The kids all had bed upgrades this week. Isaac moved into the toddler bed, Eliza from the toddler bed into the bottom bunk with Aubrey, Evie to the top bunk. It’s bittersweet in a number of ways.
Evie and Aubrey shared a bed and clung to each other through Eliza’s cancer journey. Witnessing their emotions as they move into this new phase of life hit me with the realization of how close they are; how much they have depended and leaned on each other. It almost feels wrong to separate them even though they are still together and this change will strengthen the bond of all three sisters.
To make matters more emotional, we moved the crib out when we would have been preparing it for Andrew. 😢 This is the first time in our 8+ years of child rearing, we are without a crib. It feels so backwards.
This is such an unfamiliar and new season of life. It’s becoming starkly obviously how fleeting these baby years are. I’ve spent a fair amount of time wishing these years away, wishing to be past cancer. And here we are. I feel like I’m somewhere in between time, yet finally really living, all at the same time.
I’ve always been one to live in the moment with a little something to look forward to. That’s very much where I am now but it’s the first time I’ve ever had something pulling me in the past. I never wanted to go back to life before marriage and I certainly never wanted to go back to cancer. But now that I’ve lost all physical connection with Andrew, I feel it taking hold of me; drawing me back, and then pushing me forward, only to draw back again.
“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid that it will never return.
We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity…
Intermittency—an impossible lesson for human beings to learn…
Perhaps this is the most important thing: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid….
One must accept the security of ebb and flow, of intermittency.”
- by Anne Morrow Lindberg
300 sales! I have officially hit the goal i set myself on day 1, and I hit it about a month and a half early! Thank you to all my wonderful customers and friends for all off the support☺️
Peachy pink triple pom headband😻 Did you know I do custom orders? I pretty much have every color pom imaginable so what are you waiting for?! Hit me up! So far I've matched school uniforms,family portrait outfits and costumes... What are your pom needs? I'd love to help☺️ #pomsoneverything #etsymama #swartwoodstudio
I’m going to work on adding premade items to the shop. So tell me, what would you like to see? Floral prints, greeting cards, inspirational typography prints, or any other ideas?? I’m all ears!
Stayed up a little too late last night talking to my husband after two days of being cooped up indoors with the kiddos (and their germs). Does anyone else see another adult and blurt it all out? 😂 #momlife #coffee
Everytime I watercolor a puppy, my house fills with “awwww”! 🐶❤️
❤ New girly fabrics available now! ❤
These are available to order in my Etsy shop and aren't they just so pretty 😍😍😍😍
Check out the shop! ❤❤❤
F R E E 📦 S H I P P I N G
Offering free shipping to celebrate my newly printed MAMA encouragement postcards.
They have been reprinted on 350gsm 100% recycled card, soft matte lamination on front and uncoated on reverse to write your own message.
Link to Etsy shop in bio 🔝
🌍 Bright colours 🌍
I love bright colours, so good for the soul and perfect for little ones to show off there amazing personalities! Still lots of this fabric left and I still love it!
All you need is love. (And a cute bow of course! 😉) Valentine collection is now live in our shop. Hair bows for the little ladies, and bow ties for the tiny gents! Link in bio. ❤️❤️
🦄 New unicorn leggings 🦄
How amazing are our new unicorn print leggings?! Teamed up with the amazing @tiddlywings
butterfly wings! Darcie was looking lush this morning 😍 new prints will be available in the shop very soon! ❤
Etsy link up there 😇
Any other multi-tasking mamas out there? I always have several things I’m juggling all at the same time and I’m beginning to realize that I’m just wasting time by by switching gears constantly and giving only a portion of my attention, esp when it comes to homeschooling. I’m slowing learning to time block and focus my full attention in smaller increments of time.
With that said, I am also realizing how I can multi-task certain tasks. Such as cooking. It doesn’t require a whole lot of brain power, yet takes quite a bit of my time being in the kitchen. Now that I don’t have a baby at my feet in this season of life, I’ve realized I can pray along to an audio Rosary or listen to a book or podcast while I’m cooking. I hardly everrrr read because I never thought of this before. Game changer!
