I don’t really know what happened…
January was as normal as it ever has been. I got a couple of orders on Etsy, like normal, and filled them easily with no stress, whatsoever.
Then February came annnnnd…
BAM! Order after order after order! I really have no idea where they came from, but in the space of 72 hours, I received orders for 12 items! It was crazy awesome! I’m so grateful for the business and for those who share my products with their friends, coworkers, fellow moms, etc. It really has been amazing and I am SO glad I started organizing my craft room to be more functional before all the orders came!
In other busy-ness news, my mother-in-law has been here for the week visiting and we have had an absolute BALL! Chelsea has loved spending time with Grammy, playing games and just being her silly, wonderful self. I feel so grateful to have such kind and loving grandmothers in my daughter’s lives!
On Wednesday, it was free day at the Hogle Zoo, so you’d better believe we were there! I also managed to round up four of my siblings and their children to come with us to enjoy the polar bear, the lions, the monkeys (Chelsea’s favorite!), and sea lions together. It is so nice to spend time with family!
Speaking of, Chelsea spent the night at Great Grandma and Great Grandpa’s house on Tuesday night with Grammy and Daddy and I was told later that after I said goodbye and Chelsea closed the door, she turned to them and said, “She is so nice! It’s nice to spend time with family!”
My. Heart. Just. Burst.
On Thursday Chelsea spent the day with Grammy while I got some sewing done and prepping for Friday, which is the day I finally cashed in on a giveaway I won with the AMAZING photographer Amanda Conley. I entered the giveaway months ago and have been collaborating with Amanda ever since to create some truly spectacular artistry. What made the shoot really fun was that it was a fine art shoot, so I got to make this amazing costume for me and the girls and pose all model-y-ish and not feel silly about it!
I WISH I had photos from the shoot to share today, but Amanda’s still working on them. However, I will give you a little teaser preview…
I cannot WAIT to share more about the day and about Amanda’s amazing photography and people-working skills, young and old. Seriously. She is UH-MAY-ZING.
Saturday was filled with shenanigans between Chelsea and Great Grandma while Alexa spent some quality time with Aunt Kara and I went with Andrew and Grammy to a wedding at the Salt Lake temple. It was the wedding of one of Andrew’s best high school friends and it was so wonderful to be in that temple and be reminded of the sacred covenants that Andrew and I made to each other and to God nearly five years ago. Of course the bride and groom were absolutely stunning, and the food at the luncheon afterwards? So yummy.
*also, I saw auteur ariel in the salt lake temple. should have said hi, but I am lame. and, just in case you’re reading this, black hair looks good on you, babe!*
And of course, today, I was able to attend church and partake of the sacrament. Andrew stayed home with the girls because Chelsea has had this darn lingering cough for weeks! We are so over it. It’s just so sad to see her stop running and playing because she has to dry-cough her lungs out (I’m calling the doc tomorrow).
Anyway, it was kind of weird being at church without my man and my children today, but I tried to make the best of it by listening carefully as our previous bishop wished his 80-year-old mother a happy birthday tomorrow, bear his testimony of Jesus Christ, and thank her for teaching that to him (I may have cried a little). And then when I went to my first day in the 16 and 17-year old Sunday School class, I was totally blown away by the spiritual gargantuan-ism of the youth in my class. Seriously. They are amazing.
And now, before I say goodnight to you, I want to share what has been on my mind and in my heart this week:
I have wept in the night
For the shortness of sight
That to somebody’s need made me blind.
But I never have yet
Felt a tinge of regret
For being a little too kind.
It is easy to mourn with those who mourn. The real test is to be able to rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Let’s make a better effort to be kind to others and to rejoice when someone has accomplished something great.
Thank you all for stopping by today and I’ll see you soon!