Friday, June 7, 2013

June

It's June. The days are warmer, the nights are longer and our anniversary is right around the corner. It's the first time in our almost 7 year marriage, that we

have absolutely nothing planned and we are thrilled! Nothing. We want to do nothing. We want to sleep, watch movies, read books, picnic with our children and perhaps sleep some more. Why this lack-luster plan for this day to celebrate? Because our sweet marriage has gotten beautifully simple. We laugh more, we love unconditionally and fiercely, we forgive quickly and we talk. Oh we talk. Everyday with my husband, best friend and now my co-worker, is a celebration of June 10, 2006. Every night we lay down exhausted, remembering all the things we forgot to do, all the insane conversations we had with children, all the chores that got done, errands that were run, and eyes that were rolled in our general direction. There is not a single person on this entire planet that I could do this job with besides my love, and he knows that. I also know he needs me. We don't have a new job, we have a new life. This isn't a 9-5er with vacation and weekends. It's a new way of living, thinking, learning, praying. It's waking up different everyday due to the lessons we
learned the day before. People ask us about all we "gave up" to take this "job". We gave up lots, we gave up our selfish desires for material possessions. We gave up our goals and plans, we gave up our worries about tomorrow, we gave up our questions about our purpose. Our lives are changed, this is not a job. This is not a choice, it is the one and only thing we were made to do on this amazing earth and we are so incredibly blessed to get to do it together. From 6am-11pm, we run. Then we crash in bed, laugh about the craziness, go to sleep and do it again. This June, I thank God that he blessed me with a husband that I love enough to live with, work with, fight with, make up with and snuggle with and never for one second, do I wish it was anyone else. Thank you, God. You knew what you were doing June 10, 2006. Thank you.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The old is gone...

I am not who I used to be.
My whole entire world has been flipped upside down by one phone call and 7 teenage girls.
The phone call said we got the job as House Parents at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
The seven teenage girls are the girls that I take care of morning and night for 3 weeks a month.
I love them all.
Got trusted me with 3 beautiful children, and 7 amazing house daughters.
I am not who I used to be.
5 months in and I am tired, busy and overworked.
I am also happier than I have ever been in my 28 years on this planet.
They change my world, every day. They make me stronger, better, more compassionate, more aware.
They make me angry, they make me cry, they make me feel like an idiot.
They make me smile, they make me laugh so hard I can't breath, they make me proud.
When they hug me, I am changed, encouraged, filled up.
They take my breath away.
I am not who I used to be, God has made me so much more.
I am tired, I am ecstatic, I am a mother of 10.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whew!

 Life has been beautifully busy lately! It's tiring but so much fun! Bailey's been in gymnastics for a couple months now and is really enjoying it. She's in it with one of her best friends, Channing, so it's been fun to see them do gymnastics together! She had a recital a few weeks ago and did great! She's in the preschool class so it was definitely the more adorable part of the routine!
Bailey is all the way to the left, her friend Channing is all the way on the right.
 Bailey went around and did a little routine where she showed what she could do on each of the apparatuses.  This is her on the pomal horse (sp?), she did great! She also did the bar, the balance beam, a frontward and backward roll, 3 "cartwheels" and some jumps. It was precious.
 At the end, every girl got a trophy and certificate and got to stand on top of the podium and get her picture taken. It was such a fun, special evening with my little girl. She doesn't get tons of attention with 2 little brothers around, but this night was all about her!
 We also celebrated Mother's Day. It was a beautiful day and we spent it at the Clark's house after a special morning dedicating Devan at church. It was incredible.
We even went out on the boat and took a mom ride. It was such a great day being celebrated for all we do.
Oh, and Devan is perfect. Just so stinkin' perfect.
Caden's been playing t-ball which has been such a blast. He's on the Tigers and they are all either 3 or 4. It is so funny because they don't really understand many parts of the sport, but they get the basics and they hit hard and run fast!
Bailey loves her job as "a fan". She cheers loud and always makes sure to wear her Tiger shirt on game days. She used to be frustrated that she wasn't getting any attention, but I think watching her brother have so much fun is showing her that we can have fun even on the sidelines.
This is Devan on Tuesday at a Tiger game. He's growing so fast and is so relaxed. He is such a joyful child and I adore watching him grow even more amazing.
Caden loves his coach, Mr. Kula. He is so great with all the kids and SO patient! We love him too!
This is my little man after he hit a homerun. He was actually the last batter so he got to run all the bases, but he didn't know that and was so excited he made it home! We just cheered for him and we even called Papa (my dad) to let him know the big news!
Some other things that are keeping me busy is my job at the church is now longer hours on Tuesday/Thursdays because it's summer and we watch the church staff kids as well as the volunteers that come up to help with stuff. It's amazing. I really love my job, it's an incredible blessing to get to work with these ladies.It's great because I get to bring my kids up to church with me, they get to play with their friends, I get to have adult conversation with my co-teachers and we get paid for it all!
Jason's job is going well. They continue to grow and he's loving his position and his new assistant, Ken. We are truly blessed to both have jobs that we adore and want to go to.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

6 Months Old

This little guy has turned my world upside down. I love it. He smiles and laughs, he wiggles and holds his head up like a champ. He loves lying under his activity gym and kicks and kicks. He wakes up happy every morning and starts my day with bright brown eyes and 2 incredible dimples. I am so, so, in love with my Little D.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mom

Being a mom isn't easy. It doesn't come to you overnight, everyday brings new challenges, new questions, new concerns. Devan doesn't care if I'm tired at 5:30am and he's hungry. Caden doesn't understand why I can't get out of the shower to help him get his car from under the couch and Bailey wants to dance ALL the time. Sometimes, I can't dance. They don't understand why mom isn't on call to them all day, and it can be overwhelming.
Yet, this job is the ONLY thing I want to do. God made me to be a mom. He gave me big hips to hold my babies, long arms to cradle them to sleep and He gave me a huge heart with room for all of them. Having three children that are 4 and under is not an easy feat, but everyday is so full of adventures and surprises. Devan surprises me with how much he grows and how fast he is learning to make new noises and laugh. Caden is becoming very verbal and has an amazing sense of humor. Bailey amazes me with her compassion for those that need help, she's always ready to lend a helping hand. I may be tired, overwhelmed, and crumpled looking, but I am in love with this life God has blessed me with and so amazed that He trusted me with these three beautiful creations.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

5 months old!

He can laugh now and roll from back to front.

He sleeps well, eats well and smiles easily.

He talks and talks and loves to listen to music.

I'm so crazy in love with this little guy.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Easter 2012

Easter this year was beautiful. We had a huge Easter egg hunt in Chuck and Dana's back yard. It was so much fun and the kids did great!






It was such an amazing day celebrating our victory in Christ. I'm so blessed to be surrounded by an amazing group of Christian family and friends that understand just how exciting Easter really is!