Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our 1st Family Vacation


It now being a day and a half since we made it back from our trip to Michigan I'm managing to find sometime to blog about it. Overall it was a wonderful trip. There were of course some bumps along the way, but all in all it was a really fun trip.

Evelyn and I left our house at 4pm on Thursday to meet Nick at my sister's house in Omaha where he works. We left Nick's car at their place to knock 2 hours off of Nick's in the car time. Which was a good idea, because we were in the car long enough as it was.

Driving through the night wasn't too bad. My only problem was I couldn't fall asleep. Nick drove the whole night, but I could never get comfortable enough to sleep. So that all made my motion sickness pretty bad. We only pulled over for about 2 hours at the rest area to get a little sleep. We would have gotten more sleep, but the pick-up next to us was pulling a trailer filled with chickens and apparently one rooster. Just as we were starting to fall asleep the rooster thought it was a good talk to cock-a-doodle-do. So we moved a car away from them and finally got about an hour of sleep.

The first day we were there was pretty quiet. The only thing on the agenda was my niece and nephew's graduation party at 3. So we checked into our hotel early and tried to get some rest while Evelyn napped. Nick fell asleep for awhile, but I can never seem to nap during the day so I never got any actual sleep.

Nick, Evelyn & I with the graduates; Sydney & Corbin.

After our nap we headed to the graduation party which was fun. We took pictures and just hung-out. It wasn't a huge party, mostly for all the family that came from out of town. It was nice to get to see all the pictures of when they were little. Also my niece Sydney is quite the artist and she had a lot of her art from high school on display.

Us with all of my Michigan nieces & nephews.
Sheridan, Jenn (My sister). Sydney, Corbin, Gabby and Caleb.
On Saturday we woke up grabbed some coffee then headed over to my sister's house. Once everyone was ready we went to a Farmer's Market in Grand Rapids. It was a cute little market, but very cramped. We did end up buying blueberry jam from two different booths and some raspberry salsa. I've had some of the jam on my toast two mornings in a row now. I love anything blueberry.

My parents with most their grandkids. My sister Tammy's kids stayed home,because they still had school.
After the Farmer's Market we went to lunch then my parents headed back home. The rest of us headed back to my sister's. Which on the way Nick and I got lost, even though we had the oldest 2 with us, but apparently they don't know how to get around! It's a good thing neither of them have cars yet!

Once we finally made it back to my sister's, (It was about an hour after everyone else.) a bunch of us went bowling. Evelyn stayed home with Aunt Jenn (my sister) while Tasha (my sister), Tammy (my sister), Nick, the 6 kids and I walked to the bowling alley down the street. There may have been a bet placed on Nick by my sister Tammy that he would beat Caleb during the second game. But Nick's second game is never very good and apparently Caleb just needed a little motivation to play better. That night we grilled and hung-out till it was time to head back to the hotel.

The next morning we let Jenn sleep in, because she had been having a stressful weekend. We went to the next town and got some breakfast then headed back to our hotel to swim. Evelyn had never been swimming and even though the water was freezing she loved it! After swimming for a bit we let Evelyn take a nap.

Around lunch time we headed to my sister's and we all went to lunch at a local italitan restaurant. The food was delicious! When the other kids came back from their dad's we all loaded up in the car and headed to Grand Haven which is right on Lake Michigan.

Nick & I by the docks in Grand Haven.

Grand Haven is such a cute little town. It was a very hot day, but we walked around and shopped for a few hours. Then on the way back we drove down the road that goes right by the beach. It was nice to at least see it even if we weren't going to stop.

The only picture I got with my sister. I wanted to get one with all my sisters, but it never happened.
We had a grill out in my sister's backyard for dinner that night. We didn't stay after eating though, because Evelyn was just done with all the commotion and attention.


It was sad saying goodbye. I really wish my sister and her kids lived closer. We thankfully get to see them again this year, because they are planning to come back for Christmas. Evelyn will be HUGE by then.

Saying "Goodbye" to the girls.
 The drive home was pretty uneventful. Besides getting stuck in traffic for about 40 minutes about 30 miles outside of Des Moines, because of an accident. The rest of the drive was smooth sailing. Evelyn got pretty grouchy towards the end, but that was expected.

Saying "Goodbye" to her cousin Caleb.
All in all I'd say our first family vacation was a huge success. Even if it didn't feel like much of a vacation for Nick and I.

