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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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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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Due Date!!!!

Yup, we’ve reached it. It really isn’t a surprise. I’ve never gone early, so I don’t know why I get my hopes up (every time!) that “this one will be different”.

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20 Weeks & 20 Weeks later (probably should have cleaned the mirror before I took that selfie

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That Word

Ever since reading Amanda’s post about choosing a word to focus on throughout the year, I’ve been giving lots of thought to what word is standing out for me.

Two words that seem to be recourring in theme the past several months have been brokenness and vulnerability. I think there’s still more God is wanting to teach me about these themes, so they’re going to be part of my words — I can have more than one, right? Good.

I’m pretty sure my main focus this year is supposed to be ORGANIZATION. It has  been screaming at me for awhile and I’ve just been too disorganized to notice.

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Fahlman Family Quotables vol. 2

147 days since my last post. I’m very under the gun, but I wanted to squeak in one more before the end of the year!

… Well… that was my hope… But as with every other post I have tried to write since August, I didn’t actually finish it in time.

I guess instead of a farewell to 2015 post. This is a HELLO 2016 post. I’m really hoping that 2016 will find more posts going up on this here blog. But, I can’t guarantee that.

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Fahlman Family Quotables vol. 1

This is a post chock-full of the funny (and sweet) things my kids have said recently. Naturally I think my children are hilarious, but maybe they’re not-so-much to anyone else. I’m also probably loosing my perspective on what actually counts as laugh-out-loud-able material since my days are spent with three children, 3yrs old and under… but hey — maybe some of these will tickle your funny bone like they tickled mine. 🙂

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Hello 24 {part 2}

(Soooo, I finally got around to finishing this recap — only took 6 months. Since it’s more for my records than anything, I really wanted to complete it — even though the timing of it is a little embarrassing. haha C’est la vie.)

Now to conclude the recap from year 23… I didn’t give much detail into July — except for eluding to the fact that Baby was due mid month — so I’ll begin with the account of that month… Prepare yourself for a photo dump.


Despite being pregnant, sore and tired, July had a lot of fun moments. We took the kids swimming at the outdoor pool in town and discovered that Marcus is in fact a fish. And a very brave one! This little guy tackled both water slides all by his lonesome. At first he let me catch him at the bottom, but that didn’t last long. During one run he yelled out to me as he was rounding the last turn, “Don’t catch me, Mom!” I was hesitant to step to the side, but in the end, I’m glad I did. He went under the water, but popped out quickly — thanks to his life jacket — and after a bit of sputtering he declared, “That was awesome! I’m going again!”

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