making a house a home

I just came home from my girls Bible study. It's late I'm ready for bed and some R&R but I've got little details to polish around the house. You know, the usual- dishes to put away, clothes to fold, bags to pack, etc. etc. As I'm hustling and bustling around I couldn't help but spare just a moment to thumb through my new book that just arrived today: "Everyday Graces" by Karen Santorum! I couldn't resist.

There are many reasons that I am antsy to dive in to this read, but the biggest reason is this is a woman that I greatly admire. I'm so looking forward to gleaning good insight and wisdom from her.

After a quick peruse I came across this poem and thought I would share. So fitting for the moment. It helped to bring purpose to the scattered tasks. God, help me create a home that my husband is ready to come home to at the end of his long days.


my budding artist

Since Chick is now at the point where she doesn't quite put everything in her mouth, we can try out some new things, like fingerprinting! Here is her first creation. I give it an A+.


discipling the hearts of our children

Chick and I enjoyed some bonding time this morning on Town Lake, one of my favorite Austin hotspots. As much as I have enjoyed and loved the trail in the past (life pre-babies), jogging with my babes- J-man and now, Chick- I enjoy it all the more. Living life with those you live makes life all the richer.

Chick loves (I mean, LOVES!) being outside, especially if it involves animals. Well, if you're an Austinite, you know that Town Lake is dog heaven. So this little Chickadee was in heaven herself. As she's bobbing along in her jogging stroller (pun intended!) she is having the time of her life pointing out to me the animals that she spots and is squealing with delight as the dogs dart to and fro. I don't think my heart could feel fuller.

Lately I've been thinking about how to love Chick in the role I've been given as her mom. That love-feeling/emotion is there but I've been ever more convinced and convicted that my role is so much deeper. God has entrusted her to me (and Bart, of course), so I want to be a faithful stewart of this previous gift that I have been given. I don't want to just parent haphazardly or on the fly; I want to intentionally love her through discipling her. That is both a high call and a high privilege.

I've had some personal "ah-ha!" moments along the way that I'm looking forward to journaling about via my blog. Being a mom is certainly a job in which learning and growing never ends!

"We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing."
{2 Thessalonians 1:3}


fun in the sun

In the midst of our business and despite the heat, we've been able to set aside time for what we really enjoy- spending time with each other and playing outside!

A couple of weeks ago, we had some fun in the sun with some friends of ours. We had every intention of making it to their splash park; but these kiddos are so easily entertained that running around the backyard was just right for a fun time!

One of perks of this little outing was that J-man was able to come along for the fun! January was the last time that we all were able to hang together, so this was certainly a treat!

When we picked J up, he climbed in our car and looked at the car seat beside him and to his surprise there was a "friend"! "It's a ba-by!"he informed us all the way to Buda :)

I think that these two could become good buds. Now that Chick is a busy gal herself, they have a lot in common. She likes to be in the middle of the action and J likes to create action. Perfect!

Bart helps Chick zoom past the boys on her 4-wheels
No stopping this little guy! J-man is energy-central!

Now that the brutal heat is starting to subside we are looking forward to more outdoor fun... and there just may be a camping trip in the works. What better way to celebrate Bart's big 3-0?!