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imkristen_ my girls. for nearly 15 years we've been a trio. as you can imagine, having them FINALLY see oklahoma, see this place that changed me, was a memory of lifetime. they happily let me do what i love to do (feed them) and they automatically washed and dried dishes by my side. they tidied up and folded clothes while i read history lessons, and come afternoon the whole clan would head out for sight-seeing. we watched 4:00 am come and go, finally hunkering down by five. sister wives jokes (poor caleb!), life vision, art, body image, high-school, food, dating, parenting, comfort zones, worries, updates, sex, new friends, emotions, ideas, allergies, career successes, death, teasing, feminism, people watching, business... we covered it all side for politics. "oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” [dinah maria mulock craik] i miss you, my girls. 8h

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imkristen_ "mama! roostie hidin! mama! find roostie!" • "​the baby years are short, kind of like five minutes… it doesn’t seem like it, but he will go on to kindergarten then read the harry potter series then join the 'ninja club' in middle school then play high school soccer and rent his first tux for prom and run over a fence in his truck. you will hit your knees and thank god that you got to parent this kid, that he was yours. my gosh…what a gift." jen hatmaker #hopeformotherhood #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #socality #vsco #vscocam 3d
  •   bblank525 Loved that article! Made me cry and I'm not even a mama 3d
  •   thealisonhoward Isn't that the truth. 3d
  •   mrsdot Is it bad that part of what I hearted was the supposed return of brain cells? Love that Roo. 3d
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  •   rmhuston I just read that yesterday! Love her. 3d
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  •   cynrah I was bawling reading that article this evening. 3d

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imkristen_ as @lydiajane said well: "it's nice when you know you're having such a wonderful time, and you haven't even thought about instagram!" having my two childhood best friends in my new neck of the woods has been, well, wonderful. the other night we finally went up to bed around 4:45 am. you don't realize when you're in highschool that a day will come when you don't see each other six days a week; that you'll go months at a time without a reunion (i can hear my mom saying: "or years!!"). it makes the little things like the morning shower circuit and end of day dish washing "parties" more warm and good than i could have ever thought. i hope my kids get to find "their people" young in life. i know it's rare. and i'm forever glad my girls come along in sixth grade. 3d

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imkristen_ i met caleb in 2010, and ever since then my middle-school-bests, courtney and @lydiajane, have been wanting to come see oklahoma -- to put faces to names, places to stories, and experience to imagination. we FINALLY got our schedules to match and this is the week they come! and see! my worlds get to collide. lyd arrived last night and today we reimagined some $4 thrift store paintings to make art for dear ol' carolwood. #vsco #vscocam #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #thehappynow #socality #friendship #thebestship 1w

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imkristen_ one of the most common activities of my childhood was model-home and open-house browsing. my parents would load us up into the minivan and spend the weekend looking at place after place. this was in the early to mid 1990's -- a time when dark cherry wood, "honey oak cabinets", forest green, plaid or floral slipcovers, those brass lighting fixtures we all spray paint now, and "sponge textured" walls were the rage. most of the model homes featured these style "techniques." my mom, however, had a hankering for white, bright spaces with accents of periwinkle and cobalt blue. every now and then she'd find a home with a sunny white kitchen and she'd pull me into to enjoy it with her. as we moved a handful of times throughout my life, mom's white kitchen checklist item was always bumped off the "must have list," taking a back seat to five bedrooms, a big yard, and size of kitchen. in her final months caleb renovated her dark-and-hunter-green kitchen into the brighter white one she always dreamed of having. there are open shelves, hanging copper pots, white cabinets, a big farm sink, an extended butcher block island: all the things she imagined back before it was on trend. my dad found boxes of her beloved blue and white kitchen things in the garage this past summer. it was emotional for him, but he meaningfully lined the newly installed open shelves with her dishes and bowls. after MUCH begging, i got him to give me one (the one with pears on it -- she's had it my whole life). i've started my one blue and white dish collection, and can't wait to have a white kitchen. it makes me feel like mom has visited, or like she knows my home. it feels like she's been here recently. it makes me realize how all those saturdays in the minivan mattered. #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #kinfolk #momfolk #vsco #vscocam #tjmaxx #anthropologie #goodwill #thegarage 1w
  •   ashleerenewells I've been dreaming of a blue and white kitchen since I was a preteen. Love this, but especially the story! 1w
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  •   hannahlizza Love everything about this 1w
  •   sweetlittlebean I've always loved blue and white plates. Beautiful!! 1w
  •   bethanythislittleestate Just found your IG and I'm crying into my morning coffee. You have a way with words and your mama had a way with style. So lovely of you to share both. 4d

