Bits of Sweetness: Thankful Thursdays

Thankful Thursdays

This week has been super busy. I have been scrambling to find time to get everything done on my to-do list, which, sometimes takes me aback since I'm a stay at home mama for now. I think sometimes the busy-ness of taking time to just be a mama and spend time with Andrew takes up some of my to-do-list time. And, you know, that is ok. I would rather make memories with our sweet son than have the satisfaction of checking off one more thing on my list. Sometimes the list has to be done, and that's ok too. To everything a balance, right? Still amazes me where the time goes though!

This week, I am thankful for-

Fun surprises in the mail.
Last month I decided to do a fun thrift gift exchange one of my sweet friends Carina was hosting. I love thrift stores, and it is always like a treasure hunt to go shopping in one! So, I knew it would be even more fun to pick out special gifts for someone (more of a challenge but fun too!). I had lots of fun picking out the things for my recipient- a fun little turtle trinket, a pretty shamrock green vintage vase for her kitchen utensils, a fun scarf. I was excited to get my box from her! She put so much thought into it! I love the scarves, and cannot wait to use the clutches! Andrew is in love with The Cow That Went Oink book!
{Thank you Taylor!!}

I am thankful for... finding surprisingly good deals on super soft thick baby socks (did I mention adorable too?!) at Oshkosh for $2. (Original price $22. Really. And I bought 4 packs. That would have been $88. Crazy, no?! ) I was so happy to find the socks. And I know, I know. They're just socks. But after Andrew, we have allllll these mismatched random baby socks. And who knows what size they all are. It is seriously a pet peeve of mine. I like things to be simple. That includes not having a million pairs of different socks. So, yes. It is just socks. But it means I can toss out allll the random ones and enjoy these ones now! Ahhh....!
{Ok really, how cute are those?!}

I am thankful for blessings in unexpected places. I loved the nannying jobs I had and was sad to see them end in April. Both were unexpectedly ended in their own ways.  I no longer had a job and we definitely needed the income gap bridged. God provided so much through me not working though. I thankfully qualified for unemployment, and basically ended up having a really long maternity leave. I assumed that this pregnancy would be as easy as with our first. I definitely assumed wrong. I am so thankful I have a God who knows things like this. And works out jobs unexpectedly ending to give me the break I didn't know I would need. These days I am having to take it a lot easier. Like, only 2-3 errands a day. Or one photoshoot. That's it. It's so weird for me to adjust to that because I am so used to doing. To being independent and going and accomplishing whatever is on my list. But, really. I can't complain. It's a change of pace, and it's not the easiest to adjust to, especially because there are so many things I would love to do with Andrew before Adrian is born, but, I am learning the beauty in making the best out of how life is for now. I'm learning to say "yes" way more to Andrew's requests to play with him or to pretend or do a new game with him that he made up. And, I can't say I regret any of that! I wouldn't have the chance if I were able to do everything I wanted to. Not that I never spent time with him before. It's just easier to get caught up doing and going and not spending as much time as you could doing simple things like making memories together. {Hopefully that makes sense! :-S }
 {35 weeks! I was never this big with Andrew until I was over due !!!}

I'm thankful for creative ideas, all my own that end up way better than I thought they would! I've wanted a pretty solution for a while now, to store my necklaces that are too big for the fine jewelry holder I have. So, enter my solution.
{What do you think? Would you buy one? I'm thinking of maybe setting up shop sometime. But we will see ;-) Between that and my book page jewelry I might have enough to get one going. (maybe!) Nontheless I am sure enjoying having the jewelry hanger to use. It is so handy for keeping all my favorite necklaces out of a great tangled mess. (How in the world do necklaces get so incredibly tangled anyways?! It's like they sprout legs and try some gymnastics moves when no one is around! Like I know I sure didn't twist & tangle it that way!) }

I am thankful for how excited Andrew is about Adrian. We get asked that often (understandably)- if Andrew is excited about the new addition. I captured this picture tonight. It kindof answers the question for me. What do you think?

{He was getting a kick out of watching my belly move from Adrian}

I'm thankful for my favorite encouraging and uplifting verses. I've been writing them down to have during labor. It really does amaze me how there is a verse for literally anything one might be going through- discouragement, needing comfort, feeling happy, feeling a little sad... It's mind-blowing. If we let him, God will be everything that we need. This is one of my favorites. 
{What do you think? Fitting for labor? :-) I thought it might be!}

I'm thankful for a husband who is wonderful support these days, always asking me how I'm doing and offering random back massages or leg massages. (I never turn those down!!!!) I truly love being married to him. {And yes, we have our moments. We have our bad mood days. but those aren't the majority. And, we always try to learn from them.} I love how excited Andrew gets when he comes home. It's always an enthusiastic, "Daddy's HOME!!! Daddy's HOME!!" around here! I love how great of a dad Josh is. Last week we had some pretty hot days, and although sun and heat is not his favorite, he still went outside and played in the sprinkler with Andrew. 

Last but not least, I am thankful for sweet friends who do things like offer to throw a baby shower for me. It's coming up next Friday and I can't wait !!! We're doing a fun, cute dinosaur theme and I am super excited! :-D I think most of all, I am just looking forward to the time with friends and loved ones to share in the celebration of a new little life- our new little life!!! {Speaking of that new little life, it feels as if he is training for the Olympics these days!! Swimmer... runner... soccer player.. who knows! At least it tickles more than hurts though ;-) He's most active between 11pm and 3 or 4 am! This might be fun...}

What are you thankful for this week? Big things? Small things? What are you looking forward to?

Guest post on the blog tomorrow (Friday)!! I cannot wait!! 
{Be on the lookout! There just might be some fun stuff involved with it too!! :) }

A Day in the Life


  1. The jewelry holder looks great!! Good job!

  2. You do have a lot to be thankful for! Blessings!

  3. Absolutely LOVE the jewelry holder! Too cute! Blessings!

  4. I love that jewelry holder, you will have to tell me how you did it :)
    You have so many beautiful things to be thankful for, I am so happy for you! You have your head screwed on and always come across as being older because of your wisdom and maturity. You are a breath of fresh air xoxo

  5. What a fun gift exchange! I haven't done an exchange yet. I definitely need to!

  6. Wow! You do have a big bump for 35 weeks! Maybe you have more than one little bubba in there...?! Haha! xx

  7. Lovely post! That gift exchange sounds fun! I'm glad you are doing so well. :)

  8. You are just glowing with joy and your little guy is so cute... Beautiful jewelry but nothing is prettier than an expectant mama :) God Bless!

  9. Aww, that pic of Andrew is absolutely precious!

    I think life doesn't always go the way we plan but still ends up exactly the way it's meant to be. :)


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