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A Surprise for Our Little Music Lover

To say our little guy adores music would be a vast understatement. Anyone who meets him almost immediately notices and comments on it. We even will get texts from his teachers at school. All pointing to one thing…this boy and his love for music runs deep. From even before he could squeal to make a joyful noise alongside Daddy’s guitar, his eyes would grow BIG with each strum played. If he ever was occupied with a toy and a melody would come on?…he would drop whatever he was doing to shimmy along till it was over. He still is completely captivated and now it’s only grown more exciting as he recognizes certain songs and has “favorites.” Music is something that has completely captured him which led me to an idea to want to capture that wonderful quality in a way that he could keep forever.

 

The idea came when we were having probably our worst go around with illness. I think it was a day where we ALL were under the weather for various reasons (on Hans + I’s 3rd Anniversary nonetheless.) It’s no secret we have been no stranger to doctor this last year, but this day in-particular I think I was at ER that morning with a lung condition and Hans ended up having to go to the ER that same night because of a kidney stone. On TOP of it, our little boy was ill and on nebulizer + inhaler treatments. I know. It was to an absurd degree how everything over the last year was playing out for us health wise and I was DONE.

…yet determined to see the Lords goodness and in what He was creating this time to be for my family that it sparked a thought…of how I can’t change the illness, but I can change the environment in which my heart reacts to it. I didn’t want this time to be remembered for its yucky-ness or even how rightfully awful it may appear on the outside. It’s been difficult. I won’t lie. Especially seeing our little boy so sick all the time, but what I wanted for our son more than anything was to be comforted among the difficulty. In a way that his heart felt pursued and drawn in with the comfort of his true Father’s Word’s over him. And do it in a medium his heart has understood from the start….music.

So thanks to a very kind friend that has access recording capabilities… we recorded Ramsey his very own CD. A collection of four hymns we hand picked of what we would want Ramsey to know about his Lord Jesus. So he can listen to the truths of God’s Word in the comfort of his Mama + Dada’s voice forever to keep for whenever he needs.

Our hope and prayer is that this stirs worship not only in his young heart now, but also as he continues grow older.

We love you forever, sweet boy.

-Your Mama & Dada

Family

Mother’s Day + Gift Ideas to Bestow Honor

I am a person who LOVES celebrations of all kinds. Birthdays, anniversaries, first day of fall….really anything that helps the everyday feel special and the people you love most feel special to be the absolute best thing on the planet. Ever since becoming a Mom, however, there is just something about Mother’s Day that shines forth from the rest.

So let me start by saying…all you Mom’s out there- You are complete and total SUPERHEROES. (And trust me if your husband is anything like mine, he and the rest of the world would agree.) The selflessness, dedication, and care (both the things noticed and especially the things for things that go unnoticed) that you put into your families well-being pretty much puts you at rock-star status that cannot ever be compared.
It wasn’t until becoming a Mom that I truly understood all the work that is involved and my respect for my own Mother now daily soars through the roof as I chase my toddler. So, needless to say, that alone makes this holiday one that is pretty much neck-neck with Christmas in my book.

But the question still remains…how do you properly bestow honor and appreciation for the Mother who isn’t that “into” gifts… Below are 10 ideas will hopefully help bring some inspiration and make planning what to do this Mother’s Day a little brighter.

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  1. cut out the letters “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” to tape to a wall or the inside of the garage + surrounded it with pictures of you and your siblings growing up over the years. {We did this on the garage wall for my Mom so when we came home from some errands she would be greeted by the surprise pulling. She LOVED it. In fact, it’s still hanging 8+ years later.πŸ˜‚}
  2. take her out for a girl’s day + get her hair done {pamper her up!}
  3. take her to you your local farmer’s market or an orchard nearby for fruit picking + have a picnic with all the family {and grand-kids, if there are any yet πŸ˜‰}
  4. take professional family photos together {it’s rare my Mom ever steps foot in front of a camera, but a friend encouraged me that’s in the end it’s the pictures with her that you will treasure the most. ☺️}
  5. find out what she “least likes to do” around the house and offer to do it for her and/or pay for a service to come in and do it regularly.
  6. SURPRISE HER! With a girl’s trip/family trip to a nearby city.
  7. take her to brunch and per-arrange with the restaurant to have flowers and letters of thankfulness from her children on the table upon arrival.
  8. take a cooking class together. {this will be such a fun activity that will enable you to spend more quality time together beyond Mother’s Day πŸ™Œ}
  9. take her to an Escape Room {We did this and it was SO much fun. We all can’t remember the last time we laughed so much together!}
  10. Lastly, for the Mom who is far away-spontaneously show up at her doorstep. It will mean the world. Trust me.

In the end, the biggest thing you can do for your Mom is to make sure she knows that she is oh so loved + appreciated. So give her a hug and tell her that you’d be lost without her!

My sister {Kayla}, me, and our dear, ROCKSTAR of a Momma

-B

{If you have any other unique Mother’s Day ideas please share! Let’s keep the creative juices flowing…}

 

 

Family

Family Dates + Ice-Cream

Recently, things have been a little nutty. (Okay, longer than recently 😜). Hans had just recovered from having surgery with a kidney stone that decided to make its home in his body for 3 MONTHS 😩 on top of trying to get a wheeze all cleared up in Ramsey’s lungs.

So needless to say we were all pretty excited to ALL be healthy and have a little time just the three of us ☺️ There is just something so recharging about enjoying the Spring air with the people you love most, isn’t there? A date complete with riding an electric stationary car + Rams trying ice-cream for the first time was on our agenda.



Self admittedly, we have totally been the stereotypical first time parents that have made all of Ramsey’s food…every.last.puree’. 🀣 And fast food? Never let him touch the stuff. {I’m sure that idiosyncrasy is probably going to be stretched with more babies in the future because holy cow the prep work involved.} So we thought that “tonight is the night! He is going to have sugar and love it and be a face full of ice-cream and it will all be SOOO FUNNY and great!” Hans and I may or may not have even spent the day emailing each other back and forth about it.

Then comes what actually happened…he was less than thrilled. He did somewhat warmed up to it by the end, but overall was much more into watching the people passing us by. πŸ˜‚ Nonetheless, the night was perfect. Not because it lived up to expectation {did I mention we almost didn’t even get the ice-cream because the shop’s water line broke?} But, because I got to take it all in stride with them. What a privilege they are and what a sweet night it ended up to be. {pun intendedπŸ˜‰}


Kindly,

B

{if you have any other fun family dates ideas, comment below! πŸ‘‡πŸ» We are compiling a list of ideas done on a budget. Would love to hear yours! ☺️}