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Updated: 2018-01-24T04:55:24.260-08:00




So much has happened in the last couple of weeks--my blog will never catch up.=)Oh well. Ha!Here is a picture of Maeve-y on her first day of pre-k by herself! She absolutely loves school and is having a wonderful time! She loves her teacher too, who just happens to also work in her Sunday School class at church--and I love that! =)  My Mom came last weekend to attend Grandparent's Day at school with Amelie (who was lucky enough to have THREE of her wonderful grandparents with her!!) and to see her get baptized as well! More on that next time!We also celebrated Maeve and Ezra's "Fake Birthday" (as Maeve dubbed it). My Mom won't be down again before we see them at Thanksgiving so we took the chance to celebrate Maeve and Ezra's upcoming big days! Amelie made the decorations--aren't they great? =)So thankful for a great family days and for the milestones my kids have been hitting lately! I can't believe I have a pre-k girl, a baptized-new-church-member 2nd grader and a potty-trained boy! Holy Cow! [...]

Pretty much the worst blogger ever


I can't believe how easy it's been to stop blogging--I was so faithfully plugging away for 5+ years and lately haven't been very motivated at all! We've fallen into a comfortable rhythm now that the girls are in school and we are figuring everyone's schedule out! Things are busier than normal! I recently joined our phenomenal local gym and go to classes a few nights a week, the girls started AWANA this year (so far so good!), Maeve has started pre-k, I am getting allergy shots and cleaning one night a week--this is HUGE for us! I feel a bit like we are always running! 
      Not to mention the fact that I am, actually, always running every morning! It was hard at first but now it's one of my favorite parts of the day--my easy days are two miles and my challenging days three--I'm finally starting to feel pretty comfortable! Yay!!  I weighed in today and am down 36 pounds since June 1st when I officially started! I have 8 pounds to lose until I hit my original goal weight--I'm thinking I need a new goal since I didn't think I'd actually get this far!!
      Last week I started potty training Ezra--it's been pretty challenging as the things that worked for the girls are not working for him. We switched up our approach this week though and are having lots of success-no accidents at all today! YAY!!! I think part of the problem is that I'm letting it stress me out--I really need to just go with the flow the stop being so.....*me*!
Nothing else is new here--my Mom is coming to visit this weekend (woot!) and Amelie is getting baptized so lots of excitement on the horizon. So, that's all for bloggy catch up! =)



My sweet baby-girl (who isn't really looking much like a baby at all!!) started pre-k yesterday! It was very exciting and a bit bittersweet to know that thus begins the road to school and Kindergarten! I tried to get a few shots before we walked over to orientation (yes we can WALK to school--1 block; love it!) but Ezra was determined to be in every picture! I had to eventually bribe him with candy to take pictures of just Maeve. He is fairly certain he is going to be attending preschool with her--pretty sure this isn't going to go over well on Friday when I start potty training him instead. Poor guy--he doesn't know what's coming for him! Also, these kids are stinkin' gorgeous----but just LOOK at them. HA! Love their sweet faces!! I'm already worried about sending Maeve off next year and wondering how Ezra will adjust. =( He loves his sister so much--they have been constant companions and playmates for the last 3 years because Amelie has always been in school since he's been around. One of his very best little buddies will be in school too. It's breaking my heart a little bit. Until then, we're going to soak in as much brother-sister/friend play time as possible! [...]

The First Day of 2nd Grade!!


Can't believe this day is finally here! I've been in denial but just sent off my big-girl and husband for the first day of school!! Next year I'll be sending BOTH of my girls--glad I have another year to think about THAT! =) Here are some shots from this morning!

The progression: First day of K, First day of 1st and First day of 2nd!! =)



We haven't done any trips to the ocean this summer until today! We headed down to Ocean City bright and early and enjoyed some peaceful playtime on the beach! The kids had a blast and we followed it up with pizza and funnel cake and ice cream cones and rides at Gillian's Wonderland! And now we're all exhausted. =)



When I started exercising AND watching what I ate (for the most part--tee hee!) I didn't have a goal weight in mind. I had a goal picture/dress. I've had this dress for years--10 or 11 to be exact, and haven't been in it for at least 9 years. Seriously people--I've been saving this dress THAT long. Mostly because I really loved it! Well, today I put it on and zipped it to the top and it's not too squishy or anything and I am happy! =)10 years ago (at one of my favorite people, Andrea's, wedding reception)/today: And it's date night so I'm totally going to wear it.Maybe also to church tomorrow.Don't judge. =)I also tried on this dress from my wedding rehearsal!!:(I'm in the middle with Patty Lynn and Rachel Beth on the left, and Sarah E. and Becky on the right). And it fit and zipped too! A little too tight to wear in public--but these are huge milestones for me! Yay![...]



