Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Fourth of Jefferson

Jefferson, where did the time go? How is it you're already four and already talking about can't waiting until your voice gets deep and you get hair on your arms like a real man. You're the sweetest, most laid back charmer I've ever known, but under your calm demeanor is a fierce warrior, protective of your family with a passion for God.
We could not be more proud of the man you are growing up to be! We love seeing you grow in wisdom, and stature, and favor with God and men. We feel so blessed to have you as our son and we love you to infinity and beyond! Happy Birthday my JeffBaby! And here's the traditional birthday interview!
What's Your Favorite Color? Blue
What's Your Favorite Toy? My new Nerf dart guns and my RescueBots
What's Your Favorite Movie? Veggie Tales and Dusty (Airplanes)
What's Your Favorite Food? Chocolate food!
What's Your Favorite Game? Monopoly
What's Your Favorite Snack? Fruit Snacks! And pistachios! Oh and put down peanuts!
What's Your Favorite Song? Jesus is my Superhero!
What's Your Favorite Book? The "Oops" book, the turkey one! (Sandra Boynton's Blue Hat, Green Hat)
Who's Your Best Friend? Bubby and Jaden and Wils!
What's Your Favorite Thing To Play Outside? Chalk on the sidewalk and baseball with Daddy!
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? A worker man, in a jet, as a pilot!
What's Your Favorite Holiday? What's that? A day we celebrate? Oh! I know! Christmas!
What's Your Favorite Thing To Sleep With? My blue blanket
What's Your Birthday Dinner? The Chip Place! (Chipotle)
What's Your Favorite Thing To Eat For Breakfast? Circle sausage, nothing else. Oh and bacon, that's all. And bagels though, with honey on them, but the little bagels, not the big bagels. 
What's Your Favorite Thing To Watch On TV? Yo-Ho (Jake and the Neverland Pirates)
What's Your Favorite Fruit? Watermelon!!
What's Your Favorite Animal? Um, hippo!
What's Your Favorite Thing To Drink? Lemonade and chocolate milk Daddy makes for me!
What's Your Favorite Bible Verse? The sword, Sword! (We call Bible verses, "swords", therefore the sword "sword" is Hebrews 4:12)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

1 Month LilyMae

Happy One Month my pretty little princess. Now I get that you're totally confused seeing you were a month old about three weeks ago.
And here you are about to be two months old and I'm just now posting about your first 30 days, but just grin and nod and know you are in for a whirlwind of a non-stop crazy loud happy life.
You are in newborn to size 1 diapers, and 0-3 months clothing (which consists mainly of the color pink and always topped with a bow).
You are smiling and cooing already and love tummy time. You can hold your head and shoulders up off the ground and look around at your wild big brothers.
At your check up yesterday you weighed 9 1/2 lb, 21 1/2" long and impressed the doctor with your head control and verbal skills. You like keeping eye contact with the person who gets to be entertained by your adorable "coos" and if they look away you start fussing...you are such a girl! (in the most perfect way ever!)
Your brothers are enamored by you, cuddling and kissing you with every opportunity. Your Daddy is wrapped around that tiny little pinky of yours. And I cannot image life without your sunshine smile filling my day. You're the most perfect little bundle of pink and God blessed us richly when He gifted us you! We love you LilyMae!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day, Photo Shoots, and Galaxies Far Away...

I'm not sure why I keep attempting some sort of Father's Day picture gift especially with what happened the last time...big fail.
At least it gave us a fun story, once the boys recovered from the trauma.
But this year I figured if I could get them interested in the concept it may help. They did not disappoint. The older two jumped right into character, in fact it took most of the rest of the day for them to leave character.
Wils wasn't a fan of wearing the mask and LilyMae wasn't happy with her hair, but with the help of a postal worker delivering packages who helped get the Star Wars kids' attention in the same direction, we'll call this a Father's Day miracle!
Happy Father's Day Matt from your Jedi knight, handsome pilot, little vader, and princess. These are some very blessed kids to have you to make them chocolate milk, flip them upside down, teach them everything about every sport, and shepherd them towards their Heavenly Father. 
We love you!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What's Up with Us?

