Sometimes things have to wait.. (and thats okay)

Recently, John and I began leveling a spot in our backyard so that we could make a small patio for chairs, a fire pit, and a grill. I know exactly what I want it to look like in my mind and it’s going to be perfect (whenever it is finished). We started the project a few weeks ago when the weather was sunny and nice. And then, like typical Upper Peninsula weather, it started to rain and snow, and it was just downright too cold to go out and work on it. And then when the weather cleared up, we couldn’t work up the courage to go buy $100+ worth of materials to finish the project.

We will be traveling to Florida at the beginning of July for a week to visit John’s parents, and we come back the day before my birthday. So that means, one week (or more) off of work for the both of us, which also means one week of no income (and that adds up quick).

So right now, we are trying to save as much money as we can to have a good time in Florida (and also pay bills) rather than finish our little patio. And to be honest, that is something I am perfectly fine with. I have been kind of an impatient person my whole life (I try so hard not to be!) so maybe we started the project a little too early without planning out how it was going to get finished. But I’m beginning to learn that maybe it’s okay to have a random dug out square in our backyard for the moment. It’s not going anywhere, and there will be a time when we feel it is right to finish the project. The same could be said for the piles of laundry that take over my dining room table or the dishes that sit in the sink for an extra day. With a little one at the house, sometimes when he takes his nap I’ve realized that it is completely okay to sit on the couch and have a cup of coffee. The dishes can wait until the evening. (Of course they can’t wait days and days, but a few extra hours won’t hurt them). So like I said, sometimes things have to wait, and that is completely okay.


Life from my iPhone (part 2)

Last month I shared some photos from my iPhone and I decided to do it again. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know I post a lot of pictures, but that’s not nearly as many pictures that I actually take on my phone! 



nap time
stanley cup playoff time
bed time stories
proud of my mom belly #loveyourlines
brushing my two teef!
first “jamicure”
bridge construction..
grandma’s birthday!
snacks are the only way to get a picture of them together
day trip to Copper Harbor
loving the swing
friday lunch dates with my mom and Lincoln
tearing up everything
the one week we had nice weather
baby jail while we build our patio
getting everywhere on his own
chinese date with John
Amanda came to town and we watched way too many Kylie Jenner lip fail videos
loving his new puppy from Paris from his grandma
pizza for Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day loving with my boy

The alphabet of motherhood 

There are so many words to describe motherhood. Some are happy, some are angry, some are sad, but they all add up to define motherhood.

A // amazing

B // busy

C // crazy 

D // dirty

E // exhausting 

F // frustrating

G // giving

H // happy

I // incredible 

J // joyous 

K // kind

L // love, lots and lots of love

M // messy

N // never ending 

O // odd

P // precious

Q // quirky

R // rewarding

S // selfless

T // tiring

U // unforgettable 

V // valuable 

W // weird

X // “x”tremely the best 

Y // yucky

Z // zoo-like

Happy Mother’s Day!


You made me a mother

As my first Mother’s Day approaches, I can’t help but get a little bit emotional. Last year, I was pregnant with Lincoln and anxiously awaiting his arrival. My mother gave me some flowers in honor of the day and I happily dreamed about the coming year.

It’s so crazy to think how fast our lives really go by. When Lincoln was first born, those first couple of months seemed to drag on with the sleepless nights and my constant fear of “am I doing this right?!” And then once school was over for me and Lincoln started to get used to life post-belly, everything seems like a blur. He is becoming such an independent little man (ha ha, “man” even though he’s only 8 months old!) But really, I cannot believe how old he seems to me now. I see other babies in stores or on my various social media pages and cannot picture Lincoln that size anymore. And I have only known him for 8 months, I cannot imagine what it’s like for mother’s whose children are grown up.

These 8 months of being a mother have been the most tiring, frustrating, stressful, joyous, happiest, and rewarding months of my life. You never truly know what it feels like to be a mother until you become one and it is something that I never knew I was meant to be, but now that I am, I could not picture my life any other way. 

Not only have these months taught me what it’s like to be a mother, but they have made me appreciate my own mother on a whole new level. I have always told my mother ever since I was little that she is the best mother in the universe but I never truly appreciated what it meant to be to hold that title. I cannot wait for the day to hear Lincoln say the same to me. 

I am so thankful for all the things my mother taught me to be a great mother myself. Of course at the time she didn’t know that’s what she was teaching me, and neither did I, but now that I’m older I can say I have learned so much. The biggest lesson that I’ve gained is to give love. Mothers may not always have the best of everything to give their children, but as long as they give them their love, they will be set for life.

All I can say is, this Mother’s Day I am so grateful that I get to spend my life as Lincoln’s mother.


Dear Lincoln {8 months}

Dear Lincoln,

Time is flying by at a rate that I didn’t know was possible! I can’t believe that next month you will be as old as my pregnancy lasted, and let me tell you.. this time is going by way faster than that did.

You have been growing at a crazy rate this month. You have two little bottom teeth that you like to munch on everything with. Your new favorite snack is Gerber Puffs, I think you like the blueberry flavor the best. You’ve also tried all kinds of different foods this month, including avocados, bananas, and lots of pureed foods. You aren’t very picky yet and I hope it stays that way.

I know last month I was saying that you might be crawling this month but not quite yet. You are SO close though! You’ve started rocking back and forth on your hands and knees but you have yet to reach your arm out farther. But that’s okay because you can army crawl like a champ and you sure are getting EVERYWHERE!

You have such a little personality now. You like to say “mama” all the time, although I know you’re not making the connection that I’m “mama” yet but it sure is cute to hear. You also love to dance when music comes on, you can really bust a move!

This month we got to celebrate grandpa and grandma’s birthdays! We also celebrated your first Easter and had plenty of time spent with family. Your dad and I even got to go on our first date this month since you were born and you got to hangout with grandma for the day!

It’s really hard for me to believe that you will be a year old in just 4 months, but we’ll have a lot of exciting things happen in the meantime!


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