"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, September 28, 2013

Photo Friday: Saturday edition

 Having fun at another birthday party
 ....and yet another birthday party. Watch out!
 Logan got this boy loving the ninja turtle theme song. Sigh. (But Landon sure does look happy, doesn't he?)
 I don't know what it is about those darn keys! He is always asking for them! Guess he got tired of me saying no....

 He will never be too big for this. NEVER.
Blurry yes but I love it!
Logan took the last few of these pictures. He obviously has better skills than I do.
That face...

I really don't think he ever naps in his crib when I'm at work
Batter up!

Friday, September 27, 2013

10 seconds is 10 seconds too long

Y'all. Today started off as one of those ohmygosh is it a full moon days. You know, where all this crazy stuff happens? Yeah.

Well, I guess it all started last night. Logan was working the late evening shift, and I had just given Landon a bath. He had a bit of a diaper rash (he's teething something fierce and it gives him diarrhea), so I decided to let him go au naturel until bedtime, to let his booty air out a little bit. After all, he had just peed in the tub. So we would be good, right? (I know. I'm stupid.) Plus, sometimes wrestling a diaper on him is just so not worth the effort. (Ok, to clarify, I haven't let him run around naked before. But I was just so not in the mood for a wrestling match.)

All was well for about an hour. And then suddenly, a stream was spotted. And by stream I mean pee. Which is nothing to freak out about since it was on hard floor and is easily cleaned up. BUT Landon decided to stick his hand in the stream. Being a bit of a germaphobe, I slightly freaked out and brought Landon to the sink to wash his hands before he touched anything.

Meanwhile, Marley (the dog) was licking up Landon's pee. Awesome. I grabbed a rag and cleaner to wipe up that mess, then immediately went the living room to grab a diaper before anything else could happen (and by "anything else" I mean poop). By the time I got back, I noticed something on Landon's bottom. Oh no.

Sure enough, it was poop. So I cleaned him up to realize that it was a very small amount...so chances are there was poop somewhere else. Oh crap. Literally. How did that happen so quickly? I mean, I left the room for 10 SECONDS.

Thankfully, I found the pile of poop...on hard floor again. Whew.

But then I noticed something next to the poop. Footprints. Of poop. [Insert scream here.]

I cleaned Landon up again and finally was able to wrestle a diaper on him. A diaper that would stay there. And of course I cleaned the floor.

So that was last night. This morning, Logan had to leave for work around 9am. But around 8:55, we discovered poop going down Landon's leg (Y'all, if this damn tooth doesn't cut through soon I will lose my mind). So I frantically went around cleaning and trying to see what all it had gotten on (honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if the dog ate some. Sigh.). Logan made Landon stay put until I got a new diaper and some wipes to change him.

Logan (who was anxious to leave for work): "You want help changing him?"

To which I wanted to respond: "Of course not. Just go to work and leave me with this CRAZINESS." (Our house was a mess from him making pancakes, and I was in the middle of baking cookies for a playgroup in a hour. Most importantly, I had not finished my coffee.)

Being the wonderful hubby he is, Logan stayed to help me change Landon since 90% of the time it does require 2 adults. By that time it was 9:10, and Logan really needed to leave for work.

Of course his car decided not to start for the first time ever. Thankfully, though, it was just his battery, and he was able to get it started after hooking it up to my car. I think he finally left around 9:30 but then he stopped to buy a new battery, so that made him reallllly late. Oh, and I forgot about those cookies in the oven. Ahhh.

The funny thing about it is that yesterday was kinda sorta my last day at work - although I did tell them they could call me if they seriously NEEDED me on any given day. And ever since then, life has kind of gone slightly nuts at times and I'm all like, ummmm God, but I thought you wanted me to stop working?

At first I thought that maybe I had heard God all wrong. But then I realized (through the Holy Spirit, I'm sure) that this is a perfect example of what it's like to follow God. It's not always perfect. Sometimes it's crazy, sometimes you get pooped on, and sometimes it is literally crappy...but in the end, God does know best and He uses even the littlest things to teach us and help us grow in virtue.

And honestly, how boring would life be without a poop incident (or two) every once and awhile? ;)

"Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that?"  -Elisabeth Elliot
P.S. I'll be posting pictures tomorrow probably for Photo Friday since Logan has some good ones on his phone that I want to share!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why I almost gave up Facebook...but didn't

Oh, Facebook, I have a love/hate relationship with thee.

