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A Birthday Post

Typical me, start a post and then take too long to finish it. Here’s Lewis’ birthday post a couple of days late.

Lewis’ big day is finally here! He’s been waiting as patiently as a little guy can for it to finally be HIS birthday. A whole year is a long wait when you’re little. A year also seems extra long when you come from a large family and are often celebrating multiple birthdays each month.

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7 Quick Takes vol. 4

Linking up with Kelly!

It’s been too long since my last Quick Takes post. Get ready for a truly scattered collection of quick-takes.

{one} I had a revelation a few days ago! It’s not actually profound, it’s more of a “duh” moment.

The mornings are for the kids!

As in, unless I get up before them, I do not try to fit in any personal prayer time (apart from a morning offering, which I usually pray before getting out of bed.), reading time, coffee enjoyment time, writing time, social media time, email time — you get the idea — until afternoon quiet time.

Why am I not prioritizing the morning, when the children are the happiest and their brains are the freshest, to accomplish school-time, read-aloud time, and just anything with the them time?!


Because I’m so selfish!

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Morning snuggles

Back in December I went through a phase of getting out of bed before the kids and I was amazed at how smooth the day would go when I got my grogginess dealt with before my children bombarded me with their own little needs. It was great! But, even though I was waking up earlier, I was still struggling to put myself to bed. Leading up to Christmas I burned myself out with too many late nights prepping for the holiday festivities, and so ended my early mornings.

Well, I shouldn’t say ended. I have had a few weeks of successfully rising early in the morning. But it hasn’t been the norm.

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Rosie’s Birth Story

In one week, our Rosie will be 6 months old. 6 months!! It’s only taken half a year for me to write out her birth story. At last, for those who didn’t get it in person and were curious as to how it all went down, here it is.

On October 1st (due date) I was having mildly uncomfortable, irregular contractions that seemed to be coming a little more frequently as we got closer to bed time. Adam and I had put the kids to bed fairly early and were able to enjoy some tea and visiting time before going to bed.

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2016 in a post

Since I barely blogged over 2016, I thought I would do a post compiling the highlights from each month. Here goes!


To kick off the year, I celebrated my 25th birthday. I had a Familia meeting that night and the church we met at had Adoration going on at the same time. Our meeting finished before Adoration was over, so I slipped into the Adoration chapel to say high to Jesus and literally tripped backwards into the confessional where a priest was patiently waiting for penitents. I took this as a sign that I was supposed to go to confession. It was a lovely way to kick-off my 25th year!! Apart from that, nothing extra special happened. Well, my parents kept the kids for that night, so I guess that’s something!

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She’s here!

And just like that we’re a family of 6! 

Quick post to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Rose Helena! (As in Hel-en-a, not Hel-ay-na. We’ve had a few people ask, so I thought I would clarify.) Birth story to come at a later date, don’t you worry 😉 haha 

Rose Helena Fahlman Born on October 2nd at 11:23pm — 7lbs 13oz — 21 1/2in

Her siblings are proud as punch! Marcus and Clara (especially Clara) love to hold her and will sit on the couch upwards of an hour without a request to have their arms relieved. 

Clara is generous enough to let me hold “her baby Rose” when Rosie needs to nurse or have a diaper change. 

Lewis requests to hold her, too, but after a of couple minutes (seconds?) he wants to carry her (oh my!) over to her rocket ship; aka rocking chair. 

In short, she is loved to the point of smothering. 

We are settling in well, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous for Adam to go back to work on Tuesday. I have plans of recruiting my teenage sister to come and help me with the kids, and then to maybe ship the older kids off for a night or two at my parent’s place. We shall see… 

Thank you to everyone who has been remembering us in prayer! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

7 Quick takes {vol. 3} Anniversary Edition

It’s the weekend! It’s my anniversary! And I’m linking up with Kelly with a 7 quick takes post!

6 years ago, on a sunny, but chilly, chilly Friday in September, a very young girl and boy stood at the altar and before God and family and friends, vowed to love and honour each other all the days of their life… In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.

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Lewis’ 2nd Birthday

This post was (mostly) written and then never posted. Instead of going back and changing the tone of it all, or scrapping it (which has happened to WAY too many posts) I thought I would just explain that part of it was written on his birthday and part of it 1 1/2 months later. haha

He’s two! My baby is two! How have two years passed since holding him in my arms for the first time and falling completely in love with his tiny features?

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It’s that time of year again

I don’t know why I feel the need to advertise this sale on my blog every year… But… CCC of America has their big summer sale on right now!

If you want to read a quick review on how much our family has enjoyed these little movies, you can click on over to this post from last year.

I remember being so excited as a kid when they came out with new Saint shows. My kids have even asked if there are any other ones because we’ve watched all of them over and over and over. Maybe someday they will make more. We’d buy them in a heartbeat!

For now you still have 11 great shows to chose from. So head on over to CCC of America and stock up on birthday presents or Christmas gifts for your children, godchildren or grandchildren. 🙂

This post is not sponsored in anyway, and purchasing through the link will not do anything for me. I just wanted to share this great deal. 

Happenings of late

Oh, you’d like a Fahlman update? Well, sure! I’d be happy to oblige! Lewis is super excited too.

Back tracking a little to January and the post titled That Word, there were a few things I had said I was going to be trying to do to keep our house rolling in a more organized fashion.


Yup, that’s what I have to say to that.

Half way trough 2016 and I have not come close to nailing any of the things on my list.

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