Yesterday was a great day--the first in a string of not-great-days. A lot of it had to do with me changing my attitude (amazing how much of a difference that makes!!). We went to a park we haven't visited in a while and the kids played happily all morning. After lunch we met up with some of our favorite friends at the pool. We haven't been going as much lately and it was so nice to have little ones for each of my kiddos to play with and friends for Mama to chat with. I'm excited that it's Friday and hope to have some fun family time this weekend--including a date night! It feels like it's been forever since we've had one!!
In other news, I've had some great runs this week and am going to try to increase my distance this weekend. We'll see how that goes. =) Easier said than done!!


Also, this:

Verse of the day:

Proverbs 4:23

23 Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it. 
Happy Friday! =)



this week i haven't done a very good job focusing on the blessings in my life.
a little seed of discontentment appeared in my heart and instead of soaking in the truth of the Word, or spending time with my Heavenly Father--
i let it fester.
and really, it doesn't take long for a tiny little seed of discontent, when nurtured with self-pity, what-if's and i-deserve-it(s), to turn into a great big rotten, consuming mess.
sometimes i am so foolish and fickle--so today as i try, in earnest, with the Lord's help, to dig that seed-turned-stumbling block out of my heart,
i am thankful
for God
and that He never changes
is never fickle
is always wise
and loves me even when i want something that is in no way better than what He's already given me.

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My favorite running song...


Electric guitar + drums + weezer = perfect always. 
 *If this doesn't date me I don't know what does! #alwaysthe90s
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I made promises to myself that I wouldn't let my blog go....but I have! Ack! Summer is so busy and sunny and pool-y and park-y that I just can't sit down and write.I haven't been taking pictures really here's a blast from our summery-past! My parents live on a farm in the middle of no-where (literally--a no stop light town) but to *get away* from it all my Dad built a cabin. It's beautiful--the spot he picked is lovely (on a creek, next to a marshy field) and so peaceful. And, if it's even possible, more peaceful than the peaceful place they already live! He is so talented--it just amazes me the things he can do! He hadn't quite finished the cabin yet in these pictures--he has since put on a roof and siding. Here's a picture of the cute stool he built:  The girls and Dad on the porch: Marsh-land. Home of frogs, fish, deer, craw-fish and the two bass my Dad threw in the water. =) Rock bridge! Climbing up to the sleeping loft in the cabin:My parents are so adventurous and fun. I love that about them. I am NOT like that at all. Adventure for me is eating at a different restaurant than usual and fun = staying home quietly. =) Love them![...]

Big Girl Room Redo and Misc. Home Improvements =)


I'm such a bad blogger--it's been so fun to have my kiddos all home--we've been filling up every day with long walks to the park, pool dates and lots of playtime. I've been doing a lot of projects around the house because the people of my town throw away a lot of awesome furniture. This last week I've gotten a gross desk & chair that I transformed for the girl's room, an ethan allen coffee table that needed a coat of paint, some glass vases that I painted the insides of, and a really cute side table that will probably go in my guest room if I ever get it up to the third floor. =) We redid the girls room last weekend--re-bunked their beds, painted the walls, made new shades and painted a bunch of odds and ends (desks, frames, mirrors) to decorate. Amelie provided the art work! The best part of the room redo is that it only cost us $30--a new gallon of paint, 2 cans of spray paint and everything else (including brushes, art work, frames etc) we already had in storage or in their room. Love budget friendly makeovers! Here are a few shots of their new big girl room:  Spray painted chair, lamps, fan and picture frames. Love Spray Paint!!The vases I painted with whatever colors I found in the basement: The giant freshly painted coffee table that my children think was made for them to sit, dance, eat, play and jump on and off of. That's it for now! I'll try to be a better blogger but the days are full and my kids will only be this age once--I intend to enjoy as much as I can! =)[...]



What a busy few days we've had! My husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary with a lovely trip to The Cheesecake Factory and a mini shopping spree at Target (shopping spree = buying 2 tank tops and a new swim suit bottom! yay! It's the little things =). *** My lungs are still full of the asthma and I need to go get a lung x ray and cat scan--i'm putting it off. =( I have to get cracking on it soon though. ***We had a very nice 4th of July--spent with family watching the parade out front of our house and then a trip to the next town over's celebration. We had a bbq with our family and headed home for naps. We headed out to watch fireworks with Amelie and they were soooo good this year! Absolutely beautiful! *** It would have been a great day but I was pretty bummed about not being fit enough to run the 5k I had been training for MONTHS for. I'm trying to be patient with my lungs and thankful that they work as well as they do but it's been discouraging. ***  In other, good news, though, I've lost 20 pounds! I still would like to lose 20 more but I'm enjoying getting into some clothes that I haven't worn for years. It's a nice feeling. Here's a few pictures of the kiddos from the day! Maeve plugging her ears in preparation for the loud noises of the parade: Ezra's face when he heard the fire trucks! hahahha [...]