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imkristen_ rowdy has been our little miracle sleeper (i'm kind of nervous to ever have another kid someday because i'm pretty sure lightning won't strike twice!). he has been raised in flexible, changing surroundings and he really rolls with it. he falls asleep almost anywhere (just like his mom and dad). since october (when we packed up a penske truck and moved our things to oklahoma) he's been sleeping in our bed with us. he had his own room in maryland, and he looooved to be put to bed in his dark, warm cave. he usually slept 10-12 hours at night. but since we were staying with friends, visiting family, cruising, doing an NYC trip, going to disney, moving into our place, etc all through the fall and winter we just have him sleep with us instead of carting a pack-n-play everywhere. and boy did he love it (so did we). now that we're in our house, we're in the process of trying to get him to fall in love with his own little space again. it's a work in progress but last week i was able to get it "set up." most days he takes naps in there and he loves his little bookshelves ("roostie's books!"). earlier this week i put him in his crib with a book and told him "mama is going to the potty, i'll be right back to read." when i returned he was fast asleep. just now i put him in bed for his nap, and gave him some books, and he said to me: "mama go to potty? mama come right back?" there's nothing quite like your child listening to you, cognitively understanding you, and wanting you. i am sweetly bewildered that i get to have this experience while on earth. #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #vsco #vscocam #vscoluv #oklahoma #reddirtroad 2w
  •   elo630 Love this! 2w
  •   mrsdot Oh K. Isn't it magic when you can finally hear their hearts? 2w
  •   therealmabear Aw, sweet mama thoughts. Welcome to Oklahoma! It's a great place. 2w
  •   happilyevermorris i miss those red dirt roads and that roostie! 2w
  •   majones05 My oldest would (and still does) sleep anywhere. My husband drove a truck back then, hauling livestock, and we usually went with him. So he could sleep at a loud livestock auction, in a carrier while I helped load, in a car seat on the road, or in our bed at home. Also, I sure do love red dirt! I grew up near Marlow, Oklahoma and sure do miss that red dirt. 2w
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imkristen_ i don't have that inner "thing" where i just can't rest until everything is in order. my dad has it, but i'm like my mom and she didn't have it either. a couple months ago i was staying at a friend's house and i commented on how pretty her laundry room was, and how on top of cleaning clothes she was. there were always new folded piles and never leftovers or clothes backed-up. "you're amazing! i hate doing laundry! it's so overwhelming to me!" she replied "ah, really? i love it. i don't know -- i love taking care of their little clothes and putting everything in its place. i love how it smells and feels when it's all dried." laundry is an experience for her -- a peaceful, joyful one at that. a few week later i read this line from karen maezen miller: "do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabrics of life." when we moved into carolwood our next door neighbor brought me over wool dryer balls as a "welcome home!" gift. my first project in our house was to tackle the amount of clothes i owned and simplify with a capsule wardrobe. last sunday we picked out detergents and dryer sheets based purely off of scents -- "this one makes me feel relaxed. and this one kind of smells like the area near the swiss family robinson treehouse at disney." i realized i can keep up with clothes better when i can see them, so we've been hanging things up right and left. we bought a washer and dryer this weekend, and am excited to befriend them. i'm aware of how gently and tenderly god helps us grow and come into more joy. how he uses other people to point out the delight in something i, on my own, would have missed. how when i flop towards "shame" and "stupid horrible embarrassment" he lifts me up and says "no, no. simply a joy. come... smell the clean towels! look at those cute little sweaters!" #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #liveauthentic #mrsmeyers #vscogrid #vscocam #vsco 2w
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  •   itserinjames i feel the same way as your friend about laundry - love it. (but not dishes or anything else ) 2w
  •   breabird @imkristen_ Even the the 'drudgery' of housework is joy in God's kingdom! I read once how a woman was thankful to wash her husband's beard stubble from the sink because it made her remember how thankful she was to have a husband in the first place. I think of that when I wash out my sink. And now I'll think of this post when I do laundry 2w
  •   alisonhobs I only feel affectionate towards vacuuming and not much else in the cleaning department! And that's the cuuuutest clothing rack! 2w
  •   chellemoraga I love this! This is where God is working on me as well. I love to provide nourishing food for my family but my natural bent is against laundry, dusting, you name it. I am not a "neat nick." But God is thankfully teaching me more joy in these simple tasks that are such a big part of our lives! There is a peace that comes from order - not an idol of order and not one without room for the Godly messes. But I need more of that peace in my life, and God is growing my desire and heart for it. 2w
  •   bethgernovich Your writing makes me swoon. You've been given the gift of words !! 1w
  •   adrienneatchley @virginia_gill you would love this. You find delight in the little things so well! 3d

