"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Saturday, April 27, 2013

7 Quick Takes (vol.2)

Um, yes. Linking up again! Even though it is not Friday anymore. Oh welllll.

1. Since it's almost May, it would be pretty darn silly to post about how I did on my goals in April. So I won't do that. But I will say that I probably won't be doing goal updates anymore because (a) I don't think anyone cares, (b) I stink at remembering to post about it, and (c) I've made some changes anyway! But I will also say I did pretty well in March. April, however? Not so much.

2. I have decided to scrapbook again. We have a shelf full of yearbooks and scrapbooks, and considering how entertaining it is to look through the scrapbooks I made in high school and college (oh I am so glad I married my high school sweetheart!), I would love to have some of our little family. So, I bought an album and paper on sale (I still have all the other supplies from forever ago! Yay!) and it's been sitting on our couch for a couple weeks now. Shame. But I WILL make a scrapbook of Landon's first year. I will I will I will.

3. My mouth. The root canal was not as bad as I was expecting, buuuuuut as life would have it, one of the pesky roots in my tooth was at a crazy angle, and my mouth is super small, and the dentist had a hard time getting to it, soooo there's a chance the bone might not heal. I have to go back in a year to get an x-ray, and if it's not healed, I will have to say bye-bye to my tooth. Booooo. But chances are that if it's not healed by then I will start having those lovely symptoms of pain and swollen chipmunk cheek. 

I'm choosing to be optimistic, since I know there are people going through much worse things. You should be proud of my melancholic self. :) (Please pray for my cousin and his family!)

4. On Friday, I went to work as usual. I've decided the worst part about it is leaving the house while hubby, baby, and dog are all snoozing away. The best part, however, is coming home to my babies and having them be super cuddly. Love, love, love it. I'm not complaining about working (just so you know!), because I know I am so blessed to be able to spend most days at home. 

5. One thing I'm working on is praying more during the day, since it should be #1 and I cannot say I have put it at the top of my list every day. Whenever I do take the time to pray (and listen!) during Landon's nap, he sleeps for over an hour. I don't think that's a coincidence. :) Crazy thing is, I know how important prayer is and that it truly affects everything else in life....yet, I still struggle with making it a priority. Ahh! I know I'm not alone in this one.

6. Logan and I have been talking/praying about fostering again, since our home development worker will probably be calling us this summer. If you could say a prayer for us that we discern God's will, that would be great. Because honestly, we want to do it and then we don't. I would go into all of the reasons but that would take forever... 

7. I have several friends wanting to have babies and not having the easiest time with it, and so if you could say a prayer for all of them that would be great too (last prayer request today, I promise!). Trying to conceive is such a stressful and emotional thing, and Logan and I are so thankful that we now have our baby boy. And since it's National Infertility Awareness Week, I just wanted to mention that and assure those friends of ours that they are in our prayers daily! 

St. Gianna Molla, pray for us!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Photo Friday: Dude. It's almost May.

I am currently very frustrated with the fact that I cannot seem to take decent pictures with my phone. Flash, no flash, it doesn't matter....many are still blurry. I'm working on it. :( 

Shoutout to my nephew William who turned 1 this week! My sister made his outfit and I think it's adorable (so is he, of course)!

Landon looooves water. Bath time, dog bowl, pool, you name it.

He took everything out of this drawer and then started putting things back in. Too funny. (It's just our bathing suits and covers, FYI)

Landon likes to climb in bed with Marley. This particular time he decided to use her as a teething toy. 

In spite of it all, they really do love each other. :)

He pushes everything all around (toys, strollers, foot stool) but has yet to "accidentally" take a few steps by himself.

Thanks for the help, bubba.

Parallel play. Love it.

Oh, remote. We need one of you in every room of the house.

One minute he's playing with that orange toy, and the next minute...sleeping like a baby.

Ah, he would not look at the camera! Too much fun to be had.

Okay, since when did he become a big boy? He was just sitting there playing. I guess he's going to turn 1 in 6 weeks whether I like it or not!

Friday, April 19, 2013

7 Quick Takes

I love, love the idea of 7 Quick Takes because I usually have a bunch of thoughts in my head and how can I just choose just one? I know I do Photo Friday but um, I might have to link-up more often...

1. Another Jen usually leads the 7QT (and I didn't actually follow her blog until today) but Grace is doing it for her this week! And I do follow her blog. Let me tell you, you should read Grace's blog because she is FUNNY. 3 kids under the age of 3...I don't know how she does it. But it sure is funny to read about! ;) Bonus is that she's a Catholic. Wooo. Oh, Camp Patton is the name of her blog, by the way.

