Monday, June 13, 2011


I'm doing a theme song each day this week. Yesterday was the one I posted below. Today's is:

I launched my etsy store over the weekend.  I'm really excited about it!  I also added a "Shop Me..." section in the right column at the bottom.  I'll be tweeting as I work (as opposed to whistling) if you are interested in that.. You can find me at BornBeloved.

I have many other things to share, but am wrangling a preschooler and eight month old on very little sleep so it will have to come another day.  Today's goals are:
  • Shower
  • Laundry
  • Try to resist feeding the preschooler McD's for dinner tonight

Thursday, June 2, 2011

In Brief

Life is exhausting, but good. My girls are willful, but sweet and loving. My husband is busy, but helpful. Our anniversary was odd, but wonderful. I'm growing closer to some dear friends, and it is refreshing. I'm loving making and selling my jewelry.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


This brought me to tears.  I loved it and wanted to share.  It also reminded me to pray that God will help me to support my girls in their passions and talents.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Night Night

I'm off to bed, but just wanted to say how excited I am about the support I've gotten on my jewelry adventure!  It's been so wonderful to see others enjoying what I've put together!  I'm trying some new things and loving it.  Other than that I'm busy with my little ones.  Keeping them amused on these rainy days is getting difficult.  All the more reason I need my energy!  To bed!  I'm working on trying to get to bed earlier.  I guess it didn't go too well tonight.  Thankfully, there's always tomorrow!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fun From FB

My Life According to Otis Redding

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like and include me. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Re-post as "my life according to (band name)"

Pick Your Artist:
Otis Redding

Are you male or female:
Look At That Girl

Describe yourself:
A Woman, A Lover, A Friend

How do you feel about yourself:
Little Ol' Me, Got To Get Myself Together

Describe where you currently live:
Good To Me

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay

Your best friend is:
My Girl

You and your friends are:
Ton Of Joy

What's the weather like:
Wonderful World

Favorite time of day:
A Hard Day's Night

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
That's How Strong My Love Is

What is beauty to you:
Lord Have Mercy

Your last relationship:
I've Been Loving You Too Long

Your fear:
Give Away None Of My Love

What is the best advice you have to give:
Tell The Truth, Try A Little Tenderness, Respect

Thought for the Day:
Change Is Gonna Come

How you would like to die:
Let Me Come On Home

Monday, May 9, 2011

Excitement & My First Giveaway

I created a facebook page for my jewelry sales!  It's called Beloved Garden.  Here's a link:

I'm nervous and excited.  I'm wondering if I have enough stock or too much.  It's a wonderful adventure and a way to do something that's my own.  It's also a chance to be able to contribute to my family financially.  In honor of my grand opening I'm doing a giveaway!  I'll be giving away 1 Alice ring on May 17th.

To enter:
  • post a comment below (on my blog, not the facebook note that this post generates)  
You can get additional entries by:
  • liking Beloved Garden's facebook page (1 entry)
  • "sharing" Beloved Garden's facebook page (1 entry)
  • posting about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter with a link (1 entry each)
To collect these entries just post one comment for each.  The winner will be chosen at random next Tuesday evening.  Good luck everyone!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Happy Mother's Day!
That is to all of you who are mothers and all of you who long to be.  Today can be a wonderful day or a very hard one (for many reasons - hopes unrealized, miscarriages, abortions, rough relationships with your own mom or having lost her).  I wanted to recognize that today is not like any other day.  May it be a wonderful and healing day for YOU.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A New Venture

I've decided to start selling the jewelry I've been making.  I should be posting on FB & probably here as well within the next week.  I'm excited, but nervous.  It will be the rings & bobby pins I posted.  I'm also going to be selling some necklaces like this one. 
I've decided not to make or sell anything that costs over $10.  I want it to be things I'd be able to afford and would want to wear.  I'm really enjoying making it!  I'm going to give each of the pieces a name that fits it.  Anyone have fun suggestions?  It is all pretty retro so I'm thinking older names.  The ring from the last post is "The Alice" in honor of my friend Theresa whom I made it for.  I name everything so I think this part of it will be fun too.  I might even do a giveaway on my blog so keep an eye out for that!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Deep Breaths

I love the way my baby smells.  I'm convinced that God made her smell that way for a reason.  Because sometimes when things are crazy I snuggle her and just breathing in her smell convinces me that everything will be all right.

