Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pinterest Perfection

I LOVE looking around on the popular new(ish??) website Pinterest.  There are so many (and I mean, way too many) ideas and projects and perfect examples of what life could be.  Seriously, if you haven't checked out Pinterest, then you really should!  It's a great website! 

But there is this one problem. 

Almost EVERY picture, post, idea, project, or anything to the sort looks 1000000% perfect, and let me tell you, life isn't perfect! 

I would love my home to look like this: 

But usually, it looks like this: 

And ya know what?  I'm OK with it! And the reason I'm ok with a crazy house is because there are more important things than keeping your house in perfect pinterest organization.

Sharing the Joy of the Lord with our kids

I have never experienced so much Joy from one child, but Jonas is just exploding with Joy!  Teaching him about God and showing him how to love his little sister and share toys with her are much more important right now than teaching him to pick up his toys and put them back in the way that I  want them to be.  Responsibility and listening skills are important, but sometimes they aren't the most important thing in our day-to-day lives. 

Another incredibly important thing that we sometimes forget about is that a good Marriage takes a lot of work!  And sometimes you have to put off the housework to nurture your marriage.  When Steve and I got married nearly 5 years ago, I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA that it took a lot of work to keep your marriage alive!  And let me tell you, that is one thing that I am completely committed to doing!  I will always put our marriage in front of housework.  And sometime, that means that I need to clean up the house! HA!  I can show my husband that I love him by cleaning our home and keeping up with the housework. 
Most importantly, I need to keep my Lord and Savior as number 1 in my life.  He needs to come first in every thought, every moment, and every decision of my life.  This is something that I will be working towards for the rest of my life!  And through God's grace, may I grow closer to Him every day! 
For all of you other ladies, mom's, and wives out there reading this post, just remember that Pinterest Perfection may be attainable, but is it really the most important thing in life? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Two Toddlers in the House!

I can't believe I forgot to publish this blog post on Joelle's birthday!  Well, here we go, a few days late! 

My little Joelle is now 1 years old!  She has grown from her tiny 5 pounds 15 ounces and 19 inches at her birth, to 19.75 pounds and 32 inches long!  Everyone tells me she is still petite for her age.  I personally think she has grown so much in the past month!  She literally grew 3 inches in a month.  I guess that's what happens when you start eating table food! 

In the past year, Joelle has changed so much!  She has learned to crawl, learned to walk around holding onto furniture, and is learning to communicate through sign language!  Joelle is a pretty quiet little girl, but still likes to voice her opinion every now and then!  We recently started sign language with her, because she just doesn't seem interested in vocalizing words besides babbling.  She is picking it up very fast!  Just earlier this week she learned to say "Please" in sign language!  I am one proud mamma here! 

Joelle is our little snuggle muffin.  She is most content sitting in someone's lap, preferably mom or dad, and just cuddling!  It is so different from our Jonas, who can never sit still!  Joelle is also our little reader!  If she wanders away from Jonas, usually I can find her in the bedroom reading at least 10 books at a time!  Joelle also has always loved music!  Much like Jonas, she has a natural ear for the beat, and a few months ago, we discovered that she knows how to snap her fingers!  Her favorite thing around 4 months old was when daddy would beat-box.  She would bob her head side to side with the beat! 

Joelle, we are so proud of the sweet little girl you are becoming.  I pray that you will learn to know and Love God as your Heavenly Father and that you will love others with the Love of Christ. 

Here are some pictures of Joelle over the past year. 


1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

7 Months

8 Months

9 Months

10 Months

11 Months

1 Year

And a few more pictures from Joelle's 1 year photo shoot!  I love taking pictures of my kids!!