My Motherhood is… (current life with 3)


I wrote a post like this a while back and figured it was time to write another one in this new stage of motherhood. Being a Mom to 3 is beyond what I expected in so many ways. It’s funny how when the next kid pops out you instantly can’t imagine your family with out them. Like they were meant to be there all along. I really love how that works. Orion is our favorite little man and the perfect addition to our family. The moment he was born our hearts exploded with love for that sweet, sweet baby. Oooh we just love him!!

I started the last post with this and wanted to add it here as well… One of my favorite things about motherhood is that as much as it’s a personal journey it’s also so uniting at the same time. We all go through the ups & downs. They may be a bit different for each one of us but I am sure we share so many similarities.

My motherhood with 3…

…is first and foremost giving myself grace in all areas of my life. It’s not all going to get done right now.

…is currently putting aside most hobbies for lack of time. Knowing that it’s just a season.

…is accepting the tv watching for the kids with out guilt. It won’t kill any one and again is just a season.

…is actually letting myself sit and cuddle that sweet baby boy while he sleeps instead of trying to lie him down to get other stuff done. By the third you are fully aware how fast time goes.

…is acknowledging that taking care of the baby is the easy part. It’s the older ones that still take up the most time and energy

…is understanding that baby number 3 has to go with the flow. Haha. Poor boy always getting carted around to school drop off, the library, gymnastics, moms group, etc…

…is being more exhausted than you ever imagined. One tiny baby waking up is nothing compared to 3 children up constantly ALL.THROUGH.THE.NIGHT. #halp

…is letting the oldest spread her wings and be that big helper even if it means cleaning up a bigger mess later for you.

…is also giving grace to everyone in the family. It’s a big adjustment for everyone!

…is finding some wiggle room in the budget to hire a house cleaner for this season of life

…is being so in love with the new family dynamic you don’t even know how to handle it.

…is constantly picking up throughout the day so it doesn’t get out of control.

…is about being a team. Helping everyone see the importance of working together and giving jobs.

…is eating at Panera a lot.

…is swooning over your children as they love on each other and become the sweetest little mommies to their new baby brother

…is being so humbled by the love and generosity of your church family. Oooh the meal train!

…is having throw up on your brand new sweater.

…is making the most of even the smallest moments with your older ones to make sure they feel special and loved.

…is lots of kisses

…is your heart growing in ways you didn’t know it could

…is tears over being overwhelmed at everything

…is tears over how much you love everything about your family

…is tears over just how fast it goes

…is tears over every worship song you hear about God’s love

…is tears over having to do those damn tongue and lip exercises on your baby

…is tears over pretty much anything at any moment because #hormones

…is memorizing scripture on God’s promises for moments that seem too overwhelming

…is falling asleep surrounded by piles of clean and dirty laundry and not even caring or moving it

…is googling the most ridiculous things at all hours of the night while nursing

…is ordering things on amazon prime at 3:27am

…is all the hallelujahs for a baby that just slept 11-7am!!

…is multiple trips to Dr. Saddness (what I’ve nicknamed him) for the baby’s tongue and lip tie

…is accepting your post baby body

…is for all the hilarious boobie talk with your older ones as you nurse the baby a bajillion times a day.

…is for falling even deeper in love with your husband as he takes care of everything and everyone.

…is for missing my mom when she is gone

…is feeling like the transition to 3 really has been overall pretty smooth (don’t get me wrong it’s tough for sure!) but makes me think could we handle 4?

…is being so freakin’ excited for all that is to come as a family of 5.










Halloween 2015 | Pt. 2


This was the best year for Halloween! The girls were at the perfect age for trick or treating. Rowan was so excited she basically ran from house to house the entire night. I love our sweet little neighborhood! On Friday night we went to a Trunk or Treat at a church in the area and then went out for the real deal on Saturday night. We took the girls to see the Wizard of Oz for the first time this past summer at a Movie In the Park sort of deal. It was the most magical summer night watching such a movie classic under the stars. They even had the characters there to meet and greet the kids. Needless to say, Rowan fell in love with the movie and has been talking about being all the characters for Halloween since. She didn’t have to twist my arm that’s for sure. I LOVE family halloween costumes. I hope they want to dress up together forever (I know, I know. It’s not going to happen but I can dream right?).








