The tired, wonderful years.

My husband had to work on Mother’s Day.
There was laundry piled up from the half week before that needed to be done.
Sunday morning was rushed and a bit (a lot!) stressful getting to church.
Lyla woke up sick on the bathroom floor.
Dinner still needed to be made.
Baths still needed to be taken.


This is the reality of my Mother’s Day.


BUT … These are the moments that I am grateful for over the Mother’s Day weekend …



My sister, grandma, mom and I were able to get together on Saturday (and boy, I am so annoyed that I didn’t get a photo) … here is a photo of my mom and dad, who I love SO VERY MUCH.

Grateful for my mom and her absolute determination and love in raising her three children …


thankful for spring garden blooms …




mornings with chalk and the girls …


a Mother’s Day love note …

a sweet hand woven coffee coaster, made by Lacey …

… many loads of laundry, yes. laundry.     This means I have five healthy children who play in the dirt, get muddy and fill my day with laundry chores. And honestly, that’s a blessing.

{Do you see your laundry that way?
I challenge you to! This is something I’ve learned to see as a blessing through the powerful words of my friend, Lena, my small group leader.}


Church Sunday morning.

{Don’t let this image fool you.
We were on our way to church Mother’s Day morning …
Lovie was not happy – after a few minutes of pure stubborness and a quick time out, she finally gave us permission to sit together for a few seconds …
it certainly required much patience from her sisters as well …
but she sat with us and that’s what mattered in the end … and I am grateful! }

an afternoon nap in the fresh air …

and best of all … a photograph that I will cherish forever!

{bursting heart right here}



“These are never years.
Never enough money.
Never enough time,
never enough sleep –
but always enough love.

The sweetest kiss of a baby,
the tooth-paste-flavored kiss of a child on his way to bed,
the sleepy kiss of a husband who’s

just as tired as you.

These are the busy years,
the wonderful hectic, impossible years.

Soon, the children will be grown and I’ll have plenty of time to organize my house,
sew, and to cultivate outside interests.

I wonder if it will be as wonderful as they say?
Or am I in the middle of the wonderful years … right now?”

-The Power of Motherhood

Happy {belated} Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Know how amazing and blessed you are!



May 22, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Lauren I LOVE these pics! So precious! My mother’s day was insane also….and yes, I’m trying to see laundry as a blessing – if I had a line like yours across the yard it would help 😀

LOVE the blanket little Leia has – did someone make it?

May 15, 2012 - 10:58 pm

Sherri Smith <3 When can we come see them? Love the pics of course!

May 15, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Grandma Gerr Beautiful Endearing Photos! xx

May 15, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Cassandra Wow these are amazing photos …. Especially the last photo, I could stare At that for hours …. Just beautiful xx great blog post to start my day Thank you xx

May 15, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Rachel Joy You are so pink and girly and beautiful and blessed and pink and girly and beautiful and blessed! 🙂

May 15, 2012 - 11:57 am

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) Awesome blog and amazing wonderful (heart bursting) pictures!! Love Love Love Love Love them!! xoxo

May 15, 2012 - 11:00 am

Beverly Your girls are gorgeous! and that’s a lot of pink laundry 😉 I have three boys so its all blue and green laundry. Thanks for the reminder that laundry is a sign of healthy children…I like that! Your pictures are gorgeous and I love how they tell a story.