We spent the last week enjoying the lovely-ness that is Upstate New York! Days and days were spent on the beach (Lake Ontario) and in the meadows and the forests, at the pond and in the cabin enjoying the change of scenery. It's just so lovely there--absolutely nothing can compare to the peace, and the beauty and the all encompassing quietness of it all. The kiddos had a wonderful time swimming and fishing and 4-wheeler-riding and doing all of the wonderfully fun things we get to do in the country. I miss that lifestyle SO much. I've lately found myself very content to be settled where we are--surrounded by so much loving family and dear friends--but going back, I can't help but LONG for wide open spaces. Anyways....that's not where the Lord has placed me so I'll have to be thankful that I can at least visit those spaces! Even if all I took away from it was raging allergies/asthma and lung trouble. Gah. Can't win. =)A few pictures of my sweet babies--love my little rays of sunshine!![...]



Happy Friday! My weak little asthma lungs are slowly healing and getting back to normal! Hooray! Today I ran a mile and it felt AMAZING!! My lungs worked pretty good and I went fast and didn't feel like I was going to die. What an answer to prayer! School is officially over for Amelie (Mr. Wonderful has two more days of meetings and one more graduation to play for). Here's a shot of my sweet girl on her last day of 1st grade!!!! First Day of First Grade vs. The Last Day! I really feel like summer snuck up on me this year! We leave for vacation in a few days and I'm all set and EXCITED to spend days on the beach!!! Let's hope camping agrees with the family! =) I google-earthed our camping site and am so excited about literally being ON the beach. YAY!! SO thankful to be feeling better and breathing better and hopefully will stay that way! Speaking of probably followed the CF story of Nate and Tricia--you can check out his blog for updates (click here) but Tricia is starting an aggressive anti-rejection treatment today. It will leave her immune system weak and unprotected--won't you pray that God will protect this sweet lady? She has been through so much and has remained so positive. That's it for now--if you can take a big deep breath without any problems thank your lucky stars and your Heavenly Father--Every Single Breath is a gift. [...]



I've been avoiding my blog...
Last week I came down with a simple head cold and it has spiraled into a full blown case of THE stupid asthma. 
I am wondering if this is my new asthma-prone-life?
It's a little scary.
I am seeing a good doctor and am on lots of medicine so those are good things.
Although the medicine does make me full of THE crazy and THE sleeplessness. 
My doctor has advised that I stop running (not that I can really run at the moment anyways) and I am heartbroken. I have worked so hard to get to where I am--months of consistency down the drain all over again. I am in exactly the same place I was last fall--JUST starting to run consistently good times and JUST starting to handle three miles easily. Then AND now I was training for my first 5K. I'm afraid I'm going to have to postpone again unless something miraculous happens. 
I feel a little betrayed by my body.  I am discouraged to find myself back in this place. At the same time I am encouraged to know that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. I strongly believe that God has a plan for me and everything I go through so I'm going to take it one. day. (breath) at. a. time.
 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 really speaks to me and I am going to work on this!!
16 Rejoice always,  
17 pray continually,  
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I'm so thankful that He loves me even when I'm doubtful, and fearful and weak. Amen!!



