Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Friday.

Since my sister didn't have school today we had a slumber party...and what better way to start the day then to bundle up and grab some donuts...

chilly fall morning...

so festive...

yum yum...

Happy Friday.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

a day with v...

My mom took Elijah for the day and Vanessa and I had some girl time.
 She loves to look at herself in the mirror after I've gotten her dressed.

    She helped me get ready for the day by going through my make-up bag.

We had a tea party, read books, and went out for lunch. 

I missed Elijah, but I love these rare moments when it's just the two of us. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


It's still dark outside and everything is still. V is the only one awake and she's curled next to me as I write. 

...Hours later. V wanted my arms wrapped around her so I set the computer down and held her until she'd had enough. The house is now quiet again. My sweet girl is napping and Elijah is loving some Nana time. And I get some time to just sit and write.

My mind is full. Lately so many thoughts have been running around that it's hard to quiet them at night. One thing in particular has kept me restless. I just had a dr. appointment for our little girl. It seems that right before my appointments and for a couple days after my anxiety heightens. I feel like I'm living on borrowed time and the next appointment they're going to tell me that the complication have gotten worse. I'll be put on bed rest and I anxiously wait to see if our baby will be healthy.

I know God tells us to be anxious for nothing, but when I think about the possibilities of what could happen my problems seem too big and God so far away. It's an area in my spiritual life that I've had to take to the Lord over and over. I've been rereading a series on fear from this blog and I've been so encouraged. It reminded me that "there is not grace for our imagination, but there is grace for today."

I've also read James 1:3 and 4 "for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

I am not allowing this test to produce steadfastness in my life and therefore it's not taking it's full effect. I give my fears to the Lord for a moment, but then take them back. 

I know that my fears are not God honoring, so I'm going to keep his word close to my heart. I'm choosing to trust in his plan, knowing that all he does is for his glory and my good. I want that steadfastness of Christ to take over and have it's full effect on me. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

a little autumn fun.

I saw this picture on facebook and traced it back to this blog here. I thought the kids would have fun making them and it didn't look too hard.

Elijah, Vanessa, and I got all we needed and headed to Nana's house to make them.

I'm a little bit of a perfectionist and was imaging them turning out just like the picture, but I wasn't factoring in a two and a half year old making them. I quickly gave up any ambitions of a perfect oreo turkey.

My sister Abigail and her good friend Gabrielle made them with us. 

 Everytime I looked at Elijah the temptation of all the sweet goodness in front of him was too great and he'd given in. It's a miracle we even got one made. 

So, no they don't look quite like the picture...

but they were so happy.

Monday, October 17, 2011


This morning at the breakfast table the kids and I held hands and prayed over our oatmeal like we do every morning.

Elijah and I are talking a lot about being thankful these days. We're memorizing verses, making lists of things we're thankful for, and writing letters to people that we're blessed by. I've been really intentional about expressing gratitude and being aware of all we've been given. 

So, this morning when I thanked God for our food I looked at my kids innocent faces and was overwhelmed by the fact that they've never known hunger. They don't even know that some people don't have food. They don't know what real hunger feels like, actually, I really don't either. I've never gone without. I've never known the feeling of not having enough food for my children. 

It's not cause of anything I've done. It's all God's mercy. His grace being poured out on us completely undeserved. I pray this will be more than a fleeting thought, but an awareness that stays with me and is impressed on my children. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Day in the life of...

Caleb often comes home after work and asks me how my day was and what we did. I usually can tell him how the day went, but when I start thinking about what it was that we actually did I get stumped. What did I do all day? 

It starts out a little slow...and yes he's wearing Christmas pajamas...

 and yes I let her lay on my very unclean kitchen floor. 

 oatmeal for breakfast.

A candle is always burning.

 Elijah asks me everytime I'm at the kitchen sink, "what are doing?" I simply answer, I'm washing that I can dry them, put them away, take them out again, so we can eat on them and I repeat it all over. 

And this is what I look out at while I do the never ending dish cycle.

We might have a random tickle fight on the bed that I just made.

 they're so sweet...and like Caleb said, if only it were in focus.

A good chance some baking will happen.

 Then the coveted nap time...I get to drink some tea and catch up on some reading...and maybe a nap myself.

 Then back to reality...

but the cool thing...I no longer have to go out of my house to do the laundry...I do it in my own laundry room...might be my favorite room in the house.

 We might need to get her some girly toys...she's been racing cars with her brother.

 Outside for some fresh air...

I love every moment with them (even the tough ones) 

She's in the habit of coming and hugging me randomingly throughout the day.

And the end is in sight...I just have to put Elijah back to bed about ten more times.

That pretty much somes it up...maybe a couple more dirty diapers...a little bit of discipling...storybook reading...cuddling...
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