this post is for me, if it doesn't make sense just ignore it and look at the cute pictures of micah
this incredibly cute kid has been very trying over the past week.
i am learning more about myself than i care to but i guess that it all part of parenting right?
i am realizing more than ever that this sweet scrunchie faced boy is a mirror and he will mirror not only the good but the bad. i am doing some serious praying that i can be the mom he needs me to be. so that as he grows up he will be a man who seeks the face of Christ and wants to serve Him in all he does. a man who will not just get angry when he is frustrated but instead will fall to his knees in prayer. a man who will love fiercely no matter the circumstances. a man who will act justly, love mercy and walk humbly (micah 6:8 - the verse i pray for him)
in order for that to happen i need to be a momma who seeks the face of Christ, fall to my knees in pray, love like Christ loves us, act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. i wish it was simple. i wish that it didn't take going through trials to be that person. as i pray for these things i know that i am praying for hard times, times that will test me and shape me. i know that there will be more tears shed and that i will not do it perfectly. i know i will fail.
thankfully God is so good and he forgives freely when i mess up. he will embrace me again and will continue to shape me into the momma micah needs. micah too is so gracious and loving and forgives the way i wish i could, the way i should.
being a momma is no easy job but it is the best job and i wouldn't change a thing!
micah might be one of the happiest babies i've ever met. he is so content and laid back. he teaches me daily. i wish i could forgive and love the way he does.
behind the chubby cheeks and baby blues is a sensitive snuggle bug who loves his mama and dada, a lot. this little man is an introvert and shows a whole different side of himself when he is at home hanging out with just us.
get stuck under furniture
when daddy comes home
put everything in his mouth
scoots backwards everywhere
has hair growing in - enough to had bed head
wants to crochet or at leave have all the yarn
toots all the time
has the cutest rolls
micah you bless this momma on the daily! my heart just bursts with love for you.
God has blessed us more than we ever deserve when he gave us you.
this sweet little boy is 4 months old?! how and when did that happen? as each month passes i am so amazed at how fast time truly flies by!
well my sweet boy you love to play with your toes, knock over towers, you talk all the time, you love it when we sing to you.
we have many names for you : man cub, sunshine, mikey, peanut, honey bear and sugar. you have the softest peach fuzz hair and the bluest blue eyes. you scoot around and roll over. you sit and play and splash in the tub.
we love you so much little man. you bring us so much joy and we are beyond blessed to have you as our son. we pray for you and thank God for you daily.
Today we welcome Rachael
McAdams to the blog! Rachael is new to the SAHM community, new to the blog world, but has
been writing for years. When Rachael isn't writing, she's normally
chasing around her twin daughters, whipping up healthy meals, and trying
to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. You can find her on Twitter.
Four Unexpected Fun
There is something special about going on a family outing.
Of course, like many others, when I was a kid there were times I felt like I
was being forced. However, now when I look back on those trips or talk with my
other family members who were along for the ride, we remember those trips
fondly. Here are four unexpected fun family outings I guarantee your family
will just love!
Be a local tourist!
How often do you check out what is right in your own
backyard? For me living in New York City, there are so many great things to see
that you take for granted when you live here. People from all over the world
come here to see what is right here for us all the time! So why not just take your
family to a local hotel and be a tourist for a few days right in your area? For
me, I love walking through the historic South Street Seaport during the
summer. Last time I was there I took a great photo of the Brooklyn Bridge and
was able to upload it to TinyPrints.com and use it to make an iPhone case.
I get compliments on it all the time; people think it is a professionally-taken
shot! No matter what your age, going to FAO Schwarz is always so much fun! Make sure you
pack a camera and take plenty of photos. This will be a chance to rediscover
what makes your hometown so unique!
We’ve all taken family vacations where our parents tried to
squeeze in some education. Well, why not build an entire vacation around
learning about a significant historical area? Gettysburg is an incredibly
important part of America’s history. It is the site of one of the most
important battles of the US Civil War and the largest land battle ever fought
in North America. This year marks the 150th anniversary of
the battle so this would be a perfect time to see this historic area and
learn about everything that happened there. Events are planned throughout the
year to commemorate this anniversary, so no matter when you plan to travel,
you’ll definitely have some wonderful – as well as educational – experiences.
