imkristen_ “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed? — well, I meant it all, every word.” R. Fulgham • This guy celebrated his birthday this past week... There isn't much more to say other than he's my favorite and life with him is the best (and only better and better). 3d

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imkristen_ yesterday was so special the morning began with balloons, breakfast in bed, kisses from the boys, letters that made me laugh and cry, and gifts... then brunch in bed (thanks @elliebe_!) the afternoon i was treated to a mani&pedi and a long nap. and dinner was filled with all the soup and hot pretzel dreams this pregnant girl can think up. (not to mention the new maternity clothes, bouquet of daisies and m&m pizza). thank you caleb, roo, @cindy1962, and the rest of the morris family! and thank you to everyone who wrote in some way (i'm still getting back to some... my phone froze for a few hours). 26 has been good to me so far! i'm grateful and feel very loved. 2w

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imkristen_ i know these are the days i swear i won't forget, but kind of will. there is something about "sameness" that blurs together, while "change" is so memorable. june kissed july and july passed hands to august and september is sneaking in the front door. and he loves his books and his mama, and i'm determined to finish editing and remember some of this. long days in the woods, thinking about a little someone under my skin, lights over the new deck, lots and lots of yogurt and cereal, caleb's music, the pumpkin from "my mercy," help from family and friends, my first baby so big (he lines up all his cups and toys before he gets out of the shower every day). "oh what a beautiful mess this is." 2w

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imkristen_ i remember the first morning we brought him home from the hospital. our basement-apartment bedroom was nice and dark, you didn't know if it was 4 am or 9 am. caleb brought me the most excellently cooked eggs and bacon with a side of cold grapes and strawberries. i woke up to the savory smells and to the new baby smells. as surreal and wonderful as waking up in the hospital with him was, it was even "stronger" to wake him in our room. his itty diaper crunched when he kicked, his kitten purrs were faint and pathetic and perfect, his milky lips had a small scab. caleb was grinning and so peaceful. "what are we doing?! is this real?!" 26 months later we aren't over it. caleb kisses our heads good-bye before he leaves for work, and i stare at my baby. he can sleep here forever right? his diaper still crinkles when he kicks. 3w

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imkristen_ after all these years, the moment a normal, good woman becomes the prepared bride is breathtaking. every time. it must mean it's a part of "the big stuff" in life. #imkristenphotography 3w

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imkristen_ ps. these guys. oh my goodness. THE best. they do everything to take care of their woman i can't wait to be well again and return allllllll the favors. caleb works hard all day, to come home and keep us running—all the laundry, dishes, groceries, foot rubs, moral support and sweetness. one of my favorite memories of this little season was caleb holding my hair over the toilet while i, uh, emptied via my mouth and rowdy strolled in. he quietly watched the scene. and then patted my back and said "good job, mama. good work." it's all so worth it and i'm privileged to have their love. they keep me laughing and smiling and fighting. we're doing it together, boys! you're the best team! 3w
  •   kristinpartin @imkristen_ I just love your team. 3w
  •   ally_michele Gosh... they are the best!! But we knew that even before you...emptied via your mouth ;) 3w
  •   mrsdot Those are my fav memories from last year with Behr. Good job tiny man and big man! 3w
  •   reneeelisabeth93 so completely happy for you, Kristen! well you know, not the morning sick part... but kind of the morning sick part since it means baby is doing well. ️ how far along are you? 3w
  •   justfrostit ️ keep strong sweet mama, it will all be worth it when you hold that tiny newborn blessing!! 3w
  •   ameowndalee They look like the best dude sidekicks ever! 3w
  •   moma_of_3 So completely happy for you...and so completely understand the throwing up your middle every single day and having the smelling capacity that is equivalent to an entire canine unit, which would trigger my dagger again and again...ha!! So, when I think of you, I will pray that the Lord will ease your nausea. Meanwhile, try sucking on peppermints throughout the day. It seemed to help some. @imkristen_ 3w
  •   lydiacampbell @imkristen_ you're such a trooper! Really have been praying for you. 3w