It's been quiet around the blog lately. Ok, I'm being modest. It's been dead silent around the blog lately.
And while it would be easy to blame it on having a newborn and not enough time, that's not really the case.
I was blessed with a very laid back, go with the flow, newborn so I've got plenty of time to sit down and blog.
It's not because I don't want to blog anymore and have lost interest in it.
Because honestly there are some nights I'm lying in bed trying to fall asleep and a brilliant post pops into my head and I write it out mentally and forget it when I wake up. But none the less, I'm rather connected to this little corner of the internet.
No, it's been pretty lifeless around here because of, well, life.
Summertime is here in force and we are outside in sprinklers and slip n' slides, engaged in heavy water gun fire, and puddle splashing.
The garden is growing, so are the weeds, and so are these little men...faster than I would like.
So while the days are long and sunny, I'll be outside, with them, and not necessarily blogging daily. But with the antics these guys go through I'm sure another post is in the making any moment!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weeds, Roots, and Discipleship

The four of us stood there staring down at the beaten up patch of earth we had called our garden last summer.
The boys had fond memories of picking sweet pea pods and vines bursting with fat cucumbers. Now they stood numbly taking in the hard, cracked soil overrun with the healthiest crop of weeds in existence.
I explained to my row of boys beside me we needed to rid this patch of these nasty weeds and make the soil healthy again so we could plant our new garden. One by one they attacked the stubborn green clusters tugging, ripping, and falling back hard when the weed would partially give way.
Next they tried coming at the unsightly plants with troughs and rakes only to come away with handfuls of leaves and barely denting the packed soil around the root. And then just as they had begun, one by one they started giving up, declaring it impossible.
Their tired dirty hands hung low by their sides and once again we stood there staring at that patch of earth deeply rooted by terrible weeds and they wondered aloud if the garden would ever exist again. I told them all to sit down and rest beside our garden for a few minutes.
As they watched I began to dig away around a particularly stubborn weed. I explained how Satan wants our hearts to be like this. He takes the rich ground we have in Jesus and sows his weeds, thick, ugly, stubborn weeds. The soil looses it's value, it becomes hard, and the sinful weeds take deep root.
The only way to get rid of the weeds, the lies, bad habits, selfishness, prideful weeds, is to pull out the whole thing, by the root. I explained how just pulling off the top leaves, or the part you can see would leave a hidden root which would grow again and strangle our good seeds. I dug and clawed until I could pull out the whole ugly root and the boys marveled at how deep it had been inside the soil.
Keeping our hearts fertile for growing in God requires constant weeding, of the whole root. We looked at the blisters on our hands and talked about how removing some weeds from our lives might even be painful, but the healthy soil we leave behind in our hearts will grow sweet and delicious fruit. One by one the boys got to work again, now naming each weed they attacked something they wanted to work on in their lives. The garden became a discipleship ground they could visualize as their hearts. That day as healthy seeds were sown in our backyard, Godly seeds were sown in little hearts. And now every day as we water our garden, rid it of weeds, and watch our plants grow my little men talk about weeding their hearts, and the healthy things God is growing in them.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

40 Weeks - The Last "Belly Shot"

I started this post last week and forgot to finish it, but wanted to document the final "Belly shot" even if LilyMae is already two weeks old! At least the picture was taken on the official 40 week mark :)
How Far Along: 40 Weeks - born May 6 at 39 weeks
Size of Baby: 7 lbs 2 oz. and 20.5 inches long
Gender: Girl- Elizabeth Mae
Maternity Clothes: None! Yay! Back to my regular clothes and summertime sundresses and sandals :)
Movement: This little lady does not stay still long! She loves tummy time and is already holding her head up to look around.
Schedule: LilyMae is such a good baby! She nurses every two hours during the day and gives me a 5 hour stretch then a four hour stretch at night! 
Best Moment of the Week: Celebrating our precious LilyMae arriving to our family! We have longed to meet her and can hardly believe she's finally here! Thank you everyone for your prayers and celebration along with us!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To Know Her By Name

We had over four and half months of knowing a little girl was growing our family. Twenty weeks of anticipating pink and bows, pearls and lace. One-hundred and forty days of trying to imagine a little girl in this mix of boys.
And then suddenly here she was. After 45 minutes of contractions we headed to the hospital. After two hours of waiting through IV antibiotics we grew more excited. After my water broke she was in my arms in seconds and suddenly, she was here.
This tiny little girl I couldn't picture before was laying on my chest and I was looking into her eyes and I was in love. We had those 20 weeks to pick her name and I just couldn't. I longed to know her by name but I couldn't picture her face.
But on May 6, at 3:05 AM, there I was staring into those dark eyes and running my fingers through her thick black hair and it was like I've always known her. This beautiful baby was my Lily, my Elizabeth Mae and I knew her by name.
And just like that the 4 1/2 months of wondering and waiting melted away. The little girl I couldn't imagine before had so entrapped my heart now I couldn't imagine life without her. 
Happy Birthday to our little princess,
Elizabeth Mae Clark. 
We love you!