a few squares of our life

left / green fuel. celery + romaine + cucumber + spinach + apple + lime + spirulina.

right / top knot and sweat beads.

left / chilling with papa and giving me all kinds of attitude.

right / lavender honey almond milk latte.

left / bugaboo with a bébé + breastfeeding friendly shirtdress + mary poppins bag filled with diapers and blankets and kiddo bits and bobs. major mom status.

right / elinor. just playing with an abacus and matching her shoes to her chair. no biggie.

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taking stock | july’s end

making // memories as a family.
cooking // piles of veggies and beans and rice. but mostly, trying to not use the oven/stove because it is too hot for all that.
drinking // tulsi tea + green kombucha + beet juice + sparkling water with lime.
reading // pretty much every babylit book in print.
wanting // it to be october already. my longing for fall is hitting pretty hard, these days.
looking // at my planner.
playing // peekaboo.
wasting // hair ties. elinor is all about the ponytail and i can’t keep enough hair ties on hand. where do those little guys go? i’m sure they are off having a party with all the missing socks from the dryer…
sewing // talk to me in 18 years…
wishing // for more hours in the day.
enjoying // my early morning quiet time.
waiting // on an email.
liking // sparkly shoes for fall.
loving // the relationship that is developing between E and R. she loves him and he is obsessed with her. he smiles at her constantly and talks to her and practically flips from his back to belly to get closer to her. they are already scheming and in cahoots… and it is the cutest. but man, we are going to be in big trouble.
hoping // for a date night in the coming weeks.
marveling // at how quickly ridley is growing. five pounds in five weeks. sheesh. busy boy. and ben is setting up an investment fund just for his future food. yikes.
needing // to figure out what to do with my hair. i want a change. something fun. but i just can’t commit.
smelling // petrichor.
wearing // shorts + my button up denim shirt + birks + baseball hat.
noticing // that daylight is lessening.
knowing // more about ridley each day.
thinking // that we need a little trip to the coast.
feeling // settled and content.
bookmarking // school catalogues + my bible study + the land of nod catalogue.
opening // an email.
giggling // at elinor’s dance moves.

past post here

prince charming


just in case you needed a ridley fix…i wanted to share a few recent snaps of our darling little dude. seriously, he’s so darn dreamy. a chap with a hearty dash of sassy and a whole lot of sweetness. ahem, that smile? i meeeeeaaaaannnn. does it get any cuter? nope. he’s the bestest and handsomest and has us just where we wants us…

happy monday!

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just in case you had any doubts, let these pics serve as proof that elinor is much too cool. she wanted to wear not only her snazzy bracelets and fabulous ponytail and chic shades, but her very best sassy expressions. she’s a pro at looking cute.

so, how was your weekend? we had a great one. after a busy and full week, we somehow managed the ideal blend of activity and rest this weekend. that almost never happens!

friday night was all about unwinding with a tasty dinner at home followed by big bowls of popcorn and family movie watching.

on saturday, i woke ridley for his morning feeding and then put him back down for a nap (that’s the life…wake up for some breakfast then take a morning nap. sheesh.) and laced up for a little run. my pace was way way off and i was super red-faced when i returned, but it felt good to get out there again. mostly, i just wanted to see what i could do. i stopped running at about 18 weeks in favor of my go-to-in-home routine and some yoga. so this run felt super foreign and totally invigorating. five miles. done. and for the record, i will probably hang up the runners for another couple of months until it isn’t so brutal outside. well, we’ll see. i am a bit of an endorphin junkie, after all. after some breakfast for the fam (breakfast number two for the ridley man), we all hopped in the car for some errands and grocery shopping. aaaaaand the rest of the day was pretty much chill. we played and tidied up and did laundry and did some work and napped and splish-splashed a bit. perfection.

we did things a little differently on sunday. after receiving an invitation to watch the yankee-twins game at auntie rachel and uncle nathan’s place, we decided to spend the better part of the day sipping homemade lattes and eating bagels and lox and fruit salad, and watching baseball. ridley rocked his pinstripes in honor of the occasion and elinor sported her purple baseball t-shirt. we totally got into it. and it was such a leisurely and lovely morning. easy conversation and good food and a win for the yankees. so glad that ridley’s first baseball game was such a success! and then, back home for late afternoon naps and dinner and snuggles and playtime. nothing fussy. but all the best things. the things that i love about weekends with my family. feeling content and recharged and all-around happy.

happy monday! here’s to a wonderful week!


ponder | the lion, the witch and the wardrobe


“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

C.S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

this is one of my favorites from the chronicles of narnia. it is so easy to take a laid-back approach to God. we get caught up in the Abba Father and forget about the righteous king, the all-consuming fire, the alpha and omega. while we are free to approach the throne with confidence, we should also approach it with reverence due to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

our God is not safe. He wields a fiery sword. He is the perfect judge. He is all holy. but our king, our king is good. may i never lose sight of this. may i be encouraged that i serve a good God. a kind Father. but may i not let my faith be lax in response to His benevolence. may i live before the face of God in a manner that is mindful of who He is and who i am. and who i am not.

coram Deo.