This is me. I am not your traditional housewife.
In fact, I’m not a housewife at all. Hamilton (see the dapper gentleman above) and I have been engaged for…well, awhile. Let’s just say that most of our friends were single and/or partied four nights a week when he proposed and now the majority are married and/or expecting children. But THIS GIRL has her heart set on a dream wedding, which you might have guessed takes copious amounts of time and money to bring to life. You know what else takes copious amounts of time and money? Children. And since we can’t seem to stop making them, the dream wedding is taking a backseat. Hey, people get married in their eighties, right?
Hamilton and I met after I graduated college in 2010 in Moscow, Idaho. It was three weeks til I was due to start a job in Boise (six hours away), and I decided on a whim to go to a party with girlfriends. Awhile in, a hippie-looking guy walked up to me with a bouquet of hydrangeas (I later found out that he left the party, walked a few blocks to someone’s yard, cut the blooms off of a bush and brought the bouquet of stolen blossoms back to me–WHO DOES THAT?!) and asked me on a date. The flowers won me over and I said yes. It was a complete surprise that over the next few weeks I fell in love–BIG TIME. And when I left for my new job, Hamilton followed me so that we could be together. And together we’ve been ever since. (Cue sappy music and commence crying.) But seriously, it really is an awesome love story :).
Our firstborn, Leah Marie, is our miracle baby. She was diagnosed with Septo-Optic Dysplasia at four months old, and we were told her legally blind vision would never improve. We were also cautioned that she would likely fall behind developmentally, suffer from endocrine problems which would necessitate a need for hormone therapy, and would never be able to participate in “normal” activities like playing sports, attending public school or driving a car. But, true to spunky Leah’s form, she has proven the medical community’s predictions wrong again and again. She is truly a testament to we, as humans, being “beautifully and wonderfully made.” :)
We are joyfully anticipating the arrival of our second daughter, Violet Everleigh, as we speak! Little Evi is the picture of health and we can’t wait to meet her :).
Given the circus that life is with a toddler, I can only imagine the chaos that will ensue with two children under two at home. But, in the spirit of learning as I go, I’ve decided to take the leap and share the beautiful, creative, hilarious journey with you all.
So, here we are, a family of four, building a life out of love and exhaustion. And there’s nowhere I’d rather be :).
Photos courtesy of Alex at Windswept Photography. Check out her work here: http://windsweptphotography.net/blog
My sweet Violet Everleigh was born October 2, 2013, making us a family of FOUR! Her birth was incredible–beautiful, hard, empowering–everything I had imagined, and then some. I’ve been an absent blogger for awhile as I’ve enjoyed our “babymoon” together, but I’m back now and excited to share some DIY projects and thoughts on mothering multiple children. XO!