Friday, April 24, 2015
I love being spontaneous and I love surprises. I also love my dear sweet Lizzie and miss her every single day. I miss our grocery runs to bless each other, last minute park dates, early morning garage sale runs and driving to her house at 9pm to being her red vines. That technically happened once but I miss the freedom of living so close that we could do random things like that. I miss sharing our shoes, our clothes and our hearts face to face. I really miss her sweet son, Matty, who went to heaven far too soon. His short life still breaks me but has grown my belief in the plans ordained by our all knowing, loving and powerful God. Because of all of this and more, CZ and I packed up 2 babies each in the van and took a 24 hour jaunt to Liz's gorgeous resort. Talk about heaven on earth. No better place to celebrate 3 years in heaven for Matty.
These two chatted almost the whole way up north. I love their friendship.
60 degrees and windy. Wading in the maybe 50 degree water.
Reags knows how to soak up the northwoods life.
My beautiful daughters.
The best sleeper ever looking too sweet. Liz has sold me on taking pictures of my kids sleeping.
Two peas in a pod.
Maybe our first successful selfie ever?
The sweetest 4 year olds on earth.
maybe one of my top parenting tips:
Teach your babies to enjoy road trips. Even the 50 minute ones where you deliver a new mama a meal out in the country or the day where you have to run 6 errands. This isn't necessary for all but I believe it's useful for all. I can't tell you how many times I have been able to serve people or love on people more because of the flexibility of my kids in the car. I haven't done anything unique or special to encourage this except drive a lot, take chances driving places, be consistent in expecting happy/thankful hearts and use TV/movies in the car ONLY in extreme cases (like 12 hour trips). It blesses me because I enjoy driving and know that we can BE flexible! There is not a lot that is more important as a mom than being flexible!!!! The other day we were on our 3rd drive through/drop off errand, 60 or so min of sitting straight in the car....and my sweethearts broke out in to a round of Holy Holy Holy. They all were singing together and giggling and smiling. I joined in and also held back tears. God, thank you for these sweet souls and the 4th one on the way. You are too good and too kind to me.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
I love all things nostalgia/family/holidays and this year we established some sweet traditions for our crew. Joseph and I used an idea found on the Desiring God website to create a Holy Week devotional/candle lighting tradition for our kids. We adapted the idea and created the following tradition. For the 7 nights (5 for us since we were out of town this year) leading up to good Friday we lit candles (1 for each night, so 7 by Friday) and read scripture. Joseph followed scripture from the catholic Holy Week litergy and it was awesome. Of course much went over the heads of our babes but they got some concepts, asked questions and loved it. We said prayers and sang hymns following each reading. We also gave the kids a sweet easter treat each night. On good Friday we lit all the candles one last time but afterwards and until Sunday morning there were no treats or candles to signify Christ's death on the cross. On Sunday we lit all the candles and gave our kids a larger prize to celebrate our RISEN SAVIOR! It was sweet, simple and meaningful for all of us.
JD planned a simple backyard Easter egg hunt and our good friends the O's did the same thing for a group of our friends kids so we have been eating too much candy. It was sweet to see our kids get excited about the meaning of easter and also shower them with fun and treats. Our babies are only young once and I plan to soak it all up, even the nutty sugar highs that I once didn't believe in (SO real).
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.