Out and About in downtown Portland. #MyPeople
“ People come and go, but once in a while you meet certain people who you know are going to stay in your life forever. The ones you could talk with for hours, but still enjoy their comfortable silence. The ones that you can laugh and cry with. The ones that stick by your side, believe in you and help you remember who you really are. You know the once in a lifetime kind of people — the drop everything, call in the middle of night, always there no matter what people. These people are your tribe — love them fiercely.” #mytribe #myfamily #mypeople
woah nature is sooo breathtaking
God is pretty great.
----> PART 3** It means the world watching my daughter’s eyes light up when she sees her Grandma, and the fact that she will always have you nearby, in her life through every stage. You never tell me I’m doing something wrong, or push your opinions about childrearing, or barge into our home like a scene from Everybody Loves Raymond (though sometimes we wouldn’t mind some barging! 😆 We always love spending time with you!). You know our family is happy, and you encourage this happiness without ever picking apart the little details others seem so keen to attack, or attempting to fix things that really aren’t broken. I look forward to spending all the future holidays with you, standing with you as my daughter performs in dance recitals, celebrates birthdays, graduates from high school, and with any luck, marries into a family equally as welcoming and incredible as yours, ours is. I know in this life it’s important never to take things for granted, and this is my way of saying you are appreciated, and very loved. For every time you’ve responded to a frantic SOS, been present through family highlights, told me your son is lucky to have me, and for being everything you are as a friend, confidant, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, I thank you. From a daughter-in-law who is fortunate enough to be a part of your mom tribe, thank you for being YOU. 💞
--->PART 2** Family is so important. While it’s heartbreaking so many can’t work out their differences, failing to find the good in one another in order to come together as a loving family unit, I’m not placing blame. Sometimes it’s just really difficult to get along with other people- as people have different personalities, viewpoints, values, judgments, Etc. I’m no alien to this unhappy dynamic. I’m sure most women have experienced it at one point, which is why I’m so extremely grateful for you, my other mother, my mother-in-law.
I want to thank you for listening to me, and offering guidance whenever I need it. You laugh at the things I tell you, and don’t judge me harshly for saying something others may think inappropriate. I can be honest with you about concerns, and complaints, because I never worry that you don’t think I’m doing my best. I can make a snarky comment about something silly my husband has done, and you will laugh about it with me instead of getting defensive because you know him best, know neither of us is an angel, and know I say it with love! In short, you let me be me. 💜 **Cont'd ------>
Couldn’t come to IL without running into the city for a few hours to see my loves ❤️ Craving a longer visit already 🏙 #chicago #mycity #mypeople
**Part 1 (Cant fit it all on one post like I could on Facebook. 😆)**
I know you probably wondered about me and the kind of person I might be. You probably feared that I was some interesting piece of work; a divorced, mystery mom of 2 that you’d have to grin and bear for the sake of your son. I’ll admit I was afraid myself. I was afraid that I wouldn’t measure up, and that you’d think I wasn’t good enough for your son. You can't imagine the relief that washed over me after that first dinner together- after realizing you were kind, and not intimidating at all. From that day forward I felt lucky in regards to our relationship, and that feeling has never stopped.
There comes a moment when one realizes just how blessed they are. I am blessed in love, health(I mean, im not dying. 😏😆), friendship, and especially family. I don’t take my family for granted, and when it comes to my family by marriage, I’m just plain grateful. I’m grateful that my aunt-in-laws always have the absolute sweetest things to say to me about how they feel about me as a person and how I make Nate feel. I'm grateful they have all been so willing and happy to help whenever help is needed. I’m grateful I was welcomed by a new family as though I’d always been a member. But most importantly, I’m grateful for you, one of the kindest, most loving, and supportive individuals I’ve been lucky enough to call “my people.” Everyone’s heard it. The horror stories about the tumultuous relationships between a mother-in-law and her daughter in law. The stories are always something along the lines of mom not approving of her son’s intended wife- as no girl is ever good enough- or Mom can’t seem to help barging into the house, the relationship, and virtually every issue possible, constantly rocking the boat. Poor mom is horrified at how disrespectful and rude her daughter-in-law is, and hates how she’s never allowed to be involved in her son’s life, or the lives of her grandchildren. It’s a story one hears quite often, and it’s a woeful one. **Cont'd ----->
Love these faces.💕But lets be real...we all drive each other crazy, often. We are not always kind, J and I get on each other’s nerves and aren’t always examples of love and patience for our kiddos. We are all on this journey together and I pray that God uses us to bring our kids closer to Him, rather than pushing them away. So even when our days are not all sunshine and rainbows, I wouldn’t trade our life or these kiddos for anything. 💕
#bettertogether #thankful #ourcrazyfamily
#mypeople #famlife #sundayfunday
These are my people, and it's a rare event that we get a family photo together. Each of them support my creative endeavors in so many ways. My dad is the reason I have access to recycled materials from his job sites, and he meticulously sorts and prepares it for my use. My mom carts around to all of my vendor events, helps me with logistics, and is overall my number one fan. My lovely sister is always a sounding board for my new ideas and aesthetics. My world would stop turning without them, and I love them all the biggest ❤️
#mysweetjuniper #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #fambam #mypeople #makersgonnamake
I am so thankful for these people. My people. •
Last night my husband and I spent the evening with some delicious pasta and a bottle of wine dreaming of our own family and mourning over past familial pains. We talked of future children, of expectations and disciplines, of traditions and the importance of displaying Christ. We shed tears as we talked about pain that we have lived through inflicted on us by our families and consciously trying not to pass similar burdens on to our children. •
Through it all I came to the realization of how messy family is but how absolutely amazing it is too. These people have seen my at my worst and loved me still. They have forgiven me and shown so much grace towards me. We have caused each other a ton of pain but at the end of it all, we are still family and we would do anything for each other. •
It is so exciting to begin talking about starting our own family. And while we can try so hard to not bring pain to our future children and not to mess up as parents, we know that we are human and we will fail over and over again. But if I can show my children the importance of family and the love and grace that will always be there for them at home, then I will count myself a successful parent. •
I know that no matter how hard life is that when I go home, these people will be there for me with open arms. My people.
perfect summer night by the fire :: tucking away these special nights with our littles as I know I’ll wish them back sooner than I think 💛