Saturday, July 4, 2015

Welcome to the Weekend 7/4

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1.  Every year Nate and I have anniversary pictures taken sometime during the summer.  It's a tradition that was started by my parents - they have a wall full of 30+ pictures in their house - and I've been so happy to continue it.  I just scheduled our photo shoot for early August.  Having a photo shoot scheduled has motivated me to work on getting my body as healthy as I can.   I want to feel as good as I can in the pictures.

2.  Summer evenings are for going on walks.  I adore my little family and the time we're able to spend with one another walking and enjoying life together.

3.  On Wednesday Nate preached a sermon at church.  As he was putting finishing thoughts into the sermon Caleb decided he needed to help out.  Maybe he'll be a pastor when he grows up too.  ;-)

4.  I had wanted to take my mom out for pedicures for Mother's Day but, when I was up in Spokane last time, it didn't happen.  (A sister breaking her collar bone and having to have surgery will do that)  This trip we made sure to go.  My mom had never had a pedicure before and she's hooked now.  Also, while we were walking in we realized we were wearing pretty much the same outfit.  #LikeMotherLikeDaughter

Did You See It?
  • Apparently every state flag is wrong...
  • I'm so excited to read the book that my old professor and his son are writing.  This excerpt is so well written and brutally honest.
  • One of my favorite responses!
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

This Week's Cohost:

Mary-andering Creatively is my blog where you will find nonfiction creative writing, photography, and poetry aimed at inspiring women to find Christ and live more fulfilling Christian lives.  After working more than 28 years as a news reporter, broadcast copywriter, school librarian, and emergent literacy specialist, I became a a stay-at-home, disabled mom who blogs. I started writing my blog because my counselor suggested I blog as a way to cope with my daily pain.  Although I suffer from extreme pain because of arthritis and  fibromyalgia, I am blessed that I can write my blog by typing or using speech-to-text technology. Mary-andering Creatively, however, has grown from a blog about my struggles with pain. It has become a place where I write creatively about my life in Christ. I also offer my advice and insights on a range of family and parenting issues. I also love to write poetry and take photographs of the sights I see as I travel and explore.

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:

Worshipful Living

Susannah's Blog Post Pick:

The Father Swap
Avoid this Pitfall Before You Say "I Do"

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Four Years Down, Seventy Three to Go

My Darling Nate,

I can't believe we've only been married four years now!  More often than not it feels like we've just been a part of each other's lives forever.  The past four years have been full of ups and downs (more ups than downs, thankfully) and I'm so grateful that you're the one I get to go through those ups and downs with.

You're such a kind, loving, self-sacrificing man and I am constantly honored that you chose me to be the one to spend your life with.  I don't feel like I love you half as well as you love me.

I love that I feel safe with you.  I trust you more than I ever imagined I could trust another person and I'm so thankful for that.  I know that you're following after the Lord and that is so reassuring for my heart.  I love how well we agree on theology and doctrine and It's been amazing growing alongside you as we form our beliefs together, prayerfully asking the Lord to guide us.

Thank you for not being threatened by the fact that I'm a strong, independent woman.  I love that you celebrate that part of me and don't try to squash it down.  It's wonderful being married to someone who works that part of me into our relationship instead of trying to push it.

Thank you for being my best friend.  I love talking with you, going on adventures with you, and goofing off with you.  I love that I can share my heart with you but can also be a complete weirdo with you.  I love our inside jokes and our dreams for the future.  I've never had a friend like you.

I absolutely adore seeing you as a dad.  I love the way you love our little man - the way you care for him, goof off with him, and are already teaching him to love Jesus.  Partnering with you in this adventure has been amazing.  I don't know how I would get through some of the more difficult times with Caleb if you weren't there beside me, helping me remember that everything is a season.

I'm excited for what our futures hold.  I'm excited to find a full time ministry job where we can serve a congregation as a family.  I'm excited to raise Caleb and his future brothers and sisters alongside you.  I'm excited to get our little mini farm with our garden, chickens, goats, and whatever else we decide we need and learning with you how to take care of it.

Thank you for being who you are.  Thank you for loving me.  Thank you for providing for our family so I can stay home with Caleb.  Thank you for your diligence and perseverance in life.

