Pursuing Peace

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I recently made a huge decision.  I am leaving a career that I love to stay home with my children.  This is not a decision I anticipated making, but life has taken some pretty dramatic turns that we did not foresee.  One of our girls was diagnosed with Autism over a year ago.  Since then, my husband and I have been seeking the appropriate path forward in many ways.

I have been so fortunate to work for a company that gave me such an incredible opportunity to work from home since my girls were six months old.  However, to say that I have struggled to find balance throughout the majority of the past three years would be an understatement.  It was only recently that I realized regardless of the flexibility my job offers – ultimately the job still has to be done – and things are being sacrificed to make it happen.

When we sat down and counted the cost, we realized the things most important to us were consistently being placed on the backburner for the sake of financial security.  Please don’t misunderstand this.  There have been many times in our lives that this decision would not have even been an option.  I also understand that many people love pursuing a career (because I am one of them).  However, for this season in life, my family needs more of my time and attention and they come first.

This was not an easy decision.  In fact, it was one of the most difficult in my life.  I am a planner.  I have been making decisions since grade school to enhance my opportunities of finding a satisfying career only to reach a point of security and walking away from it all.  The mere thought of not having a plan forward is new territory and frightening for me.

However, there are times in your life when you know changes have to be made.  And we have been there for a while.  The truth is we have been missing Peace for a long time.  Brandon and I have dreamed of full-time Ministry for years, but it has seemed like our life path is constantly moving in an entirely different direction.  I still don’t know exactly what God wants to do in our lives.  Neither do I know what the route from Point A to Point B will look like.  I do, however, know that God has given us a clear answer for the question we asked wisdom, guidance and direction for.  I may be out of my comfort zone, but He knows the path that I take and when He has tried me I will come forth as Gold (Job 23:10).

Hannah and Emily are ONE!

This post is a couple weeks overdue, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate my girls. Our day began with a crib full of pink balloons and yummy pancakes! We originally had the girls’ party planned for that day since it happened to fall on Saturday, but rain was forecasted for almost the entire day so we decided to postpone. I’m actually glad we did because I loved our quiet family time together. We bought the girls a small slide to play with inside. Their big present was a swing set (completely unbeknownst to them since, ashamedly, it’s still in the box in the backyard…). I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a dead spot on the grass. I digress. 

The girls were so cute playing with the balloons. In true fashion, Emily tried to eat them…

 

 

 

 …and Hannah snuggled in with them all around. 

 

 

Oh girls. You melt mommy’s heart. This year feels like it has flown by. 

 

I will definitely share the BIG party photos with you! Our theme was pink lemonade and the weather certainly lived up to the theme. It was HOT! I may or may not have completely changed our backyard landscape in preparation for this party. Here are a couple of teaser photos from their fun day… 🙂

 

 

So cute! Happy Birthday, babies 🙂 Mommy loves you to the moon!!

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When I started this blog years ago, I was looking for a place to utilize my creativity.  Mostly I wanted to focus on designing and organizing our home with a few family posts here and there.  So much has changed since that time.  I still love everything home design, but don’t have time for many projects these days.  Last year (8/2/13) I gave birth to twin girls.  They are wonderful and exhausting!  I have spent countless hours over the past 10 months juggling multiples, keeping up with a home and job, and researching baby products!  I haven’t posted on my blog in so long because I wasn’t sure how those things fit into my “theme.”  You see, I am Business Analyst by profession.  My mind works best in organized systems.  I kept thinking my posts needed to fit into the neat and perfectly organized box I had set out to achieve.  Then (today) I realized something.  This blog was supposed to be an outlet for me to be creative and life is not a perfectly organized box.  My quiet life as a newlywed has evolved into the wild ride that is a work-from-home mom with multiples!  I hope you all continue to read as I chronicle the adventures of our new life.  And hopefully I will find a little bit of time to tackle a few items on my home improvement wishlist along the way.

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Nursery Update!

I would love to show you guys a completed nursery, but I still have a few days before the curtains arrive.  I also need a little help from the hubby to hang my canvas art and move the glider into the room.  I knew when the big comfy gliding-recliner arrived at our house that it would quickly become Brandon’s favorite spot!  He might need a little “reminder” that it’s for the nursery =)

Until then, here are a few pictures of how things are progressing…(Please forgive the sub-par photos.  I took these from my iPhone with little natural light.  Enough said, right?)

I painted the gray stripes on canvas and added vinyl letters for the names.

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I used scrapbook paper left over from my Baby Shower to fill the frames above the dresser.  The music-box horse was a gift from Brandon’s grandmother.

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I can’t wait to fill this frame =)

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And some more DIY art beside the closet…

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Speaking of closets…here is a quick glimpse into the future of twin parents!!  I can’t imagine what we are going to do when these girls learn to shop!

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I am so excited to finish things up in the nursery.  Stay tuned for a final reveal in the coming weeks!!

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Since we found out we were having babies, one of the things I couldn’t wait to do was decorate the nursery.  I spent most of the first two months looking at gender-neutral nurseries.  Now that we know these two munchkins are girls – I am more than ready to get started!

We purchased the cribs and mattresses at least two months ago because the deal was just too good to pass up.  Last week, we ordered a recliner glider (who knew these heavenly things even existed??) from Target and I can’t wait for it to arrive!  If the gray and white shades are as pretty in person as they are on the screen – I might just be in love!

After buying the chair, I wanted to start narrowing down my choices to see how things were going to fit together in the room.  I knew that I wanted to use soft colors in pink, green, aqua and gray.  Here is my inspiration thus far…

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I am thrilled to see all of the elements coming together!!  We are planning to start setting things up this weekend, which I am so excited about.  There is more than likely a quick trip to Ikea in our future – so you may want to say a prayer for Brandon =)  I think he is still traumatized from the last 6-hour one…

* . * .  Amanda  . * . *