Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Every Mother Counts

He made me a mother. Not in the way I planned, not in the way I expected. In fact, not even in a way the doctor had expected. But he still made me a mother. They said he was supposed to be born on April 4th or April 6th, it ended up being the 5th. They said he would be too small and have no problem coming out. He ended up being too big (8 pounds, 5 ounces!) and requiring an emergency C-section. But no matter how you look at it and how many twists and turns we went through to get him here, he made me a mother. I will forever love my Henry and he will always be my son.

Did you know that one woman dies every two minutes from complications during pregnancy and childbirth? Go here to find out more about how to make a difference. We couldn't have made it without the amazing team of health care professionals who helped bring Henry into the world.

Alt Summit believes every mother counts. It's the month to celebrate mamas!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Simple Things: Sunday Best

"To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world." 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Finding JOY in the ordinary

Hello dear! I'm still taking a little break to enjoy some little snuggles and maybe a nap with my new babe. In the meantime, I've asked a few bloggers to share how they find JOY in their every day life. They are amazing and I hope we can all apply their tips to our lives! I'll be back soon with an overload of baby photos. Until then, enJOY! xoxo ~Lis 

Hey y'all my name is Paige and I blog over at Moments for the Journey. I am a born and raised Southern girl currently living in Ogden, Utah with my hubby. When Lis asked me to guest post for her I was thrilled, and I am so excited to be here with all of you - her lovely readers!
Find joy in the ordinary

Do you ever feel like your life is too boring - too ordinary?

I know that I have. I have the tendency to look at my life and see all of the things that aren't "just right" or super exciting. I see the unfinished kitchen in my house that has been unfinished for over 3 years. I see the constant dust on my furniture that appears two seconds after I dust. I see the old decor of my home that looks nothing like the beautiful homes on Pinterest. I see my normal daily routine of work, home, clean, and sleep. And I see the typical night at home with my husband that is boring and ordinary.

Here's the thing, if I based my joy off of the way I negatively view these ordinary aspects of my life I would be an extremely unhappy person all of the time.

So instead I have chosen to find joy in the ordinary moments of my day. Instead of thinking "Ugh I hate this kitchen. It's so ugly." Every time I walk in it I find joy in the fact that the kitchen, although unfinished, looks ten times better than the disaster it was when the hubby and I bought the house. Instead of seeing my daily routine as boring, I intentionally look for moments - big and small - that make me smile. Instead of thinking that my evening in with my husband is boring, I take pleasure in just being with him.

 God blesses my life in so many ways; He gives me so many ordinary moments take joy in. The older I get the more I realize that true joy does not come from things. True joy comes from God. Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

God is the source of true - real - joy.
Do you struggle with finding joy in the ordinary?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Simple Things

Yesterday, we were in for a treat! After spending so much time away from everything trying to recover and taking care of our new Henry, it was finally time to get out for a little bit. We decided to take Henry right into the heart of Philadelphia. His first visit to Reading Terminal Market and surprise, spring finally decided to come to Philly! The blossoms are finally in full bloom. 

I love my men.

I'll be back to blogging this week and have a few guest posts in store as well. So happy to finally have Henry here! Beware of the overload of pictures coming to this blog! 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing Henry Storey

Oh, we are in love. Our Little Man finally came and we could not be happier. Right now, we're busy getting used to having a newborn around and I'm recovering from the birth. But in the meantime, here's our first family home video that we took while we were in the hospital. About day two (out of five) I started to get a little bored of being in our room even though I couldn't move. So what's a girl to do when she's stuck in her hospital bed? Make video of everything that's going on around her. Especially when it captures those first few moments of us being a family together. Hope you like it! 



Friday, March 28, 2014

Dream Nursery {and Win $90}

When it's your own baby that is coming soon, I can see how easy it is for parents to spend a lot of money! Well, in my dream nursery, here are a few things that I believe are worth the investment. Some of these were even given to me (which is so kind of everyone!).

I'm finally 39 weeks pregnant, dilated a centimeter (better than nothing, right?) and counting down! It looks like Little Man will be making his big debut next week. So it had me thinking that it was high time we finally put together his nursery. 

I'm going for a simple nautical theme because I want Little Man to remember to dream. Soon I'll be reading him stories of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, sailing away to dreamland. 

Now for the fun part, know anyone that needs a little extra to pamper themselves? Maybe order one of the baby things above? Of course you do! Enter below for a $90 Paypal giveaway which you can use literally use for anything! I've teamed up with these lovely bloggers to make your prize great! Good luck!

Happy Joyful Day // My Life as a Long // A Sorta Fairytale
Marry Mint // Becoming Adorrable // A Hundred Tiny Wishes
Notes from a Newlywed // Sprinkles & Sundresses // Lavender & Light
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Friday, February 28, 2014

His and Hers linkup

It's been way too long since Kevin and I wrote a post together. Depending on how long you've followed our journey you may remember that he actually had a day of blogging to himself each week (my favorites are here and here). But then time of course escaped us and I haven't been journaling on this space as much as I would like to be. Having both of us blog what we're feeling right now, has reminded me to live in the moment! Kevin says he wants to start having his own day again, so it won't be the last time you hear from him! :)

His thoughts:

I am an engineer at heart (and I always will be).
I want to live in the same place for more than a year.
I have everything I need.
I wish I had more opportunities to read.
I hate riding a bike into a cold wind.
I fear getting stuck.
I hear humanity in a cacophony of urban voices.
I search for meaning.
I wonder about the stars.
I regret eating greasy Mexican food (but I do it anyway).
I love exploring new things.
I ache when I eat ice cream too quickly (it hurts).
I always keep up with the news.
I usually look for the good in people.
I never start a book without finishing it.
I rarely leave room for dessert (I usually have to come back later).
I am not always as confident as I appear to be.
I lose track of time (often).
I'm confused when people willfully ignore reason.
I should run the marathon I started training for a year and a half ago.

Her thoughts: (with a side of pregnancy cravings!)

I am about to become a mom in a little over a month (counting down the days)!
I want to be a great mom and settle down somewhere.
I have large cravings for mac and cheese.
I wish I didn't have to quit my job but it's for the best. 
I hate this winter weather, it has snowed so much in Philly.
I fear that I won't be enough.
I hear that we're supposed to get another storm in on Monday (boo).
I search for anything inspirational.
I wonder where life will take me.
I regret not exploring more while we've lived in Center City. 
I love to shop and plan on doing lots of it this weekend.
I ache in my shoulders.
I always love to read good books and am getting ready to read a few.
I usually want to eat ice cream unless it's 20 degrees outside.
I never miss an episode of Downton Abbey.
I rarely eat broccoli unless it's covered in cheese.
I am not always on time.
I lose memory cards for my camera (not so good).
I'm confused when Kevin starts talking about engineering. 
I should go shopping tomorrow for baby stuff that I need.

Ha! I love our honesty and makes me laugh because it really shows what we're going through right now.


P.S. We actually graduated college together and did a His and Hers announcement. Here's our first His and Hers post. It's still always better together!

Now it's your turn! 

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