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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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We're home!

At least for a little while, we are back home. The mag drip proved to be successful and slowed everything down so after 9.5 days in the hospital they released us to go home. I am of course still on bed rest and will continue to be until they boys are born but we are so thankful to have at least made it another week with the boys still baking.

29 weeks:

To answer some of your questions:
- How am I feeling? I feel great. My belly is def getting bigger and and heavier so laying on my left side with pillows is the most comfortable.

-How am I emotionally? I think I'm good. I have moments where I feel so bad about being useless when D is doing so much (without any complaints) but then to put it all into perspective of why I have to be useless makes it all worth it. Even when I was in the hospital, I was ok with it. People kept asking how I was emotionally about being hospitalized for possibly the duration of my pregnancy. Really I was ok with it. Knowing the babies were ok and in great hands gave me peace of mind. Although, now sleeping in my own bed, I can say I'm ok with being home too.

So for now, we are doing great and are resting at home trying to keep these babies in at least 5 more weeks!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jude and Luke 7 months

(Warning... picture overload)
We are officially moving. Jude is rolling everywhere and Luke is army crawling/scooting. He'll get up on all for fours and then face plant so I know a real crawl is in the works. 

Jude has 2 teeth and Luke still has none. I guess Luke is making up for it by being more mobile.

They both are slowly getting the hang of sitting up. They'll do it alone fo a few seconds and then forget and fall over.

Eating food has become a fun endeavor. Jude looooves to eat... anything. Luke will eat but you have to be a little more forceful. We think his reflux is back so his willingness to eat can be spotty. 

Here's a look at an example of a daily schedule:
6:00a.m. Jude starts talking and playing
7:00a.m. Jude falls back asleep
7:45a.m. Jude and Luke starting waking up 
8:00a.m. 7oz bottle of formula and then a bowl of oatmeal with bananas
8:30-9:30a.m. play
9:30-11:00a.m. nap
11:30a.m. 7oz of breast milk
11:45a.m.- 1:00pm play
1:00-3:00pm nap
3:00 pm 7oz of breast milk and bowl of baby food
3:30-5:00 play
5:00-6:30 nap
6:30 7oz of formula
6:30-8:00 play
8:15- bed time

Every day is a little bit different. And some days we have things going on at night so we don't always stick to the schedule but they definitely let us know when they are hungry or tired.

They are still very good babies. We are still finding that Jude is more high maintenance than Luke. Luke is very laid back and when he's tired he'll close his eyes and go to sleep... say if we are out somewhere. Jude is my sleep fighter. If we are out he'll cry himself to sleep. Thankfully they both do a good job at home of simply going to sleep in their beds once we lay them down.

Our first family of 4 dinner date- El Mezcal (I thought we had done this many times before but going and sitting down we realized we hadnt!)

Went to the lake for the Jerkins' family vaca...

We drove over to Mt. View for a fun night on the square.

 They love hallie claire and she loves them.

Boat time

Although they only went out on the boat once, they loved it. They loved the water and sleeping on the boat. I think more than anything they loved this vacation because there was always someone to entertain them or hold them.

Jude makes this fake cry sound and the other day I was imitating him and this was his response...

It was hilariously pitiful.

Jude and Luke moving adventures...

Happy 7 months precious babies!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Crazy Busy

I recently met up with sweet Jennie McKay to pick apart her brain on balancing the 3 M's that I spoke about previously. She gave me some great insight and encouragement. She also suggested some great resources that have been very beneficial to her family. One of them being a book, Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung.

This book was packed full of great advice. Most of it is common sense but I was able to see "busyness" in a whole new light. Like stated in a previous post, busyness is something I have always struggled with, but I never realized that busyness could be dangerous. I know that sounds quite dramatic but when you think about busyness and how it has the power to rob us of our joy, rob our hearts from intimacy and cover up the rot/sin in our life, it then becomes a much more serious thing than we once thought.

When we pack our schedules so tightly it can make life stressful, ripping from us the joy that we once found from doing most of these things that keep us busy. It also, robs our hearts from intimacy with people. When we are constantly on the go and running from place to place, it leaves little room for us to invest in people.... most importantly our families. And if these things aren't scary enough, being so busy has the ability to cover up the sin in our life.

The other day I opened my pantry and was immediately hit with an awful smell. I attributed it to a dirty diaper I had thrown in the garbage, but after taking out the trash I quickly realized it was not the diaper I was smelling. After investigating, I realized it was a bag of sweet potatoes. The rotting potatoes that I found didn't happen overnight. It was a daily process due to neglect. Then bam... the smell made me do something about it. Hopefully we will recognize the sin/rot in our lives before the bam moment. Being crazy busy though, helps us easily cover up and/or push to the side a sin that we may or may not think is a big deal. Unfortunately for some, too much neglect leads to a rank smell that becomes evident to all. We must guard our lives from being so busy that covering up sin is not an option.

We can be encouraged though that our only perfect example, Jesus, was busy as well. If we love God and want to serve others we will be busy. Being busy in and of itself is not bad.. its how we manage or don't that is. Jesus was busy. He had people to heal, people to teach, people to dine with... he had lots of things to do! Even with all the demands from everyone (come here! heal me! teach me!), He stayed on His mission and was driven by the Father. Jesus knew there was a difference between all the good things he could do and how they were not necessarily the things he ought to do.

The story of Mary and Martha is always so convicting. I definitely am a Martha.... to a fault. What she was doing wasn't wrong. The things she was doing were necessary: preparing food, making sure the guests were comfortable, etc. These were good things, but they weren't the best. We must evaluate our tasks. The things that keep us busy may not be bad things. In fact, most of what we do are probably good, Christ honoring things. But are they best? If we are stretching ourselves so thin that all we've got to give God and our family are leftovers, then what we are doing isn't best. 

And the concept that is the most obvious but not always the easiest sums up this book perfectly: "Jesus is the only thing that can pull us away from being crazy busy. We won't say, "No" to more craziness until we say, "Yes" to more of Jesus."