2. I keep saying we've been busy and I know that sounds crazy because I don't work full-time, but...somehow we have been very busy. And I'm going to stop saying that, because then it just seems like things get busier. Sigh. I probably shouldn't be blogging right now, considering we have 3 guests spending the night (2 are part of the retreat team visiting our church parish, one is a friend who has been staying with us). Buuuut I told them to make themselves at home, and they have! So we're good.

3. Logan has a new job! He's only gone through orientation so I will probably write more about this after he starts working for real (which happens at the end of the month). But it is looking very promising! Yay!

4. This past week has convinced me that mouth pain is the WORST. (Wellll, I've heard bone pain is the worst, which is probably true, but mouth pain has got to be in the top 3! Or something!) So yeah. Remember all that craziness with removing my wisdom teeth? Apparently my mouth never really healed from it, because now I have a tooth abscess. It all started with pain on Monday, and I woke up Wednesday looking like a chipmunk (on one side my cheek was SO swollen, the same side that had issues with my wisdom teeth). And I'm currently waiting to have a root canal, scheduled for Tuesday. Thankfully, today the pain has not been so bad (thank you antibiotics!), but over the course of the last few days I considered weaning Landon just so I could have the good painkillers. Sad, I know. But it's been affecting everything - sleeping, eating, talking. Sigh. And now I stop the complaining, because at least this is just temporary!

5. Logan and I were planning on getting new windows in our house with our tax refund. But there were a few things that made us hesitate. And now that we have to pay for a darn root canal, I am SO glad we didn't spend all that money on windows! Otherwise I would be stressing big time about how to pay for it.

6. Speaking of finances (since I'm just telling you all our personal business today, yo), I have been working extra days here and there. It definitely adds to the craziness of life, but I'm somewhat nervous about the summer, since I will not be working (well, as of now), and we're not sure exactly how much Logan will be making since it is a tip job. But like I've said, God provides, so I know He will continue to do so - whether it's in the way we expect or not.

7. I thought I had more things to ramble on about but now I'm realizing it is my bedtime and I'm suddenly starving. Nice. Off to find some soft food! But first a picture (repeat) of our goofy boy. He makes me smile (and was a big hit with the retreat team)!  :)

Photo Friday: whyyyy do little boys grow so fast?!

Happy mornings

Landon stands by himself a lot but hasn't figured out how to take a step yet. I'm totally okay with that. :) (I'm thinking this boy will run, not walk)

Not the most flattering picture of myself, but...at least Landon is cute! He is so goofy.

He holds his arm out like that all of the time, and if you do it back, he will laugh!

Baby gates ruin all the fun ;) But oh, they are necessary...since he will try to crawl down the stairs without hesitation. 

This has got to be one of my favorite pictures of the two of them. Poor Marley. (Look at Landon's face! Thank goodness we have a nice dog.)

Indoor playgrounds are so much fun :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Better late than not at all

I have a story for you today. (Did anyone notice I keep forgetting to post an update on my goals from March? And now it's halfway through April. Oy vey. Life is crazy sometimes.)

Today I was trying to get out of the door to make it to daily mass. My morning was thrown off since Landon slept late (and before you say YAY THAT'S GREAT, you should know he didn't go to sleep until almost 10 p.m. after fighting me for an hour and a half. And then he woke up at 2:30 am instead of sleeping until 5 or 6 like he's been doing. I'm thinking another tooth??), and I showered after breakfast which I never do since I always do so at night (but couldn't last night since um, Landon wouldn't go to sleep and Logan was not home).

So yeah. I was running a bit late. I had to drive to mass instead of my usual walking routine since I had to be somewhere afterwards, and I was putting Landon in his car seat at the time mass should have started. And then I get a whiff of...poop. Great, since I had just changed Landon's diaper 5 minutes before (seriously, I had literally just changed him. Why does that always happen?!). So I changed him again and attempted him to put him in his car seat again. And as he sometimes does, Landon was not having it. He can be quite the resilient boy so I took a deep breath and thought, I'm not going to mass. It's not worth the trouble. They're probably already finished the readings and by the time we get there, Father will be finishing up his homily, or close to it, and well, what's the point? (That sounds silly, I know, because hello, there's still the Eucharist!)

But God must have thrown me some extra graces at that moment, and I resolved that I would make it to mass, regardless of if it was already halfway over. I was assuming it would be, since depending on the priest, sometimes mass can be a mere 20 minutes.

So I finally got Landon in his car seat and headed to mass. We were walking to the church door exactly 10 minutes after the start of mass, so I tried to shake the feeling of being that late mother who can't get herself to mass on time. (Do I sound crazy? Sorry. I'm rarely late for mass, and it's usually only a couple minutes, much less TEN MINUTES.) 

I carry Landon inside and the first words I hear the priest say, "The Lord be with you" (or whatever version it was), and then the congregation, "And with your spirit." Wait, what?! I knew I was late, but I wasn't that late! How was mass over already?!

