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Devotional and 25 Months Old and Nervous!

“And now, Master god, being the God you are, speaking sure words as you do, and having just said this wonderful thing to me, please, just one more thing: Bless my family; keep your eye on them always. You’ve already as much as said that you would, Master god! Oh, may your blessing be on my family permanently!” 2 Samuel 7:28 MSG

I know I said I was going to not do any devotionals this week… but I opened my app and this was the verse. How could I NOT at least share this verse with y’all today??

This verse is EXACTLY what I feel today.

Last night I was writing (I’m an on and off again journaler). I used to write literally every day, then I had a toddler. Now I’m writing again to remember Judah’s pregnancy and hopefully I’ll continue writing some after he gets here.

Anyway – I was writing last night and felt the need to write the prayers I have for my children. The big ones, not the every day ones. Of course I want them safe and secure, but I want more for their lives than I had. And that doesn’t mean toys.

I prayed for Lucy – that she would grow up and be a smart kid, a wise teenager and a Godly woman.

I prayed for Judah that he would be bold in Christ and keep him first in every decision he made.

I prayed for both of their spouses, and them as spouses. Being married isn’t always easy. I want them to be successful at it.

I concluded both prayers that they would both know that no matter the circumstance, I would always be there for them. I would love them through whatever situation they were in and that I was always for their good. Just like our Father is for ours.

And this verse just tops it off.

It’s so strange knowing when Judah will be here. Knowing that I’ll see him and hold him tomorrow is… not what I’m used to. Lucy coming 4 weeks early and catching me COMPLETELY by surprise is all I know. Surprised.

But with Judah.. it’s planned. We have arrangements for Lucy already, and my house is in order. No steaks left out in the fridge this time!

It’s nice knowing, but also very weird.

I also, decided to take Lucy’s picture again. I know, I know…

I said I would stop at 24 months, but there was the dress… and the sunny day.. and the cute as can be toddler… I couldn’t resist! I still want to take her picture as often as I had been (I mean, with my good camera and stuff…) So.. without further delay…

25 Months Old Swing

My baby is getting SO big!! And she’s wearing the second dress I made for her!
25 Months Old

I love a barefoot little girl.
25 Months Old

25 Months Old

25 Months Old

And some dress details ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m proud of this one really…
25 Months Old

I got to use my double needle! I’m so glad I bought that. Makes hems looks super nice.
25 Months Old

So what have I been doing?

A lot of rocking.

More sewing. What a cute little model I have!

Some kissin’!

Its our last day just the two of us girls (uh.. and Wes too I guess…) So I’m trying to soak up this little cutie as much as I can.

And lastly? I’ve been growing.

If you aren’t friends with me on facebook – add me – that’s where I’ll be doing most of my updating on Lil Judah’s transition from bump to baby. http://www.facebook.com/andreakirkley

See you all soon! And I hope to be posting pictures of a cute little boy really soon!

I just worry.. I don’t know if he can match Lucy’s cuteness… ๐Ÿ˜‰ He’s got big cute shoes to fill!

Thanks for taking this journey with me!

Devotional: Psalm 55 and The Seamstress

First off, I wanted to thank you all for being with me these last 15 weeks. I certainly hope that my devotions have helped you fall in love with God a little more. Next week I’ll go in to be induced to FINALLY meet my little baby boy. That also means, less sleep for me, and less blogging, at least until I can get our family of four used to being a family of four. Today will be the last devotional blog for at least a few weeks. I’ll be sure to post on facebook and Twitter when it is back. And I may can do some to schedule, but it will not be daily. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to starting back up soon!


Pile your troubles on god’s shouldersโ€” he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin. Psalm 55:22 MSG

God is for us. Not sure how many times I have to say this before folks actually believe it, but He is.

Bad things do still happen, like I said yesterday, that’s due to the devil doing his job greatly. People don’t trust in God like they used to.