Halloween 2015 | Pt. 1


We always try to make the most of the Halloween season. It can seem a little silly to make a big deal over a costume you’re only going to wear for a few short hours on one particular night. I try to find all the fun Halloween activities in the area and let the kids dress up as much as they’d like. The weekend before Halloween we found a Trick or Treat event at the Omi International Arts Center. I’d never been there but I am always up for exploring a new museum. Out in their huge sculpture field, volunteers dressed up and stood at each sculpture passing out candy. Good way to enjoy halloween but also get some culture in there as well. Our real Halloween costumes weren’t quite ready yet so the girls picked out something from the dress up closet. They went as a bumble bee and a Snow White. There was also a great halloween party for the kids- food, drinks and crafts. The kids had a great time! We will definitely be back next year.















My Everyday Style | 3 Weeks Postpartum


I can stay in my pjs for about a week after having a baby and then I need to start getting dressed to help my own (mental) recovery. Nothing fancy, but I at least need to feel put together. Something that really helps with that is buying a new pair of jeans that fit my current 3 week post part body. I’m not talking designer jeans or anything, but jeans that fit good, sit higher up on the waist, pretty inexpensive (because they will most liking not fit in a few months as I work towards pre-baby weight) and make me feel good about myself. I am trying not to stress about the 20lbs I would like to lose to be back to my pre-baby self because 1. it’s only been 3 weeks 2. look at that beautiful baby boy!! and 3. I know it takes time to loose that baby weight. I don’t plan to go on any diet or whole 30 or thing but just get back into being little more strict about clean, whole foods. We’ve let things slide a little around here lately as we adjust to new baby Orion. Anyway, this was my “look at me! I am actually getting dress” outfit the other day for an outing to Mom’s group. Don’t you love dressing for the fall weather. It’s my favorite!






Sweater: a.n.a (JCPenney)
Jeans: LOFT (40% off right now!)
Hat: Forever21
Clogs: Lotta From Stockholm
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

Introducing: Orion David Richardson!!


YOU GUYS!!! He’s here!!! It’s taken me a bit of time to actually get on the computer and post this, but if you’ve been following along on Instagram you know he came 3 weeks ago on the beautiful day of October 6th. He was born at home at 5:27pm, weighted in at 9 lbs 6oz. and was 22 inches long. He was a day early even! Woot! Woot! I can’t wait to share his birth story with you guys but today I wanted to share the story behind his name. We named him Orion David Richardson. He’s the very first son (duh!) and grandson on both sides of our family. David is Kev’s middle name and I love that my 2 boys now share that in common. Kev’s middle name is after his Grandfather. I never got to meet him but Kev has lots of wonderful memories and loved him very much. He sounds like such a good man and I wish I had gotten to know him. I am proud that Orion gets to carry on his legacy.

As far as his first name, I knew when we found out we were having a boy I wanted to name him after my Dad somehow. Not in the traditional sense by just giving him my Dad’s name, but by something with deeper meaning and maybe a little more abstract in reference. You see, my Dad is a pretty special guy. Next to Kev, he’s my favorite guy and probably the smartest one at that. My Dad has always been in love with astronomy, telescopes and space exploration. For most of my childhood there were telescopes in abundance at our house. At school I was know as “the girl with the observatory in her backyard”. I’m not talking dinky, little observatories either… like real legit ones that my Dad built himself. He not only built the observatories, but built and machined almost all of the parts for the actual telescopes as well. Because of his love of for astronomy he instilled in us a sense of wonder, to dream big and to follow our passions full force. He taught us to have an appreciation for the extreme beauty in the skies and the awe of God’s creation. Kev has this memory that he told me well after the fact, that on one of our early dates we were out sitting by this reservoir and I said to him something along the lines of “doesn’t the sky look huge tonight?” He said he looked up and noticed that the sky did indeed look big that night. He told me that he knew right then and there that I was special (haha mushy I know). He said he’d never dated someone who would have noticed something like that. Aww what a guy to remember something like that, huh? Love him. Anyway back to my Dad… His observatory is called Heaven’s Glory Observatory after Psalm 19:1. I love that my Dad works amongst some of the smartest men and women in the science and engineering fields yet has never felt the need to question his faith. If anything it has only grown stronger- science does not need to be separate from God. He is such an awesome example of a strong man of God.


