Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This is the kind of sugar I like...


3 month photo of my girl!

Can't resist posting about my girl. Being a mom is a full-time job for sure! We are entering new phases. She's been playing with toys the last day or two. She's found her hands and looks at them often while bringing them to her mouth to chew on. Yesterday I bent over her while she was playing on the floor and she carefully brought her hands to my face to touch. She also is wanting to be held more and to cuddle. I like that because I enjoy holding my girl. I just love her.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Abigail at 3 Months


Yesterday was Abigail's 3 "monthiversary"! I can't believe how much she is changing. I love all of it. Last night she slept from 8 PM to 5 AM. Then after she ate at 5 she went back to sleep till 8 AM. Wow! She has mastered rolling from her back to her stomach and wants to sit-up like crazy. So yesterday I put her in a play thing that she can sit up in to play with toys and she LOVES it. She is so happy in there. Now she can sit and watch me cook in the kitchen while she tries to talk to me....I love being her mom!

This is Abigail sitting up in her seat having a good time...she can keep herself balanced too so she doesn't fall forward (she's way too small for it)!

Here's my angel at 3 months! Her cute dress is from her Uncle Joey!

Today in Church our Pastor, Rick, talked about legalism. It was helpful and eye-opening. The passage was based in Luke 6 that deals with the Pharisees and Jesus addressing their man-made rules. Pastor Rick related this with parenting your children and I can't resist sharing it. I definitely want to be careful that I don't parent Abigail with legalism because that's not what Jesus is about.

Things to make your kids hate God....
- Make serving God a chore
- Punish by making them memorize verses
- Punish by making them go to church
- Demand they serve others, but don't serve them as a parent
- Make them earn everything they get from you
- Tell them God is watching them all the time, especially when they do bad things
- You have rules for them that aren't in the Bible but you hold them equal to the Bible

I pray that Abigail sees Jesus for who He truly is and not in this legalistic way. I pray that I would parent in a way that reflects the true character of Christ. It's easy to get competitive as a parent and want your child to be "perfect" in public. I don't want to fall into the trap of making my child obey just for my pride and that I would have her true interests at heart.

Thank you, Lord. Have Your way!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Giggles and Bubbles


My little girl is getting big. She is already 3 months (in 4 days)! Look at the difference in her size with the giraffe. This picture is of her at 2 weeks old and the one below is current.

Tonight Abigail was in a good mood and just tried to talk my ear off like she did last night. It's so cute! When she started to get tired I took her to get a bath...she loves baths. As I started bathing her and talking to her she started giggling like crazy. It was a continuous giggle instead of a spurt of giggles. It warmed my heart. Of course I called Kyle in to hear her laugh as I talked to her. The other thing she is doing the past day or so is making bubbles in her mouth. I love being a mom and I love my Abigail. She is the cutest thing I've ever seen (biased opinion of course...every mom has the cutest kid). Anyways, she's sleeping and so is my hubby so it's off to bed!

My cutie-pie!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Gentle and Quiet

I am so excited to start a new study called, Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer. I think she is my favorite speaker. I went to a conference a couple years ago and God used her in a mighty way to speak to me. Now I think He's going to use her book to speak to me more (of course along with the Bible).

Lately I have had a couple frustrations. The biggest deals with family and it's tough when that happens. I used to be a huge people pleaser when I was young and wouldn't ever say a word when I disagreed with something. But when I was an upperclassman in high school that started to change. I got more confident in myself through Christ. When I went to Liberty I really saw passion for the Word of God. They stand for the truth and don't back off for anyone. I learned a lot there and took that fire they had. I felt that I have had to stand for the truth lately and it's amazing what God can say through someone. But the problem is when the person or people you speak truth to don't agree. It's hard when deception runs so deep they think they're fighting for Christ. It's hard when things start to unravel and you see poor choices made without fully assessing the situation, and consequences of the future. It's really hard when it involves other believers. Satan is a tricky fellow...he can twist the Word of God just a hair but it makes it completely wrong. He knows how to divide believers and families.

Anyways, now it's hard for me to not dwell on fixing things and dwell fully on Christ. Satan wants me to not focus on Christ but the problem. My mission is to glorify Him. I have in confronting, now I need to in waiting and praying. Keeping my mouth shut is hard now, unlike the past. I want to be that woman of a gentle and quiet spirit like 1 Peter 3 talks about. I don't want to disobey God now after I have followed Him for the rest of this situation. I want to lift up my eyes to the One who shines the most. I want my heart to be pure and clean before the Lord....

"but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."
1 Peter 3:4

Lord, help me to seek You and focus on only You!

A little piece of heaven :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Year

As I reflect back on 2010, I see the many hardships I went through with being pregnant and everything. I knew it would be worth it, and it definitely was. As I sit here watching my little girl sleep and seeing the snow fall, I can't help but be excited.

I don't usually make goals a big deal in January because everyone seems to do it and most fail. But I do want some goals because staying home and having a baby changes things. Here are some that I have thought of mentally.
  • Get back my pre-baby physique with Chalene!
  • Do a devotional study with someone else to be challenged
  • Seek the Lord more each day about when to open my mouth and when to keep it closed
  • Encourage my husband as much as possible with his hard work...see him succeed with J2!
  • Not get in a lull with my daughter. Teach her everyday and pay attention so she can reach her God-given potential
I'm very excited for this year. There's going to be several weddings of good friends and I get to watch my daughter grow, and I won't be pregnant....haha (I like like my regular body better). Happy 2011!