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imkristen_ if relational connection is like a light-bulb snapping on in a dark place, then the internet might be plugging the cord into the wall. but being friends "in person" is turning the switch on and brings about the light. it's a hoot to have these "young-uns" over. i fell asleep to their laughter and spent the entire early evening getting to know them each better while prepping dinner and having them wash some dishes. thanks, girls, for coming to our home! i think you're our first "stranger" visitors (at least folks i'd never met in person). you're welcome anytime! ps. liz is one of the brain mothers behind @leakingheartsmag! #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject #friendshipsarethebestships #vsco #vscogrid #vscocam #leakinghearts #socality 2w

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imkristen_ one of my favorite mom-memories was in the middle of the school week sometime in my teenage years. she had six children at that point, and had a husband coaching varsity basketball with four athletes playing on different teams. part of the flock went to private school and the other part was homeschooled. it was a noisy night -- lots of dishes clanging, cassette players crackling, tv whining, fire-alarm sounding, question asking, toddler shrieking going on. in the bluster of the evening events, we realized we couldn't find mom. a new noise arose under the roof: "mooooommmm! MOOOOMM! where are you? moooommmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!" i found her. she had locked herself in the kid's hall bathroom and was sitting there peacefully painting stripes under the chair rail. she had a little cereal bowl of navy paint and a package of unopened star stamps next to her on the tile floor. mom. what are you doing. "i needed to take a creative break. sometimes you just have to make something..." ah. very good then. carry on! she only painted one side of the nantucket-beach inspired bathroom that night (with little navy stars in the white spaces between stripes). i'm not sure she ever finished the whole bathroom. but this week as i tried to figure out the jungle of unpacking and ordering a house, i heard that little voice urging me to take some creative breaks. thanks mama. #buildingcarolwood #vscocam #vsco #foodart #kitchenart #tjmaxx #livethelittlethings #theeverydayproject 3w

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imkristen_ romance is "you cook, i clean." romance is dirty jokes in the plumbing aisle at lowes. romance is popping shoulder zits. romance is him following me when we shop and picking up my phone all the places i accidentally set it down. "i have your phone. you left it on the clearance rack." romance is a bag full of kitchen tools a client was throwing away. "i thought you'd like these!" romance is laughing at your kid together -- pitted, absolutely amused, gut laughter. romance is assembling IKEA furniture. romance is empty bowls of soup. romance is toes touching around 3 am. romance is when he smells the same as he did when we were dating. romance is drudging through family budget, tediously trying to 'steward.' romance is remembering "when we were young," just starting to love, spending all our money on parking garages, dinners out and new clothes (oh. and fragrances. "musk up!"). romance is having an eye witness to your life. romance is asking the other business advice. romance is being really kissed. romance is four thousand little pecks. romance is laughing painfully hard at your dumb senses of humor and feeling so "got." romance is a willing, caring ear when they just don't "get it." romance is telling him everything -- eevveerryyytthhhiiinngg. romance is always looking forward to him coming home; always preferring him near. romance is someone else washing and folding your period underwear. romance is watching him do something outside of his comfort zone - that might not be a 'big deal' to nearly anyone else - and knowing how big it was for him. romance is being so proud. romance is pep talks, prayers all day, and popcorn kernels in the sheets. romance is being teased by someone you know adores and respects you. romance is lots of dishes and sweeping. romance is knowing, without speaking, who is in charge of what when going through airport security. romance is the dry cracks in the valleys between his fingers. romance is being kind of surprised that i do just enjoy him more and more. romance is determination. romance is sexy and romance is an old sweatshirt. romance is surprise and consistent, new and old. romance is an adventure and a home. 3w
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  •   ericandhannahnovak I always love your writing, but especially this. 3w
  •   itserinjames just read this - makes me so excited to be married & experience all of this!! 3w
  •   stevensonkatie5 This is beautiful, and fantastic. 3w
  •   paulabphoto This is so sweet and so true! 3w
  •   ashleyschoffelmeer @imkristen_ this is beautiful!! My husband and I have been married for over a year now, been together for eight years total and we are expecting our first baby any day now and it's nice to be reminded that romance comes in so many beautiful, loving and unique forms - like, for instance, "why did you use the whole box of spaghetti noodles except for these six little noodles...?" And he will smile and say "those six would have made way too much pasta" 2w
  •   meghanannablogs I LOOOVE THIS! 1w