But you can. You can give your troubles to him, and he will deal with them.

David wrote this when he had been captured by the Philistines. He knew.

He wasn’t scared of them.

He wasn’t afraid of what they would do to him or his people.

He trusted God in a way that most of us will never even have to!

God will not let us fall to ruin.

Just like Paul said in Philippians- if we are alive, then we preach Christ, and if we die, even better because we are with Him! Most of us aren’t here yet. I know I’m not.

I do know there is No need to be afraid of someone who can’t take anything from you.

Our God is good. Let’s work toward believing that with our lives.

Life Blog

Well, I’ve been busy. And in a good way busy!I found some really cute sewing tutorials online, and, well.. They were little girl dresses, so I HAD to try them. I’ve completed one, and started on another. Which.. I’ve had to redo parts.. so it’s taking me a bit longer. But first, let me catch you up.

Yesterday we went to Hattiesburg. I wanted McAlisters, then when we got there it was INSANE. SO many people there. Then we realized, it was “Free Tea Day!” apparently. I just like their food.. but, of course, we got their free sweet teas too, and enjoyed them as well. The place was PACKED out.

Lucy enjoyed her free sweet tea.

Ok, for the dress… Here is where I found the idea. Here is her version:

I went to Shirlies to get the material. And of course, they don’t sell knits (T-shirt material), so I did what any hormonal, 9 month pregnant lady who is quite determined to make something would do. I bought some Tshirts.


These were close enough in color and texture to work. Plus, they were only a buck a piece!

And after slaving away at my sewing machine, and following the instructions like a champ – I got this cute thing!


Then I stuck my Cute-Lil-Lucy in her new Cute-Lil-Dress and took some pictures! She had just woken up, so she wasn’t quite as smiley as I would have liked. Still cute.


And Sans Ribbon.. Lucy I guess liked it better without?


I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve tried working with tshirts before, and… well.. as you have seen… I’ve never posted something made from a Tshirt. The fabric is hard to work with. But, I was ever so determined, and I made it happen!

Then we came home, and Wes was being good ole ‘Farmer in the Dell’ and went around back to feed our ravenous chickens. I took Lucy and was going to play with her on our big pile of dirt.

I look over.. and I see Wes toting the 50lb bag of chicken feed and I see our rooster (our STUPID rooster) run up on him, like ALWAYS. He doesn’t have spurs, yet, but I still don’t want to run from a chicken in my yard.

I’ve told Wes to kill him. He’s jumped on Lucy, Me, Other folks, Other Folk’s kids, and Wes. But Wes wanted it to be in the heat of battle.

Well.. here was his battle. Wes grabs my stick (I carry a stick every time I go feed them, because.. well.. I don’t want rooster jumping on me. I’m already a little lopsided, I don’t need to run from a bird and fall…). It was a little 1×2. Wes swings, and misses.

Rooster taunts him. Gives him the stink eye.

Runs back to get a better view on his enemy (Wes) and Wes chunks that stick like David did that rock toward Goliath. (Ok, I’m getting a little theatrical here… he did throw the stick though).

It caught rooster perfectly on the neck.

And the whole saying about a chicken running around with it’s head cut off?


That’s true.

They wiggle.. A LOT after they are dead.

Like, a lot a lot.

Very creepy.

About 1 minute into rooters death his comb and wattle (the red stuff on his head) had turned a very dark red. It was sorta sad. But then I was like.. Well.. You’re the idiot who kept trying to hurt folks.. Ya own fault!

Then, I proceeded to do something that I NEVER in a million years thought I’d be able to do….

Rooster was my favorite chicken. He was beautiful. Here he is as a teenager?

And as a youngin.

When he was little he would run up to my hand. He was never scared of me. He loved being petted. And then he got all.. hormonal.

I read chicken blogs about ways to tame them, and I tried them all. Nothing worked. He was a MAN rooster and would NOT back down. And with us about to have 2 small children.. I take no chances. So…



I hope he tastes as pretty as he looked.