How was your Memorial Day Weekend? Do anything fun?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Safe & Sound

After 14 hours in the car yesterday we finally made it home! Evelyn did alright, she was pretty tired of being in her carseat for the last few hours and fussed quite a bit. But we are home and made it here safe, that's all that matters.

I plan to have a big post about our weekend with lots of pictures. It will have to wait till later this week though, because my house it a disaster zone right now. How is it that I can get everything super clean before we leave and then we get home, bring all our stuff back inside and the house looks like such a mess? I won't even mention the cat fuzzies everywhere, because I missed two of my vacuuming days.

So today I will be doing some much needed laundry, cleaning up, vacuuming said cat fuzzies and trying to make it to the grocery store, because we literally have eggs and bread and that's about it. Exciting huh?!

I hope you all had wonderful Memorial Day weekends! I can't wait to get sometime to sit and catch up on all your blogs.

Happy Monday Tuesday Everyone!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Procrastinating

So I have a ton of stuff to do today.

What am I doing instead?

I'm of course sitting on the computer wasting time. Isn't that how it always is? When you're your busiest it's the easiest for you to get sidetracked and lose focus. I'm so happy I don't have internet on my phone or I would never get anything done!

Honestly I don't have that much to do. I mean I still have to pack everything into the suitcase, but I do have all of our clothes already picked out and ready to go. I have already gotten together most of our toiletries. I just need to round-up another bag to put them all into. I need to do another load of laundry so that Evelyn can have a clean swim suit since our hotel has an indoor pool. I need to put sheets back on our bed, because last night I woke-up in a pool of breastmilk, which hasn't happened in a few months so I was kind of ticked off. (Sorry if that is tmi.) I have to run to the bank and get some cash for our trip. I have to put together cards for my niece and nephew who are graduating tomorrow. Oh and I have a counter full of dishes to do.

When I write it all out like that it seems like a lot more then I thought.

I should really get my booty in gear and get some things done. Especially since I'm meeting my oldest friend Caitlin to go for a walk this afternoon.

This is Caitlin & I. I know there are more recent pics than this one, but I couldn't find any.
I should really get to packing. At least I have till around 4pm tomorrow to finish all my things. Surely I can get everything done by then.

P.S. You probably won't hear from me till next week. I may manage to get out a "Friday's Letters", we'll see. I should still be able to answer e-mails/comments though.

Hope you all have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Sick Baby

This past weekend was kind of a quiet one. About Thursday of last week Evelyn started coughing. It wasn't ever very much or very often. Mostly only while she napped. Then on Friday she got a low fever. She's been teething again though so I didn't really think much of it. All weekend she coughed off and on, but never had a fever besides Friday night. Not sure what's up with her, because she's still coughing some, but it seems to be going away. It's nice to have an extra cuddly baby, but too bad it's because she's sick.

Needless to say we didn't do much this weekend. Mostly we hung around the house and let Evelyn nap as much as she needed to.Both Friday morning and Saturday morning we went to a few garage sales. The neighborhood across the highway from us was having their annual neighborhood sales. We found some good finds. (I plan to blog about them later this week.) We were only out for about an hour each time, because I didn't want to overdo it with Evelyn coughing and all.

All of the new furniture and sheets for our bedroom got delivered at some point over the last week. New nightstands, a bed-frame (to finally get our mattress/box-springs off the bedroom floor), and new sheets to go with the quilt we got as a wedding present. Both Saturday and Sunday we put that stuff together. Evelyn of course wanted to be right in the middle of the action so it was a slow going process. Nick did most of the work while I wrangled Evelyn and kept her away from all the little pieces. I feel like we are grown-ups for really now. Our bed is now so high I have to climb up into it. Sometime I'll post some pictures of the changes.

We didn't go to church Sunday morning, because I didn't want Evelyn to get the other kiddos sick in the nursery. So we got laundry done and tried to be productive. Which meant we played video games and somehow managed to get our laundry done. I'm ok with that though, because we need to just decompress and spend time together before our crazy week/weekend ahead of us.

I don't know that I'll be very active on the blog this week. We are leaving Thursday after Nick gets off of work to go to Michigan. My oldest niece and nephew are graduating from high school. All of my sister's and my parents are going. We won't actually make it up there for the graduation, but we'll be up there for their party and to hang-out for the rest of the weekend.

