olive june: January 2020

simply loving

Why I Wake Early 

"Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories, 
and into the windows of, even, the 
miserable and crotchety-

best preacher that ever was.
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching, 
to hold us in the great hands of light-
good morning, good morning, good morning

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness."
-mary oliver-

disney world | memories + little tips

"they say if you dream a thing more than once, 
it's sure to come true."
-sleeping beauty

valentine's day traditions for kids

a few years ago, my husband and i decided to make a valentine's day tradition that fits us and our current lifestyle- a six pack of local beer, thai takeout and a movie; a date night in. last year we watched the mr. rogers documentary, which we both enjoyed. before we had kids, i was pretty indifferent about valentine's day. however, now the day has become a day to show my kids a little extra love while trying to encourage them to show love to others. i would love to make this day special for them each year so i have been collecting ideas + traditions for our family.

memories of turning four

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yesterday we celebrated our sweet parks turning four
it was pretty simple and full of his favorite things 

highlights for his momma: 
"my birthday makes me happy" 
and as i was walking up the stairs last night after everything, he was going to the bathroom downstairs with the door slightly opened and we had a conservation, whispering love and birthday thoughts back and forth- all in whispers:
 "it's your birthday and it's my birthday! 
happy birthday!
 you are four and i am four! i love you, momma...
i love you, my birthday boy."
 and it was something i think i will always remember. i continued up the stairs in awe. 

happy fourth birthday, parks james

"our love is unconditional 
we knew it from the start
i see it in your eyes
you can feel it from my heart" 
-george strait

my word of the year

january | "the comfort of reclusion, the poetry of hibernation." - marcel proust

january intentions

"the ache for home lives in all of us. the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
-maya angelou