Last week I did something that I’m proud of. I’ll get into that in another post but I just wanted to quickly post how grateful I am right now to be able to wake up to this and to show up for my family. I know these moments are fleeting, so for each second I get to see them and feel them, I am grateful beyond measure. This is a season of togetherness and I get to be here. Right here and now. For now. I hope you all get to feel close to people you love, also. Happy holidays to you!
Okay, okay, you’ve heard a lot about blabla from me in the past and you’ll probably hear more! We started our love affair with blabla when we were gifted a mobile for Silas before he was born. We fell in love with the knitting and the character instantly, and we knew that it wasn’t big box garbage.
Flash forward past Silas - We welcomed our daughter this July (I know, another blog post has been in the making but I’ve been busy because, well, baby) and we realized that she didn’t have her special forever blanket!
I’ve been drooling over this one shown since well before she was conceived. It’s so delicate and also feminine without being gaudy. I’d say it’s even gender-neutral. Anyway, I would drool over this, thinking that I would get this for my daughter some day if I ever had one, and I did!
Olive and her little baby, Wooly.
Isn’t she sweet?!
And my little love, Silas, with his friend, Toutou.
Olive also has her special little rattle from blabla and when her personality develops more, I will choose a doll that fits her personality well!
Also, I’m hosting a little giveaway on my Instagram account right for a $50 shop credit to one winner. Giveaway closes on 10/27/2018 at 7pm.
And just for a little extra fun, if you spend $100 or more, now through 10/31/2018 you’ll get a free set of “Spooky” finger puppets. They’re so cute! Enter code GETTINGSPOOKY at checkout.
Good luck and happy Halloween!
It's no surprise that I'm a huge advocate for loving your mother. If you are lucky, you have or had as loving and selfless a mother as I. But I understand not everyone is fortunate enough to have grown up with the amount of love I feel and the amount of support I've received and continue to receive from my parents so that's why this post falls under the "gratitude" category. This is something I'm endlessly grateful for.
This last week has been testing me in ways I've forgotten momentarily. I've been sick with no sick pay offered at my job; my son and my husband have also been sick. This last week, I've been tested so much and I am tired. My mother came to our rescue yesterday. My selfless, sweet mama. See, my nearly 70 year old mother that still has to work to support herself and my father took an unpaid day off from her job so that I could come to work (also sick) to be able to support my family and not fall behind.
Of course, I cry. I cry because I am loved. I cry because my family is loved. I cry because she's been selfless this entire time she's been my mother and I only hope I can be the same way for my children. I cry because she also struggles yet still manages to help. I cry because it brings her happiness to help and I just don't feel like with my busy schedule there's many other ways I can bring her happiness. I can't pop in as easily to join her for a cup of coffee, I can't invite her to a mother/daughter date because well, life is just busy. I suppose I can start trying to slate out more time for this; and I suppose I might be overly emotional but the core of this is pure and true. My mother is an angel and I am forever grateful for her.
Thank you for all that you do for your family, every single day, mama! Please know you are so loved!
In the dark and drawn Winter months
I long to be like asters in the Summertime
Each petal perky
Each stem brazen and tall
Unabashedly glorious in the sun
Standing out in contrast among all the other wildflowers
And here I am;
Moonlit and cold against the barren trees
Spinning darkness like the wool untamed
Unraveling just a little
But to remember the warmth
To remember the aster among the wildflowers
Standing brazen and tall in the sunlight,
Growing graciously with splendor
To remember the aster breathes new life
Because the light will soon come
© Ashley York
The subtitle for this post comes from a hashtag I like to use, because well, I find so much peace outdoors. Especially on cold days. There's something so serene and beautiful about winter walks.
I skipped a week last week as I was trying to collect myself and process a few things. But as I sit here, on yet another Monday missing my family while they're cozy in bed, I wanted to say how grateful I am that my husband gave me some time to myself over the weekend to go take photographs with our first dusting of snow. He and Silas could have come along but my husband is still getting used to the weather here so he opted to stay in and put Silas for a nap.
I am so grateful that nature provides a sense of calm and quiet when my mind is driftless. Moments like these provide clarity, especially in the briskness of winter; I can breathe. I so desperately needed that walk to recharge!
What are you grateful for this week? What provides you peace and calm in the midst of chaos or even just confusion?
I'd love to hear from you!