Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pretty Happy Funny Real

Linking up with Like Mother Like Daughter today:



I was only able to catch the very end of it but I love a nice pink and purple sunrise the morning after a big snowstorm. 


The boys got Kinetic Sand from my husband's parents for Christmas. Perfect snow day activity - kept us busy for over an hour! (Which is a long time for my high-energy boys!)


Out of all the words that start with "V" my three-year-old wanted to make a vegetable. And out of all the vegetables to choose from he insisted on making a radish! A bit of a stretch perhaps?


After way too many days of, "Did I take my prenatal vitamins this morning?" I finally succumbed. I kind of hate to admit how much I love it!


~ capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I Remember Mama: Her Love for New Life

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I am pregnant. I think it must be in our nature to long for our mother's tender touch and reassuring voice when we are carrying a child of our own.

I know I was incredibly blest to have my mom available during my first two pregnancies and I am missing her profoundly with this one.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." - Psalm 139:13

With all my complaints of nausea, fatigue, back ache, etc., it wasn't while struggling with any of these symptoms that I missed my mom the most these past months.

The moment that left the sharpest twinge of pain in my heart was when my husband and I announced to our families that we were expecting another baby.

We did it at our son's birthday party over the Summer since the gathering included only our immediate families. They were all thrilled, of course, but their excitement was nothing compared with how my mom would have reacted.

What should have been a moment of joy, for me, turned into a struggle to hold in the tears.

I know that my mom would have been jumping up and down, cheering, laughing, and maybe even crying a little over our announcement, just like she did when we announced that we were expecting our first two children.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." - Jeremiah 1:5

In her own experience, infertility had been the cross God chose to bless her with and though her dream was to have ten children, she was only given four: three on earth and one in heaven.

I am sure that her own struggle with infertility helped to fuel her openness to life. And I am grateful that by her example, she taught me to recognize the eternal value of each and every child.

It breaks my heart to know that my mom will not be here to kiss, hold, and meet this precious new baby that is growing inside of me but I trust that she will be watching over her newest grandchild throughout his or her life.


note: My mom died in October of 2013 at the age of 55 after a two year battle with breast cancer.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday: {blizzard edition}

{weather outside:}

SNOW! Lots of it. We are under blizzard warning until tomorrow night!

{breakfast this morning:}

Overnight Strawberry Steel-Cut Oats

{outside my window:}

Snow is coming down pretty heavy. Streets are already completely covered so all I see is white, white, everywhere.

{right now I am:}

Drinking tea and chit-chatting with my husband. He came home early today and now that we are all safe and snug at home I can relax and enjoy the storm.

{as I look around my house:}

Every room has a soft white glow due to the snow falling.

{today's to-do list:}

-pre-k: letter "U" & number "5"
-3 loads of laundry
-vacuum living room and kitchen

{currently reading:}

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

{currently watching:}

Movie night with my husband since he will definitely not be going to work tomorrow. :)

{on them menu this week:}

monday: Bow Tie Pasta with Peas & Ham
tuesday: Ham & White Bean Soup & Cornbread
wednesday: Chef Salad & Baked Sweet Potatoes
thursday: Ham & Brie Panini's, Sweet Potato Fries & Salad
friday: Hawaiian Fried Rice

{creating at the moment:}

Baby blanket for my nephew.

{new recipe to try:}

These Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Pancakes were highly recommended by a friend so I'm thinking of making them as a snowy morning breakfast tomorrow since my husband will be home.

{favorite photo:}

The boys and I stopped at the library and picked out a nice stack of "snow" themed books to keep us occupied for the next couple of days.


"For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control."
-2 Timothy 1:7 (from the First Reading for today)