yet peaceful. I was confused, I was only 23 and had a healthy, no complications pregnancy with my son, who at the time was 18 months. I wasn't sure how to grieve, I had never been through anything like that before, but at the same time I knew I had so much to grateful for. I was up and down the first few days. 

During that time my world was rocked in a different way as well. I got to know God in an even more real way. I was very fortunate growing up, I have always had a family that loves and supports me, never really had to go through any true hardships, I had a very protected life. I am so thankful for that! But though this loss God showed me who he is. I was comforted in a way that truly comforted, my body was protected from pain though his grace, and he spoke to me a word that a year from that time I would have a baby to hold (which I did!).


And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” 
Deuteronomy 31v8

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. 
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139v13-18

I learned so much! I experienced the fulfillment of some of God's promises that are found in his word. I learned that it's not through my strength that there is healing and peace, but that the true peace came at the moment I had nothing to give but my broken heart. I learned that the children I would be blessed with are not mine and not here for me, but they are his and here to do his will. What a gift to be able to be part of his plan in such a big way! I also learned that it's okay to grieve. We live in a fallen world and hard things happen. I learned a how to be compassionate on a whole new level. I learned how to be more vulnerable with my story. I learned that a lot more women than I had thought had gone though the things I did. I learned how we as the body of Christ can be a support to those in need, since that is what other's did for me.

These past 6 years have had their share of good times and trials. I have since been gifted with 3 more boys to parent and another little one that I won't meet until Heaven. I have delved into God's word and have been blown away by his goodness. I have grown so much and also messed up a lot, but through it all the Lord has been there for me, to lead me in his ways.

My heart has been healed. I take moments to grieve and praise God for all of this. As much as I wish these 2 little ones could be here with me, I want God's will in my life to be done, so I have moved forward to allow him to work in me. I have been so blessed and do love this life I get to live!

I know that there are so many women that have gone through this and have had a different experience (or even the same) for you all I pray. I would love to hear your story and pray for you, no matter where in the process of healing you are! Please feel free to leave a comment or email me. I love you all!


-Erin