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Devotional: Jeremiah 9 and Mother’s Day Weekend

God’s Message:

“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.
I’m God, and I act in loyal love.
I do what’s right and set things right and fair,
and delight in those who do the same things.
These are my trademarks.”
God’s Decree.
Jeremiah 9:23-24

First off – Happy Mother’s Day (yesterday) to all the moms who read my blog. The only reason you read is because I’m relatable. I’m a mom too and you get me. That an I’ve got an irresistibly cute little girl 🙂 And secondly – I didn’t blog at all on Friday. Totally slipped my mind. Really sorry about that. It was hubs’ birthday and we went to breakfast and spent the day together, so it got forgotten with all of the birthday festivities.

Wesley used this verse in his sermon yesterday, and I thought, it was too good to not use too.

We are a nation that is quick to brag. About.. anything and everything. And even if we don’t brag verbally, we do with our actions. We always have to have the nicest car, or nicest clothes, or newest gadget. And I know I’m quick to wear a new shirt when I get one. In a sense, I think that’s bragging. Look at me! Look at my clothes and how great.

Am I saying we don’t deserve nice things? No way. God loves to bless us. But if we let these everyday blessings go to our head and only live by them, then yeah, its a whole lotta bragging.

And not even stuff – knowledge, like God says here – If you are smart, great! But don’t make others feel dumb because you are. This is an issue I have. And, shoot, I’m not really even that smart.

Growing up I’d always offend friends because of my facial expressions when they would say something wrong. 90% of the time I had no idea I was even doing it. Doesn’t matter. I was offending people that God loves and that he calls me to love.

If you go around constantly offending people – they will not listen to you!

No way around it.

So what can we brag about?

Knowing Christ and knowing about the generous gift he has so freely given to us. He is so holy and just and we should brag just because we know of him. Much less share an actual relationship with him!

He is worthy of brags. We can never brag too much about him. He deserves it all.

Lets attempt this – instead of drawing attention to ourselves, lets draw attention to the one who has set us free.

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Life Blog

So, I still have poison ivy. Not sure if I told you I had it last week. It’s still here. Today marks 1 week.

It’s greeeeaaaat.

Not.

My go-to remedy isn’t doing a thing (scrub with soap then use alcohol on it to dry it up). Just… still there. Actually spread a little.

And because of my other condition (bun in the oven) there isn’t much I can take besides benadryl and putting calamine lotion on myself.

Needless to say, I don’t want to have poison ivy anymore.

Saturday I went to Hattiesburg and ended up spending the entire day there. (boo) But I did get a couple of things for my poison ivy. I went and talked to a pharmacist at Walgreens to see if they could point me in the direction of some miracle drug.

They couldn’t. Same thing I already knew.

Then I went to All Health. All Health is a little store in Hattiesburg that sells Toms Shoes and lots of great (ALL NATURAL) goodies. It’s where I buy my essential oils. Yeah, I have essential oils.

I believe in nature.

I know it can be harmful yes (look at my arms and legs and there’s ya proof!).

But I also believe it can remedy just about anything.

So, I stopped in. They pointed me in the direction of some Pine Tar Soap.

Yup. Pine Tar. Soap. It’s the ugliest soap I ever did see, and it smells like a pine tree.
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But this stuff is like MAGIC.

I wash with it, and literally, no itching. Now after a few hours, the itching returns, but then I wash again, and the itching goes into hiding.

AH-Mazing.

So I thought to myself… I know that Tea Tree Oil is used in lots of household cleaners as a natural disinfectant. Can’t hurt…

When I put it on, I swear it helps too.

So last night I made some ‘sleevie’ things. Basically fingerless arm covers for my arms – because I wake in the night scratching like a fool, and I made a mixture of oils to put on my ivy rash. I mixed up some tea tree oil, coconut oil and I squeezed some foam from my pine soap in it and mixed it up. I put it on all of my rashes and I SWEAR it helped more than the benadryl creams and sprays.

Cause trust me, I’ve been using everything.

I’m headed to the doctor today for my sugar test (SUPER BOO) and I’m going to just see if there is anything else I can do beside tame the itch.

So much fun.

Onto funner things. Wesley got me pajamas for mothers day – really nice ones from Target. He said it was more for him than me. My sleep shirts are.. a little ratty… to say the very least.

I bought this cutie pie:
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This super cute dress:
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How Adorable right?

