Tuesday, January 31, 2012

31 weeks and Family Date Night

No way this is possible. I can't believe I will be getting to meet this little one in 9ish weeks!

Also, I know I mentioned before, but I have not been sleeping well, and by well I mean most nights I am awake by 3am and up for the rest of the day. On Saturday night this happened once again. My husband decided to take the boys to church by himself so I could try and get a little rest before the routine of the week begins. I was able to sleep and felt great by the time they got home. I made a french toast breakfast/brunch and we finished painting our middle boys room. Then my husband surprised me and wanted to take us out on a family dinner date!



he thinks his mouth must be open for pictures...


My favorite girly flats!



It was soooo nice to have such a relaxing day and be spoiled with a dinner out. I so deeply love my boys and we are all so excited to welcome this new little one into our crew.


-Erin

pleated poppy

Monday, January 30, 2012

accomplished

These days it doesn't take much for me to feel accomplished, but I still get excited about fun projects getting done.

I had a moment to paint some decorating accessories that haven't been used in awhile. We have an empty bookshelf, mantel, and needed a small basket for storage... and more, but I had this stuff on hand. While getting necessities at Target I saw some decor in a lovely color, but I really want to use what I have before I buy anything.

We recently painted our dining room in a similar color to the decor I saw, so I decided to try it out on my unused items.









and just for fun



I am loving the way they now coordinate and help fill our space. I only have to add a few finishing touches and then the room will be done!

There is another painting project I am currently working on, I hope to be able to reveal it later this week.




-Erin






Sunday, January 29, 2012

gratefuls

yes that is a made up word, but I don't mind...

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:36

46. making a new friend
47. a little boy learning to talk
48. caring boys that help me rest
49. a baby in the womb kicking his brother on the outside
50. blue
51. brothers that pray for each other
52. bear hugs
53. a husband that cares about my health
54. free paint
55. project ideas
56. finishing painting a room
57. a sunny day
58.prayers from friends
59. buying valentine gifts
60. needed curtains on sale
61. another room almost finished
62. sparkly shoes
63. finding an item that fits
64. new nail polish
65.a few hours to sleep in the morning after no sleep at night
66. enjoying french toast with the family
67. boys enjoying food I made them
68. a daddy playing catch with his son
69. a family that loves seeing each other
70. re-purposing things around the house
71. yogurt parfaits
72. little boys jokes
73. new furniture find
74. laughing
75. a family date





-Erin



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Are you for REAL?

With all this sharing every week, soon all my secrets will be out!


1. I was sooooo shy as a child I didn't speak in school until the second half of first grade.

And at that point it was very quiet and only selectively. My mom used to have to go in and take my tests with me, while I would whisper my answer to my mom, she would repeat it to my teacher.


2. I always wanted 4 boys

Which is blowing my mind, that I will soon have 4 boys! It will be crazy, but seriously there are no others that can melt my heart the way these boys can.


3. I can't run long distances... or even short ones...

About a year ago the women at the church were challenged to devote their physical well being to Christ and exercise their bodies. One goal was training to run or walk a half marathon. I decided to start training and went between walking and running.

 I didn't feel aptly prepared to do a half, but I did a 5K. Which is not much to a lot of people, but it was a lot for me. My whole family was so supportive. I stopped training shortly after, but I plan on slowly starting up again after the baby is born. I am nervous but excited to really give it a go.

My boys were so proud of my small accomplishment. I love them!


4. I love painting my nails

I own a lot of nail polishes and it is therapeutic for me. I love to try crazy colors, it is probably the way I am most daring. A new nail polish can seriously make my day!


5. My husband is the only one I ever dated

I remember in high school I was wondering if I would ever have a boyfriend. I'm sure my shyness didn't help. Everyone would tell me that I would be a lucky one and meet the right one the first time around and not ever have to deal with all the heartbreak stuff.

They were right, the summer after I graduated high school I met and started dating my husband. I am so grateful my heart was protected from previous relationships.

He is amazing and he brings out the me in me. I never feel more natural and myself than when I am around him.

Our first kiss as husband and wife! Almost 9 years ago!



I am linking up again with
five days five ways | 5 Things Thursday
because it is just fun, you should do it too!


