Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Snow and 70 degree weather in March. Texas, you're crazy. Fifteen minutes. That's about how long the kids loved playing in the snow. [Almost 5, 3.5, and four months] 

Saturday, February 28, 2015


God said he shares his glory with no one: "I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8)
God "shares" his glory with himself alone: Jesus. 
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.  
Hebrews 7: 23-28

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I ordered the kids' preschool curriculum. Really? Before I know it, we'll be sending our kiddos off to college and a professional career as a line backer (that'd be Deacon...). Oh my, how time flies. I'm aware that I probably say this on every blog post. Time flies fast and it challenges me to be obedient in where God has me now. I hope to record these precious adventures that our family is taking more often and constantly give thanks to God along the way. 

Bear is a little over two months now. We've established somewhat of a schedule and are segwaying back into civiilization. Two cheers for more sleep. Adjusting to three kids hasn't been as crazy as I thought it would be. Seeing Mae and Deacon love on Bear has been sweet. They are always willing to hold him or go get something for him. Let's hope that passes on into the tween years?

I'm reminded to rely on the Lord daily because He is the source of love, kindness, mercy and grace. I'm realizing that I can be somewhat of a grumpopotamus in the morning when I haven't slept much. I'm also more impatient and touchy when I haven't cherished the truths of God's infinitely loving character.

Yesterday the kids and I read through Psalm 1. A man is blessed when he cherishes God and his Word above all:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1: 1-2

One of the questions in their devotional asked what it meant to delight in God's Word. To help the kids get a better idea of delighting, it gives the example of delighting in ice cream. Delighting in ice cream is eating it up, loving the flavor, and wishing you could have some more. We all like this tasty treat so we appreciated the analogy. I came away convicted though about how much I need God's help to delight in his Word. I am blessed beyond measure, but amidst the tasks and diaper changes of the day, I'm slow to run to God and his Word. How sweet it is to rely on a loving God.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


A month ago, our newest little adventure arrived. Meet Bear Shephard. He clocked in at 8:16 a.m., weighing 6 lbs 13 oz.

It's amazing to look back on God's goodness and provision throughout the pregnancy and delivery. Those nine months seemed to fly by. The day Bear was born seemed like forever of course. I was challenged to pray for specific things throughout the pregnancy and to pray expectantly. It reminded me that God is sovereign over every 'little' thing that seems insignificant in my own eyes: things that seem 'too big' or impractical for God to provide (i.e. comfort during labor, a smooth recovery, health or even milk for nursing). 


When I was pregnant with Mae and Deacon, I developed preeclampsia (mucho high blood pressure) and was scheduled for C-sections. We hoped that I could avoid another surgery with Bear because recovery after a cesarean is the pits. Thankfully, we were able to deliver the ol' fashioned way! We prayed that we could have that "classic labor and delivery" story. Silly? Nope. Friends that prayed with us ask how delivery went, to which I reply, "Great! ::thumbs up::" (Give or take a few contractions.) The pain wasn't always welcome and Tod said I was a completely different woman during labor, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. 


Meeting Bear.
Mae: Why'd you name him Bear?
Deacon: How about Jackson?

Getting to know brother.
Mae: Is Bear crying because he doesn't have any teeth?


It's been so fun to watch Bear grow and relearn how to take care of a little one. Mae and Deacon adore their little bro and always want to hold him.  Deacon asked me today if I was going to lay Bear down after he heard him cry. Deacon knew his bro needed a nap. Either he was really concerned for Bear or he wanted a little peace and quiet while he watched his show...

These days will fly so we're cherishing them.



Thursday, October 2, 2014


"I'm free" is toddler talk for "I'm three."

Our "little" booger bear turned three this past month. For the last few months, Deacon has been reminding us that his birthday is in September. He would always ask, "Hey, is my birthday in 'teptember'?" He asked us yesterday when his birthday would be again. A whole year buddy. Almost there.

His requests for birthday treats were a piƱata and "books, maybe?" In rare times when he is still (and not running around) and interested in toys, it's fun to see him play and learn new things. He's so proud of drawings that he does and he's a Lego tower connoisseur. He usually follows his sister around when they're playing too. I'm anxious to see how he'll be with his baby brother that makes his debut this month. He and Mae constantly ask how their bro is doing and when he'll be here ;)

As part of Deac's birthday this year, we went to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The planes were going to race like Dusty and Chupacabra in Planes. Yes, please. It was a hoot seeing his face when the planes would take off through the pylons and buzz through the sky.

Air Race 2014

Your favorite things are knock-knock jokes.
Your shows to watch are Bubble Guppies and Wild Kratts.
Your favorite books are Curious George, Little Blue Truck and any read with trucks or planes.

Some funny stuff you say...

You try to help with our phonics. "Hey, what letter does _____ start with? Ah, Ah!"

"Knock, knock."
"Who's there?"
"You who?"
"Yooouu who, big summer blowout!" (Oaken from Frozen)

"Hey mom, how baby brother doing?"

You start to read any story in your picture story Bible with, "Once upon a time, God..."

Photo cred to the fabulous Jenny Blair.

We love you so much, wild man.

Your grateful mommy,