Friday, April 11, 2014

My Violet is ONE!!


My dear Violet. You are so loved. Tonight as I rocked you I prayed over your sweet life. This is your prayer.

  I pray that you would know the Lord at a young age 
and walk with Him your whole life.
That love would shape you. 
That you would be called a friend of God. 

My sweet daughter, 
be pure and holy but never proud
strong and wise but never self-righteous
a truth teller laced with love and kindness
a lover of God's word, reading it daily
not to learn but to commune, to your Savior know intimately. 

As a young girl, a giver and a sharer. 
As a girl, a fun loving and compassionate friend. 
As a teenager, pure and a light to your peers. 
As a young woman, focused and set apart. 
As a wife, gentle, respectful and quick to forgive and to be forgiven.
As an mother, diligent in teaching and full of grace.
As an old woman, a discipler generous with her time, worthy of praise. 

May your life be lived to His Glory.






Things that make Violet special:
-Her first word was "baby" and she loves hugging and kissing her baby doll
-She is a talker, not a walker. She doesn't like standing and she's not even close to walking. But boy can that girl talk!! She already has about a dozen or so words that she loves to say. She is even saying some phrases, but I am pretty sure she thinks it's one big word. For example "Let it Go" <----- someone has been watching Frozen!!
-She loves to eat, but she is super tiny for her age. Only in the 5th % for weight and 15th % for height.
-She is an independent player. She loves playing alongside her brother in his room.
-She loves books. She loves turning the pages and laughs at almost every book I read to her.
-She loves being outside, especially with Daddy.
-She loves her Dad and shouts his name when he gets home.
-Her nicknames are: Vi & Precious One

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Girl!!
xoxoMom

Friday, March 28, 2014

The LOVE Collection

My very first collection of art prints is now available!! This collection is titled: LOVE. The title is simple & to the point, but full of meaning just like my prints. The collection is all available through ETSY's instant download option. This means that after you purchase the print, you can download, print and hang up your art THAT DAY!!

Each print in the LOVE collection is priced at $8. So for under $10 you can purchase and print art for your home. Can't get much more affordable than that!!


from left to right, top to bottom

I would love your help in spreading the word. Click through to the link and pin your favorite print then let me know you did so either through a comment here or on facebook and I will give you a coupon code to get a print for just $1. This offer is good for 24 hours (until 5pm 3/29/14).

Thanks so much for your love and support. I am excited about this new venture. You guys are awesome!!

xoxoKtB

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Resolutions and Readjustments

There has been a lot going on at our house since New Years. Violet has been sick for almost a month, nothing serious, just little bugs. And now she's cutting her top teeth which is always fun. And today Grey is sick and laying on the couch. This is him currently:


Yes, that's a half eaten banana falling out of his sleepy hand. Needless to say we have had more than our fair share of movie days here trying to recover.

I wanted to give a little update on my resolutions for 2014 since January is winding down to a close.

1. Whole 30 is simultaneously kicking my butt and stinking awesome. I definitely will be happy when it's over (homemade COFFEE CREAMER here I come) but it truly has revamped the way I view food. I was turning to food for joy and comfort instead of Christ. Whole 30 has been a surprisingly spiritual experience for me. Discipline in my food has spilled over to discipline in my devotions, my prayer life as well as in my roles as mom and homemaker. I totally think its ok to celebrate from time to time and enjoy food but I am thinking through boundaries I want to set for myself post whole 30. Only 6 more days!! <---- and I am already planning Whole 30 round two for September. WHAT?!?!

2. Creating boundaries with GreySkiesBlue has been difficult. After tracking my Gender Reveal sales for a month I have decided to phase out the line that gave me my start. I was actually more sad about it than I thought I would be. It was like an end of an era last night as I deactivated my all my gender reveal items except for printables. I woke up this morning with peace about it, though. I am super excited to be more focused with my products and to start introducing new items on a more regular basis. Coming soon: these babies:


3. Date nights at home have become more regular. Adam and I are making more time to connect and it's making a WORLD of difference for my stress level. 

