Friday, August 26, 2016

Open hands

I find myself so often saying I trust the Lord, I know He is in control but then daily, hourly I fail Him and my trust waivers. It's a subconscious attitude I don't even know I'm doing. I want so deeply to have open hands and trust but its so hard. I'm not alone, right? I say God I trust you with my family, my babies but then I fear daily: are they safe, what if they get hurt, what if they drown, what if they get cancer? All the time!!  Then I find myself thinking I know better, like this job is what I need, this decision is right for me, sometimes forgetting He knows best, forgetting to be on my knees about it and trusting Him to know what decision should be made! I want to trust, I do, I want to have open hands. I pray daily for my unbelief to truly believe the things I say and think I really believe. I want to have open hands with my kids, my family. 

Psalms 61:2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint, when my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Thank God there is someone higher than I that is warring for my soul! He loves ME, man isn't that an amazing feeling. 

This, gosh, it speaks volumes to me EVERY time I listen to it. You have to listen until 3:20 when John Piper starts speaking. Amen!!!

It wasn't meaningless-it's doing something!! Of course you can't see what it's doing!

Do NOT lose heart!

Oh Jesus!! Help my unbelief! Help me to live with open hands and believe it without doubt!

Help me to trust you with my babies, my family, my future! You alone know and are what I live for!

And because this song has been on repeat for me over the last 48 hours and has been encouraging to me I thought I would share!

I pray you lean on Him, trust Him with open hands! It isn't easy, but man isn't it beautiful!!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Traveling with toddlers edition

traveling with toddlers

We have been road tripping since Isabella was only 2 months old. I wouldn't say we are experts but we have a pretty good system down. Rounding up a few of our favorite items and tips:

Toddler bed-this summer we traveled several times with 2 toddlers now out of pack n plays. We absolutely love our Shrunks toddler blow up mattress and have used it for years for Isabella. The built in side rails are perfect for roly poly toddlers. We grabbed this Toddler inflatable mattress for Isabella for our last trip since it is cheaper and she can sleep without side rails and she did great.

iPad case-We would not survive road trips without iPads, go ahead judge us;) If iPads are wrong then I don't want to be right, ha! Our kids have these iPad cases, the handles are perfect for little hands to carry them around and are great protection.

Sound machine-I highly recommend taking a fan or sound machine or even both when you travel. They are perfect to cover up other noises and help soothe kids to sleep. When we stayed at Hyatt Hill country we could hear babies crying next door so a little sound machine is necessary.

Fan-this clip on fan is perfect for hot outdoor events. It clips on easily to strollers, etc. A must have for places like Sea World.

Car entertainment must haves:
Color Wonder||Markers-we are obsessed with the Color Wonder and marker products. THey are perfect because they don't color on other surfaces which is 100% necessary for toddlers.
Backpack-for each road trip we let the kids fill up their back packs with whatever toys they want, we've usually snatched a few items to add to it from the Target $1 section and a few snacks.
Swell bottle-favorite travel toddler cups ever…they keep things cold for 24 hours and fit perfectly in the pocket of their Pottery Barn backpacks
MediBuddy -because inevitably you will always need a bandaid for "boo boos," I don't travel without one of these always in my purse. It has several bandaids and First Aid items and you can add to it as you want:)

Hope everyone has had some fun travels this summer! I'm ready for another vacation already!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Life lately...

Wrapping up the final days of summer before my sweet babies head to school in a week. It's only twice a week but still, where did my babies go?

We watched our cousins Noelle and Holt one day this week and got an impromptu family day. So much fun..

Ready for cousin day

Our circus at the mall:)

He is still obsessed with Minnie;)

Isabella and her sweet friend Ella!!

These 3!

We make the most of our trips to the mall haha!

Love this...sweet cousins!

And since we didn't have naps anyways why not be crazy and forge to Target in the rain:)

Daddy's family date day plans...Rain Forest Cafe and Legoland...the kids had a blast

Not so sure about the Tigers

I am one blessed momma

And the many poses brought to you by Isabella before church

Our little towhead!


Happy 1st day of school for most families! Pray its a blessed year!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

XO...engagement party

We have known for several months that this special day was coming and my heart has been so excited since. There is nothing sweeter than young love! My sweet little sister Hannah has always held a special place in my heart since I carried her around and showed her off in my 4th grade classroom. I loved helping be a little momma to her. She has grown into the most beautiful woman, her heart for Christ, her creativity, her inner and outward beauty are unbelievable. And we could not be more excited to have Derek (Hannah's Derek to confirm;)) become a part of our family. His love for Christ and desire to grow as a Christian man and soon to be husband is incredible. We started party prepping for this adorable party as soon as Cayson's party was over, I mean Hannah is a professional party planner so we had high standards to meet:)

We went with an adventure theme because as you can tell by their sign we made they have already done/adventured/traveled so much in their relationship. My mom thought of this idea to put all the places they have been on signs and Dennis and I went to creating the fun picket sign. It turned out better than I imagined:)

Isabella give us your excited face:)

These sisters of mine are something special!! I would do anything for them!
I adore this picture…my kiddos were so excited! They adore their auntie Hannah!

She said Yes-handmade using Silhouette Cameo


Monday, August 15, 2016

Life lately...

What a week...we came off the excitement of Cayson's big Popsicle party here, and did lots of shopping, swimming, relaxing, and eek...planning an engagement party for my littlest sis! We love and adore our auntie Hannah...can't wait to share pics of her surprise engagement party tomorrow:)   
These two...pete and repeat! Love them!

This purple dress....she is Ubsessed!!! Literally wears it all day every day!

When you meet the family for dinner and outfits are brought to you by Isabella and a daddy who doesn't care:)

Just relaxing all cool!

Gymnastics take 2....

Isabella said, "I love it, I love it, I want to do it again":)

Birthday party fun at the Sci Fi museum for Pierce's birthday!

Ready to watch the rocket launch

He LOVES cupcakes!

The love the bubbles!

Party people

And a little impromptu swimming with friends

Sunday morning one on one time with this girl!! Love it!

This little cheeser helping me make Hannah's engagement cake!

She's engaged!! Could not be more excited! This is Isabella's excited face haha!

Happy Monday friends!

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