22 Months.

Oh my little love.

You are such a boy these days and while you are starting to venture out from being called mama’s baby you prefer little man over big boy.

How will you be two in two short months?!

I seriously never imagined loving a toddler as much as I not only love you but like you and enjoy being around you. Every day is so funny, yes, they often have hard moments, but those don’t outweigh the joy you bring to your daddy and me.

Your memory astounds me. Seriously, you remember things that happened months ago.

You are starting to count more.

You love to sweep and clean the dishes. It is kind of more work for me in the long run but I definitely don’t want to stifle that desire so most of the time I let you help.

You try to sing your ABCs, you do pretty well. Whenever you see letters, you either call them “ABC or WYX” haha

You LOVE to read your little golden books.

You are still insanely obsessed with trucks, cars, really anything with wheels.

When you start running I don’t know how your little body will ever slow down but it always does.

You had two “injuries” this month that involved falling into mulch and scraping up your face and touching a lawnmower that had just been on and burning your pointer finger a little bit. So now when we go outside you announce “MULCH” and “HOT”. Like I said, you don’t really forget things…

We have to have more talks now that you are getting older and so vocal about things when you disagree but your heart is so teachable and I am forever grateful for that.

You like to watch yourself on video a lot… “watch Haddon!”

You also have a sensitive spirit and hate to disappoint, sometimes if I start talking to you in a stern voice you yell: MAMA and I remind you, “son, mama is not mad at you I am just teaching you (whatever it is at that moment)…”

Overall, your communication is excellent and so we rarely get too frustrated with each other because we just talk it out.

One of my very favorite things that you say is: “I blessed”. If you sneeze and I say “God bless you” you reply with “I blessed”. You get if from your dad who always says that as well. It has carried over to burping and tooting. You say “scuse me” after you do it and then I say “you’re excused” and then you say “I blessed”. It’s the cutest.

You are quite the little repeat, we have hit the age where we need to mind what we say around you…. here are some of the things you say on a regular basis though:

“Mom, pooped! Change ya”

“Want a couple”

“Want all of them”

“I’m coming”

“CHAPick BALL”

“Don’t touch it”

“That dananan” (dangerous)

“Be careful”

“Don’t spill it”

“Hold you” or “Mama hold”

“Want to see it”

“Want to hold it”

Sometimes I forget you are still so little because you act like such a big boy.

Two things I am nervous for in the coming months and have no idea the right way or time to do them:

1)      Transitioning you out of a crib

2)      Taking your pacifier… I don’t even like to think about it

My Media Free Month.

That break was SO refreshing. I definitely needed it.

I totally recommend that you consider if it would be a good thing for you. Even if it isn’t for a whole month just to take breaks or set limits or have purpose in your social media habits!

Go read this blog and then this blog. She articulates better than I ever could.

Was it hard? Somewhat.

There were so many things I wanted to ask the people’s opinion for during last month.

For example:

  • How do you vacuum carpeted stairs? Especially, with a heavy Dyson…
  • What do you do when your 1.5 year starts burping and farting and then announcing it? Even, if he does say “cuse me” at the end.

Overall though, I loved my break and will probably do it again. Maybe not for a whole month but take time to just remove myself when I feel it’s necessary or real life has a lot going on that day, etc.

I think going forward one thing I will do to help me use my time wisely is not put that Facebook icon back on my phone. I keep my computer downstairs in the basement and I’m on it all day long for work. So I rarely retreat back to the basement during the evenings. I think that will help me not scroll so much at night when I could use my time to be with my boys, cook, prepare for the next day, read, etc!

Speaking of reading, I did it so much more than I normally do. The bible, books, to my son… I just had more time to read when I wasn’t reading statuses.

Have you thought about taking a break? What’s stopping ya?!

Also… seriously, how do you vacuum carpeted stairs? Still haven’t done it… yes, I moved a month ago.

Wordless Wednesday.

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Training Tuesday.

Its’s no wonder I don’t always feel good at my job. This made me encouraged and laugh out loud.

so so true, and I enjoy some of the hats more than others.

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Select this link to read all about them: http://www.learndash.com/9-essential-instructional-designer-skills/

 

 

Marriage Mondays.

We got to witness a wedding this past weekend.

I love weddings and the parties afterwards. Except as a side note, I cry every.single.time a mom dances with her son now. Ever since I had Haddon I just cant handle it. haha

Kevin talked out of the book of Colossians, which is a trip down memory lane because Bill taught out of that book for Micah and I’s wedding.

You know the sweet, lovey dovery, promise to do this, promise not to do that speeches that happen?

Married people you already know this, but those promises arent kept. Not on your power alone anyway.

