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Kristine Neeley  Beloved β€’ Wife β€’ Momma β€’ Writer β€’ Adventurer "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." – Robert Louis Stevenson

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It's a bird bath! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

I'm feeling all kinds of grateful, today.
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For the little things, sure. But mostly for the reminders everywhere that a year ago, today, my heart couldn't fathom a day where it would ever not feel shattered, and yet, I felt Him call me to trust. To trust and to follow Him to a deeper and fuller understanding of redemption than I could ever imagine.
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And so, I did.
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I didn't know where the story was going, but I knew I could trust the One who somehow always writes beauty into the most broken places.
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And that, He has done.

Today, was a good one.
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Today, I listened to the thunderstorm roll in while snuggling the baby in bed. Today, I watched the second wave of storms arrive, tucked into a blanket by the bay window with my girl in my lap. Today, we ate peanut butter oatmeal bars before building a cozy fort, in which we watched Peter Pan, ate freshly stovepopped corn, and "roasted" marshmallows over a rainbow paper "fire" we made on a whim. Today, I took a nap. Today, I went on a date with my husband.
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Today, I felt a little less stuck and not so sad.
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Today was the first in some weeks that did not feel like an hourly (often times, losing) fight for joy.
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Today, I hope, was a taste of the days ahead.

"But I already am one, Mommy, so I'll just stay that way. Okay?"
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"Promise me, you will."
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"Deal, Mommy. It's a deal."

It's hitting me hard, all of a sudden, how quickly time has gone with him.
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Maybe it's that he's turning nine months in just a few short days and soon after, it will be spring. Two babies before have taught me enough to know how these days ahead pick up the pace: little legs and longer days flying by faster than I could ever hope to keep up.
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I feel cheated. And yet, I have had everything I could ever want in this season of his life.
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Except maybe just a little more time to let him linger, to soak up the fresh wonder of his life and all the ways a baby makes life sweet – him, especially.

I usually get a little blue coming home from trips, but this post-Disney slump has been surprisingly difficult. Everything, including me, feels a little (okay, maybe a lot) off: the boys under the weather, a foiled valentines, the house a perpetual state of "where does this even go?" It's actually quite disorienting.
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I know it will pass, I know the kids will get better, I know the (pixie)dust will settle and all will be well. But for now, I'm going to give myself the grace and space I need to feel and file this all under "things I never imagined I'd feel as an adult about Walt Disney World."

Adventure is out there!
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But it's also, most certainly, at home. And now that I'm starting to daydream about sleeping in my own bed, eating a meal with the usual din of my dinner table, and enjoying the relative quiet of only my kids in our space, I know it's about time to get back.
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I wouldn't trade this week for anything, and I'm sad to go – but I'm excited to take all this magic back to the place I get to make for my family. ✨

The ears are always the first to go!

This bub has been on every "any height" ride like the rest of us, has catnapped, nursed and mostly smiled his way through our days in the parks, and has only had one rough night, so far.
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If you had told me five years ago I'd ever attempt Disney with a baby (in addition to two older children), I would've told you were straight up crazy. But somewhere along the way, I got braver. And mostly, I got better at asking for help and letting go a bit – of control, of perfectionism, of fear.
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I've still got worlds to grow, but if there's anything this trip hits home for me is the deep gratitude for the best little teachers and big helpers around!

He was a hit with the princesses this week, that's for sure! ☺

What a day, what a day. πŸ’™

We've still got it. πŸ˜‚ Sometimes life feels a lot like Space Mountain – riding a roller coaster at lightning speed in the dark – but there's no one else I'd rather share the ride or look ridiculous with than this guy.

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