wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.


Those crazy munchkins

Okay, I'm not going to lie.

The kids have been driving me nuts the past few days. Lily in particular.

That girl has such a little attitude. I need to find a good way of really showing her who is boss. So far, nothing seems to be working. She has earned like 4 3's every day for the past 3 days. UGH!  I have a feeling that I was the same way when I was a kid..... bummer.

Jake did give me a night off last night and I was able to wander around and shop at my leisure, which was awesome. I took as long as I wanted and didn't have to wrangle kids out of the clothing racks, or listen to whining or someone saying, "I want this... I want this...." It was great. And Jake got to spend some good quality time with the kids (and of course, they were great for him. Figures, right?)

But, we did have a great time at the playground yesterday, and I got a bunch of good pictures of the kids :)

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Flower Girl and Ring Bearer!

Last weekend, Lily and Jonah had the privilege to be in our friends, Rachel and Keith's wedding. Lily was the flower girl and Jonah was the ring bearer. The kids did a good job, although Jonah had a bit of a hard time at the beginning of the wedding, so I walked up with him. But both kids had a blast at the reception and Lily was a little dancing machine! Jonah looked so handsome in his tux and Lily looked gorgeous in her pretty white dress. And I am proud to say that I did a decent job on her hair! I am not gifted when it comes to make up and hair, but thanks to a little tip from the one and only Melody, I was able to find a simple, but adorable hairstyle to do with Lily's hair HERE.
Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy :)

The color on this one was kind of funny, but I actually like it :)

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My Blessings

I am approached basically wherever I go, by people, usually older women, that feel the need to make comments about me and my kids. I constantly hear phrases like, " Are all of those kids yours?!", "How old are you??", "You are done having kids right?" or " You must be busy!" All of these comments are not said in a nice tone either.

Yes, I am aware that I look very young for my age and do not look like the 25 year old woman, mother and wife that I am. I am also aware that I have 3 kids (and 3 is NOT that many!!) that are all very close in age. I am also very much aware that my 3 kids, that are very close in age, are a hand full and are known, on occasion, to drive me a bit crazy.


Yes, my kids can be a bit crazy sometimes. But they are MY kids. They are children of God. They are blessings. Gifts from God.

I am tired of people looking at me and my kids and thinking of them only as a handful, making my life difficult. People should look at them as a blessing. Because that's what they are. When all 3 are screaming and crying and need a million different things at once, it is easy to forget what a blessing they are. It is something I need to remember and think about more often as well.

I LOVE my three little munchkins and I am so thankful that God has entrusted Jake and I with their lives. They are vibrant, lively, passionate, wonderful, sweet, and beautiful little kids. They may have a hard time listening sometimes, but they sure know how to have fun and live :)

The next time someone stops me, which will probably be tomorrow when we go out shopping, I will stand up tall and proudly say that my kids may be a handful, but I am thankful for every second with my three little blessings.

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My sick boy

Yesterday Jonah was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

I am thankful to finally have an answer.

He has had a mysterious rash for 2 months.

I had talked to the doctors 4 times about it and seen them 3 times. The first time they said it was a "summer virus". The second time it was poison ivy (or something similar), which he actually did have, on top of the Lyme disease, and the third time, they just didn't know, so they sent us to a dermatologist (guess I can cancel that appointment). The 4th time was when I brought up the possibility of it being the Lyme, and said I wanted him tested for it. 5 vials of blood (and lots of crying) and 2 days later we find it is, in fact, Lyme disease.

Poor Jonah has been very itchy, achy, and whiny for most of the summer, and now we know why. Thankfully he never got a fever or flu-like symptoms with it. But the doctor did say that his Lyme test did come back strong.

Please keep out little guy in your prayers- that the medication does it's job and gets rid of this disease, that Jonah continues to enjoy taking his medicine, that the medicine starts working quickly so my little guy can have some relief.
Such a sweet little guy :)

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Letting it go....

I need to let go of this negative attitude so that I don't ruin our day...

I am upset that bed time was a disaster last night,
 and the kids did not sleep in, at all. They went to bed 2 hours late, and woke up bright and early. UGH.

I am really upset that I had a horrible nights sleep last night.
I am exhausted.

I am annoyed that I failed at my attempt to make jelly,
and I don't even know what I did wrong.

I am annoyed that I failed at my attempt to make hummus.
Failed miserably at that one.

I am annoyed that Jake can't take tomorrow off to go to the zoo with us.

I am sad that Kate is leaving tonight to go stay with Grandma Jan until Sunday.
I'm going to miss my sweet little one :(

I am annoyed that I can't take my kids anywhere without them acting like crazy little people.

And I am most sad that I don't see Jacob very much. I need a night out with him more than anything, but there isn't a free night in sight :(

Hopefully now that I have let go of all my current frustrations, I can put this bad mood behind me and move on with our day.

At least it's beautiful outside.

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Don't Blink

My dearest Lily,

I have been thinking about you a lot lately. More than usual. There is a reason why.

You are about to turn 5. I can not believe it. I can not believe that you are going to be 5 years old.

It feels just a few days ago that we found out about you. You were not expected, but your daddy and I are so thankful for you and your life and we know that God is doing and is going to continue to do BIG things in your life!

Being pregnant with you was one of the hardest things that I have ever done. It was by far the most challenging chapter of my life so far. But it was all worth it. If I had not gone through that, we would not have you, or your brother or sister. It was definitely worth it.

You are such a fun, lively, vibrant little girl. You are full of life and energy. You are so amazingly athletic and love sports and being active. You also love to color and do arts and crafts. You love princesses and dressing up, although not quite as much as last year.

You are a great big sister to Jonah and Kate, and they love you to pieces! You are a great helper (when you choose to be) and you love making me and daddy happy.

You are just starting to make some good friends, and I know that once you start school in a few weeks, you will make lots of new friends. Sometimes you are a little shy at first, but you are always very outgoing and warm up to people very quickly.

Although you still act like the little girl that you are, I can see glimpses of a very mature and responsible girl beginning to emerge.

You are such a beautiful girl. I hope you always believe that.

Lily, I love you more than I can say. You are growing up too fast. One day, I was holding my new little baby girl, and then I blinked, and you are almost 5.

I am afraid to blink again. 

I love you little one.


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