Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sanctity of Life.

The past few days I have been more keenly aware of how precious life is. What miracles I have been blessed with. As I nurse Isaiah I remember when he was still just kicking away inside of me. As Kaleb strings new words together I stop.

Piggybacks. Method of distraction. Works every time. (almost.) #mamahood

Reflect on my bundles of joy growing so quickly before my eyes.
And so it begins. Baby throws a fit because he wants big brother's toy.

That said, there are thousands of miracles each day that are never able to take their first breath.



Mothers and fathers who will forever wonder what their little one would have looked like, when he or she would have first cooed or laughed, taken that first anticipated step, or gotten a first haircut.


We can't turn the other way and pretend as though it weren't happening. Because it is. Let's do what we can to be a voice for these sweet babies. Let's love single mamas well, be their community. And let's pray. Pray that life would be chosen over convenience.

Please- take three minutes and read this article written by John Piper.

Monday, January 21, 2013

No more, dada.

Have I told you lately how much I love the stages my boys are in? Because I do. I just wish I could freeze time and stay here forever.

Last night my little Isaiah went 12 straight hours without eating! (I wish I could say sleeping, but alas he was up for a bit in protest.) Still though. I will take it. I didn't even have ONE cup of coffee today and still have energy. Amazing what some sleep will do for a body! He is simply too cute for words. He has a new little fake smile where he squints his eyes, almost closes them, and then gives this cheesy smile as his chubby cheeks look as though they may burst.

And my Kaleb? He turned two and a half yesterday. Sigh. That boy just melts my heart. He can be so ornery yet is so sweet and gentle a majority of the time. Our quiet boy is starting to put more words together and use them in different ways. Today? Straight comedy from those dear lips of his.

  Snowy morning. Painting in our jammies. #snowday

 I will set the scene:

John: (Singing loudly.)

Kaleb: (Said with a touch of sweetness and innocence.) "No more dada."

 Oh my, I lost it. Too funny. And not one hour later....

 Me: (Dancing around in a quirky sort of way.)

 Kaleb: "No mama."

I just couldn't stop laughing.

Tonight I tucked him in, pulled the shades down and heard his sweet voice say, "Mama?" To which I responded "Yes, Kaleb?" "Mama go nigh nigh too?"

Melt. My. Heart.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Back in time: Day trip to Heidelberg

As I was looking through photos the other day I found these gems from a quick day trip this fall to Heidelberg, a beautiful German city only one hour away from Ludwigsburg. We were fortunate to take my parents there when they visited us for Christmas. However, it was cold and rainy and I only snapped a few photos which makes me all the more thankful to have these ones from a pleasant sunny day. DSC_0725 DSC_0723 DSC_0718 DSC_0712 DSC_0707 DSC_0704 DSC_0703 DSC_0690 DSC_0684 DSC_0678 DSC_0670 DSC_0666 DSC_0662