Friday, January 3, 2014

Science is for the birds.

So. I'm just going to come out with it.

This happened.

What's that? Shocked, confused, overwhelmed?? You are in some very good company, my friend. How about some fireworks with your ole' happy new year?

****DISCLAIMER: if you/significant other have had a vasectomy you may want to stop reading now. Seriously, stay in the happy place of oblivion. It's sunny, carefree and has a killer playlist. Still reading? Well. I warned you.

About a year ago, Kelly and I really decided that our family felt complete. I mean, have you met Lucy? She is quite an end-cap. So, last April we officially "sealed" the deal with a vasectomy. Check and check. Sort of.

I'll break it down for you Julie style... which really means... I-can't-draw-pictures-of-weiners-without-turning-into-a-giggly-13-yr-old-girl-so-why-bother. If you really want to learn about the procedure click here.

This is what we started with.

Just a Daddy Eagle with some eggs ready to start a happy birdie family. Sweet, no?

But then...

somebody went and chopped Daddy Eagle's legs off. (GASP!!) You know what happens.

Except in our case, I believe that something like this happened...

Yep. That's definitely what happened.

I will say in normal cases, it is something of an accomplishment being one of the few to beat science. However, in the world of vasectomy...I can't imagine it's a category one aspires to reach as a scalpel is sitting right on your down unders. Just guessin'.

But here we are...

Future sibling to "Belly", "Bellito" and "Bellini"----Meet "Beluga."

Late July/early August, there will be another little May to steal our hearts. We know this. We will love that part. It is just the space in-between that we are allowing for some transition time. For some reason that we can't explain, this baby is supposed to be ours. That part definitely does feel a little special. Other parts, feel a bit scary and overwhelming.

Here's to choosing light and love in 2014.

May party of 6... why not?

Thursday, January 2, 2014


2013. You were my melting pot of emotion. Excitements came wrapped up in the purchase of our first new home, new car, first family beach vacation, Gabe and Molly's first start of elementary school together. Yet, in the parts in-between.... you were sad and empty with the loss of both of my grandmothers in just 5 small months. You had a lot of loss this year, 2013. For that alone, I reach with open arms to all the promise of 2014...even if I feel overwhelmed and uncertain.


You started us off with laughter, great breakfast and a fierce love of mustaches.

Small things became a WHOLE hand old...

Sibling love was found candidly in the sunshine... it warmed the winter away.

Birthdays were suddenly "2" times as fancy...

In friendships we found strength

and the calm was welcomed with open arms...


I guess God knew we would need the calm...


With holes in our hearts...and some in a mouth, life carried on... and we grew.


 Laughter and love made our new house feel like home.

2013. You made us adventurous.

You made us explorers.

You made us thankful for greatness.

So we forge in to this unknown of 2014... hopeful.

 Happy New Year.

Christmas 2013

Our Christmas... in low quality, mama-needs-to-change-her-grubby-eye-phone-cover pictures...

Great blessings of joy this Christmas!