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imkristen_ motherhood: that place where womanhood and parenthood tackle each other -- usually in a bear hug. i'm beyond thrilled to have been asked to be a dedicated writer for the dazzling @mommabearmag. the first volume was released this week and it's a gem. the concept and honesty of this project trump even the beautiful visuals and smart designs. the momma bear magazine team is as transparent as they come, they laugh at themselves, and are willing to say "hey! i need help and support. i don't want to fake my way through mothering; i don't want to resent these years; i don't want to be swallowed up. let's team up for each other, for our children. here's to the confusing, achy magic of being a mom!" #hopeformotherhood • in that same vein, i laugh this morning at our breakfast fiasco. i've cooked nearly every meal since living in carolwood, and i always intend to take a picture (because food is art) and i never get around to it. but! today i happened to have my phone on me, and it wasn't dead, and it had space on it, and i had just brought down my collection of blue and white plates, and i thought "ah-ha! here is my cute breakfast internet moment!" as i made the two-ish-ingredient pancakes (banana, egg and a dash of vanilla!) i had visions of having a 'picnic' with rowdy while we read books and didn't stain our fingers with berries. and i had that twinge of "don't be fake. don't pose yourself to impress people." and i didn't listen to it. and then rowdy had a first-class freak-out (i took his fork for the picture) and he started rattling on the side table/backdrop like a devilish gorilla in a zoo cage. he smeared yogurt and blueberries into the couch and begged to "eat it mammo's bed!" and he didn't want to have a breakfast story picnic for the internet. and this was the only picture i got. there is now pancake syrup in my sheets, and a good lesson in my heart. thanks buddy. #vsco #vscocam #realife #almostfakelife #toddlerskeepyouhonest #andmessy 3w
  •   conniedraws Hooray for keeping honest. 3w
  •   amyie @imkristen_ aw thanks for sharing the story so excited for the mag! 3w
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  •   jessicasmart8 Congrats! So exciting Kristen!! Kids are really good at helping us keep it real! they just don't know any different 3w
  •   april_luluu So funny! Our lives literally revolve around them...right! Banana & egg pancake? 3w
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  •   incrediblyblessed We make those pancakes! 3w

