Friday, March 30, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things...

We saw on the news recently that one of the Texas Lottery jackpots had reached over half a billion dollars (ridiculous).  For fun, I got to thinking of some things I'd like if we had money trees out back...

A dream kitchen.  I'm no Paula Deen, but I do enjoy cooking (and eating).  I think we would have people over every night for dinner just to hang out in this kitchen.  

I would just hire Mrs. Ray while I'm at it too.
  A Honda Pilot or Toyota Sienna.  My husband teases me when I say that my dream car would be a Pilot or Sienna.  Why drive a Lamborghini when you could ride in style and comfort in a Honda? We'd probably be able to get several Pilots instead of just one Lamb.


A home in Spain.  Wouldn't it be nice to go to the beach everyday? We would travel frequently to Morocco.  Eventually, we really would like to do mission work overseas, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to have a vacay home...

I would have to buy my husband something too, huh? Golfing lessons with Hank Haney.  I think his fees start at 20K.  Mr. Haney also taught the other Tiger.  This might seem silly, but I have been wanting to learn how to play golf for quite a while now.  I probably would not have the patience for it though. Simply riding along in the golf cart while my husband and his family play may not cut it for long.

I would pay off college loans and medical bills, and I'd donate some to mission organizations for sure, but these are a few of my favorite things. Or maybe it's just more of a bucket list...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Button Mania

My lovely friend, Kelley over at The Grant Life, is doing a Bloggy Tutorial and offered to make me a button! As a newbie blogger, I was very grateful for this. This is the finished product! Isn't it grand?

The bird reminds me of Matthew 6:26: "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

Monday, March 26, 2012

Six Months to Yuma

Meet our Booger Bear, Deacon.  He was born last year on September 25th.  He just turned six months old and continues to look more and more like his daddy.

Photography by Jenny


Deacon was born a couple of weeks early.  I had been going to see my doctor every week for the last two months of this pregnancy.  She wanted to monitor me closely because of my preeclampsia history.  I went to a regular check-up appointment on a Friday.  Apparently, my preeclampsia tendencies were becoming mild, because my doctor asked me if we could set up a C-section over the weekend to deliver our baby boy.  My response was, "Whaaat? Really? Wow. How fun. Whoa. Yeah, we may need a day to prep... Sunday it is." 

Mae and I left the appointment and I called Tod with a huge grin on my face.  We would be meeting our baby boy soon, who still did not have a name. We're procrastinators in this area.  Immediately my mind was racing and I was mentally going through a list of things that needed to be done before baby boy's entrance. As much as I enjoy planning, I just wanted Sunday morning to come quick.  

Sunday came (very slowly) and we headed to the hospital for our 5:30 a.m. check in and surgery prep.  Deacon Yuma was born at 7:34 a.m, weighing in at 7.5 lbs.  He came out a healthy and happy baby. 

Deacon has been a joy to raise.  It's so funny to see how different he is than Mae too.  He is a pretty mellow baby, but don't let that deceive you.  He's definitely got a loud voice and a good set of lungs; he will let you know if he's hungry or tired.  He's at the cooing and chatting stage, so that is always fun to listen to.  I can't even imagine what he will be like when he starts to crawl, walk and talk.  We are looking forward to that!

Deacon and his daddy's baby picture.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monkey Do, Maevri Sees

I went to the store to get a few things, with hummus being at the top of the list.  I forgot to buy pita bread to go with it, so I sighed and said "sad day." A few seconds later we hear "sah day" from Mae. 

I bought some coleslaw from Chick-fil-A and stuck it in the fridge to try later.  As I was getting it out, the lid popped off and the slaw went all over the floor and my feet.  My frustrated reply: Gaaaaaaaaah! That day, Mae would run around the house playfully screaming, "gaaaah. gaaaaaaah" in a raspy voice.

Your children will see the way you act in different situations and what words will come out of your mouth, good or bad.  It's inevitable.  Recently, at twenty one months, Mae has been repeating what we say and do.  She may not always understand our joy, frustration or impatience that goes along with our words, but she will always see how we react.  No pressure...

