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THE HELP

I've been noticing more and more how much Matilda wants to "help." She helps me make my coffee in the morning (I've gone to the dark side - decaf) and she helps me make smoothies, make up the bed, get the trash can off the curb, get the mail. There is no task too small. This weekend Sam was washing (and waxing!!) my car and Matilda was overjoyed to help him. She put on her little swimsuit and her new (don't judge) crocs (best shoes for kids ever!) and hit the pavement. She helped him the entire time. Do you see the joy on this kid's face?!

Such a reminder for me to empower her and give her responsibilities because she craves it. She also craves routine and structure which I'm working on helping her to be a little more flexible. I don't want her world to get rocked all at once when the babe comes. They are going to be sharing a room (should I be scared?) and I would love any advice from you pros who have been there done that with a 3+ year old and an infant.

I watched this really beautiful sermon on parenting that really made me think about God's grace for me, how I accept it, and how I pass that down to my children. I can be really hard on myself and beat myself up and I realize how important it is for me not to pass that lovely trait down. I want to let my little ones know that they don't have to live in guilt and shame. If you have a few minutes (parent or not) this is worth a watch...

Did you have a great weekend? I sure hope so.

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  1. Beautiful Lesley! Every day your kids will teach you something new about yourself. Take the bad with the good and just take it all day by day. I never imagined I'd have twins after having a beautiful little girl that we faced many challenges with outside of our control. Although most days are tough (I won't lie), that new little one will fit right in with your family and you will learn the joy of seeing the future you are creating for your children. Believe in yourself and let no one make you doubt yourself, your beliefs, and your life.

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    1. thank you for the kind (and honest) advice megan! being a mom is the most beautiful and simultaneously hardest thing a woman can ever do! you sure do have three darling kiddos!

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  2. These pictures are so totally darling.

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  3. I just wanted to say I'm so glad you're back! Missed your words and inspiration.

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    1. thank you for the encouragement emily! that makes me feel so good. :)

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  4. This is simply adorable! What a cute bathing suit.

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    1. thanks daisy! that's a little target special. she loves it!

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  5. I love seeing them start to want to help more and more. My daughter Rowan is still little but I can tell she loves to feel involved. I try to get her to help take laundry out and little things like that where she can feel like she is helping.

    p.s I just posted pictures on my blog of my daughter in the sprinkler wearing the same bathing suit! Love that bathing suit!!

    Your pictures are just too cute!!

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  6. p.s haha I think every little girl has that bathing suit!

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    1. rowan is darling! yes, i think it's this seasons "it" target bathing suit for little girls. ha!

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  7. She looks so cute in that suit! Violet and Max have always shared a room, and it's worked well. Don't be scared! :)

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  8. Love these pics! Don't be scared about them sharing a room ;) Although we only have one child obviously, I was one of five kids, and at one point in my childhood us FOUR GIRLS shared a room! Plus the baby can stay in your room for as long as you feel comfortable.

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  9. first of all, congrats on your pregancy....may it be a healthy.

    my two girls share a room....no issues so far. They are 8 and 5.

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  10. I love the "little helper" stage! I'm sure she will be such a great big sister too.

    Although my boys do not share a room, they are right across the hall from each other in our small house with wooden floors. I was so worried that Jett would wake Luke up but truly, Luke never woke up even once. I shared a room with my sister until we were 16 and 14. We loved every minute of it too :)

    I also worry about passing down my anxiety to my boys. Gonna go watch the sermon now! Thanks :)

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  11. You're little helper is just amazing, Matilda is so cute. and i find it very amazing that she loves helping out. and i could see from the photos that shes enjoying it. that is a very good attitude when it comes to helping out. more power to you and your family

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