This will be our first big road trip with Evelyn. Twelve hours in the car! We're driving through the night on the way there. So hopefully she'll sleep the whole way and we can stay awake. Please be praying for us; that we would have a safe trip and that Evelyn would do well traveling. Also be praying that our car would make it there and back in one piece. We're not worried about it, but it doesn't hurt to be praying for it either.

Hope you all had wonderful weekends!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Nick,
It's crazy to think we've been married for three years now. It's hard to believe. We've grown up a lot over these three years together. I love the man you're becoming. I thank God everyday for you.



Dear Banana Bread,
Please don't tell anyone I ate all of you in one week...by myself. I mean you contain bananas so you can't be that bad for me right? Well anyways I tried to get Nick to eat some of you, but he still hates bananas so he only ate a bite. Next time I make you I'm going to give half of you to my mom. That way I won't feel as guilty.

Dear Briana,
So glad we are getting to have coffee this morning. I feel like I don't get to see you anymore, because our schedules conflict like crazy. Maybe this summer we'll have more time to hang-out. Remember when we used to spend all our extra time together. Yeah I miss that. We were crazy.


Dear Weekend,
Thank you for coming so quickly this week! I needed that.


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Linking up with Ashley@Adventures of Newlyweds

Happy Friday!
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

3 Years Down, Many More To Go

Yesterday was Nick and I's 3 year anniversary. Three years since I married my best friend.


Nick and I have both grown so much in the last three years. We've also both realized where we still need growth. It's a continual journey letting God take the lead. At first I'd say we struggled to keep God at the center of our marriage. We still do sometimes. It's easy to loose focus, but it's definitely something we're actively striving for. More now then ever before we're trying to be representing marriage the way it was meant to be represented; as an earthly display of Christ's covenant relationship with His church.


I could sit here and paint a of picture of our lives just being blissful these first few years, but that wouldn't be the reality of it. Marriage is hard. Everyday is a constant learning experience, because everyday you both are changing. We have had our rough patches, but by God's grace and provision we've worked through them. I realize how blessed we have been.


Even with the hard times I wouldn't change a thing. This is just preparing us for the inevitable hard times that will come.


I love Nick so much. Much more now then I did when we were married, if that's even possible. I'm excited to spend many more years with him as my husband.

To celebrate we just had dinner together at home. It's too late by the time Nick gets home from work to try and orchestrate a dinner out. We're hoping while we're in Michigan visiting my sister we can get away one night for dinner by ourselves. We put Evelyn to sleep early and then made some dessert.

Then Nick gave me this!
The picture doesn't do it justice and it's kinda blurry. I'll try to get a better pic sometime.
I knew I was getting it, because I helped pic it out. (That's how I prefer gifts anyways.) It's a dark blue sapphire. I've never been one for jewelry and most especially diamonds. And since we were young and not that financially stable my wedding ring before this one was just a simple silver ring. (More specifically, It was a Turkish puzzle ring.) I love it, it's simple yet beautiful. Nick had always wanted to buy me something more, but I had assured him I didn't want it. I still love my other ring, I plan to wear it on my right hand, but I love this one too. 

After Nick gave me the ring we headed to bed, because we were both exhausted. All in all it was a nice night. It was quiet, but that's just what our lives are like right now.

Now I'll leave you with some of our songs.

Hope you are having a wonderful week. It's almost the weekend again!

This is the song my bridesmaid and I walked down the aisle to. Nick and I have always considered it our song. I Love Mr.A-Z!


If we would have had a more traditional reception with dancing and such (Nick can't really dance so we opted out of that) I think this would have been our first dance.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Inspiration

This last weekend was mother's day. Sure every year I would write my mom a heartfelt mother's day card telling her I love her and appreciate her. Not until this year did I really start to see all the sacrifice and hard work she put into raising me. Not until I had my own little one to pour my heart into did I grasp all that my mom really did in shaping the person I am.

My mom was not only my teacher in an academic sense, (I was home schooled all the way through elementary school & high school.) but she taught me how to cook, how to take care of a house, how to devote myself to the Word of God and how to be a loving wife. She really taught me what is means to be a woman desiring after God.

