Monday, January 13, 2014

Late Christmas activities

Christmas was really busy around our house and I had bought gingerbread cookies for the kids to decorate but we never got around to it. Normally we do a gingerbread house but they are kinda a pain in the rear. Frosting does not hold the walls of the house together. Last year I hot glued the house, which helped but it was difficult to let each kid decorate a part. These gingerbread men came three to one pack which was just perfect for our family.

The boys went quickly and used up most of the candy. They also needed the most help using their icing to decorate.
Bekah took her time and decorated her entire cookie all by herself :)

Permission to eat!

Friday, January 10, 2014

34 Weeks

I seriously considered not posting this picture but it is getting close enough to the end that pregnancy photos are getting few and far between :) Right now I'm wearing what fits not necessarily what is fashionable in the maternity world.

This picture was taken at exactly 34 weeks. I had a Dr.'s appt. a couple of days earlier and I measured almost full term already. The general consensus is that I won't make it out of January even though my due date is February 21st.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Girls

Normally, I'm not very motivated to write. I'm horrible at journaling. I'm one of those people that has to "be in the mood" for the words to come. I have to experiencing it emotionally, right now. Today is one of those days. Even though I am very pregnant, I woke up rested this morning. Nothing hurts horrible today, and both my little girls are being angels. It is the kind of day I am thankful that our next baby is a girl. It's the kind of day where God has given me the patience to teach them how to clean up the spilled juice, not explode and yell. It is the kind of day where I can see how beautiful my girls are on the inside and out; the kind of day where I realize the magnitude of raising little girls to be godly young women. And I break down and cry over the fact that God has entrusted me with such a task. I couldn't feel more honored to be their momma, to be one one that can teach them to be compassionate towards others, to love and care for each other, to be homemakers and someday to be mommies. My mind swirls with all the things I could possible teach them: basic, physical things like reading, cooking, keeping the house, laundry, dishes and the non-physical things like loving God, to be obedient, to care and be emotionally invested in their family. Now a list maker like myself would love to be able to make a list once and totally complete of all the things I need to teach them. Then I can look over it every day making sure I don't forget or leave anything out. Such a list would not only be overwhelming and discouraging but would be impossible to accomplish. I have learned that I need to turn every day over to God and ask him to teach me foremost, then guide me as I teach my girls what they need to learn for THAT DAY. Not a whole lifetime of lessons, just what's needed for today. And what's needed for this particular day? For my girls to know that mommy loves them so much I would give my life for them, that they are stunningly beautiful on the inside and out, and that it is a good day to be kind.