I’m a visual person. Beautiful spaces, interiors, photography, art, and just about any form of design is what draws me and inspires me. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t this way, because I’m always, always tempted to place more time and value and priority on the things that are visible rather than the things that aren’t; our God, our faith, our hearts. It often feels like a gift and a snare, not to mention it’s an awful lot of work to want to make everything around you pretty all of the time when you have four little treasures/small humans that don’t have the same priorities! So, when I take photos, I do it when things are clean and in order because that’s when I feel my best; energized, creative, and like I have the chance to capture something special. But the pretty pictures that I take on occasion are not at all representative of what normal life looks like, and they’re not supposed to be. So just in case you thought I was trying to fool you into thinking anything otherwise about my life or my family or my house (after my LAST POST), here is proof to the contrary. Hopefully it brings a smile to your face, cause….well, you’ll see.
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.)