Monday, February 28, 2011

Our Little Comedian

Grady is quite the comedian...he always makes us laugh!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lovely Lucy says Hello

There isn't a cuter baby girl in the world...

And she's totally in love with her Daddy - and I can't blame her ;)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lucy's 1st Cereal

 Mmmmm, sweet potato rice cereal.  Yum!

Already wants to hold the spoon herself...

Everyday Images

 Grady really loved this pasta!!

 Thanks for the Valentine's cards and gifts, Grady loved them!!

Lil' Lucy

Lucy is growing so quickly.  Carrying her into MOPS today was quite the workout, she's such a chunk!  And of course when we left Grady cried and begged "carry me Mama." way dude!  That's 60+ pounds of baby/kid with the car seat involved!!

I am loving my DSLR Canon Rebel. It is so fun to experiment with my photos again.  And the detail in the photos is just so rich which makes the photos of our little ones so precious.  The photos above were from an afternoon on my bed with Lucy just looking at the light streaming through the window and capturing those big beautiful eyes. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Converstations with our Two-Year-Old

Conversation earlier today:
B: "Grady are you poopy?"
G: "No!"
B: "Are you lying?"
G: "No!"
B: "Look at me in the eyes."
G: "Lying, Lying, LYING!!"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

1 John3:1

Here's one of my verse "index cards" - I'm planning on printing them as photos and putting them in a spiral bound photo book. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

The jouney from head to heart...

Over the past two years I've been on a journey.  A journey that I have discovered many of us are on whether we know it or not.  I call it the journey from my head to my heart.

Growing up in the church, I was raised knowing about God's law, his people, and his love. Knowledge is great, as someone who has a life-long love affair with learning I truly value intelligence and the power of knowledge.  However, knowledge is dead without tangibly *feeling* the love of God and resting in the peace of it in your heart.  When I say feeling, I definitely do not mean some charismatic roller coaster of over-emotionalized experiences with God - what I mean is an unwavering confidence that God is who He says He is and you are who He says you are.  Does that make sense?

I think this journey has been a long time coming for me, but when it really came to a head for me was when Grady was born - almost 2 1/2 years ago.  For me...when it comes to my kids, I want to live an authentic life.  Kids can see through any front you put up, they know whether you're being real or not and I never want to just go through the motions with them - especially on matters of faith.  I needed to experience the love of God that I knew I would be teaching them about and expecting them to believe in.  So knowing about it was no longer good enough for me.  Thus the beginning of my journey...

I am a crazy reader (not always in a good way) -- I typically read anywhere from 5-15 books at a time and soon I began collecting titles that all were all following a similar thread...

Crazy Love - one of my favorites
Transformed Into Fire  (probably the most life-changing of these books for me)
Radical, Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream
One Thousand Gifts
What's So Amazing About Grace
Beth Moore's Bible Study: Esther
Beth Moore's Bible Study: Annointed, Transformed & Redeemed
So Long Insecurity - (so, so good)

There are more, I'm sure that I've left out a few.  I haven't finished reading all of these either....I don't for a minute credit books alone or more knowledge as the solution for the schism between head & heart, but for me these has a lot of practical ideas and made me think about my relationship with God and with the church...did I want to stay the same or was I ready for change...?

Another part of my journey that has been pivotal for me is meeting with my dear friend and *mentor,* Julie (I astrix this because mentor always sounds "old" to me but she's not old - although she is wise, she's young and fun and our talks are anything but boring and dry).  She has been a huge encouragement to me and has really helped me walk through a lot of the questions I've been asking and made a huge difference in not bogging myself down with guilt when I don't get "it" as quickly as I want to and during the times when this season of life is overwhelming and I can barely get through some days let alone find time to read the word.  She is also an amazing prayer warrior and I know that she has prayed for me and over me A. LOT. in the last two years - and taught me how to pray.

I've also started (meaning I have just 10 index cards done...) an index file of verses that talk about my (our) identity in Christ.  Verses like 1 John 3:1 "For how great is the love that the Father has lavished on me (us) that I (we) am called a child of God."  I put this on my kitchen window sill and it's a good reminder to me to stop and take stock of where I am throughout the day and if I've got my head on straight...I've also started meditating on these verses when I exercise, especially when I run - I just say the verse over and over again until I have it memorized...slowly these are starting to make their way from my head to my heart...

