Monday, October 28, 2013

It's the End of October Already?

Well, I've pretty much been out of the loop for a few months on the blog! It has been a busy few months for our family. From me starting back to work, getting into a new routine, and oh so many changes in our world, there's a lot to catch up on the blog.

We have a ONE year old! Where did the time go? I cannot believe our sweet girl is already a year old. I cannot even explain in words how much we love her. She's such a joy and blessing in our life. She continues to amaze me every day. I love seeing her grow and develop her little personality. I pray that God continues to shape and mold her into His image.

It's been an adjustment with me going back to work full time. It does make it better that Addie can come with me (to the faculty daycare). I love that she's right down the hall (even if I don't always get to see her during the day). But God is so good in that He's taking such good care of her there and me while I'm teaching. The girls who keep her are so sweet and take such good care of her. I'm so thankful for that. Teaching is going well, it's been a different kind of teaching situation, but I'm learning so much!  The Lord is providing for us and has been so faithful.

In the past few months a few other things have happened. We're expecting baby number 2 in March! We are so excited! We just found out we're having a boy! So, here we go again!

Also, Matt's brother got married! It was a beautiful wedding and I'm so excited to continue to see how God uses them as couple. Addie was a flower girl...such a sweetie.

We celebrated two very special birthdays in October-Miss Addie Grace and Matt! What a fun time it's been celebrating my two favorite people this month!

I'm leading a small mom's group on Tuesday nights through our church called Mother2Mother. It has been a wonderful time of connecting with other moms and learning from each other as well as ultimately letting God use that time to teach us!

I'm sure there's more I could go into detail about our little family, but it's time for me to get ready for bed. Hopefully it won't take me so long to update next time! Here's a few pictures of the past few months. She's changing so fast!

 Love my baby girl!

We love fall!

It's a boy! 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

4th of July Fun

9 months and having a blast! She's crawling everywhere and getting into everything! I know, everyone keeps saying "just wait until she's walking."  We are enjoying seeing her grow and develop such a little personality. She seems to already be a little social butterfly and smiles when we're around new people. She's also very adamant when she doesn't want to do something and gets a little attitude. As for now, it's still cute. I know it won't be for much longer-ha! 

Another Fabulous Fourth!

We had a blast at the parade in Kenilworth, enjoyed seeing lots of friends and family too. We also had some pool time the next day with family. Lot of fun! And going out to the country with the Hamilton's that weekend was such a sweet time. It was nice to get away from the city for a little while and relax in the country! Here are a few pictures!

AG is so loved by her grandparents! They've already spoiled her rotten!

                                             These Daddy's love their girls!
Making Memories 

Getting some MeMaw love! 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

~Sweet Summertime~

It's summertime and we are loving it! We're getting into our "summer schedule" and adjusting to life with me being home again. The school year ended and here we are already a week into June. Since June is my birthday month and anniversary month, there's a lot to celebrate. I had a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating my birthday all week. I've felt so loved!

One thing about the summertime in south Louisiana is it is HOT and very HUMID! But that is why we spend a lot of time at the pool, inside, or staying outside for only a little while. We've actually had more visits to the pool already and we're loving it!

Something I've been wanting to challenge myself in is being content. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to know- what's next? What can I do to stay busy today? What can I get for the house? What new clothes do I need (or nowadays, what new clothes does baby girl "need")? Anything to keep me going or having something to do with my time. I came across this blog, On the blog(which is like ten times cooler than mine, by the way), she shares about a challenge she's doing called "The Contentment Challenge." As I read about it, I thought, "no way, this would be too hard for me." But as I started to really think about it and especially in the summer with more time on my hands, I knew I needed to do this right now. I prayed about it and I knew God was leading me to take on this challenge. Go ahead and look at the blog if you're interested in all the details and guidelines. The challenge is to "give up shopping for clothes, accessories, household decor, and "stuff" for 3 months to focus our hearts and minds on the root of true contentment. You actively pursue fulfilling activities that will replace your addiction to material things."(Nancy Ray)

So I'm not putting this on here to say, "look at me, watch me do this because I'm so awesome." By far, I'm putting it on here so that I can have accountability and maybe even encourage you to try it as well if you're struggling with this. It is to pursue something greater and something that has eternal fulfillment instead of temporary joy. Because usually when I buy that new item that I didn't need, it's only a temporary joy. The challenge is to help me gain perspective on the things that really matter and have eternal value. It is to help me to spend time resting, being more intentional with my time and ultimately being content. I'm doing it for the months of June and July.

My goals for June are to read the book "7" by Jen Hatmaker, get rid of clothes and stuff we don't use, learn some basics of sewing (got a sewing machine for my birthday), cook at least 4 times a week, and have/maintain a healthy lifestyle (eating, exercising, etc). Now, some of these are just basic goals and some have to do with the contentment challenge, but either way, there they are. I get a little nervous putting them here because that means you know what I'm working towards. But that is something else I really want for myself is to be more authentic, to not pretend I have it all together in front of other people. Because I DON'T and I desperately need Jesus. So, ultimately, I hope that's what you see, is my need for HIM in every aspect of my life. And this challenge is something I hope He uses to make me more like Him.

