{Today's Letters}

Monday, September 01, 2014


Dear Timothy James, last night we roasted and canned garden tomatoes at 11pm. Because that's how we roll with a 4month old. Dear Brave, I often drop melted ice cream on your head when nursing you at night. This is why you smell like spoiled milk and Oreos. Dear Motherhood, I'm learning to accept the humble pie you serve me each day, like the fact that my best friend now tells me on the reg I have food in my teeth because I rarely have time to look in the mirror anymore. Or that cutting 6" off my hair was no big deal since it was all falling out anyway. Or that my neighbor who has officially seen my left boob through our kitchen window after giving Brave a bath in the sink is just a normal neighborly greeting. {Note to self: TUCK THE BREASTAURANTS IN}. I never imagined this would be my life when I got pregnant but I'm so thankful it is. Dear Mr. Loerke {who always gets two letters}, wake up wake up it's tha first of the month. Happy September sweet boy!

What are your plans this Labor Day? We'll be grillin, chillin, relaxin, and playing corn hole with friends. Can't wait!

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Sometimes a late start is better than no start.
Happy Sunday, brave ones.

{Brave Richmond Loerke} Birth Video

Saturday, August 30, 2014


This video was an unexpcted gift yesterday.
Still in awe.
Thank you for continuing to humble me with your thoughtfulness sweet Mol!
{To see more photos of Brave's birth go HERE}

{Brave's Newborn Pics}

Friday, August 29, 2014


My sweet friend Whit posted some of Brave's newborn pics on her blog.
Check them out HERE!

{Otter Creek}

Friday, August 29, 2014


Wednesday we spent the afternoon fishing at Otter Creek.
Brave was our biggest catch.
It was still a great day.

{Dear Papa}

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Thank you for taking me to see the ocean.


For making me laugh when you talk like Donald Duck.


For rocking me to sleep when mom is sick.


For watching Baby Einstein with me.


For keeping me warm in your vest burrito.


For taking me running with you.

And for reminding me that BBQ tastes better than my dress.
Love,
Brave

{River Loerke} 22 Months

Tuesday, August 26, 2014







Things River Likes: Rowan, eating corn and kale from the garden, Rowan, watching watermelon grow, licking the banana bread pan, and Rowan. Did we mention Rowan?
Things River doesn't like: Getting left behind when we go out of town
and tomatoes.

Happy Tuesday, brave ones!
{Other things River likes / dislikes : 2 mos, 8 mos, 9 mos, 10 mos, 11 mos, 12 mos, 14 mos, 15 mos, 16 mos, 17 mos & 18 mos}

{Gratitude} Lately

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Lately I've been thankful for a promising honey harvest.


For this girl who still fits in our kitchen sink.


For Wiltshire's peach cinny's.


For friends who make their dreams become a reality.


For shared pizza and Shiner on the front porch.


For little boys who smell like sweat and firewood.


For homegrown red lightening tomatoes.


For a babe who poops in her towel minutes after her bath.


And for cool summer mornings spent in our backyard.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Sunday, brave ones.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Today's Letters}

Friday, August 22, 2014


Dear Timothy James, so far this week you've folded 4 loads of laundry, picked up Zofran from the pharmacy for me at 3am, and rocked Brave to sleep after my 234th failed attempt. Thanks for being such a faithful wingman. Dear Bravey Train, you teach me lots of things, mostly to stay flexible. This reminder was especially good after Monday's flat tire. Dear West Coast Road Trip, nothing made us question our zip code more than after seeing Big Sur and Portland. That said, I'm thankful we call the 8th best city in America home! Dear Mr. Loerke, today the aunties and my mom visit Louisville. This means you will be outnumbered 6 to 1 when it comes to estrogen at the Harvest House. I hope it's okay I told River she could fart and pee with her leg up as often as she wants.

Happy Friday, brave ones! What are you most looking forward to this weekend?

{Evening Thoughts}

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Stroller coffee is better than no coffee.
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