Friday, August 4, 2017

12 months

V: YOU ARE ONE!! We can't believe it... You took your first steps this week! Yayyyy! Your favorite foods are bananas, hummus, watermelon & cheese. You point at everything and say "Dad." You like to mimic things we say. You LOVE to dance. You are headstrong and stubborn at times. You love to hold our hands and walk around the house. You also love to climb on anything you can reach. Your top two teeth are coming in, which means you're a little more grumpy and you sleep a TON. We have your one year check up next week, but our home scale says you weigh 17 lbs on the dot, fully clothed. You are still just a tiny thing. You hate sitting still and love to explore everywhere we go. You love the bath, pool, and splash pad... our little water baby! We love you so very much!!

Me: I am training for a half marathon! It takes a lot of time and energy. Sometime I regret signing up but I know I will be happy when I finish. I think it would be fun to do some type of race after each child I have. So... 10 races! JOKING. We know we want more kids, but for now we are enjoying spending time as a family of three.

Happy Birthday,
V Girl!

We LOVE you!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

June & July: The Infinite Atonement

It's August... I know. WHOOPS! I have been SLACKING these last two months with my studies. We were traveling a bunch in June, and I never really got around to picking a specific topic to study. All excuses aside, I'm going to do better this next month.

I have been reading the book "The Infinite Atonement" off and on. I made an effort to finish it in the last month or so. Previously, I studied the Atonement of Christ in depth. This book turned out to be an extension of that learning. I want to share a few of my favorite quotes/ideas from the book.

Understanding the Atonement:
The Atonement is so far reaching and comprehensive, sometimes it's overwhelming. Occasionally it seems easier to give up trying to understand and just have faith instead. The following story was motivation to never give up trying, studying, and learning.

The Reach of the Atonement:
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the best news anyone could ever hear. As long as we are willing to repent and do the work, we're going to be okay. 

The Savior made the promise or covenant to complete the Atonement long before he came to earth. The power of that covenant and the covenants we make today hold real power in our lives. 

I love that we can look to Christ as the perfect example for everything. This little snippet about leadership is perfect. 

I'm getting back on track for August and studying service. Be on the look out!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

11 months

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

V: You are growing up by the day. We can't believe we basically have a toddler!! You are crawling everywhere, standing on everything, and walking with the help of boxes/chairs/etc. You still just have the two bottom teeth. You are very vocal these days. You still say "Dada" the most, but "Mama" comes out occasionally as well. You know "dog" and "ball," and try to say them all the time. You are a great eater. You are sleeping 12-14 hours a night and we love it. You are taking two naps during the day. You love bath time and swimming! Your favorite toys are piles of blankets, rags/wipes, paper, and boxes - all the stuff we didn't buy you for toys haha. We can't believe how fast you are growing up. One more month and we will have a 1-YEAR OLD!!

Me: I signed up for my first half marathon! I am currently training and extremely excited. Summer is in full swing so we are spending a lot of time outside, at the splash pad, pool, hiking, you name it. V is at a fun age to experience summer activities for the first time. We love it! Lots of family are going to be in town for Vienna's first birthday, so I am looking forward to that. 

Prepare for a BUNCH of pictures this month. I just really love this 4th of July outfit. It also gives of a Snow White, Disney Princess vibe.

Proof that she doesn't always love our photo shoots:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

May: Hope, Positivity & Joy

I'm always a little late in posting these, but I still want to make sure that I do! 

In case you missed it, I made a New Year's resolution to pick one gospel topic each month and study it in depth. So far...

As usual I start with a topic and throughout the month it evolves into something completely new. I love it though. I learn so much more this way. I started off wanting to study positivity. It evolved into a whole string of topics- faith, hope, joy, and happiness. Let me explain, ultimately it's unrealistic to be happy and positive 100% of the time. We will inevitably experience sadness and hardship in this life, and that's okay...

Because of Jesus Christ, 
no sadness, negativity, pain, grief, or failure
 is permanent.

I am know it sounds like I am over simplifying, but I'm not. It may feel like we are just stumbling through this obstacle course of life, (and maybe we are) but we can have complete assurance the Lord is the master game keeper. He is strategically putting and pulling those obstacles in and out of the way. If we have faith in Him and His all encompassing Atonement, rest assured everything will work out in the end perfectly.

 Isn't this the best news? Talk about a sigh of relief!

Recently I came across an idea in my new favorite podcast (Bold New Mom), which I LOVE, that reaffirmed this idea. Whenever you experience something that is less than ideal, try on the thought "this is exactly what's supposed to happen." I am trying this out lately and it's making my life so much easier. It makes not knowing WHY things happen more bearable.  

"If clouds instead of sun spread shadows o’er our heart,
If pain afflicts us, never mind; we will soon know who Thou art.
Jesus guides us with His hand, and He will tell us why;
If we listen to His voice, He will tell us by and by.
Confide in God unwaveringly, and let Him us sustain;
Sing His glory endlessly, for later He’ll explain."

-“Not Now but in the Coming Years,” found in the LDS Portuguese hymnal

So knowing all of this, how could I not have joy and happiness? I am already on the winning team. I know everything is going to work out. Why not choose to be happy and positive in the process?

John 16:22 -"... your joy no man taketh from you."

And now some pictures of the girl who gives us the most joy...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

10 Months


You are in size 6-9 month clothes and wearing size 2 diapers. You are changing so quickly these days. It’s hard for me to remember a time when you slept all day, didn’t crawl, didn’t eat solids, and didn't chat all day long. You are extremely mobile- crawling so fast everywhere and walking all over the furniture. Your new favorite toys are boxes. You especially like to use them to walk around. You are developing some stranger danger and get anxious when Dad or I aren’t around. This last week on vacation you became a serious Daddy’s girl. You say “Dada” all the time. You love to wave like an adult, and it’s the cutest thing. You are eating almost everything we eat, but still eating some baby food. You have two teeth on the bottom. You are sleeping well, usually taking two naps a day. You love men for some reason, (Get the gun now, Dad…) especially Uncle Marcus. He’s a close second behind Dad. You are our world and we love you as much as ever.

I feel like I’m in one of those “when it rains, it pours” times. I went to the dentist and got bad news. I have cavities, like a lot of them… On top of that, I need to get my wisdom teeth removed. (Yep, still have them.) I also have an ear infection. All around my head is taking a beating. BUT we also just got back from an awesome vacation with my family- so much fun time together playing games, swimming, boating, hiking, etc. Amidst the struggles of life, I have so much to be grateful for. Side note: I studied positivity and joy this month, and I obviously needed it. Blog post to come soon.