as we prepare for another little girl to join our family in november, i'm struck by how much simpler it is this time around. in truth, there's nothing we need before her arrival. there are a few things that will be nice to have, but if she came tomorrow, i know intimately how simple her needs will be for a long time ahead. i so appreciate the calmness with that (i know i'll still have those bizarre moments of intense nesting/crazy projects -- hold onto your hat!), but i'm taking rest in this season.
if you've followed my journey over the past year, you know that what i've actually done to prepare for this baby is simplifed our space and belongings, not added to it. we have three very small closests, and now four family members, there were no empty shelves or cabinets awaiting her. looking around there was much we hadn't used or didn't need, and so slowly, methodically, i've found other homes for those things. like most first time parents, we thought we needed way more than we actually did with ellie, so we've even cleaned out a lot of our "baby items" down to the ones we really used.