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Easter through the eyes of a child

3 Apr

“Mama! You wanna see his owie?” The first words I hear a couple of days ago when getting Solace up from her nap. I knew exactly what she would show me. She was sitting in her new big girl bed with her Jesus Storybook Bible. She flipped through the pages until she landed on the picture of Jesus hanging on a cross. She sadly showed it to me and said, “See his owie, Mama?”

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I had been struggling lately with my lack of discipline in teaching the girls about Jesus and even more how I lacked in showing them Jesus through my own words and deeds day-to-day. “How can they possibly grasp the concept of Jesus at this age anyway?” I said this to myself every once in a while. They were so young. They barely acknowledge understanding me on basic disciplinary aspects and why can’t we go to Mamie’s house right now? How could I get them to understand Jesus? God? The Holy Spirit? Even I don’t get it sometimes.

I sat down on her bed and asked her if I could tell her about Jesus’ owie. She handed me the Bible and we began:

We sinned, Solace. And right here, in this picture, is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. You see, he loved us so much that he didn’t want us to be separated from him forever because of our sins. So instead, he died in our place. You see those owies? That’s a crown of thorns on his head and it hurts so much. And this is where they beat him. He loves you sooo much that he was beaten for you. But guess what? He didn’t stay dead! He proved that he is God and came back to life to show that even death has no hold over him. He’s alive now! Yay! He showed all his friends that he was still alive. Then, he spread out his arms and went up into the sky to be with God, his Father. He left the Holy Spirit for us. Mama has the Holy Spirit, and so does Papa, and Dan, and Lisa, and Randy, and Mamie, and Nana, and Grandpa, and Pappy! That way we can talk to him whenever we want! Isn’t that wonderful?

She asked me a ton of questions as we read each page together but for the most part, she listened, entranced. How do I know she listened and retained? Because later, she and Belle were sitting on her bed together with the Bible open between them and I hear, “They beat him, Belle! But look! He came back to life! He’s not dead. He loves me and he loves you so much. Yeah!”

I was floored. Didn’t Jesus himself say “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17) Solace, a child, has grasped the Gospel with an open heart because her faith is like that of a child. That day, I understood the gravity of what Jesus did for me on the cross. I saw it through her eyes; eyes that were hearing it for the very first time and I wept. I, to my shame, haven’t wept over the Gospel in too long.

God didn’t need me to teach Solace about himself! He had that under control. In fact, I probably wouldn’t even had tried to explain it to her in the first place but because she was reading it on her own and came to me about something she saw, I got to share the most beautiful truths with my daughter at the age of 3. I am a vessel, here to guide my children toward Jesus but he doesn’t need me to do that. That gives me way too much credit. His Spirit is alive and here, doing It’s work. Without me. In spite of me.

The Gospel is simple. It is true. This Easter, that is what I am learning. I’m trusting in Jesus with the faith of a child. Today, on Good Friday, I will be thinking about what Jesus did for me. How He took all my sin on himself, was turned away from his Father, beaten by men, scorned, humiliated, and killed, all for me. Because He loves me. Not because I deserved it. I far from deserve anything. This was the greatest gift any of us has ever been given. And then on Sunday, Easter, he rose from the dead. DO YOU GET IT? He conquered the unconquerable! He IS GOD. 

Amen and Amen. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for showing me anew, through Solace, what Easter is all about.

Belle’s 2nd year recap!

27 Feb

Tomorrow is Belle’s birthday!

Wow, this girl is a firecracker. I’m not sure I even have enough words to describe her personality. In a nut shell, she is Jekyll and Hyde. Not kidding. She’ll be kissing you on the lips and within the same breath slap you across the face. She is the cutest little thing there is, but watch out because she does bite!

In her second year of life Belle:

*weighs 25 lbs 4oz
*started walking at 15 months old
*has a lot of teeth. I honestly haven’t counted them
*is the sweetest socialite. she LOVES people
*is still a mama’s girl
*sucks her thumb and has a special blankie
*can finally come down the stairs
*loves, loves, loves to dance
*was potty trained at 21 months! (more on that later. she’s off and on)
*screams. just screams.
*sleeps for 12 hours at night and takes around a 2.5 hr nap in the afternoon
*has two personalities. sweet and mean
*loves to say “hi” to people
*reserves her hugs and kisses for when she wants to give them
*believes she is a ballerina princess
*loves to play pretend

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Happy 3rd birthday, Solace!

4 Jan

Goodness gracious. I have a three-year old. A 3-year-old!! All week-long Sol has been telling people “my birthday’s comin’ up!” Adorable. Then when asked how old she’s going to be, she holds up 3 fingers and says “January 1st!” Haha.

At 3 years old, Solace is a sassy, sweet, dramatic, loving, talkative, artsy gal. Her favorite things: singing, having her hair in braids, dancing, reading, hoarding things, listening to music, playing pretend, Frozen, and playing with her friends. She would wear a dress every day. She still loves her paci (therefore she loves sleeping so I think I am winning) and is in a size 4t. She does not have a favorite food unless z-bars from Costco count. She loves black coffee. Not kidding!

On her day, we went to breakfast at Shakabrah. Our waitress, Laura, (who is so sweet and loves our kids) put a candle on Sol’s pancake!

