9th months down

I literally cannot believe it’s been nine months since these girls entered the world. They are such joys and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to mother them. Your children really are mini-catalysts to you becoming who God meant for you to be. They position you to be molded and shaped in a way that no other role can accomplish. My constant prayer is for wisdom and that I interact with them in such a way that they have a standard of how they should treat themselves and allow others to treat them as well.

dinner stareRaising another human being is heavy. The effort and energy it takes every single day is unimaginable. Not only to make sure they are fed, bathed, etc…… but, responding well. My real goal is that I raise girls who love & enjoy themselves, Jesus, each other, me, their dad, and others. Really that’s my goal. I feel that if they can do that – they will be kind, giving, compassionate, assertive, forgiving kind of people who know their standards, limits, and boundaries. Small steps, big goals.

Over the past month the girls have accomplished quite a bit:

Both girls have stood alone.

Both are eating stage 3 and some table food.
(Hello, table side guacamole & avocado rolls!!)

Both girls love playing in the mirror together.

Both girls are fantastic eaters.

Both girls are still sleeping through the night.

Both are babbling up a storm… seems like they’re starting to chit chat with each other!

Both still only have 2 teeth!

They love to explore together and independently.
They love following each other and joining the other at the mirror or at whatever toy they’re playing with.

We’ve seen a lot of growth… A lot of change.

We’ve grown out of the baby tub, so we are now taking baths in the bathtub. But, we found the most clever idea on the wonderful Instagram. Laundry basket baths!! So fun!! They are taking baths together for the first time in life which is so fun for them! They played with their little bath toys and had a great time splashing each other. Laundry basket baths are nice because they are so much safer. They can’t fall over from playing and losing their balance and they don’t have to go after toys. Definitely a win in my book.

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And, their baby bath soap, California Baby…. Amazing. My friend gifted this to us during our weekend visit and it is nothing short of amazing. It is truly calming, smells fantastic, and is all natural…. So, chalk up another win in the bath department. I’m so grateful for the introduction. I plan on stocking up on the entire line! This specific soap is a soother …. after a warm bath with this soap, lotion, a bit of lavender oil, and snuggles – they’re OUT. And, sleep so well! It’s definitely worth the buy!baby bath

I’m planning on starting them on ProBio5, the all-natural Plexus probiotic, upon doctor’s approval. So, I’m really excited about that!! Gut health is so important and if I can give them going in the right direction now, it may prevent allergies, food intolerances, skin inflammations, auto-immune diseases, and a plethora of other things. Plexus’ probiotic has been a game changer for me, there’s no way I wouldn’t give the girls the same opportunity for a healthy body, as well!

mama daughtersMy most favorite role I’ve been given yet.
Thankful everyday for these girls.



weekend bliss…..

If every weekend was similar to this past weekend, I would be in heaven. Between finding sweet new eateries, the beautiful weather, & just a great time spent with family & friends.

For the most part, the weekend  was fun & relaxing.

Krystle and I met for business and had our meeting at the cutest little bakery slash bar, Fluff in Midtown, that had to have their Pandora station on 2Pac. It was totally unexpected because the bakery itself wasn’t branded in a “walk in an expect 50 Cent sort of place and the employees didn’t seem like rap sorta people.

All shock aside, the lemon cake was delish and so were the iced peanut butter balls that were in the bag. Yum.

We ate a pretty cute restaurant, Freshii that’s also in Midtown then stumbled upon this gigantic chalkboard that allowed you to fill in the blank! I love a fill in the blank… allows you to be creative even though I was stumped with how I wanted to be exact in my answer. “Before I die I want to____.” Be my best at everything I do wasn’t specific enough so I just filled my blank in with “… be a successful entrepreneur.” I just want to unleash my creative side, work hard, and be happy, ya know?!
 It was also fun to take a peek at others’ responses and their goals….. everyone wants to be and do something significant. Because we are significant in Christ, we may have to work hard at becoming better and honing our talents, but our gifts and talents are significant in themselves. We just have to believe in our dreams, goals, inner voice, and talents mix that up with a whole lot of faith, wisdom, and dependence on God and just go.

Hello, Midtown in huge letters that I fit into, under, and beside.
How stinking fun!
I’d seen the “midtown” plenty of times before but it was a night and not conducive to picture taking AT ALL……. So, you know when the chance presented itself, I jumped right?
Preparation + opportunity… lesson: stay ready. :)

Doing touristy things in our own city….. but it was so fun.

For those of you who have no idea, my little sister is 17, taller than me (I have on heels), and the funniest person ever. I’m so glad I get to experience so much of her teenage years with her and am already dreading her going to college in two years.
Can’t wait for competition season, which is my favorite part of the year, and I am blacking out her comp days so that I can for sure cheer her on. She’s on Team Red, which is the highest level you can go at her gym which is a huge deal! Making this team has been her goal since she began cheering and the fact that she accomplished it is epic!! So proud of her!

About the bag I’m wearing…A Lily Jade… Amazing.
You can wear it as a shoulder bag, cross body, or a backpack. And, you can take the insert with the billion pockets OUT to use as a “regular” bag. Read: a bag to put your things in and not your baby’s/babies’.
I prefer wearing it as a backpack simply because all of that falling off the shoulder business is no more, your boobs are funny shaped like when you wear a cross body, and it’s out of the way. Easy and cute.
One of our last adventures over the weekend was to Barnes & Noble. I love books and I love reading….. I hardly have time but I came across a couple of book I am making time for. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell and the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. Snagged the Circle Maker Student Edition for my little sister. I also picked up Redeeming Love… I chatted about it over here. I read it on my iPad, iPhone but finding it in paperback was so exciting!! I haaad to pick it up. Then, of course, the girls picked out a couple of books, too!!

There’s a saying that goes something like … “A (weekend) well spent brings a week content” …. and, so far, for the most part, so true.


Whatcha reading, mama?!

  So, I haven’t really read a book cover to cover  in a decent amount of time in about a year or so. 

Shameful, I know. 

So! I need a few good book suggestions. Reading is my way of calming and settling in. It’s my quiet time and I miss it deeply. 

I want to start with the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. I’ll be ordering that mañana. 

But, I also feel like I need some fiction in my life. That last book I read forever ago was Redeeming Love. When I tell you that book was the most encouraging slash convicting slash humbling slash FOR REAL JESUS slash JESUS I CANT BELIEVE YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS book – it was. It is a Christian book written by Francine Rivers based on Hosea. Not your typical Christian book…. Totally amazing and inspiring. Definitely not what you think. I finished it within a matter of days. It will definitely make you look at God’s love differently, challenge your thoughts on how loving someone well can truly change them, & how obedience to God changes the direction of your life. 

Any suggestions on great reads?? What have you read that totally kicked you in the pants and what else has made your heart flutter?? Spill!!! Can’t wait to see what you guys have for me!