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Devotional: Psalm 37 // Chocolate milk

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23

It is important for us to focus on God in the daily details of our lives, not just the huge main events.

Including God in the minor events helps us realize his sovereignty even more than when we only include him once every few months in huge life changing decisions.

Not I’m not saying we need to pray for 10 minutes about what to wear before we get dressed, but simple things – like planning our calendar, which errands to run first, where to eat lunch even. God might have an ordained meeting for you at a specific place at lunch that you might miss out on if you don’t listen to even his most quiet call.

He’s concerned about you. And he wants to use you in other people lives, because he’s concerned about them too. Including him will make a difference in your life. I promise.

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I’ve come up with what I’m going to do with the blog. And I’m excited about it. I hope you like the change. I’ll reveal what I’m going to do tomorrow.

So to recap the past couple of days…

My tulips are starting to bloom! This makes me very happy.
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Judah’s still cute..
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Not sleeping well.. but cute.

One day last week I went outside to find one of our chickens in Lucy’s stroller.
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The next day I found this.
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Not kidding. That actually happened.

Judah is just the sweetest kid ever. By the way.
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And me and Lucy are face-makers.
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And Lucy doesn’t play with dolls. But I caught her doing this the other day.
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She was wrapping up her “cho-lat milk”. And then…

She rocked it.
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Kid you not. That kid is weird. LOVES her chocolate milk.

I rock him…
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So sweet.

Got stuff to do today, so hope your day is great! Stay warm!

Devotional: Psalm 82 // 5 and 6 Month pictures!

Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them. Psalm 82:4

If we as Christians don’t stand up for those who can’t… who else will?

Human trafficking is a huge business currently. People here in America do not want to think about it, but it’s true. The sex slave industry is booming. And it is happening here as much as anywhere.

People, mostly younger people, are being sold like items to people around the world. Atlanta, because of it’s HUGE international airport is a hotspot for this kind of stuff.

If we don’t stand up for peoples rights, if we don’t try and do something, then no one else will. We know as Christians we are called to love. So if we love, then why aren’t we doing anything?

This was a brief one, I know. Look into some of these websites and see if there might be a way that you could help.

International Justice Mission

The A21 Campaign

One Voice to End Slavery

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Ok – not much writing – mostly pictures. I never posted Judah’s 5 month pictures and I just took his 6 month ones. I’m only posting the absolute best ones here – if you want to see them all – check my flickr link to the right 🙂

5 Month Portraits
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5 months old Judah

6 Month Portraits
6 months old Judah

Look how big he looks!!
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6 months old Judah

And I got Lucy dressed up and took her picture too, of course 🙂
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So beautiful…
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And my favorite. Lucy looking JUST LIKE HER DADDY. Good night. It’s uncanny.
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And that’s all folks! Happy Thursday!

Devotional: 1 Peter 3 // Last weeks catchup

Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. 1 Peter 3:15 MSG

There are a couple of things that I see here that catch my eye. The first, is that we should always be ready to share the gospel.

If someone asks, especially. And doing so in a courteous way.

But the thing that stands out to me most, would be this: be ready to explain why you are living like you are, even if its not a good way of living.

I will never forget being in high school, walking down the hallway. I was changing classes. At the time, my church was the cool spot for the youth on Wednesday nights. We had lots of people, usually well over 50.

This day, a guy that was a couple of years older than me, who went to my youth group was in the hall talking to some of his friends. He was wearing one of the in style Christian t shirts, and when his buddy said something to him, he quickly shot him the bird.

The bell rang, classes began, and I was hurt.

I had the same shirt (different color).

I felt like the shirt meant something.

I felt like it was a way to help introduce Christ into conversation. But now? People see him doing that, wearing the same shirt I have, they will automatically assume I’m the same.

We go to the same church, wear the same clothes, we must act the same too.

This wasn’t the case. I tried hard to be what God wanted me to be. I didn’t cuss, I didn’t party, and when he did that, it ruined what I felt like I had going.

It wasn’t even that big of a deal, but it did reflect badly for me. So… The shirt that I had, was never worn again.

But if that’s you… If you are the one saying one thing with your mouth and your clothes, and then doing another… You will have to answer for that one day.

Maybe not to anyone here on earth, I never said a word to the guy who did that, but I wasn’t the only one watching.

