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Sweet Aunt Marj

Last week while my mom was in town we went over to Aunt Marjie’s house. She is so dang cute, I could just eat her up! I am so glad that Harlo got to meet her and I hope Marj sticks around for a while so Harlo will remember her. We never had grandparents and Marjie is my mom’s aunt, but she let us know what a true grandma was supposed to be like. We would go visit her all the time when we were kids, we loved it! She’d send us home with a pair of her house slippers (which we thought were SO cool) and a quilt she had recently made. There was never a birthday that passed without a mailed card from Aunt Marjie with a sweet little note in it and 5 dollars. If I could just be half the aunt she was to us, I would still be the best auntie ever! I am so glad we got these pictures while we were there, I will cherish them forever!

Marjie thought Harlo was just the cutest thing ever… truthfully, she gives Harlo a run for her money =)

How sweet is this? Tiny little ladies.. Harlo and Marj TOGETHER weigh 88 lbs.

4 Generations… Aren’t we all just fabulous?! ;)

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A few quick pics!

HARLO ELLE
My little Kisser!! In her cute little outfit Gran got her on her visit here last week.. which I will have to post pictures of later! (notice the nicely folded laundry in the background that Gran left behind!)
My grown-up lady with her cute outfit and first pair of fitting SHOES! This was her on superbowl sunday, apparently she has my genes in “love of sports”… just thinking about it makes me want to lay down and take a nap!

I always loved when girl babies have that cute curl on top of their little heads, her hair is still pretty short, but we’re working on it!! Doesn’t her little “curl-hawk” look fabulous? These days, we’ve left out the curl, and her faux-hawk looks darling with her bows… I’ll have to post a pic later of our latest hairstyle!!

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Multiple Blessings

Feeding and Reading is my new favorite past time! While I sit in my chair every 3 hours feeding Harlo, what better to do than read a book. My latest book I’ve read is Multiple Bles8ings by Jon and Kate Gosselin (jon and kate plus 8) It is such a great book! I think every mom, dad or Christian should read this book. It is a great heartfelt story about faith and love in an unexpected journey. It is very inspirint and uplifting and an absolutely perfect book for me to be reading with my 6 week old bundle. If Kate could survive through the birth and up-bringing of 6 little ones, then I can surely do it with 1!
I feel compelled to notice all the blessings and little miracles that have been happening around here lately. It has probably been this amazing journey to motherhood that brought me so much closer to God, but since Harlo has been here I try not to miss even the seemingly miniscule blessings and miracles in my life (like getting the chance to wash my face and brush my teeth before my husband gets home!) Everytime I look at my daughter I feel so overwhelmed with love and faith in our Lord that I get to live the life He has planned out for me. Harlo is my proof that everything, indeed, does happen for a reason! The last 2 years of my life have held the best of times and the hardest of times. I am so greatful for the ups and downs that brought Brady and I closer together as a couple and stregnthened me as a person and prepared me for this wonderful life of motherhood. Everything good and everything I’ve ever done right in my life (which until now, seemed so small) I see everyday in my daughter.
One of my very dearest friends, was just involved in a scary car accident. Looking at the pictures of the car and the damage done you would really wonder if the person made it out alive, and through God’s grace, she and her precious 27 week old fetus walked away completely unharmed. I am SO thankful for her friendship and the role she has played in my life and even more thankful that she sits at home today with a kicking baby in her belly a snuggling baby in her arms. It’s so easy to forget to remind the people in my life how much I appreciate them and how thankful I am. Marcie’s accident brought that to my attention and I have made it my personal goal to remember to do and say those small things that mean so much.
Another one of my closest friends had a sweet little baby boy last week about 5 weeks early. He is a tiny 5 lb 2 oz miracle and he is getting stronger everyday. I wish I could be with her physically in Vegas right now, but I am here with my own family to care for. She is never out of my thoughts and prayers. This wonderful title of being a mom brings you closer to a much more emotional side of you with a whole new slate of worries and fears, but also a whole new stregnth that can get you through any pain and hardship. I know she will make it through these next few hard days with little Ryder still in the hospital and will soon get to experience the joy of snuggling up to that little baby in the home she has so eagerly prepared for him.
I must always remember what a miracle Harlo is and all the many blessings we lived through in the process of getting her here. I was once told that childbearing might not be my strong point, and each and everyday I am so thankful that I was able to experience all of this, being spared much of the stress of worrying if I would ever be able to. This has been the best 6 weeks and 4 days of my life, and honestly the best 2 years as it all started that wonderful January day that Brady walked into my life.
I’ve got to go wake up and feed that little miracle before her daddy gets home, so to everyone in my life: Thank you for being a part of this wonderful time. I appreciate each and every one of you and all the help and support you have given me over the days, weeks, months, or years. God bless you all!

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