Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Four and a half.

Eva Kate, you are 4 1/2 years old! Well you've been 4 1/2 for a while....so what's new with you?

First, you are loving school. We do home school two days a week and then you go to your preschool one day a week. You love it! You love your friends, your teacher, and all the parts of your day. The other day at school you were given the "Honesty" character award, and we were so proud of you! It has been so cool seeing your little friendships develop over the past 6 months. The other day I asked you about your friends and you kept naming so many kids that you like to play with. You are so social, just like you've always been. You call all of your closest friends your "sisters" and "brothers." You know all your letter sounds and have started reading just a tiny bit. You rock at rhyming words and putting word sounds together! You can count by 1's to about 55 (although you ALWAYS forget 15) and you've learned to count by 10's to 100 which you think is so cool.

You are the best sister to Jensen. You like to make sure he has his blanket and you help keep him safe. Watching the two of you play together is one of the best things in the world. You are also your daddy's little girl. You keep him on his toes by asking him to play tag or hide and seek or have dance parties every afternoon the second he walks in the door.

Favorite conversation with you:
Eva: When am I going to get my powers?
Me: What powers?
Eva: Magical powers. Like Elsa.
Me: I don't know. I can't just give you magical powers.
Eva: It's okay, I can pray about it. God can do anything.
*** I was CRACKING up. At least you get that in the big picture, God CAN do anything. I love your heart.

You enjoy spending lots of weekends with your grandparents. You like to walk the dogs with Baba, go to Northpark with Mamy, and feed the ducks or go on wagon rides with Nana and Papa.


Favorite conversation with you:
Eva: When am I going to get my powers?
Me: What powers?
Eva: Magical powers. Like Elsa.
Me: I don't know. I can't just give you magical powers.
Eva: It's okay, I can pray about it. God can do anything.
*** I was CRACKING up. At least you get that in the big picture, God CAN do anything. I love your heart.

You enjoy spending lots of weekends with your grandparents. You like to walk the dogs with Baba, go to Northpark with Mamy, and feed the ducks or go on wagon rides with Nana and Papa.

Your favorite things to do at home are to paint, draw with markers, play games as a family, get iPad time, do puzzles, play Barbies, play pretend kitchen/restaurant and ride your bike.  


Every night at bedtime we read books, and then you want me or Daddy to tell you a story from our life and sing you a song. Sometimes I am so exhausted by this point, but I need to cherish that you are asking us to share more of who we are with you. I want to use this time to really tell you stories that are important from my life.

I love you the perfect way you are, Eva Kate.
love, Mama

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Contentment and New Seasons

This  morning we wrapped up the Moms Connect group I participate in for the school year. This is an amazing group that I have done for the past 3 years (it used to be a MOPS group), and it is always such a time of encouragement to get to leave my kids in their classrooms (which they both love) and have time to talk and laugh and be in Scripture with other mamas. Our session this morning was on contentment and it brought to mind many thoughts...

As we are drawing nearer into the new season of summer I find my contentment both high AND low. How is that possible??? I feel very content with where my life with Ryan and the kids have been for the past semester. We have been in a good rhythm of time doing homeschool, Eva going to preschool, our mornings at Moms Connect, a balance of family time with ministry, getting date nights because of awesome grandparents, and enjoying the outdoors a ton because of good weather. After some time of struggling with "Should I work?" (no.) "Should I get more involved in children's ministry?" (YES!), "Should I homeschool forever or send the kids to public school?" (quite worrying ahead of time), I finally feel such a peace that I am doing what I need to be doing for now. There are always days where you get gray hairs and wonder if what you're doing is right. Hard is okay and doesn't mean that you aren't doing what you are supposed to be doing. I am living my dream! I feel joy in where my life is.

And then I look at summer. All of the sudden I feel those yucky feelings of discontentment again. I don't WANT our routine to change. I like things the way they are going. It's going to get hot, and summer tends to be a busy time for Ryan. What am I going to do my children all day, every day? Our normal routines seem to suddenly have big gaping whole in them.

Then I return to the Lord and I am reminded to take each day at a time. I don't need to worry about August when it is May 19th. I can just think about May 19th (or maybe May 20th). I can feel peace knowing that I will still get time with my kids, which is absolutely what I want, and not to worry about how we will fill each day. I can trust in the Lord's daily supply of grace. I can look expectantly towards the FUN things that summer brings - pool time, play dates, summer nights - and to be thankful for the new memories we will create.

