Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Wrap Up

It is hard to put into words all the JOY that 2014 brought. We look back on 2014 with full hearts, and look forward in excitement to what the new year will hold.

"Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which you have done, and your thoughts towards us. There is none to compare with you. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count."
-Psalm 40:5

The first four months of the year revolved around preparing to become parents. We enjoyed celebrating with friends and family. 
And we squeezed in a few weekend trips to Helen and Orange Beach. 
We begun to wonder if our little peanut was ever going to come out, and at 41 weeks I was induced. May 7th we welcomed our precious 6 lb, 8 oz baby girl into the world. 
 We spent the summer figuring out our newest addition, and enjoying the adjustment to parenthood. Our lives were forever changed for the better!
In August, I went back to work part-time, and Peanut started Mother's Day out. August's biggest event was Peanut's Baptism. 
In September, we took her first trip to the beach!
October was the month of travel! We went to Nashville to celebrate Kree's marriage and Leah's baby boy on the way. 
We also visited the Loveliest Village on the Plains!
And went to visit Susu and Pops and trick or treat with the cousins. 
November's biggest event was moving. It was bittersweet leaving our first home. But when someone asks to buy your house and it isn't for sale...you sell it!
December we welcomed my sister's twins into the world. 
And celebrated Peanut's first Christmas!
When I look back on 2014, the one word I think of is CHANGE. From becoming parents, to moving... lots has changed this year. Throughout all the change, we have been loved SO WELL by friends and family. We are so thankful for all those who have come along side us this year and loved us through all the transitions. 2014, you've been the best year yet!

Looking back...2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hope is Alive

"Sing with the angels that fill up the sky
Heaven broke through and now hope is alive
He is right here among us 
Our God is with us tonight,
Hope is alive.
Into our aching, into our breaking
Into our longing to be made whole
Your arms are reaching
Your love is holding us close.
Into our suffering, into our weeping
Into this need we have to be known.
Your arms are reaching, your love is holding us close."
Hope is Alive, Ellie Holcomb

This Christmas season I am thankful that Christ saw us in our weakness and came to give us hope. Far too often, I have tunnel vision. I find myself going around and around but can't look up to consider anything but my present circumstances. Sometimes I fear I will miss Christmas completely, because I can't shift the focus off of myself. I am thankful for the flood of music and teaching that accompanies the Christmas season, and the way it helps me to continually shift my focus away from myself, and back to what Christ did for us by coming to earth as a baby.

Monday, December 15, 2014

7 months

  • The biggest change I have noticed this past month is that she is into everything. She can't crawl yet, but she is constantly grabbing things I didn't think she could reach, or rolling to where she wants to go. Necklaces, glasses, earrings...nothing is safe when you are holding her!
  • Right around 6 months we transitioned to a 4 hour schedule and it has been awesome! Why didn't I do this sooner? It was such an easy transition and I have loved this schedule.
  • We finally started baby food! She has three meals a day. She has liked everything except for sweet potatoes and peas. Looking back, I think it was the texture of the sweet potatoes. I am going to reintroduce them soon. In the beginning I made my own baby food. Then we moved and things got a little too chaotic. I hope to get back to homemade baby food in the next couple of weeks. 
  • She eats 4 times a day. We also transitioned to formula this month, and she has formula for 3/4 feedings of the day. This was a bumpy transition, and her stomach was sensitive to formula at first. We finally landed on soy formula, and that has worked well. 
  • Sleeps 12 hours at night and takes 2 naps a day - morning and afternoon. Sometimes if she wakes up early from her afternoon nap then she has to take a short dinner time "snooze" but I don't let her sleep for more than 30 minutes. 
  • Wears size 2 diapers, averages 5 a day. 
  • She loves to talk. Her chatter mostly consists of "duh, duh, duh" and "guh, guh, guh." Fletcher is trying to help her convert the "duh duh" to "dada." 
  • She LOVES her paci so much. Thankfully, her paci clip keeps her paci close by and she takes it out and puts it in as she pleases. 
  • She does not like getting in her car seat. She gets over it pretty quickly, but she lets you know how she feels about it when you put her in. Lots of arching of the back and fussing. 
  • She loves people. She makes friends everywhere we go. 

6 months >>> 7 months
Each month keeps getting better than the one before. We are so thankful for these precious days with our sweet baby girl. It really is crazy how fast time flies and how quickly she is changing!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving

"Our circumstances are big, but our God is bigger. As we learn to trust the bigness of our God and the sureness of His sovereignty, we find His will is not as much a path as it is a way of walking. 'Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances. THIS is God's will for us in Christ Jesus.(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)' No hoops to jump through. No tests to pass. No situational tidiness required. Only actively resting in the goodness of our God."
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The excerpt above is from the She Reads Truth devotional "In Everything Give Thanks." This devotional was such a blessing to me these past few weeks, as I felt particularly out of sorts this Thanksgiving. "Situational Tidiness" is my jam, and the last few weeks have been quite the opposite. I am learning (slowly) to rest in God's goodness and be thankful for our many many blessings. The biggest blessing of course being this little turkey...
We stayed in town and celebrated with Fletcher's family on Thanksgiving. It was nice to be in town this year, because Peanut was battling the stomach bug AND a cold. So she wasn't quite herself for Thanksgiving, but I did manage to get one smile in the turkey dress. 
Thanksgiving night we headed to the lake for a little R&R. We had the best time doing absolutely nothing. The last few weeks have been busy and exhausting and we just needed to rest, and that is exactly what we did. We spent the majority of the time sitting under the heated blanket reading or watching movies. It was good for all of our souls. 
We came back rested and recharged and ready to celebrate this little Peanut's first Christmas season!