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Devotional: Psalm 19 // Pee pee, Rolling, and Glitter

Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. Psalm 19:12 MSG

Starting the day fresh. Isn’t that nice?

We tend to make big changes at the beginning of the year… Resolutions and all, but we don’t make it to the end of January with them (usually) and real change hasn’t taken place.

Real change doesn’t happen because there is a new year.

Real change happens when we decide we want it more than we want what we already have.

When we are stuck in stupid sins, that’s what we hold onto.

We have to get to the point where we want faithfulness, honesty, joy, grace, and love more than we want our way, our desires, our lusts and our ridiculous God-hurting sins.

And we can’t do that without Gods help.

Every year isn’t the new slate.

Every moment is.

Don’t wait until January to change.

I’ll be for real and honest right here: if you want to make a change in your life, but you’re going to “wait until Monday” or “I’ll start next week” or “it’ll be one of my New Years resolutions” you are simply: not ready to actually pursue the change.

Or better:

You don’t want to change.

After one of Wesley’s sermons I felt the need to start up the blog again. I knew that’s what God wanted me to do.

I didn’t wait a week. I started then. The very next day, which was as soon as I could.

Why?

Because I knew (#1) if I waited to start, I never would, and (#2) it was important enough for me to make the change in my life for the better.

The daily blogging is a big part of my walk. I not only help you guys, it helps me process the Word, meditate on it, and listen to God.

He teaches me a lot in a verse a day.

So if you really want to change- honestly- there is no stopping you! Only you. Because we have the most powerful tool, our God and Father, who loves us and wants to see our lives full and filled with purpose. And he is 100% willing to help us change.

If you want it- the fresh start is yours for the taking.

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Life Blog

Hasn’t a lot changed since Monday honestly.

Wes and I are trying to get back to our diet. I’m actually happy about that. I felt awesome when I was “missing out” on breads and junk. Literally, I had more energy, accomplished more.

So we are back to paleo now. Which also means- I need to grocery shop like a mug.

Anyway.

This girl:

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Is still potty training. We’ve had more successes than failures. She seems to do better peeing in the potty at night. Not sure if she just has more pee or what, but almost every evening if she’s been wearing panties, she’ll pee.

If she’s had on a diaper, no pee.

But still, better than no peeing in the potty at all!

And this guy:

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I laid him down on his belly yesterday after we got in from Hattiesburg. Wes was getting ready to run to town and I was unloading some stuff, and I looked over and he was on his back!

He rolled over- and Wes and I both missed it. The two parents who are both pretty much always at home- missed their kid rolling over.

Nice huh? So moms that work: don’t stress out about not seeing it the first time. Us stay at home moms miss stuff too.

Lucy did a few of her firsts with daddy instead of me. So I’ve missed lots of their “firsts”.

But Lucy’s first word was Mama… πŸ™‚ (now, whether or not she knew she was calling my name? Who knows. But she said it before Dada.. So I’m calling it her first) πŸ™‚

Alrighty- up early, going to get my house in order- Christmas decorating makes houses disasters I believe. Boxes and bags and paper and glitter on everything. Plus, I’ve been in the process of making most of my decorations- I’m doing little Christmas trees all over my mantle, and it’s been fun making them- but there are cardboard scraps and hot glue sticks and sparkly ribbon and leftover paper and tinsel everywhere. Once I have them all done I’ll snap a pic and show you! πŸ™‚

Have a happy Wednesday!

Also! Tonight marks our FIRST night at our NEW church in Bassfield! If you live near, c’mon out! It’s on 35, right past MG Dyes on the left (coming from Bassfield). There is a sign out, so you should see it.

Devotional: Ephesians 1 // Thanksgiving Week

I askβ€”ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of gloryβ€”to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust himβ€”endless energy, boundless strength! Ephesians 1: 18-19

Man. What a week. I ended up writing all my blogs ahead of time so that I could enjoy the holidays. I do that from time to time, but most days I’m up early, writing away. We had a great visit with family, but I am glad to be back at home and back to our routines.

Yes – even happy to be back to my cloth diapers!

But sometimes our routines, even if they are good, can get a little burdensome. Wouldn’t you agree?

Wouldn’t you love the “endless energy and boundless strength?”