I read this morning from 1 Corinthians 13:12 "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I will know fully, even as I am fully known." This verse is primarily talking about Heaven and our eternal relationship with Jesus. But I can see also how it applies towards looking into new seasons. I don't know what the next few months for us will hold, but instead of being anxious or discontent, I can believe that God is good, and that there is a time for everything in it's season. Two years ago I wasn't sure what summer would look like and then (surprise!) we bought a house and (surprise!) we got pregnant with Jensen. Umm, I'm not planning anything THAT huge for this summer...the point is that it is hard to know going into each season what JOY and ADVENTURE it will hold.

So whether you are like me, feeling unsure about summer, or you can't wait for your older babies to finally be around more, trust God. Thank God. Live in contentment with wherever the next season takes you.

Monday, May 16, 2016

15 Months Old

Hey buddy! I wanted to write you a quick update on how you've been growing and changing since you turned one. Wow. It's like you took off walking and then quickly became so much of a toddler and way less of an infant. Talk about breaking your mama's heart, while at the same time filling it up with so much adoration!

At your doctor's check up last week you were 25 lbs (50th percentile) and about 30 inches tall (30th percentile), so you your actual growth has slowed way down, which makes sense because you probably won't be that "line backer" that everyone at the store always thinks you will be. You have also slowed way down on eating, sometimes only eating one or two full meals a day, which I guess is really normal at this point. You have become more of a picky eater, although not really consistent with one thing or the other so I usually just feed you healthy food and then let you decide how much of it you want at that meal. The one thing you do love is MILK! I'm still nursing you, which is awesome, and some days you want to nurse a TON. That's alright by me, because it gives me time to enjoy some baby snuggles.

You have pretty much gone to one nap a day now, unless you happen to fall asleep in the car (or in the stroller...or in your highchair....) too early in the morning. I would love for your nap to be longer, but right now it is usually just at an hour. On the flip side, you are an awesome night time sleeper! You are in bed by 7 PM and will usually snooze until around 7:30 or 8 AM. I'll take that :)

Your favorite toys right now are the fisher price zoo and any type of ball. You spend hours outside each day, exploring our backyard or playing on the playground with Eva. Walking and being able to climb has made our frequent playground visits more fun, and you've even learned to "back it up" when you climb down the steps which makes my life easier. You also like to swing next to Eva. Eva is still your very best friend and y'all play so well together. You do like to cause mischief with her big girl toys, but what are little brothers for? The other day she was making her Barbies put on a talent show and when I noticed you in the background, you were smiling and banging her Barbies against her little Barbie house. Ha. I believe that is what they call the difference between boys and girls.

You are very friendly and like to play with other kids at the park, but you are also content to play on your own. You just learned how to open all the doors in our house - fun times - and of course you are now drawn directly to the toilet and toilet paper. You also like to take the knob off of the stove and pull down all of the towels every day. You can be quite the toddler tornado when it comes to making messes all over our house, but I love you being one year old, so I don't really mind too much. Usually.

You have said lots of words but right now you're most used ones are Mama, Dada, bye-bye, that (for anything that you want) and uh-huh (like "yes,"). You call Eva "Buh-vuh" which is sweet. You are typically a really happy, go with the flow little man. 
When I see your face, my heart leaps with joy. I love your eyes, your dimples, your smile, your perfect ears. I love your tiny hands and squishy legs. And your baby bottom. Nothing makes me giggle like when you streak through the house at bath time. Jensen, I love you SO MUCH.

love, Mama

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day and Horse Riding

Hope everybody enjoyed a special weekend with their moms or their kids. My family spoiled me Saturday morning by cooking a delicious breakfast. I even walked into this little dance party to kick it off...(it might not work on an iPhone but it's there.)
video
Later in the day we took the kids out to a back to nature event at Trophy Club park.

Eva got to groom and feed a horse named Apache...
...and then it was time to saddle up! 
This was her first time riding a real horse (not just a tiny pony), and she loved it. She has been asking to ride a horse for a couple of years because Ryan gets to every year at camp and Ryan and I went horseback riding together a few years ago. I was so excited for her!
She also got her face painted like a lion. The face painting lady put my church face painting skills to shame. Too bad this look only lasted about 30 minutes before she needed it off her face. Such is life with a four year old.

On Sunday my mom and dad came to our church and then back over to our house for lunch. My mom made yummy quiche for us to eat. Don't worry, she cooked it the day before so it wasn't work for us that day.
Mamy with her grandkids. We are so lucky to have her! Eva and Jensen love seeing their Mamy.
Family pic with my babies and the handsome man I love.
Sunday afternoon we met up with the Bradleys at Bicentennial Park in Southlake for a picnic and play time.
Nana with her grandkids. They make a pretty cute crew. 
Ryan and his mom. So thankful for two wonderful moms who love us and our families, and who have taught me how to be a good mama.