Friday, August 31, 2012

Bee's Talent....

So Bee, my mom (who by the way started out as Momma D, and Kennedie refused to say "Momma" to her and her "D" came out "B"  is now just "Bee"), is crazy talented!  I love that she has taken up a bit of sewing as a hobby, because my girls reap the benefits!  Above is a set of gray t-shirt dresses with white fabric flowers that she made with white knickers that she made.... are they not just adorable??  We get compliments on all her handy work all the time!  You'l have to check back later to see her most recent accomplishment..... it's the CUTEST yet!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Common Theme....

About a month ago Sawyer discovered her tongue.... it was so cute!  For a few weeks she just stuck her tongue out randomly.  She hasn't really done it much lately.  It makes me happy that I was able to capture these pictures as a small memento of this short time.... sometimes it's the little tongues.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lantz is a Stud.

Point of fact.... my husband is a stud.  Really.  So we've been admiring some beautiful farmhouse tables for a few years, and thought that one day we might save to buy one..... the nicer ones can run anywhere from $3,000 and up, so obviously it'd have to be something we save for.

Well, then a few months ago I ran across some DIY farmhouse table stuff and showed it to Lantz and jokingly told him he could just make me one (not really thinking he'd take me up on it).  Well, low and behold Lantz breaks down and gets a Pinterest (not sure he wants me divulging that information) and starts pinning lots of DIY farmhouse table stuff.

He decided that he could totally build me a table and so we sold our old table to pay for the lumber for my new farmhouse table.  He borrowed some tools from some friends and got to work.  It has been a exciting few weeks in my house to say the least!  Lantz has been working around the clock on this table.... getting up at 6:00am and working on it before work, working on it when he gets off in the afternoon, working on it after we put the girls to bed until 11:00pm some nights, and also working on it on his days off.  It's been so cool to watch it all come together.... and might I add that it's super sexy to see my handyman take a pile of wood and amazingly turn it into a gorgeous table!  I've got such an incredible husband!  Now for some pictures:


And now the finished product... it is about 8ft long & 4ft wide and it has two extensions- one for each side that makes it about 10ft long.  The bench is about 6ft long and 1&1/2ft wide.  It weighs over 200lbs.  He even took two extra days and did some distressing on it.  It is beautiful!

You can see the attachment... it just slides right on into the table.  
The sad news is that I might not get to keep it.... but the good news is is that he will make me another one.  He had such a great time with this one that he started looking up other DIY things to make in the future.  Well, we will probably need to get him his own tools, so we are thinking of selling this one and buying some tools so he won't have to borrow others and he'll have them for future projects.  We'll see- we haven't decided yet.  Are plans are to find some chairs that we love.  If they are costly then we'll buy one a month until we have a full set..... slow and steady wins the race!

I'm so excited about this table!  This is not one that I plan on keeping for a few years and then trading it in.  I would love to see my grandchildren sit at this table some day, Lord willing.  It's special.

Just wanted to share this exciting piece of our life with you!

Sawyer's Six Month Stats

We just got back from the doctor for Sawyer's six month check up.  She is doing great, but we are going to have to go to an eye doctor to check on her right tear duct.  Her stats are in, and let's just say no one is going to be picking on her on the playground!

Weight: 17lbs & 1.5oz (65%)
Height: 27 & 3/4" (95%)
Head: 17 & 1/2" (90%)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Just for fun!

Over a month ago (yes, a month...I'm behind, but what's new), Sawyer and I were playing in the living room while big sister napped. I like these pictures because they are just fun, and capture some of Sawyer's sweet little moments that are too fleeting.  :)

I took this one to show how long she is... she is going to be one tall girl!  

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good Morning!

Mornings are so fun in our house!  It may be my favorite time of the day.  When Lantz was out of town this summer I started a new thing with the girls.  Sawyer and I get up at 7:00.  I sneak in the girls room and get Sawyer from her crib quietly not waking Kennedie.  I shut their door and then feed Sawyer.    After that I workout and then it's time to get big sister up.

This is the "new" part to our morning routine: Sawyer and I go in the girls room & I lay Sawyer in bed with Kennedie and then I start singing "morning" songs to them.  They both LOVE this.  They look at each other and touch each other and smile really big.  I sing, "Good Morning to you" (in the tune of the "happy birthday" song), then "Rise & shine and give God the glory, glory..." then "Get up you sleepy head, get up get out of bed.  See how the sun is shining..." then "Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day.  I've got a beautiful feeling, everything's going my way."

Alot of times I'll get in bed with them too and we'll just lay there singing for a bit.  The picture above is from yesterday.  After I was done singing she said, "Picture, Mommy."  So I happily obliged and grabbed my camera to snap them in bed (of course she didn't look at the camera though).

