Loving these days...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hey friends. I am so sorry I am SO behind on this poor blog. I always have the best intentions of updating more often but there are so many I things I want to do and some things just have to give. Just know I always want to update and hopefully it can happen more often! 
Can I just say I am loving these days. The twins are three and half now and SO fun! Challenging at times for sure, I feel like I am always refereeing and training and correcting, but overall, they are such good, good kids and I am so very proud of who they are and who God is shaping them to be. 
Walker is 10 months now and is just pure joy. He is becoming so interactive with the twins and I'm not sure who is happier about it, him or them. It does this only child's heart SO good to see them love each other so much. 
Before church tonight, Hadley was dressed so precious (in one of her cousin's many fabulous hand me downs) and it was gorgeous outside, so I thought I would take a few shots with my iphone (I need to get out my good camera out more often, but the iphone is just so darn convenient)  and before I knew it the boys were in on the action. Here are a couple shots from today, such sweet days...

Catching up: Walker is 8 months old

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sweet Walkie Pie. You are 8 months old and you have your two bottom teeth as well as one top (they all came in with in a few days of each other.) You are scooting around everywhere and while you aren't crawling yet, you are rocking on those hands and knees like you want to. You have had about every baby puree there is, and you haven't met one you don't like yet. You are still nursing exclusively and are sleeping 12 hours at night plus two 2 hour naps and a cat nap in the evening. You are a treasure and bring us SO much delight! We love you sweet angel. 

Catching up: Walker is 7 months...

This sweet one is 7 months. He is rolling around everywhere, and still loving momma's milk. He has had oatmeal cereal, avocado, sweet potato and green beans. He hasn't met a food he doesn't like. He continues to be the sweetest, easiest baby. Walker Luke we can't get enough of you!

Where I am right now...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Where I am right now... Well, I am on the couch, fire going, all three kiddos in bed, Kentucky basketball game on and scrolling around on my laptop while my husband is practicing his sermon (in our closet) Its a good place to be, but where I am IN LIFE right now is so very good as well.

The past 24 hours have been so very sweet. Last night Luke and I hired a babysitter and were able to enjoy a night out. It was so much better than any date we could plan though. My sweet hubby bought us tickets (he was so sweet to pick up on me saying I would like to go a few months ago, and went ahead and bought them. Isn't it so sweet when you know they are listening to the little details of your heart?) to a Bethel music night. I could go on and on about it, but if you aren't familiar with Bethel Music, look them up. They tour around worshipping God in different cities and grew from a church in California. They are WORSHIPFUL, worshipping our creator with so much love, praise and passion. It does the soul so well to be in his presence, led with such excellence, just praising him so intimately. There is no greater place to be than in His presence, and His presence was so strong last night. We heard amazing words from the leaders and lifted our hearts in praise, and lifted them together, which is a real treat since I never really get to worship with my husband, being a pastor's wife, since he is always working while we are at church. It was refreshing and encouraging and left me wanting more of the Lord, which is always a good place to be.

Sweet Luke also took our family for a day trip to Waco today. He is not usually off on Wednesdays but I asked him next time he was, if we could go to Magnolia Market. If you aren't familiar with it, do your self a favor, turn on HGTV and watch Fixer upper. I could go on and on, but just do it and then you will save me lots of words, and will understand why it MADE MY WEEK. I would show you pics of my 2 purchases today but that would require me to upload all my photos and remember, I'm on my couch, and it is quiet, and I am doing really good to type right now :)

But really WHERE I AM.....
I am in the process of fighting a battle, gripping a strong hold and gaining control over a huge battle in my life... my relationship with food. If you have been a long time reader, you would know I lost almost 40 lbs before conceiving the twins (search under nutrition I think) because I wanted to be IN CONTROL of my eating that had spiraled out of control as a late teen and I wanted to be healthy and ready for pregnancy and to battle my PCOS diagnoses. If I could sum up the seasons of my life with food here they'd be...

age 17-23 Started gaining weight when I could drive and make my own choices. Binged on food, self sabotaged, NO working out, and totally overwhelmed.