Today I'm going to share a story with you--one of the BEST stories I've ever read. It's so super important to me because it was written by one who is extremely dear to my heart. This is the story of my best friend Sarah (written in her own words). When you have a quiet moment (or at least, a mostly quiet one =) please read it.   *****************************I’m a church kid. That meant I was in church every Sunday, morning and night, and every Wednesday. We memorized verses in the Bible, we would go around the neighborhood handing out tracks, we’d do clean-up days at the church, sing in choir, etc. It was all I ever knew and for the most part, I enjoyed it.From a young age, you hear the gospel (good news) and how you get saved (become a Christian). It went something like this: Jesus was born to a virgin, grew up and did lots of awesome miracles, died for your sins, was resurrected 3 days later and is in heaven building you a mansion on streets of gold. All you need to do is tell Jesus you’re sorry for your sins and that you believe he died for you and that’s it! You’re saved! Oh, and if you don’t pray that, you’ll go to Hell. There’s fire there that will never go out. Ever. And that’s where Satan lives.So, as a 6 year old, it was a pretty easy decision. Getting saved was the right thing to do, my parents were saved and I sure as you know what didn’t want to go down “there”. Salvation was talked about a lot in children’s ministry at our church, as it should be. It’s important. But the way it was presented turned out to be a huge problem for me. Waves of doubt would come and go as I got into my teens. Did I really believe this?Like most teens, I had a brief period of rebellion. But, I decided the church life was for me and I repented. Back to my list of dos and don’ts. That’s what being a Christian was to me. Jesus died for us, so now we have to do x, y and z. Wear long skirts, no rock and roll, no PG-13 movies, NEVER hold hands with a boy and the list goes on.The next few years were pretty normal: boyfriend, engagement, marriage, move to NY, have baby, move to Lancaster County to work at another church, have more babies and that brings us to now. But something started happening in Josh (the husband), which resulted in something happening in me. He was really growing, changing and becoming more passionate about his faith. And I became more unsure, upset, angry, frustrated, depressed. It was ugly. I felt like no matter how many good things I did, I felt more miserable. It didn’t make sense! I was part of the worship team, I taught Sunday School, I did Bible studies, worked in youth group….I was the model Christian! But on the inside, where it mattered, I began to realize what had been nagging at me all these years. I never was truly a Christian. Praying a prayer for fear of Hell doesn’t save you. Doing Christian things doesn’t save you. It’s only Jesus who can truly change you. I need Jesus’ gospel; the real one. And this is what it looks like:You’re a sinner. That means Jesus has a standard, and you don’t meet it. And on your own, you never will. You can’t even go a day without breaking 1 of the 10 commandments! Now, because of that sin, there’s a debt owed. That debt is death: eternally being separated from Jesus. BUT, because God is a mercifully and loving God, he decided to pay that debt for us through his son, Jesus. Jesus came to this earth, lived like us but perfectly, and then died a death no one should ever have to. And on that cross all of the sins that were ever committed or ever will be, were paid for. 3 days later, He conquered death and is wi[...]



The school year is slowly but surely winding down and I am just dying for Amelie and my husband to be home!!! I can't wait to start our summer schedule! It's absolutely gorgeous out--the weather has been cooler than normal and the NY girl in me LOVES it!! Anyways....Maevey had a playdate with her BFF yesterday and came home with a surprise--HAIRCUT! The damage: The pile I had to cut off to even it up:   The super cute result! It wasn't planned--but I love Maeve's short hair and I think it will be perfect for the summer. She looks so cute and big! Not much else is new--just plugging along. I've stuck with my eating-right plan (using My Fitness Pal App) counting calories and have continued my morning running in preparation for a 5K on July 4th! My running is going really well and I can FINALLY run 2 miles again without breaking a sweat. WOOT! Weeks and weeks of dedication are finally paying off! I am soooo not a natural athlete so it's really difficult for me to even run short distances without lots of consistent practice. I've been going out 5 days a week for 3 months to get to this point. Gah. Oh well--thankful for working lungs and legs--that's for sure!! As far as eating--watching my food hasn't been as hard as I thought. I am eating a little differently but I actually can eat MORE now that I understand what calories are where. It's kind of amazing. I've lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks--I can't believe it! It hasn't even been hard! It will get harder as time goes on, I'm sure, but it's super encouraging to me! That's it for now--just going to lace up my shoes and take the kids for a walk to visit the ducks at the lake down the street. Happy Tuesday! [...]

The Graduate


Maeve-y girl graduated from preschool today! She was awarded "Best laugh and voice." We were assured she is the cutest girl in the class--what a surprise! HA! Love that crazy girl! Here she is with her diploma: =)
In other news--not much is going on (which I prefer! =). I started working on the top of the hutch thingy that I re-finshed into a sideboard. This part will be a book shelf for Ezra's room. I'm switching his room up and getting ready to convert him to big-boy-status and will be taking out the nursing rocker (tear) and baby toys. Before:
I have some fun greenish-blue paint that I might paint part of it with....I don't know yet. And I have a bunch of baskets lingering around that I think would be great for some small toy storage in his room. It's my hope to get some toys out of the living room area and up the stairs! My baby is getting soooo big. Le. Sigh. I gave him a mohawk tonight--I cut it a little short though so it doesn't really look like one. Oh well, practice makes perfect. =)
That's it. I worked on spring-cleaning everything today and am ready for a break! Happy Wednesday! 



