We are The Smiths 🧡 •
I realized you guys haven’t seen Taz in a while and this fuzzy picture is all I have recently. We’ve been running full speed with the move🏃♀️ Taz is the cute guy behind the lense. He’s my photographer, editor, husband, partner in crime, biggest cheerleader and best friend. This little place on the internet wouldn’t exist without him. (Literally!) And I couldn’t be luckier to have him!
We sit in mommy's tray and eat our toys. Sometimes we don't like the taste but we are determined to not let any toy feel left out. Mommy doesn't mind because honestly she is too exhausted to even care 😅
Okay not really but there is only so much that you can do to stop a baby from putting everything in his mouth. Germs are good. They build their inmune system. Too much care may lead to sensitive adults and I don't want that obviously. I think he is doing great and I am too 😎
Oh on another note, he is way cranky today and I don't know how am I going to get things done with that mood of his. How is your kid doing today?
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This week is all about teaching photography online and in person. Something I have been doing for the past 7 years and still love so much.
Helping people to make friends with their cameras and to learn how to make it work for them is such a joy.
Thank you to everyone who is learning with me this week! xx
When the world around you won’t stop moving, find peace in sitting still 🌹
A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.🍃
Such a cozy space from @ourfauxfarmhouse
❤ We're especially loving the open concept! Is this how your house is laid out??
I wish I had an inspirational caption for this post but I found this yellow jacket and it’s the bomb so I had to capture it. That is all.
Photos - capturd memories for your walls ❤
The epitome of "cheap and chic". Featuring "Stunning Stone" Rings RM19.90 each. ⠀
little love received an adorable little #emmabow
to match her birthday ensemble, and I can’t be more thankful for @littleellarae
during this birthday haze!
Sometimes you just need to go visit a Clydesdale.
Jason was nice but too mouthy. You had to keep your distance.
Swift was perfect and had the most personality. He was very friendly until this moment where Nate was trying to take my picture so I was looking at the camera and not Swift while he was trying to get my attention. I have never seen a horse snub a human before but he turned his head away and absolutely refused to look at me again. He was totally giving me the silent treatment because I ignored him for 5 seconds.
It's the little things we do each day that, when we add them up, create our happiness or sadness. Be intentional about taking control of what you do and as a result how you feel.
There can be huge implications, for example, if you don't say sorry to someone, or forgive, if you don't say good morning or good night.
Don't take the little things for granted. They add up to create either a happy life or a miserable one.
Remember to do what makes your soul shine. Pray, dance, cook, take a long bath, see a movie, chat to a friend. Particularly for us hard working mums... we need to stop each day and at least do one thing we love. Today I watched a movie, 'Ladies in Black'. I don't remember the last time I went to the movies. But it was fabulous Australian film. Xx Mel
Scared. In love. Happy. Laughing my head off.
All of these things I feel in one day.
I'm addicted to taking Anneka to the library.
I do not know why children have to grow so fast.
Though I am trying to savor every minute as a working mom there are just not enough of them.
Sometimes I feel like I do not know her.
Other times we are as close as we were when she was a baby and I held her all day long and slept with her near me, too.
Please don't grow up too fast, my darling.
Please know that I love you with all my heart.
Please know that I will always be your mommy.
Thanks to Yukon Mabel Fry library for this adorable giraffe that Anneka fell in love with.
This photo is out of focus. We struggled through our entire self portrait shoot, as usual. I had to resort to bribery, as usual. 🤦🏼♀️😂 he’s not smiling, I’m barely looking at the camera, but hey, at least my hair looks good for once right? Everything about this photo seems to sum up our lives at the moment. Out of focus, rushed, busy, but somehow still held together. Trying to buy a house is no easy feat, and being the person doing the grunt work can really take a toll on you. I know it will happen one day soon, and I also know maybe it won’t happen at all. When things are out of my hands, I tend to wig out a bit, because I can be a bit of a control freak. I don’t like adulting things like talking business, talking to loan officers, or putting on my “big girl voice” and reminding myself that I am 26 and a responsible person. That’s my job now. Sometimes I catch myself still looking for the adult in the room to swoop in and take care of it. And that’s not happening, not this time. But I’m glad. Regardless of the outcome, I am learning so much. Not just about alternate trade lines and negation or contracts, but I’m learning a lot about myself. I’m forced to face my fears of doing those “big girl” things and facing my anxiety head on. Which is NOT fun, by any means, but it may be exactly what I need. Sometimes you just need that little push. Sometimes you have to be thrown into situations to figure out how to deal. I guess that knowing that is probably what actually make me an adult. That and I’ve been semi-successfully parenting a human being for 3 years now. Maybe we’re never fully adults, and maybe we’re all scrambling around with the best and worst of folks along side us. Being a parent is hard. Being an adult is hard. I can whine all I want but that won’t change the fact I have to deal with life head on, or it will never work out for me, for us, or for anyone. Force yourself out of your comfort zone. I’m terrified of everything, and if I can do it, anyone can. And on the days you think you can’t deal, fake it ‘til you make it. There’s usually always a light at the end of the tunnel.
