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021715: Working

I worked all day today. It’s the first of a few cold days, so I was glad to get it overwith. Lucy wakes up every morning since we’ve gotten the fish and does this:
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I took her with me to the Dr on Monday. She does so well when we we go out, just the two of us. She’s such a big girl!
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I hate it and love it.

And that pretty much gets you caught up.

I also caught the two stinkers sharing a bed this morning too. Judah loves to sleep with someone, and so does Lucy. We put them in their own beds together every night, and a lot of mornings I wake up to this:
Sneaky bed sharers

Devotional: My ‘Sermon’ // Lucy’s Birthday

Sunday, July 23, I had a strange privilege. I got to preach!

It’s… a lot harder than it looks.

I’m not even scared to speak in public. Doesn’t bother me really. I got to speak to the women at both of our campuses. It was fun. Here’s what I talked about!

Being a Godly woman and 3 things your husband needs from you. This is a brief summary of what I spoke about:

To be a more godly woman – you must be hard working. A hardworking woman is prepared and ready for things to come. She’s aware of what’s going on in her life and in other’s lives. She’s more concerned with the word than a tv show. She’s focused, and on the good things. She plans for the upcoming season, not just a couple of days ahead. She’s ready for whatever.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet. Proverbs 31:21

To be a more godly woman – you must be a life giver. Eve means “to live, or to breathe”. She was considered the mother of all. We are life bearers, as mothers, but I feel as though our job is also to bring life and life more abundant. Jesus told us that he can give us life more abundant and I feel as if we have a hand in that as well. The whole “If mama ain’t happy.. Ain’t no body happy thing?” We can sap a room of it’s joy in a minute. We have to be encouragers and warm and friendly. A godly woman would be.

To be a more godly woman – you must be fully trusting in your Savior. You plan, and you work, and do what you feel called to do, and know that Jesus will take up the slack. He’s got plans to prosper us.

And then 3 things your husband needs from you.

He needs your respect: No teasing in public, no husband bashing. Give him a chance to fix things, notice when he does. Don’t belittle him. Husbands instinctively respect their wives. They never tease us for gaining weight in public, and we women do it all the time. I read an interesting tidbit – men judge each other and feel judged based on the respect of their wives. That’s us ladies. Our husbands can feel better or worse about themselves because of us. That’s huge.

He needs you to want him: Sexually and in life in general. Men who were asked, “If your wife only slept with you because of her wifely duty and didn’t seem interested, would you be satisfied?” 90% answered No. They want to know that we choose them and continue to choose them. Ladies, we need the “I love you’s”, and the “you’re pretty’s” but men need to know that we want them to be with. Even playing! Guys like to spend time doing things they like, with their wives. For example – Wes told me the other day he only wants to go kayaking with me. I’m not a great kayaker.. (Shocker!) but he wants me to go with him.

And finally – He needs your support: 25% of men said they didn’t feel appreciated at home. That is our fault as women. We have to step up and let them know that we appreciate what they do. Even the little things. Taking out the trash so we don’t have to deal with it. Mowing. Helping with the kids. Working. A husband let’s his guard down most with is wife, and we have the unique opportunity to build him up like no one else, or cut him down like no one else. Use that opportunity wisely.

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Life Blog

So you all know that I’ve been trying to get Judah to sleep through the night.. and that has been going.. poorly. Until.. Friday night when Lucy stayed with her Mawmaw. Judah slept so good. Like 6 hours straight. Which, isn’t really a long time, but considering I was getting up every 2.5 hours, that’s great! And once Lucy came home and was back in bed… back to waking up all hours of the night.

So… last night we put Lucy in the big bed up front.

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And JUDAH SLEPT! So that’s what it was. Lucy, in her flopping around in her little bed, has been waking up my little light sleeper! So now.. We will let our toddler sleep in the big bed up front so that we can all sleep at night.

Front room has a TV. That’s the main way I coaxed her into sleeping in the big bed by herself. Last night right before she went to sleep she yelled for me. She wanted to sleep “In the little bed”. It was hard to tell her no… We may end up moving the big bed out and setting them up in different rooms. If it lets me sleep good.. you can bet that’s gonna happen.

Friday was Lucy’s birthday. Here’s what we did – nothing huge – just a couple of gifts and some cake. Their party will be this weekend. We’ll see how Lucy likes to share the gifts…

She turned three.
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I can’t believe she’s this big!

And as requested – strawberry cake.

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We gave her a kitchen set. This was made by my grandpa back in 1989. He and my mom built it and decorated it. Wes and I took it and refinished it. We painted, updated knobs, Papa J made a window in the oven, we painted the hinges. And I must say – it is stinking adorable. She got lots of food and pots and pans to go with it. She’s been ‘cooking’ for us a lot lately. There’s plastic food all over my house. Judah doesn’t like the plastic food.
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Here’s me with the kitchen and my mom, brand new in 1989.
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And Lucy and me with the kitchen, freshly remodeled in 2013.
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I’ve had a few folks tell me that comparing Lucy to me in this picture that she looks like me. I see some likeness. She’s still super daddy, and super daddy’s girl too.

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I love her serious wink.

And this little dude.
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Now that I think I’ve figured out how to get him to sleep.. I guess I’m back to keeping him. It was touch and go for a few days there 😉

Hope your week goes by fast! (And given most people are off Thursday and Friday, I’m sure it will!)

