Tuesday, October 30, 2012

a little bit of us lately.



Even though we're sleep deprived life is pretty good:) 
 lots of loving in our home.


 Nay and Elijah in their pj's picking out a pumpkin. Nay taking a hundred pictures of herself. Elijah on a date with daddy to Chick fil a (it just opened here:)


Amelia putting up with her brother and sister. Nay washing her feet while we're at a friends house for dinner. Cooking with my girl.

Friday, October 26, 2012

For your Friday...


I'm told that someday I'll sleep again. I'm hoping that tonight is the night. 

Are you getting sick of me writing about how tired I am? Cause I'm sick of feeling like my whole life is a sleepless fog. 

It is a sweet time. My children are AMAZING. I have the greatest gift in calling them my own. Seriously, Caleb and I lucked out with the three most precious kids on earth, but I might just let someone take them for one night. 
One night of sleep, please.

I pray every night that the children would sleep through the night. I've realized something though. It's taken a long time for me to realize this simple truth. 
God's given me everything I need for life and Godliness. He hasn't granted me sleep so I must not need it. I keep looking to a full nights sleep as the source for refreshment, but it won't be found there. (it might help though:)
God will strengthen me. He will refresh me. He will provide all I need for caring for my family today. 

So, I'm going to go splash some cold water on my face, embrace the dark circles under my eyes and play with my kids. No more housework today.

How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you bestow in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.
Psalms 31:19

(they're going through a series right now that is really encouraging. check it out here)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

learning along the way.

Sometimes I tell Caleb that I wish I knew what I know now when Elijah was little. I've learned SO much over these last three years of being a mama and it can be easy to wish time back and do things over. Caleb always reminds me that it's a process. Everything was so new with Elijah and we did have a lot to learn.

One little thing I've learned is about feeding them. I had such a hard time with my milk supply with both Elijah and Vanessa and at seven months they both stopped nursing. I introduced solids at five months and it was a bit challenging. 

This time I waited until she was a little over seven months to introduce solids. She was at a healthy weight and the doctor said it would be fine. I thought it would give me a better chance of having her nurse longer if I waited on solids. 
I am so glad I waited. 
When we finally introduced solids I could tell she was ready and she ate them so easily. And, I've made it a whole extra month nursing. 

I've also made all my own food this time. It's easy, cheaper, and Caleb and I feel really good about knowing exactly what's going into our little girls body. 

She's had sweet potato's, carrots, red beans, peas, green beans, apple sauce, pears, blueberries, avocado, and Greek yogurt. 
She's loved it all.

I simply steam the veggies on the stove, and I cooked the sweet potato's in the oven, and then I blend it all in our blender. 



I pour the puree into our ice cube trays and once they're frozen I label them and put them in bags in the freezer. It makes it super easy to pull however much she needs out and warm it up on the stove. 



She's one happy girl.







( This is what's worked well for our family. Each baby is different and I think it's important to find out what works best for your family. Also, I did have to keep with a mid-night feeding for my milk supply and cause she was hungry.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

be present


We were sitting at the table enjoying our dinner; Amelia next to us in her high chair and the other two at their little table. Dinner time is always eventful and I often dream of a time when all three will feed themselves without getting it all over themselves and the floor. 
In the same moments I'm wishing them older I'm also trying to make time stand still. They grow too fast and I dread them getting a day older. 
This dinner turned into one I never wanted to end. Nay started singing this sweet lullaby I sing to her before bed. Hearing her little voice and seeing her tiny fingers moving while she sang was one of the cutest things. I started to get up to find a camera. I wanted to film it so I'd never forget, but Caleb stopped me. He said, lets just be present. I sat back down and at first felt like I was missing catching this moment. As his words have been swirling around my mind since then it hit me that sometimes I miss the moment because I'm too busy trying to capture it. 

I take lots of pictures, write in the children's baby books, keep this blog, and save many letters and drawings. I am the memory keeper. I enjoy doing it, but sometimes I feel an extra pressure to document every little thing with the thought that I, like my mom, might not always be around. If I'm not here I want them to look at pictures of us and see the love I have for them. I want them to read and know all the stories I wouldn't be able to tell.

I'll probably forget what Nay sounded like as she sang her lullaby that night, but I'm realizing I don't need to remember every little thing. I need to be present. All their childhood won't be documented for them to look back on, but I hope that as I'm present and engaging with them they'll remember the feelings we gave them as children. I pray they look back and feel loved and cared for and remember lots of smiles and laughs. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Elijah says...




Mom, I'm so hung-ary if you don't feed me I am going to die. 
(this is after he's eaten, five protien pancakes, a muffin, a bowl of cream of wheat and a bowl of apple sauce.)

My favorite..."mom you are the cutest girl in the whole wide world."

We were talking the other day and I told him that he is the one that made me a mommy, and he said, "no mom, God did."

"Satan is bad, bacon is good." 
(not sure where some of these things come from) 

He always refers to Amelia as "the Mia"

He adds "something like" to his suggestions, "mom, can we have ice cream, or something like that?" 

And the best excuse he's come up with for not going to sleep at night, "mom, my nail is getting longer."
(I'm still not sure why this constitutes getting out of bed.)

I love our life with this little man.




Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ten on ten...october.


My first Ten on Ten 
(ten pictures taken over ten hours on the tenth)

6:30 
morning tea and devotions. favorite part of my day.

7:30
got some time with Amelia before the other two woke up.

8:30
workout.

9:30
breakfast.

10:30
playing legos in our winter coat.

11:30
scrubbing toilets.

12:30
naptime.

1:30
laundry.

2:30
yard work

3:30
hot chocolate on the patio.

loved it and can't wait to do it next month.

ten on ten button

Monday, October 8, 2012

this weekend....


through instagram.

amelia pulled herself up. 
(i might have shed a tear. she's growing up way too fast.)

 lots of early morning cuddles.

nay went with me to pick up cinnamon rolls, but all she wanted was an apple. 

and we made our way to Linder Farms...

we're soaking up all the time we can with our friends before they leave for Africa.

nay wanted to get to the very top. 






 loving fall. 
loving weekends with my family.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PinterTest...a little bit of fall

I was a little late on the Pinterest bandwagon and still don't use it tons, but I have loved it at times and the things I pin I usually do. So, I thought I'd share a couple recent tries that I'll do over and over. 
All of these remind me of colder weather and since we're starting to pull out our winter clothes I thought these were just right.

I had my mom and sister over the other night and made this soup. We all really enjoyed it and it'd be easy to make extra and freeze. 

These are delish and super easy to make.

Elijah always gets the worst cough whenever he gets sick. I tried this and it's worked really well. Again, easy to make. I had all the ingredients in my kitchen already. Give it a try and say good-bye to cough syrup.

Linking up here...

Monday, October 1, 2012

today...


It's 3:28 p.m.

I should be thinking about dinner.
Or be cleaning up the mess that is my house. 
Or switching the laundry. 
Or raking leaves.

Instead, I'm sitting on the patio.
It's a perfect autumn day. 
Somewhere in the seventies. 
Sun shinning though the trees.


I've tricked the Elijah and Nay into thinking it's a game to put leaves into a pile.
Amelia is sleeping.
Caleb should be home from work soon....ish.
And I'm wishing that I wasn't sick.

I'm grateful that I was well enough to take care of the kids today.
Happy that they are feeling a little better.
Loving the time I had to read my bible.
Thankful it's fall.


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