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Week in the Life 2016 

I decided to keep it simple in order to complete this project. 

Using the project life app, I inserted all my photos into 12×12 layouts. I plan to create a 6×8 journaling overview of each day to be sandwiched between the photo layouts. 








End of Friday & SATURDAY


As I finished out the week, I noticed I had less and less pictures. I am ok with that. I worked 4 days in a row and had a traumatic death during that time. I hope to work through those feelings in my journaling portion. 

In the end, I am so happy I took the time to document our lives in a little more detail during this week! 

Because my story matters!



Stackable Icon Stamps

Let me tell you all about the new stackable icon stamps!  Creating lists and making codes is my jam!  These new icon stamps make that colorful, fun and portable.

First up, here is my “key” – what each stamp symbol indicates in my planner. 

 The black box makes the perfect to do list marker.  The red star draws attention to an important item.  The exclamation point shows a jotted down idea or inspiration.  I use the blue thumb up and down.  Up features the high point of my day and the thumbs down is the low point.  Recording a low point may not seem happy but it helps me to determine areas that need more of my focus or attention and allows me to see trends in the days of the week or time of day.  Green asterisk marks items needed or events at the boys school such as class parties, hot lunch day and reminders.  The pink heart lends itself easily to being something I loved.  This includes moments of gratitude and all the times my heart felt full.

Head on over to me & my BIG ideas blog to see more about how I am using these fun, stackable icon stamps!

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Saturday’s photos + stories

 Hello Saturday!
 Slept until late morning after working until 3am. 

Outside to check our tiny garden. The birds are eating the seeds! Grrr!
 But the nectarine tree is off the hook with all the fruit. And my tree pruning skills are horrible! 
Snuggling on the couch with this guy. I tried to be sly taking this overhead picture and of course he smiled!
 Lunch at Farm Haus with just the hubby. Love these little escapes and time to connect. 

T-Ball with this lovie. 
Then off for a quick 4 hour work shift. 

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Friday’s photos + stories

 Hello Friday!
    Before school baseball catches results in the ball landing into the light fixture & a daddy ladder. 

 Watching highlights from last nights Giants game.  
 Cup one of one and a half. Barefoot because it is warm already. 
 Jacob served me this delicious felt pizza.  
 I am grateful he was in the mood to chill. He watched a show while I read blogs and drank my coffee. 
 Friday mornings have become our trail run mornings. Today was a great jog / walk combo (minus the snake sighting)

  We stopped at the lake to play in the water and feel the sand between our toes.

   This salad is my jam lately. 
Sitting with daddy before nap time. 
Practicing handlettering.   
This is my only picture from Friday afternoon (2pm – 3am were spent at work)

The contrast between the floors of our women & children’s hospital struck me as I rode the elevator. 

The 2nd floor is labor and delivery – new lives being brought into the world. Joy & Excitement. 

The 1st floor is the neonatal ICU – tiny lives hanging on & parents hoping they grow & thrive. 

4th floor is my home – pediatric ICU. Tonight is represented death, tragedy, tears and heart break. The start of a battle against cancer. The middle of a long, dramatic battle. The end of a battle that no one knew was a battle. 

The wounds are deep and have left marks on my soul. 

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Thursday’s photos + stories

Hey there Thursday!  Half way through the week and I am loving this project!


I want to remember … how excited the boys are to get mail from grandma and papa.  How Jacob sleeps with a little penguin named Waddles and holds him with the clip.  How Dylan always requests chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.


I want to remember …. how amazing my first year of bible study has been.  How the ladies in my group are kind, wise and thoughtful.  How Jacob likes to put his childcare pick up sticker on me like I put his sticker on him.

I want to remember … how we played superhero by chasing each other around the living room with our capes on.  How I chose to not worry about the laundry and instead play.


I want to remember … this sweet boy’s imagination and kind heart.  How he microwaved jelly beans for his super hero snack and saved one for Dylan.

I want to remember … how good it feels to each a homemade lunch outside on the patio.

I want to remember … how I excited was to became a nurse.  How I love pediatric intensive care.

I want to remember … how I really want to learn to intubate.  How I enjoy the fast pace of a busy PICU.  How it feels to help save the life of a child!

(Photos I didn’t take but want to remember: How Thursdays are the day Gabee picks up Dylan from school.  How Dylan never carries in his backpack and Gabee carries it all in.  How I try to get Jacob to nap and today he was not feeling it.  How relieved I am that Friday morning means sleeping in because D is off work!)

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Wednesday’s photos + stories

Happy mid-week! 

My mom always opens a can of diet coke first thing in the morning.  While I am more a coffee girl, this sparkling water was a nice change of pace for a wednesday morning.

I woke up on my own, meaning no kids were calling for help to go to the bathroom, which allowed for easing into the day.  I was dressed, bed made and in the kitchen when Dylan rolled out of bed and fired up the computer.