There is even an iPhone app that will guide you on a historic
walking tour so you are sure not to miss anything. When you stand at the
battlefield and just think about the significance of this ground and those who
perished – it leaves you feeling multiple emotions. But most of all, it left me
proud to be experiencing my country’s history firsthand. I think it is
certainly a trip that your family will talk about for years to come.
Have you ever taken a road trip on the spur of the moment?
If you haven’t, give it a try! Have everyone put an idea of somewhere to go for
a long weekend in a hat and let one person pick. Then off you go! Make some
minor ground rules – such as picking a location within 200 miles or a
three-hour drive so the trip can be easily managed within two or three days.
These trips are always great because you never know what you will discover
along the way! When I was in college, a few of my dorm-mates and I decided on a
Friday afternoon to just hop in the car and see how far we could get in three
hours. No other plans were set; we just threw together a bag and started the
clock. Three hours later we were in Cape
May, New Jersey! It was in the fall, so it was a little cool, but it was
still warm enough to enjoy going outside for a walk on the beach. We did a tour
of all the different Victorian-era homes and ate at the Carriage House Cafe &
Tearoom on the Emlen Physick Estate. We stayed at
a really nice little bed and breakfast and then headed back to school Sunday
night. It was a great trip!
Try something new
Have you ever gone tent camping? What about parasailing? Sailing
a schooner? Throw caution to the wind and plan a quick getaway around something
you’ve never done before. Jump out of your comfort zone and try something new! If
you have always wanted to try sailing, then take your family to try the Community
Sailing Schools at Mystic Seaport. Ever wanted to get a bird’s eye view of
Lake George? Then try parasailing!
The whole point is to try something you’ve never done before. It will be something
you all get to experience as a group for the first time. All you need is a
sense of adventure!
Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas Rachael!
with another week done it is bitter sweet. that means my baby is growing and i want to savor every possible minute i can with him. time goes by way to fast when there is a baby in your life.
do you agree??
on the other hand it means we are one week closer to moving into a place we can call our own. no we aren't moving anytime soon, although i really wish we were. if you follow me on instagram you know i love the town we have just moved to. it is such a great little community with great walking paths and the friendliest people. i just really don't like the place we are renting. i have tried to make it feel like home but we just don't feel settled here and 'at home'. when we moved we purposely choose to rent instead of buy so that we
could scout out the town and figure out the busy and calm areas, the
nice neighborhoods and hopefully find the perfect spot to raise our
my cutie pie and i // thumb sucker // post walk smoothie // happy mail from the adopt shoppe
moving was such a crazy time clint got the call that he got a new job while i was in labor. so went home with a new baby, trying to figure out being a family of three all the while have to pack up our life and move. we had been wanting to move so that we would be closer to our families since little man was about to join our life. we knew that God was going to do everything in his timing. but seriously the timing of it all was just crazy! it had to be a God thing because there is no way we would have timed it out this way.
baby boy is 15 week!?!
so, for now we live in a trailer park. that alone has such a stigma. living in a trailer is one thing, living in a trailer park is another, or maybe that's just my judgmental thinking. however this trailer park is really great, our neighbors are so friendly. we live amongst A LOT of retired couples who spend their days cutting their grass, weeding their flower beds and sipping coffee on their decks. i'm so thankful we don't live amongst a bunch of rowdy party animals, which is what i think of when i think trailer park, again judgmental but just being honest.
diaper changing time // got stuck in a down pour while on our walk, clint came and drove us home // cloth diaper folding with a great view // scripture to hang in our house from the lovely words
so maybe God's timing was perfect?! this was the only place to rent, that wasn't a tiny apartment, when we moved.
maybe God is trying to teach me
that i am full of pride,
i am judgmental,
to be content,
be joyful always,
that i need to trust Him in all things,
and that i need to let go of thinking i am in control.
this is where God has placed us right now and i need to accept that. i need to allow myself to be used by him, to build relationship, be thankful for the a roof over our head, and to enjoy making memories where we are currently.