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The rest of the day was pretty chill. We were going to go to zoo lights that evening but I twisted my ankle and couldn’t walk for very long. Plus, it was so cold outside. The girls danced and read all day.

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For Sol’s birthday we (Nick and I and both grandparents plus a few aunts and uncles) got her a canvas teepee from Land of Nod. I was so so excited to give it to her! She wasn’t too keen on it at first. In fact, she refused to go inside for over an hour! But now, she loves it.

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We had a birthday party for her on Saturday. We invited all the little girl friends she talks about all the time. We had cake, cocoa, and popcorn! They all pretty much ran rampant the whole hour and a half. Sol was so jacked up on sugar, I think she was hallucinating. That will not be happening again for a long, long time (if ever!). Isn’t the cake from Corina Bakery just darling?

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Do you like how we can’t spell? ^ Come on, this was done in a rush 10 min before people walked in the door! Haha.

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Everyone singing Happy Birthday to Solace! She just loves this part.

Happy birthday, Sol-baby! We love you the most!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

4 Jan

Better late than never, right?? We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We decided to forego gift giving this year, so our Christmas season was stress-free. It was magical.

Nick and I attended a Mad Men white elephant Christmas party hosted by the Boyt’s. It was such fun getting dressed up with my man. And also hanging out with friends.

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My little Christmas pixie on Christmas Eve. Don’t you just wanna gobble her up? By the way, that was my dress when I was little!

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Solace met Santa this year at Costco. I guess it didn’t go so well. I feel worse for the poor Santa. He looks so sad and confused!

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Christmas morning the girls took a bath and then we ate cinnamon rolls and read the Christmas story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. Later that morning we watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. That movie takes me back to childhood. Ah, nostalgia.

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We hosted Christmas dinner at our house this year. I’ve never decorated a table for a special event before. Nick and I are usually more focused on the food and drink that we kind of push the aesthetics behind. It was really fun to treat our guests with good food and pretty decorations. We had potato soup, bread, salad, and chocolate cake. Not to mention cocktails.

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New Years Eve was uneventful. Nick spend it at First Night with a ton of bands and everyone else that lives in Tacoma! I spent it with Lisa, Brittany, and Paige, eating Indian food and watching Guardians of the Galaxy. It was peaceful and warm. :)

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

6 Dec

I love Christmas. Love, love, love it. I also love real Christmas trees. The smell, the look, and the picking out of the perfect one! This year we went back to the tree farm we went to 2 years ago.

Our best friends, the Sheets’, went with us. Our families together are crazy. We have the same amount of the same gender children in the same order and the same age. I don’t know how we found each other on this earth but I am so glad we did! It’s always crazy and fun together.

We were going to cut down a tree but we didn’t see any that were amazing and it was more expensive anyway. So we went back to the front lot and picked out a tree there. Also, once you buy a tree, they give you tickets for a little train ride. We loaded up our kiddos and sat in the train only to move 2 feet and then the train broke down! We cheered and thanked the conductor loudly. Our girls thought it was a great ride! Oh to be young and naive.

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Nick and I picked this tree and Solace said “No. It’s too tall.”

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Then she picked this exact look-a-like and said, “Yes, this one!!”

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It took us about 5 days to actually get our tree decorated. First we were missing our decorations, then we found them (in someone else’s house!), then the girls had a meltdown about decorating and then life. So I wound up finishing the tree by myself one evening while Nick took the girls out and Roman napped. It was blissful.

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2014 Thanksgiving fun!

28 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving! As I type this, Belle is upstairs in her crib singing/screaming “Let it GO!” and “Obey! Now!” I have so much to be thankful for. Including silly children.

We started off our day by having brunch with friends!

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So much good food to start off the day. I definitely did not eat lunch after this. We watched some Friends Thanksgiving episodes during nap time and Nick took a nap with Roman.

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Then we headed over to the Sheets’ for our dinner!

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After the kiddos went to bed, we played Poop Smoothie. Yes, it’s a real game. And yes, it is a blast.

I’m so thankful. I love the family I’ve been given and am privileged to care for. I love my home, my town, and my friends. I’m thankful for reminders from God that He is with me, especially when it feels like I am the most alone. I’m thankful for the amazing husband I am married too. I married up, y’all. He is too good for me.

Yep. I’m just happy :)

Happy Halloween 2014!

5 Nov

Hello favorite holiday. If only I wasn’t 39 weeks pregnant and I could really join into the festivities of this day! That’s ok. I lived through my children as much as I could. :) We went to Legendary Donuts for a treat. Actually, this was the first time I’ve ever taken the girls to get donuts! Can you tell they loved it?

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Afterward, we headed to our local library and met up with the Sheets’ to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Then we did a craft and walked around the library to “trick or treat” for goodies.

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We dressed Solace up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Belle went as a princess. She always thinks she’s a princess. We took them around to some of friend’s houses to trick or treat and they loved it.

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Nick and I got home too late with the girls so there was no one to hand out candy to anymore, but we ate ice cream and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas before bed. Incidentally, I learned that Nick has never seen this movie. Guys, I watch this movie every year. I’m not sure how he has missed out every year! Oh well. Happy Halloween!

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