What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Sharing what I’ve been reading lately, fiction and non-fiction as well as our current read aloud which has been a favourite.  I’d love to hear what you’re reading lately in the comments and then head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy for many more titles!
Every year or so I like to read a book on childhood and parenting to remind myself of the direction we are choosing to go with our family and because I find the study of people so fascinating. This book I picked up on a whim when we were in Lunenburg , I’ve read Honore’s first book In Praise of Slow, years ago and it inspired some big changes for us. I don’t think our children are under pressure, we’re pretty big fans of slow and simple living but this book was a good read nonetheless. I appreciated his current take on kids and screen time, the reality of balancing activities with free play and reading stories of forest schools around the world.

  I love a good twist on a classic or fairy tale and this book did not disappoint. Samantha is the last of the Bronte family and is heir to  a legacy by her father, if she can figure out the treasure hunt he laid out for her with clues in the Bronte novels. There is much speculation as to what this legacy is and Samantha is constantly finding herself the centre of attention as she tries to find out just what her father actually left her. It’s a great read of a girl who grieves the loss of her father and life as she knows it and comes to embrace her family’s history. It’s littered with references to all the Bronte novels (obviously) and quite a few other classic works as well. And I would be lying if I didn’t say that the cover art moved it to the top of my to-read pile.

 It is rare for me that I take nearly a month to read a fiction book but Hannah Coulter had me re-reading passages, copying poignant paragraphs, wishing I could travel to Kentucky and renewing my library copy a few times. It is at its heart, a simple story of one woman’s life but it is also the story of an era in American history using Hannah Coulter and her family as the main players. This was my first Wendell Berry but it’s definitely not my last.

 I read this book in two stages- the first time I read as much as I could in the seven days I had it from the library in a quick read loan. I finished it after a friend handed me her library copy and offered up her thoughts on it. It’s a book that is for everyone because I believe firmly that everyone is a creative of sorts, everyone has something that fires them up. But just as everyone has something that they are passionate, they also have fear or negative emotions about that thing. This book speaks right to that fear and it is hugely inspiring.

I think every book lover at sometime or another has a daydream to open a bookstore, I’m no different and so I loved reading this memoir of one couple who did just that. It’s an honest read telling of the uphill climb to make a bookstore work in an unlikely sort of place. But it’s also the memoir of people who really like books and the community that came from opening a bookstore.

 

 This is the book I’m currently reading aloud with the girls, I grabbed it on a whim based on the cover (sense a theme yet?) thinking it was by A.A. Milne. It’s not but it’s a delightful collection of stories of the characters of the 100 Acre Wood with some new friends for Piglet, Pooh and Rabbit. It started us on a treasure hunt of the true story of Winnie the Pooh and anytime a book sparks a whole new world of exploration, it’s a winner. Plus the illustrations are beautiful and plentiful.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading lately and what books you’re reading with your little ones!

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10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself in 10 Minutes

Taking care of myself so that I can better take care of those around me has been a habit I’ve worked at cultivating over the last few years. It’s harder with small children but it is more necessary then ever because of those lovely  little ones.

Since Kieran was born time alone has been at a premium, this is a wonderfully exhausting season and I wouldn’t have it any either way. But after having postpartum depression after my second daughter, I have been more mindful then ever during this postpartum time.

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I came up with this list of super simple, do-able self-care practices one morning after feeling touched out and burnt out from keeping my tiny humans alive. I know some of you can relate even if your days aren’t filled with diaper changes, home schooling and meal making. Some of these are ten minutes, some are longer but all are life-giving to me.