Unmarried people when you make those vows to each other, that covenant, know that you need a higher power than the two of you.

I remember the first time I watched our wedding video. I cried and cried at that part.

Not because we didnt have a happy marriage we did and we do, BUT there is some ugly in it. Not constantly but it happens.

Fortunately, we forgive, we offer grace, we love without keeping records of wrong (well at least try not to), we look to the ultimate example of love.

Yes that wedding day involves lots of decision making and will be a great day to remember! Probably one of your most top three ever. Those butterfly feelings wont be there every day.

Its the nitty gritty every day interactions that really shape your relationship though. We need a shaper bigger than ourselves.

The one who made us, molded us, knows our selfishness inside and out, and died for it so that we could truly see an example of real love and then love in return. 

 

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Foodie Friday.

Welp, I have made many things in the last couple days and I havent taken a picture of any of them! whoops.

Here are the things I’ve tried:

  • A new lasagna recipe
  • Choc filled croissants – a friend from Newport News got me hooked on these (thanks Michelle!)
  • Poppy seed chicken
  • Meatloaf
  • Chicken, Broccoli, Mushroom stir fry (with coconut oil)

Everyone should go pick up the ingredients for the choc filled croissants and make them tomorrow morning.

Here is all you need:

- Frozen Pastry Sheets

- Semi sweet choc chips

- MILK 

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recipe and photo link

 

Teaching Moment Thursday.

Being a mama is one of my greatest joys.

Every day I get to impact this soul. Sometimes the responsibility of it can seem like a burden if I am being honest, but I remind myself of God’s truth it is a huge BLESSING. 

We are entering the stage of working on “the heart”. I have this little independent man who I want to let learn and grow and discover himself but also balancing that with obedience. The Lord says children are to obey their father and mother.

Well I’ve realized that I need to stop asking questions so much?

“Haddon, do you want to go take a bath?” “no”

“Haddon, do you want to get your diaper changed?” “no way”

“How about we go upstairs now, OK?” “no”

um… okay here is the deal. Of course he doesn’t want to go take a bath if he is playing with trains!

As he grows older he will have ample opportunity to voice his opinion and get a say in how things are done. However, I have realized he is not even two yet. When mama says something, Haddon needs to obey. Right away. All the way. With a joyful heart. The way we are supposed to obey God.

“It is time to take a bath now, let’s go.”

“Haddon, you have a dirty diaper, mama is going to change it.” 

“Time to go upstairs for lunch, beat you there!”

I just finished “Dont Make Me Count to Three” I totally recommend it for anyone entering the “obedience/discipline/heart change” stage.

She encourages moms to require obedience, from a young age, without having to count to three to get that obedience.

As the title hints… when we count to three we are teaching our kids they don’t have to obey us right away, they get three chances to obey us. Disobedience the first two times is not obeying, she uses the term “delayed obedience is not obedience”. It’s been really encouraging as I start this with Haddon.

If he doesnt come when I call him to head up for the night, I say, “Haddon God wants you to obey mama right away, all the way, with a happy heart, do you think we could try that again?” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. We just started this week. 

I can see good effects already. When I use “right away, all the way, with a joyful heart” he looks at me like wow she is serious.

You can say it in a super sweet way, you can say it sternly, I’m sure for each kid and situation it will be different!

Mamas, encourage your babies to obey you which in turn is preparing their hearts to obey God.

*dont be worried they will be mad at you either – we love with authority and they learn to respect and love us for it*

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Wordless Wednesday.

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Training Tuesday.

I am supposed to write about my profession on training Tuesdays. It was a crazy day and this will be brief.

The best sort of training has analyzed their audience first, so that we know who we are teaching.

Adults learn well when they know WHY it matters to them. Is it relevant to their life?

i never want to forget how good God was today for two main reasons that I can’t really speak publicly about right now. God made himself so relevant to me today it was ridiculous. I went from being in the craziest of moods to downright thankful. He is so good.

He knows me so well and meets me just where I am.

new neighbors and friends – just a huge way God loves :)

Marriage Monday.

“Never ever expect me to know what you are thinking”

It was either right before or right after Micah and I got married when he said those words.

Those words that shed light on the fact that no matter what my nonverbals were saying he wasn’t going to know, and even moreso he wasn’t going to try and guess.

Due to my husband just throwing that out there early on, I think we have become pretty good communicators. Yes of course, there is always room for growth.

It does the both of us a huge disfavor for the both of us though for me to pretend like he will “get it” if I just don’t talk to him about things.

Wives– don’t ever expect your husband to know what you are thinking, just talk to them, you actually end up saving a lot more time, emotional energy, and thoughts this way.

Husbands – be the type of guy your wives can freely and lovingly talk to, no matter what the situation.

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