Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Goodbye, November!

I have been neglecting this little blog, haven’t I? I always wondered (before I had kids) how moms of newborns could post regularly, but then once the babies grew into toddlers, they disappeared from the blog world. Now, I totally understand. Toddlers are different creatures- walking, babbling and definitely NOT napping for hours on end like they used to when they were infants. Anyways, I just wanted to come in to say hello and how you what we’ve been up to this past month before I put up ANOTHER monthly update! Miss Adeline turned 14 months yesterday, what in the world?!

Elf for Health has been so much fun! It’s a challenge that started the week of Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas. There are lots of fun daily challenges like tracking your water intake and doing 100 burpees (ahem, maybe that’s not so much fun). Check out our challenges:


Every participant gets paired up with an “Elf Buddy” and I just wanted to brag about mine for a minute :) Katy over at Joy. Laughter. Sweat is my elf buddy, and she has been amazing! She even made this encouraging pic and Tweeted it to me on the day of my Turkey Trot! She also just put up an awesome looking leg workout, I pinned it so that I can check it out soon.


Speaking of the Turkey Trot, I’m really proud of myself for sticking to the Hal Higdon 10K Training Plan. The plan was really easy to follow, and it definitely got me back into the running groove. I ran the Northeast YMCA Turkety Trot in Louisville, KY. I keep trying to remember how many years I’ve been a participant, and I think this was my 5th or 6th year doing this race! The weird thing about this race is that the distance isn’t exact- it is promoted a being a 10k, but each year, there is a contest to guess the correct distance. My RunKeeper app had the distance at 5.48mi. There were 9 of us who partipated, it was a CHILLY morning (23*) and the baby girls did great!

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Just try to stand as awkward as I do for photos, I dare you. I wanted to hang right at 8min miles, and I’m super stoked that I was able to do that. My official time was 43:18. I placed 4th in my age group (out of 49). I’m definitely proud of finishing my first postpartum race, but I don’t think I’ll be signing up for any races this winter, brrrr. I want to get back to some weights (with a sprinkle of running), but I am excited for running more races in the spring.


In the picture above, 5 out of the 9 of us got sick with a stomach bug. I’m amazed that Daniel and Adeline are healthy! I’m definitely praising the Lord for that. I was sick on Saturday, I haven’t slept that much in a LONG time! A huge THANK YOU to Daniel for being daddy of the year while I rested in bed the majority of Saturday.

And one of my most FAVORITE reads from the week: To the Mamas of Littles during the Holidays: Do Less Stuff. Here’s a hint- if whatever you’re planning on doing is likely to make you angry with your kids, it’s probably not that important. I’m eyeing you, super-cute Holiday Pinterest crafts!

December is one of my most favorite months: Christmas, my Birthday and the cheer that seems to linger in the air. This Friday is the annual Holiday Party with Daniel’s work! Last year, Adeline was just 9 weeks old when we took our first night away! What fun!


I hope you had an AWESOME November, and I’m hoping to snap some pictures of Adeline soon for her 14 month update!

One Year

Sweet Adeline,

I cannot grasp how you have been in our lives for a year. Little one, you have turned my world upside down, and I’m okay with that. You truly make each day more beautiful than the one before. The sky seems bluer, the birds chirp louder and your open-mouthed kisses melt my heart.


I struggle to remember the early days with you. I remember the dim winter light flooding our living room as we hung out on the couch for what seemed like days on end. I remember hours of snoozing with you on the couch after your belly was full of milk. When I look back at the many photos I took in those early days, I can barely recognize you. I hold a newborn baby and cannot convince myself that you were ever so tiny.


I remember the difficult days and nights that we had. I remember sobbing along with you in the middle of the night. Feeling completely inadequate and desperate. I struggled through some dark days, and I’ll be right there for you whenever hard times come. God brought me through those dark days. He put prayerful women and men in our lives, Adeline, to pour into us. He lifted that blanked of insecurity and resentment, and I saw God in a new light. My deepest desire is for you to know our Creator, our God. I look forward to teaching you about Him by helping you to understand how much we truly need him.

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Adeline, throughout this past year, you have taught me a lot about myself and my relationships. Thank you for making me a mother. I don’t think I would have had the chance to recognize how incredibly selfish I can be. I wouldn’t appreciate your father as much as I do now. He works SO HARD so that I can stay home to take care of you. I know that my job isn’t easy, but I’m so blessed that my job consists of lunchtime play dates at the park and grocery shopping trips with you. You have one awesome daddy. He never hesitates to ask how you are doing throughout the day, and we love watching videos and looking at pictures of you after you’re in bed. He’s pretty crazy about you, and I’m excited to watch your relationship grow. I understand a new kind of love because of you, sweet one.


My dear daughter, thank you for this year. Thanks for all of the snuggles, goofy grins and yes, even tears, that we have gotten to share. You light up my world, and I’m so glad that you are mine. Thank you for blessing our lives, thank you for letting me be your mommy.


Happy First Birthday, Adeline!

Adeline’s Birth Story: Part 1 and Part 2

It’s the Truth

Truth: Being a mom is awesome, horrible at times, wonderful, draining, rewarding and humbling. #allatthesametime

Truth: We buy 2 jars of peanut butter per week. I eat the majority of both jars. I’m not ashamed. Kroger Natural Creamy, please.

Truth: Twitter mommies give the best advice @Run_Far_Girl @NYCRunningMama @NicoleCulver @KatieHeddleston @RunWithTongs @CharEatsGreens @AHealthySlice @HealthyHappyAmy @CrzyRunningLegs @O2befitmom @Kwidrick (and probably more, but now you can have a ton of new Twitter/Blog buddies!)

Truth: I keep buying almonds “for Daniel to take to work”, but in reality, most of them go into my belly. Yummo.

Truth: Internet friends can’t beat real life friends- I’m looking at you mommies at Missio, women from our Mission Group, and all of my other mom (and mommy-to-be) friends.

Truth: I love Best Body Bootcamp. Like, REALLY love it. So much that I’m signing up for Round 5 which starts in early April.

Truth: For the past couple of weeks, Adeline nursed 2-4 times PER NIGHT. It’s been sleepy around here. I started taking Fenugreek a week and a half ago and it’s great to not feel empty all the time.

Truth: I really wish I were eating/drinking milk products (I stopped because Adeline seemed to be sensitive). I want to try all of the new flavors of Kroger’s CARBmaster and Lite Yogurts that we get to try through BzzAgent I suppose Daniel won’t be too mad about his missing almonds if I show him all of these yummy flavors!

(I got the yogurt as a part of the BzzAgent program. Review coming soon. #GotItFree)

Truth: It’s Monday- and we’re gonna rock it out!

Smiling Baby

Do you have a “truth” to share? What are you doing this Monday?

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