I remember when I first joined Facebook back in 2005. Not many people were on it, since it was open to college students only. My, how it has changed! Now anyone can sign up.

I do like connecting with old friends - as well as new friends - on Facebook. It's neat to see how everyone from high school has grown up. And it's neat to see what's going on in peoples' lives.

But what I don't like is how it's a time-sucker. Seriously. I can log in for a minute and suddenly 10 minutes has gone by. Ten minutes I could have spent washing the dishes, playing with Landon, reading, or something else far more productive. And what did I accomplish instead? I now know that one "friend" is having a really bad day. I learned that another "friend" is on vacation...lucky them. I also learned that yet another "friend" has a cat. Oh wait, nevermind....I knew about the cat. Because a picture is posted practically every day.

So yeah.

I'm the type of person who likes to run away from things when it gets too overwhelming (not proud of it, buuuut it's true). House is a mess? Don't even bother trying to clean, it'll never get done. Arguing with Logan? Tell him to hush and leave me alone. Landon running around like crazy and making a big ol' mess in the process? Hide in the bathroom. (Kidding about that last one. Sounded good, though.)

So Facebook was getting too overwhelming for me. Too many selfies, too many people venting, too many people posting their opinions about world events, and too many people with wayyyyy too much time on their hands that post every.single.detail. about their life. Ain't nobody got time fo' that. (And if you do have time for that, please tell me how! When do you clean your house? When do you pay bills? When do you run errands? Curious minds want to know!)

I wanted to just delete my account and be done with it. More time on my hands, less drama. It'd be easier to focus on what God wants me to focus on. Plus, if people really wanted to know what was going on with me, they could email/call/text me. Or follow my ridiculous blog. ;)

But something stopped me.

One of the books I'm reading right now (and I say "one" because I have a terrible habit of reading 5 books at one time) mentioned a quote by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross:

"I even believe that the deeper one is drawn into God, the more one must 'go out of oneself'; that is, one must go to the world in order to carry the divine life into it." (emphasis mine) - Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross 
Welllllll. Suddenly my eyes were opened and I realized that instead of focusing on Facebook as a mostly negative thing, I needed to see its potential. It can most definitely be an evangelizing tool. I'm not saying I can convert people or anything, but we shouldn't underestimate the power of social media. I know there have been times that I've posted a quote or Scripture verse and had at least one person who really needed to see it at the time. And I also know that other people have posted articles and things that really had a positive impact on me. Plus, I'm a member of a couple mommy Facebook groups that have been really encouraging.

And of course I should mention that Facebook is only a time-sucker when I let it be. I've started to limit my time on it, the app is currently deleted from my phone, and I resist the urge to sign in right before bed. Because really, nothing life-changing is going to happen that can't wait until the morning.

It all goes back to disciple and self-control, and whether or not I'm going to let a silly website occupy too much of my time. It's easy to blame it all on Facebook when I can't seem to get anything done around the house. When really, it's my own fault for letting it be a distraction.

For the record, my house is now [relatively] clean, and I'm not stressing about where the heck time went....because I know it wasn't spent on Facebook. At least not in the last week or so ;)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Oh, beach vacation, how I loved thee

I kind of forgot about posting about our beach vacation...oops. I'm telling you, if I don't write something down these days, it just doesn't get done! Please tell me I'm not alone in this...

So anyway! We went to Gulf Shores with 5 other families and it was a lot of fun. 12 adults and 13 kids in a 6-bedroom house. Craziness? Of course. Would we do it again? Absolutely!

We were 2 blocks from the beach, there was a pool in the backyard, and I was living with 5 good friends and their families. God is good, my friends. God is good.

Making birthday cards for the Blessed Mother
 Max did a great job creating a cross out of crosses on his card (on the red paper). Love my godson!

 Our 2nd beach vacation!

......let me just flashback for a minute.....
Our 1st beach vacation! Landon's just a little bigger ;)

.....okay, back to this year!

We are going to steal Rosalie and take her home one day! (Kidding. But she sure is cute!)
Ohhhh these two
My beautiful friends :)

I love this kid.
 Oh, those 1-year olds...love them!
Mohawk, baby!
 It still blows my mind that Max was able to drive one of these! He loved it.
Landon wasn't too sure about the carousel...

