about a {year} ago

by Tina on August 24, 2010

in family

Being a Mom is the most wonderful and amazing thing that has ever happened to me, but some days it is just plain tiring.  Our littlest Tribesmen seems to have the energy level of three wild oxen combined into one very compact, and might I add cute, package.  He seems to have been born ready to go, go, go!

Not much has changed since we took this photo last year… well, except that he runs faster, climbs higher, and jumps a whole lot further than I think is normal for his age… because SURELY this is not normal!  I was fearful of how we would keep him entertained all summer with only the belongings we could stuff into our suitcases but we’ve discovered that a few cars and a stroll around the block go a long, long way.

Not only that, but he has just grown more cuddly and it melts my heart that he only wants “Mama” right now.  Oh, and he loves to give kisses… to us, to stuffed animals… and even the doggies on the street get them from afar.

He is such a keeper… and even though I may collapse into my bed at night in total exhaustion from tending to three kids, moving from here to there, and doing all that it takes to keep everyone safe, fed, loved on, bathed, clothed… well, you know… all that mom stuff… I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.  Not even a meal without little fingers running through my guacamole, someone inevitably wanting to sit on my lap, getting up exactly three thousand two hundred and seventeen times for one more cup of milk and seconds of what I have yet to have firsts of.  One glance over at the Traveling Girl and I realize that it is brief, that all stages shall pass, and little kisses cover over a multitude of sins.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

stephanie muzzulin August 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Such a sweet post and the layout is amazing!!!!


Bethany August 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I just chuckled and smiled through this. Just at being in the same stage of life, with its sweetness and challenge. In the same seat holding a toddler, who is eating my dinner, after wolfing down his own. And what he is not eating, he is touching and asking “What’s this?” Tonight when I get up 3,000 times before my first bite, I will think of you! Thank God we wake up {mostly} refreshed and ready to do it all over again each day!


Kathryn August 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I honestly don’t know how you mom’s do it. Beautiful post.


Torrie @ a place to share... August 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

words of pure truth and beauty.


Sarah Young August 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I love this post and am so right there with ya! <3


Abby August 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Oh I love it!


Janelle August 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

Adorable, Tina. You’re such a wise mom. Children do grow so quickly and before you know it the kisses aren’t there as often as you like. Life is full of interesting seasons. So smart to enjoy the one you’re in…


Karen G August 25, 2010 at 12:32 am

Your little keeper is a cutie! :> I hear ya, Mama…..they are exhausting, but so innocent, so curious, so full of life. Such a sweet post, Tina and an adorable layout to mark the memory with. :>


kelleyn August 25, 2010 at 12:53 am

I love the statement that little kisses cover up a multitude of sins. So Sweet! I hope your move to your new place goes well. I am sorry your stuff is going to take longer before it reaches you. Thanks for the suggestion of the Antique Market. I will check there.


Jo August 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Tina, this is just so beautiful! Jo x


Papou August 26, 2010 at 2:38 am

Thank goodness your mom always insisted we eat as a family as often as possible. Thinking back on those days I remember our biggest challenge was to keep all four of you from grabbing our clothes with your food-laden hands. Your mom rarely had a day when both sides of her blouse weren’t covered in some type of food from little fingers grabbing her.


clouds August 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Tina, I’m totally luving yer scrap pages! so cute and fun! luv luv them! yer baby boy sure is cute :) I’ve heard kids are a lot of work, hehe :)



Carly August 27, 2010 at 6:34 am

Can I just tell you how much I am lovin’ all your scrapbook pages these days! You are an amazing and inspiring scrapbook artist and this page is totally fabulous!!!


Tiffany Johnson August 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

AMEN sister! I love this page and the journaling is precious!


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