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    Counting My Kisses is all about finding that silver lining, even on our most frustrating days. It’s about cherishing my little girls and enjoying being married to my best friend. It’s about taking a minute to stop & remember what’s really important in life—and to discover that each & every experience gives us something to be thankful for.

    I’m a daughter, sister, friend, writer, and most importantly these days, a wife & mother. My life is full of fun chaotic moments, and this blog helps me to capture the laughter and love that fills our house every day.

    Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

Anniversary fun {aka: small children in a wedding dress}

Seven years ago today, I married my best friend. 

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The guy who gave me butterflies from our very first date.

The guy who has believes in me always, loves me unconditionally, and inspires me to be the best version of myself.

The guy who proposed on a cold, starry night and asked me to share forever with him.

The guy who held my hand and shared the moment of pure, simple joy as our three daughters were brought into this world.

 

We aren’t perfect. I have faults + so does he. Sometimes things go incredibly smoothly between us; sometimes we have to work hard to be on the same page. But that’s life. And that’s love. And there is no one else I’d rather share my life or my love with than this guy.

He’s my Everything. And together, we’ve created three amazing little beings that have been wrapped up into our Everything from the moment we laid eyes on them.

Life is good. Life is so, so good.

It’s busy + crazy + fun + loud + all sorts of chaotic right now.

But it’s our chaos. And we couldn’t be more thankful for it.

 

The girls + I celebrated our anniversary today by looking at wedding pictures. I even brought out my wedding dress for us to admire while the Hubs was at work.

Seven years ago, I never would have dreamed that I’d be spending my seventh anniversary entertaining three little girls. Or that I’d be happy to let them try on my dress, tiara and veil.

But seven years ago, my heart didn’t understand how much more love it had to give.

 

So this happened.

Call it nostalgia, call it a celebration, call it whatever you’d like. But it was fun + sweet + pretty darn adorable.

H-Berry in Mommy’s wedding dress:

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Baby J taking her turn: 

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Little O the model:  

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And of course…the best for last! 

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Love, love LOVE.

 

Add in a homecooked meal by the Hubs, a glass of wine + you have the very best 7th anniversary a girl could ask for!

Counting My Kisses: I’m still not exactly sure how all three daughters ended up in my wedding dress today. But I loved sharing the experience with them~ it’s something I’ll never, ever forget. My dress, tiara + veil are getting safely tucked away tonight…but I’m going to hold these memories close to my heart!

A BIG happy anniversary to the Hubs! Thanks for loving me with your whole heart~ and know that my heart is always yours~ forever. I love you!

Siggie-21

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Erin Bruns

Happy Anniversary! I cannot believe you let the girls play dressup! You realize you’ll have to do this every year now? And maybe even someday change it into First Communion dresses for the girls? (I was picturing J in a baptismal gown!) Just sayin’ ;-)! I certainly hope the steak, twice backed potatoes, and wine is delicious tonight and you get some quiet time away from the chaos! Maybe we should plan a mani/pedi in a couple of weeks!

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Catching up :)

Hi friends!!

 

Oh boy…many apologies that I’m SO far behind on the blog. Sleep these days is a treasured commodity, and I’m trying to grab it at any opportunity that presents itself! Unfortunately, that means a bit of a self-imposed maternity leave on the blog. Hang in there with me.

 

Even though I’m short on time & sleep, I’m so SO SOOOO happy with our sweet family of five. We’re all adjusting well to Baby J’s arrival~ with the possible exception of H-Berry, who loves her sister but is going through some serious Terrible Two’s growing pains right now {as in: on multiple nights I’m up with her more than with the baby. Le sigh}. Epic temper tantrums aside, it feels like Baby J has always been a part of our family, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s here!

 

And so, friends, here’s a few snapshots into life at our house these days. More pictures to come soon~ plus I can’t wait to share our amazing birth announcement for Miss J! Tiny Prints totally outdid themselves~ more on that soon.

Let’s get to it!

 

A few faves from Baby J’s newborn photo shoot {5 days old}:

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Our three girls at Baby J’s first high school football game!

