Grateful for my Superhero-Reading-Kid

Not everyone can pull off a superhero costume AFTER Halloween and still get praises and compliments. I’m grateful for this superhero kid who loves the library and reading almost as much as her mommy does.

We waited 7 long years for Jessa to get here and all that waiting seems like a lifetime ago. Her quirkiness and boldness to dress-up AND go out in public makes me smile. Wouldn’t you enjoy seeing a superhero at your library?

What are you grateful for today?

Grateful for my family tree

I love the holidays and I feel good when I count my blessings instead of thinking about what I don’t have.

Every year, Americans dedicate one day to a gratitude-focused event. Yes, Thanksgiving. This year, I’m extending my gratitude thoughts throughout the month—not just one day.

Perhaps you’ll join me in finding every day, simple things you are happy to have. Look for my pics with #Gr8ful 4 all this month.

Here’s the first—our Thanksgiving tree that adorns our dining room table every November. Every Sunday at dinner, each family member adds a new “leaf” with a simple thought of gratitude.

As our girls grow, I love to look back on the years that remind me of good times and bad. I’m grateful for them all and I love this visual reminder of all that we are so blessed to have.

What are you grateful for today?

Home and Horror Series, Part 5: Bigger Bed, Sweeter Dreams

Believe it or not, there is actually something scarier than Jason, Freddy Krueger and the fake skeletons in a neighbor’s yard.

Okay, wait for it–making a safety bed for your kid!!

In September, I posted about this trip to Home Depot to get our supplies for the project. “It’s my worst DIY ever,” I confessed to Lamar the other day as we were finishing up. “This was hard and horrible.”

I will spare you the crazy details. But, I wanted to close out this series announcing that Juliana’s “big girl” bed is complete! As a matter of fact, she and Jessa are upstairs having a pre-trick-or-treats nap as I write this post.

Someday, I’m sure I will write about all the scary details of this project that started from a rejection from the insurance company for a “real” safety bed.

We officially finished it last Saturday, but I was too numb and sleep deprived to write. We hooped, hollered, danced and celebrated that the project was finally done!! Check out the vid of Juliana enjoying her new bed. Her shrieks of joy made this project worth every nail and all the sweat equity put into it.

Sweeter dreams, sweet girl.