Tag: Love

The most important

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how as a mom I’m always second guessing myself. How I prioritize my time with Hudson and Sofia, my time with Jake, my time with other people, not to mention time on my own; it has become somewhat of an unexpected battle. There really are only so many hours in a day, and I never realized the value of every single minute the way I do since having kids. I have so much respect for moms of four and five and more kids. I don’t know how they do it, and yet they are some of the moms I look up to the most . My own mom somehow balanced it all so well. You always hear about the duck; how it’s calm on the surface but paddling like crazy under the water, I imagine it must be something like that.
I am constantly thinking to myself, what is the most important thing for today? As an avid list maker and prioritizer, this seems logical. But, I think I’m learning that with kids, “important,” doesn’t follow the same rules that the rest of life does, because with kids you never really know what the next day is going to hold. When Hudson falls and scrapes his knee and he needs an extra ten minutes of cuddles, or when Sofia is teething and wants to only be held by me all-day-long. When the day is just off and you need to throw out all the plans and BE more than you need to DO. These things are the most important. Ultimately the organic balanced meals, the limited screen time, the outdoor physical activity, the at least 30 minutes of book reading – they’re all good, but really I don’t think they’re the things that are the most important. Taking the time to see where they’re at and what they need that day – that is more important. And more than anything it’s really just love – that’s what they need more than anything – that is most important. It takes a lot of different forms, it’s usually not quantifiable, it usually can’t be checked off a to-do list, but that is what I think will shape these tiny souls more than anything else.
So if you’re struggling like I am, give yourself a break and take a step back; if you’re even thinking about anything regarding what benefits your kids, it’s probably because you love them more than life itself. You’re doing great, mama!

Baci Baci,
Jac

Valentine’s Day

Truth, I LOVE Valentine’s Day! A holiday all about love, and pink, and I’m ALLLL about it. Growing up, my mom always made Valentine’s Day so fun and special for our family, so it’s never been associated with any of the negative things that make some people dislike this holiday.
Jake and I usually celebrate on the 13th because it’s our number, and so we can spend the 14th together having fun as a family. This was our morning, and tonight we’ll be doing steak and hot fudge sundaes, and celebrating the incredible gift of love and family. 

Also, Jake made the cutest little Valentine video of Hudson surprising me with his homemade valentine. Seriously, killed me. I put it down at the bottom. Hope you all have such a great day!

Baci Baci,
Jac

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

 

 

Celebrating LOVE

Basically as soon as the Christmas tree comes down I’m ready to decorate for Valentine’s Day. I wait until February 1 to really start celebrating, but I love it! We didn’t get to making homemade valentines this year, but we’ve had a lot of fun over the last two weeks. Hope you’re all enjoying celebrating!

Baci Baci,
Jac

5!

We are FIVE! How is this even possible? Getting married feels like yesterday, and I can’t imagine life any different all at once. We had the best weekend up in the mountains, just our little family in a cabin in the woods. We went in to town, down to the lake, made good food, and we just were. Jake and I didn’t even realize how fast we’d been going until we slowed down for a minute. We had hours of just sitting and talking, it was like a cool glass of water for my soul.

Jacob, my love, thank you for being mine. Thank you for loving me and our babies so well; I don’t deserve you.
Here’s to 100 more anniversaries!
Love you forever! J

you are my favorite

This week marks 5 years since this man of mine asked me to be his wife. We had a whirlwind 5 1/2 months of dating/engagement (you can read more about it here and here), and 5 years later, here we are: 2 babies, some crazy adventures, some heartbreaks, some great joys, and everything that comes between.

You, Jacob, are my favorite; more than our babies, more than anyone else, it is you. I choose you. On the days it is easy, and on the days it is hard, you’re my one. Someday when they’re not babies anymore and our hair is grey or gone, it’s you and me; and you will forever be my favorite. Not because it’s easy or because either of us is perfect, but because we continue to choose each other, every, single, day. Our marriage is not a testament of our own strength or greatness, but the greatness and faithfulness and strength of our God. Our crazy Italian selves would have done us in many times over the past five years, but by God’s grace, here we are, more blessed than we could ever deserve. I am more thankful for you than I can put in to words. Thank you for being my one and only, my everything other than Jesus. I love you my sweet, forever.

xo,
Jac

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