Each morning he checks to see if Art for Kids Hub has a new art video.  Most mornings he draws their newest drawing with them and then moves on to other art projects.

Usually in the mornings Hubby emptied the dishwasher. Lately he has been folding the clothes, I household chore I don’t love, and I am grateful for him taking time before work to do that.  

Before Jacob is out of bed, Dylan has completed his daily drawing and has moved on to his newest You Tube station – Box Yourself. It features projects made out of recycled boxes and cardboard.  And while it is a lovely idea to recycle, I am not always eager to help cut, tape and glue cardboard with him at 7:15am.

Confession time: sometimes I bribe the boys with cash. This morning they needed a gentle nudge to get into the car to go to school. 

We started our walk with a treat at Dutch bros & met up with Frances and Eli.  Jacob was slightly eager to enjoy his smoothie.  Thankfully, the young gals in the stand thought he was cute and liked his dancing.

Experimenting with my self time app at the lake.  Frances noticed how we both had our hands on our hips. Quite possibly the universal pose of motherhood. We had walked a few miles along the trail and stopped in a sandy area to let the boys run around and play in the water to give us a little more time to chat.


So often I am in a hurry to get here and there and Jacob is NOT.  He moves at his own pace!  On the walk home I had had my fill of exercise for the day so I allowed him to walk instead of ride in the stroller.  And he decided to race me.

Jacob and I ran to the store quickly before we picked up Dylan and as I stopped for peanut butter, he grabbed these pies off the shelf.  I fondly remember them as a special lunch bag treat from my elementary school days. Neither of the boys liked them.

After school we joined Stephie and her boys at Mimi’s house.  Mimi has become like another grandma for my boys and she is always willing to let us swim and play at her house.  And Fred, the flamingo, that lived in our garage for 2 months, has found a proper home in her backyard.

The pool slide looked like fun, figured I would join in.

A few minutes of creating before bed. 

My current bedside table contents:

  • Books – “Speak” by Nish Weiseth and “fervent” by Priscilla Shirer
  • origami crown and purse made by Dylan
  • egg carton flower bouquet, also made by Dylan
  • The Message Bible
  • silver nurses cross from my dad
  • pen and highlighter to write in my books

“Storytelling and personal narrative … that’s how we get to know each other – we tell each other out struggles and our victories.  We talk about ours pasts and how these pasts have shaped us and changed us into who we re today.  WE talk about the experiences in our lives that affect us and we talk about the ways other people throughout our lives have changed us too.  We speak.” – Nish Weiseth “Speak”

To quote author C.S. Lewis “Friendship … is born at the moment when one mans says to another ‘What!  You too?  I thought that no one but myself … ‘


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Tuesday’s photos + stories

Welcome to Tuesday of Week in Our Life!

Dylan woke up at 6:30am saying he had a “stomach ache but clearly just a tactic to get up early and have mama time!

To ease our way into the morning, I let the boys feed the frogs.  The frogs were a semi gag gift from Mimi for Jacob’s birthday and of course the boys love them!  They were so entertained by feeding them and they laughed at my silly commentary about what the frogs may be thinking.

Dylan can tie his shoes now and he is so proud!  He gave me a tutorial on how to do a proper double knot on the car ride to school.  He asked if I still tie my shoes with bunny ears and yes I do.  I could never figure out that twisty turny way that everyone uses.  I blame it on being left handed.

Back home from school drop off and first cup of coffee for the day.  Jacob is playing his leap pad and I am taking time to read scripture.  I have found that writing one verse a day helps me connect to scripture by practicing my lettering and understanding the verse more deeply.

The boys still love to sit on my lap.  This morning Dylan climbed up on my lap as I was eating breakfast and I kissed his soft little boy cheek.  And as we watched the movie “home” Jacob climbed up on my lap to watch it with me.  Often times, as soon as I sit down on the couch, one of them makes their way on to my lap and sometimes it is both of them.  I am grateful for their love!


Today we shared the trail with horses, a jack rabbit, mountain bikers & joggers. When we bought our house 6 years ago, we fell in love with the location! It has a rural feeling while still being within the neighboring suburbs. We love walking to the lake to swim, jog and play. 


Trying to notice and enjoy more of the beauty around me. 


Quick shower before picking up Dylan. Jacob was clingy so I threw him & some toys in too. 


Preparing the frogs for a new home. $40 four gallon aquarium. 


Watching the big kids play baseball after T-Ball practice. 


Dylan giving Jacob a shaving tutorial with the kit Nana bought them. 


Checking on the frogs in their new home. 


Books on the couch with daddy before bed. Both boys on his lap and his arms around them. Love to see all three of my men cuddled up!


Every night he pays bills and updates the checking account spread sheet. I am beyond grateful for his dedication (and the fact that I would not enjoy doing it)