Avery’s 3 year old letter

As some of you may know I write a letter to Avery every year around her birthday and I thought I would share this year’s letter on my blog! So here it is:

Dear Avery Gracie,

You are 3 years old!! Mama is amazed at the sweet, amazing, smart, kind, insightful, quick, whole hearted big girl you are. Continue reading

Where did my 24 hours go??

I know for a fact I am not alone when I ask this question! 24 hours seems like so much time but it feels like some days it goes by in an instant and then its 9pm at night and I’m trying to figure out what in the world I accomplished that day. There are days I feel on top of the world and get a whole bunch done but that for sure doesn’t happen all the time. I work part-time at home and between that, the house stuff, being a wife, being a mother and trying to get a little bit of time for myself to work on projects I am busy a lot! I know I could be busier so I treasure the relaxing time I do get. Like right now I am in bed cuddling Avery while I write this blog and it’s so nice! I also think it’s a little bit of my fault that I’m so busy because I hate sitting down and doing nothing so I always have the next thing I want to do or a project I want to start in my head. I have actually been working on taking a little bit of time for myself everyday and either doing a podcast devotion, watching a show, or doodling floor plans for fun haha. This gives me energy to accomplish more in the day. I sometimes can get myself stressed out in my head just by thinking about all I need to do and fixing that is a work in progress. I guess it’s hard for me to see that my daily stuff (working out, 3 meals for everyone, tidying up, school with Avery, practicing ballet with Avery, going for a walk, working from home, laundry, and spending quality time with Josh and Avery) will take up most of my day and if I don’t have time to get other things done in a day that’s okay. I make a daily list and I used to get stressed out if I didn’t accomplish it all by the end of the day but now whatever doesn’t get finished I just move to the next day. That’s an exciting overcome for me haha. It’s easy for me to sometimes feel like at the end of the day I didn’t do enough as a wife and mother but then I remember that Avery and Josh both feel loved and cared for and it’s just in my head that I didn’t do enough for them. Being a mom and being a wife is who I am. I am beyond thankful that I get to be a wife and a mother every day and the love I get back from them is so rewarding! So even though I wish I could function off of less sleep or have the days be longer I am grateful for every second that I have. Being God’s daughter, Josh’s wife, and Avery’s mother come first over everything else and whatever else I have time to accomplish in my 24 hours will ┬ájust be a bonus. Here’s to a relaxing Saturday, hope you liked reading this blog!

2 year letter to Avery

Avery Grace,
First off I want you to always know and never doubt how much daddy and I love you. We think you are the most amazing daughter in the world and you will always be our sweet baby girl! 2 years ago you made two 17 year olds parents and changed our lives forever. We were scared that we would mess up and not do things right for you but we quickly caught on to parenthood. We knew that as long as we always put your needs above ours and loved you no matter what that we would be just fine. We’ve kept with that attitude your whole life and I think you are turning out pretty great! You are THE MOST important person to us! With you being 2 I wanted you to be able to read this letter and know what kind of toddler you were like. For starters you have the best sense of humor. You get that from your daddy! You say things in a really high voice and then a really low voice. And you love scaring people and wanting them to scream. You love running around the house being chased. Your favorite toys right now are the bubble guppies bath toys, Mickey Mouse and friends, Nemo and friends, and all your little people. You like putting your toys in time out and calling them “bad boys”. Only daddy can pick your pjs out and it’s a nightly routine that he makes fun and silly. You go almost everywhere with me. I hate driving in the car and not having you to talk to so I just take you wherever I go! You also love talking to people! Whenever we go we get multiple people saying how cute you are and you love smiling at them and saying thank you. Your favorite colors are blue and green. Your favorite foods are tacos, yogurt, toast, Mac and cheese, pears, avocados, fish and anything chocolate. If we even say the words chocolate or m&m’s you freak out and get so excited. You love facial expressions! I can usually tell your mood by the face you are making. You repeat anything and everything we say now. You talk all day long! It’s cute to hear you get your thoughts out and hear your feelings. If you are happy, sad, excited or mad you let the world know! You are so honest, I love it! You say exactly what you feel and if you are feeling a little moody you come cuddle in my arms until you feel better. You randoming come up to me and say “momma hug!” And squeeze me tight! You have no clue but my heart melts inside! We have lots of fun moments together! You also like playing with mommy’s make up brushes while I get ready. Your favorite thing to do with make up is take my thin eyeshadow brushes and sweep them over my eyebrows. You have a great imagination and could play with our stuff for hours! And ever since my birthday you’ve been singing happy birthday to yourself and have been getting so excited for today! We’ve had a lot of fun every day with you. You bring so much joy I go our lives! Mommy prays for you every day! I pray every day for your well being, that you’ll always put God first, and that you’ll continue to keep the glow that’s inside of you. I try every day to set an example for you of what a good mom and wife should look like. You make me a better person! Mommy and daddy love you more than you’ll ever be able to understand. You have brought us more happiness in 2 years than we’ve had in our entire life. In mommy and daddy’s vows we both said “Every day is better because of you”. We feel that way about you too! The amount of love and kindness you have in your heart is overflowing! You are the most extraordinary 2 year old in the world! I love watching you become smarter and grow every single day. Thank you for being 100% you Avery Gracie! Mommy and daddy absolutely love being your parents!

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