I love my life. I can't believe that I have the husband I do and that we got to have babies together. It's all kind of surreal for me. I have seen so much junk, some of it happened to me and some to those I love dearly but because of that my heart is incredibly grateful for all that God has blessed me with. One of our discussion questions in my MOPS group recently was if we are living our dreams. I smiled as soon as I read it. A thankful smile that God is so familiar with from me at this point. It is a smile that I can't help, a smile that comes from deep within my heart knowing that I am most definitely living my dreams. Of course there are days when I want to stay in bed because the thought of caring for four kids is overwhelming and I feel completely inadequate. I get angry and yell at my kids, I am selfish with my time, I don't always treat Jason the way I should, and the list could go on and on. But despite all of my brokenness, Jesus thinks I am worthy of love. His love. That is all I need. But for some crazy reason, He decided to bless me with an adoring and faithful husband and four beautiful babies. It doesn't make any sense to me. But I will take it and do my very best to seize the moments I have on earth.
So with all that said, I love to blog because it forces me to pause and reflect on life through different seasons. It helps me remember my calling and makes me fall in love with my husband and babies even more.
Violet likes to pretend to use Daddy's roller. It always makes her laugh.
On beautiful Sundays after church when the light pours through the living room windows, I love to take pictures of our kids being kids. They are usually happy and and the fact that they are dressed nice and cute from church makes for extra fun pictures.
I love it when Avery and Tyson wrestle. He is making Avery tough and they laugh a lot. It typically ends with someone crying but it is pretty fun to watch.
This little one. Oh, that dimple melts me. What is it about dimples? She is the sweetest little thing and such a stinker. She acts like a 7 year old trapped in a 2 year old body. She can say anything and everything and she does! She will let you know what she wants and expects prompt reaction. It is hard for me not to just spoil her rotten.
These two are beginning to play together more and more. The problem is that they both want to dictate how everything is done so that makes things interesting. Can't wait to see their relationship develop as they grow.
I love it when Mia performs for us. Her made up songs and dances are the best.
I am completely biased of course but the beauty of our babies blows me away at times. I could just stare at those faces all day. God outdid himself with these four.
Mia loves to dress up and especially loves to wear hats. Last winter, she wore this panda hat almost constantly and it is back again. She wore it for about a week straight even to bed but seems to be backing off a bit now.
Jason and Tyson tried to go for a run one evening and an insane thunderstorm hit minutes after they walked out the door. It was scary and Avery and I were not fans of them being outside during the crazy storm. Jason called and asked me to pick them up in the next neighborhood. I threw the girls in the van and we headed out. A super friendly guy invited them to hang out in his garage while they waited for me. I love nice people. So on our way to get them only a few blocks away, we got a flat tire. Ugh. I had never had a flat tire before and I didn't know what exactly was going on so I continued to drive. We located them and Jason checked the tire to confirm that it was indeed flat as a pancake. The guy that offered his garage for shelter had previously worked for roadside assistance so he offered his tools and services. Jason ran home to get what he needed and then drove back to us and changed the tire. A neighbor from across the street came over to hold a flashlight up for them. Nice people all around that helped make what could have been a horribly chaotic and rough night into a count your blessings kind of night. They found a screw in the tire so if I had not taken the van out that night, it would have gone flat on my way to take Avery to school the next morning. Thank goodness Jason was home when it happened, it was an easy fix, and we headed to the tire place in the morning to replace the spare with a new one.
Mia loves riding her purple bike and it is very cute to watch her struggle up hills.
We love going to the Zoo. It's beautiful there and the animals are so fun to watch. This guy was full of personality. One of the zoo workers said he stays right by the fence most of the time and does little dances to get attention. Funny little flamingo.
We were leaving our local chinese restaurant the other day and the lighting was perfect so I grabbed the camera out of the car. I tried to get a cute picture of her messing with the gum ball machine but she wasn't into it so I captured this sweet little face instead.
Violet carries her babydoll blankie thing all the time. She says, "It's my special baby doll" and it is incredibly precious. It was on clearance at Kohl's one day when she was about 9 months old and I snatched it up hoping she would love it. I was right.
My Mom visited last weekend and we had a wonderful time with her. She brought some peanuts that Violet could not stop eating. We had to finally cut her off so she didn't get sick. She really loves peanuts.
Grandma also brought little wooden fall pictures for the kids to paint. They were a huge hit. Grandma knows what she's doing. We got to shop together for several hours on Saturday and that was a blast. She is retiring soon and we are looking forward to spending more time with her. The kids were sad to see her go, especially Violet.
And last but not least, one of the funniest pictures I have ever taken. Violet was telling me about how she went poo-poo and I caught this hilarious face. That's how I feel about dirty diapers too.