-Erin

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Delicious



I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but my goodness I can just eat this sweetness right up! I love the little grown-up way of sitting on a little toddler body. The way his wrists have no real shape, just a squeezable layer of fat with chubby hands holding his Bible, and the same with his ankles leading his chubby feet into his Lightning McQueen slippers. The sweetness is irresistible! DELICIOUS!

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Psalm 127:3


-Erin


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

30 weeks and trying

Last night (along with many others) I was not able to sleep much. I was awake from about 3am on. When my husband asked if I slept well I responded with, "Does it look like I slept?" he replied so sweetly, "You do look like you got rest."

Normally I would think, oh great, I look this bad when I get rest! But this morning it made me feel special that my husband sees me one way, beautiful. It doesn't matter if my face is swollen, my eyes are watery, my nose is runny, my hair is a mess, and I haven't slept well in months, and yes I have a cold, he sees beyond that.




So I tried this morning to get ready the best I could, even though you can still tell I am sick... lucky for me, my husband loves when my hair is up in a ponytail! As he left he also told me that he wanted me to try as hard as I can to just rest. And I know that by the time he gets home my make-up will be all rubbed off from blowing my nose, my hair will look even worse, and I may or may not have food spilled on me, but my husband will not notice any negative thing. I do realize how lucky I am to have him!

He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the LORD.  Proverbs 18:22

I feel this verse applies in reverse as well. I am overjoyed with the favor that the LORD has shown me today!


-Erin

pleated poppy

Sunday, January 22, 2012

more gratefuls

16.  a husband to love
17. a husband that loves me
18. money to buy groceries
19. sweet little mouths to feed
20. painting a room for my son
21. tissue for my runny nose
22. fun decorations for the family room
23. a new book my children love
24. gift cards
25. an easy quick dinner to prepare
26. my curling iron
27. chapstick
28. hide and seek
29. forgiveness
30. friends that care
31. silly laughs
32. protection from the rain
33. a car to get around in
34. catching up with someone I haven't seen in awhile
35. being told jokes by my children
36. clean water
37. not doing the dishes after dinner
38. resting after a long day
39. a good doctor appointment
40. hearing my baby's heartbeat
41. learning and growing from scripture
42. little boys that give big hugs
43. another great teaching at church
44. a full nights sleep
45. meeting new people

Thursday, January 19, 2012

dreams

A couple of years ago I went to a bible study on the book of Ruth lead by our pastor's wife. She is so full of wisdom and is a great communicator. She also writes a blog.

Anyway she talked about dreams and how it is important to have them and that no matter how far fetched they seem, to work for these dreams and you may be surprised.

These are some dreams that I have

1. Travel To Europe

I have this little fantasy of traveling by train through the countryside of Europe with my husband. It sounds oh so romantic and fun to me.

2.Write Something Meaningful For My Family

Never being one that has ever even had a journal, I would love to be able to write down things... life lessons, recipes, really anything important to pass down to the future generations of my family.

3. Make My House A Home

I am obsessed with HGTV. I love pretty things and more importantly making my house a home. We just bought our first home about 3 months ago, so I am able to release a little of this now, but I am a little limited physically due to this little guy growing inside of me.

4. Adopt

I have been beyond fortunate and blessed being able to have children. Having had 2 miscarriages, I do realize it is not easy for every woman to just have a baby. I also have loved the idea of welcoming a child into this family through adoption. It is a desire that is on my and my husbands heart, so we will continue to pray and follow the Lord's leading in this.

5. Be Myself

That isn't always easy for me, I am still learning who I am. I do hope I am always changing and growing though. My faith is who I am and it sets the path for the wife, mother, friend, etc. that I am. I can see the great and unique ways each of my boys are, and I want to show them that each one of us has a special plan and if we use the gifts we are given, great things can happen. So I must show by being my quirky, silly, soft spoken, but often funny self.


There are so many more things I can think of, but we will stop here for now. I would love to hear any dreams that you have. It is fun to dream and look back on the dreams that come to fruition!

-Erin

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Grace

Such a powerful word with so many meanings. I was just sitting here thinking about how much grace has been poured over me and how I want to share the same grace with others.