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imkristen_ he started building our house years before he met me. in the foundation there was a heart written with wet concrete and the words "caleb and wife" inside. before i liked him, i visited the partially-built home. he was so proud of it, in all it's roofless, open, cement glory. we talked about selling the property while we were dating -- taking the money and running somewhere warm. we made a baby and decided to keep the house. for the last two and a half years our little place in the woods has been like a fourth member of the family. we've worked so hard to save, worked so hard to build, worked so hard to move in. most people would come over and think "wow. they have so much left to do. it's pretty plain in here." most people would be right. we have almost as much work ahead of us as we do behind us. the driveway is made of mud, the kitchen sink is a garage utility sink and we have no cabinets or countertops or dishwasher. we don't have a washer and dryer, scaffolding is up on the ceiling, there is no flooring installed, and aside from one bathroom there is no trim. boxes are everywhere. no interior doors have handles and so far only three are in -- every other doorway is covered by sheets held up by thumb tacks. together we framed the walls, ran the electrical wires, assembled the water lines, installed the insulation, hung the drywall. he, of course, did most of it. and sometimes the only way i could help was to sweep up another round of gypsum dust and throw away giant black bags full of scraps. caleb comes home to his wife (and their young one) after work, he stokes the fire after a greeting-kiss. we eat a hot dinner, check our phones with wifi, watch a show or two, shower in the shower, take our pajamas out of our dresser drawers, tuck our baby into bed under the roof he nailed into place with his own forearms. i would say it's magic, but that makes it sound too easy. it's certainly well-earned, noticed, delight with a long way to go. i'm so proud of it and him. 3w
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  •   aedriel Okay. It's me again. I'm sorry I am going to share some photos with your link- if that's okay? I'm sorry to bug!! 3w
  •   imkristen_ @aedriel hahah cool story: our service is spotty out here so i missed all this but you're good! glad you took what you needed! thanks again for the feature -- super fun! 3w
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imkristen_ i have a blog series coming soon about my many, many thoughts on the topic of cleanliness and messiness. god is not "a god of order" as opposed to "a god of chaos." he's not one or the other, he is everything, he is both. "if satan took over the city, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other." [d. barnhouse] i believe the sauces dripping from the pasta dishes at the heavenly feasting table will occasionally spill onto our shirts (or robes. or whatever lovely things our bodies wear.) leaves fall from trees and make quite a mess on the carpet of the world; they don't stack neatly into orderly piles. a forest floor coated with leaves is art and magic and of god. snow, too. and dirt and dust. funny how the clumps of brown that stain our rugs, the film that lines our shelves, is the material god chose to make human life. "ah! this dust. it's a mess! they will be too." but he is ordered. symmetrical. absolutely flawless and perfect and not a speck of life out of place. he made his little dust folks like himself: some bent towards his "creative messy" side, others towards his "ocd neat" side. some who can handle the chaos well, others who can come in and bring about order. a web of us across the spectrum of gifting and ability. i'm not one of those people who "just can't stand fingerprints/dirty bathroom sinks/stains/etc." i'm one of the very messy ones. i can stand it. it doesn't bother me. i get to learn from the neat, organized ones. to take a stab at baby steps towards enjoying god's gift of order, i'm giving the #unfancy #capsulewardrobe idea a try. we took two boxes of clothes to goodwill. just 37 items for the next three months. laundry and "managing clothes" have been my nemesis my whole life. it's always been overwhelming to me. and, to be frank, a bit embarrassing. i'm working towards being a more balanced person -- a woman who can still easily and effortlessly let people into her spaces and life with their physical and emotional messes, but who can also take steps to make order in the scenarios that come her way. starting with my darn closet! 4w
  •   clexsted I love this! Looking forward to reading! 4w
  •   sudz_b Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Great perspective. I came across un-fancy about a month ago too and I am trying out the capsule wardrobe myself. #lessismore Looking forward to reading your updates. 4w
  •   hannahboning what is that barnhouse quote from? would love to read more on that. 4w
  •   mrsdot You're my favorite. 4w
  •   im_hosie I love this!!! 4w
  •   mommabearmag @caroline_joy look look! One of the ladies featured in volume one is doing your capsule wardrobe! YAY!!! 3w
  •   courtneyminard This is great! (But we can also learn from the messy, creative ones who help us just live life ) 3w
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imkristen_ when i was young i remember my mom strreeeessssing the importance of a "good, well-rounded education." she worked hard to give me a variety of experiences and to learn from many different people. it was important to her that i be discerning, flexible, sentimental, engaging, thorough, and informed. she wanted me to love learning, and all the ways there are to learn. i now know the same urgent streeessss i have for my boy to experience the lessons of this world; to learn with an eager heart. i want him be raised with role-models who love to learn and welcome him into the discovery. i want him to see us giving our time and money and minds to contribute. when my good friend, jamie, started texting me some "crazy ideas" about building schools, photographers, and "what do you thinks?!" i was sold. @theschoolsessions is for photographers to gather together and give the gift of learning to a part of humanity we may never meet earth side. it's a chance to, by doing very little, accomplish very much. it's a way of saying "i care and i am grateful for all the people who paved a way for me to learn." please consider donating your time, money, or both to build a school in haiti (by hiring a local haitian builder). i am forever indebted to the people in my life who made it a priority to fill me with knowledge, so i partner with #theschoolsessions not out of guilt, pity or heroism, but out of deep regard for the ways i've been able to learn, and especial gratitude for those people. i love to dream about those future students may do with their futures. theschoolsessions.com 4w

