Friday, February 21, 2014

of hearts and hands...

Sometimes in the afternoon when I lay you down, and brush the hair from your forehead, I am flooded with emotions. I take your tiny hands into mine and you usually say to me, "I nee somefing?" so I ask you, "What do you need?" and your soft, sweet little voice answers back, "Momma pray?" and my heart swells big and soft inside my chest. And I do. I pray earnestly each and every time for God to reveal his love for you. That you would know that He loves you more than... well, there aren't even enough words for that kind of love. I pray that you would know that nothing you could ever do could make Him love you less. And I pray that you would learn this truth from a young age.

Your heart is so very big in your little body, Birdy. When I yawn, you ask, "Momma, you sweepy?" and the answer is always yes, darling. So you pat me gently and say "Iss okay, Momma. Close your eyes..." You tell me "I wike you hair," as you stroke it softly. You run across the room just to give your little brother a kiss on his blonde baby head. You grab my hands and swing around with complete trust that I will not let you fall. And I won't. And I never will, if I can help it. But the truth is, despite your lovely heart and my good intentions, I can only protect you from so much in this world.

And that is what overwhelms me when I have you there in my arms just before you drift off to sleep. That as beautiful and innocent as you are, my momma hands can only hold you for so long. They can keep you from so few things in this ugly world that we have ruined. My heart aches when I think of the day when someone will hurt you or make you feel less than the joyful spirit that you are. And my momma heart knows that I have to let go and allow it to happen. And I picture myself always chasing after you- your blonde locks bouncing several feet ahead of me- and  reaching out for those same small hands that I hold each time I lay you down to sleep. I get the feeling that you will want to let go far before I am ready.  It would be a disservice to you to keep you from such lessons, but it still pains me to think of it...

So I cling to the promises of our Father: that you are His. That His are the hands that truly hold you.  And I cling to your small, sticky, perfect little toddler hands just a little too long... and I pray for sweet dreams for us both...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Vignettes

Although it's not my favorite holiday, Valentine's Day is one of  my favorite to decorate for! Maybe it's the idea of bright pops of red against our usual pale and neutral d├ęcor. I just love to have little hearts sprinkled throughout our home to contrast the dreary weather outside. Here are a few vignettes from our little built-in bookshelves to brighten up the sunroom.

I also had to snap a shot of what our sunroom looks like on a day when there are no children around to turn it upside down!

I'll be adding some special little touches to our entry way and dining room for the kids to wake up to on Valentine's day as well! I can't wait to bake cookies and eat heart-shaped waffles and just celebrate the love I have for those around me.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Wake

I'm going to call this series "The Wake" as in "this is the kind of destruction Grey leaves in his wake."

He starts bright and early at breakfast by climbing out of his high chair- straps be damned- and onto the dining room table to finish his oatmeal.

Then he moves the party to the play room where he proceeds to wreak havoc on any and all toys.
and maybe pauses to snack on some delicious wipes.
or maybe a microphone....
{I should mention that he somehow opened the closet doors in order to get inside to eat said microphone}

Before unleashing his fury on the floor vents...
...and his socks... always the socks...
And then he searches out his final victim... "MAAAMAAAMAAA!!"

BOOM. I just died from cuteness. You did too, didn't you?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Giveaway with Chelsea Ahlgrim Photography

Love is in the air, and I'm giving away a FREE session to one lucky couple! The giveaway starts today and ends at midnight on Thursday, February 13th. The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day! To enter, please do each of the following:
1. Like the Chelsea Ahlgrim Photography page on Facebook
2. Share the giveaway post on Facebook
3. Comment and tag your Valentine on the giveaway post on Facebook

Also, please read the stipulations below before entering to ensure that you are eligible. Thanks so much for your participation! I can't wait to see pick a winner and announce on Valentine's Day!

**This giveaway is for a full Couple's Session (including digital images) to be scheduled in March-August of 2014. It is open to Oklahoma City and Tulsa area residents only. This session cannot be transferred to another individual and it cannot be exchanged for a different type of session**