And then I realized that instead of the concluding rite, I had actually walked in on the greeting. So instead of being 10 minutes late for mass, I was only 10 seconds late! I still don't know why they started mass that late, but MAN am I glad I decided to still go! It's been a time of pruning for me lately, I guess you could say, and many days I feel like I'm failing miserably at whatever I'm trying to work on and what God is trying to show me. And well, it's kind of nice when God helps you out! He helps me every day, of course, but today it was really noticeable. :)

John 21:18 -  "Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

Friday, April 12, 2013

Photo Friday: adventures everywhere

He can climb down the hallway step now. So funny. (He can also climb up the entire stairs if we let him. Monkey.)

I've been missing the nap memo, apparently.

Kitchen adventures

The boy is always happy with a remote in his hand

Fun with cousins. Do you see him standing like a big boy? Sigh.

Logan is the ultimate fort-maker!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Thoughts by Jen (yeah, couldn't think of a title for this one)

I wrote this several weeks ago but for a few reasons, never posted it. And now I think it's rather appropriate that I decided to post it on Divine Mercy Sunday (totally a God thing). God's mercy is endless so we can continually strive to be the best parents and spouses we can be...since it can SO HARD :)

Once a week I teach CCD (AKA religion class) to 5th graders at my church parish. Many times I think about how big of an impact I can have on my CCD students, even in the brief time we have class. Most of the kids go to public school, and CCD is the only time they learn about their faith. It can be a bit overwhelming to think of the responsibility I have to share God's love and the Church's teachings to a bunch of 10 and 11-year olds. I mean, what if one thing I say turns them away from Catholicism forever?! (I realize some of you may think I'm weird for thinking this. I know. I think too much.)

One day as I was thinking about this and how God is hopefully using me to inspire those talkative kiddos to live lives of faith, it dawned on me - how much greater is the responsibility I have to raise Landon, my own son? To teach (and more importantly show) him how to be a kind, loving, and responsible human being...and of course to share with him the faith I know and love. Last month we visited some friends of ours who were expecting their first baby (who was actually born a few days ago!), and the expectant father said (referring to being a parent), "I just want to do it right." Amen, brother. Me too!

Since Landon is still young, it's hard to see how anything I say or do now will make much of a difference in the long run. But I know he is watching me, listening to me, and taking it all in. For his sake (and the sake of his future family, if he is called to marriage), Logan and I need to be extra aware of the environment we create in our home on a daily basis. Just like my parents had an effect on me, I will have an effect on Landon. Thankfully, my parents are awesome, and I'm realizing more and more just how well they prepared me for the real world.

Yes, I get my sarcasm from my dad, and just like my mom, I will not take any crap from anybody. But I also am conscious of how others may feel because my dad has always been like that, and thanks to my mom, I'm capable of cooking, cleaning, and maintaining a home (although I will never be as good at it as she is!). Both have showed me (through their actions, not their words) the importance of volunteering and sharing our talents in our community. They have also showed me how to live faithfully and to always be thankful for our many blessings. Even to this day, they like to point out (when I'm complaining) how it could always be worse.

The point of all this is that I want Landon to remember his mommy (that would be me!) for her silly songs (that I sing impromptu), her many hugs and kisses, and desire to grow closer to God through every daily chore (still working on this one!). I don't want Landon to remember my high level of impatience or frustration when he decides not to nap...or when he shares his food with the dog. I also don't want him to think I cared more about cooking, cleaning, and everything else than I do about spending time with him.

Most importantly, though, I want him to have fond memories of seeing his mommy and daddy hug and kiss each other. I don't want him to remember us arguing all of the time! Because if there's anything that God has been showing me lately, it's that the most important relationship (other than mine with God) is the one between husband and wife. Without that, Landon wouldn't be here. And if our marriage suffers, so will Landon.

Obviously, I know I'm not perfect, we're not perfect parents, and Logan and I don't have the perfect marriage (um, far from it!), but we are working on it. One little tiny step at a time! ;) Thankfully, God continues to shower us with his mercy and grace. We most definitely need it!
"Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Savior; in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer the love. - St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

Friday, April 5, 2013

Growing boy: 10 months

This boy is 10 months old! Oh, how we love this curious, goofy, and happy baby. Really, Logan and I are having so much fun being Landon's parents!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A tooth! And he stands!

It's just crazy how one day a baby can't do something and the next they're handling it up. I think that's why time flies when you're raising kids! But of course I'm no expert :)

Landon finally got the beginnings of a tooth yesterday! And he wouldn't let me take a picture of it until today.

He's been pulling up for awhile now, but he's starting to stand by himself more. Today he stood for a good 10 seconds! Just crazy because he was not doing that yesterday.

I am SO not ready for the whole walking thing!


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