And I made a Succulent terrarium for me and Ms. Steph. Here’s mine:
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It was pretty easy – sorta messy, but fairly simple. I took lots of pics and I’m going to do a how-to-blog on that this week – so if you are wondering how to.. then stay posted. It’ll be an extra blog, not part of my devotions.

And I was given a huge pile of little boy clothes, some of which were soooo cute.
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And my child has learned how to give… looks…
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So cute.

Well.. 9 weeks til I’m 36 weeks. Kinda frightening, kinda exciting.

I’ll keep ya posted on all of that stuff.

I hope your Monday is GRAND!

Devotional: 1 Kings 8

“Blessed be God, who has given peace to his people Israel just as he said he’d do. Not one of all those good and wonderful words that he spoke through Moses has misfired. May God, our very own God, continue to be with us just as he was with our ancestors—may he never give up and walk out on us. May he keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.” 1 Kings 8:56-58

Boy did I need to hear this today.

Yesterday was a rough day of pregnancy for me. Heartburn started around 1, and didn’t leave my chest until about 4. I couldn’t stand, sit, lay, walking didn’t help, tums didn’t help, ice cold milk helped a little, but time is what eventually made it go away.

I was literally miserable.

And none of my clothes fit.

And I always feel left out of stuff because I can’t do all the normal stuff I was doing.

Wes goes and works out like every day and I can’t.

Because I’m pregnant.

Pregnant pregnant pregnant.

I don’t want to say I’m miserable, but I also do not want to say “I love this!”

I have so many women come up to me and say, “Oh, I looooved being pregnant!” And I think it my head… Liar.

There is very little about my condition that I like. Yeah, its nice not packing a bag every time I leave, and its nice feeling the little kicks, but literally.. that is it.

But, today’s verse makes it all a little better.

Even though I’m not exactly happy, I know that God is with me. He isn’t going to leave me during this time.

And I know, I know, this will all be over before I know it.

But 2 more months of this is unbearable when you are raging with hormones.

But God showed me that my condition doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

He’s going to lead me and help me stay devoted, and centered on the path. Even when I don’t want to be doing.. anything.

We all go through slumps. Maybe yours isn’t pregnancy… maybe it is something else. Something else that keeps tripping you up and blocking you from the goal that has been laid before us.

We all have speed bumps, but we gotta remain focused.

I gotta remain focused.. as a tiny baby boy kicks me in the ribs and causes heartburn that takes my breath away… my condition doesn’t matter. My condition is temporary – and so is yours.

We just have to remain focused, and know that God isn’t going to leave us in our temporary situations forever.

Praise God.

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Life Blog

Honestly, I think I summed it up above the line.

But then I started thinking… I’m 26 weeks pregnant. I had Lucy at 36 weeks. That means.. 10 weeks difference in where I am now, and where I gave birth before.

TEN WEEKS.

Like.. 2 1/2 months.

Oh my. I don’t have that much time.

And I CANNOT wait!

Devotional: Isaiah 53 and Our Weekend

But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
Isaiah 53:5 NLT

This is really a pretty famous verse. I’m pretty sure most people have heard this at some point.

It is a great reassurance knowing that not only did Christ die for us to have eternal salvation, but also to make us whole, and to heal us.

I do not think these are metaphors for something else. I do believe his blood has the power to actually physically heal us and actually put us back together.

I googled being a “whole person”. Yes… you can google pretty much anything 🙂 I found a forum of a guy who said that was his goal. His goal was to be “whole” and by that he meant basically not needing anything from anyone that he feels self sufficient.

He explained it like a beaver dam – that it doesn’t stop the water (trials and troubles) but it does create a safe place for the beaver to live.

For Christians (this guy more than likely wasn’t), God makes this easy for us. Instead of needing other people for things, we only need Him. And He is so holy and perfect that He can fill every void we could ever have. He is what gives us the safe place to grow and thrive.

It is because of Christ, and his death on the cross, that can happen.

His death isn’t one dimensional. He isn’t a one dimensional God. There is so much more to Him than we will ever know. At least until we get to see him face to face!

What a day that will be.

 

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Life Blog

So Saturday was the Okatoma Festival. It’s held the first Saturday of every year. It was… hot. Especially for little miss 6 1/2 months pregnant. Every now and then the sun would go behind a cloud and a breeze would come through. That wasn’t too unbearable.

Wesley ran a 5K. He got 28:45 for his time! I was so very proud of him. His last 5K (back in September) he did 31 minutes I believe. And actually, that was his last time to run 3.11 miles. So he hasn’t been running, and still shaved over 2 minutes off his time. Crossfit works.

