Happy Friday! I thought this picture was pretty appropriate for us here in the mom-blog world. I know teenagers come with their own set of hard issues, but I am very much looking forward to them sleeping in on the weekends so that we can too.

This week has been a fun one! This was the boys’ first full week of school, so it’s been nice to get back to a regular routine. They both love going to school! Porter only goes 2 days a week, so we have to have the talk about that every time we go drop Evan off by himself. Porter wants to go every day!

I can’t even process how much they have changed since the first day of school last year. Look at Porter’s little baby face!!

On Monday we got some very exciting news…We are having another baby BOY! Not hard to believe considering the two cutie little boys we already have:)I would have been in complete shock if this baby had been a girl.

Jonathan and I found out the news after our doctor’s appointment that morning. We had them seal up the ultrasound photo for us to open once we left so we could find out by ourselves. We opened it in the parking lot of the party store where we going to buy the balloon and confetti. Very special and sentimental, right? 😉

Both of us were nervous to open it up…just because it’s one more step towards the reality of us actually having three kids! My emotions fluctuate between excited and totally freaked out (thankfully mostly excited). I wanted us to be by ourselves to open it so I could have whatever reaction I wanted to in privacy…just in case I felt disappointment. If you read my post about all of the emotions of adding kids to our family a few weeks ago, you’ll understand! I am very glad to report that I have not felt the least bit disappointed in the news of a third boy! I am thrilled! Although I feel a little nauseated when I think about three teenage boys living in my house one day haha (the smell of 3 boys…the amount of groceries we will have to buy). Both boys are excited too. Porter doesn’t quite get it yet, but Evan is pumped about there being 3 brothers. He told me the other night that when he turns 6 years old God is going to put another baby brother in my belly. I’m just praying he doesn’t have the gift of prophecy. I think I will have to move to the crazy house if we have 4 children. This crew has me pretty content.

Baby boy is still unnamed. We have a few ideas, but aren’t ready to commit to any name just yet. We still have about 19 weeks til he gets here so there’s no rush.

I am happy to still have my “boy mom” status. We are already thinking about the fun things our future holds with this little tribe of men. We can’t wait to see what he looks like and what his personality will be! I am already praying for wisdom on how to raise these boys into men who love Jesus. That’s the best thing I could ever hope for them.

I’m also praying for awesome future daughters-in-law 😉 Can I get an amen?

I hope all you mamas (and any other sweet friends who follow along with this blog) have an awesome weekend! Tomorrow is Evan’s first day of SOCCER (#soccermom). I’ll let you know how that goes! Can’t believe we are at the stage of extra-curricular activities already. God bless it.

See y’all next week!

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Every time I sit down to write lately, it just feels too heavy. So much has happened in the last couple of months, and it just seems like too much to try to process it all…the rioting and police shootings in our city, and the recent flood that has devastated so many people in this area. It’s just a lot to process, ya know? So until I can come up with a way to do that, I am hoping this What’s Up Wednesday post will get me out of my no-writing funk! And serve as a good catch-up for what we’ve been up to. Be sure to head over to The Larson LingoMix & Match Mama , and Sheaffer Told Me To to check out their posts, and link up your own at the bottom! Or scroll through the links and find some new bloggers to follow!

What we’re eating this week…

I’m on week 2 of a clean eating challenge group with some girls, so the better question may be what am I not eating? Pretty much I’ve stopped eating ALL THE THINGS. Being stuck mainly at home due to flooding and aftermath, I was snacking on sooo many things. My challenge group has got me mostly back on track. I’m struggling with trying to eat well while also starting to get extra hungry as I mark the half way mark through this pregnancy. I’ve spent the last 2 years focused on losing or maintaining weight, so watching the scale creep upwards is a bit of a mind battle. I know it’s good and necessary, but still doesn’t always feel great! We are also trying to spend less for a few months in order to work on our savings, so our grocery budget isn’t the most exciting! Thankfully we still have quite a few delicious freezer meals to hold us over. Delicious and zero effort…my favorite.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Wine. I miss wine. Is that ok to say?? Ha!

