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EMILY FRAME • bijou+small fry  emilykframe @ gmail ••• do not follow where the path may lead. go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ••• @bijoumarket + @smallfryblog

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Put me in, coach! ••• He went from being a sweet little spectator to highly irritated he can't ride a scooter in the last few days. Halp!

The other night for no real reason I had the strongest feeling to go check on Raleigh. I am paranoid and anxious basically for all my babies' first years so I had that inner tussle as I always do. Telling myself he's fine, you're thinking yourself into a frenzy. This time though, I listened and went in. He was completely tangled in a blanket I had rolled and stuffed into the crib's side because his pacifiers fall down the cracks. He looked like a tootsie pop with the wrapper still on, his cries muffled. Last night a friend of a friend lost their baby, his same age, for the very same reason. I can't begin to understand why I had the chance to unwrap Raleigh and hold him and watch him drift back to sleep and they didn't . It makes me feel ill just thinking of it all. But man am I grateful and heart broken, too. 💔
Sometimes I let myself believe that my mind is too chaotic, too cluttered to be led by God. Surely He'd stop trying to get through to me when it's an overgrown jungle of things. Hoping that if I write it down I won't forget. He was there, jungle and all. #sharegoodness

Brave Hayes post staple (and clean up) job. Not the first and certainly won't be the last ER trip for my boys, but it is in these moments I see the shape of things and I'm a proud mama tonight! Now if they could please wait to injure themselves when Russ was in town that would be 👌🏼.

Lunch at BV today.

I'm a little late, but Raleigh is 9 months!! 36 weeks in, 36 out. He's got one tooth (barely) and will do just about anything to get around but crawl. Waves and says "hey& #34; in his deep voice, and snorts when he laughs hard. He loves Wheels on the Bus and You Belong To Me. Buries his face into me when he's shy, but insists on uninterrupted eye contact with noses and foreheads touching with whoever holds him. 😂 He has such a sweet disposition and is living up to his heritage with his 3 naps and 7-7 sleeps. 24 pounds • 29 inches • head is still 📈 • we love every inch!!

Still sort of trashed from throwing this dude's 7th birthday party! Trying to get him to whittle down his buddy list ended in tears multiple times, but I put my foot down at 25 & then they ALL came. ❤🌪 He loves big and is loved big in return! So far, 7 is magic and if I have any say will be the year we finally get over Pokémon. 😂😩

Quintessential little brother Callum has never been to a birthday party without Hayes. With 16 months between them they have always shared buddies and toys and interests. He was "so worried" 😢to go solo today, but decided he would try. He hit the jackpot 3 times in a row (next stop, Vegas!🎲) and had the time of his life laser tagging. So glad the universe could show him the best of lessons: fortune favors the brave!

Mama's lil Superstar! ☆☆☆ The whole fam went to Hayes' class today so we could tell them all what we love about him. This is what I've been training for, folks. The Mom Olympics. 15 minutes of gushing... could've been longer. So proud of this smart, hard-working, kind, forgiving, and funny dude!

love in the afternoon.

It was one of the greatest honors of my lifetime when Bethany asked me to walk her down the aisle. She is not only my sister, but my best friend! It is no secret that our family has been through a lot. Of course we all wished it had been our dad (including him), but for all the messes, there is still so much love. I used to wonder what God was thinking, surely our family wasn’t doing it the way He intended. I found myself totally disillusioned with the entire concept. But then I realized: I have a place to make mistakes. To get it wrong. To be loved anyway. To be known and seen from my very start. What my family lacks in finesse we make up for in giving each other the space and grace to keep trying. And I love them all to the core. So maybe we’re not getting it so wrong after all? Thank you for this, @tracyhillphoto. ♥

"Love? Be it man. Be it woman.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief." -- Anne Sexton, from part of my toast to these two tonight. 🥂So much love this weekend, I'll never get over it. Love you both!! @bekartchner @lbartlome

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