Tuesday, April 22, 2014
We try our best to keep a consistent nighttime routine with Jude. It mostly consists of reading a book (or a few), singing our ABC's, singing "Yes, Jesus Loves Me", and saying our prayers together. We caught Jude on video singing this evening. It was so precious and I never want to forget moments like these. My longing is that Jude experiences the love that Matt & I have for him, and realizes that his Heavenly Father loves him just as much and more.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Easter...a precious day to remember the sacrifice and love of Christ our Savior. Sometimes the holiday part kind of takes over the meaning. For us, the little stressors added to the holiday look like this...the planning of outfits, the church productions, the egg hunts, the easter basket planning, the family get-togethers, making food for a fabulous holiday dinner, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love all of these things, but sometimes the focus on what it is most important can get hazy. I caught myself really upset and even crying yesterday morning, because things were not going as smoothly as I had planned (and anyone who really knows me, knows I can easily get stressed when things are not as I expect them to be...eeeek! Type A personality, maybe?!?!). Anyways, I took a moment and just asked God to forgive for being so selfish. I mean, this is supposed to be the day that I focus on His completley unselfish love for me, and here I am upset that I don't have the food prepared, my son bathed, and myself dressed in a timely manner. So after repenting and taking a few breaths, I gathered myself together and it actually ended up being a really special Easter. I had such a lovely time in the presence of God at church. Jude loved his Easter baskets (yes, that is meant to be plural...he gets plenty of love around here) and he had way more than his share of candy. We all had the best time at our church's Easter egg hunt. The eggs were actually delivered via helicopter...making it definitely the best egg hunt we've ever been to. We hope you all had a blessed weekend and were able to make special memories too. Happy Easter!
Too pressure...all of this waiting. ;)
We just wanted to say here...in our little space that we get share a glimpse of our life...how excited we are to announce that baby #2 is on the way. Being a parent is truly a blessing from God, and we are privileged to now have the chance to raise two children. We expected this to happen a lot sooner, but know that God's timing is perfect and a lot more reliable than our plans. Thank you to everyone that has celebrated this news with us. This baby is already well-loved.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I cannot say how difficult it is for me to return to blogging after the passing of my grandma. It just is. She left this earth a little over a month ago on Saturday, February 22nd, and I have been forever changed. Besides my mom and sister she was the most influential and important woman in my life. I still wake up and can't believe Mamaw is really gone. It was only this past fall that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer...leading to her decline from what seemed to be perfect health. I rejoice in knowing that she is in Heaven, but am left here on earth with an incredible piece of my heart missing. I can't wait to be reunited with her one day. The phrase "heaven is so much sweeter" has a whole new meaning to me. I have decided to include what I read about her at her funeral. It's hard to sum up what someone so special means to you in just a few words, but this was what I felt inspired to write.
There are many things that I love about my grandma...her spunk and quick wit, her cooking, her artistic abilities, her devotion to Papaw and her family, her passion for God and unwavering faith...but what I will miss the most will hands down be conversations with her. Anyone that has been around Mamaw, let’s say at least 5 minutes, will tell you she is a talker. She is the kind of talker that if you were ever disconnected during a phone conversation with her, it would take her a good minute or two for her to realize that she was alone on the line. THIS is what I loved most about her. Not the things she would spoil me with or places she would take me, but the talks with her. As I sat beside her in the bed on Saturday morning...her phrases and her words began to run through my mind. I am going to share a few with you that she said more than once to me.
- I would often get to go with her on her weekly trips to the thrift store. As soon as we would get in the car she would say, “Here is a wet wipe. Always clean your hands when leaving the thrift store.”
- Her driving was always my kind of driving...quick. When pulling out of a parking space she would often say, “Is anything behind me, except a Mac truck?”
- “Help me string these beans.” She taught me how to do this well, although I was never able to work as fast as her. But this is definitely was one phrase that was on repeat during the summer. Papaw’s garden kept us busy.
- “Did you know there are 31 chapters in Proverbs? Since most months have 31 days, it would be a good idea to read a chapter/day.”
- While discussing a problem of mine with her she would usually interrupt in the middle of the conversation and say, “Let’s pray about it.”
- “Do you want to go to Tom’s for lunch? They have the best root beer, burgers, and onion rings.” She was definitely right about that, too.
- Anytime I would ask if she could do anything on a Saturday her reply was always, “You know it’s Saturday and this is the day I study for my Sunday School lesson.” She took her Sunday School class seriously.
- After staying all night with her, in the morning she would often say, “Let’s go down to the church. I am going to pray.” Although I’m not sure how much praying she accomplished seeing as I was usually attempting to play the piano the entire time.”
- “Always honor your family and let your husband be your leader.” She not only said this to me, but she also lived it out in front of me.
- Lastly, the phrase that meant the most to me was the one she told me the most, “Jessica, I am so proud of you. I am so glad you love the Lord.”
As I say goodbye to her here on earth I would like to say those words back to her. “Mamaw, I’m so proud of you. I could not be more proud to call you “my grandma”. Thank you for your legacy. Proverbs 31 defines the virtuous woman...which I happen to think you are the epitome of. In verse 28 it says "her children shall rise up and call her blessed." Today i want to honor you by telling you that you were blessed. You challenged my life and I will forever be changed by you. I love you and can’t wait to meet again soon.”
Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! We are sending lots of love your way today. May God bless you and surround you with His love!
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
God is love. 1 John 4:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom. 5:8
Thursday, February 13, 2014
With Valentine's Day soon approaching we decided to get our act together this week and make Valentine's cards with Jude. There's nothing like procrastination to get ya moving. Actually we bought the supplies for the cards a few weeks ago, but never got around to the fun part of making them. We decided to go with a homemade Valentine again (you may remember this post from last year's card). This year's idea was not original. I honestly can't remember where I saw it...maybe Etsy, Pinterest, or Instagram. I sure am glad I did though, because Jude loved making these. He loves balloons especially when he gets to try and blow them up so that made this craft interesting and fun. Try explaining to a two-year-old why he can't put his mouth on the balloons he is giving away. Yep, not so easy. Another thing that is not the easiest...guiding Jude's hand to write his name. He is as independent as they come, so letting someone help is not the coolest. Nevertheless, they turned out pretty cute and now we can't wait to deliver them.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Today is Matt's birthday. I love celebrating the man I love and get to share my life with. In order to avoid sounding like a sappy birthday card, I will try to keep the romantic talk to a minimum. However, I must say that this man is a true blessing to me. I have not been the easiest woman to live with over the past month (and that's another story for another time), but he has been loving and attentive. This isn't out of the ordinary either. And not only is he great to me, but he is so good with our Jude. I hope Jude realizes what a treasure he has in a dad. Oh, and if Jude turns out to be like Matt, he certainly will be doing more than alright. There are many aspects of Matt that I could tell you about (i.e. the intense passion he has for Christ, his mad teaching skills, the out-of-this-world youth pastor he is, his outrageous sneaker collection, his handy dandy DIY abilities), but I need to get back to celebrating with him. So happy birthday, Matt! Let's celebrate (and hopefully that includes cake). ;)