Whine, Wimper, Rejoice

My children randomly woke up last night...a lot.  I'm exhausted and cranky.
The laundry is staring at me.  My laundromat is being evicted.
For some unknown reason my children now will not nap.  One starts to, only to be woken up by the other.  Then they trade roles.

I want a nap or giant coffee or my parents to live closer and play with my children for several hours.  None of these things are happening right now.

In the silly little rough stuff of day to day motherhood - He is still risen.


It's been a busy few days.  The weekend was packed with wonderful birthday parties for precious little girls.  The week so far has been a beautiful blur of visits from my family.  It's quiet in my house now.  Things are slowing down a bit before the holiday weekend.  It's giving me time to think.  Easter is coming.  It's my favorite holiday.  Everything in my life hinges on this Sunday, on these words,

"He is not here; He has risen, just as He said..."
-Matt 28:6

That changes everything.  All of history, eternity, and I will never be the same.  Breathtaking!  I'm astounded by the miracle and the simplicity of God's unending grace.  I can't forget though that Good Friday is also coming.  I can't forget what had to come first.  The sacrifice that was required so that grace could be extended, so that I could be forgiven.  It's heartbreaking and humbling - the depth of His love for me...and for you.
Happy Easter!
He is Risen!

Friday, April 15, 2011

For Today

I read this this morning and it spoke to me, because it is so very true.

"It's a good life, Honey, if you don't grow weary."  
It reminded me of this:

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."  
- Gal. 6:9

Saturday, April 9, 2011

8 Minute Face

Here is today's make up.  I had a few extra minutes so I was ale to include a touch of eyeliner.  This is just a quick picture taken with my phone so you can't tell too much, but I thought I'd update anyway.

Updates, Creations, & Searches

What am I up to these days?  Lots!  Here's a quick run down.
  • I'm nurturing my 6 month & 3 year old daughters, working on being a more loving wife, and seeking God.  I feel like I'm doing better in these areas than I have been in a long time.
  • I'm considering working out.  For some of you this may be a no brainer, but for me it's not.  I hate working out.  I've never been a sporty girl.  When I was younger I loved no work out exercise like walking places, skateboarding, etc.  Lately I've been much too inactive and I don't like it.  I don't like the way I feel or the way it looks on me.  I know myself well enough to know I need to find something I'll enjoy or I'll never stick with it.  I enjoy out Wii Fit+, but it's broken right now.  Any suggestions?
  • I'm crafting for the first time in a while.  I had been knitting a lot, but have put that on hold for now.  I recently began creating jewelry.  I'm loving it!  It's fun, easy, and the pieces make fantastic accessories.  Here's a pic:
  • I'm researching tattoo artists in the bay area and planning to get my tattoo for my birthday in August.  If you have a suggestion let me know.  I need someone who is good with lettering and, of course, works in a clean, safe shop. 
  • I've been feeling inspired to start sewing again.  I'd like to start making things for my girls.  I'm basically a beginning sewer.  I took sewing in jr. high and made several things.  In high school I made one of my halloween costumes by following a pattern.  I hadn't used a machine in ages until two years ago when Kacey helped me make a quilt for my mom.  Now I want to get a sewing machine.  Anyone have suggestions for a good machine for beginners?  I'm not even sure how to start comparing them or what to look for.  Here's a pic of me holding up the quilt I mentioned:
  • I've fallen into the busy day to day and haven't been spending time on myself.  I want to remedy this for myself, but also for my family.  I want to look nice for my husband.  I want to set an example for my girls.  I'm teaching them that inner beauty comes from loving the Lord.  It shines through love and kindness that glorifies God.  It comes from your character and it is the most important kind of beauty.  I'm also teaching them that caring for yourself and your appearance is important too.  The fact that it is less important doesn't mean it is unimportant.  The best way I can teach them these things is by my example.  To do that I need something easy so I'm working on a "five minute face" by trying new make-up tips and products.  I'll let you know what I find.  Please share if you have favorites I should check out.  

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dear Sleep, I miss you.

