Monday, May 16, 2011


i almost didn't post this outfit as it's not exactly groundbreaking. but i wanted to show it to you anyway because a.) i took the pictures, so i might as well do something with them and b.) this hand-painted bangle is extra-special to me. mr.a brought it all the way from afghanistan when he was home in march. it's hard to tell in this picture, but there is a picture of a woman kneeling in prayer in front of a stained-glass window. it's beautiful.
over the past year i've saved several newspaper clippings, encouraging cards we've received, and special pictures. i hope to compile them all into a book or box. i get emotional when i picture our kids and even grandkids looking through it one day.
this experience has made such a huge impact on our lives. we've learned so much, grown so much, failed so's truly shaping us into better people. i'm excited to have little, tangible pieces of this process to remind us of how far we've come. but, i may have to ask mr.a to buy another bracelet so i can pass one down to each of the girls. 

i'd say they've both earned it.

t-shirt: j.crew, $10
jeans: joe's, thrift $30
sandals: old navy, $3
hat: walmart (mens), $10




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