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Sinner saved by grace. Wife to a cute preacher. Momma to 2 precious baby boys. Blessed beyond measure. And I deserve none of it.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The evil monster that is discontentment

As I sit here on my couch listening to the hum of the washing machine and the quietness that is morning nap time, I find myself many times fighting the monster that is discontentment. The mundaneness of chores and schedules of having little ones can be enough to make you lose your mind. On top of that I've been taking care of sick boys for a week now and left the house very few times... that alone makes my monster even bigger. 

The monster of discontentment is a sneaky little thing. God is using Priscilla Shirer's book, The Resolution fo Women, to remind me how that monster of discontentment is robbing me of precious time. Priscilla says, "Instead of relishing each moment, each year, each opportunity, each step of the journey, I'm constantly overeager to get to the next thing, which always looks more enticing than whats currently before me. I'm rarely satisfied in full with my present station." 

That cut like a dagger. That was me! I didn't even realize it but it was/is how I have been living this journey of motherhood. Ready for them to sleep through the night. Ready for them to self feed. Ready for them to crawl. Ready for them to talk. Ready for them to walk. It's so easy to find the things we don't like about each season of our lives, but God is showing me how fleeting these moments are and how they must be cherished. "Only for the coming year would my husband be exactly like this. Only for these fleeting moments would my children talk, look and act exactly like this. And if I chose to hurry through them in an attempt to avoid the parts I didn't like, I'd simultaneously miss all the things I did like about this season."

Mommas lets not the the monster of discontentment rob us and our families of joy and precious time together. May we embrace every mountain top and valley, every challenging and easy season, every sick day and every healthy one. Let's choose contentment in all circumstances. Resist the urge to hurry through your season. Enjoy and be content now.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014

What a difference a year makes!

1st birthday party

Milk and Cookies Theme

On their actual birthday 2 days prior, Luke was sick so we went to the dr and hung out at home most of the day. That night just the four of us went to Cracker Barrel where they sang to the boys and brought them a huge ice cream sunday... that they ate most of.

 Ice cream sundaes were a great way to end such a special day and make being sick not so bad.

Jude and Luke 12 months

My babies are ONE. The first few months felt like 3 years but then it was as if time flew and here we are 2 weeks after their first birthday. What a fun, challenging year its been!

12 hours a night
2 naps a day that are 2-3 hours long

No more bottles
Sippy cups of whole milk
(My pumping days are over! I got very emotional about returning the breast pump. It felt very much like the end of an era. But then that first day that I didn't pump I felt like yelling FREEEEEDOM at the top of my lungs. A very good milestone that I'm excited we finally reached.)

Lots! This past month has been teeth month. They've both gained what seems like 5 each. And this is the first time they've seemed to really be bothered by teething. There have been lots of tears and snuggles.

No walking yet but at times they'll be standing and let go of something for a few seconds. They are very content crawling (yes both are now crawling correctly) and they love to walk behind toys they can push.

Favorite toy:
any ball! Or anything they can throw. They like playing catch and its even cuter when they do so with one another.

New developments:
Wrestling- they love wrestling with each or anyone who will lay on the floor with them. Most of the time the wrestling is over a toy but none the less right now its cute.

Clinginess- they've always let anyone hold them, but lately they have been much clingier to daniel and I. I love that they love us but at times this can be difficult and sad.

Car seats- they got new car seats for their birthdays thanks to both sets of their very gracious grandparents. And they love them.

Last bottle

They love to eat anything we are eating.

They love watching the tigers play.

New car seats 

Happy birthday, sweet baby boys!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reflecting on ONE

As I type this out, I am overwhelmed with so much emotion. My babies turn one tomorrow. We are saying goodbye to bottles and rattles and hello to sippy cups and walking toys. It seems like just yesterday, d handed me those 2 sweet baby boys for the first time. Though I knew they were Luke and Jude, I had no idea who they really were or what they needed. I simply knew my heart could burst at that moment. Here were two precious baby boys that were ours.

I am surprisingly not weepy as we say goodbye to the infancy stage. What a scary, newness that it was! I cherished those days, but I am glad to see this new stage upon on. Personality and independence are getting more fun and challenging every day. I know these upcoming days will bring a whole slew of new challenges but I am enjoying and look forward to this journey. 

Even though we have had what I believe to be excellently, easy babies, I still feel that a celebration of  survival is in order. Hallelujah, we survived infancy with twins! But in celebrating this milestone, I am reminded of so much. God's goodness still baffles me. A year ago we experienced His goodness in a way that falls only under salvation and our wedding day. Hearing those sweet cries for the first time will forever be one of the greatest moments in my life.

The journey of parenthood has brought about many changes. Our schedules have changed.  We realize we are people who need a lot of sleep. I have realized a new love for and dependence on coffee. We have been humbled. We have been challenged. And of course we had no idea we could love 2 little people so much.

Jude and Luke, thank you for rocking our world. We love you more than you'll ever know!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Jude and Luke 11 months

3 meals a day- anything and everything
4 bottles a day
Started dropping one bottle
Introduced cow milk and they love it

10-12 hours a night
2- 2.5 hour naps a day
They need it. They are like their parents and require sleep and will make it known when they haven't had enough.

-Still strongly pulling up and cruising, but no walking on their own yet.
-Jude still prefers his army crawl over a normal crawl. He can do it but switches to the army crawl when he wants to get somewhere quickly.
-Jude's front right tooth popped through and the other top front one is close behind. He also had a molar pop through.
-Luke is still holding strong with his 2 bottom front teeth. We think his top fang-ish teeth may be fixing to break through.
-They say, "mom,mom,mom," "dadada" and "byebyebye." Everything comes in 3's.
-Jude does an adorable 2 handed wave thats all wrist and he does it very dramatically.
-Luke's wave is normally towards himself and its a shy wave unlike Jude's.
-Our whole family got the stomach bug... enough said.
-Luke was diagnosed with his first ear infection on their 11 month bday. 

Happy 11 months to my sweet, happy boys!