lately in pictures!

sometimes i have a million pictures to share + nothing to say, other times i have lots to say and... okay, i always have pictures, who am i kidding. today is a lots of pictures + not much to say day, and i'm choosing to be okay with that. 
this space still holds such a big part of my heart, even though it's not a place i can give as much time to right now... my heart is still here. writing, sharing stories, documenting our beautiful life, our beautiful story through pictures + memories is part of me, part of my identity + part of who God designed me to be. in this season of life, of motherhood, there have been days where i've felt lost, like i don't remember who i am outside of this glorious task of raising tiny humans. this space is sweet to come back to. to remind myself of the life i am creating, the people i am loving, the task i've been given. to relive moments + things my children have said, and celebrate my motherhood and our life as a family! this space is sacred. 
this sweet season of motherhood is short... having these little ones all under one roof every single day, in my care, sheltered to only the influences i choose. it'll be over in the blink of an eye. the season of sharing them with the world + having more time to myself, more time to write, will be here before i know it + i'll be sobbing in a corner wishing for these days back! 
until then, i'm thankful for those of you who have continued following along here, even when posts are few and far between! in the meantime, take a trip down memory lane + click on over the the blog archive to read some posts from the past!

two whole months of sweet isla jane

sweet isla jane...
our prize baby, and our calm in the chaos. two whole months of calm in the chaos too! i can't believe she's mine! she's happy + easy, oh so chatty, and her smile fills a room like warm sunshine on a summer afternoon. her joyful essence brings my soul to the calmest place no matter what the circumstance, and i adore her. how is it that you don't know how much you need someone, until you experience life with them in it + are then baffled at how you lived a day in a world where they didn't exist?! two months. two months of isla jane glory. two months of kissing the softest, sweetest spot behind her ear, staring into her most stunning blue eyes, adoring the tiny storkbite on her right eyelid, and two months of restraining myself, as not to squeeze her too tightly because she's just everything a baby should be.
adore her, period.
i'm so thankful for baby number three, and this baby as baby number three. she's probably the first child that i haven't looked forward wondering when she'll do things or if she'll be like the sibling ahead of her, but have just soaked in all that she is today and in this minute. 
i love you isla jane, with every square inch of my being. thank you for being the prize that you are, for bringing out new depths of my motherhood, and for smiling like that... guys, the smile.
infiniti heart eyes.


i am living the dream.
my dream anyway... it's hard + exhausting + wonderful + heartbreaking + all of the things... true, but the dream guys. God has given me everything, Chris has too, but God gave me Chris, so first credit. i married "chris salvaggione" - who turned out to be so much more than who i fell in love with as a 15 year old girl. he's an incredible husband and father, he works hard, takes care of others, gives second and third and billionth chances, even when they don't feel deserved. he's not perfect, but he tries to be and do and say the right things, and that's all you can hope for in a person. he fills my cup and over, and i'd choose him over and over again... and like i always say, he looks like that.
these kiddos who both exhaust me + fill me up are my life's cake, and now i have three of them. three cakes. i could never ask for another thing + have everything. 
...okay, maybe one more cake a year or so from now ;)
but i could never ask for another thing + have everything.
we had these photos taken at our home, when isla was a month old. can't believe it's already been a month since! i love them. so much. so naturally, didn't really narrow it down too much. 
i tried, really i did. 
enjoy! ...need a frame for every one of these, thanks Caitlin for capturing us!

from last year HERE