Lately…

Back before Drew was born, we bought a new crib because Jake wasn’t quite ready to convert his into a big bed.  Our logic was that we should give Jake the new crib because he had already chewed on the sides of his old one while teething.  Why ruin two sets of furniture, right?

So the other day, I went to get Jake from “no-nap” (that’s what I call it these days because rarely is naptime an actual NAP anymore) and he was very excited and proud of himself for some reason.

This is him excitedly waving to me.  Double handed.  His talents continue to amaze.

“Look Mommy!  Jake DO DAT!”

And there goes the other set of furniture ruined.  AAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHH!  He had slid his teeth back and forth across the entire side (what will become his foot board in the big bed).  I felt so bad getting him in trouble because I honestly don’t think he realized he was damaging anything.  Just a little bit of abstract art.  Sigh.  Good thing there won’t be a 3rd baby.  If there was, I’d just have them sleep in a pack and play. :)
The boys still love to play together (Drew enjoys it more than Jake).  The first thing Jake does when I turn my back is try and pester his brother.  I suppose I have a lifetime of this to look forward to!

Why yes, mommy would just LOVE a cute brother picture on the horse!  I just love this!  5 seconds later, Jake fell off and hit his head on the window…

Drew also got to try Nutri-Grain bars this week.  This was one of those times we reeeallly needed a bib.

I think it’s safe to say he loved it!
We’ve continued to have plenty of runny noses and coughing over here.  I think this has been going on for almost a month.  Mr. Kleenex should be grateful for our business!  I’m ready for everyone to feel better, for nice weather (I’ve given up on winter), and lots more outside playtime!  

Hello World?

Ok, I’m seriously feeling neglected.  When I look at my blog stats, I mostly have 14 page hits per day.

14??  Really?

I KNOW I have more than 14 friends.  AND it says I have 36 followers (weak).  Are you all just reading it in a feed or are we seriously all enemies now??

SO, let’s make a deal.  If you read this blog (especially if you’re incognito.  Don’t be embarrassed, I stalk people too!!), PLEASE leave me a comment and click the “follow me” button on the side.  Just so I can feel some love.  I mean, it IS Valentine’s Day after all

And if I post this and still don’t receive at LEAST 14 comments, I will discontinue this blog forever.  No more pictures of my super cute kids.

I’m also really good at empty threats.

p.s. and don’t forget to read the post about Drew below.  In all of his 8 month cuteness!

8 Months Old!

Drewbie Drewbie Drew.  I am so sorry that we keep coming up with ways to lengthen your name.  I am already starting to worry about how we can fit your entire name on the back of your high school letter jacket.  Because you’ll let me do that, right?

You are the happiest kid.  I used to think people were lying when they’d say their kids would wake up happy every day.  But now I know your older brother is just unique.  (A pint sized version of your mother, I might add…).  You are grinning ear to ear each time I get you from your crib in the morning or from a nap.  You wake up in the 7:00 hour and sometimes go back to sleep or just happily play with your Scout bear.  We usually get you around 8 and sometimes I wonder how long you’d actually stay in there before you start crying!  For the past month or so you’ve been very predictable with sleep with makes life so much easier (here I go jinxing myself). You typically sleep from 10am-12pm and 2-3:30pm during the day and about 7pm – 8am at night.  And did I mention you’re always happy about it?

Cue Hallelujah chorus.

Drew, this month…

-you are standing everywhere!  You pull yourself up on anything and everything.  You haven’t quite mastered how to move around furniture or toys but I’m sure that will come soon enough.

-you are into everything.  We never really had to childproof for Jake.  He never bothered electrical outlets, trinkets, cords, etc.  YOU, mister Drew, bother them!  This has thrown us for a loop because we’re constantly having to keep an eye on you.  You put everything in your mouth (seriously, everything) and are everywhere.  If you’re in a good mood you will just crawl off on your own and I’ll find you playing by yourself in the playroom or wondering around the kitchen.  This is a completely foreign concept to me!

-you are starting to wear size 6-9 month clothes but honestly that’s just because I’m getting tired of the 3-6 month outfits.  They’re still a little big on you :)
-you are wearing size 3 diapers

-you are the cutest.  I mean, really.

-you are always climbing up on our legs.  This is the view I get a lot during the day!

Anyone notice the orange nose??  It’s a little better now but someone reeeallllly likes his sweet potatoes.  We’ve had to cut back :)
-you nurse 4 times a day and eat solids 3 times a day.  This month you tried yogurt, cheese, graham crackers, lil’ smokies, waffles, cheerios, and ritz crackers.  You are getting really good at picking food up with your hands.  You’re also really good at making a big mess!

