Hadlee Jo (Happy Father’s Day/Week)

hadlee and Joe (heart to heart)

If you don’t want to read the whole post here is a quick link to a post I did a couple years ago on how we celebrate Father’s Day the whole week leading up to it. It makes Father’s Day so much more special and gives my kids a chance to really think about all the amazing reasons they love their Dad and to show him in sweet little ways throughout the week.

This sweet little girl (she’s 2 now) is named after her daddy and he’s the best man I know. My sweet friend Jessica who is an amazing photographer caught this shot shortly after Hadlee was born. I am sure these two were speaking spirit to spirit and this just melted me after I saw it. About a month before Hadlee Jo was born we had a different middle name picked out for her and one quiet Sunday afternoon (which is unusual at our house I’ll be honest) I was sitting in my rocking chair just thinking about this sweet baby girl of mine that I couldn’t wait to meet and I had the impression come to me name her “Hadlee Jo” after her daddy. I had never ever thought of the name Jo as a middle name for one of our girls but this struck me in a profound way. I told Joe about the sweet experience, he was so touched but not convinced we should name her after him. I continued to stand by that impression and when she was born he said “you choose”, so I chose Hadlee Jo. So fitting being the sixth girl this man is the father of. He is the man of my dreams and the best daddy in the world. My girls are so blessed to have him, they’ve all told me they wish he was theirs and I don’t blame them. I hope someday they get someone just as amazing as him. Hadlee and Joe have an amazing connection and someday it will be extremely important that she bear his name, but for now they just speak spirit to spirit and have the sweetest little bond you ever did see.

I am so grateful for all the amazing Daddy’s out there, you’ll never know the difference you make in the lives of your kids and your wives. A good Dad who does all he can for his kids and wife is rare to come by these days and so needed, so hang in there on the hard days because it’s worth it and we appreciate all you do.

Here’s an early Happy Father’s Day to all the the amazing Dads out there including my husband and my own dad. And again here’s a link to a post I did a couple years ago on how we celebrate Father’s Day and how we celebrate the whole week leading up to Father’s Day.

What are your Father’s day traditions? I’d love to hear them.


You guys, (if there is even anyone who still reads my blog) I am sorry I have been so absent. My only really good excuse is the 8 little people that are mine, this picture pretty much sums up what I do all day so it makes sense why I have little spare time plus that cute little 2 year old who is swinging in the picture pretty much makes me follow her around every second of every day for fear of what she might do if my eyes can’t see her. She really is cute and worth it but it allows for little spare time around here.  I do want to change things though and post a little more often. I hope a few of you are in this for the long haul with me while I figure the whole blogging thing out and get better at it. I really do love writing and sharing and talking with you and even though I’ve been a sporadic poster, I still get people asking me about things I’ve posted about or things they’d love for me to share so if you hang in here with me I have some fun things in store and I am so excited to share them with you! I am hoping to start a you tube channel where I can share some workout videos and every day life stuff, my kids want to share some things too (lets be honest it might be a while till I do that, but I am optimistic it will happen sometime in the next 10 years:). I have lots of posts in my head about healthy (clean) eating, kids stuff, things I love, exercise, summer activities, favorite recipes, etc. you know everything. So please excuse my absence this last long while as I try and get back at this… My goal is to post once a week so hold me accountable to it even if I just post a short one. Leave me a comment if you are still around and reading this every once in a while. I can’t wait to start sharing again!

First Glance (grateful)

hadlee's birth

I wish I had all the time in the world to post… but no such luck over here. Try as I might but there is never enough time. Even though I don’t post as often as i’d like I am always talking to you in my head, telling you all about the amazing things I did today or sometimes about the craziness of life or sometimes the craziness of being a mom or the next cool thing I want to tell you about or a new recipe I tried. But tonight I am so tired so you’ll have to settle for a grateful post. This is one of my favorite pictures, one of my dearest friends Jessica is an amazing photographer and she captured some of the most tender moments after we had Hadlee. This picture has become one of my all time favorites. This was one of the first glances that Joe and I had of our sweet Hadlee Jo right after she was born. The pure joy and love we feel for her and our other 7 children is un-matchable. Sometimes I wonder and even ask myself if I measure up, or if I’m a good enough mom. I’ve been reminded several times from someone way bigger than myself that I Love my children fiercely, more than anyone on this earth, and while I am not a prefect mother I have a perfect love for each of them. I was singing a song in church a few weeks back and my 6 year old was sitting on my lap, she and I shared a very sweet tender moment together and at that time I had had the question in my heart am I a good enough mom? It was during the song that I was able to feel the most amazing spirit and it reminded me that I am doing my best and that, that’s all I can do and that Heavenly Father will make up the difference when there is areas I lack in. It was at that moment that I realized that even though at times I feel inadequate I have to remind myself I am adequate, I am more than adequate and there isn’t a better mom for my kids. So my words to you tonight is you are adequate, you are more than adequate, you are down right amazing, you are doing way better than you think you are and don’t tell yourself otherwise, when you need a reminder come read this post as a reminder that you are amazing at whatever you do/are doing, don’t sell yourself short or try and talk yourself out of it because you ARE amazing, say that to yourself a few times, as many times as it takes to make you believe it.

And so tonight I am so grateful for all the little things in my life, I am grateful that I am adequate and that so often I am doing better than I think I am and that there is someone there for me to make up the difference after I do my best. I am so grateful for every day, each one is an amazing gift and I am grateful for each and every one of those days that I get to spend them with the people I love, working, playing, doing, watching, growing, experiencing, whatever it is I am so grateful I get today. When one of our children was in the hospital for an extended period of time I remember for being grateful down to the moment and every single day that I got to spend with her was precious because I didn’t know how many more I would get. Thankfully she got better and so I still get to spend each day with her but it has reminded me to Make each and every day GREAT. So make today GREAT, be very GRATEFUL and remember you are PRETTY DARN AMAZING.