Through the Pain, We Will Triumph and Celebrate Life

December 17, 2012

My Favorite Things 2012


On December 14th a terrible tragedy hit our nation, yet again.  Twenty 6 and 7 year old children were senselessly taken from families who cherished their every move, mood and giggle. Six adults also died that day.

As God would have it, on December 15th I celebrated the 6th birthday of my daughter Paisley Elizabeth.  What a blessing it was to wake up and see her smile another day.  We truly never know the last time we will say “I love you” to our children.

I wish I could say that this tragedy has shaken the selfishness out of me.  I wish I could say that I have viewed every bad attitude as one to hold dear, one that 20 parents would give anything to be experiencing right now.


The truth is every day, every breath is one to honor regardless of what is happening in the world.  However, it takes a shock of great magnitude to wake us up.

We can’t let what occurred in Connecticut dominate our every thought.  Instead, we must pray for those affected and use this horror to propel us to a higher standard of parenting.  It’s not easy for me to choose the higher ground when my children are acting like animals at church.  I tend to want to act just as childish as them.

But, I must, I will do what God wants me to do…  Raise up my children to love and honor Him and those around us.

I share not only cloth diaper information and products with you but also the rawness of who I am.  I, like you, am a constant work in progress.

I could not be more grateful to be walking with the Lord than on those days when I seem to be an utter failure or when sin rears its ugly head like it did in Sandy Hook Elementary.

Today, I will continue the My Favorite Things event.

I absolutely LOVE giving things away!  Knowing that someone will be jumping with joy at winning these prizes makes me giddy.

Donations today come from Thirsties, Inc, Charlie Banana and CJ’s BUTTer!!

Thirsties is a family run, made in the USA company.  They are truly a joy to work with.  Thirsties has generously donated 5 Duo AIOs and a container of Booty Love.

Thirsties Duo AIOs are one of the easiest, trimmest cloth diapers to use.  They’re almost a no-brainer if you are looking for a good quality, affordable Made in the USA cloth diaper.

Charlie Banana is one of my favorite pocket cloth diapers.  I’ve referred to them many times over the years.  They have donated a one-sized pocket for today’s giveaway.

Rounding up today is CJ’s BUTTer.  The winner will receive 8.5 oz. Apples & Spice Carcass Cleaner, 4 oz. ‘Tis the Season Spritz, 4 oz. Cranberry Balsam BUTTer® Tube, 2 oz. Peppermint Cream Jar, .15 oz. Frosted Pumpkin Lip Balm!


I have a CJ’s BUTTer product in most rooms of my house.  I love the Spritz so much that I bought 6 of them (all in Pixie Pie scent) so that I would always have it handy.  In my bathroom I keep a big tub of rash cream in the BUTTer Plus formula.

BUTTer Plus contains shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, Vitamin E (derived from soy), sesame oil, neem oil, and essential oils. Yes, it stinks.  Neem is stinky.  But, it heals skin so well!

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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at

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274 Responses to “Through the Pain, We Will Triumph and Celebrate Life”

  1. Lauren Simms Says:

    My kids hold hands when they are riding in the car. Melts my heart every time!


  2. tarin Says:

    Since my babies were born there hasn’t been a day that I don’t Te’ll them I love them. My heart goes out to those families


  3. Hannah Says:

    I always tell her she is a special gift from God.


  4. sara russell Says:

    I tell them everyday :). I smile when they smile.


  5. Katie Fender Says:

    When my Son wakes up, it instantly puts a smile on my face. As long as he’s had a good nights rest, he’s always happy and smiling the next morning. Some mornings he wakes up and just says “Mom” over and over. It melts my heart!


  6. Bekah Kuczenski Says:

    I tell my daughter many many times through out the day how much I love her and I kiss her as much as I can :) I tell her everyday she gets a million kisses. She immediately brings a smile to my face when she dances to any sort of music she hears!


  7. Shaunie Says:

    My daughter runs to the door when she hears the garage door opening and knows that I have come home. :)


  8. Lucy L Says:

    My LO greets me every morning with a big smile…no matter how early it is!


  9. TaraLucida Says:

    My daughter cracks me up when she says something so matter of fact and does this funny hand flip, like, of course mom!


  10. Lois C Says:

    I try to tell my children daily what they mean to me. They are four years apart and I always smile when I see them playing with a toy together. I also like when they both go around asking for goodnight kisses and kissing each other goodnight.