God sees it, and I believe he will not let a witness go void. And when that guy did that little gesture, I believe that God can use him as an example of what NOT to do.

I do not want to be that example.

I’d much much rather be the example of how to live rather than how not to live.

Wouldn’t you?

Think about your actions. Think about those who see you. You will have to explain those actions and responses one day. Hopefully you’ll be able to share why you have the faith that you have, the love that you have, and not why people think you are a hypocrite.

Just something to ponder. You will answer for your actions.

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Had a good week last week. Judah seems to be sleeping a little better. He’s giving me more 3 and 4 hour stretches rather than 2 1/2. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I’ve had sleep.

Ok, so I’ll give you what you all want 🙂 pictures!

Lucy found daddy’s riding glasses. She wore them, came up to me and said “wanna read a cupa books?”

What a cute lil nerd 🙂

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Judah is still cute… Lil stinker.

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Wes did so good for Valentines day.

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It’s a hanger for our towels in our bathroom. I’m going today to get flowers to put in my little vase! So cute. Only problem… Makes my bathroom need to be kept clean ha!

Lucy gave Judah a hat.

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Lucy played with stickers.

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And she wore herself plain out a few days there.

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The cutest bath of all time was taken…

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And Judah looks cute in stripes.

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And that’s about it. You are caught up! I was bad and forgot to take Judah’s 6month pictures. So, I’m going to do those as soon as I can this week. Oops! I did the same with Lucy at some point. It’ll be ok.

Ok- got stuff to do! Have a good day!

Devotional: 2 Corinthians 4 // Potty Training and I love you’s

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 NLT)

We never give up. Though we die, we are renewed.

Kinda like these storms that just happened. That killed a lot of our things. It hurts to lose stuff. Our belongings. But there is no storm around that can hurt our spirits.

Our God can renew us in an instant.

He’s very good and very wise and he knows when we need help.

I also feel like he likes when we ask for his help too. He likes for us to talk with him.

If you are going through hurt: ask to be renewed.

If you are going through troubles: ask to be renewed.

If you are going through a dry spell: ask to be renewed.

It God is able, he had more than enough, he can renew you.

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I may or may not have prayed a small renewal prayer yesterday. It went something like, “God, if I don’t start getting some sleep, I may not make it.”

And he renewed me!

Judah slept over 5 hours straight.

And for some of you- you’re saying 5 hours? You’re excited about 5 hours?

Well.. Yes. I haven’t gotten anything over 3 1/2 for about 3 weeks now. I go to bed at 10:30 or 11, and I usually wake up at least twice before daylight. Many nights more than that.

For example Saturday night I fell asleep at 11, was up at 1:30, 4, 5, and then my alarm went off at 6:30. That night was pretty good.

But now.. 1:30-7:15? That’s the new standard for good.

I mean, even when I get no sleep, he’s still a cutie pie.

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That little smile just melts me into pieces.

So last night was grand. And yesterday was grander.

How so?

Me and Lucy went to Laurel. And Lucy… Drumroll please… Wore panties the whole time.

And

Didn’t have any accidents!!

We were gone from home from 10 til about 1:30, she teeteed in TWO public restrooms- and even fell asleep in the car and didn’t have an accident.

Happy dance!

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s going well now.

So then I get home and I call some people so they can tell Lucy how proud, and each and everyone says something like, “now we gotta get her to poop in the potty.”

No kidding. The last major potty training milestone. I’m not pushing it though. I don’t wanna hurt what progress we’ve made by forcing her.

So I go about my day.

I’m in the back rocking Judah, bc for some reason yesterday he just wanted to be held like all day… And Lucy comes up to me and says “pooped.”

She now has my full attention.

She had been asking for a diaper to poop in, but this wasn’t what she was saying. She was telling me that she had just … pooped.

Then she points down the hall.

I’m thinking.. Great. There is now toddler poop in my hallway.

I put J man down and rush to see te damage. Lucy leads me to the bathroom where I find poop in her little potty.

Sound the bells! Get out the confetti and streamers! She did it, all on her own. She needed to go, so she just went. She’s been doing that with tee teeing already. Just going. Not telling me… Little miss independent.

So. Yesterday was a good day. I have a picture of the potty… But I figured y’all didn’t wanna see that! Haha!