Thankful for friends, family, and fun vacation! :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Photo Friday: I'm slacking on the pictures

I ran out of room on my phone AGAIN so most of these are from the weekend. 
 Not sure how Marley feels about Landon invading her space...
 Luau time! (AKA birthday party)
 Landon with one of the birthday girls (possibly his future girlfriend)!
 Ninja turtle on the loose!
 Movie time...I'm not a big fan of TV (especially with kids) but MAN am I glad he finally sits and watches for a little bit.
His way of telling me he's ready for a nap...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Following those [sometimes crazy] promptings

You ever heard that story of a man who followed God's promptings, as crazy as they seemed, to buy a gallon of milk? And he ended being led to a random house and giving it to a family who really needed it for their baby at that exact moment?

It's amazing what God will do when you pray for something - which is why I don't like to pray for humility and patience, because God will totally hit me up with more than enough opportunities to practice those virtues. Ha.

What I have been praying for lately is the grace and wisdom to follow God's promptings. And that is a nerve-wracking thing, because what if God tells me to something crazy? Like bring a random family a gallon of milk late at night?

Well. God hasn't asked me to do anything that extreme (yet), but one of the things I definitely started feeling was that He wanted me to stop working (even though I usually just work once a week!). And at first, I was all like "Ummmm, but we need the money! How would that work?!" But the promptings persisted. And then I was like, "But how will my bosses take that? School just started last month!" And yet the promptings persisted. Even though I really do like my job, I started to dread going. It didn't make sense.

At the beginning of this week, I had the opportunity to talk to one of my supervisors, so I decided to just to give her a "heads up" about me feeling like I shouldn't work - and added that I was still praying about it.....and she totally understood. Thankfully, I have the most flexible bosses ever because I can tell them when I can and can't work, and they are totally fine with that. So while I will probably still tell them when I'm available, I won't work unless they don't have anybody else other than me to fill in.

That was Monday. Then Tuesday rolls around, and Logan was unexpectedly asked if he wants to start working one day a week for a small company. And I couldn't help but think how perfect the timing was because I was still wondering how the heck we would make things work financially. At this point, we very much need me to work at least a little (it really all depends on the month and how much in tips Logan makes). But now, if Logan works occasionally at another job, I think we may be able to swing it!

So yeah. Seemed crazy at first that God doesn't want me to work, but that's just because I didn't know what was coming next. God always knows! This quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. really hits home: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
Proverbs 3:6 - In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

Friday, September 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes (vol.9)

Linking up with Conversion Diary. I hope you're in the mood to read because I'm sharing a few articles this week!
But first, I just have to say that Landon slept SO WELL on our vacation, and it was such a lovely change after his nap strike last week. One morning, he was the last kid (out of 13!) to wake up! And he took 2 hour naps most days! I guess that's what happens when your days are full of fun and activity.

I was a little worried that he wouldn't keep up his good naps once we got home, but so far so good. This happened not too long ago...
Landon was just sitting in the kitchen looking like he could fall asleep sitting up (so funny, I tell ya), so Logan put his head on his chest and little man was out in an instant. Easy transfer to the crib and a happy dance by his momma. ;)
I really liked this blog post about love being a verb. Some days, marriage is just so stinkin' hard and I would love to run away to a quiet convent...but I do very much love Logan. We're only 4 years in, but I'm realizing that our relationship is sooo much better when we show each other that we love each other - Logan loves when I bake cookies or something and I love when he helps with the dishes or vacuums the house!
And then there's this post about being unmarried and childless. The author makes a good point that pestering people about their current situation does more harm than good. Here's a little excerpt:

"When you ask when I’m getting married, I don’t have an answer for you. When you hint at me having kids, it makes me jealous of new parents. When you prod about my lack of a stable career, I get frustrated. When you ask these questions, it doesn’t help me grow. It doesn’t help me feel content with where I am. It does more damage than you realize. Maybe you’re just trying to make conversation or small talk, or maybe you’re genuinely interested in my life. For that, I’m very appreciative. 
I would like to suggest one thing, though: instead of asking me what’s next, ask me what’s now. Ask me what God is teaching me, ask me what I’m struggling with, or what brings me joy. I am learning, I am growing, and I am happy. I would love to tell you all about it."
Man, if that isn't an eyeopener! I know how it is to be on the receiving end of some of that, unfortunately, but I don't always think about how things I say to other people might affect them.