I know I would. I look at Lucy. She’s 2 1/2. And has so much energy. Like, I don’t see how she can go like she does. Literally. She’s non stop. The kid has endless energy. From the moment her eyes open, until she gets in bed (and sometimes not even then… I hear her jumping in her bed from time to time…) she’s non-stop.

We have to ask God for the endless energy needed to keep doing what we know he has called us to do.

Something neat here… Sometimes we just need a word or two. And God can do that through his Word, or the word of a person to us…

I kid you not. I am being completely serious about this right now.

There have been many times when I felt like taking a break from my blogging.

It can be kind of burdensome. It makes me wake up early, I have to think, I have to pray, I have to wait to see what comes out of me. I have to focus. And that’s not always easy to do, especially if anyone else in the house is awake. (not kidding.)

It usually takes me a little over 20 minutes to do just a devotional blog – 30+ minutes if I do some life blog too. (And that’s why I originally started blogging – was to share to my family all the craziness of our lives!)

But every time I think, “I’m going to take a little break from my daily devotions…” again – I kid you not – someone comes up to me and says something about them.

EVERY TIME.

It’s happened more than I want to admit. I think about breaks a lot. But clearly – God wants me to keep doing this.

He’s using you guys, when you say little things to me to keep me motivated, and to pour energy into what I’m doing.

So if you have ever said anything to me about my blog – Thank you.

You were speaking from the Lord, and you probably had no idea.

You helped give me more energy and more strength with a “Hey, I like your blogs” or “I read them every day!” comments.

And to you, I will keep going. I may write them ahead of time and schedule them, but I will keep doing them.

Tell people who are working for the Lord, “Thank You”. It helps more than you will ever know. And sometimes, it helps and they let you know! πŸ˜‰

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Life Blog

Whew. That was a blaze of holidays packed into a week. Sunday night we left Collins for the in-laws. We made it there around 9, and of course, Lucy napped and then was wide awake… until TWO. That was pretty awful.

But she finally went to bed, and then we all got up around 7. Then me and little man took a nap. He loves napping with Mama. Heck, the boy loves being held. He’s a lot needier than Lucy was.
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But look at that face! I can’t complain when he wants to be held. He’s so dang cute I can’t stand it!
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Look at those little CHEEKS! AGH!

And.. we think he’s teething.
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He gnaws on everything, and is drooling. Lucy didn’t get a tooth in her little blond head until she was 13 months old. And he may end up popping some out before he’s 6 months. So weird how they are so different.

And this girl..
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So sweet. She got to play with her cousin some while we were down. They are funny together. They are 2 weeks apart. And my phone was dead, so no pictures of that. Boo. I know.

We stayed in Louisiana until Wednesday.

Lucy was pooped.
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We finally made it home. And then Thursday’s festivities began. We had lunch at Mawmaws, and then dinner at my dad’s.
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At one point I went to check on Judah, and I found that Lucy had been checking on him too. She thought he needed some toys.
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At some point I made Lucy take pictures with me. She’s such a beauty.
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And then I took some pictures of Lucy and J man. They are so cute! I can’t handle it.

And she’s getting a lot better about taking pictures with him.

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Too sweet. Parents of two or more understand how sweet it is to see your kids loving each other. It brings me more joy that I could imagine.

Friday we took it easy. No Black Friday for me. I ended up going to Hattiesburg, but I got groceries.

Then Saturday we got wind that there was a special thing at grandmas, so we rode over. Lucy played with the Christmas decorations while Daddy helped Pawpaw.
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Yup. That’s a choir boy with Ms. Potato Head’s hair.

And this lil guy!
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Lucy was telling him how much fun they will have once he can play!

And then he got bored.
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And Lucy.. got bouncy!
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This girl LOVED the trampoline.
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And I loved those little piggy tails!
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Look how CUTE they are!

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And finally, my new alarm clock. I got it a couple of month ago. I think it has a couple of defects because it never wakes me up at the same time. And it tends to wake me up at random times during the night.
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It sure is cute though πŸ˜‰

Well – you are caught up!

Hope you don’t have a case of the Mondays today!

Devotional: Matthew 5 // Lots of Lucys

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” Matthew 5:3 MSG

I haven’t been able to talk about this until now… simply because I’m too fleshly and I get so IRATE when I think about it that I begin to get crazy. And more fleshly. And then I can’t do anything but think about it.