I never thought I could do that. Pluck a chicken? Skin a chicken? Drain it of its blood? Clean out the inside…

But I did. At NINE months pregnant.

I gotta finish taking the meat off the bone today.

He will be lunch.

I will say this, as LOUD as that joker was… I kinda miss hearing him wake us up. But, then again, when I have this newborn and I’m napping in my bed, I will NOT miss loud rooster crowing beneath my house. Rooster crowed ALL DAY LONG.

RIP Rooster.

Hope your weekend is better than his!

Devotional: Mark 8 and What I’ve been up to!

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Mark 8:34 MSG

God is in control. He is in control, not us.

This is an easy thing to know, but a hard one to follow.

It’s hard letting someone else make the decisions for our lives. It just is. It’s our life.

But something that is really amazing, is that God wants to direct our lives to a place where we are better people. He’s not just up there rolling a dice.

He knows what is around the bend, and we need to trust him that he will lead us the right way, in the right path.

We know His will is perfect, but we still have a hard time letting go and asking for his help or his direction. Sometimes his path is clear. Other times, not so much.

I’m pretty sure it’s God’s will that we have another child. How do I know? Well.. because I got pregnant. It was one of those situations God kinda tossed us into. But we know it’s his will, because if it weren’t, we wouldn’t be in this situation now.

Most of the time, his will isn’t that easy to see.

And thats why we have prayer. It works. Talk with him, discuss with him, and let him lead your way.

If I’m faced with a decision, an left or a right, a go forward or stand still, I pray about it, then I make my decision. I ask God to reveal to me what I need to do. Then, I choose. If after I choose I feel okay about it, and have a peace about it, then it’s what I’m supposed to do. If I feel like I’ve done the wrong thing, then I don’t go through with it.

This has worked for me for a long time. But if you aren’t used to talking to God, this could be tricky.

But there is no better time than now to start.

He has your best interest in mind, and he’s in control anyway.

Let him lead.

Life Blog

So, I have been bustin my tail this week, trying to keep a teething baby calm and still get some stuff done around the house.

We are still painting. Actually about to hit it outside and get this house done today! I’ll show you before and after pictures once we are finished with it and we get everything picked up and put back into place. It looks so good.

Lucy has been a big help with the painting process.
And by help I mean, me watching her and making sure she doesn’t run to the road or get pecked by a chicken. So.. not really much help at all.

While Wes has been slaving away at the stuff I can’t really help with, I’ve been working inside. I made Judah a little outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

The bow is interchangeable, and I’ve made like 6 other bows. They are SO CUTE.

And I finally finished Lucy’s horse. It looks much more like a horse now. Still definitely isn’t perfect, but it works. It started here…

And has ended here ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, don’t look too close, or you will definitely see the… spots.

I don’t think Lucy will care. It’s her hospital toy. I’ll give it to her when we go to the hospital to have Judah.

Speaking of going to the hospital… I packed my bag yesterday!

That’s my hospital bag and Lucy’s bag for when she stays with grandma. It is ready to go, with everything except the final things I’ll throw in before we leave, like camera and chargers and pillows. But I have all that stuff written down, so I know what to grab.

I will be prepared this time!

And I made Lucy a bow holder. I’ve seen these around, and thought.. I can make that. So I did.

And I got Judah’s comforter set! I found it at BCH for $20. Comforter and sheet. I thought about registering for one, but I only found 2 I liked. One was $80 and the other was $220. And I really liked this one too. So it was either let someone pay $220 for a set I liked, or someone pay $20 for a set I liked. Uh.. cheap one please.

Ok. That’s about it. You are officially caught up with all the stuff… So now I’m going to go outside and sweat and paint and scrape some windows! And then I’ll take some pictures, and hopefully I’ll have some pictures of our completed house for you tomorrow!

Ok – have a great Thursday! The week is almost over!