My husband and I welcomed our first child, Wyatt, into the world in February 2011, our daughter, Gwendolyn, in December 2012, and we are expecting our third baby in April 2014! We feel so blessed to be parents. It wasn't an easy road for us to get pregnant the first two times, but the Lord surprised us with Baby #3. We have learned through our trying-to-conceive experiences that the Lord's timing is always perfect.
I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was four years old. I feel very blessed to have grown up in a Christian household, and my parents helped me grow in my faith through my childhood years. Jesus is not only my Savior but my constant Friend, though I could never deserve it, and I've never for a moment regretted giving my life to Him. You can read the long version of my testimony here.
I'm definitely a girly girl - I like dressing up, makeup, perfume or anything that smells good, flowers, painting my nails, decorating, shopping, shoes, and I'm a bit obsessed with all things baby now that I have my own.
At the same time I can be tom-boyish in a way. I love camping, hiking, fishing, four-wheeling, trail-riding, and I hunt big game every year. There's something invigorating about getting into the outdoors and doing something outdoor-sy, throwing on a ball cap without worrying about my hair and getting my hiking boots dirty, and just enjoying God's amazing creation. I'm especially a fan of outdoor activities in the fall. There is just something about the season of Autumn that makes me feel alive. It's hard to explain, but I have a suspicion that Heaven will give me the same feeling.
I'm a dog person. I love dogs - they are the one pet that will really show you love unconditionally, no matter how irritated you get with them sometimes.
My husband is my other half. He completely makes up for the areas that I fail in - he's my best friend, my teammate in life. He's always there to encourage me, laugh with me, help me figure out my problems, make me smile, be silly with me, hold me when I want to cry, and just love me. I don't know where I'd be without him.
I love being a mom and I wouldn't trade my kids for anything! Derek and I both agree that they are our biggest blessings.
Wyatt is my little man. He is the happiest little boy I've ever met, and his little expressions and toddler dialect just brighten my day. He is growing so fast, and sometimes I wish it could just slow down, though I wouldn't actually stop him from growing. I'm just soaking up this time while he's still little. He loves to chatter about any vehicle he sees, he slows me down by asking me to just "sit wif me" on the couch, he loves any book he can get his hands on, and he won't eat any fruit except bananas.
Gwendolyn (aka. Baby Girl, Baby Doll, Pen-Gwen, etc) is such a sweet girl. She smiles and laughs all the time (even sometimes when she's crying - how does she do that?), she thinks peekaboo is hilarious, she loves cheerios, and she eats way more than I would think she is capable of. She toddles around the house in the cutest way, lights up when you call her pretty or tell her she is doing good job. She is always on the go, but occasionally I can get her to sit and snuggle with me. She is a complete ham, and scrunches up her whole face when she gives me her big smile.
Baby #3 is a boy! I can't wait to meet him and see what his personality will be like. For now I know that he is always active around 11:00 PM, he doesn't kick as much as he just sweeps his limbs around on the inside of my stomach, he dislikes when I rest books or other things on my belly, he seems to be a bit shy but he'll press against my hand if I rub his little feet through my skin.
I am a most-of-the-time stay at home mom. I work one day a week and spend the rest of my time at home with my munchkins. I don't think there's really a more noble goal in life than to raise godly children and teach them about the Lord, and I love that I get to spend so much time doing just that.
This is just a blog about my thoughts, things that Lord has been teaching me, our married life together, and our journey through parenthood. I hope in some small way my musings can be an encouragement to you, but also that you might draw closer to Jesus as you read about my blunders, lessons learned, blessings, struggles, and just everyday life occurrences! My vision is so muddled and foggy, but someday He'll make it all clear.