Thursday, December 19, 2013


That is how I feel sometimes. Just so completely out of control that I just want to scream, AHHHH! Make it stop!

This year has definitely been the toughest year to date in parenting. Baylor is sooooooo strong willed. And Mylea, well, she cries. A lot. And sleep is hit or miss.

This past week has been even more stressful. I found out that not one, but TWO of Baylor's Christmas gifts will not be arriving by Christmas because I ordered them online and thanks to Icemageddon 2013 the trains were all delayed.  I then found out that my credit card info may be stolen due to the in store purchases I made at target a few weeks ago.  And to top it all off, our washer broke and flooded our laundry room. Twice.

So, I prayed. I cried. I talked. I laughed. And I tweaked my thinking.

I am thankful for the mishaps. I am thankful for the challenges that have come my way. I am thankful  for this season of life. Because that's exactly what it is. A season.

I am thankful for Baylor's strong will because that is the way our Creator designed her. I am thankful for the opportunity to parent her and I pray that we teach her, and Christ molds her, to use her strong will for the glory of his kingdom.

I am thankful for sleepless nights because it means that once again God has blessed us with a miracle. Mylea Lou is cutest and chunkiest thing you have ever seen. Her gummy smile will melt your heart and I cannot wait to watch her grow.

I am thankful that even though 2 of Baylor's gifts will not be here on time, we still have so many family members that love her and love to spoil her that she will be none the wiser this Christmas season. We are so blessed by our family in so many ways. This is just one small monetary way they show their love for our family.

I am thankful that we have a washing machine that is getting worn from the wear and tear that a family of 4 can bring on it. There was a time when I was unsure if we would ever be past a family of 2. I am also thankful that it was a reparable part!

I am thankful that these petty things are my biggest stressors.

I am thankful for a Creator who loves me so much that he would send his son to save a wretched soul like me. And I am thankful for this season to celebrate his life that he so selflessly gave for us.

So take that bad attitude! And here are some pics of our little brood!

Her shirt says, " Dear Santa, Does Nice-ish Count?" I thought it was pretty funny :)

Good things come in small packages. 

What does a fox say?

She's a happy little elf!

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

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