Mommy Wish List Making (or Dear Santa letter)

Help me fill my list!
Tonight I’m watching Star Trek, drinking wine, knitting, and writing this letter to Santa. The Christmas tree is lit, the candle is burning, and it’s supposed to snow tonight—not much else this girl needs. There is something about this time of year when people start asking what you want for Christmas, and a wish list is created and given. It makes me think about all the things I want, need, and hope for. Of course I want all kinds of fun things, but most of all I hope to bring home a baby. Of course I do, haha! We’ve been waiting to get matched for about a year, so the wait has been trying at times but the anticipation keeps growing.
But enough of that for now… I have been thinking about the things I’d still like to get for me or for the baby, and slowly making a mommy wishlist of sorts. I’d like to share with you a couple of my Instagram favorites and finds. Snuggle Me Organic Is a fabulous infant lounger made by a momma of 7. I’ve already got one! This is great to follow if you love to see adorable baby pictures!!
The Humbles Soles makes adorable leather sandals and shoes. I haven’t got a pair for baby yet, but it is on the wish list! Even if you don’t need shoes, their instagram has beautiful pictures and cute kid fashion.

If you are a future mom, mom of ten, supplier to moms, or anywhere in-between, please share with me your rare-find must-haves!

One Little Word 2018

I’m participating in a yearly class called One Little Word, and I’ve just picked my word for 2018. My word in 2017 is CREATE, and I’ve had a great experience exploring creating in my home and craft life. As I look forward to 2018, I am excited for all the ways MOVE will motivate and inspire me.
Want to join me on the One Little Word journey or find out more about it? Just visit aliedwards.com.

Christmas Stationary

I’ve been wanting to design some stationary for a while now, and while I don’t have all the artistry skills to make a completed set of products, I realized that I can start the designing process without doing the art myself. I love to find new art that gets my vibe or sense of style, so this set of downloads is starting off to be one of my favorites. I like to document my Decembers inspired by Ali Edwards December Daily, so my first set of designs is perfect for scrapbooking or letter writing.

I’ve included an 8.5×11 and 5×7 sized journaling sheet of letterhead and one 8.5×11 sheet of four 3×4 scrapbooking inserts.

I designed these using bought graphics, and links to the designer stores can be found in the included TOU file.

A Bit About Me

I grew up in Oregon on a grass seed farm. I love the smell of smoke, particularly field burning. My neighbors were my closest friends, and we would often play at our river, avoid skunk families, and climb tractor tires.
I am a “jack if all trades” type of person so I generally can do almost anything well, and nothing perfectly. My favorite college classes were flower arrangement, handbells, pottery, and transcription.
Coffee is one of my love languages, and wine, bread, and butter are all good too.
I married my husband when I was 32, and 5 years later he is still my favorite addition to my life. We have two boys in heaven, Christian and Titus.
We live in Alaska, and boy is it dark and cold in the winter! It’s a fairly fun state though with lots of available outdoor activities. I like snowshoeing and would like to do more of that this winter.
We are so excited to adopt There are so many things about adoption that people like to ask, but I don’t mind answering them. I feel encouraged when people ask about it, because it shows they care. Waiting is hard, and excitement wains sometimes, but being a family of 3 (or more) again is our hope.

Be In Love With Your Life

Sometimes life doesn’t seem so pleasant. We become disappointed with our circumstances or discontent with what we do or don’t have.
The things I have and the situation I’m in does not change who I am in Christ.
Being content is so much of a happier place! It’s amazing how being good stewards of our belongings helps toward being grateful for the things we do have and in turn being content with what we have.
I am so grateful for our church’s ladies book group and the challenge to read Nancy Wilson’s book “Learning Contentment”. It’s fairly easy reading and is so refreshingly Biblically centered. I challenge you to read it also.
Today I’ve been cleaning up the office, organizing, and finding things I’ve lost. I’m looking forward to having a clean space to work from. Also, December is coming and I like to participate in the December Daily Scrapbooking. It’s so fun to look back on the Decembers past and the joy of the season.
I came across this quote this year, and I found myself not liking it because I didn’t like my circumstances at the time. But I’ve found, that God’s plan for my life is something I should be content with. “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.”

So this happened. Snow!

Yesterday morning we woke up to a light dusting of snow and after snow showers all day we officially have snow.

The season of autumn is already gone and despite my efforts to ignore the looming snow it came anyways.
Really though, why can’t I find candy corn in the grocery stores. Ok, I mean real Brach’s Candy Corn, not Jelly Belly or some other name I don’t recognize. This is a staple food of November, so I’m baffled by my need to hunt for it. #candycornhunt2017
In other news, I made #caramelcorn last night. First time making it and it turned out really yummy. Might have to eat some for breakfast on this chilly Sunday morning.