Also as we start getting more baby things in the house in preparation for baby #3, I am thinking back to when the boys were born and what life was like with a newborn…it feels like another lifetime ago!

It’s hard to remember them looking like this, when now they look like this…

What I’m loving…

Baby kicks! Just started feeling them a week or two ago. I’ll try to remember how much I love them when in a few months they are happening to my bladder and rib cage 😉

I’m also loving shopping at Costco (how lame does that statement make me sound?). I decided to try it out this month, and I really like it! Great prices and great options on healthy and organic products. Who knew?! It’s also nice to not have to shop every single week since I’m buying some things in bulk. Now I just have to run out for produce and milk in between trips. And the gas is cheap! It’s amazing, people, seriously.

What we’ve been up to…

Y’all…it has been a looooooong few weeks. Saturday night was the first night I had been away from the boys in over 2 weeks. I may have cried a little as I backed out the driveway and waved goodbye to them….and mumbled “bye Felicia” under my breath. I love those boys. But we needed a little time apart, ya feel me? With all the rain and then flooding, we were stuck in the house for a few days.

And then Jonathan was off helping people clean out and gut their houses for the following week, and then back to work followed by gutting houses the week after that. So I was mostly on solo parenting duty. And it was still raining most days, and everything was wet and soggy all over town. And HOT. And humid. So we didn’t do a whole lot other than get on each other’s nerves. Well Porter spent a majority of the time screaming his head off. So there’s that.

All in all it was a good lesson in trusting Jesus in my parenting #Jesustakethewheel. Thankful to be getting back into a normal life routine this week.

What I’m dreading…

I honestly can’t think of anything I’m dreading right now. We’ve got a lot of fun stuff coming up. The only thing that comes to mind is doing the glucose test in about 10 weeks from now. I’ve passed it before during both pregnancies, but it makes me super sick. I threw up when I did it the first time with Evan and had to come back and retake it. And I was on the verge of barfing when I took it with Porter. That crazy influx of sugar first thing in the morning is not good for my body apparently. Anyone else have trouble with it???

What I’m working on…

I just finished up some painting commissions…

…and am gearing up to start a new one. Work has been on hold due to life being a bit crazy the last few weeks. Looking forward to getting back in the groove. Jonathan may be going to visit his family this weekend, and I will probably stay back home so I can catch up on work! It’s so hard to get painting done with the boys home with me as you can probably imagine.

What I’m excited about…

Lots of things! The boys go back to school next week.

And the week after we will find out if Baby #3 is a boy or a girl! With our odds, I am guessing we’re having another boy. We shall see!

My birthday is coming up at the end of September, too. I still feel ok with celebrating that. Can’t decide if I will let myself age another year after this or not 😉 I am already trying to decide what to get at Kendra Scott for 50% off. Anyone else do that for the birthday every year?? If you didn’t know this bit of awesome news…Kendra Scott lets you get one item for 50% off during the month of your birthday!

What I’m watching/reading…

This may not be super exciting to share…because I’m re-watching and re-reading this month. Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I’m on the final season now. And I’m re-reading the “Girls” series by Rachel Hollis. I’m almost done with the last book.

I’ve got a few things in my e-book library to read next, so hopefully I’ll have some more good suggestions for you next month.

And I don’t know if I want to admit this on the internet or not, but since you are my people I feel it’s ok…I’m also watching Bachelor in Paradise. It’s basically a train wreck. But sometimes you just need a show like that in your life. So don’t judge me. OK!?!?:)

And also let me know if you watch it too 😉

What I’m listening to…

I’m so behind on all of my podcasts right now. Hoping to catch back up when I start driving to and from the boys’ school next week! That’s my main time to listen to anything. I have had Hillsong’s “Oceans” on repeat over the last week or two since I saw the video of them singing it on a boat in the Sea of Galilee. GORGEOUS.