He who loves purity of heart
And has grace on his lips,
The king will be his friend
Proverbs 22:11

More specifically I was thinking grace with speech. Don't you just love being around people that are so gracious that even bad news doesn't sound bad?! I want to be able to communicate an honest gratitude and love to people I am around.

Sometimes my shyness gets in the way of saying what I want to say, even if it will build a person up. Crazy, I know!

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.   
John 1:14

Ahh, I love it! Purity of heart, grace on his lips, full of grace and truth, what an uplifting way to be. I am excited to be able to put this into practice more intentionally!

If there is anything on your heart I would love to hear about it!



-Erin

still looking...

I have been on the hunt for maternity jeans and have had no luck. I thought I had finally found a pair so I bought them, while in line I saw a non-maternity shirt that looked cute and figured it was worth a shot buying. I was so excited to have jeans I thought would fit, but was not too optimistic about how the shirt would look.

Well I was wrong about both! The shirt is so soft and comfortable and forgiving, which will be fantastic for after the baby is born, and the jeans were too tight. I tried the next size up, but those were way too big. I would have been super disappointed, but my love for this shirt has saved me from an emotional breakdown.

Here are a few of the many ways I plan on wearing this oh so lovely shirt.










-Erin



                        
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Monday, January 16, 2012

grateful

It's never too late to start writing my thankfulness down.

  1. celebrating another year of my husbands life
  2. a date night
  3. fun with friends
  4. a chubby toddler hand to hold
  5. life inside my womb
  6. blankets
  7. sounds of laughter
  8. my husband having an extra day off work
  9. nail polish from my son
  10. daddy love to his son
  11. feeling constant movement from a son inside
  12. a Jesus following church
  13. transparent teachings
  14. snow to play in
  15. brotherly love

Praising God today for just a few of his many gifts!

-Erin



Sunday, January 15, 2012

search my heart

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties Psalm 139:23

My life is incredibly blessed, but unless I am willing to see my errors and work to change them, I will never grow. It is so much better for things to be searched out and changed before I wrongly treat those around me.

Like mentioned here I am intentionally working on gentleness. It helps to have this reminder on the forefront of my mind. At times I have been able to catch myself before my tone turns nasty, but I have also noticed that there is also much room for improvement. I don't want my children to carry the scars of my mistakes.

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

This is something that I am constantly reminding and trying to teach my boys. My favorite way to teach them is to model it. Sometimes situations can be hard, but I want them to see a mom that lives out her faith.

There are so many things I can just tell them about or even tell them to do, but I want to just tell them, I want to show them. This coming week will probably carry some surprises, and with those surprises will come opportunities for growth.

It may not always be easy, but the reward is great. I am so encouraged for the start of this week!

but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  Matthew 6:20


-Erin

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Happy Birthday

Not just any birthday, Happy 30th Birthday! I love you so much and feel so privileged to be your wife and the mother to your kids! You are an incredible man!







-Erin

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I bet you didn't know...

Since I just started this blogging thing, oh less than 3 weeks ago, there are a lot of things you don't know about me. But here are 5 random things just for fun!

1. I am incredibly funny.

okay, so I might think I am funnier than I am, but seriously, I say all the funny things and my husband gets all the laughs when he repeats me.


2. I have random songs in my head... like a lot

I don't listen to much music these days, so the songs that get stuck in my head are mostly from when I was in high school over 10 years ago. And most of them are not even close to appropriate enough to sing out loud with my children around


3. I listened to inappropriate music in high school

I repented... moving on :)


4. I talk to myself

I have just recently caught myself doing this. I might have caught myself doing this in public, oops. Sorry people I am the crazy pregnant lady with too many kids to keep sane.


5. I think I know people from their blogs

so this one is really embarrassing. Sometimes when I am having conversations with real life friends I am about to say something about someones blog talking as if I was apart of the bloggers life. Luckily I am shy and think about things before I talk, so I don't sound too crazy most of the time.


I am linking up with Abbie, but I would love to get to know you a little better. You can leave a comment with random things about yourself or leave a link to your blog or post in a comment. Looking forward to getting to know more about you!


-Erin


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

the last trimester begins

That does not seem possible at all! In about 12 weeks so many questions about this little boy will be answered.

