In The Morning Light


My girls. I just love these 2 so much! We have our moments but they breathe such life into me. They spent the night at their grandparents house this past weekend. It was something I had been looking forward to for so long. It’s funny though, as my Mom started pulling out of our driveway with them my heart ached. I could feel the tears welling up. At that moment I didn’t want them to go. Kev and I had such a wonderful time together though. We actually got to go to a late movie, to dinner and I slept in till 9:30!! I found myself a few times while they were gone looking thru the camera at these pictures from the other morning. Life with little ones can be very mundane. Same routine over and over. But you know what? There is such beauty in so many of those moments. Last week was indeed very rough. I found such redemption in the morning light though. It’s warmth, the glow, watching the shadows dance around as we got ready for our day. It was what my soul needed.

Just wanted to share a few moments that brought me joy from our Monday morning last week…
















*always, always, always. At some point in the day the cushions end up in a giant jump pile.

** Umm Blind Melon on the Kids XM station? I don’t get it but it made me happy.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. โ€œThe LORD is my portion,โ€ says my soul, โ€œtherefore I will hope in him.โ€
Lamentations 3:22-24

  1. Ooh, I needed to be reminded of that verse. Thank you.

  2. These pictures are gorgeous and precious! It’s amazing what the right light can do to a mundane or stressful situation. One of my favorite quotes of all time “don’t doubt in the darkness what you believe in the light”

  3. beautifully captured and beautifully written. it’s reflection like this that get’s me so excited for littles of my own. not because it will always be smooth sailing without challenge, but because in the midst of those real life challenges, there is still beauty. always. if our hearts are sensitive enough to look for it. thanks for sharing Jen.

  4. My eldest went to a camp with school today. He will be gone until thursday. It’s is first time away from us and he is undoubtedly having a wonderful time, but still, I secretly don’t like it one bit. I just want to have him here under my wings, to cuddle with him, annoy him with my kisses and look at how he makes a mess of his room with all his legos ๐Ÿ˜€

    So I know the feeling haha.

    Gorgeous shots though. I think especially those mundane moments are the ones we will remember when we are old and think back at what made us mostly happy in life.


  5. Your house and kiddos are so cute! I like your daughter’s little bed and also the colorful touches that you do here in there. It’s just the right amount.

  6. Girl, thanks for the encouragement. I have that Groundhog’s day feeling over here too. My girls are almost the same age as yours and slowing down to soak ’em up is hard, but such good refreshment for a tired mama. Thanks for sharing this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. such a sweet post… it really is the little moments of the day that help us get through. your girls are adorable!

  8. Love this post!! So sweet. Where is Finley’s crib from? Love the simplicity of it.

  9. Swetlana •

    i am absolutely in love with how you decorate your house and how real these pictures feel with the laundry in a basket (or on the floor) and the rooms not being 100% clean! it’s amazing! and you’ve got such cute little girls! it’s been awesome following your family for the past probably almost 2 years now!

  10. Ikea blankets and pillows! I have those too!

  11. katie p •

    i love this…i feel like as moms we have a choice to either sulk in the mundane or find joy in it! great reminder ๐Ÿ™‚ your girls are precious!

  12. We usually don’t take photos of the everyday mundane so these are beautiful. I am sure you will look back at these photos and remember these days as being so wonderful. I will remind my husband to do this on the weekend – our little boy is growing up way too fast!
    P xo

  13. These are beautiful. They capture the morning so wonderfully. Nice to have them to look back on and remember the simple days. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Amanda •

    Jen, your blog and your family are truly beautiful. I check in weekly to be inspired by one of your decorative endeavors or family adventures.

    With regards to last week’s post, I offer this: one of the joys of blogging is being able to pick and choose what you post. It’s your blog, so hey guess what! YOU get to choose what you post, be it a pic of the sink full of dirty dishes or the “clothes mountain” accumulating in your laundry room or your children going ‘no bones’ because today they have decided to adamantly oppose peas on their plate. That doesn’t mean as a reader of your blog I don’t have the perspective to know these things happen in your life as well as mine. And I don’t begrudge you the option to blog about it or not.

    There are those, however, who I suppose either don’t have that perspective or for whom jealousy over the perceived “perfect life” becomes all consuming. My opinion? Too much of our time is spent comparing ourselves to our neighbour. And I would add that we moms are sometimes the worst culprits (or so is my experience.) It is far easier to make assumptions about others based on what we see on the outside and it makes me sad to think someone is reading your posts (or the other blogs mentioned in the film) and begrudging you your success, your good days, or even your bad. After all, these folks (adults, nonetheless) are CHOOSING to read these blogs, yours included. And hey, if they don’t like ’em… don’t read ’em!

    I have pinned a card to my bulletin board at work that I read to myself every morning before I begin: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” You cannot change what people think or say, but you can change how you react to it. Be proud of what you are doing on this site and what you have created both professionally and personally, regardless of whether it’s in sweatpants or with freshly manicured nails. And keep it up, because I for one will keep reading!

  15. Chelsea •

    I’m really curious as to what color paint you used for Rowan’s closet doors. It’s exactly the tone of turquoise I’m looking for to paint an accent wall in my daughter’s big girl room! (First time commenter here, love reading your blog!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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