  11. tracy montgomery Says:

    My 7 y/o always tries to make his family smile. He’s the comedian and I love that no matter what he sees the good in everything. My 4 months old giggles whenever I change his diaper or change his clothes and I can’t help but giggle back.


  12. Ashleigh Says:

    My favorite thing is feeling her move inside my belly! I tell her that I love her every day. =)


  13. Christine M Says:

    I tell my little one that he is a big boy, to which he smiles and replies, no I’m your baby.


  14. Kami Says:

    My favorite thing right now is when she practices her clapping and waving while going to sleep while breastfeeding…I have to try not to laugh, and it’s just so stinkin cute.


  15. Caitlin M. Says:

    I tell my daughter every single day multiple times that I love her. I love when she walks up to me and wraps her little arms around my neck. :’)


  16. Alexis Schrantz Says:

    All I have to do it tell my 6 month old that I love him!


  17. Jessica O Says:

    My daughter has got lots of snuggles already today, my son is still sleeping. Every time I see their smiles it just melts my heart!


  18. shannon Says:

    I have a 6 mo old that day I just rushed home and hugged him and sit there and cried….before i became a parent stuff like this made me sad and i wondered how can someone do that? Now that I have Dakota it puts everything in a diffrent light. It infuriates me and makes me made that someone can hurt a child.


  19. Shani Says:

    I love the giant wrap around hugs of my almost 2 year old daughter and the enthusiasm my 4 year old shows for learning anything and everything!! And the kicks of the baby due in March. :)


  20. Andie Says:

    I hug my little man and tell him I love him often, every day. He is precious! I love how he gets so excited to nurse when I ask & sign if he wants milkies. It makes me smile every time.


  21. Samantha Says:

    I have told her that mommy loves her though she dosent understand what im saying yet lol and i love whenever daddy gets home and shes been fighting a nap all day the minute he picks her up and holds her foe five mins she passes out as if that was what she was waiting for all day


  22. Kristi Says:

    Love the hugs my LO gives, and how he comes running up grinning to greet me when I come home from work.


  23. Lily Ivey Says:

    I have two girls: 6 and 15 months. I tell them I love them all the time. One of my favorite things is watching them play and laugh together. It’s absolutely precious.


  24. Alexis Bertch Says:

    I tell my children everyday how much I live them! I have a 6 yr old, 3 yr old, and a 2 month old. They are precious.


  25. Stephanie Says:

    I love to see my son dance. It makes me smile every time. I tell him I love him every time I lay him down for nap time or bedtime, at a minimum.


  26. Britni Bradford Says:

    Definitely! My 13 month old just started learning how to cluck like a chicken. It’s the cutest thing on the planet.


  27. Christel Says:

    The little things make me smile. Him telling me he loves me, saying “Look it’s Daddy’s job!!” When a train goes by. I cherish every moment.


  28. Lacey Junell Says:

    My children are 1 and 5, I tell them every day that they’re special and so very loved. My oldest has Aspergers, and has just recently started telling me and his Daddy “I love you” without us saying it first. My baby just started calling me mommy instead of mama. We have so many little things every day, my children are a constant blessing and I am so, so heartbroken for all of the families in CT.


  29. Jen Says:

    I’m constantly telling them how much I love them. I always smile when he cuddles a non-traditional cuddly toy. Like his trucks or trains.


  30. Michelle J. Says:

    My 6 month old little man just needs to smile or laugh and I forget all of my worries. Cliche as it may sound, he really is the best part of my life. My heart aches for those families who will not hear their LOs sweet laughter again on Earth.


  31. Terri Moore Says:

    When they are excited about something and especially when they laugh just warms my heart.


  32. Devon Says:

    When my 22 month old tells me I’m her “best mom” and hugs me… it brings such joy to my heart!!


  33. Kimberlie Says:

    Yes I do tell them every night before bed that I love them. Even if my boys have been crazy and difficult and I’m not liking their behavior of that day, I still tell them at bed time how much I care. My 9 year old makes me smile when he is eager to help with the baby, my 6 year old when he always needs one more hug and kiss when he leaves me (whether it be for school, bed, church, etc.) my 2 year old when he acts just like a mini-me with his responses “I do” or “I don’t” instead of yes and no, and the baby (3.5 mo) when he smiles at anyone who simply makes eye contact with him.


  34. Julie Says:

    She’s almost 3 months so still very young =) I love it when she smiles. It melts my heart


  35. Jenna Says:

    Yes I have and when she smiles or giggles is the best!! (She is 9 weeks old)


  36. Amy Says:

    Although my sweet little girl is still in my tummy, I tell her I love her and that I can’t wait to meet her!