  • Drinking a cup of coffee or tea while it’s still piping hot.
  • Daily ten minute pilates workout (I dress in leggings most days to make this goal happen).
  • Candle lit shower with an essential oil scrub. One of my favourite shower gifts was a homemade sugar scrub, it makes my showers feel more like spa time and the candle hides the toothpaste clumps on the sink.IMG_0825 (1)
  • Reading before bed-just a few chapters each night makes a huge difference for me even if the day was a doozy.
  • Intentional multi-tasking. If I’m driving solo, I always listen to a podcast. If we’re at the library, I flip through current issues of my  favourite magazines.IMG_1768
  • Fresh flowers on my kitchen table. I add them to our grocery cart all winter long and the girls keep me supplied in bouquets now that the dandelions are out.
  • Weekly conversation with a friend. Homeschooling means I am home a lot with my little ones. I love it but I need adult interaction as well. I try to make this happen weekly whether it’s meeting a friend and her kidlets at a library, staying up later to chat on the phone or a book club gathering.
  • Saying no. I can be such a people pleaser and an opportunity seizer but this is a slow, quiet season of my life and saying no is almost always the best idea for me.IMG_1675
  • An afternoon out. Almost every week I go out for a few hours, by myself, to a coffee shop. I write, people-watch, read blogs and sit in the quiet. It’s one of my favourite times and I’m super grateful for this season where Jared is home more to make this happen.
  • Getting outside, this is such an obvious one but days can go by without me being outside for a good length of time. I’m working on changing that with simple garden projects and nature walks with friends.

That’s my list of simple, do-able self care practices. I’d love to hear what makes your list of refreshing practices when life is busy.

 

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Play to Your Strengths

Last month I went to a playdate at a friend’s house, it was one of the first times I’d gone out by myself with all three kids and I knew that even if all of us ended up having tears, her house was a safe place to do that. She poured me a cup of coffee, held my baby and my girls ran off with her girls and I didn’t see them for the next hour. Another mom and her three showed up, I had never met her before but we quickly found plenty to talk about. Mostly about books and finding the many books we had in common.

I left that gathering feeling completely filled up and with this phrase stuck in my head- play to your strengths. 

And I’ve been thinking about it every since, reminding myself of it when I see new projects I want to take on or sweet ideas to incorporate into our homeschool life.

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Play to Your Strengths 

My friend opened her house, poured coffee and served a no-fuss lunch to eight (nine, if we’re counting the newborn) children and their mamas. It was loud at times, there was much peacemaking and slight chaos. That kind of thing stresses me out. I want to be better at opening my home to lots of little children and just let the mess go but it’s hard for me. The other friend is a fantastic conversationalist. I love meeting new people but I feel awkward coming up with small talk to lead to deeper conversations. There were no awkward pauses and the three of us could have talked all day together, despite two of us having just met.

I brought a fruit rainbow, complete with marshmallow clouds and gold coins, it was Saint Patrick’s Day after all. If I had more time, I would have made the marshmallows from scratch. It’s who I am. I love to feed people and I love to make it beautiful. It’s one of my strengths.

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This week I had a few friends over a tea party. A tea party I’ve been wanting to have for months. There were scones and berries and cream. There was lemon curd, marmalade and creme fraiche. There was plenty of English breakfast tea and plenty of sugar spilled by little hands. My girls and their friends went wild with their dress up trunk after filling up on chocolate oat birds nest cookies. It was exactly what I love to do. Feed people and make it beautiful. We picked the only two blooming daffodils along with a few pansies and dandelions to decorate the table. It was pretty and the food was tasty but my biggest takeaway was what I learned from my friend weeks ago.

Play to your strengths but also don’t stop learning new things. My house was a bit of a mess afterwards (obviously), we all retreated for an hour of quiet time and supper was almost more scones but I was completely filled up. I fed people, I made it pretty and I opened my house.

I’d love to hear what your strengths are and how you keep learning new things!

 

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Finding Online Inspiration {5 New-to-Me Blogs}

It seems like blogging is both a dying art and yet complete alive in many areas. Most people (myself included) will just write a longer instagram post and call it a mini-blog. I can easily scroll through my instagram feed while feeding Kieran and it is by far my favourite form of social media but I do love words and reading a little more then just a paragraph. For me, it’s also about surrounding myself with wise woman in my village, we may not all live next door to each other but we can share life online. It’s certainly not perfect and is only ever a small picture of the everyday reality.

This year some of our big changes were starting to homeschool and having a third baby, both of which are huge and important  yet they can also be lonely. I reached out to my real life tribe, exchanging many texts with my sister (who lives across the country) and we spent hours talking through our crazy homeschool while pregnant and then newborn life. I went on weekly nature walks with a local friend partly so that our five kidlets could run wild and free in the woods, observing the changes of the seasons, but also so that she and I could have adult conversation in the middle of our school week.