What I’m wearing…

Stretchy pants! I sadly never have a fun answer to this question. My SAHM wardrobe consists of pajamas and workout clothes mostly. I am majorly looking forward to leggings and sweaters and boots in a few months. Fall is my favorite season of clothing. And food. And temperature. All of it.

What I’m doing this weekend..

I’m still waiting to see what Jonathan and the boys are going to do this weekend, but as of now I’m planning on painting while binge-watching something on Netflix. I’ve also got to color my hair because these roots and gray “friends” are getting out of control. I’m too vein to let this go, y’all.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

You can pretty much refer back to the “what I’m excited about” section. Because all of those things are next month!  What I’m most looking forward to is a toss up between boys going back to school and finding out this baby’s gender!

What else is new…

Shockingly….not a lot. Believe it or not, we don’t lead a very exciting life. The biggest things that have happened in the last week is that one or our small chickens got taken away by a hawk, and one of the big ones met its demise at the hands of a stray dog. So now the poor chickens can no longer free range all over our backyard. I’m pretty sad about that, but it’s more sad if they keep getting attacked by random animals.

That is one of the strangest paragraphs I’ve ever written.

That’s it for this month, folks. Thanks for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far. Let me know what’s up with you on this Wednesday!

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Boy mom.

A label I proudly wear. Which is something I never would have imagined. I grew up with a sister, took dance classes, loved makeup and dress up and Barbies. I had no real knowledge of little boys or what that entailed.

Needless to say I have learned quickly.

Before Jonathan and I decided to have kids I knew I only wanted two. I come from a family of two, so it just made sense to me. Two parents, two hands, two kids. No brainer. Jonathan was leaning towards three since he comes from a family of three siblings! I guess you want what you’re used to.

I was not shocked when we sat in the ultrasound room when I was pregnant the first time and the tech told us that our little baby was a boy. I would have been shocked if she had said otherwise. Call it mother’s intuition.

Evan James was born in December of 2011, and it was the most amazing moment of our lives.

Fast forward a couple of sleepless months and some years later and we decide it’s time for baby number two. At that point we were both agreed that two would be plenty (especially when Evan’s tantrum throwing phase kicked in about 2 weeks into my pregnancy…joy!). Why would we want to put ourselves through that over and over and over? That would be insanity! Twice is more than enough.

So I went into my second pregnancy knowing it would be my last.

And knowing surely this would be a baby girl. I’ve always pictured a baby girl. Dance recitals, mother daughter bonding, weekends away together when she grows up, planning her wedding, etc. etc. You mamas of girls know what I’m talking about I imagine!

We planned out the gender reveal party and invited all of our friends and family over. We excitedly left our ultrasound appointment with the sealed envelope in hand. I passed it over to the worker at the balloon counter at the party store, just knowing I’d be back to pick up the box of pink balloons in a few hours.

Fast forward to us opening that box in front of all of our people. Before the box was opened, I saw the balloons float up to the top.

Blue.

What?

I was shocked. Legitimately. And I was in front of a group of people and on video. So my look of shock had to quickly be replaced with the look of excitement. In the above picture I was looking and talking to Evan because I could not process what was happening.

Let me try to process the feelings I had out loud here…

I was not disappointed to be having another boy. I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be having a little girl. Does that make sense?

I felt this huge weight crashing down on me.

That I wasn’t cut out to be a mom of boys.

That I would be a lame, boring, no-fun mom.

That Jonathan and the boys would only want to do stuff that I didn’t want to do and I would be left by myself all the time (seriously…before we knew baby 2 was a boy Jonathan very jokingly said something along these lines when we were in Academy and I started crying…thanks, hormones).

Y’all, how crazy is that?? And how untrue.

It took me about a week or two, but I slowly started to realize all of the feelings I was having were straight up LIES.

“The enemy seeks to kill, steal, and destroy.”

