Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I cannot tell a lie. All the pictures that are being splashed across facebook of the sweet little munchkins on their first day of school are making me emotional. I just read a blog that covered ALL the details of her son's first day of Kindergarten.....and I just nearly lost it.

My firstborn son will be FOUR this winter, my (what I thought was a newborn!) baby will be ONE this fall...and my heart feels as if it will surely burst. How did that happen? Time, why are you so fleeting? Why is this happening so quickly? I still am unsure of the direction we will take with Wesley, education wise, but know this: my tears will be shared with one and all. I look at the growing boys that live beneath our roof and know that Nathan feels the same as me...they are growing too quickly.

My brother has been teasing Wesley. He grabs his cheeks and shakes him and says "NEVER GROW UP" (Adam Sandler reference?) and Wesley responds with "BUT I HAVE TO!!"

I know a lot of moms look forward to the days their kids are in school, needing that time to themselves for personal or work reasons. But I just know that I will miss the boys so much. I feel as if I miss them already, when I look into their eyes and see them changing and growing. I delight in their wonderful milestones, but I do long for the newborn days when I could just snuggle and rock them all day long. It brings me such joy seeing them advance and develop, so don't get me wrong. I WANT to see them grow and pursue life and love and Jesus. I desire to see them grow into strong men with courage and peace and JOY. I have many prayers that go before them for the future. But for now, I will cuddle them close, give kisses, and get down on the floor and play with their race cars (that Uncle probably bought).

I love the sweet, beautiful, adventurous boys that the Lord has chosen Nathan and I to shepherd. I just can't stop marveling at....yes...how quickly they grow.

........so blessed...
xo, jade

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Versatile Blogger

My sweet friend Sara Hinton (she's a serious newlywed....she had a beautiful June wedding under the setting Texas sun) nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award :) Sara's blog is all about her and her newlywed adventures with her oh-so-dreamy hubby Luke and their adorable little maltipoo Brooklyn (named after her semester living in Brooklyn while she interned for CBS News) Cute, right? I love things like this, so I will happily comply! I thank you, my sweet little newlywed friend. This is gonna be fun!

Here are the rules:
  • Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
  • Tell your readers seven 7 things about yourself.
  • Give this award to up to 15 recently discovered bloggers.
  • Contact those bloggers and let them in on the exciting news.

So 7 Things You May or May Not Know about Me {Jade}

1. I am a HUGE comic book fan. I love to read them. Online, on paper. I love to see them remade into movies. I just can't tell you which one is my favorite. I love them all.

2. I love TOYS. I could spend all day looking at toys. Toy Story is one of my favorite movies because I relate so well to Andy and his appreciation for his toys. I love to play with my sons toys :) I just hope I have a daughter so I can play with girly toys! {yes the below picture is one that I shot of my son's toys}

3. I am obsessed with mountains. Not a big secret. OBSESSED. Oh gimme some Rockies!

4. I prefer a cool color palette. Rich blues, plums, greens.....indigo. Yes. Indigo. I love color. But I love a cool color wheel. Yes, I do.

5. I love stripes. Especially on ribbon.

6. I met my husband at one of my favorite places on the planet. Camp Zephyr. It's a magical place.

7. I have always dreamed of having black hair with purple highlights. Call me wild, I know. It's crazy, but I think I could totally pull it off.

There you have it.

I now tag

Ok, that's all folks. I'd hollar at more bloggers out there, but I gotta jet! Peace!

xo jade

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

ribbons! ribbons!

So in my last post I mentioned that I was going to paint my front door purple.
Our door is metal, kind of worn down, and probably ought to be replaced with something way cooler, but unfortunately doors are expensive. And my dear husband was on board with the whole purple thing, so it's really a win-win. I get my color. He gets to not spend 500$ on my dream front door. Not that I have dreams about front doors. Really. I don't. Honest.

