An update from a thankful heart

Each week, I email my grandmas to keep them updated on my family’s wonderful, crazy life, and I am so blessed by doing it! It’s great to take the time to sit down and reflect on the life God has given me, and so often it causes me to abound in thanksgiving.

“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (Psalm 95:2)

I just have to share this past email with all of my blog readers, and hopefully my thankfulness will be contagious!

This week, I just had the best couple of days. Nick is planting and digging, so the nights are just the kids and me. Honestly, it has been so much fun! This stage of life is busy, yes, but it’s so full of love!

We played kickball tonight and ran around outside, feeding the horse and riding bikes. Ivy sings non-stop at the top of her lungs while riding her bike — it’s just her ‘thing’ I guess ;). Rozzi just loves the outdoors and can usually be found in the sandbox, and then Gus just loves the green grass. Multiple times he said, “I just love the green grass, Mommy. I wish our whole yard was even bigger!” (Clearly we wouldn’t survive if we lived in town!).

We finished with brushing teeth. Gus read for his homework and Ivy sang us a song for bed, which was followed by kisses and snuggles and prayers (they say their own). Then, here I am sitting downstairs. The dishes are finished, and I’m doing some paperwork. Everyone tells me I am crazy running a business and staying at home, but honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing! I live the good life. Yes, I get run down and stressed, but usually I just soak up the minutes and hours I am allowed to do what I love and be with who I love all day. How many people can say that in this day and age? I am so grateful to Him who clearly made the path and lets me follow it — and sometimes race down it!

This month isn’t so crazy work-wise. I’m just gearing up for the art shows in June: only one big one (Edina) and a few small town ones.

Gus is ready for summer, but for not school to be out — he really likes it. But Ivy is really excited to have Gus home all day! Rozelyn is just pleased to have sunshine. Once she has her shoes and jacket on, you can barely get them off her because she knows it means “outside!”

We found out Papa Bud has a new baby horse. The kids can’t wait to meet her! Gus wants to name her Chocolate Chip and call her Chip for short, and then Ivy wants to name her Sugar after the horse’s mama, Cookie — both very profound, I thought!

To close, here’s a quote from Ivy to prove that my design love is clearly genetic! After we dropped of purses to a house with a small pony in a pen with dairy calves, she says, “Mommy, why is there a unicorn in the with polka dotted cows?” Too good — that girl loves imagination and design! Ha!