We’re Alive! And (Mostly) Making It!

Ok, I’ve neglected this spot for a really long time. I say that a lot, don’t I? But this time it was kind of an intentional break. I love having this blog so I can look back at certain times in our life as a family to remember what was going on and how it was all making me feel. But after we brought our girls home, I just really needed time and space to be really present and experience the changes without having to analyze things or organize my thoughts. And to be really honest, Uganda was hard. Like really really hard. And I needed some distance from it to be able to process things before I talked a lot about it.

BUT–we’re making it! Well, we’re mostly making it. Some days are better than others. Actually, we’ve had a lot more of the better days recently. There are still days where I have to just ask myself at the end of the day, “is everyone still alive?” and if the answer is yes, I’ll count it as a win. But every day I am just so so grateful to be where I am and living this life I’ve been called to.

So, some Hart family updates–

  • In July we went on vacation with my whole family. It was by far the most interesting vacation we’ve ever taken together. Full of critters, power outages, scorching temps, and no air conditioning. Oh yeah, and having the water shut off on us. Corey and I voted it our most Ugandan vacation–that wasn’t to Uganda. Weird for sure–but also quite memorable ;).

bonboo and girls

Baby Jesse is wondering if these cousins know what they’re doing ;).

Jesse and girls

I cannot get enough of this picture. So cute, all of them.


Leiper’s Fork, TN, photobombed by JJ.


I’m as obsessed with baby Jesse as the girls are. He is so sweet and squishy!

  • Over the summer we also decided to home school the girls. I am so excited about this decision, but over the last week I’ve started to get really nervous! I think it will be amazing though, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.


(Ok, I’m not gonna lie. This was taken during the most grueling game of Memory ever. Bonnie and I just about lost our minds. Hoping home schooling goes better than this. I mean, it has to, right??)

  • In August, we took our first just-girls roadtrip to PA to visit my family. It was so much fun–the girls had a blast and came back to Durham totally.exhausted. I’m really looking forward to doing this every summer.


I love how much she loves him. Are you noticing a theme here? I think this was the summer of baby Jesse!


We went to Delgrosso water park while we were in PA. The girls had such a blast! We can’t wait to do it again.

  • One of the biggest things for me this summer is that I onboarded and started selling LuLaRoe clothing! It has been challenging and time consuming, but so much fun and I’m really excited to see where this is going to go.


That’s all for now. I’m so glad to be back here writing. I’ll share more with you as I’m able. Thank you for keeping up with us and our adventures!


The Birthday Girl

We had our first kiddo birthday in our house this week and I wanted to share some pictures and memories from the day. Mostly so I don’t forget this moment in time. It was such a special day. I am just so grateful for my little family and that God has given me the opportunity to be mommy to these girls.

Before this week Teddy and JJ didn’t really understand what birthdays were and why they were so special. It made all of this so much more fun. Corey and I stayed up (really) late and decorated the downstairs and wrapped presents the night before the big. When we went up to bed I told Corey I was so excited I felt like a little kid the night before Christmas. I honestly didn’t know if I’d be able to sleep! We had such a blast thinking of things to do to really knock Teddy’s socks off and it worked. She was so surprised by when she came downstairs the next morning.


Opening her presents at the breakfast table. Pure excitement there :). She was so sweet, asking if the second and third presents were for JJ after she opened the first. They both call birthdays “happy birthdays,” so she kept asking “this for my happy birth-a-day??” I think she was in disbelief for awhile.


Later in the evening with her party dress on. We had a meal of spaghetti and chicken (so basically chicken parm ;):)..) at her request.


These little friends. I’m not sure any of them sit still long enough to get a good picture of all three. They’re going to grow up like siblings, and I love it! (Also, can we pause for a moment and notice the beautiful table Corey MADE for our family?!?! This was our inaugural meal on it. It is SO beautiful, I can’t stop staring at it!!)


Waiting for her cake and candles. I love the Hello Kitty phase, it kind of makes me want to freeze time because I know in the next couple years she’ll outgrow the fascination and it’s just so cute right now!!


She tried to blow out her candles mid “Happy Brithday,” and I was trying to stop her. My face is totally cracking me up ;).


Blowing our her first birthday candles on her first ever birthday cake. Love.


Kisses from mommy.



The best way to get birthday cake to your mouth?? Scoop it right in!


We had such a great day celebrating an amazing little girl. We can’t wait for the next birthday!




Favorite Things {5.1.16 Edition}

This week has been such a great one! I’ve been off the unit since Sunday (and I’m not back until next Wednesday, yay!!), and it’s been such a nice little break. I also feel like I got some extended time with the girls, which was so much fun. Some pictures from our week below :).

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My goal was to work out one time this week. I have not worked out at all since October (!!). Uganda just kind of messed everything up, and then I didn’t want to rush leaving the girls in the kids area. Well, I’m happy to report I got to work out TWICE this week!! This is a picture post work-out while the girls were having quiet time. I had my leggings on, book in hand, and a warm chai. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to the gym several times next week too. I’ll report back!


I posted this on my Instagram earlier this week. The girls were all.over. Corey after small group on Monday. Lots of screaming “daddy! daddy!” I think Corey was totally in his element (even if his shoulder was a little sore afterward).


We hung out with our friends earlier this week and Teddy insisted on dressing one of the little guys there. Look at his face, so cute and sweet. T is such a good little mommy. She is totally in her element when she’s taking care of others.

I’m attending our annual trauma conference (yesterday and today) this week. It has been nice to get away from the unit for a little bit and to learn lots of new stuff. I love spending the day with these work friends!!

That’s all for this week. I’m really looking forward to this weekend and my first Mother’s Day!