Two weeks ago we had an eBay conflict that ended in me refunding a buyer money. I had send my item (overseas) and he “never received it” (which he may have actually not received it) but I shipped it. The day after he paid for it. Like I said I would. I shipped him my iPhone 4. And then they gave him his money back. $285 debited out of my checking account automatically. EVEN though I sent it.

Apparently – it doesn’t matter if you send it to the person. It matters if it was delivered. Because, you know, that’s totally in my control. I’ve had instances on ebay where a person didn’t get the item, but tracking said it had been delivered. I won that case. And that guy got the wrong end of the deal.

Anyway – out of nowhere, I get $285 taken from me – along with not having a phone. I will not ever sell on ebay again. Not unless I make sure the person pays me too much for shipping and I get delivery confirmation and all that extra stuff. And I probably won’t ever sell on ebay again period. They also kept their fees. Even though they returned his money – they kept my fees. Over $30. So basically, I lost my phone, AND over $300.

Pretty much ruined me for a few days.

We live on one income. We live on A LOT less than most people do in our area. We can’t afford to keep up with the Joneses. Don’t really want to anyway. But having almost $300 taken out of our checking account without me being prepared for it could have costs us. We do have emergency fund money for cases like this – but still. I felt like it was stolen from me because they didn’t require anything from me. It just came out of my account.

It hurt me in ways that it shouldn’t have.

I finally got past it and decided to go on with my life. After a lot of tears and heartache because of money – I decided to move past it.

Now – I know what you’re thinking… You’re a pastors wife. You shouldn’t let that bother you. It’s just money.

I know that.

I know that it shouldn’t bother me.

But money isn’t just something I can’t think about. I do all of our bills, so I see where every penny goes. And I am careful with our money. I make sure we don’t overdraft, I make sure that everything is paid on time. And having something that I’m in control of, being taken out of my control hurt me.

I know it happened for a reason. I don’t believe anything happens for no reason.

Well, I had finally gotten past it and I was moving on.

I am breastfeeding – you all know that – and because Judah is on Medicaid I get breastfeeding support at the health department. So I called them to see if I could get a new pump. My old one had stopped working. One of the parts broke. So, I called them.

I went up there to get it and me and the Lactation Specialist got to talking. I told her I had actually looked into becoming a lactation consultant or something to help women with breastfeeding. I’m quite the breastfeeding activist..

Turns out, they have a peer counseling program for breastfeeding support. So she asked if I would like to do that. Sure!

I was pretty excited about it.

And then she told me.

I’d get paid for it.

WHAT?

I’d get paid to do what I have already been doing for people?

Wow. Then I found out – I’d work from home. I’d simply make calls. And get paid for it.

It wouldn’t be many hours a month – like 10-20 and wouldn’t be a whole lot of pay – like minimum wage or something.. but what a perfect job for me!

I mean – PERFECT.

So basically… Once there became less of me – there was more room for God to create something great for me.

I got down to the end of my rope – and then I was pulled up from my pit.

It all in the grand scheme of things – it not a big deal – neither. I know my problems aren’t a quarter of what others face – but they are mine and mean something to me. And to God.

If you are at the end of your rope – you are in the perfect place. You can finally let God rule.

Let Him rule.

(It’ll be good. I promise!)

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Life Blog

A few pictures to catch you all up – because what I just wrote pretty much gets you up to speed on everything else!

Judah is still cute.
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And he has me wrapped.
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He can get most anything from me. But Lucy, not so much.

Lucy has her daddy wrapped. And she gets a little jealous of Judah when Daddy holds him. So… Daddy holds them both.
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Potty training is.. going. Not well or bad. Just going. Had a couple of successes.. couple of not successes… its just going. She makes faces on the potty.
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She’s such a mess.

I took both kids with me to Hattiesburg Friday when daddy was gone doing mission work. I had to pick up a bridesmaid dress and Lucy got to look at herself in the mirrors. She kept saying, “lots of lucy”. She’s too funny.
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And then when I shopped for me (for the first time in like a year!) she got a lil bit staticy.
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So cute.

Ok.. you are caught up!

We are visiting family this week – so I’m going to try and not miss a devotion – but if I do miss one – that is why!

Devotional: 1 Peter 5 // Weekend Recap: 80s Night!

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. 1 Peter 5:6a MSG

Man, if this isn’t a perfect verse.

Ever have a right place at the right time moment?

