My oldest {5 years old today}

Five years ago today this was Biggest Brother and I…nestled together enjoying our first couple of hours together. That day seems so long ago – in a really great way. I love that now I know the person inside that tiny 5lb 13oz bundle. He is an incredible kid. I tell him and God everyday how thankful I am to be his mommy.
I’ll stop now…I’m pregnant and emotional…

We had a little family party at our house last night. He is having a father/son campout with some friends this weekend for his birthday party. He is beyond stoked.

I’ll be posting camping pictures and his “5 year” pictures next week…

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  • melanie - Happy Birthday, Corbett! We are so happy to know you!

  • Jeannette Swan - Happy Birthday Corbett!! You are a great guy with a great family!!

  • Courtney Connelly - I remember so well you calling after Corbett was born and how much that meant to me to hear you tell me about his arrival. Happy Birthday Corbett, I hope it is a wonderful day! Your new sword looks like lots of fun!

  • Metcalfs - Happy Birthday Corbett! Hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your camping trip!! Sounds like a ton of fun!

  • Lars and Jenn - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CORBETT!!! You are such a cool, tough, wonderful guy. Have a wonderful day!! We love you!!!

  • Carol - Happy Birthday Corbett!!!! You are my favorite 5 yr old in the whole world. Love you so much, Nana

  • grandma campbell - Happy #5 birthday, does not seem possible that you are that old, you are one of my all favorite grandsons and thanks for inviting me to your party last night. Grandma Sharon

  • bopha - Happy Birthday Corbett! I hope you have a great time camping this weekend.

  • Lesley - Happy Birthday CORBETT!!! I hope your day is great! I love you!

  • Carrie Sowell - Happy Birthday Corbett! You are an awesome 5yr old and your mom and dad are SO proud of you!

  • Aunt Rachel - Corbett — You have grown into such a handsome young man. I am so happy to be a part of your life. Happy Birthday!! Have fun on your camp out — make sure you take some smores.

DIY {kid’s prayer journal}

I cannot take credit for this idea, it is so great though I had to ask permission to pass it on. My friend Melanie took all the Christmas cards her family received this year and turned them into a book for her kids to look at when praying for those families. I did my own – the nice thing about being a photographer is it is real easy to get pictures of all my friends and their kids…just a little hard drive search. I am not a scrapbooker, so I bought a Martha Stewart scrapbook kit from Walmart and stamped the word “pray” on the front. I then printed 3.5x5in pictures of family & friends. Each page has the name of the person/couple/family/organization, a picture and a small stack of post-it notes. I included such things as Filling the Void, orphans (used stock photo), AIDS victims (stock photo) and so on beyond our family/friends. On the post-it notes we write the current prayer needs…post-its make it possible to keep on adding. I love the visual side of it for our boys…

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  • Kari - Excellent idea! My little girl loves to pray for people, this is such a neat project for us to make. Thanks for passing along the idea!

  • Carrie - What a great idea!!!! I am so doing this.

  • melanie - I told you that yours would turn out cuter!! Love it!

  • sheridan - That is a great idea! Thank you for passing it along!

  • Lauren Roberts - This is a wonderful idea. I think it’s much easier for kids to understand things they can see.

  • Lesley - That’s really cute. (and thanks for praying for us)

  • Yvonne - what a great idea! thank you for sharing!

  • Katherine Marie - This is MARVELOUS!!! What a brilliant and beautiful and meaningful project.

  • Katherine Marie Photography - [...] Kids prayer journal [...]

  • Angie/Pebblekeeper - Thats a great idea! I just tucked them all away to savor later, I think I will gather up the supplies to give them a proper home!

  • Jessica - I love this. And so would my girls. Such a wonderful idea!! Thanks for stealing and passing it along.

  • peggy lunsford - I thought I was signing up for your newsletter/website.

  • Amy - What a wonderful idea. I put the photo cards in an album marked with the year and where they currently live, but turning it into a prayer book is a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - Thanks Ashley!

    I think I will do this with my children this hollydays…

    And their father will be the first page. We will not pray for him (because he is already in heaven and dont need any more prayers from us), but we shall pray to THANK God for this person in our life!

    Best

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

  • Evy M Tofte - I would love to share this on my blog, can I?

  • Bek - LOVE!! Going to have to do something like this.

  • Heatherly - I cannot WAIT to do this! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kimberely Tanori - Keep it Uncomplicated, Relaxed to Follow and live Very CONSISTENT.

  • 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects I Plan to Tackle in 2012 - [...] 6. Make prayer book. [...]

  • John - You lost me here with the praying thing, sorry.

  • Praying for your Babies, Near and Far « - [...] in handy when helping the littles learn to pray for others. Some cute prayers sticks (fun) and a prayer book. [...]

  • Amy - THis is so cool! Could you provide a link to the kit that you used? I am interested in purchasing one.

  • Karen - Hallejuah, wonderful idea. Karen

  • Janis Cox - Hi,
    I co-ordinate a blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. Sometimes I reblog posts. I would not put all your words but a brief summary and a link.
    I love this idea.
    I do have pictures of people I pray for but not my family and Christmas cards are a great idea.

