Simple Days

Simple Days

by Erica Lea


Early Autumn Sunrise

Autumn Sunrise
The other morning I woke up because my back was killing me (partly because of pregnancy, partly because of our horrid box spring). I crawled out of bed, clutching my pillow, and dragged a blanket out to our couch. I was hoping to catch a few more moments of sleep before the day began.

But I spotted the color on the horizon outside our picture window and the morning star just above the treeline. The photographer in me cried out to capture the moment.

After I was satisfied that I had a good picture, I was no longer tired.

Autumn Sunrise
So I decided an early-morning stroll was in order. I figured it just might help my back to not be so tight. It was lovely to stroll through the woods, seeing the world slowly change from twilight to dawn.

Autumn Sunrise
After I got home, the sun really started to show itself. And of course I had to capture the glorious beams of light.

I was able to experience all of this because of my aching back.

"Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised."
-Psalm 113:2-3


A Bunny for Helen

A Bunny for Helen
A Bunny for Helen
A Bunny for Helen
A Bunny for Helen
A Bunny for Helen
A Bunny for Helen

A couple of years ago, I purchased some organic cotton fabric with the intention of making a stuffed animal for Helen. I looked on Pinterest for design ideas, drafted the pattern, cut it out, and began sewing (by hand). Then my interest waned, and I set it the project aside.

I finally forced myself to finish the bunny this summer. It's always nice to no longer have a project hanging over your head. 

Now I'll have to sew/knit this bunny some clothes to make it more decent. ;)


Fabric used: Body: organic cream-colored cotton via Etsy. Lining of Ears: purple patterned fabric via Etsy.
Face: Embroidery floss
Stuffing: Organic cotton fiberfill via HoneyBeGood


Blood Moon

Blood Moon

The other night we had an eclipse of the moon. We spotted it on our way home from Reuben's family's house.

I grabbed my camera, tripod, and 80-200mm lens, and fiddled around until I got a decent shot,


A Haircut

About a month ago, I decided it was high time I got my hair cut. It was impossible to keep a curl, and my head was starting to hurt if I kept my hair in an updo for too long.

Here is the before and after.

I decided to keep it a secret from Reuben. We had already discussed getting a haircut, so it wasn't going to be a total surprise.

I also decided to wait and see how long it took him to notice that I had cut my hair. He didn't notice at all - I had to tell him a few days later! I guess the difference wasn't as big as I thought. :)

I'm quite pleased with the cut. My hair will now hold a curl for 3 days with proper care.

When was the last time you cut your hair? Do you go to a salon or cut it yourself? 


Elinor Turns 7

Elinor Turns 7
A couple of Sundays ago, my niece, Elinor, turned 7. Wow. It seems like such a long time ago that I was photographing her birth. My life has changed so much since then.

Elinor Turns 7
My sister (Elinor's mom) threw a casual party in honor of the day while the rest of my family was camping. We frosted the cupcakes at the campground playground.

Elinor Turns 7
Helen and her mini cupcake (with a frosting rose).

I'm slowly coming to peace with the fact that Helen eats "unhealthy" food. Reuben has really pushed me to let go, but it hurts. I want what's best for Helen, but I don't want her to lead a strict life, either.

Elinor Turns 7
The guys, keeping entertained with cards and video games (and watching video games).

Elinor Turns 7
Judah, enjoying his cupcake and ice cream.

It's kind of funny to think that in another 7 years Elinor will be 14. I wonder what she'll be like as a teenager...


20 Week Pregnancy Update

20 Weeks
Weight this week: 118.2 pounds

Measurement around waist: 28 1/4"

Measurement around belly: 29 3/4"

How big is baby? Baby weighs about 10.5 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches long.

Maternity Clothes: I haven't bought any new maternity clothes, but I got a non-maternity outfit for a wedding we attended last Saturday. I had NOTHING to wear, so I had an emergency shopping trip the night before the wedding. Ack!

Movement: I'm definitely feeling the baby move more now, and not just when there's pressure on my belly. It's pretty fun.

Cravings: For the last week or so I've been craving baked goods. *Maybe* it's just the advent of fall. I hope it doesn't last the rest of pregnancy - that wouldn't be good for my waistline! :P

Aversions: Nothing new, and it seems that a lot of my aversions/nausea have gone away.

Aches/Pains: I've been feeling pretty good these last two weeks. But the bathroom trips have become more, ahem, urgent. I'll be doing just fine, when all of a sudden it feels like someone is poking my bladder. Very uncomfortable!

Sleep: I've fallen into somewhat of a sleep routine. I'm usually in bed before 10 or 11, and sleep until around 6:45 when Reuben's alarm goes off. I try to doze off again, but I have to get up and fix Reuben's lunch before 7:45 when he leaves. I haven't been having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night as much, which is really nice.

Fitness: I'm finally getting back into a routine after being sick for so long. I try to work out an hour or so after I eat breakfast. That way I get it done first thing and don't have to think about it for the rest of the day.

And that's my 20 week pregnancy update! How are you feeling this week?

You can compare this week with my 20 week update from last pregnancy HERE.



A Toddler Bed For Helen

Note: This post contains some affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Helen's Toddler Bed
Helen's Toddler Bed
Helen's Toddler Bed
Helen's Toddler Bed
Helen's Toddler Bed
Helen's Toddler Bed

This toddler bed has been a long time coming.

Reuben and I have been wanting to try our hand at homemade furniture for a while, and we decided to start with a toddler bed. 

This spring we purchased some lumber and slowly began working on the bed. I knew I didn't want to use any chemical-filled stains or varnishes, so I researched some natural options. Reuben's mom and dad suggested that we could burn the surface of the wood to darken it, and use tung oil to seal it. We tested it on a small piece of wood, and decided to go for it.

So, after a lot of sanding, burning with a blowtorch, and finishing with tung oil, we were finally ready to screw everything together. I use "we" loosely, since Reuben did all of the piecing together. But I was moral support!

I am very pleased with the results, and now I want to try my hand at more furniture-making. We are in desperate need of a bookshelf, and I'd like to make a little table for Helen.

We used Helen's crib mattress for the bed, so we'll have to purchase another one when the new baby arrives. I wanted to purchase an organic/chemical-free mattress anyway, so this is a good excuse. I'll be purchasing the Babe Safe mattress cover for Helen's bed one of these days...


Bed Plan: Tatum Toddler Bed from Anna White
Stain: Burning with a blowtorch
Finish: 100% Tung Oil
Sheet: Organic cotton, purchased from Gilt
Quilt: Made by a family member

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