Tuesday, July 26, 2011

bestest

These two are seriously bestest friends...
Elijah says every night, "I love you Nay you're my bestest friend."




 They never leave each others side. 


 I love all the moments they have together.

I pray they stay close forever. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

giving it a try.

I figured I might as well give this potty training thang a try. 

I'd been putting it off for awhile and figured he was ready, plus I was ready to stop paying for diapers.
but he wasn't as interested as learning as I thought.
This is pretty much where is underware stays and he'd prefer to go to potty in his diaper so he doesn't have to stop playing. 
It's okay, I don't mind him staying young a little longer :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

being stretched.

Summer is in full swing...and probably like most of you it feels like it's going way too fast. The kids have splashed in the pool, Caleb and I have snuck out on more dates than usual, schedules are more flexible, blog posts fewer and farther between, the oven never gets turned on and lots of bbq's with friends. 
It's great. 
But, if I were to be completely honest, it's not what I expected, when is it ever though? 
I've spent more time than I'd like to admit in the doctor's office, drawing blood, or laying in bed cause I don't feel good enough to get up. Every time, I think I'm getting better I take two steps backward. 


Health has been a struggle for me for years now, but it's harder now that it affects more than just me. It affects Caleb and the children. I hate facing all the ways I've failed in being a wife and mom at the end of the day. 


As I've wrestled through not feeling well and what my response should be, many times I've given up. I'm not long suffering and I'm not choosing to be grateful for all the incredible blessings God's given me. I choose instead to focus on the things I'm not able to do instead of the ways I can serve. I've lay my burdens before the Lord, but then an hour later I go back and pick them up and try to carry them on my own. 


Caleb is a rock though. He's gracious with my failures and constantly brings me back to truth. He's been praying for me and with me and holds me when I cry. I love him. And I love how trials bring us closer.


While reading my devotions this morning I was reminded again to replace my complaining heart with a grateful one.


I'm grateful that I have a Savior who died for my sins.
I'm grateful that my health issues aren't life threatening.
I'm grateful I have two beautiful children that bring us so much joy.
I'm grateful for a husband who walks this road with me.
I'm grateful for God's word that guides my soul.
I'm grateful that if I confess my sins God is faithful and just to forgive them.
I love that everyday is new and today I'm choosing to be grateful.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My big fat Greek wedding

If you've been around my blog for awhile you might know that I married into a crazy Greek family. Caleb's Propa and Proyia (great grandparents) came over from Greece and passed down their traditions and they stay strong today. We all know their Greek heritage and are proud of it. I didn't fully understand what being Greek meant when I first came into the family, but I'm getting a better idea.
they are...
loud
nuts
loyal
passionate
extremely affectionate
lovers of food
party animals
did i mention crazy?

No gathering is too big or small for EVERYONE to come. So, we all worked hard to make it to Portland for Caleb's cousins wedding. A few were unable to attend and they were seriously missed!
I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of the wedding. I didn't want to think about anything so I left my camera at the hotel, but when I got to the location I just about died. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to...and I've been to my share of weddings. 
Well, they knew how to throw a party....they put Caleb and I at a table with his siblings and three of his guy cousin and their wives. We started laughing before we sat down and didn't stop until our heads hit our pillows. 
The food was delish, the photo booth, complete with tons of props kept us busy for awhile, the firework show amazing...yes I said firework show, and the live band kepts us dancing till midnight. I actually think the parents lasted longer on the floor then we did.


We had an incredible weekend and I'm so thankful for all my crazy Greeks. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

fourth of july

Our Fourth of July weekend was close to perfection.
It started with Caleb surprising me with tickets to see this...

 and a night away here...


He kept it a secret for a whole month and a half! I would NEVER have been able to do that.  It was an incredible time together. I'm very thankful that Caleb continually pursues me and finds ways to make me happy. I missed the kids so much even though it was only a night, but I know that it's important for Caleb and I to make our relationship the priority. Getting uninterrupted time together is hard with little kids and it was nice to talk with out distraction.
then we came home and made fourth of july waffles...

spent lots of time together laughing...




wore our colors proud...

barbequed with close friends...one of which happens to be a photographer 




her pictures are just a little better:)

and we ate way too much yummy food.

thankful for a great weekend with family and friends.

Friday, July 1, 2011

fresh squeezed

My sister picked us a bunch of these...

so, I put on my favorite Summer apron...

pulled out my grandmothers juicer

and got to work.

We had a couple of these around....

and it turned out pretty darn good.

I put in about five cups of water 
1 1/4 cups of lemon juice
1 cup of boiling water with 1 cup of sugar dissolved in it. 
easy, easy.
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