You don’t gotta be a 5 year old, to wear you hair like one 💁🏻♀️💕 #matchinghair
How amazing are these beautiful ladies ✨ love them with all my heart, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord is gonna do in there sweet little hearts this year !!!
here’s to friends & community all around me, online, in-person, near and far: may God abundantly and richly bless you all for your constant encouragement, support and prayers in this season where I find myself the recipient instead of the giver of those things. here’s to you, the friend who texts me everyday even when I can’t find the gumption to respond. for your YouTube videos of worship songs, your funny pictures, your random, but always timely words of encouragement. to the friends who send cards, pick up coffee, send oils in the mail, add to my oil orders so i can reach promos, and recommend books & sermons. to the church who took me, literally under their wings when they didn’t know me from adam, cared for, mentored, prayed, cried with, counseled & have become family. to my work friends who come check on me everyday, my work counselor, my work mom, and my coworkers who know how to make me laugh when I want to cry. to the men who have helped install my washer/dryer, helped move in June, counseled & let your wives spend time with me when i needed community. to my best friends who have held me, sat on my living room & helped me stand, been a text away, gone on trips with me when I couldn’t go alone, who have shown up at my doorstep to check on me when they don’t hear from me, who watch my dog & apartment—my soul sisters.
for all of you, I am deeply thankful. God is so good to give me so many beautiful humans to know & call friends. He went before me & sent all of you in this dark season. He sees & He knows.
Random, but just feeling exceptionally grateful for the people in my life this week. I pray one day to be deserving & give back tenfold what’s been given. 💛 #myhallelujahredemption
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For a few moments of rest and self care along your journey through motherhood! 🌿 Our Quiet Time Bath Powder with Powdered Hops, Epsom Salt, Coconut Milk & Clay Mineral helps to relax and soothe tired muscles after a long day of mothering! 💕
Guess how many cleaning products I have in my house?....One! Yep just one. Well one and a box of baking soda. Thieves cleaner is amazing and it’s such an easy way to get unsafe chemicals out of your home. I use 1-2 capfuls of the concentrate in a glass spray bottle and then top it with water. It cleans every single thing in our home all while making it smell like Christmas. I love that when I wash the bathtub I don’t have to worry about my kids bathing in it right away. I love that when my dog (or kid🤷🏻♀️) licks the floors or windows after I clean them I’m not panicking. And I love that my kids can help me clean and I don’t have to worry about what I’m exposing them to.
Parts of this little city just really tickle my fancy 😍 it’s so fun to explore your own town beyond your usual routes!
Someone is ready for fall 🍂 (wanted to make a lame "falling for you" joke but the only thing I'm falling for are the sales at my fav stores tbh) And I mean one time I almost fell down the stairs because of my heels (I got them bc of a sale @ a fav store lol) so there's that too I guess 💁🏻 photo: @bryanna.gayle
Waiting for my summer body like...
And summer is literally gonna be over in two days 😂
Oh city of gold. Jerusalem and I have a complicated relationship and every time I come back here I am reminded of that. Growing up here, it never felt like home. I felt like an outsider. And honestly, I couldn’t wait to leave. Ever since I was 8, I knew I wanted to be elsewhere, but it took a whole ten years of struggling with that before I could pursue life outside this country.
I am so glad that I get to come back and actually enjoy being back here now. For years I couldn’t face coming back here, and it would cause me to have massive panic attacks, but this year has been different. This year those panic attacks have lessened with each trip and I’m starting to be able to focus on the good things here. Sure, I still get annoyed every single time I’m in a crowd and people are pushing to get to where they want to go, but at the same time I’m able to handle it because I know how temporary those moments are.
Finland, you are for me. I cannot wait to come home. While it’s been nice seeing friends and family this trip, I cannot wait to get back to my own little family.
Until we meet again, Jerusalem. Be good.
always finding those ball pits 💗