A Huge Epic Life Update

Ok, fine, the title might be a little misleading. No big news here, but it’s been so long since I updated this space and actually finding time to sit down and write something certainly feels big :).

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I realized recently how nice it is to have something to look back on and see what I was thinking/feeling during a certain time in life, especially while we in the process of adopting our girl girls ;). I wish I had been better about writing here during the last year because it was such a unique one. But the truth is, I’m exhausted. Like literally I think most of what we’ve experienced in the last 12 months has felt like a complete blur because it was all so overwhelming with the highs and the lows and the life changes–some having to do with adjusting to life as a family of four, some things that we brought on ourselves that added to the stress of it all. I feel like I’m just now starting to climb out of the fog that has covered me for a year. Just the other day I was trying to think what I was thinking and feeling last year at this time (when we had been home with our girls for just a couple weeks), what our days looked like and what we were doing with our time. The only thing I could come up with was that I was tired. Just sheer exhaustion.

In a lot of ways this year has been a struggle. I’ve been so happy but there have been many days that I’ve felt overwhelmed, frustrated, and really alone. Adoption is such a funny thing, there’s so much support while you’re walking through it, but at the same time it can be a very isolating journey–for adoptive parents and adopted kiddos alike. There are a lot of things that happened surrounding our adoptions that I’m just now beginning to process. Part of coming out of the fog of the last year, perhaps. But while I feel like some semblance of peace has settled over our home life, these feelings of anger and confusion are starting to come to the surface. Obviously, things to deal with so we can move on in a healthy way. If you’re an adoptive parent reading this and processing things that seem overwhelming to you, you are not alone. Adoption is amazing, yes, but it is also hard and admitting that it feels like more than you can bear at times does not diminish the sheer miracle of adoption! In fact, I think it only serves to highlight God’s amazing grace.

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Our crazy family. Literally, this was the best picture we took. Sigh.

So, what about the good stuff? Oh friends, there is so so very much. These little girls are such a joy. There have been lots of shenanigans in the Hart household over the last year.

We’ve been busy with work and play…

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learning so much in homeschool…

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visiting our favorite aunties…

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and somewhere in there I got a little crazy and started my very own business (which, seriously, am I nuts?  …don’t answer that).

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This wasn’t a great all-encompassing update, but I hope it got you up to speed a little bit with what is going on with us. My goal over the next couple months is to write here a couple times a week. And maybe I’ll even start on that adoption story I promised you guys over a year ago ;)! Thank you for reading and following along with the life of our family.

 

 

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LuLaRoe Julia: My Go-To Dress

My LuLaRoe Julia has been a staple in my closet this summer. Every time I’m reaching for something cool, comfortable, and flattering, you can bet I’m walking away with one of the several Julia’s I’ve got hanging in my room. This dress has everything you could possibly want. It’s light enough to be worn on the hottest days, but still form-fitting enough in all the right places to make a fashion statement.

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I’ve had a blast accessorizing my Julias this summer. Dress it up with heels and and bright jewelry, or keep it casual with Converse sneakers and rolled up sleeves. Either way, you’ll look great and I you will feel comfortable and confident because you’ll be super stylish!

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This fall I plan to layer my Julias with some Lindsay kimonos, or throw a pair of leggings on and wear her as a tunic! These dresses are going to look amazing with my new fall booties as well!

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I would love to help you find your very own Julia, I promise it will be love at first sight. Find me here for lots of great clothes and some awesome giveaways! If you would like to join my team, find that info here!

 

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Azure Skirt

I have a confession to make: when I got my initial inventory, I was not really a fan of the LuLaRoe Azure. It just seemed like a skirt that you could get so many other places. Yeah, the fold-over waistband is really nice, but I’m pretty sure I had a skirt just like this from Target years ago, and I’ve seen sooo many of them at Old Navy.

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So my plan? Sell them off and carry something more interesting in my shop, of course! 😉

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But then I tried it on. Let me tell you, this skirt is way better than any of the other dime-a-dozen knee length skirts that are out there. The material is smooth and silky and falls juuuuuust right. The fold-over waistband lets you lengthen or shorten the skirt so it hits just at the right spot on the leg. AND it allows you to wear the skirt higher at true waist level or lower at the hips. And then the biggest reason this skirt has been a favorite for this summer–it is cool. The fabric is so nice and light and the skirt itself is airy and flowy. This summer was a scorcher and I reached for this skirt over and over again.

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We took our kids out to the park this weekend and I threw on a yellow Classic Tee–knotted at the waist–with this blue Azure and (of course) my Ugandan beads which seem to go with anything and everything. The whole outfit was cool and comfortable, which is just what I needed in this NC heat. But I felt put together and cute at the same time!

Have you given Azure a try? What do you love most about it? If you’re interested in shopping LuLaRoe, join my shop here!

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