I had my earrings and hand towels for sale at the festival. I sold a lot. But considering my stuff is pretty cheap, I only made like $150. Which isn’t bad, but I’ve done better. I’m going to start putting that stuff online now, and hopefully can get most of it gone.

Wesley and his dad and our neighbor (Thanks Mr. Danny!) worked on our shower:
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Glass blocks!

Not much left and I can shower in MY bathroom instead of our guest bathroom. I’m really excited about that. REALLY.

After the festival, Lucy and I were both hot (even though she didn’t stay very long – she was with MawMaw) I got her in her pool. She enjoyed herself. And the chickens stood in amazement. They are friendly birds.

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I started kinda feeling bad after that. I guess 9 hours sitting in the heat can do that to you. After I showered and laid down for a while I felt better.

We went and ate fish that night.

Sunday was a regular day – busy – as always.

After church we went to Hattiesburg to eat for Wesley’s birthday. (It’s Friday!) Then we had been invited by a friend of ours to a birthday party at KidsRule, so we took Lucy. That child had a BLAST.

Basically, the idea for Kids rule is really simple. It’s blow up jumpy things in an air conditioned room. That’s… pretty much it. But the kids run and play and run and bounce and slide and just plain wear themselves out.

I let Lucy play in the toddler area first:
You have to look VERY closely. You’ll see a flash of foot falling into the Dora car.
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But she much preferred the big kid jumpies. Uncle Sam was the only one who wore socks, so he was the only one who could go down the slides and stuff with her.
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Big girl Sliding! (Uncle Sam was right behind her…)
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After that – she was WORE out. She hadn’t napped all day. Poor girl. Then we had church last night which was as usual. And now we start today.

Wes has a little bit of a paint job to do, and then we are going to start working on our house (painting the outside!).

So I have to go and wipe the house down. Spiders love our house.

I’ll be sure to take before and after pictures. It’s going to look SO good. YAY!

Ok, I’m done.

Hope your Monday is nothing like a Monday!

PS – Wesley (who is quite freaked out by my giant moving belly) got to feel Judah yesterday. I snuggled up to him early yesterday morning, and Judah then started kicking. Kicked him right in the back. Never seen Wes jump that high outta bed. Except for the time I was pregnant with Lucy and did the same thing!

Devotional: 1 Peter // Chickens and a Cutie Pie

The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ-eternal and glorious plans they are!-will have you put together and on your feet for good. (1 Peter 5:10 MSG)

Wow. Do I need to even write anything else? We all know that suffering happens in this life. Children lose mothers, mothers lose children, husbands and wives divorce, families fight and argue until they don’t speak, people are laid off… Isn’t it great to know that God has big plans for us.

And not just plans for our life, but those too. He has eternal plans for us! He’s already planning for us to be reunited with Him! That makes everything here a little more bearable, does it not?

You can deal with things easier if you know there is an ending. Anything really… Knowing that you only have 3 miles to go in a 5k, makes it easier to keep running. Knowing if you push a little harder, you’ll get a baby 😉 makes it easier to keep pushing. I mean, ultimately, life is tough, but knowing that our God is waiting for us, does seem to brighten the light at the end.

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Life Catchup

Went to the doctor yesterday. Judah is growing right on track. My bump is as big as it should be. Yes, you read that right. I’m just right for ONE baby. People gotta stop with this twin talk.

Anyway – my next appointment is the 28 week one, meaning sugar test (booooo) and rhogam shot. I’m Rh- so I gotta get the shot. I didn’t get it with Lucy, until after she was born. My docs then.. forgot… Yeah. Forgot. No biggie. She’s fine and I’m fine, but Wesley’s blood type is opposite mine. I’m O neg, he’s B pos. So, we could have issues. Or.. Judah could. So we are doin the shot. Anyway.. after that visit – I’m already to the every two weeks visits!

I cannot believe HOW FAST this pregnancy is going by. And with me expecting him a month early (I almost hope he doesn’t disappoint) I already know I am not going to have enough just me and Lucy time.

Have I told yall lately how stinking CUTE she is? I havent? My word. What is wrong with me. Here.. I’ll prove it. We spent a little time outside this week watching our chicks (who look more like chickens than chicks now… but they are still very young – only 11 weeks!) free range. Lucy grabbed my leftover (FREE) frappe from Burger King and the pictures are priceless.