This was so apparent now. Instead of relishing in the joy of the fact that we were adding another precious boy to our family, I was plagued by the feeling that I wouldn’t be enough.

And that’s just simply not true. God knows what He’s doing. He gave me my children on purpose. He chose me to be their mother. The mother of boys. Clearly He thinks I’m cut out for it. And if God thinks that, then I think I’ll be okay.

I cannot imagine my life without either of these precious boys of mine.

So let me back track to the part where we also just KNEW this pregnancy would be my last. After Porter was born I gave away all my maternity clothes. As he outgrew his newborn and baby things, I passed them on to other new mamas. Before we moved into our new house last year, we had a garage sale. I sold the infant car seat. I sold the bouncer and the swing, the diaper bag, the bottles. Everything. With zero remorse (right now I imagine there are a few moms nodding their heads along with me).

Then Porter turned two. And Jonathan brought up that maybe he would want another one. And I was like, “Hell no.”

But then my wheels started spinning, and I started thinking about it, and I was so mad at myself every time I felt myself considering having another baby. Like every time I’d see a billboard with a baby on it, or a commercial, or visit a new mama in the hospital. I said I was done, ok God??

So I finally told Jonathan I was thinking about it, and he was like “Nah.” The feelings he had about another one had apparently passed. Great…

So that’s where we have been the past year. Back and forth about whether we should or shouldn’t, but never on the same page at the same time.

Things are honestly starting to get simpler in our home now that the boys are getting a little older. We are out of the baby phase for the most part with a 2.5 year old and a 4.5 year old (the 1/2 is very important apparently…just ask Evan). They can go play by themselves in their rooms or in the backyard without me hovering. They can get themselves in and out of car seats. Evan can get himself dressed (amazing, life changing). They can get their own drinks from the fridge and snacks from the pantry. There aren’t set in stone eating and sleeping schedules. We can go with the flow a little more. Why would we want to mess that up?

But then I picture 10, 15, 20 years down the road, and I want there to be more people around my table. Two kids just seems like so few. I guess I can blame it on the show “Parenthood” and all of their family dinners. I love the idea of my children being adults and still wanting to come to dinner at my house. Anyone else with me on that??

But another baby? I just don’t know.

Do I want to gain 40 (plus) pounds again? Do I want to give birth again? (seriously I can feel all my lady parts clench up at the thought.) Do I want to give up months of sleepless nights again? Be tied down to a schedule, to bottles, to leaky boobs, to baby proofing….the list of cons is long and real.

But a baby…that’s one big “pro” that pretty much trumps any “con”.

So we waited. And we prayed that the answer would be clear to BOTH of us at the SAME time (that would be really helpful, ok God?!).

And finally, it was. Literally one day we just both looked at each other, and Jonathan said “should we do this?” And I said, “yes.”

The fifth member of our little tribe will be here sometime around the end of January, and we couldn’t be more excited. Sometimes terrified, but mostly excited.

I will continue to fight off the lies of not being “mom enough” for more than two kids. That I won’t be able to handle another little boy. Or that because I’m now a “boy mom” I won’t know what to do with a baby girl. I won’t let lies make my decisions for me or steal my joy. I will rest firmly in the truth that God knows what He’s doing and that His timing is good.

And that I am enough.

 

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  • Danielle - This resonates so much with me but for different reasons! I am currently pregnant with my third and I am convinced that THIS will be my last pregnancy.

    But I also always envisioned four kids. And I also want the Parenthood-style family dinners!

    I definitely struggle with questioning whether I will be able to devote enough time and love and attention to all three of our kids. We want to expand our family down the road but through adoption. But I’m also afraid of whether we could handle that whole process. There are so many lies and so much pressure. Thank you for the reminder that I am enough :)ReplyCancel

    • Hannah // Lugimom - Glad you were able to relate and hopefully feel encouraged! God has already equipped us for what He will call us to! He’s got this ❤️😊ReplyCancel

Happy Friday my friends! I’m back for the second time this week (woo!) with a new round of Friday Favorites! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I’m hoping it will help me get back in the swing of writing. I miss it and I miss connecting with y’all! For this post I’m linking up with NarciErika, and Andrea for a weekly link up of all of the best things we are loving!

