Inspiration/motivation · Living with PKU · Moms

My Family

Hello! How has everyone been? I know it has been quite a while since I’ve posted anything.

Well, I have been just a bit busy with these little munchkins. I am loving being a mom of two. It is just enough challenge for me right now to keep me learning and praying lots. Some days are filled with joy. Others, with little sleep, can be very testing. But aren’t these girls cute?

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We got some lovely family pictures taken by Silver Lining Photography (Phoenix area) last month.

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This has nothing to do with PKU but I just have to share these wonderful photos! And while I’m at it, let me introduce my family.

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This is Jeff. He is my best friend, and my nerdy and cute husband. He is currently working on a PhD in mechanical engineering at ASU. I’m pretty proud of him.

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He loves being a Dad and is so supportive of me in my motherhood. I am so blessed!

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Meet Elena.

This is my bright, beautiful, crazy, social, helpful, creative, sweet two-and-a-half year-old.

She has always drawn people in with her huge blue eyes and personable demeanor. Jeff and I are both pretty chill so sometimes we don’t know where this strong-willed girl came from!

I would say the hardest part about having a 2 year-old and a baby…is having a 2 year-old. It has definitely been challenging at times. But I have been taking positive discipline classes that have reminded me to see her as a little person with seeds of greatness, and to nurture those core qualities that make her who she is. Easier said than done! But that’s my goal.

This is our sweet little Abigail.

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She is just so awesome. We knew right away her personality was much more calm than Elena’s (God knows what you need!). This baby will put herself to sleep on her own. That is not to say I have not had weeks worth of almost sleepless nights with teething and sleep regression. But it makes nap time really smooth, and is definitely a plus with (possibly a result of?) having a toddler sister for mommy to take care of.

Abigail is a great baby, and I love what I can already see of her soul as well. She has a radiant smile that shines with her virtue and kindness.


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So that’s us! We are very busy and drained during this grad school/young parenting phase of life, but as we put God and our family first, and try to keep life very simple, everything seems to work out, and at the end of the day we are filled with a deep sense of peace.


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