Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Portland


 After lots of planning and help from friends and family Caleb and I were able to sneak away for the weekend. We flew to Portland on Friday afternoon, just the two of us. 

I might have cried before we left and tried to back out cause I couldn't imagine leaving the kids, but it was such a good time away to spend with Caleb. We work hard at getting time together and this was worth it. 

We ate yummy meals, went to the farmer's market, got to see Andrew's (caleb's youngest brother) soccer game, took long naps, read, spent time with cousins, went on the lake, visited the rose garden, and Pittock Mansion. It was short, but oh so sweet. 

Our trip through instagram.





Monday, August 27, 2012

a day of birthdays


August 27th is a full day in our family. We celebrate my littlest sister's birthday, Caleb's oldest sister's birthday, and our cousin's birthday.

It was Abigail's first day of school so we just had simple cake and ice cream this afternoon. Abigail is so precious. I know I've said it before, but she takes incredible care of my kids. They love her so much and couldn't wait to celebrate with her. Abigail is the perfect completion to our family. I can't imagine life without her in it! 
We love you.


Mary Frances is our cousin that lives too far away. Some of our favorite memories are visiting her and her family in Alabama. She is so funny and we enjoy every moment spent with her. 
Happy Birthday. xoxo.
(clearly i need some more pics mary frances...this is over a year old, but it's a favorite. love how nay is cuddled up on you...send more asap)

Sarah, 
(I'm tempted to say how old you just turned, but I'm refraining:) You're pretty much the coolest person ever. And that just about says it all.
I LOVE YOU.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

On Mothering...



It's these rare quiet moments in the house I stop and reflect on the happenings around me. Many thoughts go quickly to mothering. It's what occupies much of me.

I believe God uses being a mama to my three as one of the strongest sanctifying tools in my life. I can barely speak to them without my thoughts going to God is some way. 
I see his love for me in them. 
I see the importance of following his word and hiding it in my heart.  
I see his righteous anger against sin and have a clearer understanding of how much better life would be if I always obeyed.
I see his goodness. His joy. His pleasure. 

Being a mama is my favorite. It brings me incredible amounts of joy to care for my children. I seldom look at them without smiling.  
It's the little things.
 Nay's little fingers and the way she moves them.
 All her expressions when she talks. 
Their voices and the precious way they say certain words.
Elijah's spontaneous hugs and kisses. 
It's when they want to dance with me in the kitchen. 
Or when they tell me their thoughts.
  I often feel privileged looking inside their world throughout my day; listening to them play and seeing their imaginations at work.
I love that their mine.
I love that I know them better than anyone else.


My emotions have heightened since children. I used to rarely cry. Now, it seems, I cry at everything. I feel a constant pull in all directions. I'm a sad knowing everyday their just a little bit older. I miss them while they sleep. I am overwhelmed with the strongest love and passion for them, while at the same time feeling worn and exhausted. 

Fear.
 It seems to go hand in hand with being a mom. 
It's natural. 
It's even expected.
Yet,  God commands me not to fear. He says be anxious for nothing. The Proverbs 31 woman is praised for not fearing the future. God says, perfect love casts out fear. Continually, I see that even though, culturally it's acceptable to be fearful we're called to something else. A complete trust in God.
"if any thought robs you of peace, it is an enemy to your soul; give it no recognition." (unknown)
Being a mom has brought out many fears and I've never had to fight fear this much in my life.


Being a mom is an incredible responsibility. It's easy to be overwhelmed by it. But God's grace is greater. He gives me no task that is he will not carry me through.

And those are the thoughts swirling around my head on mothering.



Sunday, August 19, 2012

more california...

Going to Caleb's house feels like going home. It's so comfortable and familiar. I love it. The kids love it. We spend most of our time just hanging and it's wonderful.






Uncle Drew is the best. He spends so much time playing with the kids and helping me with whatever I need. 

(teaching elijah some soccer moves.)




A large portion of Caleb's family all live in the same town making it really easy to see lots of Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and Great-grandparents.



We play hard enough to make my little bundle of energy crash and I get extra cuddles.


Our time with cousins is some of our favorite. My kids have the hardest time living away from them. We love them like crazy!







Auntie Crystal and Kahlan made it down for two days and it was such a sweet time together. We can't get enough of that girl.


there really aren't words...she's the best.

I even got to sneak in some quick time with friends. Lorie made it over, but we were a little crazy chasing kids and didn't get a pic. (next time lorie...and next time it's a girls night)
Davi came out twice and I'm so thankful for our time. She is such a close friend and I cherish every minute we get to spend together.

I was also lucky enough to get a couple hours in with Katy. I think I could spend all day everyday with her. It was of course too short, but I'll take what I can get.

And there you have it....last post about California. If you made it through all those pictures you deserve a prize.


Friday, August 17, 2012

5 years ago today...


Five years ago today,
 I woke up single for the last time.

Five years ago today,
I put on a beautiful ivory dress.




Five years ago today,
My dad was still inviting guests to the wedding.

Five years ago today,
I had no idea I hired a scam artist as a photographer and all our pictures would turn out terrible. 
(still mourning the loss)


Five years ago today, 
My dad and mom gave me away.



Five years ago today,
My sister sang "be thou my vision."

Five years ago today,
I had no idea what marriage was really all about or how sanctifying marriage is.

Five years ago today,
I didn't know how funny Caleb really was.



Five years ago today,
I was signed my name Wood for the last time.



Five years ago today,
I walked down the aisle to a song Caleb's mom wrote, the same one she walked down the aisle to, the same one his sisters walked down to.


Five years ago today,
The sun was setting over a Walnut Grove and I thought, "so this is what it feels like." 



Five years ago today,
 I vowed, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forth until death do us part. 
We've had better. We've had worse. We've been poor and we've been poorer. We've been sick and we've had health. 



Caleb, I cherish you more today then I did five years ago. These vows mean more to me today then they did five years ago. You are my best friend. I love you.





Thursday, August 16, 2012

five months {a little late}

Amelia, 
you bring incredible joy to our family.
I could have never imagined how much Elijah and Vanessa would love you. 
I call you my dream. You let me hold you and kiss you and cuddle you all the time. You pop your thumb in your mouth and quietly go wherever we take you. (you're our only one who found their thumb) 
You smile easily. Your Propa says it seems like you're just waiting for the chance to smile at something.
You are God's gracious gift to our family.
Love you.





(Nay felt a little left out of our photo shoot, so we let her join in the end) 



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