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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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One month in!

Well, one month down for 2017. Here’s the extremely compact highlight reel for January: Kids started sleeping through the night most nights. Even Rosie has started sleeping through the night. She wakes up to nurse once, in the early hours of the morning, around 5:30, 6. I think the reason for this is that I caved and stopped forcing a soother on her. She’s been trying to suck her fingers for awhile and now that she does this she’s sleeping SO much! It’s awesome for now, but I know it will be difficult to put a stop to the finger sucking when she is older. Double edged sword.

Lewis potty trained like a champ. I’ve almost read all the Kristin Lavransdatter books in a week and a half, and some how we have avoided most of the illnesses going around at this time of year.

Lots of celebrating with new years day, a birthday just about every week, having company/being company… some weeks were full, and some were quiet, slow and lovely. The week Lewis potty trained we stayed at home the whole week and it was somewhere in between a full/quiet and slow week. I think it was my favourite week this month. The little guy seemed to change so much in that one week. He is  much more confident and so smiley, he’s talking way more and coming up with the cutest things. Maybe he just really needed some devoted mommy time. At any rate, I’d say it’s been a fairly solid start to the year.

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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”.

Joy Observed - Due Date

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

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Happy Easter Season!

Happy Easter Folks! I love Easter. And I love that Easter is a whole season! I know I thought Easter was pretty awesome when I was little, but I didn’t it LOVE it and appreciate just what it was all about until I was a bit older. Christ conquering death for our salvation. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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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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Husbandless Weekend

This past weekend, Adam attended his Great Grandmother’s 99th Birthday (in another city, 3hrs away), and I stayed back with the babes. First time alone (not really, I still had help from my family) with all 3 kids for a couple of nights. It was good preparation for when Adam goes to the March for Life in Ottawa in just a weeks time.

I actually had a great weekend with the kids, and like I said up top, I had assistance from some of my younger siblings, so I really wasn’t ever alone.

First night, Marc and Clare woke up riiight after I got Lewis to sleep, so I just pulled them into my bed and we snuggled all night long — sardine like.

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