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The newest workout program from Beachbody is out! It’s called Country Heat, and so far I am loving it! Cardio is not my favorite thing to do generally…the thought of running or doing burpees make me cringe (anyone else?). So when I saw the previews for this new program, I was very interested! It’s great country music and easy to follow dance moves. You can make them as low or high intensity as you’d like, which makes me think it will be a great workout to do throughout the rest of my pregnancy (yep…I’m pregnant in case you missed that announcement). I’ve done two of the workouts so far, and both were a lot of fun a gave me a good calorie burn.

It’s also showing awesome results from the test groups…some even better than the results from 21 Day Fix! Let me know if you’re interested in knowing more about it!

On a fitness note, I’m planning on running a 3 week challenge group on August 15 if anyone would be interested in that as well…working out, eating clean, losing weight! Win win win. Shoot me an email for more info!

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If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, or we are friends in real life, you know my love for Beauty Counter runs deep! So when they released their mascara a couple of months ago I had to get my hands on it. I’m kind of picky about mascara…there are so many out there that leave residue under my eyes or on my brow bone, and I am not a fan of that! And then there are those that make my eyes feel irritated. Not a fan of that either. I am happy to report that this mascara does none of those things. It’s easy to apply and doesn’t need to multiple coats….unless you just like a lot of mascara, in which case it’s pretty build-able. It does take more than water to take off at the end of the day, but I consider that a plus because that means it’s not coming off when I get sweaty. I just use coconut oil or my Beauty Counter cleansing balm and it comes off immediately. Last but certainly not least, this mascara is made with SAFE ingredients! I love that anything I get from Beauty Counter won’t harm my skin or body. Follow this link to visit my friend Kandice’s page. She is so passionate about educating people about better quality and safe products, and I’m glad to know her! Not just because she keeps me up to date with all things skin care and make up:)

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There’s no place like Stars Hollow. I am re-watching Gilmore Girls…for the third time. I watched it when it aired however long ago, I binged it when they added it to Netflix a couple of years ago, and I’m now re-bingeing (that’s totally a word). I just finished The Good Wife a month or so ago, and I needed a new show. In light of how heavy life and events have been lately, I just wanted something light-hearted and feel-good. Gilmore Girls is the definition of those things. If you’re one of those people who have never watched this show, stop reading right now and watch episode 1. And in case you’ve been living under a rock, there are new episodes coming out in November on Netflix. Hopefully I won’t be the only person watching all 6 hours of it in one day.

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Maternity pants! Can I get an “AMEN” from any of you pregnant or formerly pregnant ladies!? There isn’t much better than stretchy pants that you can wear out in public. I like to call them secret sweatpants. And since they come up to your boobs, you don’t have to worry about showing any crack when you bend over. Just another perk you may not have thought of. Being pregnant for the third time means my pants quit buttoning approximately 5 minutes after I saw the plus sign. I had zero about of sadness when it was time to bust out the elastic waist band. I can’t wait til the weather gets cool enough for leggings. Maternity leggings are a gift from the Lord and I plan to wear them everyday until this baby is born (and for many months after, because there is no “bouncing back” happening that quickly over here folks).

Well, this list is short, but I feel like the quality is good 😉 Consider this a comeback after a summer hiatus. I am planning to share some posts soon about how we decided about baby #3 and about some parenting struggles. I’m also hoping to share another list of “thank you notes”, as well as some craft tutorials. So stay tuned!

