Like drops in a bucket…

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Friends, let’s gather in my living room and chat. I have plenty of room for you, and we have so much to catch up on :) I’m in a season where the words I have to share are more like slow drops in a large bucket. A thought comes to mind but it’s quickly forgotten as I’m enveloped into play time on the living room floor. Naptime begins, the babes are tucked into their beds with their special hospital blankies, and just as I’m convinced I don’t need a nap, I fall asleep and am quickly snoring. I know for a fact God has prepared me for this time in my life. The years where I was fiercely working on “outside jobs”, those were most certainly so I could step back and fiercely work on “inside jobs”.

Right now I’m an “inside job” gal. Yes, I have slivers of creative time and Maggie time and learning time and girlfriend time, but a big part of my time is spent teaching my kids, encouraging my husband, and learning about me.

I’m curious about opportunities to share all that I’ve experienced and learned pre-mamahood alongside my “inside job” schedule. I know there are ways, and I’m grateful for the courage to create the outline. It is exciting and encouraging, especially when the days feel long and repetitive.

Sometimes it feels easier not to write & publish anything at all. Like I mentioned, the words I have to share are more like slow drops in a large bucket. They randomly appear, are often unnoticed, and fade fast. I could feel discouraged, but I’m holding on to hope that it’s for a very specific reason. I know I need to be writing, if only to share the few drops I do have. Those are important drops. I certainly believe your drops are important, so it’s good for me to believe my drops are important.

In July I turned 30, and truly I feel different. I feel more content in attending larger social gatherings, knowing it’s OK to focus on cultivating a small group of relationships. I feel confident to eat a meal by myself. I recognize using baby lotion as a facial moisture is a bad choice (sadly, a real bad habit of mine). I know the importance of knowing when to ask for help, which for me in this season of life is being involved in multiple groups so I have enough things going on to keep myself socially engaged. Not to keep myself busy, but to keep my Maggie cup full. And, perhaps most importantly to our family, I feel at peace knowing the “inside job” I’m doing is enough. It is good. (A close second is getting enough rest, I’m like a great grandma these days with my daily naps, but hey — who cares! ;))

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So while my words here have been infrequent and light, know that it’s not because I’m uninterested in this community, it’s because I, for once in my life, am really struggling with the words to share. There was a time in my life when I had all of the words. Do you remember, back when this all began, how my blog was titled “Gussy Has a Lot to Say {and Sew}”? I remember that too, and right now that’s making me smile. That time feels like it was decades ago, and I often ache for how easy the drops fell.

But then I remember: hope. I mean, there was a day when I wasn’t sure we would ever find work again, but we found it in Minneapolis. There was a day when we thought we may never have a baby, and the Lord has answered that prayer threefold. So I look ahead with hope¬†in mind. I have so much hope for the words published here to come, and for now I patiently wait.

PS. Do you have five extra minutes? Read this post, To the tired mama…

PPS. This song is amazinggg!


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Whitley family, party of five!

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…WE ARE HAVING A BABY! :) All of our family dreams are coming true, and we are so grateful :) Baby is due the middle of April, which makes me a little over 12 weeks along. A part of me can’t even fathom that we’re going to have three babies in three years, but the rest of me is just so over the moon excited to snuggle all of our little blessings at once as a family of five in April.

These next six months will be super busy as we prepare to celebrate Christmas in Michigan, upgrade our Jeep to a mini-van, apartment hunt for something a bit larger, and prepare overall for our hearts to be flipped upside down one more time with the birth of baby #3. It’s going to be wild for sure, but so very beautiful. HOORAY!

We won’t be finding out the baby’s gender until his or her birth, the suspense is soooo worth it! :)

PS. Maxwell’s pregnancy announcement and Natalie’s pregnancy announcement.

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Dreamers and Doers book bash // October 6th

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Do you remember earlier this year I shared a book with you called Thirty One Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer? Like the title suggests, there are 31 prayers inside the book, along with a few reflection questions, and they are all so encouraging and rich! I was invited to write a prayer on the topic of simplicity, so I’m especially proud of this book :) This has been a great resource for me when I need to elaborate on a prayer topic, but don’t know how.

Kelly and Jenn, who oversaw the entire project, are coming to Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 6th for a book bash to celebrate it! If you’re a fellow¬†dreamer or doer, come celebrate the release with us in Los Angeles for drinks, dessert, and lots of community! :) It’s a totally free event, hosted at Boxcar Coworking in the Arts District, but you do have to RSVP in advance. I hope to see you there!

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easy-to-make fall garland

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We are weeks away from the Fall season here in Los Angeles, but I just had to make something seasonal for our home. (I am so jealous of all you Fall-ers, with your flannel shirts and warm drinks!) Something I’m constantly reminded of is how often I need to be creating (and reading, can’t forget about reading).

Creating is an instant mood-lifter for me, especially when it’s something I can easily work on with Max & Nat around. I begin with just 20 minutes, my secret trick to accomplishing anything, and just like always, a little extra time is usually gifted to me. And look what I created the other day:

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…a new fall garland for our home in the most earthy, delicious green color! I used a heavy weight wool-blend yarn (see it here), and it knitted up super well. I wrote a full tutorial with lots of photos here, if you’re wanting to make one for your home :) But warning, they are a little addictive.

QUICK TIP: as I am knitting, I keep the my fingers spaced out a bit, keep the yarn at my middle knuckle, and then give the yarn “tail” a gentle but firm pull every couple of minutes. This helps form the garland’s shape, and makes it easy to remove each loom from your fingers.

A few Christmases ago I made two really long garlands for our tree, one in a gold shimmer and one in red. I’ve used thin yarns, regular weighted yarns, and bulky yarns (above), and I definitely prefer using a bulky yarn.

I think I’ll hang my newest garland above our TV, which has a bit of mustard yellow in the art pieces we have hanging on the wall. And maybe hanging this up will make the temperature cool down a bit? That would be amazing.

Do you know how to finger knit? Have you ever tried? I think for our next book club meet-up (early October) I’ll teach the girls how to finger knit ;)

PS. check out my past craft projects!

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