Clearly the picture taking is getting a little harder for your mama…

So sweet

And um…someone got jealous of all the picture taking and kicked you out of the chair to give his own super charming face.  (He’s eating a sucker, by the way.  Dang you Valentine’s Day!)

I realized the other day that you really are a quiet kid.  To be fair, someone else doesn’t give you much of a chance to say anything!  You are most vocal in your high chair and right before bath time.  Your favorite sounds are “babababababababababababa” and “yayayayayayayaya”.  The beginnings of very insightful thoughts, I’m sure.

I am so sad we’re getting closer to a year!  It’s been a fun month and I love this age so much more than the newborn stage (sorry, but true).  We are so proud of your accomplishments and are lucky to call you our Drew!  We love you!

Conviction

Lately I’ve been very convicted to share my faith on this blog.  One of my resolutions this year was to put the following verse in action:


But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

-1 Peter 3:15

(the gentleness and respect part being the most difficult, of course!)

Because the last thing I want to be is a lukewarm Christian.

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

-Revelation 3:16

I don’t want people to doubt my love for Christ.  I don’t want to doubt my own love for Christ.  And I want to readily have an answer for each time someone questions my beliefs.  As it says in my Bible’s footnotes, “there is nothing more disgusting than a half-hearted, in-name-only Christian who is self-sufficient.  Don’t settle for following God halfway.  Let Christ fire up your faith and get you into the action.”

Scary, right?  It’s almost too easy to live my life lukewarm.  Depending on God when it’s convenient and depending on myself the rest of the time.  Not standing up for my beliefs, smiling and nodding to things I disagree with, and accepting Satan’s lies as truth.

Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

-1 Corinthians 15:58

And the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection does not elude me.  

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

-John 3:16

I mean, He gave His ONE and ONLY son.  For us.  For sinners.  For people destined to fail and surely to fall.  And the beauty of His sacrifice is that we are saved.  Only by God’s grace have we been saved.

But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.  

-Ephesians 2:4-5

So what does this mean?  We don’t have to live under the power of sin!  The penalty of sin and death was destroyed on the cross so that we can stand confidently as children of God.  To be seated with him in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6).

So what DO I believe?
  • I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.  I believe he died on the cross, rose from the dead, and later ascended into Heaven.
  • I believe the Holy Spirit lives within believers and intercedes for us in prayer
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

-Romans 8:26
  • I believe the Bible is God’s inspired word. (All scripture is God breathed – 2 Timothy 3:16)
  • I believe that God calls us to be baptized in His name and to continually renew that relationship by participating in Holy communion.  14 years ago I committed my life to Christ and haven’t looked back since.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

-Matthew 28:19-20
  • I believe that Jesus Christ is the great high priest.  That He is the church’s ultimate authority and to whom we confess our sins.  
Fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

-Hebrews 3:1

Praise God that we can talk to him whenever we want!  That we can tell him whatever is on our heart (because He knows everything – 1 John 3:20) and we don’t have to be ashamed.  He will not rebuke us (James 1:5) for what we bring to Him in prayer.

Wow.

I can honestly say that 30 minutes ago, I had no idea what I was going to type.  But I hope the words that I’ve said and scriptures I’ve shared can bless your lives in some way.  I don’t want any readers of this blog (or people in my real life) to ever question my faith and love for Christ.  I haven’t always been the best at this and I am anxious to see what this upcoming year brings as Seth and I have committed to study and hold each other more accountable.  I am by no means perfect (although I’m sure you think I am – wink), but the best part is that I don’t have to be!  And the most exciting thing to me now is sharing our faith with our children.  There is nothing sweeter than hearing a small child pray to God and sing the words to Jesus Loves Me.  The fact that God has entrusted us with 2 small, innocent, precious little boys to teach His word is both humbling and nerve-wracking!

I encourage you to do the same.  Challenge yourself this year to learn the scriptures, to always have a reason for the hope that you have, and to be on fire for Christ.  And if you don’t know him yet…He’s ready and waiting.

“Andrewbie James”

I started talking to Jake about his middle name the other day and he was not excited.  He liked the idea of brother having a middle name, all his friends having one, but when I would ask him about his own name, he would get mad. He was being so goofy! The funniest part was when he told me Drew was called “Andrew-bie James”. He almost exclusively refers to Drew as “Drewbie” now…looks like the nickname may stick around for awhile… :)