Now she's teaching me how to be a better mother. Whenever I have a question about motherhood or parenting I always ask my mom for advice. One of the times I feel she really saved me as a mom was just after we had brought Evelyn home. It about 3 days after having her and if you breastfed your child you know where I'm going with this. My breasts were so engorged and painful. Not to mention the fact that my hormones were causing me to be on a constant roller coaster of emotions. I was balling Nick didn't know what to do so he called my mom. He didn't really have to say much. She could hear my crying in the background and came right over. She hugged me and reassured me that everything was normal and that I'd be alright. It was so comforting having her there.

I never went through that stage of not getting along with my mom. I never had the angsty teenager relationship with her. She's always been my best friend and I could always tell her everything. She could always get the truth out of me even back in high school. I've never been good at keeping things from her. I'm just happy that I still have that relationship with her. I feel like I can tell her anything and she'll honestly listen and give me sound advice.

She has an amazing personal relationship with God. She has a heart for fervent prayer. I can remember even as a young kid her doing her quiet time in the dining room while I watched cartoons and ate breakfast before starting school work.

She is extremely talented in many things. Most notably quilting, knitting and writing. She has already made Evelyn one quilt and is working on another for her to use when she gets a toddler bed. She knitted Evelyn this most adorable outfit. She has written a couple novels. She's tried to get them published, but hasn't had any luck with it. She also writes the VBS skit almost every year.


Is this outfit just precious!

I love you mom! Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. Thank you for everything you do for me and my family. There is no way I could thank you enough. You're an amazing mom and I hope to be just as great of a mom as you are to my little ones.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

My "1st" Mother's Day

So yesterday was my "1st" mother's day. Technically I was a mother last mother's day,  but I was just a few months pregnant at that point. We still didn't know if Evelyn was an Evelyn or a Callum. (the boy name we had picked out.) So this is my first mother's day actually having the joy of taking care of a little one.

I had requested that we have a lazy day just hanging-out after we went to church in the morning. I had just one thing I wanted; donuts and an iced coffee from McDonald's. Both of which are my obsession at the moment. My wonderful hubby got up early to go get us breakfast. It was delicious.

2 donuts! Large sugar-free vanilla iced coffee! Egg casserole! Yum!

After breakfast we got ready and headed to church. It was a good sermon on Hannah's prayer for a child in 1 Samuel. There were some baby dedications and a spotlight video about the children's ministry. Little Evelyn made it into the video where they showed the little babies! She was smiley and cute like she always is.
The rest of the day was spent just being together. We went to a local park and walked around. Since it was such beautful weather the park was packed. Then we came home and grilled steak for dinner. Which is my favorite! 

My 2 Necklaces.

I didn't get any presents really. I bought myself some necklaces and since I splurged and bought 4 I just told Nick to count that as my mother's day gift. Two of the necklaces I bought from Laura over at Bits of Splendor. I love her shop.{here} I also bought necklaces for both Nick's mom & my mom from her.

Necklaces for our moms.

My other two necklaces I bought from VeryJane. They were a really good price. I got lucky and they look great with that "Love" necklace from Laura's shop.


All in all it was a great day. Restful, just like I needed. 

bits of splendor monday


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday's Letters


Dear Friday,
Oh how I've longed for you! I was wishing for this Friday last Friday. Finally you are here. Which means tomorrow I will get to spend the day with my hubby. All Day! Finally!

Dear Hubby,
So we might have a super busy Saturday, but I can't wait! I can't wait to just have someone to do things with, even if it's only errands and chores. I love you. Thank you for working so hard for us. Twelves days of working 7:30-4:30 has to be hard. I really appreciate it!

Dear Colorado,
Two years ago around this time we headed out to Vail for our first anniversary & our honeymoon. I miss you. I want to come back. I miss the beautiful mountains. I guess I'll just look at pictures and pretend I'm there.

Dear Cheese Grater, 
I'm only mildly afraid of you now. What do you expect!? You slices off a 1/6 of my fingernail earlier this week. It was cut so low that I was very surprised I didn't start bleeding everywhere! I've had to use you twice since then, both times I was a bit hesitant. Thankfully you haven't maimed me since. Please don't attack me in the future. I'm quite fond of cheese.

Dear Bloggy Friends,
Thank you all for being so awesome! I've really loved all the support and wonderful comments from you over the last few months. Keep being awesome!


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: This Momentary Marriage


Back when This Momentary Marriage by John Piper arrived in the mail I blogged {here} about how excited I was to read it and promised to write a review once I was done. I've been done with the book for about a week now. This morning I finally remembered my intention to give my review of it.

