Monday, June 9, 2014

Start A Fire

Don't let the title fool you nothing was really set on fire except my soul. Most of you know that have read my blog that I'm kind of scatterbrained and my blog posts never follow a logical pattern lol. But, that's just how I put my thoughts into words when I'm writing. Anyways back to the regularly scheduled program haha.
So, I grew up with a kid who I lost contact with after my mom died. Although I only saw him when we were at church camp or when his dad happened to be at my church I'd consider him one of my good childhood friends. He was my first crush as a kid. The memories I have with this kid just make me smile. Why am I talking about this random person you ask? Well, he came back into my life at the most perfect time. When people say in God's timing they're not kidding because this was totally a God thing that I ended up talking to him on facebook that Sunday night. I was just really down and discouraged that day, I was really starting to question God's love for me. But that night God showed me the love he has for me by bringing along this special friend who would continue to encourage me over these weeks, especially when I'm sure he unknowingly encouraged me at just the right time.
I really wasn't surprised when his uncle had told me that he was going to school to be a preacher because he was always that loud kid at church camp :) Well, that's not the only reason obviously he just has that personality. The caring, deep down, personality that is perfect for a person who is meant to spread God's word through preaching. I've had the chance to listen to a couple of his sermons and the renounced fire that started in my soul for God was just AMAZING!
I was stuck in a rut with my spiritual life and God brought along that person to help me get out of it. I can't praise God enough for all he does for me. It feels so fantastic to have this fire being kindled with His word and with His people. It's a feeling that I can't even explain it's just that amazing. Are God is great!

                                                                    "Start A Fire"
This world can be cold and bitter
Feels like we're in the dead of winter
Waiting on something better
But am I really gonna hide forever?

Over and over again
hear Your voice in my head
Let Your light shine, let Your light shine for all to see

Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
Start a fire in me

You only need a spark to start a whole blaze
It only takes a little faith
Let it start right here in this city
So these old walls will never be the same

Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
They need to know
I need to go
Spirit won't You fall on my heart now

Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
Start a fire in me

You are the fire You are the flame
You are the light on the darkest day
We have the hope we bear Your name
We carry the news that You have come to save
Only You can save

Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
                                                          Start a fire in me 

Just some fun pictures of Amy, and some of the fun times we've had with people visiting :) Ok so a few turned into a lot lol!

These are from Amy's birthday party back in March. We had tons of fun with her friends :)

These are pictures from Easter this year, we really had a blast spending it with our Michigan family :)

These gems are from last weekend when the boys were home. Cam brought home some of his college friends and we had a blast hanging out at the dunes on Saturday, but boy was I sore the next day lol.

Amy just fell in LOVE with Tofig at Christmas time when he spent time with our family.

These are just a few pictures from my graduation night :) 

Saturday, May 3, 2014


So I never truly understood the book Five Minutes of Peace (I think I got the name right haha), until I had Amy. Just today I was reminded of that book as I spent the 3 hours earlier today while she slept cleaning, cooking, doing laundry oh and did I mention cleaning lol. It was nice just to be able to get something done without little hands trying to help me along the way. But, that book took much greater meaning about ten minutes ago when I finally picked Amy up and put her in her crib with some books, so mommy could regroup! After so many different fits over silly things (yes, I know it comes with the age of 2 unfortunately) this mommy decided it was time for a time out.
I have such a independent little girl who wants to do EVERYTHING by herself. Except when it comes to picking up her toys. I'm just rambling on and on, that's about as much sleep I've had these last few nights as Amy has been struggling to kick this nasty cough and cold she has. Waking up multiple times during the night coughing and gagging from mucus, which in turn scares her. Poor little honey.
I did just weigh and measure her yesterday and she is still off the charts for her age measuring in at 37.5 in or 3ft 1.5in. She's finally kept to her curve of weight staying pretty in between 90 and 95% in her age group weighing in at 32.5lbs. She's definitely a Minnie me in those aspects of childhood. I keep telling her to stop growing because she keeps growing out of so many cute clothes so quickly. I'm hoping she'll still fit into her 4T/5T clothes from this year next year!
I got this memory journal called The Modern Mom's Memory Journal months ago and haven't ever started it. So today as I came across it I decided I'd do this journal here on my blog. It's a daily journal so we'll see how I keep up with it and it's already Saturday so, I'm just going to do everyday up until Saturday since today is obviously Saturday lol. All these questions are meant to be answered about Amy obviously :)

What was the cutest thing my child did today?
Oh boy, this could be tough haha. Well I'd say the cutest thing Amy did today was say her prayers at lunch time. It's always so precious to watch her fold her little hands and pray before she eats. What's even cuter is when she scolds me if I forget to prayer with her before we start eating. She'll say "mommy pray," it's enough just to melt a mommy's heart :) The Bible tells us we should be like infants who long for milk, likewise we should long for spiritual milk. Seeing my little girl pray just reminds me of that every time. Reminds me that I need to become more fervent in prayer, more fervent in my trusting, and more fervent in my listening. I just can't resist from sharing one more cute thing she did today. She came up to me and asked me to tiss (aka kiss) her knee after she realized she had an owie from outside. I've discovered kissing the owie makes it feel all better in their minds :) Only if it lasts forever! Well at least I can wish :)

What did my kid smell like today?
Hmmm, I'm not sure you want me to go into all the things she smelled like today. The list could get rather long and a little disgusting for those with weak stomachs, so we'll just leave it at that.

How much sleep did I get last night?
Roughly 7.5, but there were definitely a few interruptions in there, so I'd say more like 6ish hours.