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And I added several new accounts to my Instagram feed and clicked over to their blogs whenever I had a few more quiet minutes to read.

Here are the five new-to-me blogs that I’ve been reading lately when I have a need of some inspiration in our homeschool life and some solidarity in the adjustment to three children.

Erstwhile Dear by Rachel 

Rachel lives in Boston with her three daughters, her baby is just a few weeks older then Kieran, and she shares snippets of their life through words and pictures. I love Boston so much and have always wondered what it would be like to live there, with young children. Rachel makes it seem magical and do-able. I also feel a sense of companionship as she shares what life with three little kidlets is like.

Investing Love by Alicia 

Back in January when I was healing from Kieran’s birth and wondered how on earth I was going to homeschool with a newborn, I read copious amounts of Alicia’s blog. She is the mother of four children, homeschooling and making a home in Minnesota. Her instagram feed is realistic yet visionary and her blog is just an expanded version of that. Her children are older then mine and I feel comfort in reading someone else’s story, just further down the path.

Learning Well Community – Inspiration for Homeschooling Parents 

This is a community started by Alicia, it is just the sort of site that makes me happy as we finish out our homeschool year and plan for next year. Homeschooling can be hard and yet the absolute best choice, that’s what I’ve found this past year and I’m grateful to soak up good words from those who’ve been doing it a little longer then I have.

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Lindsey Kubly – A Stylish and Simple Life 

Lindsey’s third child was born just a few weeks before Kieran and I have loved reading along as she’s shared snippets of their adjustment to three kidlets, the books she’s reading (herself and to her children) and simple self care. She’s just ahead of me in the postpartum stage and though our personal style is different, I love reading how she’s finding her style again after pregnancy. Her blog is simple and always inspiring.

Cloistered Away by Bethany 

Bethany is a homeschooler, photographer and mother to four children. I want to live in basically all of her photos and always come away feeling filled up and ready to love my family with food, simplicity and good books. She doesn’t candy coat life and speaks to the hard places as well. Whether you’re a homeschooler or not, her blog breathes refreshment.

 

I’d love to hear what blogs you’re reading these days!

 

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3 kidlets, 3 months in

In this moment, there’s a sense of busy calm. My big girls are outside playing, hunting for signs of spring and finding sticks they can carve. My little man is finally asleep after two outfit changes and a whole lot of snuggle time.

The house shows evidences of life everywhere from the papers and pencil crayons leftover from this morning’s homeschooling time to the books on almost every surface and a half-empty cold cup of tea.

My baby is three months old and I feel the newborn fog lifting with just a few wisps around that will probably always stay because I still have young children.

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One of the books I read early after Kieran’s birth has deeply impacted my last three months and the months to come as I try to figure out just where and what to focus on. Three children with three different needs from me, a commitment to homeschool, meals to prep and a house that won’t clean itself plus all the super fun opportunities that come up on a weekly basis. There’s just not that much of me to go around and I’ve flirted with burn out too many times in the past to know I don’t want to go there.

This book is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and though the author didn’t intend it to be a manifesto for motherhood, its become that for me. Learning a graceful no and setting boundaries (for myself and others). Identifying the slowest hiker in our little group (hello newborn baby!) and then adapting my pace have been life-giving realizations.

This is an intense season, absolutely exhausting and yet exhilarating often in the same moment. My big girl reads to my baby while my middle and I prep supper. It’s a lightning fast pace yet our days are slow and often feel small and unglamorous. I’ve had to become a much better time manager then ever before fitting homeschool and meal prep and conversations in around feedings and naps. My girls have become adept helpers in rocking the chair, running upstairs for yet another onsie or blanket and learning to be flexible during read aloud time.

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I need my focus to be sharp and my purpose clear for the days when I feel two steps behind before I even wake up fully and for the days when everything flows well when Kieran’s naps are long and I sit with the girls and we finally do our butterfly  art project together.

3 months in, I’m finding my groove, readjusting my expectations and quieting my internal crazy, it feels good and I’m grateful.

