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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, August 19, 2014


Once they placed these 2 precious babies in my arms something in me ignited that I never anticpated. Yes there was so much excitement and love that is indescribable.... but what I did not anticipate was fear. I wasn't fearful of my role as caregiver, but fearful of all of the unknowns that I could not control. Germs, SIDS, accidents, etc.... I never anticpated to feel so weighted down by this emotion. I definitely think my babies being born in cold December didnt help but the external was nothing compared to my internal battle.

I am currently reading a book called Tame Your Fears by Carol Kent. I recommend this to everyone. We all have fears of something and struggle at different levels but this book covers it all and points out the obvious... Living in fear is sin. Worrying is straight up disobedience. 

Talk about a punch in the gut. 

Growing up in church we know this stuff. We can quote the scriptures. We know there are 365 of them on fear. But do we live this out? Or are we living in bondage to something that is robbing our joy and literally putting a sin barrier up in our lives.

Decemeber 18, 2013... I had no idea that all of this was beginning. I knew I was a protective mom (still am! and I don't apologize for it. God gave me the responsibility of taking care these babies. No one else.) However being a protective mom is very different than being a fearful mom. 

A protective mom prays.
A fearful mom worries.

A protective mom surrenders her family to the Lord.
A fearful mom tries to control everything.

We (I) have a choice. I can be fearful. Or I can remember that yes, I birthed these babies, but they are simply on loan to me. I have the responsibility to raise them, but they are not really mine. I can hold on with white knuckles or I can surrender these precious babies to the One who loves them more than me.

I am learning. I am taking baby steps. I am not a super mom. I am human. But I am thankful for the One who is walking beside me in this journey. He created me and my family. And more than that, He loves me and my family and desires a healthy relationship with me (us) not a power struggle.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jude and Luke 8 months

As stated on social media earlier, this is what 8 months of cuteness looks like:

Luke is crawling and into everything.

Jude is getting everywhere by means of rolling... and I do mean everywhere.

They love playing ball...

They love their jumparoos.

They love the water.. and here are the chubby bubbies getting ready for it.

They love being silly... or maybe we love being silly and they are willing participants.

They love singing songs.

They love wrestling with one another but normally they don't love it at the same time.

And their favorite activity currently is sitting on daddy's shoulders, playing with his head.

And a big milestone for this momma was putting them in the church nursery a week ago sunday, August 10. They did great and so did momma. :) 

As stated above, they are moving around like crazy. Luke still has 0 teeth and Jude still only has the 2 front, bottom ones. They are drinking 7oz every 3-3.5 hours (breast milk part of the time and formula the other) and eating baby food 2-3 times a day. We have started introducing them to table food... to which their favorite seems to be homemade ice cream. (at least thats their daddy's opinion because thats his favorite food.)They take 2-3 naps a day and sleep 10-12 hours at night. 

I blame their Grammy and Bebe because they are spoiled rotten! Luke is more content being alone than Jude. Jude still gets the title of more high maintenance. But they still are sweet, good, happy babies which I am sure to thank Jesus for everday!