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stacie bowers
Interests: tennis, red wine, nature, spiritual journeys, big families, a clean and well organized home, running another marathon someday, self care, the bible and the catholic church
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i don't need to say it. you already know it, and if you don't really know it, you have heard it somewhere. it sounds so cliche. THEY GROW UP SO FAST! okay, i said it. my heart feels it deeply too. i can't help it. it's so so so bittersweet. i see how beautiful it is to watch these babies grow into kids and be awesome! i am also in love with a brand new baby who shows us what life is really about ... love, sleep, clean diapers, boobs food, and being held gently. my favorite hobby right now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
this month feels like the busiest month of the year for me. warmer weather, sports, school's winding down, dance recital, longer days. and this year we added another first communion (which we'll continue to add every 2-3 years for a while) and a baptism. amazing grace! thanks to all the feemans and their people who cleared their calendars and even travelled great distances to celebrate these sacraments with us. photo creds to my friend theresa ... thanks a million!! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
spring sprung in the midst of new life here at 391. i missed a season of blogging. and i'm coming back! i felt a shift this week when i noticed seasons were surely changing ... again already. today is the unofficial start of summer. in a week, the kids will be out of school too. when i get really present in the moments, it's hard for me to find time to come here. someday i'll want this story though. i just know it! so meet jude michael at six weeks old here. he's perfect. i loved having him in my... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
1. my favorite meal this week was the homemade mac n cheese i made from this recipe. it's comfort food at it's finest! dave and i like to add franks red hot sauce to it too. 2. someone told me today that i'm getting so fat that my shirts don't even fit anymore. he said it sweetly though. hint: the one who will be our smack dab in the middle child said it. and he's sort of right because these days i'm just hanging around, my belly often hangs out. 3. and these days i haven't really just been hanging... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
right here is where i see the most simple and basic needs in life. tiny babies need to be kept warm, held gently, fed well, and loved a whole bunch. those are such great reminders for me when life seems crazy and full to the brim. and even though this life will be fast again, i'm appreciating the moments that i slow down. because i have to right now at the end of this fifth pregnancy. i will have no other choice once i have the brand new baby in my arms for the first day, week, month, season. for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
the sun was shining today. i tried for the first time. this canon 100mm gets big thumbs up from me. it's good glass! so of course, i had to take some shots of my four babies. it is truly a moment frozen when i get all four of them at the same time. i'll cherish time snapped forever. this was a great end to a sunny, fun, busy, awesome monday. there's so much i love about my life! #1 at 10 years old. #2 at 8 years old. #3 at 6.5 years old. #4 at 3.5 years old. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
every friday i count down to meeting j5. it's six weeks from today. the kids laugh about my belly bumping into them. johnny likes resting his chin on it when he looks up to talk to me. they all love watching it move! joey even got to go to this week's ultrasound and hear that baby is already over five pounds. jeff kisses it and has conversations with "her." i hope he's not too disappointed if he has a little bro! i often feel like i can't get any bigger than i am now. i will though. here's proof: this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
wanna see what kind of smiles you get from ten year old boys when you're seven months pregnant and you lay on the gym floor and ask them to huddle around? that's joey's team! i wanted to snap some team pix before the season got away from us. i'm so thankful they gave me about 5 minutes out of practice time! i love watching them, and they have played hard all season. it's fun to watch joey grow up and play "real" rules in sports. the cool thing about being #1 in the family is that you get a lot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
the moon was smiling as we left basketball practice. i am delighted to see my cozy, warm bed. goodnight ordinary time. lent starts tomorrow! it's my favorite spiritual season of the whole year. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
yep, our little sweetheart turned eight today! my heart overflowed with thankfulness that god gave me a sweet girl who has the demeanor of her awesome daddy. i remember the morning she was born and the tears of joy when dave said, "it's a girl!" my dad was wearing the new ipod shuffle on a lanyard around his neck. (sign of the times :)) she was our tiniest baby. she loved to sleep. we brought her home on valentine's day where a big brother who adores her couldn't wait to greet us. i remember when he leaned over the car... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
i don't like being pregnant. there, i said it. maybe that's why i haven't been around here as much. i just don't have as much energy when i carry a baby inside of me. it takes everything i have to "grow" this baby. i'm also a little scared of all the unknowns. i don't feel well in the beginning ... food aversions, nautious, scared of miscarrying, and pure exhaustion. then i get bigger and bigger, get uncomfortable, and lose some of my physical abilities. i'm out of breath, "normal" activity (like sitting on the floor, walking a couple miles, or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
i've picked a word the past three years. it's given me focus and discipline. first it was pray in 2010, then it was peace in 2011, and finally i was in practice throughout 2012. these one little words are becoming a beautiful collage in my life. it's time to add on for 2013. i finally picked from this list: be allow trust accept forgive listen obey grow endure this time grow is the intention i want to set for 2013. i think i need to be purposeful about growing and watching all the growth around me. it would be easy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
