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Big Strong Hugs
Illinois, USA
It's bubbling in my soul. Jesus made me whole.
Interests: wifehood, mommyhood,photography, diy projects, blogging, instagram, gardening
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Showing Black Brown (giant stuffed IKEA puppy) the mint and lemon balm plants. Making sure he gets a big whiff :) Planting our 2015 Summer garden...special requests were watermelon and snap peas. Fun indoor activity...Felt boards! Playing at a park while visiting Grandma Gretchen. Wren's first time riding on a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Big Strong Hugs
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April flew by. Rusty traveled to Germany for a week, we had family visits, Wren's 5th birthday (Disney Palace Pets!), and just good life stuff (playdates, garden planting, spring cleaning). But I did have a few pics from April that I managed to take of Wren that I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Big Strong Hugs
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March started with a bit of a thaw from winter snow for us. Wren and I took an afternoon to soak up the slowly warming temps. We ended up more than a little muddy, soaked, and windblown. But it felt so good. We also spent our fair share indoors the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Big Strong Hugs
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The month of February has been a month of snow for us. Wren has loved every minute of it. This was a weekend that she and Rusty built a small sledding hill in our front yard and a snowman. She had a blast! More snow! She loves to get a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Big Strong Hugs
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This year for the 52 project (a picture a week for the year), I have decided to post my pictures in a group at the end of each month. I will post 4-10 pictures (because most of the time it is so hard to choose just one per week!) during... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: pumpkin patch and apple orchard adventures happy autumn days to you! Jess Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: annual pumpkin patch school field trip. a hidden gem of our area. this pumpkin patch. we have gone two years in a row now since discovering it last year through wren's school. it's the best! no frills,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
I"m just seeing this comment! So sorry for the delayed response. I do love seeing the kids in Wren's class start to form friendships. They are so sweet. Hope Kinsey has a wonderful year!
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2014 on Hello Preschool! at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, every week, once a week in 2014" wren: granny smith smiles. she had "apple week" at school. one day when i picked her up, she told me she had tried different apples...and liked all of them! the granny smith, the yellow ones, and the "delicious... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: her and i were just hanging out together in the playroom after coming home from school; we have more times like this, and I really enjoy these moments. we often just talk. talk about whatever is on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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One of my favoritest (yes, I know that's not a real world, but I'm using it anyway) places to visit that's close by is Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes area. For the past two years, Rusty and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary by taking a family weekend trip... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: from our anniversary trip to Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. this picture was taken as a storm was getting ready to roll through the area, and we were packing up for the afternoon. the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: happy and free. confession: this photo is not from this week. it is from father's day this past june. but it is one that needed to be posted. so here it is. rusty is lifting her up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: climbing playground equipment like nobody's business! We have been soaking up the last few weeks of summer heat and sun! Wren has started school, but in the afternoons we try and get to a park or playground... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: playing at the park down the street from our house with "dad"...soaking up the last days of summer and its magic! photo cred: my hubs! happy days to you! Jess Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: this was a moment I caught a pic of because it struck me as a moment with emotion. this isn't so much a typical picture of wren because she's usually all smiles or being totally goofy. i... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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Today was Wren's first day back to preschool. Last year was her very first year in any type of school setting. I've always stayed at home with her, and she has never been in a daycare setting. But last year was such a success, we knew we wanted her to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: a day trip to Lake Michigan...one of our favorite places! happy days to you! Jess Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: every so often she will still say to me, "Mom, thank you so much for my birthday cat." these words touch my heart every time. i love her heart. her thankful heart. her compassionate heart. her heart... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: her smile is contagious. she loves to laugh. i have noticed a more social side of her take the foreground over this past summer. she enjoys having people over and having "play dates". we've been working on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: she's one cool cat...or dog...just depends on what she's pretending in that moment. but regardless, I think she's the best! happy days to you! Jess Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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Destination: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Date: Friday, July 11th-Sunday, July 13th Time: Around 9 hours on the road, 2 nights in a hotel Purpose: Rusty was traveling for business...to be a speaker at the Midwest Game Developers Summit. Wren and I got to tag along! Favorite: Hanging out with Wren at a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
Disclaimer: This post is in no way written to judge, condemn, put down, or insult any women on any path of life in any way, shape, or form. I rarely so thoroughly write my thoughts out like this, but my nerves have been a little on edge and writing helps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014" wren: kiddie pool in the backyard and sweet, summer curls happy summer days to you, Jess PS. So, I did not complete the 52 project last year, and by posting 27 out of 52, I am now officially... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs
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One of my favorite discoveries of last summer is a local goat farm. I found it through our farmer's market. Their booth sells goat cheese and gelato. Last summer, I did a little digging (ok, looked at their website) and found out they have open house hours on Wednesday afternoons... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Big Strong Hugs