happy Labor Day and also

By Moriah on September 1st, 2013

This has been a super fun weekend, a perfect way to say farewell to the lazy days of summer. We took the kids to a water park again Saturday and had a blast. The littles can do so much there, it really was fun for everyone. We decided we’re a lazy river kind of family. We met some friends at a Mexican restaurant afterwards and I just had to laugh at the sticky dessert tornado we left. We tip well for a reason.

Anyway, this afternoon Drew had his daddy date so the girls, Ethan, and I lazed around the house after church. (Surprise surprise it also rained.) Tomorrow we say goodbye to the pool for now, with a neighborhood picnic and then it’s back-to-school night Tuesday.

Also just wanted to pop in and say I am hosting a virtual trunk show for the MJ fall Collection 2 release on Tuesday – leave a comment here or use the ‘contact’ tab if you would like to place an order and I will be in touch about where we go from there. The new pieces won’t be up on the site until Tuesday. You can order previous lines then too.


a thought or two on summer

By Moriah on August 20th, 2013

First, I feel like it rained 60 of the 80 days. That may be an exaggeration, but only slightly. It put a serious damper on our Funtimes. We totally missed the 4th due to rain. (I’m still grieving over it.) I wore my FLEECE robe yesterday morning, and it’s the dang middle of August. I hope this doesn’t mean we’re in for an Alaskan-type winter. I mean seriously – a high of 73??! Where’s our 98 and sunny?


Also, we have been home a lot. Didn’t get out and/or see as many friends as I had hoped. Although I did sit with my friend Lisa for almost 3 hours straight, talking and laughing together in chick-fil-a while our kids pretty much dominated the play area last week. Food for the soul.

Which is striking to me because I’m currently reading this:


right on the heels of reading this:

spin cycle

Both of which talk extensively about women raising their kids in community with each other; American individualism “[accustoms one] to lonely living that God never intended us to experience. I often felt the keen sting of modern culture’s unfamiliar and hostile isolation.

‘God made us for community and accountability and close friendship. He also created family, so that no one would ever have to be alone or bear the burden of life by themselves. Families were designed by God to include moms and dads, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and a whole host of people who would walk alongside you, committed to you through the passages of life. Young moms were never meant to be without the advice and care of multiple women assisting them and advising them in their lives.

‘Yet we have become so used to living without support that we often lose perspective on how much we need intimate friendships with other women. This deep need sometimes puts pressure on husbands to fulfill needs that they were never designed to fill….” (goes on) pp. 19-20 in Desperate.

So yeah. Trying to be more intentional about fighting the bored and lonely. And even though I’m not super thrilled about starting school again – after Labor Day for us, (lunches and homework, ugh) it will give us something to DO.

more from the front porch

By Moriah on July 31st, 2013

From Sunday, just for fun.





(my new favorite outfit on Adelaide)

front porch

By Moriah on July 29th, 2013

Andy and I have been getting up at 6am almost every day for the last 3ish months. We have coffee, talk about our day and any financial decisions, dream about our lives and long-term goals, and then we do some sort of spiritual reading and pray. It was hard at first but the benefits have been so amazing that it’s become a top priority.

We just can’t have good conversation at the end of the day when we are exhausted and fighting to get the kids in bed. Much better to be hanging out when we’re fresh, with no distractions, and no kids vying for attention.

Anyway. These pics were taken last week when we were wrapping up and the Sleepyheads rolled on down. I always sit on that blanket so I let them have my chair and they snuggled up together. These two usually get a long really well and they are so cute and funny together. Arianna makes a hilarious 3-year-old “mother.”







(Also, this post is kind of an experiment. I posted these photos straight into WP without re-sizing them first. Could you let me know if they loaded slower than photos in older posts? Thanks!)

Don’t you jump in rainboots?

By Moriah on July 22nd, 2013











By Moriah on July 16th, 2013

I haven’t blogged because I’ve been feeling lost.  Like, I suddenly forgot how to be the mom.  The 2,384 days of rain sucked the creativity out of me and I still haven’t recovered.  And I spend way too much on groceries because I just. can’t. think.

I’ve been reading Jen Hatmaker’s Out of the Spin Cycle: How to Lighten Your Mother Load which is AWESOME. But convicting too.  Like shouldn’t I be running a soup kitchen?  I feel like laying face-down on the floor crying a lot as it is, and I only have one two-year-old.  How do you get past that?

I think I need my friends more.  I am constantly surrounded by people (granted, usually 9 & under), yet still feel pretty lonely and I am sure I’m not the only one.  It’s hard having your soul sister live on the other side of the planet.