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imkristen_ ever since i met caleb i've been on the receiving end of extreme kindness in a way i'd never known before. to have someone, everyday, communicate "you're my favorite, i love you, life is better with you in it, you matter, you're strong, i think you're incredible." is an enormous gift. it's also quite a gift to share very happy and very scary news with friends and have such an outpouring of "we're happy for you! we're praying! we care!" thank you for all the shared joy. it means more than you know; it's helping me get through. i'm sick, i'm tired of being sick, i'm scared of not being sick, i'm excited, i'm nervous, i'm googling, i'm "setting my mind on other things." i'm one of those people who has horrible all-day-nausea with a enough throwing up to make your middle muscles sore and your throat burn. it brings me to my knees. all three times its been the hardest thing emotionally/mentally/spiritually/physically i've ever done. in some ways all i want is relief, but then if there are a few relieving hours i fear it's all coming to an end. we lost ryan at "this week" last year, and my sickness stopped immediately (though i didn't know we had lost him then). there is a bit of a stigma in church/culture about being "comfortable"—don't be too comfortable, get out of your comfort zone, you can be courageous or you can be comfortable, etc. but, as always, there is nuance, balance and context. "praise the father of compassion and the god of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves receive from god. for just as we share greatly in the sufferings of christ, so also our comfort is great through christ. if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance." i love that real comfort is what produces that calm, strong endurance. it's not having an iron will, or being super tough, or pretending like you're not overwhelmed. it's admitting "i am having a hard time, i don't know if i can do it" and being met with tenderness, compassion, and a call to come lay down. THANK you for being a part of my comfort, for helping me overcome my fears, and for cheering us along! it's a gift! 3w
  •   court__mitchell This is perfect. I have felt the same way through both of my pregnancies with my boys. Wanting relief, but being afraid of losing them. Motherhood is one of the best, most difficult things I've ever been a part of. Thank you for your transparency. Praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy!! 3w
  •   ltdust Your mom would be so proud of you Kristen... you are an amazing strong woman. Just like her. Sending you love and hugs! 3w
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  •   lizmerringer The way you approach pregnancy, particularly the hard parts, is beautiful and inspiring. So happy for you and Caleb as your grow your little family. Thanks for letting us be a small part of the journey. 3w
  •   jennybishopaz Congrats on your new blessing! Praying you will meet this sweet babe on this side of heaven! Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your journey and heart! I started following you shortly before you lost Ryan and following your (and @mrsremi's) story has been such a blessing to me. I just miscarried my baby girl on June 30th at almost 19 weeks and if it hadn't been for the two of you sharing your stories I would've been so much more caught off guard and lost. Know you are impacting others and your words bring hope to those of us who are in the darkness right now. Praying for your sweet family and a healthy pregnancy! 3w
  •   mrsremi @jennybishopaz you're sweet to write and share and the little I know from what you've walked through only amazes me more. Sending you lots of love as you heal! 3w
  •   _countrylivingmama_ @imsarahc that is true love. 4d

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imkristen_ "when you haven’t yet had your heart really broken, the gospel isn’t about death and rebirth. it’s about life and more life. it’s about hope and possibility and a brighter future. and it is, certainly, about those things. but when you’ve faced some kind of death—the loss of someone you loved dearly, the utter failure of a dream, the total fracture of a relationship—that’s when you start understanding the central metaphor. when your life is easy, a lot of the really crucial parts of christian doctrine and life are nice theories, but you don’t really *need* them. when, however, death of any kind is staring you in the face, all of a sudden rebirth and new life are very, very important to you." shauna niequist • we are so excited for this new life, and praying fervently we get to share many years on earth with this person. this is the good, big stuff and we are so grateful for a chance to be a part of the entire process again. we love you, little one! 3w
  •   dulcetulsi Congratulations!! So excited and happy for you 3w
  •   lisastepi Congratulation Kristen, I'm so happy for you! I've followed your blog/instagram for probably 6 years, I've loved watching everything God's done in your life, and still pray for you all often. May God continue to keep you all in His perfect peace & love!! 3w
  •   cait_elizabeth So proud of you and overwhelmed with joy for your family! God is so very good. 3w
  •   justfrostit Congratulations! Such a blessing!! 3w
  •   meganbeth1 beautiful news, sweet girl! xo 3w
  •   momma_glab praying for you 2w
  •   emmyhammy Congratulations & God bless 7d

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imkristen_ "blessings all mine with ten thousand beside. great is thy faithfulness!" happy three years to the most wonderful part of my life. i absolutely adore you and the life we get to share with each other! #ckmorrisanniverseray 3w
  •   punkiney God is good! 3w
  •   ahsatan83 Happy Anniversary!! 3w
  •   itserinmorris Happiest of anniversaries! 3w
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  •   mrsremi Happy anni to some of my favorite people!! 3w
  •   naomielleschwartz "great is thy faithfulness" by jimmy needham is Devereaux's happy, magical nap-time song... and we were listening to it as I read this post. ;) happy anniversary!! 3w
  •   brandybrandenburg Always think of you as I celebrate my baby girls bday. Happy anniversary. 3w
  •   laceyforward I remember when Jamie made her way to attend your wedding! You don't know me but I love reading your posts and I'm Jamie's cousin. Happy anniversary! 3w