Make sure you use the links at the top to see what other bloggers are loving this week, and feel free to go link up or share your favorites in the comments! See y’all next week:)

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  • Caitlin - I had so much trouble finding maternity leggings that held in my legs and butt this pregnancy… so I wore high rise Lululemon workout pants until they cut off my air supply haha. Then I had some pants from Old Navy that I wore under my belly. =0)ReplyCancel

    • Hannah // Lugimom - I’ve never tried the lululemon ones! I have multiple pairs of old navy ones because they are one of the few places with long inseams!! I’m 5’11 so I don’t need high water pants to go along with my big belly hahaReplyCancel

Happy Tuesday my friends! It’s August already. How did that happen?? Since it’s the first Tuesday of the month,  it’s time for the Ready, Set, Craft Challenge! I’m linking up with KellyEmilyAmber, and Kerry today to share a post with a project where we all use the same material. This month’s material is…

family pictures!

How fun is that? This is something EVERYONE has and if you’re like me, you struggle with knowing what to do with them. I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a craft idea for my photos. Honestly I tend to just pick a few favorites for our gallery wall and small frames around the house, and update them throughout the year. Pretty boring, sorry!

Instead of sharing a typical craft with you, I decided to share how I “craft” our family photo book at the end of the year. I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous family year books floating around Pinterest. Last year I finally bit the bullet and made one!

For the past few years all of our family photos have just been sitting in folders on my computer, lost in random file names. So I will break down how I have started organizing my photos on the computer which makes the photo book making process a lot easier.

I have a “pictures” folder on my desktop with a “2016” folder in it (2015 is still there because I use photos from then on the blog or to print occasionally. The previous years are on my 2 external hard drives.) Then I have a folder for each month.

Each month has folders in it for major activities, and then I upload each month’s cell phone pictures into a folder as well.

Having the photos all separated by month makes it really easy to stay organized for an album.

In theory I could work on the album itself each month…but let’s be honest about the likelihood of that happening. I am hoping to get some work done on it once the boys are back in school next month so I’m not glued to the computer for hours at the end of the year! And I’ll be a tad bit busy in January since that’s when Baby #3 is due to arrive!

So back to the album…there are a few different programs you can use to make it depending on your preferences. The top choices I know of are My Publisher, Blurb, iBooks, Shutterfly, and Artifact Uprising. This past year I went with Blurb, simply because I liked their layout options and price point. They also offered a PDF of my book for a small extra cost. If you’re ok with waiting a while to print there are usually some great discounts or coupons you can get (My Publisher currently has a free photo book offer for new customers, and 75% off for friends and family).

Designing your book can be as simple or complex as you want it. Many of the different services offer pre-designed layouts, where you could just upload all of your photos and it designs the whole thing for you. If you want more control you can create custom layouts. You can even design your pages in photoshop and import them into your book. I went between pre-made layouts and ones I custom designed.

You can add as much or as little text as you want. My plan for this year was to make the album as the year progressed so I could give more detailed thoughts and captions, but that didn’t happen…because life…small children…tired. You get the idea 😉 But I would totally recommend making it as you go, maybe even working on it once a quarter while your brain is fresh!

I spent right around $100 for my 20×20 book and the PDF. It’s a really nice quality hard back book. You could do it cheaper if you went smaller, did it paper back, or waited for a great discount.

I hope this post helps some of you who, like me, are challenged when it comes to what to do with the massive amounts of photos we take of our kids and families. I love having them all consolidated for the year in one book. The boys both like sitting and looking through it, too, and it’s fun to reminisce on how much happens in one year! This is motivating me to get started on 2016’s book!

Be sure to use the links below to check out some other awesome crafts with family photos! They will probably be more traditional crafts than mine, so I’m hoping to find some inspiration there as well.

Next month we will be crafting with…

Any of these type of pre-made paper-mache items. There are so many possibilities! So get to crafting and make sure to share it and link up on the first Tuesday in September! Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!


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  • Terri Jones - I need to get with it and be more organized. I take 1000 pictures but never get them printed.. horrible of me, thanks for the inspiration mama!!Love your albumsReplyCancel