ROSY CHEEKS & TAN LINES

I thought it would be fun to plan a trip to Asheville while the leaves were changing so this past weekend we drove up and, my goodness, it was beautiful! A perfect 60 degree day, too! We always try to stop in at Posana when we're in Asheville because there is really not a bad thing on their whole menu and it's all gluten free. I purposely didn't book any timed events for the whole day so we could take our time and enjoy whatever we were doing for however long we wanted - I think I'll do that more often!



Hope you all had a fun and safe holiday weekend! It has been in the 90's every day this week so while it's still technically spring we are in full on summer mode with the sprinklers on, sidewalk chalk out, and popsicles in the freezer! I used to love summer but I realized after we moved here that it was the pool I loved, not so much summer. So while we wait to put in a pool we'll have to be content spraying each other down with the garden hose!



Life with three is wild! Not afraid to say we are still trying to get the hang of it. There are some really great days when everything just kind of clicks and then there are days when nothing is working and I feel like I'm about to lose my marbles! I know it's just all new right now and pretty soon we'll find our rhythm.

My camera roll is filling up fast - I CANNOT stop taking pictures of Madeline and try to get pictures and movies of the big girls interacting with her too so I can remember how sweet and gentle they are with her. These are pictures from my phone from the last week or two that make me so happy! And at the bottom of the post I'm sharing the coconut cookies we can't stop making! I make them about twice a week and they're always gone in a day or two. The girls love them and I feel really good about the ingredients so sometimes they have them for breakfast =)

Hope you're having a great week!

Today marks one month since our sweet Madeline was born! This is the story of her birth...

Madeline was due March 28. I had foolishly allowed myself to read an article about a possible connection between birth dates and moon cycles and had hung my hopes on our baby arriving sometime right around her due date. I think God was laughing because her due date sailed right on by without a single contraction! And then a week went by and I started getting mopey. I would wake up every morning in tears that she hadn't come during the night and go to bed every night crying that I hadn't had a single contraction all day. I know full well that babies come in their own perfect time, but that wait was so, so hard for me. I have my mom and sisters to thank for distracting me as much as possible during those last couple of weeks! 



Six years together! It feels more like three, maybe. Time flies when you're having fun. Time also flies when you're in the trenches changing diapers, cleaning up spit up, chasing after toddlers, making food and wiping off jam hands all day long! We're in a season of making babies and raising babies and it's messy and fun and very very fulfilling at the same time! I have never felt so needed by my husband and children and that's a good feeling! Our days of taking a week long anniversary trip to NYC are on hold for a bit and that's ok. Sometimes we have a suit and tie marriage and sometimes we have a sweatpants and Netflix marriage and that's ok too! Below I'm sharing some of the things we've learned over the past 6 years together...



We're closing in on my due date and decided to take one last outing with the girls while it's just the four of us. We've been to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens countless times and I will never get tired of it - flowers make me so happy! We just got a family pass and I'm so excited to go back all year long with the babies and see the garden through every season!
The weather was gorgeous, the girls were so good and we packed the yummiest picnic lunch! A perfect day that I am sure we will repeat again as a family of five!

Isaac is so sweet to humor me whenever I ask for photos and took some really sweet pictures of this (nearly) 40 week bump!



Headed into my third home birth (how?!) I feel like I can confidently share a few tips to help prepare for a beautiful birthing experience within your home. If you're considering a home birth for the first time, or you're just looking to make this home birth a little more serene and beautiful then read on for a few things I have learned along the way...


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