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imkristen_ "you yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. you show that you are the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the spirit of the living god, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." 2 cor 3:3 • i found my mom's bible a few weeks ago. she started using it in the mid-eighties when she was single. adventures and dating and marriage and lots of babies and some deaths and a couple decades. she was the real deal. and once she had children, we were her ministry. she was one of those people who just *loved* being a mom and having a house full of children. she didn't have seven kids out of guilt or fear, but absolutely out of love: she just couldn't decide "never again" because she loved the whole process so much. she liked us, and got a kick out of us. loving us and knowing us was her worship and her joy. she was a silent sufferer with steel arms and unwavering will. peaceful, gentle, sassy and so... SO... strong. she wrote the powerful adoration of god onto the tablets of our hearts, and we live in the legacy of yet another dazzling (yet simple) life from the great family tree. the pages are soft and thin, the binding is loose, the leather is floppy, and there is strength. 3w

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imkristen_ "if there is one soul in your care, one face in your loving gaze, one hand in yours, then you are loving the world. and so the work, the love we give and receive and lavish on the seemingly small tasks and choices of our days can tip the scales of justice and mercy in our world." @sarahbessey • dirty clothes, unruly hair, lots of colors, chatty ideas, imagination exploding, questions galore—i love these days with my boy. 4w

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imkristen_ "in praise of sandwiches and oranges, of take-out pizza. in praise of of still feeling the relief of pressing send on that email. in praise of a husband, working so hard such long hours, who is home for the whole day. in praise of going inside to sit at a coffeeshop. in praise of driving alone with windows down, the dark stone clouds rising up to reveal the light at last. of used bookstores. in praise of a quiet house with tinies playing outside. in praise of wide open windows and green trees." sarah bessey • in praise of darling newburyport, massachusetts and the fun travels we had this summer. and in praise of being home and being just as happy. 4w

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imkristen_ The first year of grief is a very unique one. In some ways it's the most intense year, and in other ways it's the most vague. Though Caleb and I are "our own little family," it was very important to us to use our togetherness to support people we love so much. We offered to homeschool Shannon and Lauren with my dad, and because of various circumstances it worked out great for Lauren to come live with us in Oklahoma from January until May. I really wanted to be present for them that first year, especially. So we set off on a new adventure! And lawd, if I got to have full reign over a sixth grade curriculum, food HAD to be involved Lauren has actually wanted to open up a bakery since she saw the show "DC Cupcakes" on TLC years ago. The week before my mom died we all went down to Georgetown and Lauren got to have her first DC Cupcake from the *actual* shop. So we made a business/food elective for her this year. My dad taught about business principals, I taught about modern social media and business, and then the fun began. In our unfinished kitchen in Oklahoma Lauren made recipe after recipe, decided the "look" of her new little brand, curated the foods (some are from our mom and some are new), made an outline, and set up the food displays for me to photograph. I'm beyond proud of her and it was such a fun project to work on together (however; it would have been more fun if we had a dishwasher ). She often wanted to jump right in and start something but she's waited patiently to get a lot of things in place behind the scenes. Now that she has a HUGE storehouse of pictures, successful creations, and big exciting vision @adayinthekitchen is live! Go show that 12-year-old some love! "Grief needs beauty." And beauty is meant to be shared -- especially with funny, cool little sisters who mean the world to you! 2mon

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imkristen_ i had pulled out 48 chicken legs for dinner at dad's house, and caleb had an idea to have a competition. "you with the oven, me on the grill?" runners, take your mark! *hooooooorn* his charred-dry-rub-cajun-legs vs. my baked-peach-dijon-brown-sugar-legs. votes were split down the middle—three for each (though everyone agreed his texture was better, while my flavor was better.) next time he'll grill with my glaze and *actually* all be winners. "that's what i love about sunday..." and family summer nights. #thefeedfeed #summerfood #thekitchn #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject 2mon
  •   cindy1962 both sound delish 2mon
  •   abbaganza It looks delicious! 2mon
  •   mama2a Sounds like a good time! 2mon
  •   bobbie__brown I love this! And it looks so pretty on the plate too 2mon
  •   dudesnyder Rowdy chose Calebs decision not split Caleb 3 Kristen 2 2mon
  •   imkristen_ @dudesnyder but Rowdy chose mine first -- and then everyone screamed/cheered at him 2mon
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  •   phengrant Looks absolutely delicious. :) watermelon in the fridgeeeee @imkristen_ 2mon