Anyway. Today I’m going to scoop about half of the playroom into the donation pile. I need to make space to breathe. It’s too overwhelming to pick up right now, a sure sign there’s too much stuff. So, cranking up the music, coffee, and Storybook Bible today.

summer playin

By Moriah on June 17th, 2013

We signed Drew up for extra reading practice over the summer with one of my teacher friends who tutors on the side. We met at her elementary school for the first session last Friday and it was the perfect set-up for him (use of the library) and for all the other kids – PLAYGROUND!

It has a few vintage pieces that were really fun to photograph. I hadn’t really picked up my camera in weeks, but luckily I had tossed it into my diaper bag that day.











I had promised Drew some play time after he was finished. And he got candy, so clearly reading is fun.





And then took them to exchange meal toys for free ice cream at CFA because no summer outing is complete without a little dose of sugar!

baby fun day

By Moriah on June 12th, 2013

(Otherwise known as cram-it-all-in-before-the-big-kids-get-back, a story in iPhone pics.)

fun day1

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ethan apple

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ethan sand

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halfway to sixteen. (oh, no!!)

By Moriah on June 10th, 2013

So, Saturday was Madeline’s birthday and now she is eight. She had requested Six Flags White Water (Atlanta) so that’s what we did. We were still about 40 minutes out and our van got a flat tire. Yeah that sounds exactly like us! The kids were really good for having to wait so long for roadside assistance and Andy and I read various things to each other. Lemons – lemonade.

(I think I mentioned a while back that we are doing a parenting small group together and it’s been interesting. We are arguing – I mean discussing – a lot of things :) We decided the difference between us (generally speaking) is that Andy is a lot more open to learning a few things from an opposing viewpoint and throwing out the rest; I tend to want to agree with (most? a lot of?) something or I tend towards dismissing it. At any rate, it’s been a great conversation.  Intimacy building.)

Anyway, Andy’s parents drove down to meet us. We had a great day – the kids loved it, which was the main thing. I think Madeline had a special birthday and that’s what we were going for.

white water

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The 3 older kids are in FL with his parents until Wednesday. It’s rather quiet around here! I closed up the legos and put them in Drew’s closet. Nice to not step on any for a few days at least!

{roll call}

By Moriah on June 5th, 2013

We’ve been out of school for a week and a half. The end of school is always chaos, I’m utterly glad to have it behind me.



I’m looking forward to a more relaxed pace and a hopefully slow and lazy holiday. Last week the stomach bug cycled through our house and this week the big kids are in Music Camp. But we did get out for an evening on the lake!





And, we now have a neighborhood pool, only one street over. I’ll go ahead an apologize in advance for the quantity of pool photos you will likely be hounded with over the next three months.



I haven’t pulled out my camera in weeks, most of the above pics are from my phone. I did take some shots of Arianna blowing bubbles this morning, one of her favorite things. (Until Ethan notices, anyway. Little brothers can be so grabby and tiresome.)





Madeline’s birthday is Saturday, and Andy’s parents are coming down for it. We’re hitting up a water park and then the big kids are going on a little beach trip with the grandparents.

Not that Andy and I are jealous or anything.


Hey so Google Reader is almost no longer. I think I’m gonna try Feedly – have any of you switched already? Is anyone still reading blogs? ha

It’s the Weekend!

By Moriah on May 3rd, 2013

Soo, my mom is here. Happy dance on that one! I cried when I picked her up, just so emotionally spent. We hit up Sonic and the dry cleaners on the way back from school and then she and the kids helped me clean up a bit. Andy and I started this little neighborhood small group parenting study and it started last night — heaven forbid I have people in my home with it looking like a train wreck.

We are doing Loving on Purpose and I’m not sure where Monique found it but I really enjoyed the intro. Looking forward to it.

Another thing I’m LOOKING FORWARD TO is THIS WHOOOOOOOOLE WEEKEND! Two of my aunts (maybe three?) set it up so Andy and I could attend a Family Life marriage conference this weekend two hours away. Hence the reason for my momma coming. The sessions are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, with a built in date-night Saturday. So fun, can’t wait. The new white jeans may just get busted out since there will be no ketchup packets in sight.

Still hard to believe it’s already May 3. I feel like I’ve been living under a rock of sickness since January. (Right, G?) I’m so looking forward to summer, this one probably more than ever.

yep, that sounds about right

By Moriah on April 30th, 2013

It’s the little things that wear me down. I find when something big happens, it’s so obviously out of my control that it’s relatively easy to depend on God and see his hand in things.

It’s the gallon of milk spilled under my fridge, or Adelaide busting her forehead, or Drew blasting the dining room window completely through (true story), or not paying enough attention to checking and throwing $100 down the proverbial toilet because apparently the overdraft-pull-from-savings suddenly isn’t working, or having to get a plumber because Ethan flushed my hand-lotion in the upstairs potty and we haven’t been able to use that bathroom for 3 weeks… and then yesterday I threw out my back.

