Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I recently came across a blog of a beautiful woman that has !7! GORGEOUS children. She writes such amazing, Biblical, and inspirational entries. She is also a photographer that takes FANTASTIC pictures that adorn her blog. She talks of how she is not someone that needs a lot of sleep so, she is up before light and to bed past midnight. Her children always seem to be perfectly dressed and she happens to be in PERFECT shape (did I mention she has 7 children?!). She always seems to be doing creative and wonderful activities with her children and then has the energy at night to write such inspirational words long after the kids have gone to bed.
I started to feel SO inadequate as a mother of ONLY one! I have ALWAYS been someone who does NOT do well without sleep. I am much more of a night person and not a morning person, so, I don't really feel productive until at least 10 a.m. I become overwhelmed with my VERY busy daughter and can't seem to get anything done around the house without the help of Word World, Sesame Street, or Caillou.
While I was reading "her" blog, I became convicted. She was writing challenging words about being the best mother and wife that we can be with the help of Jesus. Here I was being envious of the strength and energy she seemed to have, when she was giving me the key that I was missing. To begin EACH day with HELP. Help from the Giver of Strength. When I am
weak HE is strong. Don'g get me wrong, I pray all throughout the day, but I don't put an emphasis on asking Jesus for strength EVERY morning with regular, day to day challenges. I need to depend on Him so that I don't react like me. I want to respond to every situation as He would. I want to love my daughter and my husband in the way He loves me. I want to be an example to my daughter, so that she loves HIM more everyday of her life.

Rowen hugging her mommy AND baby BROTHER!!!

We recently just got back from our family vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC. We spent time on the beach, going to the aquarium, and we even were able to stop in D.C. on the way home. It was wonderful!

One of my favorite pictures. Rowen and her daddy having a chat on the balcony.

Rowen LOVES to "read" her books. Whenever we go on trips, we have to take a bag of them for her.

"Look at this, Daddy!"

"Good Morning Mommy! Lets go to "my" beach!"

I love my girl with her strawberry hair and blueberry eyes!

She loved the sting rays, can you tell?

I love Rowen's face watching her brave mommy holding the horseshoe crab.

Jason's face descrbes the way we felt of the HUGE fish that came to be fed.

Icecream = 2 happy girls!

Ocean ballerina!

The Treasure Building where my momma worked in whe she was just a young girl in her twenties. She could see the White House from her office building! She's so cool.

We had one VERY exhausted child on the way home!!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We have been doing so much lately, and I am overwhelmed by all that I could write about on here, but lets be honest, all we really want are pictures, right? So, in a nutshell, we have been playing in the snow (that has long since melted). We took a visit to Buffalo to see dear friends and family. We have been sitting by the fire, playing dress up, and just generally keeping busy.

~Daddy to the rescue!~

~Enjoying our treasured time with our dear friends!~

~Rowen and her Prince Charming!~

~My sweet Heather who is due with baby #3 almost any day now.~

~A night out with friends.~

~Honestly, is there anything sweeter?~

~Back at home in our "usual attire".~

~Lounging by the fire. Probably the last one of the season. Praise God spring is here!~

~Modeling the new outfit GiGi got her.~

guess who discovered my lipstick.~