2011- Joined weight watchers lost all my weight in about 9 months and in the process understood concept of clean eating. LIFE changer. Totally free from food and so happy.

Twins pregnancy- Ate well, treated myself more but still really healthy and in control. 

Nursing twins- Could get away with murder as far as what I could eat, and so I did and remained my tiniest weight the whole time I nursed.

Post Nursing twins- I had gained 10 lbs after weaning them but started a new love for long distance running, and ate really well, and maintained a great weight and overall healthy relationship with food. 

Walker's pregnancy- My first trimester I had several weeks of feeling yuck... this pushed me to carbs and sugar and bam, I fell off the wagon and never really recovered.

Nursing Walker- the most challenging season. Newly autoimmune diagnosis (more on this later) Low milk supply, making working out really difficult and my motivation for eating well was so not there. I got put on steroids and suddenly my 7 lbs of baby weight turned into 20. 

Which is where I found myself now...
NO MORE. I was so unhappy with my weight and more unhappy with how I was doing mentally with food. Binging on sugar and then hating myself later and then repeating the process. I knew only God could give me strength to change and I was ready to change. I know that SO MUCH of how I am doing spiritually is directly related to my stronghold, which mine happens to be food. I was ready to gain control and grow closer to God in the process. I had toyed around with the idea of whole 30 before and decided this was the time to do it. I am doing it with my mom and sister in love and it has been AMAZING ya'll, like I am pretty sure, life changing. I will do a whole post on this when I am complete, but right now I am on day 17/30 and feel SO MUCH more in control of my eating. It hasn't been easy but after the first week, much easier. So I can't wait to share more about the whole 30, share my results and blog on way more things, updates on Walker, our family and my walk with the Lord in general. As always, I pray this brings you some encouragement friends. If you struggle with food pr whatever stronghold you have, know you are not alone. We are all walking these hard journeys.

Well, thats it for now. Going to watch more Making a Murderer on Netflix with my hubs. We just finished all 5 seasons of Downton Abbey in a row and dang friends, it is GOOD. I pray whereever you are in life, you are seeking more of Him. Love to you all!

Walker is 5 months: September 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hey friends! Our sweet Walker is now 6 months as of yesterday so I thought I better get it together and post his 5 month update before I post his 6 month tomorrow! Below are pictures of month 4 with Walker (the month leading up to his 5 month birthday. (Does that make sense?) 
You had a big month this month Walker, physically as you learned to roll from your belly to back (September 16, 2015) and you are quite good at it! 
You were eating 4 times a day (every 4 hours) and doing great with it until my milk supply tanked, so somewhere during month 5 mommy realized 4 times a day was not enough times on the breast to create sufficient milk for you, big boy. So slowly we are building it right back up!
You are sleeping 12 hours at night still, NEVER making a peep at night. 7:30-7:30 Thank you babywise, and thank you Jesus. 
You truly are the happiest, smiliest sweet pea, and still only need eye contact to just give the biggest cheese. It MELTS me every time!
You squeel and screetch all the time and are taking 2 naps about 2-2.5 hours and then another cat nap in the evening. 
You are grabbing things and bringing them right to your mouth and are starting to slobber a bit. 
You continue to be such a big boy, wearing 9-12 month outfits and drinking 5oz bottles when I pump. 
I am truly not exagerating when I say you are the easiest baby, like UNBELIEVABLY easy. The only thing you don't do perfectly is nap well when we are out and about. Like, you wont fall asleep in your car seat when we are out of the house but if I put you in the baby carrier and give you a paci, you are out. So we use the Ergo a lot for that. 
You love your paci but you only get it outside of our home and it is a life saver when you let out your sleepy scream somewhere :)
There are NO WORDS Walker pie. You have expanded my heart in a way I couldn't imagine possible. You are loved my sweet boy. 
Here is Walker at 5 months and the month leading up to this (after his 4 month update)



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