I’ve been either laying on the couch or my bed for two days, or hobbling around when I have to and/or if something happens. (Like a broken glass or [a box of] spilled cheerios, or the water party Ethan and Ari threw when I was downstairs – all three from today.) My mom comes tomorrow and I’m dreading her seeing my house in such a state (hi, Mom!) but there’s only so much you can do with a broken vacuum and a bad back. And it’s too late to call in a cleaning lady.

Life, it goes on.


By Moriah on April 23rd, 2013

Usually messy. But we’ve come a long way.






By Moriah on April 22nd, 2013

So it’s my day. We have a babysitter for dinner out tonight, oh yes. Andy had an open house yesterday so I recruited Drew to take these birthday documentation pics. He did a pretty good job!



So now I’m 33. (Kinda handy to be born on an -0 year, I always know how old I’m turning, just by the current date. Helpful when I first thought I was going to be 32. Now I understand how my dad would get mixed up sometimes. haha)

the continuing home tour – { master }

By Moriah on April 20th, 2013

So here’s a little twirl around our room. And no, it’s not usually this clean, usually several overflowing laundry baskets aline the far wall.

I read a post once about doing the master room first – creating it first, cleaning it first. Good idea in theory, hardly ever happens in real life. (I’m guessing.) I wasn’t thinking I’d even have our room completed this year but Andy recently decided he’d had enough of not having a nightstand on his side and said I was free to go buy the ones I wanted. I got lamps, too, because what good is matching nightstands without matching lamps?

A few steps inside the door, looking left:






This is the Sorrento desk I inherited from Nanny:


A little peek into the bathroom…



From the far side of the room, looking back – closet behind door on left (horrid mirror needs to be replaced), and door to living room on right:


And then just sort of a backed-up general view from the door:


more bumps

By Moriah on April 16th, 2013

We, like everyone else, are still reeling from the news coming out of Boston. My sister-in-law ran last year and decided not to train to re-qualify this year. So thankful. The only other runner I know already posted on FB that she is okay.

My kids had a rough day yesterday. Ari and Ethan had a well-check appointment and I could not BELIEVE how uncooperative he was. They were trying to weigh him and he was screaming and kicking the nurse. He’s usually laid back and laughing. Clearly does NOT enjoy being held down. Made his point loud and clear.

Later, Ari dropped a pole on her pinkie toe. The kids were “weight lifting” in the yard with some garden tools. I don’t think it’s broken, she moves it and bends it with her hands but it’s definitely bruised and swollen. (She came down this morning and said “my toe’s messed up.” Which made me laugh a little at her choice of expression but then I realized she meant her nail polish. She hasn’t stopped asking me to fix the pink paint. Seriously, kid.)


The older kids had been riding bikes around the driveway, as usual, no big deal. Madeline currently doesn’t have a bike (I think the last one she had was left out and possibly hit by a car, can’t remember). Adelaide’s back tire is popped. So the only real working bike is Drew’s. Which is way too big for Adelaide.

But she came in and proudly announced that she could ride Drew’s bike now. Honestly I think she had done fine down on the flat paved half-loop we live on. But then she wanted to ride from our driveway around to the loop, which is sloped and curvy. I advised against it. She would NOT listen, so sure she could do it now. She was so adamant, I started believing she really knew how to ride his bike and agreed to let her have one turn. BIG MISTAKE.

She started screaming and panicking when she realized that pushing the pedals backwards did not slow her down. I didn’t even THINK about the fact that she didn’t know the brakes are in the handle bars. Like, it never even crossed my mind. So I’m watching my baby fly away from me on a way-too-big runaway bike, screaming and panicking and disappearing around the bend in the road. I freaked a bit and ran after her.

The next thing I know she’s climbing out of the woods with blood running down her face and arms. I freaked some more. I told Andy later it reminded me of a Band of Brother’s scene. I could hardly believe this was real and happening. Thankfully it turned out to be just a small cut on her head and stopped bleeding almost immediately. We changed our bloody clothes and she took a bath. We had a long talk about maybe sometimes mommy really DOES know what she’s talking about.



another very rare shot

By Moriah on April 12th, 2013

5 kids

This was from last Friday. After school we went to go sled down this huge grassy hill but it was still too wet, so the sleds would not budge an INCH. So we played on the playground nearby instead.

And then we went for ice cream, since the kids had several free cone tokens from a gourmet ice cream shop. They thought it was completely awesome. And so did I, since it was free.

What to do with too much energy

By Moriah on April 10th, 2013

Yesterday I picked my big kids up from school and we drove straight to the park. The two other smallish families there promptly left and so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Luxury.

This boy is a little daredevil on the swings. He throws his head back and his feet up. I’m seeing rollercoasters in our future.




(Yep, popcorn in those teeth.)




Drew and Madeline played ‘Spies’ most of the time; dumped a water bottle out and wala! Telescope!








Get good and tired dirty, kids.



All five of my children in a single camera frame together unposed?


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