Overall I felt it was a wonderful book. A must read for engaged couples or any married couple for that matter. It takes you quickly past the idea that a marriage is meant for lovely feelings to it's true meaning of being an earthly example of the marriage between Christ and His church.

Over and over again Piper is reminding you "most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God and ultimately, marriage is the display of God." He brings up again and again how marriage is to be a showcase of the covenant keeping grace of God. That "the highest meaning and most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display."

Piper goes into how we are obviously fallen and so we can not perfectly display Christ's covenant with the church. But how that should ultimately be our goal. That our goal in marriage should not be being or staying in love, instead it's about covenant keeping. That is why God so hates divorce. It's directly going against the covenant vows you made.

Speaking of divorce Piper has some pretty extreme views of it. He point blank tells you he is in the minority of Christian leaders and scholars to think of it to such the extreme that he does. This is the one area that the book covers that I don't agree with his opinion on. I strongly feel God hates divorce and it's in no way His Plan for anyone's life, but I don't take such an drastic and narrow view of it. I couldn't give Piper's point of view justice so to better understand it I suggest you read it  yourself.

Something that stood out the most to me and really got me thinking was in Chapter 3: God's Showcase of Covenant Keeping Grace. Piper touches on the subject of God's Wrath and why it's relevant to your marriage. He says, "Without a biblical view of God's wrath, you will be tempted to think your wrath - your anger - against your spouse is simply too big to overcome, because you have never really tasted what it is like to see an infinitely greater wrath over come by grace, namely God's wrath again you." Then in the next chapter, Forgiving and Forbearing, he goes even deeper in that train of thought of overcoming your anger.

This is something I struggle deeply with. I'm very hot headed. I never realized how hot headed I was until I was married. Never have I treated someone so terribly out of anger then I have Nick. There have been times at the heat of my anger that I feel like I can't do this marriage anymore, I can't seem to look past it. Since reading this I have been desperately trying to bring that thought to mind when I'm angry at Nick. (Along with prayerfully trying to overcome my tendency to get so angry in the first place.) Trying to remember that God overcame His anger towards me, enough so that He sacrificed His Son! That's humbling.

Piper also has about 3 chapters devoted to a man and woman's role in their marriage. I also find reminders of my role as a wife to not only be encouraging but extremely humbling. I know that I will never perfectly embody my role as Nick's wife. It is nice though to be encouraged to continue with what I'm doing.

All in all I think this book is a must read for any married couple. After I got about halfway through it I went ahead and ordered it on CD for Nick to listen to on his drive to work every morning. Let me know if any of you end up reading it. I'd love to hear what you think!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Holding On Till Next Weekend

If I said this last weekend went well that would be a lie. It wasn't the worst weekend ever, but drill weekends are just hard around here. With Nick's new work schedule it seems to be even harder.

While it's hard on me have 12 days in a row without a break, I think it's even harder for Nick. I can be lazy if I'm tired. For instance yesterday after Evelyn hardly slept Saturday night because of cutting teeth (She has 4 teeth now & the fifth one is on it's way.) I watched Downton Abbey: Season 2 all day. (I love, love, love Downton Abbey!) I didn't have to be attentive, productive, or get things done for other people like Nick does.

I did get to do something fun on Saturday though. My mom watched Evelyn while I went to a baby shower for a good friend who is due at the end of July with a little boy. I would have taken Evelyn with, but it was over nap time and I knew that was just a recipe for trouble. It was nice to get away from her for an afternoon and spend some time socializing. It was also nice that it lined up with a drill weekend, because I didn't have to feel like I was choosing friend time over Nick time.

All in all even though the weekend was particularly good or easy it had it's nice parts. For the most part those nice parts outweigh the not so nice parts.

Hope you had a good weekend friends!

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Linking up with Laura@Bits of Splendor like usual! If you haven't checked her blog out yet, you're missing out.
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday's Letters


Dear Evelyn,
You're too cute! I have a feeling you are going to have daddy wrapped even tighter around your finger as you grow up. He can't wait till you can talk. I can tell how much he loves it when you repeat Da-da back to him. I'm already resolved that you are going to like him more. 

Dear Nick, 
I know that these drill weekends really wear you down. You can do it! At least on Sat. & Sun. you get to be home by 4:30! I wish we got a really weekend, but it will make the next weekend that much sweeter. 

