Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Be still my heart!

1 Samuel 1:27
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.


Sisters.


Best Friends.


They may antagonize one another to tears,


but all is forgotten when waking after her morning nap.


These two, my heart loves.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Budding Photographer

Some days I let Little Miss play photographer.
She excitedly takes my camera and snaps away!


As I look through the pictures, I can't help but smile.
The things she sees, the moments she captures.


She takes time to appreciate the works of our Creator.


Studying the complexity that a new building is. 


Colors! Vivid colors!


Textures.


Slowing down to notice what shouldn't be there.


Behind each door is a different story.
She goes out of her way to know others stories.
May I learn to do the same.


Appreciates safety measures taken.


Lines! This child has an eye for art! ....and shoes.


There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~Walt Streightiff 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How many kids....?

The question comes up many times. If you have no kids, it is "how many do you want?" If you have one kid, "when will you have another to reach that perfect 2.2 kids?" Having two kids, especially of the same sex, "When will you try for that girl/boy third child?" 

That's where we are... 

We have two girls and surely will try to persuade our odds to have a boy because our life isn't complete without a boy, right? Right in, a son would be awesome! A son would add a new dynamic to our family. A son for Charles, that unique bond. A "mommy's boy". Yeah, a son would be wonderful! 

Wrong in assuming adding another girl to our family is "less than ideal". Believing another girl is "too much estrogen". Asking why we "need another girl"? Saying "we can try again a fourth time for that boy".

Personally, I'm thankful the gender of my kids is not up to me as I would have missed out on a whole lot! I thought I wanted a boy when we were pregnant with Little Miss. I thought my dream family consisted of a boy first. Boy was I wrong! Little Miss is so much more than I imagined a first born son would bring to our family. 

When I was pregnant with Little Sister, I did so have my heart set on sisters. I wanted Little Miss to have what I always dreamed of having, a sister. A son would not have been disappointing, I just wanted sisters I didn't care the age difference. :-)

As Little Sister is days away from hitting the 18 month mark, the question is asked more and more "when will you try for that boy?" Well folks, we're trying. Not for "that boy" though. Just another miracle baby to love.

If it is a girl, good thing I'm not sick and tired of pink and purple yet! And we have loads of clothes and glitter to spare! If it is a boy, it'll be a fun dynamic to add to our family! The only thing I know for sure, he will not be named Charles IV! We'll pick our own name, thank-you-very-much!

So the haunting question is, how long will this take? 49 months for Little Miss. 7 months for Little Sister. Who's up for placing bets for number 3? :-)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thanks Lee Ann Womack for putting words to feelings!

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,


GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,


And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.


I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',


Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,


 Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.


 I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.


(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.)


I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,


 Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.


Dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.


(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Only three pictures

We took a road trip to Colorado leaving mid October 2014 and back home early December 2014.

These are the only three pictures I took with my "real" camera.

I'm kicking myself.

The pictures from my cell phone suck.

Why have I let myself become so stinkin' dependent of that gadget?

Garden of the gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Gorgeous.

Only three QUALITY pictures as reminders of that life changing trip for our family.




Not to mention the day trips to Nederland where it was snowing or Estes Park with three Elk laying RIGHT NEXT TO THE ROAD or our hikes on various trails up various mountains.

Boo!

Guess it means we just need to do it again so I can have proper photo evidence! Think that is good enough of an argument to make my stance to Charles?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To be INTENTIONAL

Apparently my one word for 2015 is a "thing". I thought I was being all unique forgoing a list of resolutions that I wouldn't fulfill and instead focusing on one character trait. Nonetheless...

Intentional.

That's my one word for 2015. Be an intentional wife. An intentional mother. An intentional daughter, sister, friend. Be intentional about my health and taking care of myself. Intentionally seeking the Lord. Just living life intentionally.

It's hard to break old habits...

This last year and a half has been the hardest in our 11 and a half years of marriage. Charles had his struggles with learning to function while dizzy thanks to his work injury. I was pregnant/had a newborn and juggling a toddler too. We were very much in Survival mode. That's the phrase for 2013-2014. Literally, I am thankful we all survived to welcome 2015. It was THAT bad that it almost wasn't so. Watching the person you love go through severe depression is hard stuff.

I withdrew from many family and friends. I could not emotionally handle any one else's issues, I had more than I could handle. Thank the Lord He was carrying the load for me! Looking back, I feel guilty for being selfish and withdrawing. So many loved ones were going through tough times and I wasn't there.

I was Facebook messaging with one of my cousins a couple days ago when it hit me, My aha moment! "What am I doing? I'm going to let Fiona out and call you" was my very next reply to her. Such a habit of being superficial behind a technology screen. I called her and had the best 1.5 hour long conversation! I laughed so hard, gosh I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard... My cheeks hurt from laughing. That's good stuff folks!

Being intentional means breaking old "easy" habits. Difficult to do, but totally worth it!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy FIRST day {On the Second Day}

Little Miss and I took turns taking pictures for my comeback 2015 INTENTIONAL blogging post!
Enjoy a glimpse into our FIRST day!