Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What I Wore and Opinion Please

There is this dress that I have had since last summer. Since I got pregnant last summer, it quickly became too small. I wore it on Sat and I can't decide if it works on me. This is the picture (only one I have) I texted to a friend while I was getting ready, everyone does that right?! Opinions??


These are a couple of other outfits from the week. While I am still not fully fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes, I am starting to remember what I like and feel comfortable in.

I went to playgroup this day

a necklace I bought from groopdealz

my new Target clearance purchase

laundry and cleaning day
photo credit: my 8 year old

photo credit: my 5 year old

and not to be outdone, photo credit: my 2 year old

also some fun little pineapple earrings, the pack came with little strawberries too.

With my birthday approaching I am working a little more at being more comfortable with myself. I am constantly telling my boys how much God adores them and how amazing they are to him. I am working on leading by example and embracing who God made me.


-Erin




pleated poppy

Monday, July 30, 2012

refreshed

Today I am excited and overwhelmed by God's goodness! I went to a playgroup with mostly first time moms. At most, a couple of the moms had 2 kiddos.

It was so refreshing to be around other moms in a similar stage with a little one, and plus who can not feel energized by all the baby cuteness!

After playgroup we were able to go and visit my husband for lunch. The boys love getting to see Daddy during the work day, and my husband and I love to see each other too!

On my way home I was reminded of the privilege it is to be able to raise these boys! God has allowed me to be the one to pour wisdom and love into them. Such a special calling I get to have for this season of life.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:4-8


There is so much I want to teach them, but my biggest desire and goal is live these verses out. Especially the part about speaking about the Lord all the time. 


Daily I am humbled by opportunity to be one of the biggest roles in raising these boy to be strong men in the Lord. They all have beautiful hearts and love others so well!

I pray that I can love them with God's love and teach them to love others with God's love, as well as showing them the truth that God loves them!



Goodness, these boys bring a smile to my face! May you all be blessed and encouraged today!



-Erin






Friday, July 27, 2012

Update

Ahhh, I did it! (I talked about the struggle here) I was super nervous, but I had way more fun than I thought I would. My friend is a great instructor, she was easy to follow, and worked me out!

I was a sweaty mess and about half way through the class I wasn't sure I would be able to finish (it was my first real work out since baby), but I did. It may have been a "modified" version of Zumba I did, but even that is a big accomplishment for me.

Thank you for all those that encouraged me! Like I mentioned, this has been a hard adjustment to 4 kids, and my heart needed the encouragement.

Here I am after the class, in all my sweaty glory!

And in other non-related news, my baby turned 4 months old yesterday! I do not know how that is possible!



(a few if my instagrams this week)

A self-given manicure.

life rearranged


Love,
Erin

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Zumba!

There are many, many women (and men) that have danced their way (and weight off) from this form of exercise.

Honestly, it has never even been something I considered, like not even a little bit, like not at all! But here is a little background on me.

I was always a super thin child and young adult. I had my first son at 21 and during my pregnancy with him I gained about 60 pounds! Since I was pretty thin before, with the weight that didn't come off after he was born, I looked about average. With each following pregnancy I gained between 35 and 40 pounds and after each pregnancy just naturally (while chasing around kids) lost the weight, and after my third son was born I went down to my original 20 year old pre-pregnancy size.

I am not saying this to say "oh look at how lucky I am" I am giving background, because even though my body works well with the running around with my four boys, there is something missing. I have no physical endurance and I don't challenge my body. I am still carrying around an extra 20 pounds from my most recent pregnancy (but don't mind since it's only been a little less than 4 months) but I have been feeling the Lord challenging my heart and wanting me to challenge my body.

I love trying new things... as long as I know I will be good at it! Which is a huge reason why I have never committed to a work out routine. I have tried different things, most recently (like over a year ago) running, and have quit all, because I just can't seem to get good at it fast enough. Problem is I don't replace the activity with another activity. I am really good at giving reasons excuses on why it just won't be beneficial for me in "this season".  I eat really well, that's enough right?! WRONG!

Well times are a changing for me, and I am setting out and trying something that I know I will be bad at! I have a good friend that has been on an amazing health journey this past year and has recently become a certified Zumba instructor. She is currently working at a gym, but also was hired on at a couple of dance studios that allow drop-ins. She starts at one of the dance studios tomorrow and asked me to come and support.

So tomorrow is the day! I have been talking about all my different options and what would work best with my kids schedule, but talk is talk, and it's time to do. I have a friend coming over to watch my boys and I am going to take my first Zumba class! I am crazy nervous about how bad I will be, but I know it will push me so much out of my comfort zone (I don't even have work out clothes that fit), that the Lord will use it.