The funniest thing my child did today was?
She gets so excited when she sees grandma and grandpa. It's so cute to watch her run up to her grandma and give her big hugs or play coy with grandpa and run away (so he'll chase her of course). Laurie called me up this afternoon asking if it was ok if she stopped by before she headed back home from being out and about today. So, when she pulled up I'm back putting laundry away and here runs Amy yelling "mama, mama, mama here." She calls grandma "mama," grandpa "papa," and me "mommy or mom." It's just so great to see the love of God shown through the wonderful couple who have become mom and dad, and taken on the role of grandma and grandpa. God truly gives others a heart to serve in their own special ways.

I did laugh today because of all the silly things Amy did, and all the memories I've been reminiscing in my head. Hmmm, don't they say being in your own head is dangerous sometimes :)

What did I do today that made my child laugh?
Well I always tickle Amy in the morning when she first wakes up to make sure we start off our days with a smile on our face. God didn't make mouths that smile, so that we could sit around and pout all day.

If I could go back in time, what's one thing I'd "do over" today?
Questions like this sometime annoy me because in all reality I wouldn't change a thing. I got to spend time with my God given blessing, and some time with both my mom and dad today. Everyday shapes us more and more into the image that God is creating, and perfecting. We make mistakes, we fall, we stumble, but tomorrow is a new day to start fresh and strive to do better.

Today I wished that I was my child's age so that I could...
Take a three hour nap and play all day! But unfortunately I'm not 2 so there was plenty of housework to get finished and clothes to wash.

The mealtime breakdown:
0% splattered against the wall
0% hidden in the napkin
0% fed to the dog (mainly due to the fact we have no dog)
10% eating by my kid
90% Other...left in the bowl

What's one thing my child did today that will embarrass her when she's a teenager?
Hmmm...I'm not sure there is anything that would embarrass her at least not yet.

Today's "Bad Mom" moment
I lost my patience with her whining and crying that instead of taking the time to try and decipher why she was whining I just put her in her bed.

Based on my child's behavior today, I am sure he or she will grow up to be:
A mix between a political pundit (so loud and fussy!) and an olympic sprinter (always on the go!). But truly I think she'll end up an engineer or something with a complicated degree lol. Don't all parents say that haha :)

What's one lie I told my kid today?
None, I try my hardest not to lie to her. Lieing (I"m not sure that that's even the plural of lie) to her would promote it and I definitely do not promote lieing.

If a TV camera crew followed me around all day filming, they'd be filming?
A hardworking mom show like nothing ever seen before.

My child's favorite toy this week was her books. She LOVES to sit and read her books and have her books read to her.

The food my child asked for most this week was juice (I"m not sure if that counts as a food or not, but in my book it does) and I didn't give it to her all the time because too much juice makes for loose diapers.

My favorite mom activity is reading Amy her Bible story because I get to teach someone new Bible stories. I get to teach her about the love God has for his children, what Jesus did for us, and everything that led up to where we are now :)

Who was my parenting role model today?
My own momma was my parenting role model today. Even though I don't agree with everything she did when raising us, I can see the reasoning's behind it now that I have a daughter of my own. She was just trying to protect us and keep us safe.

If my child remembers one thing about today, I hope she remembers that I love her with all my heart.

Well off to our mommy daughter date :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

So, the other day I got asked if I was a daddy’s girl. I thought about it for a little bit and I decided that yes I am very much that way. I didn't grow up with a father who was there to warn me against the unwise and be there to encourage me, tell me I’m pretty or even just there for me period. When I was pregnant, lost and lonely the Lord gave me a wonderful man to help guide me. A man who has shown nothing, but kindness from day one.
I remember being in the hospital and Laurie calling you to tell you we were there and they were admitting me, then I also remember hearing her call back not more than an hour and a half later to tell you that the precious little girl who now calls you grandpa was born.
The first day you met her I knew that my little girl was going to call you grandpa, I could tell by the look on your face and the way you talked to her that God had blessed us with a man that I could call dad and she could call “my papa.”
At that first doctors visit after we were out of the hospital and the nurse called Laurie the grandma, was the day that you became grandpa to little Amy. From that day on that special bond formed between you and Amy, that bond that only a grandfather can have with his granddaughter. One that I see, kind of like the bond I have with my grandpa.
I can’t say that I truly remember the day that I started to see you more of a father figure than a threat in my life. But, I can say that I’m sure glad that I have grown to love you more and more because every day God show’s me a little more of his love through you. You’ve grown to be so much like a dad to me that whenever I talk about you I’m always referring to you as my dad.
From the day we were both born God began to prepare us for this time in our life. He prepared us for the day that I first met you and Laurie as a scared pregnant teenager, to the time now where I can comfortably call you dad. God began to prepare our hearts from that first meeting, so as time progressed his love for us has become more and more clear.
God choose the perfect family to bring me into, to steer me in the right path, to steer me in the direction of Him. God truly choose the perfect man to show me the wonder and the glory of his love. He choose a man who even though we can get irritated with each other at times, I know will never stop loving me like one of his own.
I’m proud to be given the chance to call you dad. Thrilled to be able to have the dad in my life to remind me I’m loved, I’m beautiful and people care. I will be the first to admit, yes I’m a very big daddy’s girl and not afraid to admit it because I have an AWESOME dad! I love you to pieces!!! Oh, and happy birthday :)
First time he held Amy :)
His favorite picture of the two of them :)

His 50th Birthday dinner!

My 21st Birthday