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My parents with ALL of their grandkids~ yay for lots of fun visitors + beautiful fall days! 

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A sweet moment with Daddy.

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Visiting the mum festival with our girls. 

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Baby J has daddy under her spell!

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Our Halloween girls! {picture achieved by flat-out candy corn bribery + begging. Mommy of the year!}

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One-month old yawns. 

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Snuggle time with Mommy! 

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Aren’t baby feet the cutest?! 

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I CANNOT believe Baby J is one month old already {10.13.13}! We adore our sweet-tempered, laid-back, super snuggly + happy baby bear! 

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Love!

If you want daily picture updates, follow me on Instagram! I’m trying to post at least once or twice a day over there~ the “View on Instagram” button below will take you right to my account.

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More soon friends~ including some fabulously fun Halloween shots. I’ll give you a hint: the girl’s costumes are SUPER this year!

Counting My Kisses: Ohhh how I miss this little space + having the chance to write + connect with you all! I’m enjoying every minute of this crazy busy, amazingly fun time {although just like with everything…some minutes are better than others!}. Life is hectic and wonderful and we’re feeling so, SO blessed. And tired. But I keep reminding myself of that saying: the days are long but the years are short. So true!

Have a GREAT day, friends!

Siggie-21

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What gorgeous pics! Enjoy the time with your beautiful girls.

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Life around here {#iPPP}

Is it seriously Friday already, friends?! Because wow. What.a.week.

 

If last week was a honeymoon {and it was amazing!}, this week was, well…reality.

Reality to the tune of a wicked sinus infection for this momma, unwittingly passed on to Baby J. In case you’ve never been with a sick 10-day-old baby before, it’s SCARY. Huffy puffy breathing, snotty nose, crusty eyes, not super interested in eating…generally misery for baby bear +  a whole lot of stress for Mommy & Daddy.

Add in a few epic toddler temper tantrums from H-Berry + our dog getting sick from eating three-year-old ant poison and you have our week in a nutshell. With the help of my mom {who is staying with us through next week}, my in-laws + our extremely thoughtful friends who dropped off ice cream on a particularly rough night….we made it through.

Phew.

And as of Friday morning, Baby J had a much better report at the doctor. She’s gaining weight nicely + has cleared almost all of this cold~ we are SO thankful!

 

With all the chaos happening around here, I haven’t had a chance to snap many pictures with my big camera. My cell has been my go-to camera of choice the past few days, so I thought it was perfect to link up with Greta + Sarah to share a few of my favorite photos from the week.

 

A sweet, serene Baby J, outside getting a bit of fresh air + sunshine.

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The big girls holding hands during a sleepover in Little O’s room. I melt. 

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H-Berry + her “tiny little pumpkins.” She totes these babies around like it’s her job! 

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Little O’s picture day at school. Is it just me or does she look INSANELY grown up here?! 

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A happy, alert + feeling MUCH better Baby J. I missed seeing those baby blue eyes when she was sick!

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My mom + H-Berry heading to Mommy & Me preschool. I love that my mom had a chance to experience this with H-Berry {they had a blast, by the way!}. 

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And…a tender moment to start a brand-new day. This picture reminds me of the special bond between sisters + helps me refocus on starting fresh each morning. 

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 So, my friends, that’s life around here right now. Busy, challenging, a bit emotionally draining this week…but with lots of love, support + ice cream, we made it through!

Counting My Kisses: I’m 100% sure this will be one of those weeks that we look back + laugh about the nuttiness of it all. I wanted to capture it on the blog so I’d always remember it~ my brain is so forgetful these days. Here’s to having this week behind us + welcoming a fun, relaxing weekend with the family. Hope your weekend is all sorts of fab~ see you back here next week!

GFunkified

Siggie-21

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Oh, it is NO fun when your tiny, helpless baby is sick. No fun AT ALL. But she is so precious, and I’m glad you’re both doing better! These pictures are just swoon-worthy, all of them.

