You know in Marley & Me when John gets concerned she wants a baby, so his friend convinces him to get a dog so she can learn responsibility + be cured of baby fever?
While J and I are aching for a baby, I feel so blessed to have raised Pepper this past year. She is my baby before my baby. Raising a puppy is no easy task, but I highly doubt it compares to raising a child.
Raising her has taught me so much about myself and our marriage. We’ve learned how we mesh as parents and how we want our household to function.
Who knew a dog could do all of that?
This past weekend my uncle came to visit with his wife and their new baby. Pepper was so unsure about the baby at first, but eventually warmed up and was very intrigued in this little thing I had in my arms.
It gave me a glimpse of the future and how she would react to our future children. She is so spoiled and will definitely have first/only child attitude, but I have a feeling she will love them and be their protector.
My baby before my baby has been such a blessing in disguise. She is teaching me so much responsibility, how to stick to schedules, and how to develop patience.
I am a crazy dog mom & Lord help our future children! haha I spoil the heck out of her and buy her more toys and clothes than I do for my own wants. But it is that kind of selflessness that you need when you have children.
Don't take advantage of your fur children and their time with them. I value this time so much, because a puppy deserves one on one time for training and love, and she is teaching me in so many ways as well!
Do you have any fur children? Have they been your practice before your kids?
My husband’s mom is from Canada and after seeing how beautiful it is, I’d love to visit! I want to take a road trip up there and possibly camp out.
I’ll be honest and say the main reason I want to go here is to see the temple. I mean, look at it!
We are going on a cruise here! I love the idea of going to islands and I can’t wait to go here soon. J has never vacationed, so we figured our first vacation destination would be best spent on a boat and islands. It is our long overdue honeymoon and I'm so excited.
Alaska just looks so magical. I would love to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, and to possibly cruise up here and see the beautiful sights.
Growing up, I was obsessed with Paris. I even had a Paris themed room and dreamed of seeing the Eiffel tower. J has yet to go there either, so it would be very special to fulfill my childhood dream together.
Another huge dream of mine. J has been there, but hasn’t done the things I would be interested in doing. I’d love to visit the museums and more historical sites of Italy!
J loves Austria, mainly Vienna. He has been here a few times so I would love to go with him one time and see everything!
Peru has this desert where the light ambiance is one of the lowest in the world. So at night, you can see everything in the sky! The town, Huacachina is known for being 'mystical'.
New York City
My husband went on his mission and resided in upstate New York. I visited New York City on a school trip and fell in love with it! I would love to go back and have more time there, and show James all of the amazing sites to see.
I would love to go to the Blue Lagoon and several of the national parks! Iceland looks so breathtaking and that would be such a fun trip!
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Fall time is finally here! The leaves are falling, the nights are getting cooler, and I am embracing it all with open arms! I'm not huge on going all out for holidays but I do enjoy small decorations and I love when I can make my own! I found these adorable baby pumpkins at Walmart for $3, and will be the center of this DIY project.
White & Polka Dots
While these are super simple, I think they are so fun! These would be so amazing to try on normal sized pumpkins, or to give to friends with a yummy treat. How do you like to decorate pumpkins? Do you enjoy carving or decorating them more?
Thanks for reading and happy fall!
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If you read my post from a little bit ago, you would know I sometimes don't take care of myself. I'll want to stay in bed all day, be lazy, and slack on responsibilities. This post is not only for you who may be feeling a similar mindset, but for me as well.
Taking care of yourself is so important, and yes even if you don't have someone to look good for, it's a great feeling to do it for you. While self care can often times be seen as taking care of yourself physically, you also need to take care of your physical and spiritual well being. Often times doing things for or with others can make you feel better and less alone.
1. Paint your nails & toes (at home or get them done)
2. Tour your town
3. Read the Bible (or pick up Bible journaling)
4. Try a new hairstyle
5. Buy a new outfit
6. Find new outfits through your closet (this saves money & allows you to get creative)
7. Watch your favorite movie
8. Work out
9. Try new meals
10. Do a photoshoot (great gift for you and for your hubby!)
11. Go on a walk
12. See a movie with friends (or go alone, more popcorn for you!)
13. Try a DIY project
14. Visit family
15. Write in a journal
16. Plan out your next week or month (this & this planner look very nice!)
17. Do yoga
18. Read a new book
19. Buy a new plant or tend your garden
20. Volunteer (animal shelter, FRG group events, church nursery, making food for missionaries)
21. Take a long bubble bath (I suggest this bubble bath, it is the best!)
23.Write a letter to someone (I'm sure your spouse would love a letter!)
24. Clean your house (it is never too late to spring clean)
25. Listen to music & create a playlist
26. Learn a new skill or talent (I have yet to learn how to ride a bike & want to!)
27. Play a word game or puzzle
28. Watch the sunset
29. Watch a talk or worship service online
30. Get up early and make breakfast for yourself (challenge: without looking at your phone first!)
What is something that you do to take care of yourself? I'd love to know down below. Taking care of yourself is so important and I've found myself feeling so much happier and productive after doing some of these things. I'm not the best at it by any means, but I encourage you to practice self care, especially when your husband is gone. Stay strong & God bless!
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