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imkristen_ "social media is cool. but make sure you're living a life that actually makes you happy, not just one that looks cool on the outside." @emitoms via @victoriaexplores 2mon

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imkristen_ an interesting aspect of growing up is how you start to question yourself. for me i started questioning my world ("is what i've always been taught true?") first, and myself next. "am i 'adventurous' or is that code for 'i run from my problems and distract myself with lots of new scenes'?" "am i good on the go, or am i just bad at staying still?" "am i tough and capable, or just cold and stony?" "when i say i love [fill in the thing] do i mean that, or do i feel like i'm supposed to say that so i do?" "do i eat to fill emotional voids?" "why am i so bad at keeping in touch and getting back to people? is something wrong with me or am i forgetful or am i really just rude and lazy?" "am i being honest and a lover of truth or am i kind of a big, overwhelming, cynical jerk?" "how do you balance wisdom and foolishness with courage and fear? there are, like, so many categories: wise-and-safe, wise-and-risky, foolish-and-safe, foolish-and-risky. so am i being wise by listening to that uneasy feeling or am i being a scaredy mouse who needs to just try? am i being foolish and wreckless by jumping in when something doesn't feel quite right, or am i being courageous and trusting?" the questions, man. but there's no end to the comfort when someone else who cares about you says "i wonder the same thing too! and i have no idea." those scary-honest friendships with everything from interesting commentary to soul-searching hash outs are the good things in life. and i'm grateful for the bundle of people in all of human history that i get to think out loud with. #terrain #terraingardencafe #latergram #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #vsco #liveauthentic #nothingisordinary 2mon
  •   carlottacisternas So so good Kristen 2mon
  •   sweetlittlebean I love this. I love how you see the possibilities of good, when it would be easy to just conclude bad. 2mon
  •   karabbey Do you live in my head? Amazing- you're so not alone!! 2mon
  •   breabird @imkristen_ yes! So much of what I wrestle with too. And we thought we'd have it all figured out by now, right? Thank you for being so gut-honest real. It's refreshing. 2mon
  •   danielletrista So good!! Thank you for sharing! 2mon
  •   corinne_glab Thanks for letting me crash your kitchen counter today. I think I might need to come and crash your Oklahoma one too. 2mon
  •   wenhardts @kdipzinski read. This is how you are a friend to me... Thanks for always being there for me! 4w
  •   kdipzinski @wenhardts sis! Same goes for you!! 4w

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imkristen_ it's something special to genuinely hope your child grows up to be "just like" (in his own, unique version, of course) your best friend. kind, interesting, gracious, excitable, sincere, amazed by amazing things, committed, willing, fun, the best. i hope that's exactly what he's like. 2mon

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imkristen_ oh, just mouth-dreaming about the time we had in-n-out for lunch and then again for dinner... and almost went back for more as a midnight snack. best $14 i could possibly spend 2mon

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imkristen_ one year we were on the road during the fourth of july. my parents had their six, five, three and one year old stuffed into their "wooden" caravan (remember those? with the fake paneling?) and we were headed back to maryland from upstate new york. mom had prepared and dressed us in our red-white-and-blue best, even though we were just going to be in the car all day. she saw a decorated cute shop on the side of the highway and asked my dad to pull over so she could take a picture of us in front of it. we all hopped out, smiled the best we could, and piled back in. she had a few dollar store holiday-themed goodies for us and let us get firecracker popsicles at the rest stop. grateful for freedom, for sacrifice, for the unseen/unnoticed details, for chances to reflect and remember, for reasons to honor those who created and protect my home, and for my former army captain mother. it's hard to get it when you're six... but twenty years later it all can leave your heart-pounding. i'm grateful! 2mon

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imkristen_ "adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals." neil gaiman • other than the people i can't gather up and take with me, the thing i miss most when traveling is cooking! it's such a joy to get to create a dinner -- from brainstorms to each smell to all the flavors to the people who get to enjoy too! [summer corn soup with zucchini and avocado and cold watermelon-feta-mint salad] #latergram #thefeedfeed #thekitchn #weobviouslyhadburgerstoday 2mon
  •   mrsdot Ooooh! I think I need the recipe. 2mon

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