 

 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Sharing short reviews of what I’ve been reading lately and linking up with Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy, let me know what you’re reading lately and then head there for many more titles! This month’s highlights include some fun fiction and one stellar non-fiction.

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While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

I took this book along for a recent weekend away and it was a great relaxing read. The book follows the lives of three woman as they each have big changes in their personal lives which intersect at a weekly viewing of Downton Abbey in their apartment building. The book is set in Atlanta with many references to places around the city which makes it fun for anyone who is familiar with the city (I was there in October and loved all the references!). The book isn’t a great read but what made it enjoyable for me is the underlying truth that we each have something to offer in friendships even when it seems like others are totally pulled together and those friendships can start over something as simple as a weekly viewing of a British period drama.What I've Been Reading Lately || this vintage moment

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

After reading All the Light We Cannot See, every book set in Paris during World War II seems to pale in comparison. This book seemed to drag in the first half of the book and I wasn’t sure what the author’s point. I stuck with it because the author is an architect by day, author by night and those kind of books fascinate me. An architect is hired to build an impossible to find hiding place for a prominent Jewish business man. He accepts the challenge and then finds himself doing multiple projects as well as forging an unlikely friendship with a fellow architect who happens to be a Nazi. This book raises a lot of interesting ethical ideas about relationships between the Jews, Parisians and Germans and goes to show that just like in real life, wartime isn’t all black and white.

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Written by the same author of P.S. I love You, this story is also set in Ireland with a very stoic, organized interior designer, her delightful nephew, her grieving father and flighty sister. The older sister watched her mother leave the family time and time again and as a result had to raise her baby sister. She promised herself that she would leave Ireland and her dysfunctional family but she was compelled to stay. An imaginary friend of her nephew becomes her friend and draws her out of her all black wardrobe and all work life. It’s a bit of a far stretch but it’s also a delightful story about learning to be free and embrace all the messy parts of life and relationship. Plus the descriptions of Ireland are great.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

This is the food version of You’ve Got Mail, Lou has opened the restaurant she’s always dreamed but without the complete support of her fiancé. In another attempt to win him over, she bakes him her signature coconut cake only to find another woman in his apartment. That night her emotions come out in her cooking which also happens to be the night that an influential food critic eats at her restaurant and is not impressed. She ends up in a relationship with the food critic and he attempts to win her over despite his guilt at causing her restaurant to fail. It’s a delightful read with a British food critic and a solidly mid-western chef and fabulous descriptions of the food they enjoy. Warning: you will want to eat coconut cake at the end.

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When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

This was a pick for an online family reading book club  and I’m so glad I was introduced to it. Based on the author’s parents’ experiences, it is the story of Korea during World War II from the perspective of a brother and a sister. It’s a fascinating window on an area and time I knew nothing about. Japanese forces took over Korea and forced much of the Korean culture out but the subtle ways the Korean people fought back and retained their heritage was both inspiring and heartbreaking to read. It’s a YA novel and one I’ll be introducing to my girls when they want to read more about this time period.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg MeKeown

This book has been on my radar since my sister reviewed it on her blog a year ago but it took moving and having a newborn for me to actually read it. And without being too gushy, it’s been the most useful book I’ve read in months. The book’s tagline is ‘the disciplined pursuit of less’ and it is the book to read if you’ve ever felt stretched too thin, like you’re keeping too many balls in the air and you often feel burnt out. This book helps to weed out the non-essentials and to hone your focus on what is truly essential for you and your life. It’s a short, easy read but one that I will be returning to on an annual basis.

 

I’d love to hear what you’re reading lately or what books you think I should add to my to read list, let’s chat in the comments!

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Purple Houses, Lost Soothers and Ocean Views

I rocked my baby to sleep, admiring the sunset reflecting off the quiet harbour and bring the already vibrant house colours to life. I wished I could capture it but my hands were full of an almost sleeping baby and there was no way I could capture what I wanted without leaving our hotel suite.

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I was rocking my baby to sleep because on one of our earlier walks, he had lost his soother and I failed to realized that until hours later when we were cozied up in our hotel room. His sisters were asleep in another room, they fell asleep quickly because the previous night they were wide awake for hours past their usual bedtime.