I will get to kiss his little cheeks, hold his little hand, swaddle him up and hold him close.




my 5 year old loves taking pictures



I will get to love on him and see my boys bond with their new little brother. There is so much to look forward to.



For now I will enjoy him baking inside getting big and strong enough to thrive out here with us.





-Erin

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yesterday

Yesterday a challenge with one of my boys came to the surface, once again. It is something my husband and I thought was dealt with and worked on. We had even seen growth and progress in our son.

But yesterday when this problem came up again, it was like starting right back at the beginning. I was faced with two options, 1) let my emotions of frustration come out and do the parenting or 2) show my son gentleness and love, when he was clearly embarrassed about what had happened.

I knew the right choice to make, but it took a moment of prayer to be ready to handle our conversation the right way. I sent him away for a minute to correct something, then when he came back I was ready.

I believe God speaks to us in different ways and is always wanting us to grow in our weaknesses to be more like him. I was reading this blog and she was encouraging gentleness.  Something I can always grow in.

My son and I had a great talk and gained understanding of each other. He also made a plan to help avoid this same situation again. Then we moved on.

It would have been so easy for me to show my son my disappointment, but that would not have benefited anyone or anything. The best way I can teach my kids about Jesus is to do my best to live out his self sacrificing love.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  Galatians 5:13

There will always be challenges in parenting, but I am so thankful for the joy that comes when we truly surrender our emotions and follow Christ. I am also so thankful that the answers for everything are found in God's word. I was not left here alone to figure it out on my own, which is so good, because I know what can happen when I do things my way... not always good. ha! Now to continue putting what I know into practice.




-Erin






Sunday, January 8, 2012

my boys

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”   Matthew 19:14

These 3 little men have taught me so much! They are so full of love, so forgiving, so caring and compassionate, playful, funny, and kind. I am so honored to get to be their mom!





So far the experience of motherhood has been far greater than I ever could have imagined. I am savoring the time I have left of being a mom of 3, while also looking forward to being a mom of 4.

Our days are not all perfect, actually there are not many perfect days, but this life is blessed!



-Erin

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Painting

Slow and not so steady...


maybe it's because I spilled some paint on the carpet....


I am seriously so grateful for baby wipes. It's like nothing ever happened!

The room will be finished at some point. Taking care of 3 kids and being pregnant really slows a girl down.


-Erin

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

27 weeks and back to basics

I would never describe or consider myself trendy or on the edge of fashion, or anything like that, but I am learning what my personal style is. A couple of years ago I found myself wearing things that did not flatter at all and all looked the same... pretty gross. I became a mom at 21 and never learned my style before my body had changed forever, and then I was really lost. For my 28th birthday a friend took me shopping and I wasn't allowed to buy anything I normally would have gotten. I started doing really well and not finding the most trendy or stylish things, but getting things that fit who I am. That was until I found out I was pregnant (2 days before my 29th birthday) and everything I had learned disappeared. Must be that pregnancy brain. My wardrobe options are obviously very limited, but one thing I love is cuffing my jeans with flats. I know it is winter and I live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains a lot, but just cuffing my jeans this morning and putting on one of my favorite non-maternity tops, brought me back, even if just a little.

I should have tugged my coat down just a little


*this posting pictures of myself  thing is still so scary!



-Erin



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Monday, January 2, 2012

hard at work

My husband and I painted our oldest son's room today. I am so excited to be working on it and thinking of ideas for decorating the room using the colors that my son loves. There is still lots of work to be done, but I love having projects like this. After his room is done I get to work with two more color schemes to decorate two more rooms for my other boys!


an unfinished sneak peak of what's going on



-Erin

Thoughts

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

I have a tendency to be a day dreamer. Sometimes it works in my favor and I am able to channel it into being creative or carrying out a vision. Sometimes my thoughts can be a huge distraction if I don't remember to, "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

When someone says something that annoys me, or I let the fear of whatever to creep in, or even letting my selfish or materialistic desires become goals, I pray that the Lord would search my heart and reveal to me how to make my thoughts pleasing to him.

Life is not only more bearable, but more enjoyable when thoughts are kept in check. We are more open to notice and appreciate the good things around us. My children are far too precious and fun to let my "thoughts" get in the way of soaking up every second of goodness I have with them!



-Erin