"sweet is nice enough but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. bittersweet is courageious, gutsy, earthy." - shauna niequest i love that quote. when i find gems like that in a book i'm reading, i want to keep reading. so i have been reading more than ususal. it's a hunt for joy and a little escape from my reality. it's the most self soothing thing i can do right now because physically i don't feel great. i'm in the middle of this one. i finished this one last week. i read this one before that. three books... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
i'm thankful for ordinary moments in my days. bath time is a time i get to sit down for a few minutes. my kids forget about ithings and screens. they enjoy each other (often while making a big wet mess of the entire bathroom!). i get the clean laundry put away. they sometimes bicker too. i celebrate getting out jammies reminding me that the end of the day is near. they smell fresh and clean. i love snuggles in my bed with them afterwards. i'm so happy these two guys want to bathe together. the other two rarely take a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
the last week in january is approaching. there's been a lot on the calendar this month. i want it to slow down. yet, i heard myself tell a receptionist at a doc appointment last week that i want april fifth to be here already. my third trimester excitement about adding this baby to our family is kicking into full gear! i can't wait to know whether she will be a tiny dancer or he will be a lego builder or sports nut. i can't wait to nurse him or her. i can't wait to see dave be a brand new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
wendy and i were pregnant together throughout 2006 with baby #3. now we're pregnant together with baby #5. we're due about eight weeks apart. she's gonna have that baby soon though, i just know it. so now that i got through the stuff of last week, it's on my priority list to get together with her soon so we can snag a pic like this one. this time she gets to be bigger than me! i can't wait to meet her little sweetheart. i can't wait to know whether it is a girl or a boy. i can't wait for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
when i saw the date today, i couldn't help but think of my grandma. today was her birthday. she always remembered and celebrated my birthday. whether she came over for my young birthday celebrations or she sent a card right on time. she was amazing like that! i'm thankful my kids got to know her for a little while. it's good to have great grands in our lives to remind us of all the generations who came before us. these kiddos still have one great grand walking the earth. she looks great and she'll be 95 before this month is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
here's what we're up to on saturdays and a few weeknights. the two big kids are playing basketball. i love when they practice together and encourage each other. so sweet it melts my heart. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
i cannot think of dad at this time of year without thinking of goals. so following the post about him, i'll share some of my thoughts on the new year. we went on a hike at a park i've never been to. it was all through the woods. i am going to hike there at least once a month this year and watch the seasons and nature change. in january, it was with the whole tribe. i love getting out in nature ... fresh air and beauty all around make me feel alive! ******************************************************************************************************** i want to set smart goals... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
today dave held janie as the doctor put the iv into her arm. we watched her go to sleep fast. i can't believe medicine can do that! yet, i'm thankful that medicine works that well when it's time for me to birth my babies. when the anestesiologist told me we could kiss janie's forehead then we needed to go wait in the waiting room, my heart trembled. i sat down by myself and tears began to stream down my face. i remembered kissing my dad's forehead while he was asleep sometimes throughout his fight with cancer. then i was thinking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
she has a lot of questions. she is worried about a little procedure she has to have done tomorrow morning. she's lost two teeth in the past couple weeks. she's having one that's not supposed to be there removed. it's an extra one that's growing upside down into her head under her top lip. she's thankful that tomorrow night she won't have to worry about it anymore. she's brave. she's sensitive. she's helpful. she's serious. she loves with her whole heart! her brothers mean the world to her. she's a lot like her daddy. i'm thankful everyday that she's mine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
this first week back after such a nice winter break has been exhausting. i just love the willy nilly lazy days with my babies right here. this motherhood job is an anchor for me. boy, am i thankful for that! as they grow, i have to grow too. for now, i'm so happy to have one by my side pretty much full time. and with one growing inside of me, i won't be working myself out of a job too soon. i even invited jeff to nap with me in my bed today. he wanted to be like a big... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
i've been thinking about this new year. what kind of goals will i have? how will i be? what can i do to serve the people who need me the most? how will i grow? then, i came across this quote that gave me a little comfort. "give up the need to know what happens tomorrow. just be fully present and appreciate all that is in your life right now." -caroline myss so i will just take care of today for now. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
here are my forty favorite things about dave: 1. he's patient. 2. he cracks me up. 3. he taught me how beautiful contentment is. 4. he's loyal. 5. he is an amazing daddy. 6. he takes good care of all of us: the 4.5 kids and me. 7. he goes along with my crazy ideas. 8. he fixes things in our house. 9. he's laid back. 10. he loves me like i've never been loved before. 11. he is very forgiving. 12. he's a good golfer. 13. he has a secret handshake with his only daughter. 14. he brings home... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at stacie's sacred space
this christmas break was just right. we got to have three meals around the table in one day today. could it end any better than that? there was lots of conversation, laughter, and gratitude shared. there are things i don't want to forget about this past christmas. one of the best ways i remember is to capture it through my lens. i had my iphone out capturing way more than my big camera though. these dark winter days and no flash = noisy pix and personal frustration. i also remember just wanting to be present with the kids which often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at stacie's sacred space