on the mend + a new project

i think it is safe to say that our kiddos are finally on the mend to good health, thank God. after a week and a half of trips to the hospital, urgent care, regular clinic visits, and two diagnoses of pneumonia and a double ear infection, we are happy to be seeing smiles on their faces again and nights of better rest. i can honestly say, it was by far the most challenging week + a half of my motherhood thus far. having two littles so sick and wanting nothing else but their mama was difficult to balance. but some how, even when it feels like an impossible endeavor at the time, you find it in yourself, that mama strength that gets put on reserves for moments and times like these, to push forward because really there is nothing else you can do. and even though it was not the way we would have hoped to kick off 2014, we are certainly thankful for the hours of snuggling endured, for the fevers that broke, for the coughs that subsided to let their little bodies rest, for our nana and her amazingness, for the lessons we learned when it comes to advocating for your child's health, for antibiotics to help kick start healthier days, and for each other, because without some { or all of those things } i'd be sharing a very different story.

so here is a big fat C H E E R S ! to { hopefully } no more super sick days ahead and to a year we are calling "change". neither aaron or i are super big into new year's resolutions, but this year we decided to pick a word, or motto rather, of what we wanted this year to be about and "c h a n g e" it is. we are hopeful to bring about big changes for our family and ourselves this year. it is the year to stop talking about things and start doing those things that we talk so much about. so wish us luck... we may need it... but we are extremely hopeful and so ready to make big things happen this year!

and with that... one of the things i want to change or improve on this year is documenting our lives and the lives of our girls better. while i can honestly say that i take a lot of photos of them, the one thing i don't do well with is telling them the story behind the photo. instead of snapping a gazillion photos of them and allowing them to sit on my hard drive, unedited, not printed, and left with the hope that i will remember the story behind the image... i want those days to be gone and instead make what i have been wanting to do, happen. so here i go. . .

this year i will be joining others in the 52 week project. each week i will share one photo of my girls of them during that week. because, just like the thousands of others that have joined this project, i want to be able to remember this one life of theirs the best way i possibly can...

a portrait of my children every week in 2014 

{ week one : 1/52 } 

the week pneumonia left you couch bound | messy hair + jammies all day
your happy place | pretty light on sister's bed + playing with your feet

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