Lately I've Been Thankful For

Snuggles upon snuggles with the sweetest babe in all the land. // Learning new skills.
 Having my husband home long before suppertime EVERY.DAY.
Sundays in all of their church + friends + naps glory.
 Friends who I can share some of the uglier parts of my heart with and they still love me.
Baby friends who help Belle learn new things. // Exploring my city with friends from back home.
 Being taught by my babe, that cold isn't so bad if you have something to play in!
A husband who gifts me with things like TAYLOR SWIFT tickets!!!

Cheers to the practicing thankfulness!


The big news this week is that Belle has TWO more teeth! By the time I had discovered them they had already completely cut through the gums, so I'm thinking that's why we had one of those horrible no good days the week before. It's just so hard to think of EVERYTHING your baby could be upset about when they are screaming for no good reason. Her gums were the one thing I didn't check that day. But they are through now and we're on the other side of it! 
This week we also decided it was time to start laying her down for the night while she was awake instead of still nursing her until she was nearly asleep. It'll make weaning her off that bedtime feeding that much less traumatic for her if she's already used to falling asleep completely on her own when the time comes.... or at least I'm hoping my logic there rings true. Ha. Who the heck knows? Babies are all so different. I think she's going to be easy to wean regardless - she only nursed once yesterday and she was right as rain. So that's encouraging. 
We were basically "iced" in all this past week so we both have a bit of cabin fever. We were able to get out twice.... but when we're used to at least getting out of the house for a little bit each day.... yikes. Belle was going stir crazy. Belle being able to hang out with kids yesterday at church was a lifesaver! 

We're hopeful that the "icepocalypse" will chill out and give us our playdates back this week!

Seriously though - what do you mama's do with your almost toddlers when you're stuck at the house for long periods of time? I need some ideas so I'm prepared next go around!


Arnon Gorge

I do not remember where this was, but we walked around a corner 
and there was a whole valley full of school children wanting their picture taken!

This little Bedouin boy's name is "Shaffe", he held my hand and followed me around for a good twenty minutes. We exchanged pictures for candy and he introduced me to his mama "Haleem" who told me she had four other babies and a husband who had two other wives. Getting to talk with them was one of my favorite parts of the day in Petra.

Dead Sea

I thought I'd post a little "throwback" of one of my favorite places I've ever been.
Exactly four years ago I was on my first (and only at this point) overseas trip in Jordan.
It was part of a Bible lands trip that I got to go on through my time on staff at Cottage Cove.
We went to Rome, Jordan and Israel and Jordan was my favorite - (Rome was a close second)!
Everything was unbelievably beautiful, both the scenery and the people.
With the exception of the first two photos and the last, these were all taken from our day in Petra - which is probably one of the coolest places on earth.

On the funniest of notes:
I believe this is the country that our guide informed me that the fact that I went out with damp hair in the mornings, could give the impression to others that I was a loose woman.
This is also where I was proposed to twice & someone offered 3,000 camels for me.

Where is one of your FAVORITE places you've ever traveled to?
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