4. Eat out less and make more foods from scratch... well Whole 30 is really helping with this one. I have made breakfast, lunch and dinner from scratch for 24 days now. (with the exception of two Chipotle outings) I have realized it's not as hard as I thought it would (minus all the dishes!!) and I have gained some serious confidence in the kitchen <--- an awesome side benefit. I am excited to continue this trend into February and beyond. 

5. Read a book a month.... I am finishing up 1000 gifts and the whole time I was reading it I was wishing I had someone to discuss it with. SOOOO, I joined a book club. A few mom friends and I will be starting Bread and Wine in February. I am so excited to be able to discuss what I am learning with these precious ladies. I am also throwing around the idea of starting an online book club... Anyone interested? 

xoxoKtB


Friday, December 27, 2013

My New Year's Resolutions


Do you set New Years resolutions? I do. It is important to me to think back on the past year and evaluate what worked and what didn't. 2013 was awesome in so many BIG ways. Violet joined our family, Adam graduated, we doubled our living space, and GreySkiesBlue doubled in sales and profit. But with those big changes comes the need for pause. reflection and a shifting of our routine to make room for good and oust what's not working. With that being said here are a few of my 2014 resolutions:

1. Complete the Whole 30 Challenge in January and revamp the way we eat in 2014. The focus is health, not weight loss (no really, it is). Check out my Pinterest board for some of the recipes I will be using (the outfits on there are motivation because I am motivated by chambray and polka dots).
2. Create boundaries within GreySkiesBlue. Specifically: create "office hours," limit orders each month, limit rush orders weekly and find a Mother's Day out Program for both kids twice a week. I need to make more room for my family and myself. I am trusting God that in following His lead to slow down He will still meet our financial needs.
3. Have a weekly at-home date night with Adam. Be creative and thoughtful with out time together.
4. Eat out less and make more meals from scratch. We joined an organic co-op to help encourage me in this resolution.
5. Read a book a month. I have found that time away from tech and immersed in a book reduces my stress level. Reading is good for my soul. On my reading list:
                     One Thousand Gifts 
                     Raising Him for the Other Woman
                     Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
                     Seven
                     Tim Keller: Galatians for You
                     Loving the Little Years
                     ...and I am taking recommendations for others!!

Mostly I want to stress less and love more. I want to honor God in my role as wife and mom. I want to make work "work" for me. I want to break free from food addictions, feed my family well and make time for self-care.

I am excited and cautiously optomistic about this coming year. What are your goals for 2014?

xoxoKtB





Sunday, December 15, 2013

Until I am Done.

Until I am done.

That was the answer I gave people when they asked me how much longer I had to work on Christmas orders.

Well... I am done. Pretty much. I mean... I have like 5 packages to ship out tomorrow but after shipping  500, 5 seems pretty piddly.

My house is a total wreck (read: I can't even see the floor in my office), I have all but ignored my kids for two weeks and I may or may not need to shave my legs... really bad. Basically I was in total survival mode for these last two weeks. I am sending out Christmas cards TODAY. But let's be honest, they may not arrive by Christmas. Mail is insane this time of year.

So, because I know you really want to see a picture of Violet (oh, and her crew) and I know that said photo would just make your Christmas complete... and because I paired down my Christmas card list to like um, 20 people this year (that means you're probably not getting a card from the Bowman's this year. SORRY, it was either send out more cards or shave my legs. Adam appreciates my choice)...

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!



Please take this blog post as my Christmas wish to you and also as an apology for being so stupidly busy that I can't even send my friends a nice card. Please remember we have a toddler, an 8 month old and are running a crazy busy business out of our home...it's insane here... in a REALLY good way.

May your day's truly be merry and oh so bright,
xoxoKatie


Monday, November 25, 2013

Advent: Sowing the Kingdom into Little Hearts

"Discipleship is never encapsulated in a moment, a weekend, a workbook. It isn't one huge even when everything locks into place and salvation is sealed. It's contained in the smallest increments, instilled over minutes, days, years..." -Jen Hatmaker

I love Advent for so many reasons.  It is daily a reminder to be intentional in discipling my children, it increases my anticipation to celebrate Jesus' birth, and it refocuses my heart when I get caught up in the consumerism of this season. This year Greyson is really starting to "get" Jesus so even though it took me SIX hours to make this simple advent calendar (why do I attempt to do projects while my kids are awake?) it will be worth every minute if I can use it as a tool to sow the kingdom of God into my little boys heart.