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imkristen_ "'just think about if this baby hadn’t come along. what was it about that day, about this child, that god chose to bring this baby to you? it would be a different person if it had even happened a month later.' a lovely woman said that to me the other day, and i was again filled with wonder. what is it about this little person who exists and has entered our little worlds? what is it about this personality, this unique and beautiful child, that our lives needed?" [@s_mckendrick] that this world needed? that god needed? because he does not create without purpose, reason and necessity. he wants what he makes and has declared all creation necessary to the story. 4w
  •   jennympoe This is exactly what my husband told me when we got pregnant after 3 years of trying. It put those 3 years into a totally different perspective for me and added more sweetness to the bitter. My son was meant to be created, specifically and uniquely and he was absolutely worth the wait 4w
  •   gailwerner Lovely thought! Have you ever seen the amazing movie About Time? It's basically a rumination of this idea and more. 4w
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  •   jamifought He is the most beautiful baby, @imkristen_ ! 4w
  •   cindy1962 Sweet Roo! 4w
  •   mrsdot Yes. 4w
  •   gerrygh2 I love this picture 4w
  •   miss_whitney Thank you @mbulger! I think the same thing all the time 4w

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imkristen_ “i’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been god’s grace to me..." marilynne robinson • #calebwithkristen 1mon

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imkristen_ he calls coke "sauce" and if he wants some he asks "hit the sauce?" (and mommy always says "no sir!" ). he recently became afraid of monsters, but specifically "monssers ou-side." if he thinks he hears some monsters outside he hides under the blankets and lays very still. however! thanks to "the laugh floor" in the magic kingdom and some youtube clips, he loves mike and sully ("funny monssers.") he usually asks for "peana-putter bagel bref-fast?" when he wakes up. if we ask him where grandma is he points toward the sky and says "up up up heaven!" and he associates sunsets with "pink" and "grammaw." he said his first full sentence (with all the proper parts) last weekend while he refused to get in his carseat. "it's time to get buckled!" "NO buckle!" "yes. you need to sit." "i do not want to sit." "... 😧" he loved seeing "mickey's castle" and was very very brave on "the haunted house" ride (the same one mom and dad made out on after getting engaged). rowdy boy! we love watching you figure this world out. 1mon
  •   mrsremi Love that little big boy so much. 1mon
  •   mrssaycheese My most favorite ride at Magic Kingdom!!! 1mon
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  •   wendikunkel My sweet nephew does the same for my momma. "My gamma is in heaven wif Jesus," as he points up. Gotta love kids and their beautiful truths. 1mon
  •   shannonlborden He is growing up way too fast!!!! I miss him so much! 1mon
  •   mrsdot I love him and his little mind. 1mon
  •   gretanisswandt The is precious! Also Boardwalk yes!! 1mon
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imkristen_ “it is not that the meaning cannot be explained. but there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.” h. murakami • (pc: @elizabethbaxter) 1mon

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imkristen_ as i child i learned from cinderella that kindness eventually wins, and that you have to be ready and willing to act on opportunity when it arrives. i learned from snow white that there are times you have to leave all you've known behind -- which is terrifying -- but there is a much good beyond the fear. belle taught me how steel-spined yet caring a young woman can be. jane showed me how worthwhile it is to get to know people who are very different from myself and my "little comfort zone." i learned from simba that you can't pretend your past away or run from your heaviest problems: they simply have to be looked at square in the eye. mike and sully whimsically displayed that laughter really is the way to people's (or monster's!) hearts. perdita and pongo showed the courage it sometimes takes to protect your loved ones. i realized from jasmine that all the money and luxuries of life are chains and shackles without sincere friendship. jealousy ruins good things (thanks woody!) but communication and camaraderie change everything. so, yes, when i saw the actual carriage used in the upcoming 'cinderella' film yesterday did i feel things? yes, i sure did. #disneyside #cinderella #disneyworld 1mon

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1mon imkristen_
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imkristen_ "a story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. you go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. and you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. you can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. it also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.” alice munro • i love my newborn kitchen -- exactly as it is -- and also so look forward to watching it grow up over the years. #buildingcarolwood #latergram 1mon
  •   cindy1962 It's beautiful and cheery! 1mon
  •   abbaganza I just love it! 1mon
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  •   rachelleighgreene Amen and amen to that quote!! 1mon
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  •   habanalateresa It's really cool to see your new home come together like this!! Love your kitchen and all the white & light in the entire house! Can you show us more photos in the blog?! So curious to see all corners of Carolwood it's so beautiful! 1mon
  •   annie0716 @imkristen_ could you please provide the source for your hanging planters? Such a beautiful feed. Thanks for sharing your world! 1mon

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