Then last night Lucy and I did our little nightly routine. Read a “cupa books” (couple of books) and were rocking.

I’ve been asking her “who loves you?” And then ill say “mama loves you”.

Last night it went like this:

Me: who loves you?
Luc: mama loves you.
Me: that’s right, mama loves you. Who else loves you?
Luc: mumbles
Me: daddy. Daddy loves you.
Luc: wanna go see daddy?
Me: no, baby, we can’t go see daddy right now. We’re getting ready for bed.
Luc: mumbles
Me: what baby?
Luc: Lucy loves you.
Me: *tears* (and some sort of dying sound)

I had no words. Best thing she’s ever said to me. Ok. I can’t talk about it or ill cry again- haha! Mama hormones!

Anyway, I’m happy to start this day. And I got a toddler to get up and a baby to change… So I’m off!

Hope you feel like you got 5 1/2 hours of sleep, too 🙂

Devotional: Matthew 7 // Yesterdays fun

Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12a HCSB)

Ah, the ole Golden Rule.

We preach this to our kids, and we drill them about sharing and being nice, and then we call our BFF and talk about someone and how terrible they dress, or how dumb they are.

Yeah. That’s us.

Kids are naturally selfish. We all know that, and adults… Well, we have to work real hard at not being selfish. By selfish, I’m simply meaning thinking of others before yourself.

Our selfishness is the main cause of us not following this command that Jesus said.

Would you want people to talk about your screw ups and stumbles? Then don’t talk about theirs.

Would you want people to judge your appearance? Then don’t judge theirs.

I once had a woman tell me that she didn’t realize you could go to heaven with a tattoo.

Wow lady. What a nice way of telling me I’m going to hell.

Which, of course, I’m not.

Ink in your skin won’t prevent that. The only thing that prevents that is the not accepting Christ as your savior. The not following him. She was judging me, in a pretty harsh way. And it hurt my feelings, not going to lie. She wasn’t just a stranger.

Moving on… You have to be aware that your words and actions to others do affect them. Even if they don’t ever hear you say them.

If I talk to Sally about Jane, then Sally now thinks a little less of Jane. Jane is affected by my words, even though she didn’t hear them.

Lets not even get started how social media has made this worse. People forget that there are other people behind a screen somewhere and say things they would never say to someone’s face. Don’t be that person.

Lets all grow up a little bit and start thinking about others more.

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Haven’t been sleeping much. Not really sure why. Judah just seems restless. He wakes easy, and then doesn’t cry, just.. Talks. Loudly. Then I’ll feed him, even though he doesn’t act real hungry, and he’ll fall back asleep and wake again in 2 1/2 hours.

I’ve been living on 2 1/2 hour naps. That’s why my blogs have been short.

He’s still cute though…
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And look at this adorable bathtime baby!!
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And little Mr. Man standing up beside daddy (he isn’t pulling up, but can hold himself up pretty good!)
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And this girl…
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Acting grown.

And bad.

She’s gotten more whippins in the past week than her whole life.

Partially because she’s trying to outgrow naps, but she still needs them, then she gets real crazy.

In the past week she has
– drawn on our tub with a permanent marker
– painted her nails on my leather couch with my BRAND new polish
– fallen off the couch because she was jumping on it (which is against the rules)
– thrown like 4 tantrums (where she will toss herself down to the floor and just cryy)

So.. me without sleep and her.. you can see how my week has been.

She still desperately needs a nap, but she doesn’t get sleepy enough to take one until like 4. And then she’ll wanna take a 2 hour nap, and then bedtime won’t happen until midnight.

Yesterday we played outside for a bit.
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Then we went to the park so I could work out and she played with Anna (a 9 year old) down at the playground.

We got home and i made her take a shower with me. She literally SCREAMED the entire time. Not just crying. And she’d stop to take a breath, and it’d be a yawn. I got her out. Laid her on the towel and then went to find a diaper and check on Judah. when I got back I found her like this. (But stark naked.)
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I managed to sneak clothes and a diaper on her and then put her right to bed. Girl was tired.

I want to avoid screaming marathons though. I do think she isn’t feeling well.. I think her antibiotics caused a.. reaction. Most of you know what sort of reaction. So I’m calling that same doctor back to see if he can give her something. Those are miserable.

Ok, I’m off to hattiesburg. Little man has 6 month shots. BOOOOO.