Happy Memorial Day! I am so thankful to be able to celebrate our freedom with my family! So thankful for all of the men and women (including my Grandpa, and two of my Aunts) who have served our country!! We went to a parade this morning and spent time afterwards with our family and the cousins. And then we took naps. Happy! Happy!

Annual Family Strawberry Day Photo Dump


1. It was hot. 2. The kids were perfect. 3. Ezra stole my ice cream cone. =) 4. The strawberry fields smelled heavenly. 5. We had a great day with Granny, Pop, Aunt Micayla and the cousins! [...]

Puddle Jumpers




The other day we went on a three park marathon adventure because Mommy locked us out of the house. Duh. HA! Oh well, we still had a great day. I have so much fun with the two littles--they love going for long walks and playing at different parks. We had a lovely time and I know I will always remember these days home with them with a very happy, and very full heart! Love my precious babies! [...]



This week is going so quickly--I can't believe how close summer is! I'm so excited!!We tried to usher in a little summer by getting out the baby pool for the kids this afternoon but it's still a bit cool for that. Ezra turned into a little blue icicle in about 10 minutes. Ha! This morning we met up with friends for some bike/scooter riding at the park. The kids had a great time and found a puddle to splash in as well which is always a big hit.  Yesterday we took a trip to the zoo--we had a good time but it was definitely a work out! We had many small children--5 in the under two set and they were running around like crazy guys. HA! I only had time to snap a few pictures of our morning: We actually ended up getting to the zoo early (traffic was good in Philly-weird) and a train went by and the kids lost their minds with excitement! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="420">That's it for now--the kids are crazy and it's nearly time for bed. Happy Wednesday! [...]



It's a rainy day here and promising to be a rainy week. I'm a bit bummed because we had SUCH a WONDERFUL time last week with lots of park dates with friends and lots of long walks just the three of us--it was really perfect. *** I went for a rainy run this morning and started to feel like I'm gaining momentum! It's been so tedious the last month with slow runs and feeling like I'm not all there--but today, for a little bit, I wasn't just running--I was FLYING. I mean--it was technically downhill but still, progress is good. =) *** One of the advantages to my early morning runs is that I get first pick of the trash before the trash trucks come along. I've found a lot of great stuff and dragged it back ON my back or run faster home so I have time to grab the van, do a pick up and speed away before the 7am trash men come. =) About two weeks ago I found a large hutch! I was excited because the side table we have in our kitchen is falling apart and literally held together with hot glue. For real. =) The large upper part of the hutch wouldn't work in our kitchen because I just don't have much wall space but the bottom is the perfect sideboard and the top will be an awesome shelf for Ezra's big boy room (whenever I get around to putting that together =).  I had spray paint left over from another project that I sprayed the old brass pulls with, leftover primer and brushes and just got a quart of paint to match our kitchen. A super inexpensive project! I even found some cool new knobs on Anthropologie (favorite) on clearance! They were even cheaper than plain old knobs at Home Depot!And the neatest thing of all? I was just beyond blessed when I figured out I had room to hide my giant box of coupons in here instead of in the middle of my counter!! I just think it's so neat when things like that happen--I mean, I found someone else's trash that is just what I needed for my house with the extra special blessing of storage and coupon-hide-a-bility. Seriously, it felt like a great big hug from God.I believe with all my heart that God cares about the details of our lives. How could a Creator who made such an amazing world NOT care?! He just does and today putting together my little trash find I really felt loved like a child. Thank you Lord!So thankful for all of the little and big blessings today. Happy Monday![...]



We've been keeping super busy this week. Lots of outdoor time and park dates with friends--it was just what the doctor ordered!!! I am so thankful to have people to meet up and hang out with and for little kiddos for my children to play with--it makes my heart happy! 
We went to a park today and I spent most of the time tailing Ezra who wanted to ride the scooter onto the other end of the very large park. Luckily Maeve is very self sufficient and I could watch her from afar biking around with her favorite little gal-pal. 
Not much else is going on--just counting down the days until summmmmerrrr is here! I love having all three of my kiddos home and the fact that my husband's schedule is MUCH lighter (as are our wallets le sigh...). Amelie just about loses her mind every time she hears of our adventures so it will be very good to share them with her! 
 In other news: enjoy this completely gratuitous picture of the flowers I was gifted at my husband's concert. Beautiful
In completely other other news, I've decided to start keeping track of what I eat this week. And give up soda. Gah. It's stupid. But I can use the Fitness Pal App on my Ipad so it's almost like a game. Almost. It hasn't been too painful so far--I've only ever watched what I ate once. And it lasted about 4 we'll see. I have officially tied that record so far. Ha! That's it. Happy Thursday!