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062016 – 062216: Little Swimmer and a visit to Louisiana

We shimmied on down to Louisiana to visit with Wesley’s dad for Father’s Day, and to get a little pool time in with Lucy. She’s almost 6 and it drives me bonkers that she can’t swim yet. But this week… We got it!

She’s finally figured out how to go under water and she’s been having a blast doing it! Wes and I couldn’t be more proud!

And our weekend of swimming wore out my kids like I’ve never seen. 

They were out about 15 minutes after we left. 

We had a blast visiting or family, and Lucy of course left them with drawings everywhere. 

Judah enjoyed the pool as well and started putting his head underwater before we left. He couldn’t have his sister outdo him. He’s only sorta competitive, haha!

Lucy made Wes the cutest little Father’s Day gift at church. My favorite? He’s not very good at…”he’s good at everything.”

This little guy took naps while we were down. Crazy! He never naps. Swimming is exhausting!

And of course we got ice cream. And we also got it everywhere. (At least Judah did. His hands, shirt, shorts, legs, face, hair, elbows, chair and mirror had some form of ice cream on them before we left.) 

A great trip and super productive as well! 

We are so proud of our little girl and her finally braving the waters. 

030315: Warm Day

Today was finally a day where we could play outside. The kids stayed muddy and I loved it. Judah hasn’t been sleeping well, until the past few nights, since he’s had long days and expelled lots of energy. That’s helped tremendously.

We played outside, with Kowalski, poor guy. When it’s cold and raining we keep the kids inside, and ol Kowalski tears stuff up from boredom. No boredom today!



And we made some faces.



I cleaned out our coop, which was quite the job. Pine straw and manure. Yippie.

That about covers it!

Devotional: Psalm 100 // What I’m thankful for today!

Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. Psalm 100:4-5 MSG

God has been recently working on me to be more thankful.

He has been gently reminding me to be thankful for the little things on life, especially when things are going good.

We tend to get caught up in the good times and not worry about singing praise, but we are supposed to praise him all the time.

We hear “praise Him in the storms” all too much, but wouldn’t it honestly make more sense to praise Him when you are happy and feeling fulfilled?

The other day on my way to Hattiesburg, I had a lot on my mind. Ha! I always have a lot on my mind. I told Wes, that more often than not, when I’m driving I don’t even turn the radio on or hook up my iPod, I just listen to the thoughts in my head.

For whatever reason, God chose that day to remind me of all the things in my life that weren’t going wrong.

And I’m blessed, y’all.

So blessed.

I’m healthy, my husband is healthy, we have two healthy kids. Our family is healthy, an so much more than the word loving will ever describe.

I have two beautiful children who are both so much more of a blessing that I had ever realized before becoming a parent. And they are both so sweet natured and laid back. And growing just fine! And did I mention beautiful?

I have a home that I live in, it keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I have so much furniture I don’t have room for anything else.

We have friends who are willing to help at the drop of a hat, for whatever need there is.

We are so blessed. Praise God this morning for your blessings. I know you have some. Take a moment and think about the things He has blessed you with, then let him know you how grateful you are.

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So to carry on with the theme of grateful- last night around 9:30….



Oh goodness I was so happy I screamed. Then she laughed, an sat down, a peed a little more!

So.. I screamed again! And she laughed again, and we continued this until she was fresh out of pee!

Needless to say… I am one happy mama. Now, I know this is just the start to a diaperless life, but at least I’m starting! We’ve been training for the past few weeks, a day here, a day there, and she had been holding it until naptime or bedtime. Waiting on a diaper.

I know she’ll make mistakes, but at least she knows what I want from her when I put her on the potty!

Pray for us as we start today in panties again! I’m still excited. She could pee on the floor all day and I’d be okay with it (for a while at least).

Ahh, parenthood. Makes you happy about other people’s bowel processes.

Night 6 – Breakthrough, I think…

So, I’m thinking we had a breakthrough last night. Not sure… We’ll find out if it was a breakthrough if she does the same thing again tonight.

Ok, so… She started getting really sleepy acting around 6, so I hurriedly gave her a bath, jammies, did some rocking and fed her. She was in bed by 6:45. I had to check on her once, about 6:50, and then I checked her again at about 7:15. No more checks. Baby was out.

So Wes and I watched some TV. Wes had to go talk to someone from the church, so he was gone about an hour, and then he came back and we watched an episode of Dexter. By this point, its about 10:30 and I’m pooped myself.

So, I wake baby up and ‘top her off’ and lay her back down. Right back to sleep. She wakes up at 2:30 and then at 6:15. She’s still sleeping after that, and so I go back to sleep as well, until 8:30. I can handle nights like last night. That was good. So, hopefully, she will repeat her process again tonight.

I’m thinking one thing going against me was her late afternoon nap. I think it was too long, or too late, and that was making it hard for her to go to bed at 6 or 7. I’ll watch it today and see.

So.. basically.. YAY!

Big smiles