Month: January 2016

Simple Comforts


One (of many) thing I love about living in Indiana (and the Midwest in general) is the ever changing weather. I know, some people make such a fuss about how cold it gets, how much snow we get, how hot it gets or how it changes so drastically so quickly, but I think it keeps things interesting.

Winter time in particular leaves me feeling so cozy. We keep our house on the cooler side, we are always bundled up in warm pjs or snuggling under blankets next to the fire with coffee or hot choc (as Henry has come to call it). This time of year totally puts me in a “enjoy these simple comforts” kind of mind frame. I’ve not been able to get over┬áthis awesome funk ever since the cooler weather hit. That’s right, a good kinda funk.

Other simple comforts that have hit me recently (some are kinda strange, I know!):

  • Pulling on a warm fuzzy bathrobe after a steaming hot shower
  • The heft of a new bottle of shampoo, conditioner or bath soap
  • Our down comforter
  • How Josh smells
  • Cleanliness and organization
  • Reading great books with great friends (and falling in love with them together)
  • Frosted window
  • Winter skies, winter sunsets
  • Josh’s ease about life
  • The first big snow
  • Reading wrapped up in a blanket as it rains (or snows)
  • Sitting down to a hot dinner
  • The familiarity of a best friend
  • Familiar hymns at Mass
  • Freshly painted fingernails
  • Sleeping babies (especially when they are asleep on my chest)
  • Empty laundry baskets
  • The sound of the dryer, tumbling clothes
  • The first sip of coffee of the day
  • When Peyton falls asleep while nursing
  • Receiving mail (real mail, you know, delivered by The United States Postal Service!)

What are some simple comforts you enjoy? I would love to hear them. Take time every day to embrace the simplicity in your life.

Farewell 2015!

What a great year! I usually like to go back through the year and do a recap of major events or fun adventures but I haven’t had the time to do so. Josh has been off of work for nearly 2 weeks and we’ve spent a lot of time playing games, reading, coloring, playing with the kids and just relaxing. On top of that, Peyton has a double case of pink eye and an underlying virus of some sort, she’s been battling high fevers. 

But I do want to bid a farewell to 2015, because it was a pretty great year. Here are a few things (the list could go forever) that stand out to me:

  • Peyton was born! She came swiftly into the world on a cold and snowy night, face up ready to greet this world. She immediately stole our hearts. 
  • Henry turned 3! He learned so much this year, it’s amazing to see what his brain catches on to so quickly. 
  • We went on vacation to Michigan and enjoyed the beach. 
  • Josh and I celebrated 4 years of marriage. 
  • We welcomed 3 new nieces and 2 new nephews. 
  • I read 63 books!
  • My new website launched! 

Here’s a look ahead at 2016:

  • House improvements: paint our bedroom/buy furniture, shelving for the kitchen and laundry room
  • Henry’s first year of little league
  • 5 years of marriage!
  • Trips: TBD 
  • BLOG!
  • Photography self-education
  • Henry will start preschool in the fall
  • We will begin our 12 months of dates (one of Josh’s Christmas gifts from me was a packet of envelopes with 1 planned date a month! We are very excited for these adventures! I hope to do a a series of blogs or at least one at the end of the year detailing this adventure)

And lastly, some resolutions:

  • Daily prayer
  • Set aside anger, lead with love 
  • Read 75 books
  • Become organized/less clutter
  • Healthy body, healthy mind


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