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First Day

I dropped Bella off at her first day at one of the on post childcare centers. We started out small – just two and a half hours because honestly – I don’t need a lot of care for her. A few hours for work, and several for therapy.

More than anything, I want this to be for her. I truly thought at her age we’d have 2 or 3 more kids running around, and it never crossed my mind that she’d be alone at almost 5. And yet, this is where we are. So I have to adjust my thinking for both of us, and by the look on her face this morning she’s liking it.

Bella First Day

I mean. Really. She’s just my whole heart. (Her dress and shoes are Tea Collection, book bag is by the über talented Mommy Moxie.)

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Little Friendships Along the Way

bella and her friends

I love this picture. Sure, it’s blown out with the lighting and not the best quality off my phone, but I love so much about it.

Yesterday we met up with my friend Emily and her three little boys. Her oldest is one day older than Bella. They have the sweetest little friendship.

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Our Land of Nod Homeschool Room Tour

Our Land of Nod Homeschool Room Tour

At laaaaast, our room has come aloooooong

#sorrynotsorry #dorkalert

But without singing anymore, here it is, the official Land of Nod Homeschool Room. I showed you the before, and this past week I have been editing photos and trying to figure out which of the 2,485 after pics to put in here. Boy do I ever wish I had the Babble slideshow stuff on my blog right now.

So without further adieu, welcome:

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4 Years Ago

4 years ago today I sat down on a clunky desktop and typed out this post. I was tired. I was bored. I was stuck inside all day with a 2 month old.

I missed writing and had been sucked into blogs by Beth Anne and Ashley‘s way of writing their lives for an audience.

4 years.

How long did I struggle with coming to terms of writing on here?

This has been a much different story on here than I imagined 4 years ago. I never thought I’d have documented almost losing our first home, watching Sam rejoin the military, a move to El Paso, or deciding to homeschool.

I’ve chronicled Bella’s life and her milestones, announced twins, an adoption, and another baby. This blog holds three of the start to finish lives of my sons. I’ve cried and grieved and railed against God. I’ve fallen in love with my husband all over again and again.

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Land of Nod Homeschool Room: The Before

When we moved into this house, we had absolutely no idea what we would do with a 4th bedroom. The third would be a guest bedroom – our old queen and nightstand promptly went into that. It was ideal for family and friends visiting us since we live so far from everyone.

We have 2 living areas and a dining room – so the second living area became a playroom/my work area.

When Land of Nod reached out to collaborate on a project, I wondered about turning the fourth room into something I’d always dreamed of:

our own homeschool room.

First up were measurements and photos of the room for them. I think they knew right away that the colors in the room just wouldn’t work – and thank goodness they had it painted because they were right. Here are the before shots:

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