Welcome to our Blog! Here you'll read mostly about my kids and my adventures in motherhood, along with what the Lord is teaching me at the moment....Thanks for sharing this journey with us!

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's a Jolly Holiday with Addie....

Wow! I can't believe my baby is 3! They all tell you it will go by fast, but you have no idea till it happens to you! My mom came up with this idea to do a Mary Poppins themed party for Addie. She loves the movie, and my mom really wanted to sew her the beautiful white dress that Mary wears when she jumps into the Bert's chalk drawing in the movie. And so, a star was born...

She totally LOVED her dress, and all it's matching accessories. She even made us call her Mary all day long.

When my mom and I planned my wedding (wow, almost 6 years ago), we really tried to be aware of the details. Well, this was no different.

When the kids arrived, "Mary" would measure them like she did Jane and Michael. We had name tags for the kids that said things like "Addison, practically perfect in every way", or "Sammy, rather inclined to make silly faces".

We dined on yummy tea sandwiches and fruit.

We played Pin the Tail on the Kite (we used kites as part of our theme because of the final song in the movie "Let's Go Fly a Kite").

Then we painted our very own kite!

Then it was time for presents!!

And we can't forget THE CAKE! My friend Aly, who is an amazing cake artist, helped me (along with Auntie Kristen of course) to decorate this beautiful cake for my girl. I was so proud of the finished product! It was perfect!

And Addie loved it and of course had to steal a taste.

We sang to her and she got to do her favorite part of a birthday party...blow out the candles!

Then finally when everyone was leaving, they filled their goodie bags with all things Mary...

All in all, it was a practically perfect day! Mommy and Nana were so proud, and Addie and the kids had a blast.

Happy Third Birthday Addison!

Monday, May 16, 2011


This is what Addie was teaching Brynn after watching her "Jesus" movie. Touched my heart!!! Had to share!


Brynnie Bear is 8 months old

It's so hard to believe that 8 months has come and gone since our little Brynn entered this world! She is such a mellow baby and I really think she'll end up being our "chill" child. (We, I'm hoping!). She has started to sit up now and has been working on getting her two bottom teeth for what seems like months! No such luck. She has no interest in crawling yet, but I'm totally fine with that! Once they're mobile, man they are into everything! Addie is a loving, yet somewhat rough, big sister. Yet, it seems that Addie has adapted really well with her role as big sister. She is protective and always tries to give her her binky when she is crying. It is so fun to dress them in matching outfits when I can. But, Brynn is still so little (wearing 3 to 6 mo clothes still) that she doesn't fit into the matching outfits I've bought just yet. Our little Brynnie Bear is such an amazing addition to our family and really gives us a sense of contentment. We love that her personality is now starting to show and her big toothless grin just melts anyone's heart.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Someone got into Mommy's make-up...

Well, we've all seen it on America's Funniest Home Videos, right? Where the little girl gets into her mommy's make-up? I should have known this experience was in my future because of my daughter's love of all things "girl". But I have to admit, I was shocked, and found it HYSTERICAL when Addie came down stairs looking like this:

So...after I had to turn away because I was laughing so hard, I then ran and grabbed the video camera to record this for posterity!
Disclaimer: Even though it sounds like I'm very disappointed in her (because HELLO! I don't need her to do this again!) I'm actually cracking up on the inside!! Check it out!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A state of "not so comfortable"...

So I find that as soon as I get comfortable...as soon as I'm about to exhale, that's when something else creeps up on me. I'm finding more and more, as I "grow up" that God never wants us in a state of comfort. Because when we are comfortable, we're not on our knees. I know I'm guilty of it. Things are hard for a season, and I'm crying out to Him. I find myself praying constantly. In the car, in the shower, while I listen to worship music, at night...all the time. I'm on my knees asking for the Lord's help or guidance. I am leaning on Him, dependent on Him.

Then, comes the Ah Ha moment. The moment in which the Lord answers my heart and and my prayers. The moment when He is glorified and He works things out. The moment I am at peace and know that God is real....

But then what happens?...I stop praying in the shower, I forget to pray while I'm in the car. Yeah, I still pray before meals, I still pray in church, I still pray at night when I go to sleep. But I'm not in a constant state of prayer anymore. Why would I be?


And that's when it happens. Something else in my life happens for me to worry about. Something rears it's ugly head. The rug is pulled out from under me. However you want to put it, I need HIM again. He doesn't want us too comfortable because it's then that we forget to fall on our knees and look to Him. So even though I hate the stretching, I hate the worry, I hate the "refiners fire", I know that really, it's His way to bring me back to Him. For me to remember that He's the One in control. That He has me and the lives of my family in His hands. Therefore I need to give up and give in....and I need to re read this everytime I forget it!

Jeremiah 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord. "they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you and future and a hope". In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.