Thursday, May 21, 2015

{Lia's First Trip to Haiti}

We just got back from a trip to Haiti and this was Lia's first trip! I didn't get a ton of pictures, but here are some of the ones that I took. 

Helping me pack her suitcase, she wanted to go inside. 

I was packing our supplies and she was taking it out faster than I could put it in. 

At the hotel, we all slept in the same bed, so I didn't have to load the pack and play at 2:30 AM

Obensen - she loved him. I think it looks like he liked her too!

The girls at the orphanage loved Lia. They were very curious about her and her daddy!

Sometimes a box is better than a toy!

Meeting Grandma!! Claudy didn't tell her we were bringing Lia, she was very surprised!!!

Playing in the Kivet to cool down. 

3 generations!

With "Uncle" SonSon

With Daddy and his Friends

Playing soccer. She will have to learn!

Daddy helping. 

With Islande's family. 

With My friends Quinton and Rebekah
We had a great trip! Lia did amazing! So fun to have her see her dad's country. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

{Lessons Learned During Motherhood}

I by no means have this whole mothering thing figured out. In fact, each day I realize how much I have yet to learn and how much I daily need God's grace to get me through the day, but I have learned some lessons even in my first year of motherhood.

1. Every child is different - While I think it is good to seek advice from others, I've come to realize that no child is the same, they all learn to sleep through the night at different times, they like different foods, they learn to be mobile at different times, etc..

2. Stop comparing - Everyone's life situations are different, but everyone is doing the best they can...stop comparing to other moms and other kids. 

3. Be intentional - While Lia is still very small, I've noticed she still desires all of me. I work from home and feel like this is where I struggle the most. Sometimes I feel that I don't spend enough intentional time with her. I've been trying in the evenings to put my phone away and just to be with her until bed time. I've noticed she is way less fussy and she loves the time of playing. 

4. Take time with your spouse - I'll be the first to admit we aren't the best at this, but it's important that my hubby still comes before Lia and it's great for her to see us working on our marriage. 

5. Don't stress the little things - My mom told me this over and over again. It's amazing how it applies to every aspect of life, including motherhood. 

6. Give your children to God - Lia is a of God's greatest gifts he's every given me, but ultimately Lia is his daughter. There is a lot of fear in parenthood, but their is freedom in letting Her go and placing her in the hands of her Father! 

7. Be consistent - Lia loves a routine and I know as we get into her life more consistency with discipline will be key.

8. I'm a work in progress - I don't have motherhood figured out. In fact, when I think I have a handle on my little girl, something changes, we have a week of no sleep, etc...Also, there are so many times, I act out of selfishness, instead of out of grace. I'm a work in progress and that is ok.

9. Motherhood is about looking more like God - I was running with a good friend a couple of years ago and we were talking about marriage and how it was refining me, it was a like a mirror looking back at me. She commented that marriage is one of things God uses to make us look more like him, then she added, motherhood will do the same. She is right, Motherhood has shown me more areas of my life where I am weak and where I need God's grace.

What have you learned about from motherhood?

A special shout out on this fine day, to my mother! Thank you for loving me, thank you for being an example of a a Godly wife and mother and thank you for your selfless love! I love you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

{May Goals}

April was one of those month, that has me going, "it's over?" Yet, at the same time, it felt really long. Do you ever have those months? There is a lot I am looking forward to in May, but we have to take it week by week, because....those SENIORS!!! Any teachers out there feel my pain! I just need to keep remembering that I really do love them and in 4 weeks, they too will be different!

Here is a review of my April Goals. 
1. A date night with my hubby.  - This didn't happen. I would like to put it on my May list, but that is looking unlikely!
2. Read 1 fiction/1 non-fiction book. - I finished "Miracle on Voodoo Mountain" this was written by my friend Megan! I love her heart and her story of obedience is extraordinary. I finished half a fiction book :) 
3. Take 1 picture everyday on my good camera (not my iphone).  Ok, I didn't take one everyday, but it was close, so I'm crossing it off!!
4. Record 100 of my 1000 gifts. - I love this habit. It makes me focus on the little things to be thankful for and allows me to see what God is doing everyday, even in the small things.
5. Go to the park at least once a week.  Lia loves the slide and the swings! So fun to get out!
6. Help 5 more people reach their health and fitness goals.  I love this...I've seen some gals those 15 + lbs this month! Some fitting in clothes they haven't in years! So incredible.
7. Blog at least once a week.  - I only got in 3 :(
8. Send 1 hand written note a week.  - I loved writing to my friends!! So fun!
9. Listen to 1 sermon podcast a week. - I only managed to do this twice!!

Now on to May!!

May Goals
1. Read 1 fiction/1 non -fiction book: It's so nice to sit back and read!
2. Two play dates this month. We need to get out more and have friends here more. 
3. Go on a family trip!!
4. Girls Night - As much as I want a date night! I would love a girls night too!
5. Write 1 hand written note each week.
6. 100 of 1000 gifts.

Do you set monthly goals?? What are yours? 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

{We Dedicate You, Lia}

Lia -
On Sunday, we dedicated you in front of our church, family and friends; to the Lord. We feel so honored that God chose us to be your parents. You are a gift.

We are asking them to pray with us, these specific things for your life.

* for your salvation
* for conviction of sin
* for a humble and submissive spirit
* a desire for God's word
* protection from evil
* free from the need of others approval
* security in your worth in Christ
* strong work ethic 
* a heart that desires to extend her hand to those in need
* a joyful heart
* wisdom and wise choices
* godly friendships
* future spouse
* for obedience
* sexual purity
* contentment

You are a precious gift to us. We give you back to the Lord. You are His. Our biggest desire is that you know Him and follow Him!

Love - Mom & Dad

Friday, April 10, 2015

{Friday Favorites} - April 10

It has been a while since I've posted. It seems like all of my pictures are of Lia these days and we stay in a lot :) But, now that it is getting nicer out, look for that to change!

1. The 2015 Masters tournament is this weekend. I know it's a little weird that I like to watch golf, but I do! Anyways, go to the Masters in on my bucket list of things I would love to do. Can we talk about that always looks so perfect!

2. DUKE WINS!! I have been a Duke fan for a long time, but was a little torn going into the finals...They prevailed! Going to watch a FINAL FOUR is also on my bucket list. I love the last 3 weeks in March and all the basketball that we watch. On Monday night, it is always a little sad, when the last game is over. However, ONE SHINING one of my favorite things each year. Each year, I'm always a little teary-eyed when I watch it. Here is this years video :) 

3. 60th Anniversary - On April 3rd, my grandparents celebrated their 60th anniversary. While the last 10 years, my grandfather has had Alzheimer's and lived in the nursing home for the last 7, my grandma has shown and modeled what it is like to love in all circumstances. She visits him daily, baths and shaves him, she truly serves him. It is such a picture of love and devotion (even knowing you will get nothing in return).

4. LiaMarie is Walking...seriously, she is not even 9 months, she was taking steps for a couple of weeks, but this week she really started choosing to walk. Time slow down!!

5. BBQ & Bikini's: We started a new April Challenge group. This month we are focusing on Summer!! We have a monthly meal plan all with delicious grilling recipes. It's been a fun group and I've seen some of my gals losing 10-15 lbs in the last month or so! It's so fun to see people reaching their goals!! 

Have a great weekend!!