You're the best and I love you forever,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5 Affordable Postpartum Style Tips

Affordable Postpartum Style Tips | Simple Moments Stick

The postpartum period is tricky.  We all want to look cute but we have to decide if it's worth spending money on new clothes that we'll *hopefully* shrink out of.  I put it off for quite a while but, now that I'm seven months postpartum and haven't lost a pound (not due to a lack of trying, mind you) and decided that getting clothes that fit was an important step in helping me feel better about the way I look.

Problem is, we're now a single income family so we don't have money to just be putting toward a whole new wardrobe.  If you're in the same boat, here's what I did to build my postpartum wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Consignment Stores

There are always a lot of great things at the thrift stores near where I live.  I'll visit Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc and it often takes some digging but I usually walk away with a few items for a couple dollars a piece.  If you want something a little more high end Plato's Closet, Buffalo Exchange (here in Portland), and stores like that are a great option!

If you're not able to (or not wanting to) leave the house there are great online thrift store options.  ThredUp is definitely my favorite online consignment store.  Not only do I buy clothes there but I also send in the clothes I no longer wear and get credit for my next shopping spree!  (Hint: Using that link to get to ThredUp gives both you and me $10 credit to the store!)  Some other great online consignment stores are and Twice.

Invest in a Few Staples

You probably have a specific item (or items) of clothing that you feel like a rockstar in as long as they fit well.  For me, it's pants.  If my pants are too tight I feel horrible!  I decided that it was important to me to invest in some larger pants and shorts for this season.  I typically wear H&M pants and Old Navy shorts so I went to the stores, found the sizes that fit me now, and payed full price for some items of clothing that *hopefully* won't fit me for too much longer.  Figure out what items you're willing to pay full price for and let them help you feel good about your body.

Discount Stores

I love Ross, Marshall's, and TJ Maxx because I'm always finding great items of clothing for cheap there.  I've been able to buy some larger shirts, new shoes (my shoe size changed!), and a dress or two (that I can nurse Caleb in) for a fraction of the price of other stores.

Once again, if you don't want to leave the house there are great online discount stores.  Some great ones I've bought from are Jane, Groopdealz, Rose Wholesale, or SheInside.  Some deals only last a few days so you have to snatch things up when you see them!

Clearance Items

If you don't already, now is the time to shop the clearance racks.  Since you're *hopefully* only going to be this size for a short while, you don't need to get timeless pieces.  Grab cute, comfy clothes for super cheap in the clearance section!  It's so fun to see what's available at stores like Target, Old Navy H&M, Forever 21, and more!

Instagram Sales

I have so much fun with Instagram sales.  I love looking through other women's feeds with clothes they're selling at such great prices.  Try searching under #Instasale or #ShopMyCloset or a number of other hashtags to find great sales.  (Shameless plug: My Instagram shop is @SimpleMomentsShop)

Maternity Clothes

I hate to say it but it might be a good idea to keep some of your maternity clothes in your wardrobe for the postpartum period.  Shirts without ruching can be good if your tummy has maintained some flab, stretchy skirts are great when you can't shimmy into your structured skirts yet, even maternity pants can be worn after the baby's been born.

Where do you shop when you're needing a change in your 
wardrobe but don't want to spend too much?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stop Body Shaming My Baby!

Caleb's a chunk.  My baby has juicy thighs, Michelin Man arms, and kissable cheeks.  It's absolutely adorable!

Almost everyone who sees my little guy comments on his weight.  It's typically all positive.  The majority of it revolves around how they want to squeeze, pinch, or kiss his cheeks.  All the love he gets is so precious to me.  I love my little man getting to experience love by so many.

The problem comes after the initial weight comment is said.  About 50% of people, after cooing over how precious it is that Caleb's a chunk follow it up with something along the lines of, "Don't worry, he'll lose this weight" OR "When he starts walking this weight will fall right off" OR (worst of all) "You must be feeding him a ton!"

Hold up!

Are you REALLY thinking I'm worried about my seven month old's weight?!!??!?!  Yeah, I'm not.  He's doing just fine.

Fun fact - he's completely proportionate in weight and height.  Fun fact - his pediatrician says he's doing great!  Fun fact - even if he doesn't ever lose this weight he'll still be a wonderful little guy.

All this to say, DON'T BODY SHAME MY BABY!!!

Ok, rant over.  Go back to your lives, citizens.

PS.  Thanks to all of you.  This has NEVER happened via my blog or instagram.  You guys rock!
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