First the chicks:)

You’d think our cat would try and attack them.. but he’s rather small, so I think he knows better.
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Here is one of my Silver Laced Wyandottes.
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This is Cleo.

One of my Americaunas (I didn’t spell that right… and I’m gonna be lazy this morning and not look it up.)
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Her name is Mable.

Lucy loves playing in their coop. Their.. poop infested coop. Ugh. I can’t keep her out.
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Here is our Speckled Sussex Rooster, Poncho.
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His feathers are turning green 🙂 He’s gonna be pretty.

One of our Barred Rocks
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One of our Rhode Island Reds
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Just so you know – I only name the ones I can tell apart.

And now Lucy with my Frappe whip cream.
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And now the cuteness…
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WAIT. WAIT. What do I see?

Is it? Can it?

I think it might be.

Little Miss Blue Eye’s are not as BLUE as normal… hm… Wonder where she gets that from?

My eyes were BLUE – I mean, Lucy’s blue – until I was 2. And lookie here.. Little miss almost two and her eyes aren’t quite as blue as before. They look a little aqua in these pictures.

Might we have a green eyed girl on our hands?

Gosh, I hope so!

I love my green eyes. Growing up I always got compliments, and still do now. Here is the best picture I can find of my eyes.
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I always wanted her eyes to be green like mine. My eyes were almost the exact same color as my mom’s and I always thought it was so neat. So I wanted to give that to Lucy, but.. you know.. that sort of thing is kinda out of my hands.

They definitely don’t look as blue as they normally do! See?

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Its slight, but it is there.

And I’ma happy Mamma.

Ok – off to be productive! Hope your weekend is GRAND!

Devotional: Psalm 29

God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace. Psalm 29:1 MSG

I know of so many times when I have felt defeated, or unworthy, or against all the odds in my life. Just one of those times when it wasn’t just little things that continued to go wrong, but really seemed like everything in my life was just falling to pieces.

But I also know this verse.

God does make His people strong, and He is a peace giver.

It doesn’t matter what you go through, how you got there, what you are going to go through or what you are in right now – God has been there and is totally willing to give you strength to endure it and peace so that you can endure it well.

All this to say – He will let you go through it. There are some things you have to go through. They may not be fun, but He will be there to guide the way. He will be there to give you the strength you need to keep waking up each morning and keep getting out of bed, and the peace to even act as though nothing is going to get you down.

I remember looking back on some of the rougher times in my life and thinking – Wow. I should have been MUCH more of a wreck than I was.

God is good at taking care of us.. as long as we let him.

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Life Change Catchup

I had a couple of errands to run yesterday, and I made the mistake of stopping by our local Dirt Cheap. Our store’s last day is Saturday I believe, and so they had lots and lots of stuff marked down to almost nothing, and I (spending my own money) bought Lucy and Judah a PILE of clothes.

I got Lucy 2 Carter’s zip up PJ’s, a Hello Kitty PJ set, a Fairies Disney PJ set, 2 pair of jeans, 1 Dress, 2 Short Sleeve shirts, 1 long sleeve shirt, and a pair of sparkly pink leggins.
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I got Judah one sleeper, 1 pair of jeans, 2 onesies, 1 set of batman PJs, 4 button up shirts, 1 T shirt and a button up shirt with a tie and vest, and a sweater vest.

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I also snagged this super cute storage bin for Judah.
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The mesh at the mouth pokes in so you can put stuff in the box through his mouth. This is currently for sale at Target for $9.99.

And here is one of Judah’s onesies 🙂 So perfect!
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My total was $26.22.

Not too shabby. And it is all future clothes (I mean, of course for Judah…) But I didn’t buy anything for Lucy smaller than 3T and she’s in 18-24month right now. Mostly 24 month. And The smallest thing I bought for Judah was a Dwell Studio Onesie(the high end Target brand) and the sleeper and both were 3-6 month.

I do not feel bad about spending money on clothes. Especially since I got each item for $1 or less.

Tomorrow, I do not plan on leaving my house. So.. I definitely won’t be spending any money tomorrow.

Also – I ate at home all day too. I did a rotisserie chicken for dinner(Thanks Ms. Steph!) and it was delish. Turned out perfect.

And I’ve been doing good on the waking early too. I pretty much got all my house work caught up already. Which is a GREAT feeling. I told yall that I was going to buy some suspender clips because it was a need for me – well.. Shirley’s didn’t have any – so I found a way to make them at home. I used something I already had. We’ll see if they work as well in the long run. They look nicer already, though.

I hope your Wednesday is better than expected!