for you Oklahoma.
May 20, 2013
I had a different post planned for today but in light of what is happening in Oklahoma right now, I felt the need to sit down and write.
When something happens like the tornado today and I am reminded (again) how I am not in control at all. As much as I try to be.
I am not.
These images broke me.
Tonight with a heavy heart, I want to celebrate my everydays.
My little ones who make my heart soar.
I was brushing their teeth tonight thinking about those sweet kiddos in Ok. They were brushing their teeth last night. and now they are gone.
I want to appreciate teeth brushing. And every single little thing.
Oklahoma, we are all praying for you. and hearbroken for you.
I am so sorry.
1. Her Laughter. The way she giggles and shows the sweetest teeth in all the land.
2. This boy. His love for life, others, reptiles and imagination.
3. This sweet little baby, how she is exploring and crawling and changing everyday. Hearing her giggle at her brother & sister in the next room is the best thing on earth.
4. My silly little one who loves big and lives life full.
5. A sweet laid back spirit that is easy going and precious in a million ways.
6. My little "adventure-er".
7. Tiny chubby baby hands.
8. A husband who loves his kids fiercely.
9. The way they smell when they get out of the bath.
(this is not sponsored whatsoever, just sharing because the amazing coconut smell that they have when they get out of the tub after using this stuff makes my heart swoon.)
They snuggle up in their pjs, smelling like coconuts and I can't even begin to get enough.
10. A peaceful, sleeping babe.
11. The shadow of a tiny boy with his pets, reading about things that he adores.
12. The way they play together and love each other well.
13. Their hearts. What makes them who they are.
14. The way I can see us look at one another when I am given the ability to do so through a photo.
You four are my hearts. I love you each so dearly.
I want to celebrate you.
big news! American Blogger. The Movie.
May 16, 2013
How do I even begin this post? With huge huge butterflies in my tummy, that's how!
As I started down this blogging journey so much has happened. I have connected with friends all over the world, I have worked with amazing companies, I have cried over my keyboard and laughed hysterically.
As you know my Chris has posted films here on this space from my first days of posting. He is unbelievable! So many of you cheered him on in last year's 168 film festival when he brought home numerous awards all the way to when he went freelance and started his very own film company.
Chris has had the idea for over a year now to travel the entire United States. To go out on a journey to talk to these bloggers that I love so dearly....that so many of you love so dearly. Then more recently we realized that this dream was going to actually happen!
A DOCUMENTARY ON AMERICAN BLOGGERS.
"What started this whole film idea for me was how my wife loves to blog/instagram so much and she is always meeting new people and, in most cases, really (sincerely) connecting with people around the country (and world). I was really more interested to dig deeper into all this blogging/instagram/twittter world and one, help people understand how cool it is to have an area on the internet that is all yours. And two, I hope to sort-of take a visual snapshot of this time in history when all these instagrammers/bloggers are able to put something out there into the world and really shape culture (in a positive way). An example of a visual element (besides the interviews and actual stories) - Imagine a woman sitting in a skyscraper apartment in NY and she reaches in her pocket and grabs a phone, takes a pic of the city below and uploads it. Then imaging another, sitting on a porch looking at the mountains, grabs their phone, takes a pic, and uploads it. This is so visually beautiful because they are both doing the exact same thing from two completely different worlds and perspectives. I think this is important to show the differences and similarities!!! I truly think this will be a emotional movie as well as a big hit."
The plan is that he will travel the US in our airstream ( over an 8 week period). He will be filming and documenting his journey the entire way as well as taking pictures. The neat thing about him traveling on the road is that he can stop and create time lapses (like this one) and dig deeper into certain stories if need be. He has his cast set ( he has had people inquire about this and you never know...there could always be an American Blogger 2 to tell a whole new round of stories, there are SO many amazing stories out there to still be heard!) I cannot wait for you to see who all he has on board. He will be blogging about this journey (I will be sharing snippets as well) and also sharing along the way on instagram (hashtag #americanblogger).
This is to share the beauty and emotion about this community and this time period. So many of these ladies I have followed and adored for so long and to know how Chris tells stories through film, I am just beside myself with excitement to see the final product!
Once he is completely finished, we will sell the film on iTunes! Each of the bloggers involved will be showing the film trailer, a few outtakes and a link to where it can be purchased!
This is obviously a huge financial risk for our family but we are so excited about the movie and just thrilled by the support we have received already!! Thank you so so much!!
Next week I will be running an Instagram giveaway as an incentive to help spread the word about this film !
Some more airstream renovation pics!
sweet made sweeter.
May 15, 2013
Recently we took the kids out for a day of fun and one of our stops was at Wendy's to try the new Frosty Waffle cones!
The first question was vanilla or chocolate?!! We had to try one of each ;).
My kids had never tried french fries dipped into a frosty before so we introduced them to this yummy treat and they were smitten! Chris is getting prepared to leave for eight weeks and so spending these days together has been extra special and extra bittersweet.
Chris working from home means eating lunch with him everyday, being able to walk down the hall to his office to ask him to take an edit break to go to the park and a hundred other reasons why his freelance job makes our hearts soar. Not having him around will be a huge change and taking these last days to really soak in family time has been incredible sweet.
Thanks Wendy's for making our sweet day, that much sweeter!
Full Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wendy's, though all opinions expressed are my own.
May 14, 2013
Spending the day with them on Sunday was all I could ever ask for or dream of.
I shared some thoughts on motherhood on Friday in honor of mother's day but had something hard pressed on my heart.
Sunday morning at church we were running late so we sat on the second row... which we don't normally do.
There are two places near the front where people can come up and kneel during worship... a place to come lay your burdens down. Our pastor is so wonderful and he said that he wanted to celebrate the mamas but also wanted to acknowledge and be sensitive to those who are desperately longing to be mothers.
He prayed that the desires of these hearts would be met...whether it be in their own womb or in another's womb through adoption.
And as I sat on the second row and saw women come up and kneel with tears streaming... my heart ached & tears fell. I have a few very dear friends in this place right now and it's such a heartbreaking season.
To the mamas.
and the mamas to be.
You were each celebrated & prayed for this Sunday.
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