it’s monday again + non-toy gifts.

This is going to get old, but wow, last week was crazy!  It just keeps happening.  Some how, the older Jack gets, the more we’re involved in, the busier we get.  And fall makes it that much worse!  Fall is my very favorite season — and yesterday felt like fall!  It was cool.  It was 59 degrees when we got dressed for church.  Jack wore a light sweater with elbow patches — ahhh!!  I wore boots and light sweater.  LOVELY.  I love fall!  All of that to say, we have been running around like crazy it feels like.  Last week was a blur, but we are good and had many good things happen.

Friday evening Jack and Tommy spent some time together — it was sweet!  Tommy has started taking Jack golfing.  Jack loves it!  It’s fun for them to spend time together, and I think Tommy has been waiting for this for awhile.  Saturday morning we woke up early to head downtown for a 5K.  It was the Sprint for the Prints 5K for Precious Prints.  A really great cause — they help provide comfort to families like ours who lose a child, so we were happy to support them.  It definitely is something that we would have loved to have for Gabriel.  Our friends the Parrishes, who we met last year after they lost their baby, did a video for Precious Prints [I shared on my facebook page a couple of weeks ago] and are a family who has a charm of their daughter’s thumbprint.  Jack rode in his stroller and then ran through the finish line with us.  He loved the 5K!  It’s right up his alley.  Afterwards, he checked out the food and had a bag of Cheetos, an orange, 2 donuts, and a water bottle.  Gotta refuel.

weekend 5k

Then we headed home to set up for Tommy’s sister and brother in law’s going away party that we hosted.  They move to Nebraska today, so we had a fun time Saturday afternoon celebrating them with all their people.  Then we went to mom and dad’s for burgers and came home, put Jack to bed and watched the Tennessee game.  It was a full day!  And so fun.  We will really miss Molly and Drew but are so happy for them and this big move in their lives.

weekend going away weekend molly and drew weekend party

So we had a great weekend, lots of fun celebrating and hanging out, and resting and playing on Sunday.  A great weekend!  Now on to a new week.  Today I’m over at the Knoxville Moms Blog sharing one of my very favorite list posts to date — 25 non-toy gifts for kids.  I’m ALL about this.  Head on over there and check it out!

non-toy gifts for kids

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Did it feel like fall where you are??

the quiet + what motherhood means to me.

I took a little unplanned break from writing.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  At first I thought it might be bad, but then I just decided to roll with it.  I realized it was a theme in my life — needing a break, needing to retreat, and just be quiet and just be.  So I took a little time.  I’m sure it had something to do with Gabriel.  I’m sure it had something to do with his birthday coming up.

 

But there have been so many things I’ve been wanting to share with you all.  Now I’m sure I’ve forgotten them 🙂  but I have lots of updates to do from weight loss attempts, exercise, healthy eating, to being organized, and to Gabriel’s birthday yesterday.

 

 

Today I am sharing on the Knoxville Moms Blog a little pre-Mother’s Day post.  I wrote about what being a mom means to me.  Head over there and let me know in the comments what being a mom means to you!

 

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getting organized.

I’ve been working on lots of organizing around my house.  As part of #healthyandorganized2014 I’ve been on a huge organizing kick.  I don’t know about you, but in our house things have a way of coming unorganized and out of sorts over time.  And of course there are plenty of areas that I never organized in the first place, or organized “just good enough” because I didn’t want to put the time and effort into it before.

 

So far this year I’ve been trying to focus on some of those areas, and I’m excited to share them.  Today I’m sharing a few of them over on the Knoxville Moms Blog.  Head over there and check out my post.

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday friends!

happy weekend.

Happy Friday!  This weekend my sister-in-law is getting married!  We’re excited to celebrate them and the festivities start in just a little bit.  So before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to share a couple of things. 

 

1.  Happy New Year from the Morgans!! 

happy new year happy new year G

 

2.  I have a post up on the Knoxville Moms Blog today talking about healthy and organized 2014. And I posted some terrible, embarrassing pictures.  Whew… what was I thinking??  You can read that post here

 

I hope you have a great weekend!!  There is snow outside my house today, so I am a happy happy camper.  Some people call this a “dusting” but it all counts to me! 

when the holidays are hard.

Yesterday I had the privilege of sharing about when the holidays are hard over on the Knoxville Moms Blog. 

 

The Holiday season is in full swing, and I’m having mixed feelings.  Part of me is excited, like I usually am this time of year.  But a larger part of me is a little resistant to the coming of this big season.

This is my first Holiday season since our deep loss.  This time last year we were expecting our second child, and I had great visions of what this Christmas would look like with two little ones.  But in May, our second son died, and now we have to learn how to celebrate this special time of year while our hearts are still broken

 

grief and the holidays

 

 

Check out the rest of the post over on the Knoxville Moms Blog site. 

 

Thanks for the love, friends!