A beach video, plus thoughts on purpose.

A day at the beach. from gussy sews on Vimeo.

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I have little conversations with myself kinda regularly now that revolve around “purpose” and what I have to share/say. It’s gotten a lot harder lately to define these two things, and sometimes it feels really confusing. Do you ever feel like that?

There’s endless joy in knowing whatever I accomplish in a day will be awesome. There are no real rules right now; I’m just focusing on Maggie. And really, what focusing on Maggie means is focusing on our family, reading a few books, going to the beach, cultivating community within Los Angeles and sharing what’s on my heart — all in between naps of course. It’s a little bit crazy but a whole lot of fun. Daily. And so it’s been an interesting transition, slowing down as a maker to more of a mama; one kiddo to two. It’s filled with challenges and rewards. And little tiny toddler kisses in between :)

 Maxwell and I were at the beach last week (surprise, surprise) and I took some video of us down by the water. This is such a fun age, and I have loved all the stages of his 15 months of precious life.

I’ve watched and re-watched (and then re-watched again) this video and I feel very confident in knowing whatever my purpose is, whatever I have to share or say, it’s all from God. I’ll always have a purpose — you’ll always have one, too — it’s just about having the patience to see it the way it really is.

Pure perfection.

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{Anniversary celebrations, baby rattles + thrifting.}

Yesterday morning Zack captured the sweetest video of Maxwell playing with his rattle. For the past couple of weeks we’ve been a little more intentional about giving Max a toy to play with by placing it in his hands or arms. His bunny — his beloved bunny, has been known to swift Max off to dreamland, it’s so sweet! I’d like to think it has something to do with becoming a familiar comfort to him, but we’ll see ;) So yesterday, Zack put a rattle in Max’s hand.

Here’s what he captured [note the many *winks* Max gave us]:

This past weekend was one of my favorites. Our anniversary is this Friday but we celebrated a bit early ;) The weather was perfect and of course this year we have Mr. Maxwell, the cutest party crasher I ever did see, joining us. So we did we do this weekend? We enjoyed a late brunch, thrifted the most amazing vintage chair for our living room [I can’t wait to show you!], re-arranged the furniture in our living room, slept in a bit on Sunday + went to the late church service, thrifted a few more pieces Melrose Trading Post, made some serious progress on another Gussy shop update *coming soon*, and then we wrapped up yesterday evening with a delicious dinner at Benihana. Goodness, I can’t stop thinking about that dinner.

^ capturing our family of three at brunch Saturday

^ coffee with girlfriends + BIG sunglasses [my weakness]


^ discovering old sewing machines + baby eyelashes [!!!]


^ discovering even more old sewing machines + the cutest 3-man band at Melrose


It was the perfect weekend, a beautiful mix of what Zack + I both uniquely love to do… but can I just say I am soooooo tired right now??! Oh my word. Thank goodness for coffee and a sweet spirited son who is letting me soak up extra snuggles today.

I have a lot written down in my agenda this week, so I better pick up the pace…


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{Maxwell and his forest friends.}

A couple weeks ago my friend Joanna brought over a play activity mat for Maxwell to use. I swear, this friend is a true gift from God. She’s so thoughtful and fun to be around, plus she’s a mama — just like me :) — which makes our friendship even sweeter. Soon after Joanna dropped off the play mat we realized Maxwell was ready to start using it. What were our signs? His leg kicking, arm batting and baby cooing while on the couch with me, of course! It took Max a couple of tries to figure it out, at first he cried [awwww], but now he’s a pro! And he does such a good job at giving his forest friends a high-five. It’s so amazing to see him interact in this new way. Usually after Max plays under the activity mat he needs a little nap. And I don’t mind :) I love to sneak in any extra firstborn snuggles that I can.

Each day as Maxwell’s mama is a fresh, new day. We have the tiniest of adventures together — post office visits, long walks with Bauer around the neighborhood, coffee dates with friends, trips to Target, picnic lunches at the park, morning chats with the neighbors in our gorgeous flower-filled courtyard. Each day brings it’s own challenges but a calm spirit has made this new phase of life even more beautiful.

May you enjoy this day to it’s fullest… xo

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{Baby Bump — 39 week update}



outfit details: polka dot tank + striped skirt, Old Navy | headband, Shop Lady Like




Barefoot and pregnant ♥

This past week, being on maternity leave, has been AMAZING! The first couple of days I really had to make sure I had fun things planned, like coffee dates with friends, but once I mastered the art of scheduling fun things the week flew by ;) It made me really realize how much I had been working before and how little energy I had by the end of the evening, aka: when Zack gets home. It was such a joy to not feel so tired in the evenings last week because I had rested more throughout the day.

Week 39 is behind me and I’m officially 40 weeks 1 day pregnant. Who knows when Baby will make his or her debut — so for now I’m trying to stay busy making friend or hubby dates {on Thursday I went to the beach with Joanna and on Friday I went to the Santa Monica library to checkout a couple of books}. And yesterday Zack + I went to the beach! It was such a gorgeous day that we decided before we even got out of bed we’d stop by the beach. The window was open because it’s been pretty warm outside lately and I could hear the birds singing outside… It was amazing! So we declared yesterday a beach day and headed out.

Everyone keeps asking how I’m feeling — which is GREAT!, but I’m starting to think that means Baby isn’t coming outside anytime soon. I’ve been napping blissfully, doing a little of cleaning/hospital bag re-organizing {haha!} and book reading. I feel very comfortable {minus the rib jabbing}. My only complaint is not being able to feel this comfortable come bedtime. I guess I have my mind on more exciting things than sleep ;)

Here’s a fun video from our trip to the Santa Monica beach yesterday. It was about 85* out, a little cloudy but the sun was definitely there. At about 57 seconds into the video you can see Zack diving into the ocean. That husband of mine, he’s crazy fun!


It’s been so fun to look back at all the baby bump posts and see my bump progress from week 14 to week 39. I love it! :) What a precious memory book to be able to look back on…

Dear Baby, you are such a blessing to our family and we can’t wait to snuzzle you!!!


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