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Naomi Gal  wife + artist + mama to four beauties β€’ living an adventurous, grateful, wholehearted life β€’ YEG canada

Good morning my sunshines. ✨

You know there's been a few too many late summer nights when your 7-year-old passes out on a fake log at the library mid afternoon. πŸ˜΅πŸ˜† #responsibleparenting101

My kids ask me to play with them a lot. Even my 13 year old. I say "maybe later" more than I want to admit. Because, you know β€” gotta get that meal made or those dishes done, there's emails waiting and a to do list a mile long. But lately, I've been saying "sure!" more often. And instead of putting THEM on hold, I've been putting the TO DO list on hold. Because the stuff will always be there. But my babies won't. It's the cliche of the century - but it's so so true. Mamas, I see you and I know you're tired. I know you're spent. I know you dream of silence. 🀐😜 But I'm telling you, go jump on the tramp, let them fly like airplanes on your feet, get on your bikes and ride around the block, sit on the floor and play that boring game..... even for just 20 minutes.... look them in the eyeballs and smile your biggest smile... it fills our kids' love tanks right up to the top, exponentially more than we will ever know. And the funny thing is.... it actually fills us right up too. ❀️❀️❀️ #stayawaketolove #outloudgratitude

Thoroughly enjoying these little babies on the deck 🌱🌱🌱(Let's not think about 3 months from now..... ❄️❄️❄️)

Check out Kaia wearing the cuuuutest backpack made just for kiddos! Our friends @fieldworkbaby and @fieldworkcompany are brilliant and make the coolest stuff. (πŸ“Έ: @kristenmarie_ )

Our summer bucket list, officially on the chalkboard! All four kids contributed their own ideas to the list. (The 13 year old said this was "sooooo embarrassing", hence the hiding. πŸ˜‚ And he wanted you to know it was NOT his idea to run through the sprinkler. Haha I love teenagers so much!) Let the good times rolllllll πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

βœŒπŸΌπŸ›€πŸ½ We're all smiles for @honest bubble bath! It's the only bubble bath we use - no irritants, no sketchy ingredients, no itchy skin! We love it. Sweet Orange Vanilla for daytime baths, Dreamy Lavender for bedtime. (Anyone else plop their kiddos in the bath in the middle of the day just for something to do?!) ☺️ #thehonestcompany #sponsored

We're not walking through a forest today. It's a stay home and clean kind of day. 😏
I woke up with Grace by U2 on my mind (one of my faves) so I'm filling the house and my soul with those unreal words that get me every time.....
β€’
"Grace
She takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name //
Grace
It's a name for a girl
It's also a thought that
Changed the world //
....What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings //
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things
Grace finds beauty
In everything
Grace finds goodness
In everything"

You know it was a great day at the lake when you step in a giant pile of dog πŸ’© at 9:30pm, in flip flops, and it gets on your foot and smells like death, but not even THAT can steal the smile off your face because the day was just THAT great!! πŸ˜‚
And the kids fell asleep in the car with s'mores still stuck to their faces and campfire smell on their clothes and it was absolutely, wonderfully glorious. 😍😍@johnnygal @benjaminrobertloates @litl_bird

When one of the kindest, most gracious friends has the most perfect twins and you get to snuggle them.... yesterday was an absolute dream! There were many joyful tears, so thankful for God's goodness and blessing upon this family. I could stare at these precious peanuts all day. Love you dearly, @superpauls, you amazing mama to FOUR! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

It's been a couple years since I've done a #fridayintroductions and lots of you may not know much about me, so I thought I'd jump on the train today and re-introduce myself! β€’ πŸ‘‹πŸΌ Hey, I'm Naomi and I like pizza and cake but I'm also a big salad girl and could eat fruit and veggies forever. Just throw in pizza and cake (and maybe some ice cream) every now and then for balance and I'll be good. πŸ˜‰ β€’ I'm married to the amazing Johnny, who is my rock, and I have 4 wild and wonderful kids who fascinate me on the daily. My life is the farthest thing from perfect, I make a plethora of mistakes, motherhood is hard, I don't want to do any more laundry, but thank God for grace. Grace carries me. β€’ I studied art at Alberta College of Art and Design many years ago. People often ask what kind of art I do and why I don't share more of it. I work in mixed media, and in the past did a lot of drawing and commissioned work for clients. I don't make much art these days and I'm currently without a studio but I'm hoping to make big changes this fall to allow more time/space for art making and creative dream following. β€’ My favorite thing is the beach and messy beach hair and bare feet in the sand. I'm not very fancy and I don't care much about fancy expensive stuff. I like natural beauty and the sun on my face. I even like my laugh lines. πŸ˜±πŸ˜„β€’ I'm 42 and I've lived a lot of life in those years with many ups and many downs. I've devoted lots of years to being a mom and I'm just now rediscovering who I am. β€’ I have a big heart for reaching other women in life. I want to encourage and empower and lift them up. I want to remind them of who they are. My heart breaks for moms who feel alone in the journey. I know what that's like and I long to draw them into a big, wide, open circle of belonging. β€’ phew that was a lot of random information... haha if you're still reading, thankyou SO MUCH for sticking around! I appreciate each and every one of you. Thanks for being here and for following my crazy family! Much love from me to you. ❀️❀️❀️

That one time we went to our town fair and later in the evening we had a pizza picnic on a hill and the clouds were dancing and I snapped this pic. That was a really, really good day. #summervibes

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