Thursday, January 17, 2013

begin again


I've wanted to come back to this space for so long, exciting that today's the day.  More than once over this little break I've pulled up a picture or story from the blog to show or tell someone.  (Even my sister did the same.)  I miss recording those bits of life.

November and December were quite a doozy, mostly because I felt so horrible.  With each pregnancy I've experienced morning sickness to a greater degree.  I was so hoping to escape that pattern, but no such luck.  I'm 17 weeks, and due in June. (eee!) And, and, so happy to be feeling better.  It's made all the difference.  We are totally the crazy family that just moved into the neighborhood that has "all those kids".  Some friends jumping on the trampoline (before it met it's demise) said to Zach, "Your mom is having another baby!" It's ok, I'll gladly accept the title.  My perfectly biased opinion is that our children are wonderful, kind and talented...of course we hoped for more.  (But if you cornered me right this second I would tell you without skipping a beat...we're done thankyouverymuch).

And so, with that one little detail, I cut myself a whole lotta slack during the holidays.  It was the first year since we've been married I did not send out a Christmas card.  And in my dismal and hormonal state I was a total grump (that's phrasing it generously) during one particular family gathering (that we hosted) oops.  oh dear.

I want to just mention one other very poignant December experience.  I was able to attend the funeral for sweet Emilie Parker (her mother, a dear "Oregon girls" friend) who was killed in the Newtown shooting.  Her services in Utah, just days before Christmas, were absolutely beautiful.  It's the sort of thing I'm not really ready to describe other than to say that with both their silent and spoken testimonies I have been impacted by Alissa and Robbie in such a positive way that it leaves me wishing desperately (and quite impossibly) that I could just repay even a small portion.  They are continually in my prayers.

There is always more.                    
And that's why I'm happy to be back here again.
To keep, capture and record a little bit more.




13 comments:

Tish said...

Tara, that's so wonderful! Congrats! You all make some beautiful babies so I say keep 'em coming! :)

Erin S said...

Yay! Your kids are darling, I am so excited for you. Glad you are back. I miss Tara blog posts and pictures. :)

Nicole said...

Oh my goodness! I was going to leave you a comment about me but have to change that since I am pleasantly surprised by your news! Wow! I am truly in awe as I am struggling to adjust to life with two kids! That is one blessed baby you are carrying! Oh, and we had our second girl in November...Darby. :)

Lou Lou said...

Hooray Tara!! I'm so excited you are back and blogging again! Can't wait for baby #5!!

Missy said...

Tara! I am thrilled for you! So so happy..the very best news to spread. Baby Painter #5, I love the sound of that and can't wait to hear boy or girl? xoxo

Bailey Family said...

welcome back! I cannot wait to meet the tie breaker. I love the moments that you captured! Love you!

Shannon said...

So happy you are back to blogging! I love seeing the kiddos and hearing about your lives since we dont get to see everyone that much. Congratulation on baby number 5! I think its WONDERFUL!! Any child born into your family is one lucky kid! You two are fabulous parents, so full of love! Cant wait until June!

Holbrook's said...

Congrats!! I am super happy for you guys!

Jamie and Kiley said...

So excited for you! I've missed your blog posts! Wish I could get caught up.

Jill Revell said...

i'm glad you're back! congrats on your exciting news!

Stacy F said...

Oh how exciting! Congratulations!!

Christy said...

oh tara, i'm so happy for you! what could be better then five painter children! although you are making me feel a little antsy... i have no news to announce and aren't we always pregnant at the same time? :) congrats, and so good to see you back on here!

Lora said...

Welcome back friend!! I have checked a few times to see if I had missed things, but your announcement makes PERFECT sense! I am SO incredibly happy for you and your darling family! Hope your morning sickness leaves you soon!! Sending all my happy thoughts your way!!

xo