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Life Lately

I feel like it has been a long time since I just popped in here and wrote about whatever random things are on my mind and going on in my life. So, here I am!

Life has been busy and good and so blessed. Our days look a lot like the picture below…

Laundry, Mac, and baby toys on bed

Laundry, work, and baby toys strewn about. Lots going on and lots of goodness. We have been having so much fun with Sadie. I feel like she’s at a really great age. She’s able to sit up and play with toys, but isn’t crawling all over the place yet 😉 She’s also teething, which has been so tough on her. We’re going to try out an amber teething necklace. I’ll report back on how it works!

We are working hard on our garden, loving the warm(ish) spring weather, bird watching all the time, working on house projects, and spending time with family.

Jimmy and I went out to eat alone the past two weekends and it was glorious.

The food was great, but the conversation was even better. We are so blessed to have family that is willing to watch Sadie so we can have time together as a couple!

House projects galore have been happening around here. I cleaned out our bathroom vanity and it feels great to have it uncluttered! I plan on organizing my baking supplies next.

I kind of want to rearrange where I keep everything in our kitchen. I think I want to keep all my flours, yeast, sugars, etc. in my line of sight so I’m prompted to bake more 🙂

Hannah graduated from nursing school! I won’t tell you how much I cried during her graduation. I’m just one proud big sister over here. I can’t wait to see her become a mom any day now!

Speaking of motherhood, I had a great first Mother’s Day! Jimmy and Sadie do such a wonderful job of making me feel cherished and loved every day.

Mom holding baby girl

I even got spoiled with a new bird feeder and a bag of seed as my Mother’s Day gift and it has been extra special to see all the birds come to the fancy new feeder!

Yellow bird feeder for finches and songbirds

We heard two great Mother’s Day sermons at church on Sunday and one on the story of Hannah really resonated with me. She was infertile and prayed desperately for a son. God answered her prayers and she was obedient by keeping her promise to God and giving her son Samuel to serve Him.

What really struck me was how our preacher noted that Hannah viewed motherhood as the highest calling and a privilege. On tough days, it can easy for me to slip into thoughts like “I’m just a mom” or “I have to do this” when I should be thinking “I’m so blessed to be a mom” and “I get to do this.” Just the way you think about a situation can really shift your perspective, you know? It was a blessed first Mother’s Day and I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am that God made me a mom to Sadie Mae.

Now we’re looking forward to our nieces arriving very soon and getting the garden planted! More on that soon 🙂

What would a picture of your life lately look like?

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Currently: May 2019

Yay for May! I am looking forward to so many exciting things this month. The start of the gardening season, welcoming two nieces, seeing my sister graduate from nursing school, and celebrating Jimmy’s birthday! I have a feeling it’s going to be a good month 🙂

Current book The Bible and the book I’ve been reading for the moms group I’m co-leading. Sadie has been enjoying this book a lot lately. She enjoys it so much that she always tries to eat the felt flaps, lol.

Current fun Spending time outside enjoying the spring weather in Pittsburgh.

Current app Our baby monitor app, Lollipop. Now that Sadie is sleeping in her crib more(!!), it’s fun to see what positions she falls asleep in. I felt bad she fell asleep with her leg poking out of the slats of her crib, but I also didn’t want to wake her up to move her. It was quite the conundrum.

Baby sleeping in crib with leg out of crib slat

Current tv show Anything real estate related. Jimmy and I often put Sadie to bed and watch an episode of Island Life, Buying Alaska, Hawaii Life, or pretty much any show where people tour and buy homes.

Current blessing Sadie. I love seeing the world through her eyes. She inspires me in so many ways.

Current obsession Buying matching outfits for Sadie, Remi (my brother and sister-in-law’s daughter), and Caroline (my sister and brother-in-law’s daughter) for when Remi and Caroline arrive this month!

Carters baby girl cat dresses with bloomers matching

Current goal Getting the garden ready for planting later this month. I have a lot of weeding ahead of me, lol.

Current joy Birds, birds, and more birds. The obsession is at an all time high! The other night Jimmy said “Allie… step away from the window… I saw you look out there like fifteen times in the past minute” haha.

Current food Jasmine rice! I’d never tried it until recently and now I’m hooked. Also having lots of salmon, wraps, chocolate pancakes, corn on the cob, and runny egg sandwiches lately.

Uncle Ben's Rady Rice Jasmine Rice

Current baked good I made an apple pie over the weekend! I need to pick up some yeast because I want to make soft pretzels with honey mustard dipping sauce. We ate at a restaurant in the Outer Banks with a pretzel appetizer like that, and I’ve been dreaming of recreating it ever since.

Current excitement Meeting my nieces this month. I’m constantly thinking about the moment I get to lay eyes on them and I cannot wait!

Current laugh Jimmy came home from work while I was feeding Sadie in her nursery. He wanted to hang out and talk with me, but there was no where comfortable to sit so this happened…

Guy inside of baby's crib

Current baby product Pacifier clips. Sadie doesn’t take a pacifier, but we’ve been using the clips to attach toys to her so she doesn’t drop them on the floor 🙂

Current pet product Friskies Lil’ Soups for Malcolm. I randomly bought one on a whim and he loved it!

Current project Jimmy is making steel edging for our back and side yard landscaping!

Steel edging around rock and mulch landscaping with corten steel

Tell me something current in your life!