But despite the lost soother (and travel on Easter weekend in a seasonal town meant no stores were open to buy another), a sick child and the bedtime that didn’t really happen, it was still worth it.

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We’ve done this sort of travel for years whether it’s been an escape to the mountains on a long weekend or tagging along when Jared has a work-related trip in another city. It’s a little bit crazy sometimes to get five people out the door for two nights, get everyone settled the first night when there’s so much excitement of a hotel room with view (and a TV) and of course the challenge of finding a place that serves good coffee.

This past weekend we traveled to Lunenburg, a UNESCO heritage town just under a hour from we live. It’s filled with old houses, most with their building dates and original resident noted. The oldest house is from 1760 and was home to a German family. Every street is sea of colour- bright reds, blues, yellows, pinks and purple. There is always something interesting to see- lobster traps and fishing boats, four colours of paint on one house and a life-size mural of a blue whale.

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Early Saturday morning we sauntered out to the only cafe open, The Savvy Sailor, and throughly enjoyed Lunenburg bennys- poached eggs on fish cakes with hollandaise. With a view of the ocean and a baby who slept the whole time, it was practically perfect. We headed out to find the bookstores, two out of the three were open, and we browsed happily. I found the missing book to complete my Emily trilogy and a lovely book for an upcoming baby shower. We were all smitten with Lunenburg Bound, a used book and paper store with huge windows, floor to ceiling bookshelves and short descriptive notes on the one shelf of new books. Not to mention the four vintage typewriters that I wanted to bring home.

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We always choose to spend money on one meal out and hit up the local grocery store for food to eat in our room. It makes it more manageable with small children- no paying for a meal that they hardly eat plus no stress of constant restaurant behaviour. Plenty of walks along the colourful streets and waterfront, fun snacks to accompany cozy afternoons of colouring and movies- it was a slow, relaxing weekend away from our normal routines and we returned home rejuvenated and ready to go on a slightly longer trip.

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Travel, it’s one of those things that makes all of us feel alive and adventurous. And something that we’ve found totally doable with small children as long as there’s plenty of snacks and coffee. Is it easier to stay at home sometimes? Always but the shakeup of our regular routine and spending time together as a family in another place is more then worth it.

What are your favourite places to go and things to do while traveling?

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How I Find Time to Read with Three Small Children

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about what I’ve been reading lately, and posted it to my personal Facebook because I love hearing what my friends are reading as well. One of my friends asked how I read so much and I gave her a quick, off the cuff answer. Here is my long answer for her, and for anyone else who wants to fit more reading in their life or who wonders how I read so much.

I try to always have several books on the go – on my night table to read a few chapters before bed, downstairs by the couch and one in my purse. Several books and several different topics means that it’s easier to reach for a book than my phone and keep me from getting bored with one author. I’m finding new ways to read a few chapters since my arms are almost always full of the most adorable baby. My old habits of reading while the girls played at the park or beach or bath have had to be revamped.

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I don’t do a lot of anything else right now. I don’t sew or knit or craft. I’m not hosting multiple gatherings in a month. Reading is my thing. It has always been my go-to activity ever since I could read but right now it’s my only one besides taking care of my beloved little family, date nights and homeschooling. I will read over doing anything else and especially if I happen to co-ordinate my baby’s nap with my big girls quiet time.

I’m always requesting books from the library and getting titles from blog round ups like this one or following bookish people on Pinterest. And I love asking people what they’re reading lately, sometimes we can nerd out on a favourite one we’ve both read or get new titles to add to my list.

I make fairly quick decisions about books, I don’t have any time to waste on a bad book or a topic that is not for me right now. I will abandon books within a few pages or even after reading the back cover. And I’m trying to be a little more realistic with my book goals- reading some of the super long classics may not happen this year and I’m okay with that. I’m looking at you Les Miserables and Gone With the Wind.

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Read aloud time has become a backbone of our homeschooling day and it has motivated me to read more personally. I want to reach for my book more then my phone and I want to model reading for my children. Through reading I can enter many different worlds and learn many new things all from the comfort of my couch or my back porch.

There’s always something I could do when I have a few quiet moments but I will almost choose to read.

How do you make time to read or do your go-to hobby? I’d love to hear what fills your cup!