  37. Hannah Avery Says:

    Some of the things my son says are so cute! I told him I love him today!


  38. Renae Says:

    He makes me smile alot but what will bring tears to my eyes is when I ask him if he’s ready to meet his baby brother he will say YES!


  39. Aubree Faunce Says:

    I have lost a child already and know the pain…God how I never wish that on anyone. Robbie Parker (Emilie Parker’s father) was actually the PA that helped save my twins that came 7 weeks early and took care of them for 5 weeks in the NICU. This has hit me HARD. My children are an incredible blessing and every laugh and every cry bring a smile to my face because I know they are here with me and they are alive and healthy!!!


  40. Ashley H Says:

    I tell my son so often how much I love him. When he insists on acting like a ‘big person.’


  41. Lilliana Gonzalez Says:

    My girls can make me smile anytime they bust out the dance moves. Even the 15 month old one can wiggle with the best of them.


  42. Bekah Says:

    My daughter told me that she was upset when her friend got hurt at school yesterday, and wanted to give her a hug, but was not allowed to. I told her that I needed to give her extra hugs, and thanked her for caring about her friends. Then I kissed her face and hugged her!


  43. Brandi Diekmann Says:

    I tell my children EVERY day what they mean to me! There is so much that they do that makes me love them even more. My 9 month old babbling away makes me smile. My 2 year old dancing and singing and my 7 year old showing how smart and brilliant she is!!


  44. Karen Chaffin Says:

    I have told my children how precious they are to me & I just love to hear their laughter. It brings a smile to my face & makes my day!!


  45. Amanda Logan Says:

    When my baby smiles at me, nestles his head against me, and when I feed him and he stares at me. He is only 2 mos. old :)


  46. Heather Heslep Morrissey Says:

    Basically everything she does, but when I say “I love you” and she says “I lo” and then gives me a hug and a kiss, it melts my heart.


  47. Dana Says:

    Hugs from my boy


  48. Jenny Says:

    Anytime my little guy giggles it melts my heart. Even though he doesn’t quite understand it yet, I tell him all the time how much I love him.


  49. Chris Mattatall Says:

    there is just so many things my lil guy does to make me smile but the one thing i really love it this look of surprise he gets it adorable it makes me melt every time…also prayers and love to all those suffering. it was a horrible act :-(


  50. elizabeth dickson Says:

    Every morning when they wake up, they smile and say “I love you mommy”


  51. Charity Brooks Says:

    I can’t imagine what those parents are going through.


  52. Melissa Henry Says:

    It always brings a smile to my face when my son says…”maaaaaa” because he always says it so sweetly.


  53. Brandi Powell Says:

    I tell my 7 month old multiple times a day I love her, she is the most amazing thing to ever happen to me and I cherish her dearly. She always has a big grin in the morning when I go in to get her up, and this always make me smile right back at her!!


  54. Jen Says:

    I love it when my kids catch me off guard and say something funny that I wasn’t expecting. I also love it when they sing in the store.


  55. Regan Says:

    My little one puts a smile on my face when he sings the Elmo song


  56. Kerrigan Says:

    There are so many things that all of my kids do everyday to make me smile. My heart breaks for the parents.


  57. Amanda Says:

    When my 15 month old gives me kisses over and over!


  58. Jen L Says:

    I tell my children multiple times a day that I love them and give them hugs and kisses. What brings a smile to my face is when they are chasing eachother and giggling as they do it!


  59. Ashley P. Says:

    I enjoy watching my older son love on his little brother… sometimes the hugs are too tight and the kisses a bit smothering, but I know he truly loves “his baby” and it’s precious to see.


  60. Michelle Says:

    I love how my baby boy gives kisses!


  61. Jay Says:

    I tell them I love them often. Seeing them smile makes me x smile


  62. Rose Stading Says:

    When I hear my kids giggle, it puts an instant smile on my face! :)


  63. patience Says:

    I tell my daughter everyday, multiple times a day how precious she is to me and how blessed I am to have her as my daughter. When she tries to give me kissed and just blows on my cheek it melts my heart!