Obviously, I'm married with kids (can't forget my Levi), but what I also took from this post is that we should try to be content with our current situation. So whether you're married, unmarried, with or without kids, job or no job, etc....we are all where we are meant to be! I wish I had a better grasp of that when we were trying to get pregnant for so long - but I guess it's better late than never. :)
While we're on the subject of contentment, go watch this video that Dove put together. Why are we [women] so hard on ourselves?!
Last week, I had a biopsy done at my dermatologist to remove an atypical nevus. He called me this week to let me know that it came back fine, but for whatever reason (I didn't pay close enough attention but will ask at my follow-up next month) I'm now at high risk for melanoma. Which means I need to get a skin check every 6 months. So yeah. That's really fun to find out when you're on a beach vacation. Kidding, of course. I'm not freaking out though, because I don't have cancer now and that's all that matters!

For the record, I am very much a sunscreen user and have not had any severe burns in my lifetime (that I recall). But my great-grandmother had melanoma (who I never met) and my cousin was diagnosed with it earlier this year.

So, get your skin checked every year! That's my public service announcement for the day.
One more blog post for you! Read this one about new moms not getting anything done. I love it, especially for us stay-at-home moms who tend to get grief about not working full-time!

"There is no greater task than the nothing you did yesterday, the nothing you are doing today, and the nothing you will do tomorrow. Caring for a baby is all about the immediate experience, yet the first two years are all about investment. It’s give, give, give, and give some more." 
Ain't that the truth?!
I may always devote one take during football season to my beloved New Orleans Saints. Because well, we're 1-0, baby!
I love this so much!

Photo Friday: beach edition

He's actually getting much better at feeding himself with a fork...but sometimes it's just easier to use your hands ;) mmmm chili

We went on a little vacation with some friends and had a lot of fun! I took most pictures with my camera (will share some soon!) so these are the few I had on my phone...
At the beach! Landon loved it. 

My guys :)
It doesn't matter where we are - Landon WILL find a remote. Even in a house with 12 adults and 13 kids.  
Pool in the backyard!
Logan wanted Landon to rock the mohawk one night. How nice. 

More pictures to come of our beach trip! Since you know I like to bore you with that kind of thing...

Monday, September 9, 2013

We love a good party {twin gender reveal}

Logan and I hosted a gender reveal party for my brother's family and the twins they're expecting in February! Lindsey (sister-in-law) told me not to make it a big thing buuuuut I couldn't help myself....we just love a good party. And I'm so excited about those twins! :)

 So what's your guess? Boys, girls, or both??
This was the dessert table, and I didn't get a picture of the other table with the main food (and pink tablecloth!). 
 Voting Central
 Cheesy, maybe. But people actually wore them! Most people guessed one boy and one girl.
 Gumballs would have been much cuter (since they're bigger and all) but I was not about to pay $5.99 per bag at Party City since I needed 2 bags! So we improvised at Dollar Tree with Mike&Ikes.

 The purpose of the party - boxes with balloons in them. But what color(s)??
I definitely got some funny looks pushing those babies around in Winn-Dixie (where I got the balloons filled). And yes, I knew the genders before everyone else! Totally nerve-wracking, by the way.
 ....opening the first box to see what Baby A is....
A girl!! Seriously, Lindsey's face is priceless. Love it.
 Baby B is a girl too! YAYYY! (Sorry your face is blurry Linds, this is the only picture I got of opening Baby B box!)
 I would love to take credit for this cuteness but this was all my friend Cortney. Everybody got 2 pink chocolate-covered pretzels wrapped together (2 pink = 2 girls!). I didn't put these out until after the boxes were opened.
 This little guy just doesn't know what's coming in a few months! He sure did like those pink balloons though ;)
2 boys and 2 girls! So glad to finally get some pink in our family ;)

Edited to add: Just wanted to mention that 10 balloons fit in each box, and I had the lady at Winn-Dixie secure 5 to a weight to put in each box...so they could take pictures afterwards with the balloons (see picture above). It worked perfectly because half of the balloons in each box flew out - which was fun - and the other half stuck around! You totally don't have to do that, of course, but I love how they got to take a family picture afterwards :)


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