Sunday, January 30, 2011

Work with me, here!

Tonight as I was straightening up a bit before bedtime, my newly-turned three year old sat at the foot of our couch playing with his little matchbox cars, talking and laughing to himself. I was about to turn around and suggest that it was time to get into bed when I heard him say:

"Come on, people. One at a time. Work with me, here!"

Yep. That's my kiddo. :)

PS: This gal has had an extraordinarily busy few weeks. I'm a little run down, ready for a massage, maybe a pedicure too...

xo jade

Monday, January 24, 2011

s e e k e r

SEEKER.....that's me.
And I designed these shoes for me.

:) What do you think?
xo jade

The Meteorite

The Meteorite by C. S. Lewis
Among the hills a meteorite
Lies huge; and moss has overgrown,
And wind and rain with touches light
Made soft, the contours of the stone.

Thus easily can Earth digest
A cinder of sidereal fire,
And make her translunary guest
The native of an English shire.

Nor is it strange these wanderers
Find in her lap their fitting place,
For every particle that's hers
Came at the first from outer space.

All that is Earth has once been sky;
Down from the sun of old she came,
Or from some star that traveled by
Too close to his entangling flame.

Hence, if belated drops yet fall
From heaven, on these her plastic power
Still works as once it worked on all
The glad rush of the golden shower.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Young House Love

I love to read blogs.
It really gets me inspired to see people living life authentically.
and joyfully.

This one particular blog (Young House Love) really sets me on fire! They inspire me, not only with their creativity, but with their genuine peace about life. They are a couple that seems to just have so much fun together and they make love and marriage and parenting look easy cheezy. :) I think that if we were neighbors we would be great friends.

Moving on from my ridiculous infatuation with these two, I wanted to share with you a link to a recent blog Sherry posted. She is over the moon about a secret note that someone (previous owners, I suppose) left for the new owners (John and Sherry) to discover. I had never heard of this! I've heard of time capsules, which I guess is sort of similar, but not hidden notes! She even said that she and John left one in their previous house. (They recently bought this new house as they were outgrowing their old one and were ready to take on new adventures in home renovation)

Last night I had a weepy midnight moment as I was suddenly aware of how small I am in this big world. It wasn't one of those "duh" moments as I, obviously, have known all along that my life is just one small thread in this cosmic tapestry of human existence. But you know how sometimes, you just really need the encouragement, whether it be words of affirmation or physical touch, you just ache for that affirmation from the heavens above that you are where you ought to be. And if you aren't, then gosh darnit, keep trying! You can do it!

Funny enough, this afternoon during naptime, while I am multitasking work, laundry, etc., I skim my blogroll and see Sherry's joyful headline "We found a Note hidden in our house!!"

And this is the note she found (copied directly from her blog):
May today bring you peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are both of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

Now, being a woman of faith, believing that my salvation reigns in the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, these words cheered me up GREATLY. I've been so moody these past few days, feeling sorry for some unknown reason other than I am a crazy selfish person needing attention. (not really, but I FELT like it) I was suddenly overwhelmed by how ridiculous my woe-be-gone mood has been. There is NOT a single thing right now in my life that I shouldn't be thankful for and the Lord uses people on my blogroll to encourage me! How cool is that?? I ought to live life with GREAT hope, certain of my place in this world, because I was made with tender love and was known before I was even in my mother's womb.

But you know how it is. Being human, and what not. Imperfection goes with the job of living.
But today the Lord provided a blessing in John and Sherry's home's previous tenant. :) I was encouraged and motivated and hopefully this fuzzy doomy and gloomy Jade has packed her bags.

And I'm painting my kitchen and living room tonight, so that will cheer me up too. :) Nothing like some fresh paint on the walls and a lovely artist's print I recently acquired to bring one out of a foul disposition.

Happy Friday, everyone.
oh and PS. Do check out Young House Love. They are ultra-fabulous and always bring a smile to my lips anytime I read their bloggity blog blog.

xo jade

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Uno!