This is a work in progress, so I would love to hear ways you better focus your time where needed and others where you successfully multi-task. And please tag any ig time management gurus that you find helpful or yourself if you post about this topic. I would love to check it out!
Happy Monday friends! I’ve never done a #makermonday
post because I’d much rather be behind the camera and let my work speak for itself. But when my darling toddler came in the room the other day with my winter hat and sunglasses on announcing “Look, I’m dressed like Mama!” I thought maybe I could use him as my proxy. Just add a few years, a few wrinkles, and a few pounds and you get the general gist. 😂 I’m still noodling over the next steps for my mirror frame now that I’ve got the base layer of paint completed. I’ve got a few other projects in motion and starting to organize my thoughts for spring items for the shop so I feel a little scattered. Today’s main project though will be building a snowman with the little guy in this picture. ⛄️
🌻 Yellows! 🌻
Beautiful yellow personalised teething ring. These are such a cute new baby gift and perfect to use as a rattle before any teeth are coming through too! Available in the Etsy shop or DM me for any questions! .
Having a place to go is called home. 🏠
Having someone to love is family. 👨👩👧👦
Having both is a blessing. 🙏🏼
❤ half and half leggings! ❤
Evelyn rocking her half robot half floral leggings! These are perfect for if you're feeling a bit indecisive about which one of our lovely fabrics you'd like! Always DM me for any questions!! .
Been working on some fun Valentine’s options for the shop - like this one promising a “tweet for someone sweet!” Can be paired with lollipop, fruit snacks, or a non-food item for the perfect classroom valentine for your little one!🐦💕
❤ New boys fabric!! ❤
New and exclusive and going live tonight in the Etsy shop! 😍 What do you guys think?!? ❤❤
Sneak peek of a new series I’m working on for this spring! Most of what I’m creating is a reflection of our little family in some way or another and something about painting mamas with their babies gets me choked up a bit every time😊
Valentine’s Day play dough kits are also up in the shop. ❤️❤️❤️
This may be the first holiday I’ve been ready for ahead of time 😂
to a college friend’s wedding with this hunk. I am actually now working on creating that same friend’s daughter’s birthday invites! How has time passed so fast?!
Sweet Valentine’s Day sensory bins are back in the shop ❤️💕💘💗💜
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
- Mother Teresa
Loose parts kits are one of my favorite things to put together! This set went out to a set of twins this morning which I love as a twin mom myself ❤️❤️
Anyone else feel like January already feels longer than the entire month of December?? Every year, never fails. 😅 I welcome the slowdown because I’m sure it won’t last for long!
Happy Monday, Party People!!
I've got a case of the Monday's over here.. I finally got a chance to close my eyes and go to sleep at around 2:30/3:00 am 😴. Then woke up at 7:31 (1.5 hours later than needed). Needles to say, first day back to school after Winter break and my son was almost an hour late. 🤦♀️🤷♀️
Then, the pinning ceremony for my husband's promotion, that was scheduled for tomorrow, is now happening today! 😁😁 But the good thing is that the morning set the tone to get things done. So I've been kicking out these orders, left and right, and still managed lunch and a Sing Movie dance party with my 3 year old!😁 Cheers to mama's getting it done today.. #rolliepollieparties #etsymama #momrunshop #momboss
New year, new “office” area! Spent the weekend moving my desk to the opposite side of our living room. I love how much light comes in the window, and it really helps open up the space.
Lepidolite is a supportive stone for stress and depression. Called "the stone of transition" because it can assist in the release of past behavioral and emotional patterns that no longer serve you. Paired with natural cedarwood which is symbolic of growth and longevity.
😍 This beauty! 😍
Thank you @sarakettlefish
for this amazing photo showing off our panda leggings. Lots more exciting prints coming soon 😍😍
I hope you’ve all had a restful Sunday with your loved ones (and in that sunshine)! ☀️😍