Friday, January 31, 2014


This morning was pure bliss.

After Lincoln's early-morning feeding, I caught up on laundry and a bit of housework before the stirrings of everyone else rustled through the household.
Talmage climbed gaily up the stairs when he awoke and came in to entertain Lincoln, who was enjoying tummy time on his blanket. He giggled repeatedly as he played with him.
Sam had been up until the wee hours of the morning working on a project, so he stayed home a bit longer than usual in the morning and we enjoyed a breakfast of pear-blackberry smoothies, homemade waffles, and fresh buttermilk syrup together.
After Sam left for work, I cleaned and organized while Talmage and Wesley played together and Lincoln napped. Soon there were Tinkertoys spread all through the house and the boys flew their bird-like creations all around, accompanied by their gleeful laughter.
I opened the webcam application on my laptop and rounded up all three boys for a picture or two to send their Daddy with a note to brighten his morning. We all laughed as we experimented with different settings and warped our faces on the screen.
I planned my Valentine's Day surprises and ordered a 1-cent used book from our beloved as a gift for Sam.
Mid-morning came and I whipped up some chocolate pudding for snack time. We read Little Bear while the pudding cooled and then enjoyed it around the table as I continued to read.
And then my little troop and I went together to the playroom to pass the time until lunch.

As I reflect, it was really very simple.
Perhaps to some, it would be mundane.
But moments like these are just what I always imagined my life as a mother would be like.

And to me, it is more than satisfactory--it is plain and simple joy.

Monday, January 6, 2014

I'm Back!

But maybe not for least not here. I've been contemplating the idea of changing my blogging method and starting something entirely new. I'll keep you updated if the idea takes shape. For now, here are a few pictures of life over the last few months. We'll see if I get around to filling in the details in more lengthy posts to come.

My mom came to visit
(actually, this happened right after Lincoln was born, but I never blogged about it)

 We had lots of fun playing with the water table Aunt Amanda sent the boys for their birthdays

The boys became painting cats for a day...just because they wanted to

We celebrated Wesley's 2nd birthday

We visited the pumpkin patch
(and had a terrible photo shoot)

We decorated Halloween cookies, went to the ward trunk-or-treat, and went trick-or-treating with friends

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my sister, who flew in from Washington, D.C.

Lincoln grew into an incredibly smiley baby

We took family pictures

The living room was transformed into a campground for a few days

And we spent Christmas in Utah,

where the boys discovered their love of playing in the snow!

With all of the other craziness, 2013 certainly ended with a bang, but the best possible kind! We've had a fabulous year and look forward to all that 2014 holds for us (possibly a PhD?).

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I am a 25-year-old mother of three little boys.
My husband, Sam, and I were married in December of 2008,
our first son, Talmage Samuel, was born in October of 2009,
our second son, Wesley Scott, was born in October of 2011,
and our third son, Lincoln Mark, was born in September of 2013.

My goal with this blog is 3-fold:
1-I hope that perhaps along the way I may be able to inspire.
I share my thoughts and experiences as a wife and mother,
my successes and failures,
my faith and my fears.
It is my hope that perhaps as I share some of the insights I gain
through the journey of life,
I may be able to help someone else along their own unique journey.

2-I use this blog to keep a family record.
I started this blog when we lived thousands of miles away from our family members,
and it was a great way to keep them informed.
It still serves as a way to document our day-to-day lives as we grow as a family.

3-Blogging helps me be more intentional in my thoughts and actions.
When I know I'm going to post something each day,
it helps me do more worthwhile and notable things.
I think harder about activities to do with my children,
I see the beauty and the good in each day more fully,
and it helps me reflect more on my life and my faith.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
I fully acknowledge and appreciate the divinity of Jesus Christ and His role as my Savior.
I rejoice in the plain and simple joys of life.
To learn more about each member of our family, continue reading below.


Sam and I, Kaitlyn, met shortly after he moved into my apartment complex during college. I saw him at Church and liked him from afar until one fateful night in the spring of 2008 when we shared an engaging conversation in the parking lot and he determined to ask me on a date. After a few weeks and a few dates, he left on a humanitarian aid trip to El Salvador during which time we got to know one another on a deeper, more thoughtful level through letters and e-mails. Upon his return, we officially started dating. We became engaged in the middle of a moonlit night on a mountain perch overlooking our college town in November of 2008 and we were married that December on a gorgeous snowy morning.. Sam graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Molecular Biology and attended graduate school in Houston, where he graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston with a PhD in Cancer Biology. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah/Huntsman Cancer Institute. I also graduated from Brigham Young University and pursued my life-long dream of devoting all of my time to caring for our family!

Sam loves science (obviously), studying efficiency, learning about history, roughhousing with our three little bundles of energy, and going on our weekly dates.
He also has a gift of almost never forgetting names and faces!

I love untying knots, outdoor activities, simplicity, organization, music, and creating.
I love finding the extraordinary in the ordinary--because I truly do believe life is extraordinary.

We have three little boys who fill us with complete and utter joy and continually teach us patience. Talmage, age 5, has an incredible memory and is the most social little boy I know. He strikes up a conversation with just about anyone he sees regardless of age or appearance. Wesley, age 3, loves anything to do with sports and is a great observer. He has a sweet, mellow disposition and is interested in anything Talmage is doing. Lincoln, age 1, has the squishiest little cheeks and makes us laugh every day as he learns to express himself and assert his will.

Thank you for visiting!
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