 

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A Notebook of Happy// Vol 2

I used to say that I write in the crannies of the day and now that’s more true then ever before. I don’t write during quiet time anymore, I grab a nap or read while holding a baby. Nor do I write after the girls are in bed, I watch an episode of something (right now Gilmore Girls has my full attention) while I feed Kieran and then go to bed at a very early hour.

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But lists of the things that make me happy? I can always write those. And especially in this season of more intensive mothering (all three children were up several times last night, pass the coffee) I need to write down the happy. Because there is so much of it, right along with the overwhelm.

  1. Conversations with my girls are so fun right now, they have many, many questions and observations about the world around them. They help me remember to make it fun like using jelly beans as math manipulatives on days when I would rather hire a math tutor.
  2. A good book. I’ve been reading some really enjoyable reads lately, nothing too deep or fluffy or emotional. I love having a few good books on the go!A notebook of happy || this vintage moment
  3. Bird-watching. I realize that mentioning my early bedtime and now bird-watching takes me into a whole other category but I’m okay with that. We’ve set up a couple feeders in our front yard tree and I take such delight in seeing the many chickadees gleefully perch on the suet. I’m hopeful for a nest to be built among the branches, the epitome of spring.
  4. Time out with friends- baby showers, phone conversations, coffee dates and playdates where the children play long enough for good conversation to happen- these are filling my cup right now. The last month of pregnancy and first couple months of newborn life I tended to hibernate but now that the fog is clearing, I am enjoying and needing these times.A notebook of happy || this vintage moment
  5. Using Pinterest and my library system to work for me and give me inspiration to make learning fun for my girls. This month we focused on Ireland and Saint Patrick, our library bin was full of all sorts of great books and my girls can’t wait to visit Ireland to hunt for leprechauns. Homeschooling with a newborn (after moving 6 months ago) is a post for another day but being intentional about having good books for those days when we do a lot of read aloud and art is making me happy.A notebook of happy || this vintage moment
  6. Seeing friends dream big and then getting to be an observer as they take big leaps to move their families into places they’ve dreamed of gets me so excited every single time. Even when they move away from us, there’s just something so beautiful about big dreams, pursuing them and seeing the reality of them lived out.

 

That’s my list on this grey March day, tell me what big and small things are on your list of happy?

 

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Hey Self, These are the Good Days

These are the days that you will look back upon and remember. These days of hand-written signs with all the words spelled phonetically inviting you to an after-dinner dance performance. When your library basket is brimming full of picture books and just a few books for yourself to read in the evenings, chapter by chapter before bed.

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These days when you have done three amazing things before breakfast, after getting up with your baby a few times during the night. You’ve sat and watched the sun rise while you cuddled your baby and drank your coffee hot before the demands of the day call to you.

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These are the days when you and your husband high five over small victories and smile over seeing your children reach an accomplishment. These days of saying no to more outside activities so you can yes to more family days and slow weekend breakfasts and long drives by the water. These days when you go through more coffee then ever before and yet order decaf if it’s after 3 because you also need to sleep at night. These are good, good days. Even those days when everyone cries and there are tantrums and words and it’s all a mess. There are apologies and forgiveness and fresh mercies tomorrow.

These are the days of date night ins, of Friday night pizza and movie night, and porridge for breakfast. Of letting the dishes pile up in the sink while you homeschool and feed the baby and send the girls outside. Of painting pictures and telling the girls that they each have their own magic and that’s what makes their pictures unique and beautiful.

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It’s the same for you.

These exhausting, beautiful days when you have to choose between reading stories and sweeping floors, between doing the dishes and soothing the baby.

These days of letting the sweet old lady before you at the checkout peek in at your sleeping baby, knowing that she is not that far from the end of her life and he is just beginning his story.

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You are savouring the moments. You are seeing the extraordinary in your everyday. You know you will remember  these days.

These days when sometimes you have no idea what you did or what you accomplished. You’re deep in your race of motherhood, it’s not a sprint-its more like an ironman. You’re accomplishing far more then any check mark on a list can convey. You’re building a lifetime of stories, starting with today. Because even if you don’t feel like you did anything, you did more then you know and today was a really good day.

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