twenty-eight weeks and counting…

I’m officially into my third trimester of my third pregnancy now, but this time it’s a little different. This time, we’re expecting a BOY and so it’s familiar but new at the same time! This pregnancy has really inspired me to get in front of the camera. I took a handful of maternity self-portraits earlier this week to document this time in my pregnancy. The next twelve weeks or so will likely go fast and slow all at the same time. Soon we will be kissing on sweet baby toes and soaking up that newborn scent, but for now I’m trying to really appreciate this time, even though it’s not all easy and I don’t feel great a lot of the time, every baby kick makes my heart skip a beat…

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sage, dried with love

I felt inspired last year to come up with gifts from the heart; something that is homemade and thoughtful. Gift-giving tends to be hard for me and sometimes I am not good at all and other times I over-do it. So, I came across a recipe for homemade vanilla extract about two years ago and got inspired. Last summer a friend and I decided to give it a try and it’s curing as we speak, going on a year! It’s supposed to be better the longer it cures, so I’m hoping by Christmas it will be extra-special. With that, I came across a book on Amazon, Food Gift Love and was really excited to try out some of the recipes and give some special people in our lives thoughtful gifts throughout the year for fall or Christmas or just because. Madelyn really loves helping me in the kitchen and one of the ideas that caught my eye was Dried Sage. I thought it would be a fun experience for us, it would teach us the process and was easy enough for her (she’s five) to help me with. It would also teach her about thoughtful-gift giving. My mother-in-law loves to cook and since Madelyn was visiting her in July, I thought it’d be a great little gift “just because”. We didn’t grow the sage, but if you have a garden, it would be even more special if you started the process there. I bought some fresh sage and used that and it really is lovely. I’ve always loved drying flowers, so this was sort of reminiscent of that for me. I also made a photo book of the photos I took of Madelyn during the process and gave that to my mother-in-law as well to make it an extra special keepsake. Since the gift-giving season is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this here! The whole process took about a month as we had to be patient and let the sage dry completely, so keep that in mind if you decide you’d like to give it a try!

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