Did you just say that out loud?
It's very easy for us to forget that Maevri is a child.  She doesn't "just know" how to act.  We must teach and show her grace and truth and how that affects good character.  Parenting reminds us to check our own attitude and hearts at the door.

Some questions Tod and I ask ourselves:
Do I do and say things with a joyful attitude?
Am I disciplining out of anger?
Am I being selfish?
Do I pray that my children would learn to be humble, meek and teachable?
Do I ask God for patience and kindness daily, so it's seen by our children on a daily basis?
Do I have the "I've been jipped" attitude?

We are far from perfect, but we constantly strive for holiness in the way we parent.  I can be professionally selfish or impatient.  There are times when I just want to watch my recorded episodes of Project Runway or have an uninterrupted errand day.  I don't trust that God will give me rest or provision, so it results in an emotional mess.  In this season of my life, God has been teaching me a lot about patience and grace and the importance of discipline.  How I act will always be proof of what's in my heart.  Maevri will learn from our good and bad attitudes, but we must always rejoice in the small achievements. 

Mae is a joyful, smart and loving girl who gives us all kisses, hugs and swats.  She loves on her brother, when she's not straddling him or poking his eyes.  She says "please" and "thank you" with a smile on her face most days.  She says "no" at one point or another most days too.  In time, she will be influencing how Deacon acts.  Her heart is still far from understanding grace through Christ, but we rejoice in the baby steps, right? We haven't even hit the teenage years...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Zoo-tastic Adventure

My parents are visiting us this week for Spring Break.  They treated the kids and me to a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo. Sadly, I have lived in Fort Worth for almost five years and had never been to the zoo.  I'm disappointed that we had not been sooner! We enjoyed seeing Maevri react to all of the different animals she reads about and watches on Baby Einstein. 

Mae called this guy "hippa." She thought he was a hippo.

Mr. Sloth Bear. This ham was pacing back and forth for pictures.

Everyone comes to the zoo to see a lion, but this guy was not interested.

Mae made sure we saw every animal.

Deacon had his zoo gear on.  These lions were awake...

Stroller buddies.

The tourists.


I think Maevri tried to climb every fence.

The much appreciated train ride back to the zoo entrance!

If you can't tell, he's on his elbows holding his butt up in the air :)

Grandpa was Mae's chauffeur.

Mr. Sleepyhead missed a lot.

Happy Feet! I bet Mae could teach them some things.

Going to the zoo was so much fun! I felt like a kid again.  The best part is kids two years old and younger get in for free.  How can you pass that up? We will definitely be getting our season passes soon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

What Does A Cow Say?

Maevri has come a long way in how she acts and what she says.  I found this video of her at about four months.  Her high scream may distort your speaker's sound!

It's so fascinating to see how fast she is growing up. She was wearing her backpack the other day, and my mind fast-forwarded to her high school days.  It was scary.  She has always been pretty quiet and has understood more than she could ever say, but recently, she has become a twenty month old, professional chatter box.

Some things she says:
mommy, daddy, Deacy, pa, papa
muk (milk)
peas (please)
nana (banana)
gup (grape)
bok bok (chicken)
wawa (water)
frog, dog, cow
sad day
socks, shoes
Elmo, Abby, Cookie, Bird (Yes, she recognizes the Sesame Street characters...)

She counts some numbers, roars and makes any other animal sound on command.  If you ask her to say "fox" or "frog," you will get a four letter cuss word.  She repeats us now too, so Tod and I can't really use "sucka" anymore.

The following video is of Mae and her bestie, Sadie.  They are so fun to watch together!
What Does a Cow Say?

Raising our kids has been one of the most rewarding jobs.  Some days are difficult and my patience may waver, but I'm constantly challenged to rely on God for love, joy, and patience. (Insert Fruits of the Spirit song here.) Hope you enjoy the videos!