Last night's sleep schedule:
  • 2AM - finally fell asleep
  • 2:30 - woken up by Sweet Sickie Face who wanted to climb in my bed, told no, and sent back to bed, she accidentally woke up Beautiful Baby Eat Non-stop.
  • 2:45 - falling back to sleep
  • 3:10 - Beautiful Baby Eat Non-stop decided she should have been eating instead of sleeping
  • 4:45 - I was finally able to get Beautiful Baby Eat Non-stop fed and to fall back to sleep
  • 6AM? -  Beautiful Baby Eat Non-stop lost her paci and woke up crying  Wonderful Man I Married remedied the situation
  • 7AM? (I'm not sure the time because the delirium had set in) - woken up by Sweet Sickie Face who again wanted to climb in my bed This time she was told yes (the family rule is she has to wait until the sun shines through the curtains) and she was sent over to Wonderful Man I Married 
  • 7:05 - 8:00 faded in and out of sleep between questions, pokes, and demands from Sweet Sickie Face until Wonderful Man I Married got the two of them breakfast
  • 8:35 Beautiful Baby Eat Non-stop woke up and was quite alarmed it had been so long since her last meal
~The End or, More Appropriately, The Beginning of the Day~



In a mostly unrelated matter, I was reading Cara-Deo today and was blessed by the quote, "It says desperation is better than despair. And where God's power begins."  I wanted to share it in case you might find it encouraging as well.

Now this sleepy and very silly mommy must go feed that beautiful baby again.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Smiles on a Sick Day

My oldest is sick.  She has the cutest little froggie voice right now.  Rainy inside days with a sick toddler and a baby in the midst of a growth spurt are not known to be full of smiles, but today I was thankful for the little things.  That made quite a difference.  The other, even bigger thing was getting some time with God.  Here are some of the things that made me smile today:

Coffee from my sweet husband

A no real reason phone call from my mom

Reading this awesome book to my sickie face

My beautiful girls (matching outfits c/o Nana)

 This super fun dress by Jelly the Pug I ordered for A
Even better?  Getting it from modnique for $13 instead of $36
Can't wait to see her in it!

Texting, FBing, & E-mailing with Janette, 
my best friend since we were 12

Sharing music I love with my littles

This "album cover" photo of Boo
Notice the drum around her neck while playing harmonica 

This post & just how much God loves ME

One of my babies might need one
I wonder if I could make it

and this song...

I hope your day was full of smiles too!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Many Thanks

I just wanted to say thank you to all those who have out poured support, love, and prayers since my Trouble post.  I'm doing much better.  The mastitis seems to have passed and I'm only having twinges of pain here & there now.  We have been able to feed L without supplementing with formula for the last week thanks to Peter letting me nap & rest as I've needed to & using fenugreek.  Being rested & built up by God has made me feel more confident both in general & as a mom.  My girls have also helped.  My youngest gives me giant smiles every time she wakes up and sees me.  My oldest is growing in new ways all the time.  Last night she was trying on swim suits for her new lessons starting today and all of a sudden she went leaping through the air and yelled, "I'm a rock star!"  It was both a precious thing & a challenge for me.  It was precious to see her so carefree and confident.  It was a challenge because I feel nothing like a rock star when I put on a swim suit.  It made me wonder when we women lose that confidence and challenged me to reclaim it.  Being the mom of a three year old girl is amazing that way.  It is growing me as a woman as well as a mom.  We, of course, have battles of the wills, but part of that is her developing into her own person.  I remind myself regularly that her willfulness not only gives me opportunities to learn patience, but also is growing her into a more confident little girl.  I want her to be able to make up her own mind and not be a follower.  It's just very hard when I need her to obey as well.  Teaching her to respect us as her parents and do as she is told, but still have a mind of her own is not an easy task.  I'd totally welcome any advice on the balance others might have to offer.  Another thing I've found encouraging as of late has been the blogs of other believers and moms.  Here are a few I've been really enjoying:
The music of Kendall Payne has been encouraging as well.

I must draw this to a close.  It's time for the "Rock Star" to go to her first swim lesson without mom or dad by her side in the pool!

"Ooooh, Corey, Accessories!"

