Monday, April 14, 2014

Abe's 5 Months Old

Well, the little buddy is 5 months old! I cannot believe it! Abe has started eating food this month! He started with rice cereal, then carrots, squash, and now he's had oatmeal. He loves him some food! He eats lots of it for a 5 month old! 

We have moved again and he is in his own room! He loves to sleep as long as his tummy is full! 

Abraham has started smiling and giggling and Annabelle is the best at making him laugh. It's so sweet to watch them laugh together. Abe's sisters love him (obviously). 

Abraham sucks his tumb and likes a paci but doesn't have to have it. 

He has started reaching for people he knows. The first time he did it was when Adam came home from work one day. �� 

Abraham talks all the time! He is a little jabberer...

Abe is so sweet and squishy. I have no idea how much he weighs but it's a lot. �� He is in 6ish month clothes. 

I am so thankful that God gave me this sweet little boy. He is most definitely a gift!! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why I blog....Thankful Everyday

I haven't visited this blog lately and I have missed it tremendously. I can think of a million excuses as to why I haven't visited it (and all million are extremely legit) but really it's that blogging hasn't been a priority lately which is fine except that I have genuinely missed Thankful Tuesdays and writing. Expressing my thoughts through writing has always been very fulfilling to me and I am learning more and more that the reason it is fulfilling to me is that God made me this way and has given me a heart for writing to give Him glory.

I have become tripped up from time to time thinking about blogging and the hows and whys and if it's just purely narcissistic or if there is benefit in it for anyone really (and if I'm really honest most of this comes from my cynical and critical side.) But all of that aside, my soul is now settled in a good place of peace and contentment for right now about blogging. Honestly my heart's desire is that everything I say and do bring glory to God. Does that happen always?! Ummm have you ever been around me? No! BUT it truly is my heart's desire. It reminds me Isaiah 26:8 "Yes Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we wait for you, your name and renown is the desire of our souls." 

So, like I said, here I am again wrestling with why I blog and well frankly, why I do anything I do, and I don't necessarily think it's a bad place to revisit every now and again....

Lately, God has been blessing me spiritually as I have been going through an interesting period of drought in a lot of other areas in my life. I have begged God for over a year for things that right now He has just told me to "wait" on. We all know waiting is not fun and really that we don't like to hear "wait" for an answer to any prayer but through this "wait" I have felt God chiseling on my heart. He has been chiseling pieces out that I thought humanly impossible to live without. I am thankful that He fills the gaps that He never takes away anything without giving me more of Himself. He is just that good to me. And in this season, He has once again showed me how paradoxical the Christian life really is. The more I hurt and want the closer I am drawn to Him. The more self sufficient I am the more I push Him away. This is why The Lord continually calls those He loves into the needest of places... Because He does love us and He knows the best thing for us is to need Him more than we need anything else on earth. It reminds me of Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." He is my strength and has and will always be my portion and like Jen Hatmaker says below, that will always be enough.

So, I guess this is my feeble attempt to truly "count it all joy" because really the good and the bad are all God's goodness, it just takes His perspective to see it that way...

-Jen Hatmaker

And it really goes without saying that The Lord has overly blessed my life with some very sweet and fun mini people we call "the crazies" and "the sweetest little buddy":

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Prov 31 Devotion

I love these proverbs 31 devotions. They are always so encouraging and challenging. Here is a snip it of today's by Lysa Terkeurst: 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Abe's 4 Months!

Sweet little Abraham turned 4 months on the 12th of March. These pictures describe his little personality perfectly. He is so sweet and happy and a joy to our family! 

We have had a little bit of a rough month with sleep regression. Abe had about 3 weeks where sleep was scarce but he's back to sleeping well again and I feel much better getting almost a full night's sleep again! 

Abraham had his four month check up and he was 16lbs and 4oz and in the 75th percentile for height and weight! He's such a big boy and we love it! His little rolls and tummy are just the cutest ever! Abraham is still so so smily and let's anyone hold him but cries for me if he wants to be held. He's so snugly and calm; I enjoy holding him. I told Adam yesterday that holding him is kind of calming to me.:) 

He has rolled over from his stomach to his back twice and of course he had an audience of me and the girls going crazy cheering for him when he did! 
Abe is taking 4 8 ounce bottles at 8ish, noonish, 4ish and 8ish. He is in 6-9 month clothes. 
I am just so thankful for such a sweet baby boy and I love seeing Adams face when he comes home from work. He is loving having a boy also! 

This past month we had some family pictures taken by Lindsay Keegan and I just loved how they turned out! 

So grateful to have this time recorded in beautiful pics!! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker

Wow! Week 4 is Possessions week and The Lord is rocking me to the core. I am thankful He takes only a layor off at a time or I feel like I might die from exposure to my sinful heart. Oh how my desire is to live for the things "unseen."
What an amazing word from God about the unimportance of what I have materialistically.

Oh May my heart be more bent toward you than my "stuff" May my mind gravitate to the things of you Lord..... May everything I do and say honor you and bring you glory! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Powerful words from Elizabeth Elliot

In the conscience of all of us sinners there is deadness from our former ways. This has its effect on our present behavior, in ways we little realize, and hinders our fitness for service to God. But there is a remedy: the power of the blood of Christ.

'His blood will cleanse our conscience from the deadness of our former ways and fit us for the service of the living God' (Heb 9:14).

This morning I was troubled about what seemed to be a blockage deep down where I could not get at it. I was glad it was not too deep or too strong for the power of the blood to reach and cleanse. Satan would try to convince me daily that I am full of 'hang-ups' which unfit me for God's service. The blood of Christ is my answer to his challenge. It will never lose its power." - Elliot