To celebrate Advent this year I just numbered tags and tied them onto paper bags. Each day form 12/1 to 12/25 we will open one bag. Inside the bag is a 3x5 card with either an activity or a small toy/ornament that connects back to Christ. If you are looking for ideas for your advent calendar, here are a few of the things we will be doing this year:

Day 2- Read Matthew 2:1-12 and then put the Star on top of the tree.
Day 3- Set out all of our nativities, teach Greyson "Away in a Manger" & "Silent Night"
Day 4- Buy a gift for a child in need, talk about how when we give to people in need we are being Jesus to them
Day 5- Bake muffins and deliver them to friends, talk about how Jesus was a servant of all
Day 10- Make cinnamon ornaments- talk about how when we love God and love others it is like a sweet fragrance to God.
Day 12- hang candy canes on the tree and read about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd
Day 14- Take a family trip to Bethlehem Revisited
Day 16- Build a fort, play with flashlights and read about how Jesus is the Light of the World
Day 18-Hang an angel ornament on the tree and reenact the angel announcing Jesus' birth to the shepherds
Day 19- Drive around and look at Christmas lights and sing Christmas carols
Day 25- Jesus' birthday party

These activities are small. Some may only take a few minutes to complete. I am so thankful, though, that God promises to multiply my efforts.

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”


Did you catch that, dear mommas?

A hundrend, sixty or thirty times what was sown!!

Take advantage of this season and sow Jesus into their little hearts. 
xoxoKatie




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ThanksLIVING


The last two weeks have been filled with persistent prayers. The songs I heard, the books I read, the Bible passages I studied seemed weightier as I waded into deep waters with God.

Two weeks ago at Violet's 6 month check up the pediatrician said she would like for us to see a specialist. With her words my world seemed to stop spinning for a split second. She said that she suspected Violet might have craniosynistosis. In a nutshell craniosynistosis is when a baby's soft spot closes too early creating pressure on their brain and causing their head and face to grow in unnatural ways. After seeking a second opinion and leaving the office with the same suggestion, my head was in my hands and my heart in my throat. I immediately started calling specialists. 

Today we visited a specialist at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. I struggled to find a parking spot and as I walked in I quietly thanked the Lord that craniosynistosis is treatable with surgery. So many of the little faces I passed had burdens that they would carry their whole life and some of those burdens might even take their life.

We waited quietly in the waiting room. My knees shook as they called our name. My stomach churned as I watched other babies go in and out of hospital-like rooms.  I wondered how many families there were facing storms without the firm foundation that I have in Christ. My conversation with God was constant. He was right there with me. I purposed to glorify Him no matter what the doctor told me. His goodness is not dependent on my circumstances.

A young, kind-eyed doctor came in and in his voice I felt reassurance. Reassurance that he understood how scared I was. Reassurance that he had been there many times, with many parents. He examined Violet carefully. I was silent. The words that came out of his mouth were a song: She is perfect. My advice to you is to go home and enjoy your baby girl. My eyes filled with tears.

We walked out happy, but somber. We passed families that weren't leaving with the same good news that we took with us. God's unmerited favor was overwhelming.

Thanksgiving that doesn’t become thanksliving isn’t thanksgiving. It’s thanksdead. It’s thanksnothing. -Ann Voscamp

I am so incredibly grateful my baby girl is developing just as she should. God has been so good to our family. These past two weeks I have held on to her more tightly, snuggled her closer, breathed in her scent every chance I got. I have tasted just the tiniest taste of what so many mom's struggle through daily, a sick child. And as Thanksgiving draws nearer I am humbled, HUMBLED, by the riches that God has given me and my family. We are RICH in blessings and those blessings call us to serve and sacrifice for the good of others.

All praise and honor and glory to God. He gives his children good gifts. 

**As a Thanksgiving offering, I am donating 25% of all GreySkiesBlue's profit 11/19 and 11/20 to Children's Medical Center Dallas. **