My 30th birthday is quickly approaching, 2 weeks from today to be exact, and I am ready to give my fears to God and let him work them out. I have been working on this for years and this is an area that I have held on to for too long. We live in a fallen world and there is so much going on around, but God isn't calling me to live in fear of being embarrassed, but do things without grumbling.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.  Philipians 2:14-18

This past Sunday at church we unpacked these verses and although there is so much more to it than me trying Zumba, it still applies to something as small as, me trying Zumba. I was inspired by an amazing bloggy friend. I so hope to meet her someday, but I decided to hold myself accountable with everyone as well.


All of our journeys our different, and each person's challenge is as hard to them as anyone. I would love for you to leave me a comment to either hold me accountable or if you want to partner up and I can hold you accountable as well. it's not about doing something huge, all the small things add up! Thank you for coming along on this journey with me!


-Erin 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekend Wrap-up

This past weekend my husband and I had another wedding to go to. It was for another couple that used to be in the youth group. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding. The couple is a testament of God's faithfulness. My in-laws were in town and watched all the boys for us, which means... my husband and I went without kids!


This is the dress I wore on Mother's Day. I do love this dress, but hopefully soon some of my other dresses will fit.

On Sunday we took the boys to their school playground and had a ton of fun!



I had fun on the monkey bars.


Like mother like son.


I think my husband is a little too tall for this...



Littlest man slept the whole time.


I tried something a little different for me by tying the bottom of my shirt. Can you handle my craziness?!


I am very slowly starting to feel normal again. I am still waking with the baby one to two times a night, but we are adjusting. Fun days out with my family and a night out with my husband do help with the adjustment.

-Erin





pleated poppy

Boy Mom Blog Hop

I am so excited to meet other moms and participate in the Boy Mom Blog Hop!

I am mom to four boys


My oldest boy is 8 years old. He has the kindest heart and is so compassionate toward others. 


My second boy is 5. He has such a pure heart and is always saying things that make me laugh.


My third boy is 2.5 and he carries that title well. He is full of life and does everything with such excitement!


My baby and fourth boy is 3 months old. He is a snuggle bug and his brothers refer to him as cutie boy.



I have been married to my husband for 9 years and am loving this journey the Lord has us on.

This blog is about life through my perspective. I try to glorify God in everything I do, and I pray this blog does that. 

I get to be a stay at home mom. I sometimes put the pressure on myself to do it perfectly, and am constantly growing and learning more and more how to let the Holy Spirit lead and guide me.

I also have a really good sense of humor, but am still learning how to communicate that in my writing. 

My boys are typical boys, they love building forts, riding bikes, and playing outside. Whenever we go to a restaurant we love to play I Spy. Even my 2 year old participates by repeating our guesses.

I get questions all the time on whether I was "trying for that girl" or if I feel like something is missing only having boys. While the questions may come off rude, I do understand that some people are just curious. I was not able to choose the gender of these children, but even if I could I wouldn't change a thing. The Lord knew the family he would have my husband and I raise, and he fashioned our hearts to desire to have only boys. If that changes one day then great, and if not then great!

Being a mother is such an incredible gift, and "meeting" other boy moms is extra fun! I love being a part of such a unique community. Welcome to all you who visit, I am so glad you are here! I may never meet you or know who you are, but you are a blessing and loved!


-Erin








Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mother

A title that I have been so graciously chosen to acquire. I stay at home and have always LOVED being able to, but last night I had an overwhelming appreciation for this calling.


To be honest, I have been struggling a bit since I had my son a little over three months ago. I am not struggling so much in loving what I do, but I still don't feel fully recovered from the pregnancy and birth. Physically my body is doing great, however I just feel so T-I-R-E-D!


But last night was so good! My husband and I help out at our church's youth group and a group of high school students just got back from Haiti. They were giving a recap of their experience which was awesome, and I was standing in the back holding my little baby and comforting him only the way a mother can. 


I held him through worship time and then right after I went to the room where my other three boys were being watched. Seriously, someone pinch me! How did I get chosen to be the mom of these amazing gifts?! God is so good!


I know there are so many women that deeply desire to become a mother and have not been able to. I so strongly admire these women and pray for them. I have a greater appreciation for my children and am a better mom because of you!


I don't take my job lightly, but I do it with joy and thankfulness!


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17





Thank you Lord for these boys!


-Erin