Just love this time so much that I thought I'd share.  :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sawyer is 6 Months Old

I just don't think it's possible that my sweet little baby girl is already a half a year old.... crazy.  I feel like time just keeps moving faster and faster.  It really is hard to believe that Sawyer has been with us for 6 whole months.... in some ways it's like she's always been apart of our family, and in other ways it seems like she just got here.  What a blessing this sweet little angel is to our family.

Precious baby girl:
- I am still so blessed by your sweet cuddly personality.  I love when we can catch a nap together and you just pass out in my arms.  I will always treasure those moments.
- You are not a great napper, but awesome at night.   You will sleep anywhere from 9 to 10 hours each night which is awesome!  However, your naps you tend to cut a little short.  Once you wake during the day from a nap you have a hard time putting yourself back to sleep and rarely do so.  It's like you don't want to miss any action in the other room and are ready to be with everyone in the day time.  That's okay... we know you are getting plenty of sleep at night at least.  :)
- You have been rolling over a ton to try to maneuver yourself around.  You haven't figured out how to crawl, but you have figured out that rolling can get you where you want to be.
- You seem much more interested in playing WITH your sister and WITH your toys this month and not as content just looking at everything.
- You are still breastfeeding 5 times a day every 3 & 1/2 hours.  We haven't started you on rice cereal yet, but will probably be doing so shortly.  You still seem plenty content with just milk.
- No teeth yet, but I have a feeling that you'll start cutting some soon.  You drool and chew on everything.
- You have found your voice and have now starting crying when you are fussy and tired.. but you are still such a good baby and so laid-back.  I love how smiley you are!
- You still have those crystal blue eyes and those curls atop your head, but it appears that some of your new hair coming in may be a tad lighter- it's hard to say.
- Your right eye is still watering quit a bit due to your over active tear duct.  We will have to talk to the doctor about that since it hasn't cleared up yet.
- Not sure how much you weigh because we haven't been to the doctor yet.  But, you are wearing all of your 3 -6 month clothing and some of your 6-9 month things.

My dear little Sawyer Sue, you are so precious.  I look at you and just can't help melting.  You are just such a fun sweet little baby.  I truly do enjoy every moment with you.  I still love when we can sneak in a little cat nap with just the two of us cuddling up together... I will always treasure that sweet time.  I love how you are becoming so much more alert and active. It's so sweet to watch you lay on your belly and pull your self up on your arms so tall and look around.  You seem to roll towards your sister constantly already wanting to be wherever she is it.  I love the bond that you two already have.  I feel like you are a Momma's girl right now and that just warms my heart so much... I love that I can tend to make it all better.  You mean the world to me Sawyer Sue and I love you more than I could ever tell you.  Thank you for bringing me so much joy sweet one.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From the wife of a youth minister.....

I really love being a youth minister's wife.  Really I do.  I have a heart and passion for youth ministry.  I love being with teenagers, and I love to see teenagers falling in love with God.  Amazing.  Teens are inspiring and fun.  I love to see them study their Bible's and open their hearts in prayer.  Sometimes I wish that I would've majored in youth ministry.  When thinking about this path in college- I wasn't sure if it was the right path for me though.  I knew that I could never do youth ministry without my husband.... in my mind it was always a joint effort.  I don't think I could work separately from my husband in the church... it would be to close of quarters to partner with someone else (who wasn't my spouse) to do the work of the church in ministering to teenage girls.  So.... not knowing who my husband would be at the time, or if he would do youth ministry, or for that matter even like teenagers- it was a no-brainer to not choose that route.  Besides- all I really wanted to do was be able to stay at home and raise babies and be a wife.  But, I always wanted to be a teacher too and have my own classroom.  This route allowed me to have summers off to do ministry and also to be with my own kids one day when they were in school.

Anywho... I am beyond blessed to get to partner with Lantz {in an unpaid} position.  I am so grateful for his heart for ministry and teens.  I am so grateful that I get to go to (almost) all of the youth events and work side by side with him.  How lucky am I?  I get to be a stay-at-home mom and on top of that I get to serve the Lord beside my husband in ministering to teens.

I preface all of the above to be honest.... this past summer was hard.  I mean really hard.  It was hard for a number of reasons though.  With two sweet and amazing baby girls it is impossible to drag them to everything youth group related.  So, I didn't get to make every trip or go to every activity.

