Monday, July 21, 2014

Cousin Love

While Cody was gone last week, Griff and I packed our bags and headed up to see Noni and Boots. We even picked up a special care package on the way - Jax Man! 

It was








a little frustrating


and totally rewarding to see these two little boys loving on each other!


This was truly the first time they've really played together... previously Griff has played with Jax (he makes a good push toy!) but they couldn't get enough of each other this week. 


Kaitlan came to spend Friday night with us and they headed home Saturday afternoon. It was so sad to hear Griffin walking around the house asking for Jax!


That is actually a "cheese" face and not one of pain!





Here's to many sweet memories with these two cuties!


Friday, July 18, 2014

My How the Years Fly By...

{I found this sitting in my drafts folder and got a kick out of the pictures. These would be from five years ago as we celebrated our first anniversary in the metroplex. We've aged a little bit, but I am so grateful that I get to live life with Cody!}


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Growing Pains {theological thursday motherhood style}

Almost instantly after I took the test{s} and confirmed that I was pregnant, it happened: worry taking away my joy.

I don't feel pregnant. Things aren't hurting like everyone else says they will. I'm not that tired. Is everything ok? Something must be wrong. 

And so begins the worrying, which I have now accepted will be around for the rest of my life.

I expected that becoming a mother would bring me more joy than I have ever had, a testing of my patience,  some tearful days and questioning if I was doing it right, and mostly, the capacity to love beyond my wildest dreams.  And I was right about all of those things. The one thing that I wasn't prepared for was the growth of the negative: fear and it's sorry companion worry.

I am really embarrassed and ashamed at how worry and fear have consumed my thoughts over the past two weeks.  Sure, I had a few fleeting moments of fear over the past few months since Griffin was born, but nothing like I've faced this past week.  Here are some snippets of what I've worried about:

{after seeing a picture of a snake on facebook that someone killed in their back yard, not even in our own town} Oh my goodness, what if there are snakes in the fields around our house? Is it safe for Griffin to play in the back yard? What would I do if one got in the house and I found it in the crib with Griffin?!?!? {seriously. in the crib with griffin. what am I smoking?!}

I've worried about him being diagnosed with autism some day, about having eye issues because one kinda sorta slightly turns in a bit, and about getting in some type of accident and losing a limb.

After hearing about a mother who was in an car accident that killed both her 10 year old and 9 month old,  I've worried about driving anywhere with Griffin in the car with me.

After hearing about two separate ladies who carried their babies within days of their due dates, only to end up delivering still born babies, I've spent countless hours worrying about our next pregnancy.

 And the greatest fear of all, the fear of something happening and us losing him. Or worse, Griffin losing one of us and never knowing who we are and how much we love him.

 Even in the moment as my worries were flashing through my head, I knew they were so ridiculous. Typing them out and sharing that with others confirms this.  The sermon last Sunday felt like it was tailor made for me and thankfully, has helped me to start getting my fears under control.  Our pastor shared this quote: {of which I'm kinda paraphrasing because I didn't write it down}

The thing you fear the most, is that which you treasure the greatest...

{insert smug smile on my face}

And where you trust God the least.


Yeah. Talk about stepping on my toes. He shared the verse 2 Timothy 1:12 -

"because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day."

Griffin is the greatest gift God has ever given me.  And everyday I have to wake up and choose to entrust him to the One who gave him to me.  Some days are easy {sitting on the couch, safe in our little bubble} and other days are a raging battle.  Every new stage Griffin enters brings a new season of joy, a new set of worries and a new way for my trust in the Lord to grow.

Hang in there mommas. He is able to guard your little one far beyond your wildest worries!

tt motherhood

Monday, July 14, 2014

Makin' Memories {movie style}

Our little man is obsessed with "TB" and "MOBIES."  One of those two is the first word out of his mouth every time he wakes up (morning and nap times) plus he throws it in several times through out the day for good measure.  It starts with "Fish mobie?" (Finding Nemo.) If that's a no, he asks "monsters?" (Monsters University) and if that's a no he finishes with "Wio?" (Rio). If that's still a no, we start all over again!  On a normal week, we try and balance a good deal of morning outside activity with tv in the afternoon because it's so hot. However, Cody's been gone since Friday afternoon, so this week is all about survival... that means that Griffin is getting to watch a lot of fishes!

Despite that fact that we've already watched Nemo several times this weekend, I still wanted to make our time together fun, so tonight, we had a mini popcorn party as we sat down to watch Nemo.  Popcorn.... before dinner... as much as he wanted... wherever he wanted.... with Nemo on the tv... Could it get any better for Griffin?

Actually, it can!

We were able to try out the new Perfect Pop app from PopSecret... which means that as my little helper was manning the microwave, he was able to "see" our popcorn cooking! Popcorn, mobies, and the phone... Griffin's ultimate trifecta!


Nothing ruins a movie night quicker than burned popcorn, so the Perfect Pop app saves the day! It's simple enough for your toddler to use too: put your Pop Secret in the microwave for the suggested cooking time. Turn up the volume on your phone and point the speaker toward your microwave. Start the micro, then the app and watch as your popcorn cooks!  No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less I have to worry about, the more time I can enjoy with Griff! Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.


Griffin was enthralled with the app! Here's a few pics of how the cooking in progress:

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Griffin couldn't wait to dig right in!



Griffin and I enjoyed our little movie date and we're one day closer to Dad being home! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming... :)

Many thanks to PopSecret for helping make our date possible. By clicking the links above, you are helping me to contribute in a small manner to my family. Thank you for your support!