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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Life Blog

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: Psalm 32 // Weekend Update!

These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts we’ll be on high ground, untouched.

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The very first thing that God showed me in this verse- is the tense. When the dam breaks, we will be untouched.

As in, we will already be on the high ground. We won’t get pulled under the water, we will already be standing.

The second thing I saw? When it breaks.

It will break.

There are times that we go through, living here on earth, that aren’t easy. Plain tough you could say. A version of hell you could call it.

But being prayed up will prevent you from feeling like you are drowning and won’t make it out alive.

Prayer is a great way to prepare yourself for things to come. It isn’t just a thing you do after you are in over your head.

So many times we hear, “Well, all we can do is pray…”

ALL we can do is pray?

ALL we can do is pray?

The only thing left to do is talk to God and ask him, the Creator of the Universe, the Author of life, our Healer and Protector if he can do this or that?

What backward people we are.

OF COURSE HE CAN!

We need to start utilizing the power of prayer, we need to start believing that it is powerful, and that it can change outcomes…

Because it can.

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Life Blog

A quick recap of our weekend?

Friday I went to Hattiesburg and got te iPhone 5. I love it. I was in an out of AT&T in less than 20 minutes.

Saturday Wesley went an did a graffiti thing at his brothers new gym. It turned out great.

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While he was in Ellisville, I was cleaning his office at the church. Then I went to a shower, and Lucy went with Mawmaw to a birthday party and spent the night.

Only having one kid (and the baby at that!) meant that I chose what to watch on TV. It was nice.

Church Sunday was busy as usual. Sundays are pretty hevtic.

I went through some old pictures of me and Wes, trying to see who our kids look like.

Look what I found.

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That a 2 year old me and Lucy.

I think we favor just a little.

Here is Wesley and Lucy. She got his cute cheeks!

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And Judah looks like me too.

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I’ve had more people tell me that Judah looks like me than they ever did with Lucy.

Boy, at birth they both looked JUST like Wes!

Here is how cute me and Wes use to be!

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That’s my 2nd grade picture and either Wesley’s 1st or 2nd. We were so sweet!

And then we grew up. Sorry, parents. But we had to grow up to give y’all this:

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And this:

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Lucy and I made some faces while we were waiting on church. She’s such a funny kid!!

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An then we attempted to get a goo picture of her and Mary, but y’all know how that goes.

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And that was our weekend!

Judah slept like a CHAMP last night. I got 7 hours and 15 minutes straight. It was lovely.

Babies are cuter the more sleep you get. That’s why grandparents always love their grand kids so much 😉

Ok, I’m lookin at this right now, so I guess I gotta go…

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Such a girl!

Devotional: Ephesians 2 // Solutions

Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish!We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! Ephesians 28:-9 MSG

This is the verse you all know and have heard before: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, not of yourselves, but is a gift…”

I love this verse. It was one of the first verse that I memorized. I think I had to memorize it for bible drill. Bible drill wasn’t the most fun thing ever, but I learned a lot. It helps you learn where the books are in the bible, and helps you memorize verses. Anyway- proceeding.

I believe that God not only saves us from eternity in hell, but also from life’s catastrophes. And I believe it was all his idea in the first place.

All we have to do is trust him. That’s it.

We have to trust that he is bigger than the things in life we are going through, and that he is still in control.

He is, by the way.

He always is.

Even if we don’t think so, or even feel like he is.

Trust him with these things.

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Life Blog

That was short, I know. But all I can do is tell you to trust him. The rest of that is on you.

As I’m sure I said in the last post, Lucy has been quite the fussy toddler as of recent. I blamed teething and specifically her eye teeth.

Then I started being a good mom and I watched her a little closer.

I realized, in her meltdowns (I’m not exaggerating) it wasn’t that she didn’t want me, it that she did.

I finally, after her screaming for about 15 minutes one day- squatted down, and said, “come here,” and she ran to me.

Then I realized- when Judah cries, I pick him up, and hold him and kiss him. When Lucy cries (like that) I get onto her and tell her to stop.

She misses me.

So, yesterday I woke up (late I might add, hence no blog) and I paid her more attention than usual. I played with her a little more, I didn’t run to Judah the first time he made a peep.

And it worked. We had some fussy times, but no meltdowns.

And today Lucy and I are going to the theater to watch Finding Nemo!it’s re-releasing as 3D, but we’re gonna watch the non 3D one. (Pretty sure she wouldn’t do the glasses.)

I figured me holding her for an hour and a half, with Memo (Nemo) and popcorn and a coke, that’s the best day she could pick right now.

She gets in free too.

Aunt Christy is going to watch lil man, since we are doing a matinee. Probably gonna try for the 12:40 or 1 show- that’s around her nap time, so se should be still and watch ha!

And last night was a first for Judah man! He didn’t need an extra bottle! Hurray! Usually I feed him, and then give him a bottle too (maybe like 2 ounces of my pumped liquid gold). But last night he nursed and then fell asleep.

Get this…

At 9:58pm.

BEFORE 10.

Hallelujah!

A week ago Judah wouldn’t go to sleep til 1.

So today- after 5.5 hours straight, followed by almost 3 hours- I feel great!

I hope your weekend is long and slow (at least feels that way)!

Ps. I think Judah is happy too 🙂

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And I put Judah in his first cloth diaper. LOOK HOW ADORABLE!

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