I can't say it's been an easy journey...or that it's over by any means, because I still have a LONG way to go..but I know I'm heading in the right direction. It can be convicting at times and feel uncomfortable. However - I know that God honors my prayers asking to feel his love, prayers to desire to spend time with him (not out of duty, but because I want to), and prayers to live an authentic faith...

Maybe some of you are on this journey too...what's helped you?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mmm...meatloaf, way to make a comback!

I've been following the Pioneer Woman blog for awhile, she has yummy sounding meals, takes tons of how-to pictures and makes good, down-home cookin'.  I recently bought her cookbook with some extra Christmas moolah.  Tonight I made her good!  Bryan AND Grady were both mmmmming through dinner...that makes it a good meal right there!  Try it and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Bubba & Sissy

One of the best things about having two kiddos is seeing how much they love each other, from the start.  Gotta love their pure and innocent love for one another!

MOPS Craft - Bath Salts

This is a craft I created for MOPS.  It was a huge hit!  If you love to take baths, use it for that or if you're more of a foot soak gal (or guy!) that would be great too.  This recipe makes enough for 1 C. of bath salts.

 I made Lemon Lollipop with Lemon essential oil

The Recipe:
2/3 C. Epsom Salts
1/4 C. Baking Soda
1 tsp. glycerin
5-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (depending on fragrance intensity preference)

I bought these 8oz mason jars on they were about 80 cents apiece with shipping.  The bath supplies were all purchased at at a fraction of the cost you'd pay for them at the drugstore or natural food store.  All in all, they cost about $2/person if you're using them as a craft for a large group.  Our MOPS group has about 60 women.  
There are a ton of essential oils out there.  Here's what I bought: eucalyptus, lemon oil, sweet orange oil, clove oil (my favorite for after a good workout), vanilla, jasmine, and lavender (a relaxing favorite).

Other ideas for bath salts were too add in sea salt or dried flowers (ex. lavender flowers).  The glycerin is great for dry skin and the baking soda helps the salts to foam and dissolve more evenly in addition to it's soothing and cleansing properties.  Epsom salts are known as a healing element and are great for sore muscles.

Make them for yourself, a friend, your mama, or your hubby!  Enjoy,

Monday, February 07, 2011

Some Catching Up to Do...

I've been getting requests from pictures from grandparents...I know, I know I'm behind on the blog.  If your dear grandbaby, Lucy would just sleep through the night I might have energy to do a lot of my normal daily routines that have slipped by, but alas she is not and thus I am not.

She is growing like a weed and has a very sweet personality.  She loves to laugh and smile at her big brother.  Her acid reflux is all but gone, thanks to our awesome Chiropractor, Dr. Ferrell.   She is a much happier baby because of that! 

Grady is smack-dab in the middle of terrible-twos.  I hear "no" at least 100 times per day...and I'm not exaggerating!  That said, I still see glimpses of my sweet boy under that craving for independence.  Today he 'helped' me cut out circles for a MOPS craft I'm working on.  Everytime I'd hand him paper he'd say "thank you mama." Sweet, and without prompting...almost a miracle ;)  He loves making Lucy smile and is starting to help with some small tasks...feeding Berkley, picking up toys, wiping off Berkley's feet and putting his clothes in the laundry basket.  I can't believe how big he his and how fast he's growing!  

 Look at those beautiful blues!  So pretty!

We went swimming a few times this month...and Grady loved it.  Loves the slide, as soon as you hit the water he says "Again!"  Lucy did well too, just cuddling with mama in the water and splashing a bit.  It's an impossible task to take pictures of the 4 of us while swimming without ruining our camera so here are the kids afterward...warm and cozy in the stroller.

Lucy in her super-cute, super-pink puma track suit from Auntie Lisa.  So stylish at just 5 months old!  YES - 5 months old tomorrow, can you believe it?!  Happy 5 months sweet Lucy Etta!
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