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Monday's musings

I woke up to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the house. In truth they weren't baking but simmering into yummy apple butter, thanks to the dedication of my dear husband! He made it his special project to finish off our apple stash from our recent trip to the orchard.  

This Monday I am so content to be home in our warm, apple-scented home, as the fall weather shows off with crisp air and chilly winds.  

After the unusually slow start to our day (I blame the cool temps for our late rising today!) I finally started feeling productive once the lunch dishes were put away.  

I've been feeling reflective this particular morning as I slowly puttered through my list of to-do's. A very un-Carrie thing to do. I'm not really a list kind of girl.  

But I wanted to share some of my musings.  

Our weekend. 

We had our very first family campout together! It was a perfectly chilly evening for it (temps dropped to 40) but the excitement on the boys faces (well, more so Jonah's!) made every cold moment of the adventure worth it. We decided to leave the camera at home since we would have plenty of other things to keep an eye on, but here are a few iphone snaps from our trip:

Headlamps! 

Headlamps! 

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Camp cocoa is the best. 

Camp cocoa is the best. 

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Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

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First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

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My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

Truly it was a great weekend! I am eager to print a book of our photos.  

 

Scripture:

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:26) Amen! Isn't this great truth??

 

Readings:

Finally I wanted to share a blog post I have found to be so encouraging. I read this post back when we had miscarried, and today I read it again, and found it be just as encouraging. Walking through suffering is hard, but remembering what His truth is, is so important. I love how transparent the writer is in her own struggle with just being human, just feeling what you need to feel and bringing that to God. To read it, click the link below. I hope it's an encouragement to you too.

Talking myself through suffering

 

Now on to the rest of my Monday, I hear a little boy calling me that has just woken up from his nap. 

Happy Monday friends!

 

 

 

 

fall portraits

I love taking portraits of our boys. Especially at this time of year when the weather is calling us to be outdoors, all the time! I decided to try my hand at something different  (not new by any means) for their portraits and went with this. I love their little profiles. They still have a round baby-ness to their faces that I just want to keep forever! Can you guess who is who?

As with any creative, I feel a bit like I go through phases of feeling inspired, feeling uninspired and feeling like I don't have time to be inspired. Ever been there? I've been thinking about this  for some time, and I recently brought it up amongst my friends when we met for coffee. They are really encouraging to me and sharpen me in my walk with the Lord, for which I am so very grateful. Amongst them though we all possess different gifts, and all of us are creative. I know this is a post for another day, because I am still praying through some ideas that our coffee chat stirred up in me. But what I can say is that it's okay to have seasons of not pursuing every talent and gift you've been given. Especially in a busy season of caring for little ones. I think the best thing you can do is slow down and learn all you can from the Lord to be the best mom and wife He want's you to be. And you know, this may not mean putting off the inspiring things that make you passionate, it may just mean repurposing them in new ways. Using them in your everyday. That's where I feel I am at this point and I'm thankful for what the Lord is teaching me here. 


Archiving

The other day I was catching up with a long time friend of mine and she said something about archiving that I thought was so thoughtful I felt I had to share. She said that she created email accounts for her two children and sends emails to them regularly. Sometimes she emails them articles she's found online that she would love to discuss with them when they're older, sometimes videos of their everyday, sometimes sound clips of them, or her and sometimes just letters. And her husband also emails to them regularly. 

Isn't that a thoughtful idea? 

I am forever trying to slow down these little years, because they are so fast!  They are so full, funny, and so memorable. 

And my short term memory is well, yup. It's sad how quickly I forget what happened yesterday, let alone a month ago.

While I was thinking about email accounts, it occurred to me that I could take this idea to print. Literally, by actually buying journals to write in. Writing seems to be a thing of the past these days, and that's sad. I enjoy writing and there is something serene about sitting quietly with your thoughts and a pen and paper. So I picked up two journals for the boys the other day, and I started their journals. 

I may still create emails for them, because I love having a place for digital files, but for now I am excited to keep a record in a tangible way. 

Pumpkin Patch 2013 {personal}

As has become our fall tradition (this being our second year), we recently took an afternoon trip a little ways north to a genuine pumpkin patch. It was located on a farm and, with wide open spaces to run, huge blue skies and miles of country, it was a perfect place for little boys to run wild. We loved watching the boys explore the pumpkins and gourds. At one point our youngest actually crawled over and bit a gourd. Woops! It was a nearly perfect weather kind of day and we loved our visit at the farm. It was also neat to compare a shot to a similar one from our visit last year (see the last photo) to see how big our boys are getting! This is a wonderful tradition that we recommend to all our friends (with kids or without!).  

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