"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, January 31, 2015

Our week in pictures: basketball, zoo, and a tooth!

They are so happy to see each other every morning! Love.
Logan took Landon to his first basketball game (New Orleans Pelicans) while Chase helped me teach CCD

We went to the zoo again! Chase's first trip. Landon didn't know what to think about the dinosaur exhibit...
We started using flash cards to help Landon with his speech (it's nice to have teacher friends to give us tips like that)
Family walk! The boys were thrilled

We walked to the park which made it even better
He finally has a tooth!!
Such a happy boy :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sacrifice. Maybe it's not as complicated as we think...

I've been thinking a lot about my new word of the year. At first I thought God was calling me to do some big, big sacrifices. And maybe he is…honestly, my first thought when "sacrifice" popped into my head was NO GOD I CANNOT GET PREGNANT THIS YEAR. Because right now, to me, that would be one monster of a sacrifice.

But maybe I was just overreacting. Maybe He just wants me to work on sacrificing the little things.

Like reading a book to Landon while I'm nursing Chase instead of mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed.

Like praying the rosary before bed even though I'm so.dang.tired. Or better yet, praying the rosary when the kids are occupied/sleeping/being quiet. (Not gonna lie, I WILL fall asleep if I pray the rosary after 10pm)

Like taking 10 minutes to do some sort of exercise when I'm so not in the mood. Bonus points for including Landon (like dancing with Nintendo Wii or pushing the massive double stroller around the block).

Like calling that lonely relative even though you know they'll keep you on the phone for 30 minutes and you have a million other things you could be doing.

I don't know why I don't do all of these things more often. Because as hard as it is to take the first step and JUST DO IT, there's always a reward at the end. That's a funny thought, eh? Sacrifice reaps rewards.

Landon enjoys reading books SO much and I'm sure I haven't missed anything important on Facebook.

The graces of praying the rosary far outweighs the benefits of 20 extra minutes of sleep....or whatever else I was temped to do. A priest once told me that the most productive thing we can do is pray!

I always feel better about my day when I exercise…not to mention needing to lose these 20 postpartum pounds.

That relative is probably so glad they got the chance to talk to you…and perhaps you just made their week.

I'm not even a month into this gig on focusing on sacrifice, and wow, I'm realizing how many times a day I have to overcome that little voice that says "but I don't want to" or "but I don't feel like it". So, so many times. But what I'm also realizing is, like any bad habit, it's going to take a couple dozen times (or more) to overcome it. 

Instead of looking at the sink full of dirty dishes 10 times, wishing they'd magically clean themselves, JUST WASH THEM ALREADY. 

Instead of throwing more unopened mail on top of an already-overwhelming pile, JUST GO THROUGH IT ALREADY. 

Now, I have a baby and a toddler so I can't always do these things at the precise time I would like...but I find the days that I just do things at the first possible moment - like as soon as I hand Chase a toy and he's happy and Landon is engrossed in his Legos - afternoon will roll around and I'm like what? Dishes are done and I'm actually halfway through the mound of clean laundry to fold? Let's go for a walk outside!

And then I feel even more productive and the kids are happy and I wonder why I ever avoided all those things in the first place.

Sounds so simple! But why is it so hard?! Such a mystery to me. 

I can only hope - and pray - that by making little sacrifices, it will prepare me to do any major sacrifices...if/when God calls me to it.
"There is no place for selfishness – and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice." – St. Pope John Paul II

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Just being honest

I can't tell you how many times I sit down and start a blog post, pretty much finish it, and then never hit "publish" because I second guess myself. What if people take it the wrong way? What if I'm sharing too much? WHAT IF??

My drafts folder is full, y'all. And so many of those posts, I read now and think, "Um, I wrote that? What was I thinking?" So that makes me think that maybe it wasn't just me writing it and that there's a reason that God wants me to put it all out there. 

I don't know why I don't just publish the darn things. Because if there's one thing I've learned over the past few years is to not give a crap about what people think. And I don't! But it does bother me when people think they know me when actually they have it alllll wrong. So I guess that's what I'm afraid of…people reading my crazy blog posts and thinking they know everything about me when in fact, my immediate family and close friends are the only ones who really know, know me. Ya feel me? This blog is only a small, small portion of my life (despite sharing pictures every week! I don't share all of them. And I certainly don't share all of my thoughts.).

