This space has been long neglected and to be honest I'm a bit anxious to come back. I have so many hopes and expectations for this blog and business of mine but to be honest, 2015 kind of bit me in the rear. It was one of "those" years. Not a bad one but it was hard, really hard. It was a year that challenged me and grew me, a year where I felt like I constantly failed but if I look through the lens of grace I see refinement and hope. As I look to 2016 my hopes and expectations remain strong but my theme is grace and my outlook is one of acceptance. If anything, 2015 taught me to be more accepting of "me", the entire "me", faults and all. I'm letting go of trying to do this the right way and am instead am going to do what feels right in my heart and letting God take me where he will. I'm excited and feel the inspiration that I've been longing for. So with that, I leave you with the joy and excitement of an almost two year old who finally got to go to the park. The visit was much shorter than he would have liked but making it to the park with said child and a newborn is an accomplishment all in itself!
Sweet Baby Harper, you are cherished and loved!
Wrapped around the fingers of your mommy and daddy, there is no better place to be.
Each day is a delight and a wondrous mystery with this little boy. I love the moments of wonder and discovery, the ability to experience it all for the first time without preconceived ideas and notions. Though wondrous, it's not always easy. Motherhood has a way of filling you up beyond comprehension but also depleting your stores to an emptiness that's hard to imagine. I remember this though, on both the good and the hard days, He is my portion and my strength, not this little boy but my God. We learn, we grow, and we change each other. He is the instrument that is molding and teaching me, and for that gift, I could not be more thankful.
So in the midst of the craziness that is life, we're striving to create tradition, places of comfort and home that we can return to when we're having one of "those" days or just because. As fall slowly starts to envelop us and a growing baby in the belly sends cravings for sweetness my way, we're making Afternoon Cake. I've heard of families having traditions such as "Sunday Cake" and wanted to create a tradition of our own, thus Afternoon Cake in our household has been born. We've been able to make and devour several treats now and I'm pretty sure this tradition is here to stay! This particular time was Strawberry Peach crisp. It was divine and I'm pretty sure I consumed 95% of it all on my own...Colorado doesn't mess around with their Palisade peaches...it's a miracle any made it into the crisp between his and my snacking hands!