My dad is a super talented astrophotographer (all astronomy pictures in this post are by my Dad)! When we started to come up with names we couldn’t get our minds off Orion, which is actually his favorite constellation. It was perfect!! It was everything we wanted in a name for our sweet little boy. Something to represent my Dad but also express the beauty of God’s creation and especially in creating this new life. Did you know that Orion is actually mentioned in the bible a handful of times? How cool is that? My favorite is…

He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
who turns midnight into dawn
and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is his name.
Amos 5:8

orioncolor05^^M42/NGC1777 Emission/Reflection Nebula region in Orion (photo by my Dad)




Untitled^^My Dad and his new grandson. All the heart eye emojis please!!

ic434color21RGB^^Horsehead and Flame Nebula Region in Orion (photo by my Dad)

m78LRGB03^^M78 Reflection Nebula region in Orion (photo by my Dad)

dome&family^^Oh boy! Look how cool I was in 8th grade!

observatory01^^Observatory in my parents backyard

Thanks for letting me gush on my Dad and my new baby boy for bit!
and thanks for all the love and congratulations- you guys are the best. THE BEST I TELL YA!!!

3 outfits, 6 iphone Pictures and 9 Favorite Links…


Hey guys!
It’s Friday!! Yippie!! Can’t wait for a slower paced weekend. We have just one soccer game this weekend and I am hoping the weather might hold out for an apple picking trip. Of course if a baby decides to show up I would be ok with that as well. Anyway, I have been day dreaming of wearing regular clothes again and these 3 outfits would be top on my list of things I would wear this weekend…

Outfit One:
Shirt Dress | Thigh High Socks | Cutest Wedge Boots | Geometric Earrings | Cozy Southwestern Coat | Simple and Beautiful Watch

Outfit Two:
EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF!! Best High Waist Jeans | Cozy Sweater | Sherpa Collar Denim Jacket | Prettiest Necklace | Coolest Sneakers

Outfit Three:
Amazingly flared Jeans | My Favorite Plaid Shirt | Clogs | Backpack Purse | Faux Leather Jacket | Sunglasses

6 pictures from my phone this week…



Untitled^39+ weeks.




and here are a few favorite blog posts and articles from this week…

1. A good reminder to slow things down and listen to what we are called to for our lives.

2. Totally made these the other day and guys! They are AMAZING!! We ate them all up and then have been using the left over pumpkin caramel to dip apples in. Yum!!!

3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… My most favorite style blog. I pretty much pin every outfit. If only I could afford those boots!

4. Loved hearing from John and Sherry from Young House Love again over on the newest Lively Show podcast.

5. I think I need to eat this for breakfast tomorrow.

6. I love this blog. Some of the best articles on foster care for sure!! Would love to hear Jason speak sometime soon.

7. Guys!! Julie came to visit me last week!! It was such an awesome surprise. Our visit was short but sweet but it was so good to catch up with her. She’s a traveling machine these days.

