Monday, January 21, 2013

Memory Keeper

Breakfast is my favorite meal to eat with the babies. 
Their little squinty eyes...the promise of a new day...being surrounded by my tiny friends.
We have a song that we sing every morning at breakfast.
A made-up little diddy.

"It's gonna be a great day! A great day! A great day!
It's gonna be a great dayyyyy! Hallujah Praise the Lord!"

The big two sing it at the top of their lungs.
Cade only sings the word "day" at the appropriate times.
And at the very end of the song we all do a fist pump with a loud "woooo!"
They're a funny group when it comes to breakfast food.
Perhaps a bit spoiled.
I love making hot breakfasts... pancakes, french toast, muffins, etc.
I bought a box of multi-grain cheerios this past week.
I hadn't slept well the night before and was having a slow start.
I suggested we just have a bowl of cereal for breakfast.
 It tickled me when Colt said "cereal!? What a treat!!!"
And Emma deemed it the best day ever since we were having cheerios.
The boys relationship lately reminds me of two little bear cubs.
They're constantly tangled up rolling around.
I love watching their little flailing limbs and hearing their tiny laughs and growls.
Bear cubs.
Each night before bed the big kids and I read a chapter from a book.
Our current read is "Little House on the Prairie."
I'd say it's been their favorite chapter book we've read so far.
Every one of our family members has been renamed.
Travis is Pa, I am Ma, Emma is Mary, Cade is Baby Carrie (poor thing),
 Roland our dog is Jack and Colt is Albert (from the tv show).
They have taken the name changes seriously.
Especially Colt.
When he prays for us at meals or bedtime he refers to us as Ma and Pa.
As I sit here typing up this post little Eloise is busy moving around in my belly.
Some sort of little body part (I'm thinking her heel) keeps poking straight out.
I love rubbing the little bump that keeps popping out!
It's a miracle to think that in just a short time that little heel will be in my arms!
I treasure being the mom to my three (almost four!) babies.
The other night I was in the kitchen after supper.
I had just finished cleaning up from supper and had started to make a batch of cookies for the next day.
Trav had already bathed the kids. 
They were running around the house in their jammies.
Their bare feet pattering on the wood floor.
Colt ran into the kitchen and asked what I was making.
When I told him cookies his little face lit up and he dashed off to tell Emma the great cookie news.
I loved the look of excitement on his face. 
I loved knowing that the promise of homemade cookies can bring them such joy.
I loved knowing that everyone was cozy and safe.
That they were clean and in warm pajamas.
We are so blessed.

Moments like those are ones I want to remember and savor.
Simple memories.
But ones that are special to me.
I am so thankful to be home with my kids.
Savoring each moment...not missing anything.
The Lord has been faithful and is so good to provide.

One of the things I love most about having this blog is that it's been such 
a great way for me to remember little moments.
I've decided that every Monday I am going to do a post called "Memory Keeper."
For my own sake.
Moments I don't want to forget.
One of my goals this year was to take my role as "memory keeper" more seriously.
Not just taking pictures.
But making sure to write down even the simplest memories.

Hope your weekend was a good one!
Just a little blog reminder...
Thursday is another round of Thrifty Thoughts!
Make sure to get your posts ready!
And on Friday is the huge baby gift giveaway!

Happy Monday friends :)


  1. Beautiful post Ashley! I also treasure many of the same moments:) simple. Pure. The most wonderful of all'

  2. this is very sweet. :) My daughter is reading the little house series right now. she told me Laura's new baby sister is named Grace. So maybe your kids will call your new baby Grace. :)

  3. I just love the idea of "Memory Kerper." I may have to borrow it! :) That's a sweet song and a great way to start the day! My kids, like me, love cereal, but they do request cinnamon toast a lot! :) Yummy! Your kiddos are precious and blessed to have you at home with them! Have a blessed week! :)

  4. You did such a great job painting a picture, I felt like I was there. I love mornings too for the very same reason. Thanks for the reminder to savor each moment:) xoxo

  5. Simple memories. Those are my favorite. Let us remember all of them for all of our days:)))

  6. These are beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  7. Love those sweet babies thinking cereal is a treat! Don't they know warm breakfast is the real treat?!?!?! So sweet!

    I like the idea of memory keeping. There are so many things I feel like I"m going to forget, just from lack of time or place to write it down...I've GOT to write this down. Just this weekend with my Grandmother having a massive stroke, there are so many questions regarding hospitals, Jesus, praying, etc. Things I never want to forget!

    Y'all are the sweetest! Happy Tuesday!

  8. "Memory Keeper" what a great title! That is exactly what my blog is, my Memory Keeper. I need to slow down more & take more time to enjoy the little moments. It seems I'm always running a rat race & I do not want to take God's blessings for me for granted one single second. This post was such a perfect reminder. Enjoy all your days my friends as we all know they will end way to soon.

  9. This is precious!! You two little ones are absolutely adorable and I'm lovin' your corner of the blog world :)

    Consider me your newest follower , Happy Wednesday.