. . . for Lauren and Lauren

December 17, 2014

I can't stop . . .

scarf: groopdealz   jeans: old navy   boots: justfab   

wearing these boots.

buying scarves on groopdealz.

watching the Holiday.

eating my gingerbread house piece by piece. 

loving our Christmas tree.

wishing there was snow on the ground for Christmas.  

feeling proud for getting my Christmas cards out on time.  

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December 16, 2014

A wish come true

I've been waiting for a few months to write this post and can't believe that it's actually going to happen.  My sister and her family are moving here in one week!  

If I had three wishes they have always been (1) to be able to fall asleep the second I went to bed, regardless of noises, snoring, thoughts, etc. and to stay asleep until I needed to wake up (2) to be able to stay at home with my kids and not have to worry about money and (3) for my sister to live near me.  

Since I was in 8th grade my sister and I have never lived in the same state and I honestly never thought it would happen.  I am still in disbelief that we will be living within ten minutes of each other.  

I can't even say how much I appreciate my relationship with my sister.  She is my best friend, an amazing aunt, a good listener, great advice giver, encouraging, funny and I love spending time with her.  And I can't even wait to benefit from all these things in person.  

I have dreamed of having Addilyn grow up with her cousins and it makes my heart so happy that she'll never remember anything different.  I can't even wait to babysit my nieces and nephew on a regular basis, to have cousin sleepovers, to watch the Bachelor and Scandal together, to go shopping, to kill the dreaded hours together of 4:00-5:30 when daddy gets home from work, to work out together, weekly dinners as a family and so many other things!  

Lauren I can't even wait for you to live here.  Thanks for making one of my three wishes come true!! Now I can replace it with something like wanting all sweets to be healthy.  Life will be even better with your family here!  

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December 15, 2014

I don't want to forget . . .

That your short little legs barely grew since last year and you still fit it to some clothes that you did last winter. 

How you stand in the living room jumping saying "ashes, ashes" and calling our names to come play Ring around the Rosey.  We spin in a circle holding your hands while your feet barely touch the ground.   You fall on the ground and immediately say "again? again?"

The silly face you made for two weeks straight and will usually still make when we say "do your face."

How you say "hey baby: and "yeah baby". 

How you open your mom and say ahhhhh. after you take a drink, as if you haven't had anything to drink in days. 

How you say Aunt Lo all the time and love when she comes over.  You run up and down the hallways saying Aunt Lo, and answer Aunt Lo whenever I say who's coming over tonight. 
How you say "mama nurse.  peeeese." sometimes during the day and when I try to do anything other than that when you wake up in the middle of the night.  

How your tiny little legs run so fast and how you rarely have hesitation about trying something new, like open gym.  

How you pretend to talk on the phone and say hellooooo, with the o sound all drawn out.  

How when I ask you if you want to work out with mama you start doing leg kicks and squats and laugh and laugh.  

How you love being outside. 

How often you say "mama" and how loud and somewhat aggressively you say "dada."  The second you wake up from your nap or when he is home.  All. the. time.  And he loves it.

How fun it is to watch you learn new things, talk non stop, and change all the time.  And how much we love your little self!

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December 14, 2014

Forgotten pants

top: old navy   vest: tjmaxx   jeans: gap  boots: target

Sometimes I forget about pants that don't get tucked into boots or aren't leggings.  I loves these pants and this denim shirt was probably my best purchase this Fall.  I wear it all the time.

But way cuter is the little girl who when I got my timer out the other day ran against the wall, smiled and froze for the camera.  If only she stayed still for more than two seconds so I had a picture of it.

Hope you all have a great start to your week!

Addilyn's shirt and top:  old navy    tights & boots:  target 

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December 11, 2014

The cross was enough

Last Sunday we went to church and we had been having a really good weekend.  Chris and I went out to his work party on Friday night, Saturday I got to go to a movie with my sister in law.  Chris took Addilyn swimming at the Y and was almost done cooking dinner when I got home.  We had friends over, our house was relatively clean and dinner was delicious.  Sunday morning I had the somewhat rare occasion where I loved what I was wearing, and felt good about myself.  Despite Addilyn crying when we dropped her off at nursery I felt good that we were at least there, when it's easy for me to find excuses not to come because I hate that she cries during the service.  

All in all, I was feeling pretty good about us.  

Worship is one of my favorite parts of church, maybe my most favorite.  I often get emotional as we sing songs and I think about getting my heart right with God.  We started singing the song Jesus, Son of God and got to the line the cross was enough.  Over and over we sang it.  

I started thinking about what makes me feel good about life.  This morning it was having time with just Chris and I, having time with my sister in law, finding an outfit I felt good in, and feeling like this weekend we had our stuff together.  But none of that really matters.  

God didn't forgive me for all my sin because I had a nicely decorated house or because our family had a fun weekend together.  It's easy for me to find my happiness in other things.  And there's nothing wrong with those things, but I realized I was basing a lot of my attitude lately on how I felt about our circumstances.  

I want the cross to be enough for me.  To find my fulfillment in what God has done for me and who His is, not what I am doing.  Not in my circumstances or not in how well I can control things.  

On the altar of our praise, let there be no higher name
Jesus son of God
You laid down your perfect life
You are the sacrifice
Jesus Son of God

Be lifted higher than all you've overcome
Your name be louder than any other song
There is no power that can come against your love

The cross was enough
The cross was enough 

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