Thursday, January 29, 2015

Right Now.


It's winter right now and we wake up in the dark, a tiny sliver of light sometimes coming through the bedroom windows, the moon still visible if the clouds are low. Our mornings are as full as ever as we get ourselves and the boys ready for the day, the hustle and bustle of those first hours feeling so comfortable as we all busy ourselves with the usual breakfast-making, lunch-packing, and toy-playing. It's cold outside, so we spend more times indoors, which can make for long days when it's snowy or rainy or the winter wind blows a little too cold. It's so cozy though, and as much as I have been longing for warmer weather there's something about big comfy blankets and warm, wooly socks and movie marathons that satisfy something in my mama heart. Our right now is one baby walking (no, running!) everywhere and learning new words every single minute. The constant chatter and the non-stop exploring and the always-opening, pushing, pulling- it's amazing to watch. Tiring in our adult world at times but it's fascinating to be here as this little person become a bigger person right before our eyes. And Henry, he is growing like a weed. On quiet days sit him down with a numbers book or a word search and he'll be occupied for a good 30 minutes, until it's time to run-run-run again. Skateboarding is on his mind the most, and watching him learn the basics and add more to what he can do every time he's out there has been such a delight, and a bit scary too, but he's spreading his wings and for that I'm more excited than anything. Right now is about family. It's our unit of four but also my sister and Lucy, and my parents. It's going through hard times but being there for each other, knowing that this immediate circle of us, this circle is solid and our love is a safe haven for those of us that need it. Right now is about growth and change. We're getting better, always trying to be better, and I think that has been so important for us- never stopping, always asking how I can do this more efficiently, be kinder to each other, make better choices. Right now is for planning family trips in the spring and summer, getting excited about all the places we haven't yet been. It's for working hard at being intentional in all areas of our life; being present and there for the people who need us. It's for seeing little bits of spring on those special warm days, tiny little buds poking up that remind us that there is more coming- just hold onto each other, stay close during the storm, and before you know it sunshine will be pouring into every corner of our life. We've got this.

16 comments:

  1. You've definitely got this. I love this post. It's this perfect little snapshot of life. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Cristina! And thank you for stopping by <3

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  2. This was lovely! You make winter in Prescott sound amazing! Also, I'm having my first baby this April, and because of following your experience as a stay at home momma to your sweet boys, I've decided to stop teaching for a couple years to be with my little one in those crucial developmental and emotional moments that I won't want to miss :) thanks for being an inspiration Dani! xoxo, Elle

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    1. Thank you so much Elle! You should come visit! :)

      And how exciting about your wonderful news- it seriously warms my heart to know I could inspire you in ANY way! Thanks for sharing that, and so, so much love in your new adventure...you're going to love it.

      xoxo
      Dani

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  3. I love your rug! Can you tell me where it's from? Thanks!

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    1. It's Rugs USA- here's the link: http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-diamond-shag/grey/200OZSG09A-2808.html

      It's 70% off right now too- and mine is the Ash color! <3

      xo
      Dani

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  4. Sounds like such a good time for you right now.
    P.S. I am dying over that rug!

    http://www.thecharleygirl.com

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    1. Thanks girl! I always so appreciate you coming by and reading and commenting. You are the best!

      xo

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  5. Great post! I always enjoy reading your blog! We are definitely feeling the Winter blahs up here in Eastern Canada. 30+cm of snow expected today. Have a great weekend!
    http://palsywalsyblog.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hey Angela!

      Thank you! :) Eastern Canada?! Beautiful...but so cold! Stay warm, and have a great weekend.

      xo
      Dani

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  6. I loved this post <3 So sweet! Fun to have a peak at what my family's future may look like!

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    1. Aww thanks Abby! And that is really exciting to think about! :)

      Have the best weekend-
      xo

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  7. My daughter turns three in four months and this post is bringing all the emotions to the surface. What a beautiful snapshot of life. They grow so fast and these moments are gone in a second.

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  8. That's lovely. You really captured the feeling of family and love at this time of the year. It's bitter cold here and we're keeping cozy and enjoying each other as well.

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