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weekending

27 Jan

There was lots of of snuggling, sleeping and lounging around….
Perfect recipe for a cold-january-weekend…

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dying to self

11 Jan

Sometimes I wonder what I was really like back when I was single, and had little to no real responsibility in my life. I had no one to care for except myself, I spent hours alone, and spent my money on myself. As my joke goes with the mr…I did what I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted.

It wasn’t until I was married that I started to more easily notice the sin in my life. When my life was joined with my husbands is when my sin started to come out…or maybe just when I started to notice it more. It’s as if when we first got married, we are both rough around our edges, jagged in our selfishness and stiff and stuck in our fleshly ways. God uses this relationship of man and wife to sand us down, smooth us out to be more like Jesus. God is glorified through our marriage as we die to ourselves in learning to love God and love each other, serve each other and help each other.

And when Lucia was born I began to have to die to myself even more, mostly in a physical way. Little ways of sacrifice, like sacrificing my sleep to wake up and feed her, and sacrificing time with the mr. to care for her needs. And I love taking care of her, and being her momma, loving her, but repeatedly I have to die to my own wants. At this stage it’s mostly physical things I have to sacrifice, but I just know that in the very near future it will be more. It will grow to be lying down my selfishness, my frustrations, my desire for other things, all to learn how God wants me to be a godly wife, a better momma, and how to grow as a follower of Jesus.

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds
John 12:24
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And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
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All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him
2 Corinthians 3:18
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tummy time

10 Jan

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life lately

14 Dec

Thanksgiving came and went, and Christmas is just around the corner. We have still yet to get our tree, we are hoping to do that this week, and I’ve yet to purchase any Christmas gifts. But, we have had some pretty big happenings around here as of late. Dan is officially one semester away from having his degree, He’s just finished up this semester with nearly all A’s-I’m so proud!

Lucia had her 2 month doctor appointment last week, ad she is still doing great, in the 90% percentile for height and weight. She is sleeping really well as of late, and we are slowly working towards getting her on a schedule. The other morning we went out to breakfast at one of our old spots and then went to the mall afterwards…and for the first time in a long time it felt like old times…but in a new way. Adjusting to life with a new member in our family has been hard at times, but our breakfast date was so perfect, just what I needed.

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thanksgiving week

23 Nov

This week has been an adjustment. Monday I went back to work, and the first day was tough. Not tough on me, but hard on Lucia. The adjustment of being with momma all day, every day, to now being with daddy all day has been hard for her. The first day was the toughest, but she’s been slowly getting better day by day. I am trying to focus on not worrying about Lucia, or obsessing over her schedule and whether she’s eating-sleeping-pooping-or-whatever-enough. I have to let go of having complete control over her schedule, and it’s been a process of God teaching me that instead of obsessing and worrying, I need to pray, and give it ALL to God.

God is teaching me to lean on Him, and I’m learning to not be consumed by obsessing over schedules, and to let go of feeling the need to control EVERYTHING. I know this is a life long lesson for me to continue learning, but slowly, day by day, I am trying to grow in this area.  So Monday was hard, but Wednesday was better, and hopefully today is a bit easier.

We had a low-key Thanksgiving this year, Ben came over and I made a feast of food for the three of us. We ate, relaxed, watched football, and even squeezed in a mini-photo-shoot of our family of three. This year I am beyond thankful for our growing family. I am humbled every day just looking at Lucia, and am so grateful for her! Tomorrow we will get together with my side of the family to celebrate Thanksgiving. So tonight I’ll be peeling 10 pounds of potatoes to make mashed potatoes for the feast. Tomorrow will be the first time a lot of the family will see Lucia too. It’s strange, now that we are a family of three I am looking forward to the Holiday’s in a whole new way.

up all night

1 Nov

Last night was a bit rough…Little miss Lulu decided to rise and shine from 3am-5am before falling back asleep. As hard as it can be to wake every 2 to 3 to 4 hours depending on the night, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I cherish those sweet moments I share with her in the late night and early morning  hours. She is a cuddler and doesn’t like to be away from momma for very long at night. And so last night from 3-5am, I quietly listened to her grunts (how can that loud of a grunt come from such a petite little girl?!), coo’s and squeaks as she fed. Those little baby sounds melt me, it never gets old to watch her expressions, nor do I tire of hearing her sweet little whimpers. Having a new baby is hard, and it’s challenging me personally, and challenging my relationship with the Mr., but I wouldn’t trade those sweet moments I have with her in all hours of the morning/night for anything. Love you Lulu!

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wordless wednesday

25 Oct

life as we know it

15 Oct

Life as we know it has changed…everyone said having a baby is the biggest life change we would ever experience, and it is…but somehow at the same time it feels like this is the way it’s always been.
Lulu is almost 2 weeks old and she is still sleeping and eating like a rock star. Last night she slept 3 hours at a time, and she’s been a lot more vocal and expressive than just a week ago. She doesn’t cry, but instead grunts, coo’s, and squeaks non-stop when she’s awake…which isn’t very often.
Dan had to go back to the daily grind today. Lulu and I slept in, had breakfast and then did a quick impromptu photo-shoot, and then it was back to napping for her.

numbers

26 Sep

2.5 weeks left until d-day.
4 weddings down.
hundreds of photos edited.
1 hospital bag nearly finished packing.
2 parents who can hardly contain their excitement to meet this little girl.
19 credits.
2-10 page papers to work on before this little missy arrives.
37 weeks along.
7 years of marriage celebrated.

We awoke on our anniversary not to flowers, cards, gifts or even breakfast in bead…but to the sun peeking through the blinds, and with the Mr. leaning over to kiss my forehead and whisper “happy anniversary”. I replied sweetly with…”I forgot it’s our anniversary!”. Ok, so I didn’t totally forget, but it sorta slipped my mind enough that neither of us got eachother gifts or even a card to celebrate. But we didn’t mind, nor were we offended by eachother’s lack of gifts. I guess after a certain number of years you don’t need gifts to show if you really mean it when you say “happy anniversary” to eachother. It was a sweet and calm day, much needed after a few previous weekends of anything but calm or relaxation. We went to church, then went to Dan’s soccer games, and inbetween his two games we grabbed pannini’s and warm pumpkin spice latte’s for lunch. We talked about how much we’ve grown in 7 years, how God has blessed our marriage beyond what we ever could have dreamed, through good times and the tough trials.
We ended the day with watching movies & eating pizza in bed while cozying up in our new flanel sheets (it’s the little things that make me happy).

life through the lens of my iphone

19 Sep

Wedding season is officially over-Praise the good Lord! We spent last weekend in Door County shooting our last wedding, and boy did they give us a run for our money…of course the last wedding we shoot would be the most unorganized and longest day of our lives (ok…slight exageration…but at 8 months prego, I was at the end of my rope as we neared the end of the night). We did however have Saturday morning to ourselves, and filled our time working on a bit of homework, grabbing coffee, wandering the farmers market and visiting the local shops.

Baby girl’s room is almost complete, loads of laundry are mostly done and I’ve been putting the finishing touches on decorations. It’s been so fun to decorate her room, we can’t stop going in there and just dreaming about her. Dan has officially finished his motorcycle and has been riding for a few days now. After a tough summer of blood sweat and tears to finish this project, he’s like a little kid when he gets to go out and ride his bike.