This means a number of things... but number one, it means that I am away from my love... my partner in crime... my best friend... my better half.... my husband.  It was really hard.  I don't know how people handle their spouses traveling.  I feel like a weeny just admitting this was so trying for me, because I know so many others who spend countless days, nights, or weeks away from their spouse.  I spent a total of 16 days away from Lantz all within 6 weeks.  It was so hard.  If you have two little ones, than you know how challenging it can be at times.  Some days (when Lantz isn't out of town) I am counting the minutes when he gets home so I can take a break from playing dress-up dolls or holding a crying baby... or two crying babies for that matter.  So... to go 16 days with no one coming home at the end of the day was hard.  Really hard.  I love my girls more than words can say, but it's hard to do it by yourself.... and I'm blessed to have family near by who were so sweet to drop in and help me at times.  I just can't imagine how single parents do it.  Plus- I don't sleep well when Lantz isn't home- I just toss and turn all night-- and my dog is on extra alert and likes to bark at every twig breaking outside.  So- on top of it being hard it was tiring too.  can I be really honest?  I was a little jealous too.  I mean he got to go on two AMAZING mission trips and serve.  He went to Nicaragua and also to South Texas.  Now... these are not "luxury" trips, so you might think I'm crazy for being a little jealous.... but if you read above then you get it.  I love youth ministry.... not just that though.  I LOVE my heavenly Father so much and I would have loved the opportunity to serve him in a different way, or to have been molded by Him in a different way.  I think it would have been incredible to have been apart of those two trips and to serve others but also to watch our teens grow in new ways.  Lantz came back with a little bit of a new lens, and I stayed here... unchanged and a bit envious.... but still grateful to be with my girls.

I am appreciative that I was able to go to camp Kadesh at ACU with Lantz and serve alongside him there the first week of summer.  It was a rough week there too.  Amazing- but hard.  We are talking like 16 to 17 hour days. So even though we got to bring the girls with us- we had a hard time.  It was exhausting.  I am breastfeeding Sawyer and so I had to excuse myself every now and then to feed her, or go pump.  It was hard on Kennedie because she would see us for just a little while here and there and then scream and cry as we dropped her and she watched us walk away (with Sawyer).  It was an incredible week, and I'll definitely do it again- but it wasn't really good quality "family time" if you know what I mean.

I also was able to go with Lantz on our Senior Leadership Retreat.  But again- that was hard because we were away from the girls for 4 days.  It was really hard to leave Sawyer for the first time.  We took them down south to Camp Eagle where we "roughed it" a bit.  We stayed two nights in un-airconditioned cabins and one night out camping.  We carried huge packs (mine was like 32 pounds.. along with my handy pump inside) and hiked in the crazy heat.  It was really fun to excuse myself randomly from the group and go pump behind a rock.... awesome.... not.  But- such an incredible growing opportunity for our Seniors, and I'm grateful that I had the chance to go and continue to build those relationships.

I also missed out on 3 amazing middle school mission days.  Lantz took the kids one day to make "smile boxes" for children around the world who are less fortunate.  Another day they went to Fort Worth to play with kids at an inner city camp.  And another day they went to downtown Dallas to serve all day at an organization that works with the homeless population.  It all sounded incredible.

When Lantz was home it was busy and still hard.  Summers are crazy.  Even if he's home he has to hurry and get the details worked out for the next trip or event.  He did a great job being with us girls as best as possible, but it was hard.  Plus he preached this last weekend so he had a sermon to prepare.  And now... he is preparing for the Labor Day Retreat for the teens.  I feel like once we get through with that life will slow down a bit.

So, as grateful as I am for Lantz's amazing job- it was a rough, and exhausting summer.  I'm ready for life to get back into a rhythm and for the pace to slow some.

But I know that my calling is so much more right now.  The Lord of all the universe has entrusted me two beautiful girls to raise to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him.  I know I can't get caught up in envy and woe.  I have a mission field at home that I've been called to, and I can't slack.  I only get once chance.  I'm grateful that the Lord continues to remind me of my value as a mother.  I can only pray that I am doing what I can to raise Christ followers.

I don't know exactly where all this came from.... I mean, I didn't intend to sit and write all of this, but here it is... out there for the whole world.  I know that sometimes I just dump pictures, but I still want this to be a place where I can track our day to day things and a place where I can share openly.  I'm not sure if there was a point to any of it, but I just wanted to be honest.

I love the Lord so much.  I love my sweet husband.  I love my amazing girls.   And as hard as it can be at times, I love youth ministry.

Precious Lord, thank you for the life you have blessed me with.  May I rejoice always and be grateful for all that you have given me.  You are Lord, and you are so good.  May my heart continue to be molded for your service.  In Jesus name, Amen.  

Monday, August 6, 2012

Little Red Dress

So.... my mom saved a little red dress of mine from when I was a baby.  You may remember seeing a picture of Kennedie in it when she was a baby.  A few weeks ago I remembered to take a picture of Sawyer in it.  I have some side-by-side pictures of all three of us in the dress.  Unfortunately none of us are the same age in the pictures- so it's not a complete fair comparison.  Mom thinks I was about 6 months old in the picture, Kennedie was about 3 months old, and Sawyer was 5 months old.  What are your thoughts???