**For those interested the dresses from the last post are from Mod Cloth, Old Navy, Park Place Vintage, Pin Up Girl Clothing, Victoria's Secret, Steady Clothing, & Ruche.

I plan on continuing this style series for a while, but it will be on and off for the most part.  This time, however, I'm doing two in a row.  From now on I'll include links in case anyone likes the items as much as I do.  Now for accessories....

I want to share something else I've discovered.  I celebrated the marriage of two dear friends this weekend.   
Congrats, LB and Bobby!
At their reception I had the most amazing cupcake!  It was a mocha cupcake from Just Baked by Julie.  If you're in the bay area I encourage you to try them!  Amazing!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Reclaiming My Style

I'm starting on a quest to reclaim my style.  I've been spending far to much time in yoga pants and hoodies or jeans with nursing tops.  I do have a sense of style...somewhere hidden under this old PT sweatshirt Kerr handed down to me.  While my old Walter Payton jersey tee will always be part of my style it needs to be expanded upon.  To do this I'm window shopping.  I've started with dresses because I love them, but rarely wear them. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

While Doing Mom Things

Ever the multitasker, I am...
  • Listening to:

  • Researching Fonts for my Tattoo:

  -Old Script-


Thoughts?  Also, if you have fun handwriting feel free to write down "Always Love" and send it to me.  I'm sort of leaning towards one of the lower two.
  • Playing to Win

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pretty Sure

I'm pretty sure this is my lovin' man & I:

It's called Clink by Genevieve Santos 
You can find it and lots of other fantastic art at her etsy store, lepetitelefant.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

More Mom Encouragement

Here is some more encouragement I keep on my fridge...

You can't read the one above my mom & I very well but it is a quote from Brooke Shields.  It says, "They're not going to remember Mom was tired.  They're going to remember I did the weather chart or story time at school.  So you just do it.  And you're tired."  Off to the right there is a heart shape post it that reminds me:

"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."  
Galatians 6:9


I'm going through a hard season.  In it I've found I'm not as open as I used to be.  I've fallen into exactly what I've always hated...pretending everything is fine.  I'm fighting that and opening up to friends and family.  I decided the next step was to open up here.  This is, in part, a blog about motherhood because, in part, I am a mother.  I love being a mother of two.  There are, of course, moments I'm not so sure I'm qualified for this "hardest job you'll ever love," but I find that loving them so much makes me qualified.  Beyond that love I fumble through with plenty of prayer and my best.  My biggest struggle this time around has been with nursing.  With my first there were some general struggles, but all in all it was wonderful.  I even ended up nursing her a few months longer than the year I had originally intended.  With my new little it has been something entirely different.  It started out well, but then in the last two months or so we've been facing some serious challenges.  I'm very committed to nursing.  I want to continue until she is a year old not only because of the amazing bonding experience it can be, but because it makes such a difference for her health and future.  I know many people don't have the option to nurse and would never judge, but for me it has been a non-negotiable.  If you don't want to know too much (or know I'd be embarrassed by your knowing) this is the time to wave off (I'll bold later if you want to just skip ahead).  Enter what the doctor calls "suction and latch issues" (she's latching, but not properly and is a bit too strong).  That led to bleeding, horrible pain, and then to the dreaded mastitis.  I've been very tempted to give up, but I'm not going to.  If I was strong enough to unintentionally birth her without medication I can get through this for her.  (Skip to here) I just want to be able to be a good mom and wife at the same time.  I feel like that is there area where I'm achieving an epic fail at times.  I'm less patient when in pain.  Couple this with my toddler who skipped the terrible twos almost entirely, only to invent the Amazing but Willful Threes and you get a very cranky mommy.  I praise God for providing me the fruit of the Spirit (chiefly patience and self control) in moments when I don't have them (or anything else) left in me.  Thankfully my family is patient with me.  I finally decided to mention what I've been going through here because I found so much comfort in the blogs I found online where moms shared their own struggles.  So to Sarah (from Becoming Sarah) & Jessica (from The Leaky B@@b, link below), thank you so much for your authenticity and transparency.  I'm not going into much detail here, but if there are others facing these things please feel free to contact me and I will share my experiences or just offer support.  For now here are some things that are helping me out today:

My beauties

My hubbie

but most of all,
"I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." 
Philippians 4:13