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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prayer Matters.

I am learning that prayer looks so differently at times. As I have gone through this week I have experienced prayer in such unique ways. 

I have prayed through worship music driving down the road. I connect songs with people that I love in my life, I have always done this. It is not planned, there are just certain songs that come on and I will see a face and I am reminded to pray for them. 

I have prayed through tears. These prayers overwhelm my heart in a way like nothing else does. I can't breathe, I just cry. These are rare moments but moments that matter more than anything. This week I was heavy hearted for a life long friend who had a baby and there were complications. From the minute I was told about this my heart couldn't handle it. I remember trying to get the girls to school so I could get to her to hug her. In those moments nothing else matters, I just need to be there. As I drove there I tried to pray out loud but I couldn't get the words out because I couldn't stop crying. Praying through tears is difficult but even when we can't say the words, God knows our hearts. These moments allow me to stop everything, every plan, every thought, every to-do....and just rest in His presence. 

I have prayed through anger because I have not been able to understand situations. Those prayers are frustrating but necessary. God knows when we are hurting so bad that all we express is anger. I am bad about this. When I am the most sad, or hurt, my actions express anger. It's like I am so broken that I don't even know where to start so I end up angry. It's important that we tell God what we are feeling during these times, He knows it anyways. 

I have prayed simple prayers with the girls. Prayers of protection, prayers for a sweet heart, prayers for sweet dreams and fun days. These prayers leave a legacy. Children are always listening to us. I still remember when I was a little girl and my mom would have all of us kids sit on the bed each night to pray. Every single night. We each went around in a circle, and usually said the same little kid prayer, but early on I was taught the importance of these prayers. 

I want to always pray, with my whole heart, regardless of the emotion that I may be feeling at the time. There is no right or wrong way to pray, God listens to each word and He loves when we come to Him. We can be thankful, hurting, angry, broken, excited....He can handle it all. 

As I was praying over Audree last night I barely open my eyes and I notice that her left hand is raised up towards Heaven. I couldn't even hold back the tears. She is so little but she gets it. I pray she always knows where to turn when life is amazing and when life is difficult. Prayer matters. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bike riding

Some serious bike riding going on this week. 75 degrees outside and we are loving every minute, especially since it will be freezing cold again before we know it. Loving the simple stuff with the girls right now :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Celebrating Zeke!!!

On Sunday we got to celebrate Zeke's FIRST birthday. He is the most precious little boy ever. His spirit is so sweet, I have never seen anything like it. He is so loved and that was obvious by all of the people that came to celebrate his life.

Zeke you are amazing and your life has changed all of us!!! We love you!!!

Some of us decided to have an adult obstacle course race during the party. One of the bounce houses is an actual obstacle course so we all raced through it. We timed ourselves and we were all talking trash about who was going to win. Austin won with a time of 14 seconds, crazy! I think he did a full flip at the finish line!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Galatians 5:16

There is nothing like good friends, a good church, and being surrounded on a Sunday morning by people that truly want what is best for you. Friends that will speak truth into your heart and tell you exactly what you NEED to hear and not just what you want to hear. SO blessed.

Love this verse for today.

Galatians 5:16

"So I say, walk by the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of your heart.

It's that simple. We have to let God lead us in all of our ways or else we will completely lose control in moments that matters most. So today, seek HIM first and He will guide you, your words, your actions. Choose His way over your way, even though your way might feel much better in the moment. He wants to protect us and we must be obedient to be led by His spirit.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fun week!

Last week was a fun week with the girls, when is life not fun right?! Even when "stuff" is going on and challenges come our way, the girls definitely provide a positive distraction and keep things easy. I guess that's why I say it's always fun with them :)

They were expecting snow this week. I have no idea why but they did. I love how Audree is dressed and ready for the snow!

Monday morning we took the kids to Peter Piper Pizza and it is our new favorite place. It is like Chuck-E-Cheese but newer and a little smaller. Brylee had the day off from school so it worked out great. (We missed Daddy because he had to work.)

Zeke loved it, he is such a big kid now. We earned over 1300 tickets between all of us, Ross had us on a mission to get tickets!

Lately the girls have been going upstairs for dance party. All I hear is "Shake it off" blaring and I know what's going on lol. 

This morning we had our last run with Mindy before she moves. It was such a bittersweet run because we were sad but it was by far our most fun run yet. Almost 6 miles of girl talk and laughs, can't beat that!! 
On the way home I decided to go get donuts to surprise the girls. I NEVER do this so they were cheering when they saw all the sprinkles haha. I don't avoid getting donuts on purpose, I just never think to do it. Anyway, I was mom of the year today...until there were sprinkles all over the house and daddy did not like that! 

Right now we are finishing the day off with a project. We are working on Valentines Day boxes for school. It's definitely a team effort!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The line-up!

I have to document our official "getting ready line-up!"

With three girls there is lots of hair to fix, bows to tie, and ponytails to curl. Every single day.

Ever since Audree turned one we have had the same system to get ready for school, church, and life. Whoever is dressed first, with shoes on, gets to be first in the line up. They stand on the chair when it is their turn and I get them all fixed up. I literally yell out "next" when it's time to switch.

It never fails, when Audree gets on the chair she says "I need some curls Mommy!" She is totally into all the girl stuff. Here are some pictures of one of our line ups.