  64. judi Says:

    My 20 yr. old is often at work and her excitement at picking out just the right gifts for her younger siblings makes me happy. My 2nd one just turned 18 and is such a man! He lets me hug him and always says “I love you” when he leaves the house. That makes me smile. #3 is 14 and frequently moody. She’s sometimes tough to love but she’s also a hard worker. When it’s her turn to clean the kitchen she gets in there and does it without dawdling. She’s so creative! #4 is my stubborn child but he’s also very loving. He dotes on his baby sister and it’s so sweet! #5 is my sensitive child. She loves to help me with the baby and tries to get along with everyone. #6 is a snuggler. He loves to cuddle and he loves to read books. #7 is the baby and she thinks she’s the center of the universe. She’s such a sweet baby and she adores all of her older siblings.


  65. Katy Emanuel Says:

    We tell our daughter every day how wonderful and smart she is. The one thing that always brings a smile to our faces is the hugs she loves to give and the cuddles we get all the time from her.


  66. Faith Says:

    Oh yes I have told him:) And pretty much everything he does brings a smile to my face:) It is such a blessing to be his mommy. I sometimes think I couldn’t love him any more and then I wake up and realize my heart has grown a little bigger:) Oh how great God is.


  67. Elizabeth Says:

    My oldest has been sick these last few days and she’s been really huggy. I’ve enjoyed them a little more than normal I think.
    On a CD note. I just received some Thirsties from a friend. I can’t wait til little guy gets here and I can use them!!!


  68. Melissa Says:

    Lots of hugs and kisses! And tell him he’s getting to be such a big boy (almost 6 months!). His laugh is the best!!


  69. Michelle Ferguson Says:

    I’ve hugged my babies a little more often and a little longer since Friday. Both my boys are ssweethearts and their little smiles just light up my world.


  70. beth c Says:

    i tell my son all the time!! & pretty much everything he does warms my heart- i really love snuggling with him when we first wake up in the morning, & when he tries to tickle me :) i also love the sound effects that i have made when doing things in the past that signify that act.. like the ‘bllmbllmbllm’ sound i have made when giving him a piggyback ride that he now makes when he wants a piggyback ride!! :D kids are awesome!!!


  71. Nicole N. Says:

    I hugged both of my girls, as I do every day, and sang our “I love you so much” song. My 2 1/2 year-old makes me smile every time she pretends to be asleep and does a silly fake snore!


  72. Erica Says:

    My almost 3yo is so smart & sassy! His vocabulary & memory is growing daily! I love that he is able to express his feelings verbally ( I’m sad, happy,mad). My 3 mo makes me happy when she smiles & laughs. They are gifts from God & I’m so thankful for every minute i am with them


  73. Kasie Says:

    I love to hear my daughter sing. She sang her first solo in her preschool Christmas program on the 13th and it was such a blessing. We absolutely say “I love you” multiple times every day.


  74. Elizabeth Volker Says:

    I have! Right now they make me smile by singing Christmas songs they only have a line or two memorized :)


  75. Bethany McKinley Says:

    Yes! And my baby’s giggle brings a big smile to my face!


  76. Claire Says:

    It makes me smile when they run to their daddy to hug and kiss him. Just melts my heart.


  77. Rebecca Rushton Says:

    I am a SAHM to a 3 yr old and 6 month old. So when I found out about the shootings, I hugged my boys real tight and told them I loved them. They both make me smile when they learn new things, and smile and give me kisses/hugs.


  78. Mica Holly Says:

    I love my babies so much. My 11 month old dances (sways side to side), every time he does that it melts my heart. My 3 year old has a speech delay, any time he says real words without whining or screaming (lol) it makes me so happy.


  79. Liesal Says:

    Yes! He’s only 7 months, but I’m so scared of the day that I’ll have to explain terrible things like this that happen in our world. He is a screecher and a screamer. He just gets so excited about everything now, and the littlest things get him excited. I love it!


  80. Julie Says:

    I hug my children a little tighter and pray for those grieving families. The one thing that always makes me smile is when my son makes this face where his squints his eyes and smiles weird. It is the funniest face!


  81. Donna Jean Says:

    I love watching my 2 1/2 yr old son and 6 mo old daughter interact with each other. There is just so much love evident between them. I also can’t help but smile when having a conversation with my son – he’s so talkative and imaginative and thoughtful – and when nursing my daughter when just looks up at me and smiles while she nurses and milk dribbles out of the corner of her mouth – melts. my. heart. My heat aches for the families in Newtown, CT. We have friends who live there and their daughter attends Sandy Hook, but not until the afternoon. I pray that the Lord will bring His comfort to all of the families affected – both those who have suffered loss and those who have to help their children understand and cope with what happened.


  82. Emily Says:

    Still reeling from last Friday. I’m 21 weeks pregnant and have a 14 month old…. It makes me so scared to send them out into the world!