8. How cute is this diy project for you and your kids. Love the idea of a solar system necklace!

9. My favorite food combination will forever be kale and sweet potatoes! Doesn’t this salad look so very yummy!!!


Being A Soccer Mom and Other Random Thoughts…


Sooooooooo there is no baby yet. My due date is less than a week away now and we’re all anxiously awaiting his arrival. I don’t have high hopes for an early appearance though- neither does the 18yrs old dude at the deli counter at BJs. He was quite an expert in all things baby! Letting me know I was still rather high and that I should makes sure I microwave my applegate turkey before I eat it. Thanks guy. How are you guys this week? Doing good? My pregnancy brain is in full effect with locking keys in the car at Target and over booking our morning this morning with like 4 things all happening at the same time. Thank goodness for Kev to the rescue on all accounts. Super Daddy for sure. Although I am pretty sure he quite enjoyed getting to bring Finley to gymnastics this morning and jumping into the foam pit with her.

We dove head first into the whole soccer thing this fall. It’s been super cute to watch and ooooh so hard to keep my mouth shut on the sidelines, which was a funny surprise to me. I just want her to get out there, knock ’em all down and get the ball. BE AGGRESSIVE. B-E Aggressive. B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E AGGRESSIVE! Hahahaha. Who am I? It’s a competitive side I didn’t really know was in me. And not to play the Mom card here, but I think she’s pretty good. Did I write this already? I am having deja vu. If I did than I am blaming it on being 1 part proud Mom and 1 part pregnancy brain. That’s a thing right? Im totally using it as an excuse.

Anyone else’s littlest one regress a bunch right before a new baby came? Oh Finley. I love ya kid but the baby voice has got to go. She’s pretty much refusing to use words except this high pitched baby noise. She makes these baby noises and points at things she wants instead of talking. It’s not all day and when she is playing with Rowan she talks like normal but “baby Finley” comes out a few times a day in certain situations. I’m sure it’s normal and we’ve been trying to give her lots of extra love and attention to make sure she feels all the love but?? It’s super annoying when I know she can say full sentences and I’ve been trying to figure out what she wants for like 5 mins. Don’t judge me. hahahaha. She is lucky she’s so darn cute though. I just want to eat her up! This almost 3 age is pretty hilarious.

So I wrote this on instagram the other day but I am just going to full on copy and paste it here as well… “Schools been a tough adjustment for us. Anyone else? And not even really for Rowan. She is doing wonderful. She loves it (other than the early mornings). But it’s been harder for me than anything. Of course I miss her like crazy when she’s gone but its more this crazy strict schedule we all the sudden are on. Where everything in the day is dependent on the thing before it happening at the right time (wake up, drop off, bus , lunch, nap, dinner, bedtime, etc…). We’ve always been sooooo easy going. Never strict about nap time or bedtimes. Eating dinner at 8pm etc… So this new “responsible” parent thing has me a little stressed out trying to make sure everyone is well rested and happy and ready for school. I know it’s a good change. But it sure is hard getting into a steady routine as you sit and wait for a big ol’ life change about to happen. It definitely has been so awesome seeing her learn and become so big though. Why is it that as soon as they start school they seem years and years older all the sudden?”

Anyone else feel like this? Does the routine become easier?

Anyone watch the newest Brooklyn 99? I think that show is hilarious.

I’ve been craving making something lately. Some sort of craft project but I am not sure what it is that I want to make. I shhhhoooould probably finish the 2 skirts for the girls I started months ago or the handful of weavings left on the looms in my basement but why finish something when you can start something new! Now there’s a motto to live your life by (just kidding).

There is the sweetest (not like candy sweet but like totally awesome) picture of a bat that Rowan drew on the desk next to me right now. I kind of want to make a t-shirt out of it for the girls for halloween. Here is the picture.

Day dreaming lately of travel for next year. Which may be much harder with a 3rd but in my head I want to make it work. It’s also our 10th wedding anniversary and we have some big plans! Feeling motivated to train for a marathon again after this baby arrives and hoping to pick a marathon to run that’s also a fun place to go visit. Maybe… Vancouver in May?!?! It would be so awesome to go visit my sister out in BC.

Oh yeah! Rowan learned to ride a bike with no training wheels the other night. It was so out of the blue and she just hopped on and started riding just like that. So awesome! Listen to her cute voice at the end of this video!

Ok over and out for now. I am off to watch the new Project Runway from last week.








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