Dear Black Beans & Rice,
Thank you so much for turning out so well last night! Since I was just winging it I was worried you wouldn't taste the best. You're flavor was great, but the ratio of rice to beans was a little off. That can be easily fixed the next time though. 

Dear Mom,
Thank you so much for watching Evelyn tomorrow so that I can go to a baby shower. Hopefully she won't be a total pill and take at least a little nap for you. I really appreciate all that you do for us! 

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Check This Out!

I'm being featured over at Fake Rain in Natalie's Sponsor Spotlight post. Go check it out and take a look around her blog!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I'm Sorry VS. True Repentance

Our church is going through a sermon series on the power of prayer. This last week was about King Manasseh from 2 Chronicles 33. The title of the sermon was "A Prayer From An Evil Man". If you don't know who King Manasseh is (which I didn't) he was a very evil king. In 2 Kings 21 it talks of how he killed so many innocent people that the streets of Jerusalem were filled with blood. In 2 Chronicles it talks of how he sacrificed 2 of his sons to a false god. He led the people of Judea away from God.

So God allowed the Assyrians to kidnap Manasseh and take him as a prisoner to Babylon. It doesn't specify how long Manasseh was in Babylon, but it says that in his distress he called out to God. It specifies that he humbled himself before God. God heard his prayer and was moved. God reestablished him as king in Jerusalem. In the few years he had left as king he fought hard to remove all the alter and idols that he had erected all over Judea. He built alters in their places to sacrifice offerings to God.

Pretty amazing if you ask me. Talk about grace!

At the end of the sermon our pastor brought up this thought. What is the difference between "I'm sorry" and true repentance. How "I'm sorry" always has a "but..." and then an excuse/reason for the transgression. How true repentance means a heart change, a 180 degree turn in the other direction.

It just really got me thinking about the many times in my life I have asked for God's forgiveness for a specific sin to just fall right back into that sin without even trying to go the other way. Then I'm back asking for forgiveness again. It's an endless cycle. It's a sad and lonely cycle.

I understand there will never be a day when I don't sin. If it's not an outward sin, it's one in my heart or mind. I know that perfection isn't possible in this world. That's why Christ died on the cross, because there is no way we could have saved ourselves. But that doesn't mean that I should choose to live in my sin and just accept it. I should be fighting and praying for change. Trying my absolute hardest to make changes through the Holy Spirit's guidance and help. All the while knowing that I have a grace filled Lord who will forgive me even when I do mess up. Which will be often.

I just want to be striving for true repentance in my life. Not just a constant chorus of "I'm sorry. But...".

This will be a life long journey. A Grace filled journey. But I want to live out my value system not just talk about it.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Little Miss Trouble

So we have a little trouble maker on our hands and her name is Evelyn.

I don't know if I let you all know, but it's official she is crawling! She's been doing it since Thursday night. Nick and I were both lucky enough to see the first time it happened! Now since church this Sunday and hanging-out with all the other crawling babies she's a master. If she wasn't up to no good before, she defiantly is now!

I had talked about her first starting to move around here. Sure she got around then, but she wasn't very fast. Once she'd hit the wood floors or the tile she couldn't move and just got frustrated. Pretty manageable.

Well now it's like when she gets to those wood floors she really starts going! Her little knees are pretty much red 24/7 due to her constant crawling about. She also gets into more trouble than she did when she could only scoot.


For instance, crawling under the lamp. She has this obsession with it. Sometimes she gets herself under there in such a way that she's stuck and can't figure her way out. Most of the time though she uses crawling under the lamp to get to her 2nd place of mischief.


After crawling under the lamp she heads to the rug by the front door. Nick always has a pair of shoes there (we might have to change that) and Evelyn sure loves chewing on shoes. At this point I move her back to her  toys, but then she hightails it right back to that darn lamp. If it wasn't the only source of light in our living room I would just get rid of it, but we don't have any overhead lighting in there. 

I know it will only get worse when she starts pulling herself up on things. That can't be far off since she's gone from barely rolling over to crawling in about 3 weeks. My baby's growing up too fast! I knew babies grew quickly, but I wasn't prepared for this. 

Here is a little video of her in action. She wasn't cooperating so a lot of the video is me trying to coax her to crawl to me. Of course she did it perfectly during the video I tried to take before this one, but my camera didn't capture it somehow. Oh well, enjoy! 

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Happy May Day! 

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