Cerly hates to be last. When she is last, she throws a fit. It never fails. I try to help make sure that they rotate who gets to be first but that doesn't matter to her. She always wants to be first :)

And Brylee, well she doesn't need as much these days. She's pretty much like a teenager. I curl her hair and she handles the rest. 

I can't help but wonder if my line up is about to become "4 girls" in need of curls or not! I told Brandon that will be a lot of hair to do every day lol. 

Just another little fun thing about our days. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sweet view

I love capturing these precious moments when the girls are sleeping, there is no sweeter view.....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

8 weeks: Little Cowgirls!

Eight weeks pregnant. I can't believe it has already been a month since the last post. Time definitely passes much more quickly when you have three others to keep up with.

I don't want to speak too soon but I feel too good to be in the first trimester. I am thankful and every day I wake up I seriously thank God for the way that I feel. I have never been able to really enjoy the first trimester because I usually spend it face down on a floor somewhere and miserable. I am not sure why this time is different but I don't need to know why. Plus I realize that I could wake up tomorrow and things could be different. Just taking it one day at a time.

I am just enjoying each day that I feel good. I know so many of y'all have told me that you are praying for me and I feel like those prayers are being answered. Thank you. It's neat to get to enjoy this time and I promise that I am.

People have said it's a boy since I am not sick but I have heard that it matters and also that it doesn't. So who knows :) I also joke that maybe God knows what my next 6 weeks looks like and I couldn't manage from a bathroom floor. I am going with that vote! Our annual women's retreat is in 6 weeks so I need to be 110%. Although I also realize that God doesn't need me to put on a successful retreat, He could make it happen regardless of my efforts. But you get it, which is another big reason I am so glad to feel good. I am praying it continues, that would be amazing!

I am trying to think of any other changes this month but there are not many. I am really not showing at all, maybe a tiny bit but it could just be the meal I ate before the picture. I bet by next month the belly will be showing much more. Like I said in the last post, my running has not been effected much. This morning I finally got my heart rate where the doctor wants it. It will be a challenge to keep it there but I will make sure I do it. (all it took was for me to stop talking and cutting up while we run! I guess all the talking was what was causing the heart rate to jump up! I just like talking while I exercise but I will chill on that.)

Craving sweets...but what's new...story of my life. Just ask my husband the dentist, I keep him busy with all my sugar cravings.

The girls are excited and so are we. Brandon is working on names and I love hearing his thoughts. He is all about naming our babies, he loves it and I think it is so cute. He has some cute boy names on his list and I am sure he will be making the decision on that. (if we need it lol) I love all the ones he has thrown out, he has always been good at it.

And if it's a girl, we have it narrowed down too. Girls seem much easier to name for us. At first he really wanted to go with the "D" name (way more than me) but now he might be changing his mind. It's tough naming babies. Luckily we don't have to think much longer because they tell you the gender between 10-11 weeks now. It's crazy. I guess that means we won't have to wonder much longer and we are so excited about finding out.

I think that is about it. Brylee chose to do a "cowgirl" theme for the 8 week belly picture and they had fun with it too. Thank you all for loving us and praying for this sweet baby, it means more than you know.

(Audree wanted to show her belly like Mommy :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Running buddies!

Ashley surprised me with this adorable running tank this weekend. It was so thoughtful and I love it so much!!! 

My doctor said to keep up the running but try to slow down a bit so that my heart rate stays low enough. I am grateful for good friends who are willing to help keep me accountable through this pregnancy. It is helping me so much and we are having a blast along the way. 

We thought it would be fun to do a running belly picture at each month...or as long as I can last with them! 

Great memories that are already making this pregnancy the best one yet physically and mentally! 

Love you girls, thank you!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A great week!

It has been a great last week around here and here are some pictures to show for it. I kinda like January because everything slows down and you can actually enjoy doing nothing because there is not really anything you have to do :)

Zeke stayed with us a few hours and had a fun time as always. I can't believe this little boy will turn ONE in just a few weeks, time has flown this year. We can't wait to celebrate him soon!!!

Every time I put him on the bed to take his picture he would reach out for me, so sweet. 

Audree was getting a little jealous so we had to do some one on one time. Sometimes I feel like I am kid hopping trying to make sure everyone is ok and everyone is feeling loved. Thank goodness we have time to do that, everyone needs lots of love around here.
I saw this quote on Pinterest and couldn't stop laughing. Some days it is so true ha. When I see people experience road rage on the streets I wanna just tell them to go home and run so they will feel better. Nothing like getting rid of frustration while running a few miles. 
Saturday morning Ashley and I snuck in a quick pedicure after our run and that felt good :) Great way to start the day. 

We enjoyed seeing the movie American Sniper. It is a great movie and I love stories that are based on someones real life. Definitely worth seeing. 
Some nights the girls fight over who is going to run my back. These are the kind of fights that a mom can deal with. Everyone takes turns and I get to lay for 15 minutes. Plus they love it, can't beat that!

Brylee rarely takes a nap so we always have to get a picture when she does. Poor thing was sick here but Daddy was still loving the snuggle time :)
I took the girls to Toys R Us to spend their giftcards from Mimi that they got for Christmas. They had so much fun going up and down every aisle. At the end they got to pick one thing to use their giftcard on and I think they were all pretty excited. 

Hope everyone has a great next week!!