I know we’ve all had wrong place wrong times, an those an be quite terrible. But the right place right time moments can be pretty great.

I can think of a few times this happened to me.

Once I went shopping at dirt cheap. Got out of my car, looked down, and saw a $10 bill. Wasn’t a car or soul around.

I met Switchfoot when they came to Hattiesburg a few years back, because we were with a friend who knew some guys working, he hadn’t seen them in a while, and they gave us their neck tags to get in the back.

I can think of a few more times, but they are all the same. A surprisingly good thing happened.

And I don’t believe in coincidence.

It was God’s promoting.

Because he cares. Even about little things.

No matter what your dealing with, (or even if you aren’t dealing with something!) His strong hand is on you, and He knows when to promote you.

He also knows when to hide you, but that’s another post all together πŸ™‚

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Life Blog

So, 80’s night went well, to say the VERY least. We had a stinking blast! Here are some of the best pics of the night πŸ™‚

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We had a table set up for those of us who can’t tease our own hair…
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And even the babies got it.
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Lucy didn’t really have any hair to tease… so red lipstick it was!
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Once we were done with all of our hair, and make up, and had the room smelling like hair spray (still does I think…) we did what all girls do.. Take pictures.
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Tammy and Johnny took the cake. He wore his jersey.. FROM 1985!
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*Side note – they are married πŸ˜‰

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Gah, so Vogue.
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It was definitely a night to remember. We laughed so hard. We did some dancing, and some pictionary and it was a great night. The theme was basically, “Don’t get caught up in the past” Move forward. God has plans for us. And it was awesome.

Then Sunday came – and it was a great church service. Wesley dressed Lucy.
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And in size Newborn socks.
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Bless him.

And Lucy played in the chair. She fell back herself. This picture is hilarious though.
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Church service was freeing. Literally, people released from so many things. Myself included.
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Church that night was great too. Practice looks like this for me πŸ™‚
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And the picture to end them all.. Judah’s pouty face. He has MASTERED this face.
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Look at that! Buy him the world… He better not keep that face going too much longer or all I will ever do is hold him and rock him and buy him whatever he wants. Lucy didn’t do this face. He’s got it down. I can’t let him know the effect it has on me πŸ™‚

Ok, I’ll see you all later. Sorry this was so late! Hope the pics made it worth it!

PS – I’m taking his 3 month pictures TODAY. Promise.

Devotion: Leviticus 20 // The Face that gets it all

“Set yourselves apart for a holy life. Live a holy life, because I am god, your God. Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you. I am the god who makes you holy.” Lev 20:7 MSG

I have never done this, but there’s always a first!

Go here and read what Jon Acuff says about Christians being jerks.

http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/2012/10/why-are-christians-such-jerks/

Did you go and read it?

Pretty good right? I want you all to remember that about yourselves, keep that in your mind, and then also remember that about other Christians as well.

I thought it went so perfectly with the whole week of devotions. It fit right in.

It also goes with today’s verse. Be holy, and god can make you holy, but it’s not an overnight process. It’s gonna take some time.

Well, I thought that was too good not to share. I may do that every now and again, give you all a little change of pace.

I hope your week was filled to the brim and overflowing.

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Life Blog

Not that much new going on here in Kirkleyville.

I’m doing founders day in Seminary tomorrow so if you wanna come get some cheap Christmas gifts for a teacher, someone in your church, or just a good friend come on by!

I’ll also be selling burp cloths and burp cloth sets!

(If you mention my blog, you’ll get a dollar off every $10 you spend! )

I will only be there until 3- I gotta get ready for 80s night!

If you aren’t busy Saturday night, come on out to DPC at 5pm for some fun! There’s gonna be a dance off, Pictionary, an everyone will be dressed to the… 8’s and 0’s. The Eighties. It’s gonna be awesome.

I made myself a heating pad like te ones I saw for sale this past Monday. It’s super cozy. Going to use it Saturday morning to keep my fingers warm πŸ™‚

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‘Juwah’ likes it. That’s what Lucy calls him. Pretty cute.

Judah also knows how to get his way…

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Boy if that ain’t a face that an get its way!!

Poor lil guy. He’s gonna trip over that lip once he starts walking πŸ˜‰

He turned 3 months Wednesday. I haven’t taken his pictures yet, but that’s coming!

Ok- that’s all I got! See you all next week!