Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Getting by

This is going to be a shorter post, but something I have been thinking about.
People ask me everyday, "how are you doing?" Usually this is in reference to raising a 1 year old, working from home, and being pregnant. My answer lately has been, "We are making it!" And we are. We are making it, and we are making it with Joy in our hearts, excitement in our days, and lots of love and laughter...but it is getting harder the bigger I get! I want to pick Fos up swing him around, but walking 5 steps with him kicks my butt!

Here are two thoughts I have had lately on "getting by"

1. not everything needs to be a battle. When we found out we were pregnant with Foster, people asked us lots of questions about how we are going to parent. I always said, "It depends on the temperament of the kid." Of course there were certain things that I just thought I would care about. Like my kid playing on the bathroom floor...or things I thought may be gross...
But yall, Foster woke up an hour earlier than usual which made my getting ready a little more trying on Sunday morning...While I was getting ready, he was keeping buys.
Sometimes you just can't care...Don't worry, we definitely used all the toilet paper - it didn't go to waste.

 2. what happens when that Chick-fil-a sticker book runs out of stickers and your kid want to play with stickers? You tear up the sticker paper while you are on a "business call" and stick it all over your kid...
 then let him stick it on you.

Look. Sometimes you just have to make due! 

This parenting thing is a constant adventure. Trying to soak everything in and not make big deals out of nothing is actually a task. You see a pile of TP on the floor and want to roll your eyes and say "Foster Isaac!"...but bottom line, I think it is way more fun to take a pic and laugh.

At the end of each day I am reminded again that to each his own when it comes to parenting. 
You do what you can and do what works best for your family!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, July 15, 2013


this photo is from May. We should try harder at taking
photos of ourselves. 
8 years ago today a decent sized group of our friends and family stood by and watched Andrew and I say "I do".  It seems like yesterday, for real.
Here are just a few thoughts - which may seem like rambling.

I go on and on about my spouse, I know. But I just love him.
year after year we have shared our anniversary with something.

1 came with a move to KC.
2 was a real celebration at a B and B in Springfield, M.
3-4 were surrounded by an abundance of camp, mission trips, and ministry at LUMC.
5 was a bus ride home from Camp.
6 he left for Costa Rica.
7 we were like 20 days into new baby territory.
and today (well in 10 minutes) we celebrate 8.

And no, there is nothing on the agenda. We are not (necessarily) sleep deprived and no one is leaving town (or the country).  We were lying with Fos a little earlier and I was just looking at the two of them thinking about how truly blessed I am. I love watching Andrew be a dad. I love being a wife and a mom. I am just really grateful.

Andrew, everyday you are an example of Godliness to me. You inspire me. Thank you for making me laugh and for being the best friend I could have ever asked for. You are a joy to live life with. I love you to pieces. Happy Anniversary. Let's have another one next year.