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Diann

So sorry to read about your last week, but know from experience, you gain a wonderful sence of appreciation from all the hardships you go through. The faith and love of your combined families will carry you through any tough waters you encounter. You and all your family are beautiful. Happy to hear you are on the sunny side of life.

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The unexpected gift

Dear sweet Baby J,

A whole week has gone by since we welcomed you into the world. 

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A week of moments, both big + small.

A week of our hearts growing in love + gratitude with each passing minute, hour, day.

A week of looking into your blue-ish eyes and falling in love.

A week of watching you snuggle up with your daddy and falling more in love with him, too. It’s pretty sweet to see how you already have him wrapped around one of your tiny, adorable little fingers. 

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And watching you with your big sisters? My heart is a overflowing with joy.

With love.

Happiness.

And a feeling of peace.

Because you being here makes everything feel…complete.

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Life at our house is even happier with your sweet baby noises joining into the symphony of your older sisters’ laughter + imaginative play + occasional meltdown/temper tantrum/fight. It’s the music of life over here, sweet one. Your little voice is in perfect harmony.

You have snuggled right into our hearts + our lives, and we couldn’t be more thankful. 

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This week has been a gift to us. An unexpected gift, since you were set to arrive today, September 20th. We’re so happy you decided to make a slightly earlier appearance~ because this week has been full of amazingly beautiful moments that I will never, ever forget.

Thanks for bringing something special + unique to our family, sweet Baby J.

We love you to the moon + back + back again, baby girl. And we couldn’t be prouder or happier or feel more blessed that God gave us you to be a part of our family. 

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Counting My Kisses: I can’t believe it has only been a week since Baby J decided it’s go time + arrived in this world! A wonderful week of holding her+ kissing her + smelling the top of her sweet little head. We’re overcome with gratitude over here~ and looking forward to introducing Baby J to more family + friends this weekend! What’s on your agenda? Hope it’s wonderful!

P.S. a HUGE thank you for the outpouring of love + support! Our family is so appreciative of all of the congratulatory messages, emails, etc. Thanks for sharing in our happiness!

Siggie-21

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I love the way you write. I can almost feel how happy you and your family are.

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Diann

So beautifully put. Family is, and should be love. You have it all. Hugs to everyone.

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What a gorgeous little lady- and family! I LOVE that pic of the sisters…and you look impossibly pretty. Yay you!!

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Welcome to the world, Baby J!

She’s here!!!! 

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6 pounds, 7 ounces of sweet, spunky baby-ness.

20 inches of absolute cute.

A pair of bright blue-ish eyes and tufts of light blonde hair.

And the most darling little newborn squeaks you’ve ever heard.

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She’s settling into her brand-new world quite nicely. Tolerating her doting big sisters with a lot of grace. And filling everyone’s hearts with joy, joy and more joy.

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Many more pictures + stories to come in the next few days. In the meantime though…please help us welcome Baby J to the world! 

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Counting My Kisses: We in such awe of our sweet Baby J. She has already captured our hearts so fully & completely after just a few days! We are heading home from the hospital today + so excited to get home & get settled into life as a family of 5. Thank you for all of your good thoughts + well-wishes!!!

Siggie-21

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Corinne

Baby J is just beautiful!!! Cannot wait to meet her, get some rest :)

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Congratulations! Such a beautiful family you have!

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She is so darling! Congrats!

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Mimi

Welcome to the world Baby J!!!!! We are so thrilled that you are here with your adorable sisters, and the best mom and dad!! Lots of love coming your way from Wisconsin and cannot wait to get you in my arms and kiss and hug you. God is good!!! XOXOX

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Laura

Welcome Baby J!! You have joined a most amazing family and you are one lucky girl!! Cannot wait to meet you and introduce you to Baby B soon too!!

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Congrats to you guys. She’s so precious. Love the smiles on both big sisters faces!

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Congrats! She is absolutely gorgeous!

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Congratulations on the beautiful bundle! Wishing mamma and baby J well!

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Amy, she is wonderful! And you look terrific! And that pic of the girls is perfection! And and and!!!

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Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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