Dear Wesley,

Today you turn THREE years old.
This past year brought you so many new, fabulous, exciting adventures.
You mastered the art of conversation.
You discovered the overwhelming beauty of using your imagination.
You learned how to play with your toys like a big boy. CRASH, BAM, BOOM, ZOOM!
You became my GREAT artist and ask everyday if you can paint a new picture.
You learned what Laredo was and asked to go there over and over and over again because Uncle lives there.
You saw your first big boy movies (How To Tame Your Dragon, and Toy Story 3, and Tangled)
You learned what Okapi's and other beautiful and exotic animals are.
You saw the long, beautiful, winding roads of Texas.
You made delightful new friendships.
You discovered the art of backtalk.
You learned how to say your prayers and thank God for his wonderful love.
You determined that you LOVE the Frio River, but feel undecided about the icky sand at the beach.
You learned that you were going to be a big brother!
And you welcomed the news with GREAT joy!
You became proficient with the iPhone Toddler applications.
You got to meet your cousin Alex who lives overseas and you LOVE him.
You became best friends with Buzz & Woody & Slink & Hamm & Mr.&Mrs. Potato head & Jesse & Bullseye :)
When your baby brother came, you were ecstatic and have become the BEST big brother in the whole wide world.
You made your mommy and daddy so pleased by the joy that you share with the world around you.
You are a big boy, now and the world is at your fingertips!
Keep exploring, keep asking big questions, and let's see what this new year of adventure brings to you!

Happy Birthday, my little love.
Mommy & Daddy

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Some of my beloved friends in the north are getting several blizzardy inches of beautiful, dangerous, miraculous snow.

Like Lorelai Gilmore, I have a deep fancy for snow.

Nate took me to the Rocky Mountains for our honeymoon, knowing the deep love that I have for the big, beautiful sky that is interrupted by big, beautiful snow-capped peaks. Oh, all those lovely trees! :) Real treas. Not this ridiculous mesquite or palm nonsense that surrounds us here.

The Christmas before Nate proposed to me, it snowed. It was a beautiful, miraculous sight. And our coastal town never looked lovelier. Oh, it was brilliant.

I look forward to the day that I can introduce my little loves to the magic of the snow-filled days. Building snowmen, creating snow angels, cheeks flushed with delight. And drinking hot tea or hot chocolate to warm the toes following the delirious fun.

For now, I'll enjoy the sunshine and milder temperatures and be thankful we aren't snowed in. Though, being snowed in with my little family doesn't seem like that awful of a thing. :) For I am surrounded by great minds filled to the brim with joyful imagination.

xo j a d e

Oh and p.s.: that picture is from our honeymoon. Self timer'd the camera. :) My, how young we look. Don't you think?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Five Years!

I love celebrating our wedding anniversary. It's such a joyful day. Even with a toddler's high energy antics keeping me on my toes. Or a newborns need to be fed, rocked, burped, changed, and cuddled, only to be repeated over and over and over again.

Life is tiring. And it moves quickly.

But I am so thankful for the man who's arm holds me steady when I tremble. Who's hugs melt my heart when I'm weary. Who's love is so unfailing even when I'm exhausting his patience.

And I'm thankful to be married to a man who makes me laugh at my own ridiculousness. Who reads books with me and listens to my silly movie soundtracks with me. He listens to my dreams with sweet enjoyment. He listens to my retelling of stories. Over. And over. and OVER. He is so patient with me.

He even wrote me a new poem to go with the poem he proposed to me with.
You can read about that engagement poem here. :) It's good stuff.

For now, enjoy his newest little bit of poetry below. (He even put in my new favorite princess Rupunzel!)

"Two thousand and ninety one days ago, you said, "Yes," because you knew;
A few months after that, we said, "I do."

Rupunzel left her tower to pursue a dream;
We left our lives to become a team....

It's been a fast and exciting five years
There were lots of smiles and a few tears.

We have two handsome boys, Wes and Spence;
Unfortunately, we haven't had much rest since.

But I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong;
I know this is just the beginning of a beautiful song.

I look forward to what the future will hold;
I anticipate one of the greatest stories ever told."

:) Puke if you must. I can't stop smiling.

He knows me so well. Don't you think?
He's definitely the Gilbert Blythe to my Anne Shirley. :)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Oh, eleven.

And so, 2010 fades into history and 2011 draws its first cold breath.
--Andrew Peterson

I am delighted, a new year has come. The old one is tucked away nicely in my mind and my heart. I find that I'm a bit teary eyed as I recall what the past year has given and what the new year has to offer. So much opportunity to love and keep loving.

Update to come.