    Blessings
    Janis

  • A Mother’s Prayer | living on pb & j - [...] I am in the process of making Noah his own prayer book. Right now he prays, “Dear Jesus, Amen.” I cried the first time I heard him pray – what a blessing! Since he can identify his family and friends in pictures perhaps a prayer journal will help him say a few names in his prayers. Here is a link for an idea how to make a children’s prayer journal, http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/03/03/diy-kids-prayer-journal/. [...]

  • Cari - I’m getting ready to take down the arch of Christmas cards, from the threshhold of the kitchen, that our family and friends have sent over holidays. It is the last bit of Christmas that remains :( …. my friend suggested your idea of a prayer book for our cards and I loved it! I’ll have to share it when we’re done. Sincerely, Cari

  • Prayer Journal DIY - […] is the original pin about the prayer journal by Under the Sycamore. She made her journal for her kiddos, but some time the simple things are what works […]

Entering the Girl World {shopping & the nursery}

A few boy mom observations of the girl shopping world:

1. The girl’s section is a minimum of 3x as large as the boy’s section in every store

2. The women shopping in the girl’s section tend to squeal and hold up items they find especially cute – this is opposed to those shopping in the boy’s section who just throw things in the cart with a face that says “this will do”

3. Every item in the girl’s section has something to coordinate with it – they do make accessories for newborns

4. There are over 100 shades of pink

5. Any and all of the 100 shades of pink can be combined into a single outfit. Pink matches pink (and red) no matter what shade.

6. Little girls (even toddler girls) shopping with their moms appear to have strong opinions on the clothes being purchased…as opposed to my boys who have a strong opinion on wearing no clothes.

Needless to say, store shopping has been overwhelming instead of exciting. If I stick to etsy.com for a while I think I’ll be good. I really think I am going to have to very slowly ease myself into it. On the other hand I am having tons of fun thinking about the nursery. Finally – I get to pick out whatever I want for a room and not have to think “Is this too feminine?” I have a good idea of what I am going to do, but to start things off my super talented aunt is making a quilt for me. And of course, it is going to be an Amy Butler covered nursery (small picture from amybutlerdesign.com).

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  • Jeannette Swan - Girl shopping is much different. I like to shop before the next season starts because I get tired of the kids clothes and am ready for something fresh. So, I’ve been picking up Spring things for the kids lately…I had to stop myself last week when I realized Noble probably has more than she can wear and I know I will find more I can’t resist. When Noble came along, I realized kids stores like Gymboree and Baby Gap had “lines” of clothes – an infinite # of combinations of cute outfits. They have “lines” for boys too, but, like you said, it doesn’t matter because any shirt will do and will go with jeans! Corban has quite a few items for Spring because it’s still fun to shop for them when they are that little. But, the bigger boys…I think have a total of 3 new shirts between the 2 of them!! The nursery will be awesome – love the patterns and colors!!

  • Jamie - What would life be like without Amy Butler (and Sonic Happy Hour)?!? I have yards of retired AB fabric that I have never been able to bring myself to cut bc it’s too pretty! Your nursery will be beautiful!

  • trinity - This is so fun watching you enter the girl world! Welcome! Here is your warning: stay away from the shoes……they have the PERFECT shoes for EVERY outfit and shoes are so fun! Much of my money has gone to shoes!

  • sheridan - I love your comment on how boy moms just throw the clothes in the cart…so very true. I can’t wait to see all girl stuff you show to us.

  • Carrie - Girls stuff is so fun!!! Enjoy!

  • Carol - You will go shopping with me. We will shop, have lunch and you will let your Mom squeal over cute pink girlie things. Corbett picked out some cute pink shoes yesterday with flowers on them for “his girl”!!

  • meg duerksen - i love all of that. you are funny…overwhelmed? you don’t need all that stuff. everyone will just give it to you anyway.
    this is your first girl. she will be showered with girlie things by everyone.
    i just pick things i like…i dont’ look at the extras.
    in target i just look through and then pick on thing.
    try no to make it a big decision.
    because like you said….it all goes together.
    it is ALL cute together.
    you can’t go wrong. i think your nursery is going to be fab-u-lous!

  • yvonne - have fun with it….just know by the time she gets here…there will be a bunch of NEW things to choose from!!!!! it’ll get easier and you’ll enjoy it more & more. however…doing it online does help with the insanity that is average store!!! can’t wait to see the nursery!!!

  • bopha - I have nothing to say about the girl stuff except I’m jealous but I’m glad that you are getting to enjoy yourself. I love all your fabric, is there a store here in town that carries it or did you order it all?

  • Lesley - You crack me up! I’m excited to see the quilt and so excited for the little girl!!! She’ll be a cutie!

  • amanda torres - I completely sympathized with you while reading this, but I tried to magnify what I experienced times 3. I really can’t fathom how overwhelmed you are after 3 boys when I freaked after just one. I was in absolute shock when I found out Addison was a girl. I would try to shop, but just like you, I would leave stores FRUSTRATED b/c there were TOO many choices. I’ve got the hang of it now…but it took time. Lots of time…you’ll find your groove.

  • Aunt Sandy - WOW. Thanks for the Super Talented Aunt comment. I guess I better live up to the challange. Just to let you know, her (sounds funny saying her instead of his) baby quilt is finished, and, I can’t wait to show it to you. Now I am ready to hit the gound running on the Amy Butler quilt. Just hope I can live up to the name. Aunt Sandy aka Granny Sandy