"But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world." 1 Timothy 6:6-7

                                                                   Baby dedication
                                                  Anna graduated from nursing school!!
                                        Katie and Steven are getting married in September!
                                                  Family night at the box! Geaux Tigers!
                                            Fun memorial day at False River with the family.

                                                            First time in a big pool!
                                                          Happy Birthday Mommy!

                                                        Loving our little family of three!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

His Grace is Enough!

April has just flown by! I can't believe tomorrow is May 1st and I couldn't be more excited! However, these past few weeks have been crazy busy around here. With me going back to teaching and our little family adjusting to that, we've hardly had time to stop. But it's amazing to me how God just provides what we need.

A HUGE answer to prayer is that the Bible and Bookstore building sold. This has been a prayer for years and it has finally been answered. Praise Him! Please be praying for my sweet mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law (Janet and Billie) as they are closing the store this Saturday. This store has not only been a part of  the family for many years, it has been a ministry to the Baton Rouge community. But they know it is time to say good-bye. Please keep them in your prayers, as well as the details of everything coming together for the closing. We know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. Even though things are very overwhelming and emotionally hard right now for them, we know this is part of God's plan. Come by Thursday night (5/2) if you can and share your memories with them. Saturday will be the last day the store will be opened too. So anytime you can stop by to bless Mrs. Janet and Miss Bille would be great!

That's the biggest thing that's going on right now in our family. But we are looking forward to Anna's graduation in a couple of weeks and before we know it summer will be here! 

AG is just getting to be more fun every day. Her sweet smile (which is usually always on her face, even when she's fussing) melts our hearts and we just fall in love all over again. She's eating rice cereal now and loves it, we're about to start her on some veggies. Maybe we'll start with green beans? Ha! (Matt hates green beans) She's doing fantastic with our sweet's me who tears up when leaving in the mornings. But teaching is going well. It is different coming in at the end of the school year, but we're pretty much adjusted now. I'm proclaiming this truth as we finish out this school year and with these changes going on- His grace is sufficient for me, for HIS POWER is made perfect in weakness. Oh how I've seen Him work through my weaknesses! I'd like to share more about our lives, but this is all for now. Here are a few pictures from this last month! 

My friend Courtney took some INCREDIBLE 6 month pictures of Addie girl, wish I could upload all of them, but here's one of my favorites. Hopefully I can put a few more up later. 

               First time sitting in the shopping cart! At Target, of course!
     Laura's Sip and See Shower for baby Jackson! Lovin all these babies!!

Rodeo fun! 

First time eating rice cereal and she already knows what to do! 
                  First time swinging outside and LOVED it!
                      Happy Birthday Granny B!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Marching Into April

Well, March has just flown by! We've had another wonderful month with our sweet girl. She's just changing so much.  So, at the beginning of the month we took a little trip to Whitehall, Louisiana to the annual "Critter Dinner" that my Aunt Ginger and Uncle Jack have every year at their house in the country. And it was so much fun! It was also one of the coldest nights of the year, so keeping baby girl warm was my focus most of the time. But we did enjoy our time and it was a fun experience. Here's a few pictures from the day...


I went to the Woman's Conference at The Chapel, which was amazing. My mom, Mrs. Janet and several friends were all there, so it was fun getting to have some much needed girl time. Susie Larson was the speaker and she challenged me in my faith for sure. God definitely used the conference to reveal to me just the circumstances I'm in and how He's using them to shape me into who He's called me to be as not only a woman, but a wife and mother as well. Many women in our church made it a fabulous weekend and I'm so blessed to have gotten to go to it. 

We also went to the St. Patrick's Day parade and it was a lot of fun. I ran with Becca in the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans and it was so much fun! I surprised myself and actually ran the whole 10K- praise God (He's the One that made that happen! 

And at the end of the month we celebrated Easter. We're praying that Addie Grace will one day receive Christ as her Savior and celebrate like we do on Easter and EVERY DAY. We had such a wonderful time with our families this year and are so grateful for the salvation we have in Jesus, our risen King! 
 Easter Day

So, here we are at the beginning of April. Addie is 6 months old! When did that happen? She's already half a year old and it is so amazing to me how fast it goes. Next week our lives will look a little different. I'm doing a long-term sub position at PBS. So I'll be finishing out the school year with a class of 2nd graders. There are so many mixed emotions. I'm excited to be getting back into teaching and I think it's a wonderful opportunity. It is definitely God's provision for our family. But I'm for sure going to be sad to not be at home with our girl. I've just gotten so use to it. I know, I've been so spoiled! I'm sure it will be an adjustment, so please be praying for us in this transition. We are so blessed to have found someone to keep her at the house and Matt has Fridays off, so I'm glad he'll get to have some time with her at home. 
Go Cubs!!
I know that HIS GRACE is enough (2 Corinthians 12:9) and He will give me the strength (Philippians 4:13) to be both Mommy and teacher. I just hope that my focus can be where it needs to be at home and at school. I want to be both an excellent mother and teacher, excellent (Philippians 4:8), not perfect! But it's going to be a challenge. I know God will use this to grow me and I trust that He will be my strength! I keep telling myself, take it one day at a time. That's all I can do. As for what the future looks like, we don't know, we only know that He's got a plan for it and it is to prosper, not harm (Jeremiah 29:11). Claiming this truth as we start something new. AND summer will be here before we know it! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!