William is ONE!

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When I think of William Charles I think of “joy”. He has brought me (our whole family) so much joy. It wasn’t until Will that I felt I could be fully present in the moment of enjoying my baby. I mean, my heart has almost exploded many a time. I truly understood what people meant when they couldn’t get any housework done because “I was just soaking up the cuddles”. With my first two kids, the housework had to get done. The more kids I have, the more I realize how quickly it goes by. It makes the short naps, night wakings, and teething fuss a little more manageable.
Will is quite the go getter. He’s been walking since 9.5 months and tries so hard to keep up with his brother and sister, who are smitten over him, by the way. He will find the tallest object in the room and attempt to climb it…usually, he is successful. I knew this age was busy from experience, but he taken busy to a whole new level!! Thankfully he makes up for it by 2 good naps a day.  🙂 As sad (insert crying) as I am my baby-of-all-babies is ONE, I am so excited to watch his sweet and adventurous personality develop!

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William was due August 6th, 2015, however, by mid July I already felt as though he was “late”. His older sister came suddenly at 36.4 weeks, so with Will, we were prepared early. I was tired of thinking “it could be any day”, so as the end of July approached I just told myself he was never coming out. On July 29th I had a doctors appointment. I dropped the 2 littles off at my moms and drove to my appointment. On the way home I was having some discomfort in my back but thought “he’s never coming, so just forget about it” (sarcastically). I picked up the kiddos, put them down for nap, and had to lay on the couch. The discomfort was getting worse so I casually text my husband to let him know. He walked in the door an hour later (around 3pm) and said he was already planning on coming home early that day…not sure I believe him 😉 By the time the kids were up from naps at 4pm I was 85% certain this was “it”, so I sent the word to our families. And then at 4:30, I knew. Everyone was annoying me. I snapped at my husband to take the kids outside and leave me alone because the contractions were getting more intense. At this point, he was sure this was real labor. We called my mom to come over, and between contractions I packed a bag for the kids, got our last minute things together and off to the hospital we went. And for the record, as soon as the kids were gone and I could focus on getting to the hospital, I was in a much better mood   🙂

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By the time we got checked in it was around 6:00pm and I was 4cm dilated. I told my best friend Kendall, who lived 10 minutes away and was going to come to help me labor, to head over to the hospital. My sister ended HER birthday celebration early that night (yah for sharing a birthday!), and left to make the 3.5 hour drive. Both Kendall and my sister, Brittany, had helped with my previous labors so, they knew the ropes and were very helpful.

My husband and I liked having someone else in the room with us to be an extra set of hands, take pictures, keep family updated, etc. I needed him focused and by my side.

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Once we got checked in and settled I decided to try sitting in the rocking chair to “rock through” the contractions. We dimmed the lights, turned on some worship music, and I rocked away and got some good head and back messages!
For 2 hours it was pretty smooth sailing. I was able to stay controlled and breath through each contraction. At about 8:30 or 9 I was 6cm. Contractions started getting intense as I began transitioning, and around 9:30pm the doctor informed me that if he broke my water, labor would be in the very near future.

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My sister was still 10 minutes away but I couldn’t say no to progressing things, I mean…the pain. So, Dr. broke my water and shortly after my sister came running down the halls (literally). She made it by 10pm. Then, I felt the urge to push. And I mean, I was doing all I could to wait for the medical personal to get there. Doctor walked in and I was out of control trying to grab anyone in my reach. I screamed as loud as I could, “SOMEONE PULL HIM OUT!!!!!”.

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The whole floor heard me. I later apologized and was slightly embarrassed, lol. But, alas, our little man was here.

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What a relief it is when you hear that first little cry and lay eyes on your new fresh babe. We did it. God did it.

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Our William Charles entered the world July 29th, at 10:20 pm weighting 8lbs 13oz, and was 21 inches long.

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The next day was so fun as Levi and Emersyn got to meet their baby brother!

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Levi had just turned 3, Emersyn was almost 2 and now we had our Will. Our hands and hearts were full. What a joy it was to bring him home. Thank you Lord!!!!

And just like that, he’s one.

My “3 Design Musts” (giving life to our homes)

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Hi friends! An interior designer recently asked me what my “3 Musts” were in design. My initial thought was, “Uh, no clue”, and I was slightly intimidated on how to answer the question (partly because he has 31 thousand instagram followers and partly because it sounded so formal). I thought about it long and hard…well, a day, and came to my conclusion. Just to clarify, I have zero design background or knowledge, so these aren’t educated “musts” but things I realize I try to do in every space and why.

My 3 musts:

  1. Sentiment– Something that is special or sentimental to me. Perhaps something I made, my husband made, a photo of those near and dear to me, a quote or reminder that I need on a daily basis, etc. I don’t just want my home to have nice things, I want memories and items that are unique to our family. Things that make it ours.
  2. Balance– This is purely for aesthetic sake! There is “formal balance”, when sides are symmetrical (matching), and “informal balance”, when sides are not exactly the same or symmetrical, however there is still balance created. I like to attempt informal balance.
  3. Tranquility- I want our home to be a place that feels peaceful, calming, and refreshing. One way this is done is by color. I try to explain to my husband that color can create a tone for the home…he’s still try to understand 🙂 My colors are gray and white with accents of wood and black. Those colors just work for me.

Perhaps you want your home to be bright and cheery with a lot of fun colors, or maybe dark and cool! There is not a right or wrong…it is just what fits our personality and interests. There are so many styles and colors I enjoy, but I try to stick with one…which is hard to do sometimes. The fun part about all being different is we can enjoy one anothers styles!

I want to share a paragraph from the book I’m reading, “Having a Martha Home the Mary Way” by Sarah Mae. This paragraph was so encouraging to me and really explains the why behind making our houses, homes.

You can give life to your home by making it warm and inviting, fresh and invigorating! You can give life to you home by making sure there are clean dishes to eat off of and clear spaces to walk in and organized papers that are easy to find when you need them. You can give life to your home by filling it with loving, true, and good words! You can give life to your home by building up the souls in your care and the souls who enter it. Your home can be a place where weary bones rest and burdens are lifted and laughter ripples through every room. All of these things make a home. You are a creator of beauty and peace and safe spaces. You are a homemaker. (pg. 19)

Don’t you feel as though this gives us a little perspective on why we do what we do? Or how important it is for us to maintain our homes?! Our homes are a place where our family can find peace, love, and comfort. There are so many aspects that go into giving our homes life. What we have on the walls isn’t the most important part, but it does help in making it “warm and inviting, fresh and invigorating” and “a place where weary bones rest and burdens are lifted”!

Now that you have read about my musts, I though it would be fun to do a little “tour” of my house over the rest of the week. For the next few days I’ll be posting pictures of spaces in my home on Instagram and briefly talk about how it fits my “must criteria”. This isn’t because I have mastered it and I think things in my home are perfect. In fact, its been hard for me lately not to compare to all the homes out there that are decorated to perfection. Thankfully though, it isn’t about making our homes perfectly decorated, but loved and comfortable for our own family to rest and make happy memories. And through this little tour you may learn a little about why I have what I do on the walls! 😉 What do you want people to feel when they walk in your home? Think about it! I hope this helps you figure out what you want for your home, how you want to give it life and make it special and unique to your family! Thanks for reading!

–If you don’t have instagram to follow along, I will post the pictures and captions when the week is over!