Kansas! The place we knew we might end up eventually, sometime in the distant future, if ever, which turned out to not be so distant after all.
A few things I love about being back in America + the Midwest again; sun, sun, sun, and more sun. Not to mention stores…so many stores! So many restaurants, so many parking spaces, pay-at-the-pump gas, mail that comes straight to our front door, indoor playgrounds for the kids (ahem…McDonalds), Walmart grocery pick-up, Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, a steady supply of half and half for my coffee, and the simple ability to be able to pick up my phone and call my family. Novel, I know! Not to mention access to better health care. Thane finally got started with one out of the two elbow surgeries that he’s been needing for months, it went well and we are so thankful. Life overseas makes for some really amazing experiences, but being home in the States again has been such a breath of fresh air.
I finished another painting! Like three months ago, haha. And now, it lives in a folder on a shelf.
I’ve been going through all of my art supplies and looking through all of my canvases and watercolor paintings these past couple of weeks as we’ve been organizing for the move, and oh gosh, I have so much. Which is why in January I got all motivated and set up an Etsy shop one week while Thane was off gallivanting somewhere in Eastern Europe, so that maybe these watercolors wouldn’t just sit in a folder. I wrote about the shop here, posted it to Facebook once, and have not personally been back on Etsy to look at it since, hahaha. Is it still up and running? I guess so, but I’m really not sure.
Sunday means a few things at the Keller house; church, afternoon coffee + relaxation, and cutesy photos of Lilah since she’s usually dolled up in her Sunday best.
She’s almost five months old already! She’s not the marathon napper she used to be….she’s awake more during the day and so that requires more time spent playing, holding, and juggling, and I’m a-okay with that. She’s just as chunky and squishy as can be and I really can’t get enough of her. Speaking of her sleeping, her naps and night time sleeping has gotten better and more predictable, and that makes such a big difference for me in the time management department. She continues to establish herself as a thumb sucker despite being regularly offered two different types of pacifiers, weighs in at about 16 pounds, loves to smile and snuggle, and occasionally starts up some pretty cute conversations. She’s just starting solids, so far she’s had potatoes, quinoa, and avocado.
Warning: Rambly post about motherhood that may or may not have a point by the end. If you don’t have time to read, here is a great Sally Clarkson podcast on balance in motherhood. It has lots of good, practical tips!
Hello mommy friends. How’s it been going with you guys? There’s no simple answer to that, is there? These past couple of weeks I’ve felt pretty encouraged. Mainly just because I’ve felt normal! And by normal I mean happy, healthy, and not exhausted/on the edge of my sanity half of the time, hahaha. Though any time I talk to my parents on video chat they’re like “wow, you look so tired”. Leave it to your family to tell the honest truth!
Anyway, the sun has been out almost every day, which is unheard of where we live so praise God! Overall, the months since Lilah was born have been very good. Life with four kids (when the oldest is only five!) has it’s moments, both good and bad and hectic all around. You know, a new baby in the house and the adjustment that comes with that + travel + holidays + Thane’s work travel picking up again + what seemed like tons and tons and tons of doctors appointments and errands that had us out and running around all the time. And did I mention there are four kids, all five and below? Haha! But errands and commitments outside of the home have calmed down a bit and we’re all healthy for the first time in months. So, praise God, I am so grateful! And we can do a lot of hard things as long as we stay encouraged, right? Keeping a positive outlook is half of the battle.
I opened up an Etsy shop this week! After months of mulling over producing + selling prints of my recent watercolor paintings- which involved a lot of hassle and techy stuff that I kept running into problems with- I decided to just throw that out and list the original paintings on Etsy. I honestly don’t want to sell them….I want to horde them. I’ve done a lot of art over the years that I’ve wanted to throw in the trash, but not so with these! They have a special place in my heart for reasons I’ll share below. Not to mention, how much of my own art am I going to put on my walls? I already have a huge pile of canvas paintings sitting in storage, and I don’t exactly need to add to that pile! (Here I am talking like I even have time to paint, hahaha! I really don’t, every now and then I just get a week or two where I get inspired and squeeze it in.)
“The point of keeping a home is not to be perfectionist or neurotic about cleanliness and order but to create a life of balance that brings joy to your world and those around you…. Find out for yourself what the most confounding things in your own world are, and come up with a workable schedule, with solutions that suit your own hours and days.” An excerpt from “Desperate: Hope For the Mom Who Needs to Breathe” by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
Well here we are, almost ten years into marriage and military life and with four kids, ages five and below. I’m not sure that’s something I ever anticipated saying, and I certainly can’t say I was prepared! But many of the best things in life aren’t things we necessarily planned for, and that’s part of the beauty of it all. I have to admit that 2016 was pretty much a blur. But now that Lilah is no longer in the womb and is four months old and we’re past the pregnancy + those very sleepy and unpredictable newborn days, I’ve been focusing on getting back to some good homemaking habits that help me to keep up with this wonderfully blessed and busy life we live.
By the way, I borrowed the title of this post from a great chapter out of Desperate, a FANTASTIC book for moms that I quoted from above, because it’s so true; housework is truly a beast that needs to be tamed! Here are a handful of my own methods that I’ve been working on lately.
ONE | THE DISHES. I run a load of dishes every night right after dinner, and then put those dishes away after the kids go to bed so that I’m not trying to do it during the morning rush.