  83. Hilary Says:

    Every day I shower my little one with hugs, kisses and loves EVERY DAY. He is the center of my world and I love him more than anything. I love the goofy smile on my his face when he wakes up in the morning and the way he laughs every time I laugh. He is just so happy! :)


  84. Katie L Says:

    My very young kids sit there and just laugh at each other and you justhave to smile at them


  85. Faith Halverson Says:

    When my daughter signs “thank you” after I give her something, it always brings a smile to my face.


  86. Sarah Says:

    I love that whenever music comes on my 2 and a half and 10 month old get up and dance! I am so thankful for my two beautiful children.


  87. Amelia Says:

    Ellie and I play a game: “There it is!! The (insert appropriate body part) that I love!!” and then we tickle or kiss it. Her favorite is when I say “Tummy”. She squeals. I always finish the game with a big hug and a quiet “Here she is. The girl that I love.” Very snuggly time.

    She makes me smile most when she is singing. Love. It.


  88. KD Says:

    I love my daughter’s soft, gentle voice and when she laughs with her big smile! :)


  89. Alicia Says:

    I love the kisses he blows me everyday and the snuggles I get. I can’t imagine my world without him.


  90. Michelle Says:

    I love the hugs from my almost one year old! They melt my heart when he wraps his little arms around my neck and squeezes!


  91. Charity Says:

    My 4 month old rolled over today!! He makes me smile because he sleeps through the night!


  92. Beth VB Says:

    Ge is 3 months old… just about everything he does brings a smile, but I love seeing him discover new things that he had never reacted to before


  93. Kara Drovdahl Says:

    we co-sleep, so I pretty much always start my day off right, with a big happy grin from my 10 month old when I perk up and tell her good morning (usually after she’s pulled my hair to wake me up…but I seriously can’t resist that grin)


  94. Therese Says:

    Am i alone? With three children under 5

    i never have two hands free to type!


  95. Keara B. Says:

    I tell my little girl that I love her all the time… I’m sure I’ll be doing it even when she rolls her eyes at me as a teenager. I love it when she replies “wee woo” (love you) back to me, or when she says “All better” when she’s sees I’m upset. Makes me smile every time.


  96. mary Says:

    everything he does makes me love him more everyday! I am blessed to be able to watch him grow and change daily!


  97. kali Says:

    What a great post Autumn. For me- telling my kids that I love how awesome they are while smothering them with tickles…that makes their faces light right up.


  98. Julie Says:

    I tell my 11 week old baby every day that I love her. She’s just so squishy and irresistible. Today I told my 5 year old and asked her for a hug. While she’s sweet and funny she’s not a cuddler so she didn’t like the hug very much. My favorite thing she does is she draws little pictures for me on scratch paper and she always makes sure there’s a button on the page for me. I love her button drawings. :D I will make a point of telling my 9, 14 and 19 year olds that I love them tonight.

    I haven’t done much in the way of reading up on the CT story because I’m an extremely sensitive person, especially while pregnant or nursing and since I’m nursing my 11 week old baby girl I’m in that more sensitive stage in life. I can’t expose myself too much to things like this or I get too depressed.

    I lost my baby boy, Peter, 6 years ago so I have an idea what these parents are feeling. Losing a child changes a person forever and it’s another reason I have to be very careful what I expose myself to.

    I also had to move to the valley where I grew up and it’s a very unhealthy area in more ways than one. My husband and I are both feeling the strain of it and so are my children. Add to that the current state of the economy and we’re not the most stable emotionally.

    When I think of the tragedy or see some article or mention of them on social media or online I stop and pray for them but I cannot get too deep into the stories or it becomes hard for me to come back out. I need to be present for my children so for the sake of the health of us all I need to keep my distance.


  99. Laura Says:

    Yes, I told my children today how amazing they are and how lucky I am to be their mom. The baby is easy: she is cute, funny, I can stick a boob in her mouth and she is happy, she doesn’t talk back… The almost 6 year old is so very challenging most days, and sometimes I get so frustrated that I forget to tell him just how important he is to me, and how much I adore him. Friday certainly was a wake up call. I have spent so much quality time with my children the past few days, and my house shows it and I just plain do not care.


  100. Janice Says:

    I learned of this tragedy while I was at work. I am a teacher at a middle school. I fought back my tears while I was reading the article during my planning period. I tell my son several times a day that I love him. I love to see him walk on his tippy toes when he is being silly and when he kisses my 37-week-pregnant belly.



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