Friday, February 6, 2015

Lean in

I opened my bible up to Galatians this morning. Chapter 5 speaks to me so many different times throughout it, but today I was drawn to Life by the Spirit. 
To live by the Spirit is to keep in step with the Spirit. 
We are not called to live out the fruitS of the Spirit, but the fruit (singular) of the Spirit. 
The fruit of the Spirit is 
and self-control.
You don't get to choose just one to focus on, it's a package deal. And how do we practice them all together at all times. This life by the Spirit, the unattainable fruit.
We lean in hard. 
HE alone is our rock and he already knows our shortcomings.
He knows I will not be patient today which will lead to un-gentleness, un-kindness, and the absence of peace - all because He knew I would lose my self-control.
What an incredible fruit. Born of Eden I'm certain.
The harder we lean on our Rock, the more we seek Him first, the juicier our life becomes.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Hands open

What keeps your hands closed to God?
What holds you back from living fully alive in each moment?
Lord, give me eyes to see. 
Open my eyes to see. To see your beauty in everything.
Remind me to take the time. 
The time to look around me. 
The time spent in your works.
Time with my hands open.

Be alive in each moment to the ones that you love. 
 I want to be present to feel His presence. 
To be thankful for the small things. All the small things that number and create the pages of a life. 
A life of gratitude for our Redeemer. The one who conquered the world, that we may live.
To be the light.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, 
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. 
Let me stand in your wonder and be in awe.

Monday, December 8, 2014

fall action shots

Little Edward has learned a lot about football this season and has grown to love it. He goes outside by himself and plays against imaginary opponents. Usually the dolphins! 
I brought my camera out and he loved taking some action shots!
 five. three. one.
Challenging ages in their own respects. We are in constant motion.
But having these three ages is really sweet, too. Just when one grows up and out of an adorable phase, the next one is right there in that same phase. And each one is very different in that cute phase. 
I love how they are each so different. 
Five is on the brink of reading, loves crafts, has the most tender-heart, and strives to keep everyone happy. I keep saying he will be the best husband :)
Three is three. This is the best and worst age. ha! Three loves to be silly, snuggle close, test the limits, and plays well. He has a faith that is unshakable and asks questions about heaven a lot.
One is a dreamboat. He is handsome, independent, loves to be held, love to be outside, and lights up when ever his big brothers are around.   

I love feeling settled in this season knowing that I am right where I am supposed to be. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Baptized the Babe

I read some where that when you baptize a baby you ignite their flame of faith… 
And I absolutely love the thought of that.
We had a special time with family and Godparents.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


This picture took my breath away. 
They get big so fast.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Our afternoons around here have been tremendous! It's my favorite time of day. All the boys are up and the sun is starting to go down behind our house, the breeze is constant off the river - it's all amazing.
Andrew is loving the sand box and all things treasure-related. 
 Walker sits up and watches. Content to be outside. He gets it.
 It is easy to fall in to the same old thought patterns. The hustle of the days make them all feel the same and time runs together. Everything is good and simple, but i forget how blessed we really are in the mundane thought patterns of the day.
 Mother's Day was a good reminder of what I have and what other's are longing for or have lost. It's sometimes easier to watch one more show with the boys, or to look at my instagram feed rather than play cars or build legos. I need to spend my time with them living well, loving always, and pouring in to them the way they pour their hearts in to me. 
To approach every moment of the day with a grateful heart.
These are my boys and this is my season.
Thanks be to God.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Raw and Weekend Update

After 3 days on the raw diet - I have kept going!
I felt like 3 days wasn't enough time to see the real benefits of raw eating. 

My favorite breakfast smoothie so far is a blueberry-grape:
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup grapes
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup water
This morning I added strawberries and it was awesome!

I have lost 1 pound.
I miss coffee and cheese the most. Sharp cheddar in particular.
I have had one glass of red wine (some people say it's raw).
I have not cheated, although I accidentally ate a spoon full of yogurt as I was feeding Walker.
We went to Mamacita's and was able to eat raw amidst all the mexican food!
I am more comfortable in the kitchen trying raw things and I have found some great websites. 
It's a fun challenge!

We babysat one of our older girl cousins for a couple days and I think we hit every activity at camp!
We have 11 cousins (and 2 on the way)! 
It was special for me and the boys to get to spend one-on-one time with Rhea!