SO here is our ugly before shot:
And here are some after shots :)

So what do you think? I searched all over Pinterest and the Google blogosphere for an idea for a wreath. NOTHING really screamed ribbons! ribbons! in the way that I wanted it to. There were some cute ideas of course, but I really have fallen in love with dangly ribbons. Free fallin', ya know? So I found some ribbon, found an old wood wreath and went to town.

I am a little ribbon obsessed. You can usually catch me in the ribbon aisle of Hobby Lobby or Joann's freaking out over the colors and patterns. For someone as material and ribbon obsessed as me, you would think I would stinkin' know how to sew. Ahh...someday. I will learn. I have too many ideas bouncing around in my brain. Lovely.

There are other things i plan to do to our entryway. New welcome mat. That striped color wheel one is about 5 years old. I bought a "P" that I am going to paint to hang about the door. And I also found some pretty purply flowers to put into my flower bucket. I also think it would be cool to stain the concrete. Not purple, of course. :)

And just for good measure, what do you think of my snarky, smirky cute little men here?

They crack me up. And yes. The one on the left is 3. And the one on the right is...9 months.

xo jade

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Hi! Meet Dwarf #8

Being a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me, second only to discovering full and lasting peace through my faith in Jesus. Being married to Nathan and having these children with him are the best blessings that God has ever chosen to bestow upon me.

And yet, there are days when I wake up, I begin my day, and I forget to give thanks. I become irritable. Grumpy. Frustrated. I have the sweetest boys (seriously, I live with the three sweetest little male specimens ever!) and I turn into this annoying, icky person who has no reason to be in such a mood, but yet the nastiness courses through.

I've had a week like that. I know, shocking. My overall chill attitude for some reason has taken a beating and I've just been shooting lightning bolts from my eyeballs. Well. No, not really, because that would be super cool and I, my friends, have been quite the opposite of cool. I've just been that weird, awkward 8th dwarf: Complainy. (Sneezy was always my favorite)

So, as it's 1am and I've been up late working on weddings from the last 6 weeks (has summer really already flown by) I've come to a realization that I need to relax and spend more time in the word, and less time arguing with myself in my head.

It's a freeing feeling, to step back and realize that the grumpies have invaded and all one needs to do to get rid of them is to pray and enjoy God's presence.

I've always given GREAT joy to creating a home of peace and comfort for anyone who passes through. And well....it's been a house of chaos and frustration. Time to remedy that!

So first things first. Tomorrow morning (well in a few hours when the sun rises) I am going to make breakfast for my sweet little family, then paint my front door purple.

....yea I realize that has nothing to do with anything.


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A Hipstamatic Post

1.) sleeping baby 2.) exploring the river

3.) Nine months old 4.) At the bookstore

5.) My new Kelly Moore Camera Bag 6.) I spotted a sea dragon at the beach

7.) My love+me at the beach 8.)My smallest + me in our hallway

9.) Pizza Hut tee 10.) The shirts I ordered from 10againclothing

11.) The Sea Dragon again 12.) Me about to go make friends with it.

Obviously August has arrived and I'm forced to sit here and attempt to recall all that has happened in our little home since I last informed you.
  • We had a tropical storm form in the gulf
  • We excitedly went to the beach to wait for it
  • Said Tropical Storm decided to stand us up
  • My brother came for a visit
  • Jamie and I have been so busy with weddings and all the good stuff in between
  • I took some pictures
  • And some more pictures
  • We went to the river
  • It was sad and dry, but still so beautiful
  • Ive only been following my kids around with my iphone and not my real camera (shows how busy I've been with other shoots)
  • Nate and I have been enjoying his month off before his classes start again (mba)
  • I have so MANY great painting ideas swirling and swishing around in my head, but I have yet to find a moment to paint
  • The boys are growing as they should be.

Until I can properly sit here and write all that has been occuring in my head and my heart, I leave you with the above Hipstamatic shots from my iphone :)

xo jade