So! I'm trying to be better about just blogging about what comes to me and not second-guessing everything all the time. If you happen to really resonate with a post of mine, please tell me so I don't feel like I'm blogging to nobody! Maybe that will help. :)

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Our week in pictures: family time, crazy hair, and cute kids

A little family bonding time outside

I don't really care for either of the teams in the Super Bowl this year so I decided we'll just be Saints fans (despite their terrible season) #whodat

Roasting marshmallows!
This dude just does not like to be on his stomach. Which I'm kind of okay with because it means he's not the least bit interested in crawling...
My kids just can't resist a ride in the stroller or the car. (Check out that cute onesie! My sister made it)

WE FINALLY HAVE A MIRROR! Bathroom still isn't done but I don't care! Because at least I have a mirror!

I was puking my brains out upstairs (not kidding, stomach bug SUCKS) while Logan was making a speedboat out of cardboard downstairs. Apparently I'm married to the most creative man on the planet.
Seriously, I love this baby boy
…even though I have no idea what to do with this hair. What in the world will it look like by the time his birthday rolls around?!
He is sooo proud that he can sit up by himself. He doesn't even fall over anymore! Unless he's tired. Then he falls backwards (thank you for preventing injury, boppy).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2014 Recap (better late than never)

I narrowed it down to less pictures than I did last year. You're welcome. But I did kind of write up a recap of each month and linked back to previous posts. So if you want to relive our up-and-down year, here you go! (I just have to say that I totally forgot how stressed and emotional I was when I was pregnant! Ah! So crazy.)

I forgot how hard of a month this was! A troubling ultrasound, finding Logan passed out in the bathroom (he had tests done and nothing came back), car troubles, financial issues, getting a cerclage. But we survived!
 My friends have an annual Christmas/Epiphany party
Because of that troubling ultrasound, I had to take a blood test to check on our baby in utero, so we got to find out the gender super early (13 weeks)! Our Mardi Gras gender reveal was super fun :) And then getting a cerclage was not so fun.

Nothing really happened in February, other than your typical share-too-much baby update or two. So here are a couple pictures of Landon from the month. Oh, I did blog 7 days in a row for the first time ever!

Well, apparently this is the month I went crazy, as documented here and here.
 But we did have fun at a Mardi Gras parade!
Logan and I went on a much-needed marriage retreat. Do yourself a favor and go on one.

 Couples date night with some of the coolest ladies I know
 Easter joy
Landon's first movie at the theater! (The blog post was in May but we technically went in April)

Logan and I celebrated 10 years from the day he asked me to be his girlfriend. Lots of embarrassing pictures in that one. And shout-out to my friends for throwing me a baby sprinkle!
 We actually ventured out to the park one day.
Memorial Day was spent at our friends' house!

This is always a big month for us…Landon's birthday, our anniversary, Father's Day. So much fun to be had. Well, except for my pregnancy drama.
 This little guy turned 2 years old!
 His birthday party was so much fun!
 Our 5-year anniversary date!
 I made it to 34 weeks of pregnancy!
Landon's first trip to the zoo

After an emotional day, Chase ended up surprising us by coming a little early. Details here.

Chase was welcomed into the Church!

I had the fewest blog posts this month out of the whole year because we were BUSY. Taking care of a newborn and toddler, in charge of a silent auction, and I don't remember what else.
Landon started SoccerTots, which he loved!
Another busy month. But at least it included a week-long vacation!
Going to the beach!
This was Landon's 3rd trip to the beach and by far his favorite!
Lots of craziness in one condo but oh, so much fun :)
My goddaughter was baptized!
Our silent auction was at the beginning of October so we enjoyed the rest of the month and had lots of family time and did some house projects, like organizing the laundry room. I thought a lot about how thankful I was for my babies.
Avisit to the pumpkin patch

Logan was doing some yard work and did a little autumn decorating so we had a little photo-op

Lots of good things happened this month despite me feeling overwhelmed with life. We visited my parents for a few days and we started updating our upstairs bathroom (which still isn't 100% finished, but it is functional!).
Our first date without Chase...TobyMac concert!

 We took some family pictures!

This was a very full but fun month for us! I actually had some serious blog posts - about not comparing crosses, marriage being hard, and remembering Levi 5 years later.
 We brought the boys to the aquarium for the first time and also to Celebration in the Oaks
All the kiddos had so much fun for Christmas 
Chase's first Christmas!
I love my family!

Whew. That too long. It's so fun to look back at the year and see that we actually survived! Which is why I love blogging. :)


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