Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Drake - you are my favorite little boy! I love you so much and you have played a huge role in making me the person I am today. You are only 5 but you have changed my life in so many ways. I love watching you play with Sonja and help with Lucy. I love seeing how smart and fun you are. And I even love it when you are fighting back because that means you have a strong personality and are not afraid to be you. Happy Birthday Drakey!
|Yummy cupcakes! Sonja had so much fun playing with all the big kids.|
|playing "save the lady" where the kids had to go through a obstacle course to save the lady (a doll).|
I finally am getting some pictures of Lucy! Poor thing, I hardly have any pictures of her. I only have 2 pictures of her in my house and my mom has been complaining to me that I haven't sent her any pictures of Lucy. Oops! Guess the 3rd child really does get left out in some cases...
|She is just so sweet!|
|Sonja was a little nervous while waiting in line so Drake told her he would hold her hand.|
The kids also had a Christmas program at our church which was so cute! The pictures didn't really turn out though so sorry I am not posting it. Drake has a program at his school coming up so hopefully I will get some good pictures from that.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I was baptized when I was 8 into the Mormon church. My family never went to church but my parents didn't want me to be left out and so they decided to baptize my sister and me. We never really went to church after that either and honestly I don't remember much about it. I don't really think that I entirely understood what it all meant. Fast forward to after I had Drake, (almost 5 years ago) I started to have the desire to learn more about Jesus, for myself and to answer the future questions of my child. I didn't actually start striving for answers and a relationship with Jesus until we moved to Wisconsin (4 years ago). I started out by going to a bible study and found myself really enjoying it. Then we found a Christian church that we quickly fell in love with. Throughout the 3 years of going to that church I heard and saw a lot of people get baptized (young and old). I always felt extremely emotional witnessing and hearing about it but it wasn't until we moved here, to Indiana that I felt like I should take that step. We found a Christian church extremely similar to our Wisconsin church fairly quickly after we moved here. At this church we joined a small group, and I am in a Moms group that also does a bible study. In that bible study we talk quite a bit about paying attention to those little "nudges" that God could be putting on our hearts. After some reflection I decided that He was pushing me to get baptized. Our church says that if you have been baptized in any other church by full immersion there is no need to get re-baptized unless you want to. Chris was baptized when he was 8 and felt like with his background there was no need to get re-baptized. I, on the other hand felt like I needed to take this step. Now that I have a better relationship with Jesus, understand what baptism is all about, and am making the decision for myself. I was also excited that my kids would be there to witness it. Although they are young, I think they will remember the experience (especially Drake). I am hoping that when they are getting ready to make this step for themselves I can call upon this day and use it as an example. On the day of my baptism I felt so loved and supported by friends and family, it truly was such a wonderful experience. Chris and I have only lived here for 5 months, but we have already made great friends who were so excited to support me in my decision. They gave up their Saturday night to come and witness the service and then come over for some dinner afterwards. I am so lucky to have such great people in my life and I definitely have God to thank for that. I also felt very loved from my family who called me on that day to give me words of encouragement and support, even though they couldn't be here. I am truly grateful for this adventure that Chris and I have been on for the last 4 1/2 years. It definitely is hard at times but we know that God has a plan for us and right now His plan is for us to be here in Indiana. We miss our families terribly but are making the most of this experience by meeting amazing people and growing our relationship with Christ.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
So proud of little Lucy! She is such a champ. I sleep trained her this week and she did awesome. I really don't even feel like I did anything. The first night she cried for about a half hour and that was it. Now I can put her down for naps and bedtime awake (but drowsy) and she puts herself to sleep. Now I can actually get things done around the house, well if the other two let me. Before I felt like I was holding her all the time. And now I can get her on a schedule. Whew! I feel like I can breath again. :) I can't believe she is 4 months. It is bittersweet. I want her to be a baby forever but I also love that I can get her on a schedule and not feel permanently attached to a newborn anymore.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Chris was determined to make our yard spooky this year and it turned out so cute! I loved it, and we definitely had some scared kids coming up to our door trick or treating. :)
|Their scary faces, haha!|
We also got invited to a trunk or treat. The kids loved it!
And some pics of trick or treating with friends!