And I Won’t Sleep Until They’re Home Safely

Throughout the week, I’ll be sharing with you some of the highlights (and low lights) of the girls’ visit to Texas. It was chaotic, full of laughter, a little drama, too much money being spent, snake bites (not literally, funny story, stay tuned), but most of all love. 
I miss these girls every day. We don’t always get along or see eye-to-eye, but we are family and we’ll always stick together. And our hearts will always be one. My children, with all of their flaws (that they get from their mother), are my world.
So when these babies left today, my heart broke a little more, and my world got a little less beautiful. Seriously, look at them, they are both true beauty incarnate. I already miss them, and their chaos, and I won’t sleep until they get home safely. And my heart won’t be totally happy again until their next visit. 
I know that children have to grow up and move on, but I never thought it would happen so soon. In the blink of an eye, it all happens so quickly. I cherish the time we do get to spend together and I’m thankful that they still call me when they’re in doubt about things in their lives or in trouble. They may not always “like” me, but they still trust and love me. I must have done something right along the way. 
Meanwhile, the babies are sleeping and I’m playing catch up on work that I’ve let slip while all of my babies were under the same roof. Somehow that just didn’t seem to matter. I’ll be sure to share more in the coming days. I hope you’ll stop back by because you do NOT want to miss the photos that I have to share. 
Until then, Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is your best year ever.     

My House is Too Full, Too Messy, and Oh-So-Happy

This is my house right now. It’s full of kids. It’s a hot mess. I mean, seriously, do you see that mess? *SHUDDER*
But all of my kids are home and I could care less about the mess for once. I’m not even picking up behind them (much) because I’m too busy enjoying the giggles. The giggles are abundant. My kids are really, really funny. So what if they range in age from 23 to 4? They have a lot in common and funny is my favorite commonality. 
I love them all, and they are all my favorites for very unique reasons. This week I feel incredibly blessed. I don’t get them all in one room very often anymore. I will enjoy this chaos while it lasts and I will revel in the mess that is now my home. 
Next week I’ll clean. This week? I’ll just enjoy the view through the chaos. Life is good and I’m one lucky momma!

Remembering to Enjoy the Beauty of My Every Day Life!

The beauty of a child is immeasurable. There is nothing more precious than a sleeping baby (shush…he is TOO still a baby).

I love his look of innocence. I love that he looks like a little old man when he sleeps. I love the feeling of peace that comes over me as I watch him sleep. And I love that he keeps my heart soft even when the world sometimes tries to make it hard. 
This baby boy was brought in to the world for many reasons I’m certain. He will do amazing things for mankind some day, of this I have no doubt. But for now, his sole purpose in life is to keep his momma happy and he is just so darn good at his job! Even at rest, he makes me happy. 
I am so incredibly thankful that I get to stay home on a daily basis with this angel on earth to watch him grow, laugh, play, and yes, even sleep. I’m one lucky person and I need to remind myself of this more often. I hope you find some beauty in your own life today. Truly it is all around us…we just have to remember to open our eyes and enjoy!