one more



In March, there will be one more little love joining our family.

I can. not. believe that I am going to be a mom to four!

I am a seriously fertile son of a gun, and for that I am so grateful, but I am also very happy to say that this will be our last baby, and Chris has had the surgery to prove it. 😉


Having said that, I feel like it is far more important to say that my children are everything to me. Not because they define me, but because they force me to define myself.

Since having Brielle, there have been so many changes in my life, and I can honestly say that they have all been for the better.

I am so grateful that I get to be a mom. It is challenging on my time, on my body, on my house, on my brain!

But it is breath-taking, it is strengthening, it is having a heart that is pounded into so many different shapes even over the course of one day.

I have made mistakes, and I do my best to say I’m sorry and change for the better. But because I have been forced to deal with my weaknesses, I have also had triumphs and breakthroughs.

I still have a long way to go, and a lot of love to give, so I think God wanted to give me one more heart beating outside my body, one more mouth to feed, to clothe, one more to kiss, one more to stretch me, one more to force me to be better than I am.

I am humbled and intimidated by the responsibility, but I know that through God everything is possible, and I can do my very best to try to give the world one more person who will make changes for the better.

One more person who is taught to care for others, and to love.

So I’m going to do my best to trust him and have faith, because I’m really going to need him.



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things that cannot be contained


This weekend I had the most. embarrassing. moment in my life.

It involved a low barbed wire mud crawling obstacle, and a pair of thin shorts.

Also, a very white bum cheek. And about 1,000 people who decided that they didn’t need to tell me.

Even through the rope climbing and ladder climbing obstacles.

But when I finally noticed a misplaced breeze, a few sweet fellow racers helped me, um, safety pin myself.

Also, I switched shirts with someone when we realized my bum could not be contained by safety pins.


But I’m still chalking the whole thing it up as a win because it was part of the most fun race I’ve ever run.

And I would do it again.

Bum and all.

But I would bring extra shorts.




Speaking of things that cannot be contained, check out our backyard pumpkin patch.




Irie’s Blessing






What can I say about my precious Irie Rose?

She took her first steps this weekend. With little cautious movements, and her eyes locked straight ahead.

The smells of her breath and hair make me close my eyes.

She is full of spirit and joy when she tips back her head to show that she wants to be swung around, or tucks her head into my neck to laugh.

She holds my finger and squeezes it. Somehow it reminds me of a much older person.

Her eagerness to fall asleep when she is tired makes me feel relieved to put her down, but also makes me wish she would fall asleep in my arms.

Her blessing day was a celebration of her beautiful spirit, and a humbling reminder of her potential.

I love her so much.

She makes me want to be a better person.

Thank you, sweet Irie for making me your mom.

With all my love,

Tani Bree


Irie in her outdoor cage…DSC_2981

Likes to dream about when she will be a big kid too.


Riding in cars…



Striking cool poses… DSC_2991

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