Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reflections of Thankfulness: July

Today is July 31st.  The end of a month and half of a year on the same day!  2013, where did you go??  I took some time to reflect on all that has taken place this month and here are 31 things I am thankful for:

1.  God's timely provisions
2.  The celebration of six years of marriage!
3.  The success of Lulu's surgery  
4.  Winston's adorable giggles
5.  Our independence and freedom
6.  Starbucks coffee for $1.50
7.  Gentle evening breezes
8.  Cameras
9.  Free repair on cameras!
10.  Cuddling during Timmy Time
11.  The start of Benjamin working!
12.  Unexpected visit from Janae
13.  Quiet evenings
14.  Being appreciated at the office
15.  Nightly food rubs
16.  The Ballcano
17.  Rain
18.  The power of prayer
19.  Time to watch Benjamin play pool with his Grandpa
20.  Bath time with Winston
21.  The first smile from Winston when I pick him up from daycare
22.  My Mom
23.  Having Fridays off
24.  My boss' sense of humor
25.  The sunflowers on my drive home
26.  The zoo!
27.  Tiny fingerprints on mirrors
28.  When Lulu curls up beside me in the evenings
29.  God's faithfulness
30.  The discovery of Chick-fil-a's grilled chicken sandwich
31.  The quick progress being made on the house!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Marking our Firm Foundation

In April this year, Benjamin and I started the home building process!  We knew that we were not going to be in Pearland for the long term and God's timing in providing this opportunity on the North side of Houston was amazing.  We have enjoyed each step of the process and love driving by to see what's been done since the last visit.
We took some time to walk through the house adorning it with Scriptures and praying over each room as we went through it.
We spent some time leading up to our going there compiling some of our favorites together and deciding what rooms they would go into.
My absolute favorite part of the day was when we traced our hands in what would be the space directly under the kitchen sink.  All four of us have left our mark on the house that will be ours!
We are all just so excited for the finished product!  It'll be so fun to make memories, decorate, and raise our little family there!

For a printout version of the verses that we used throughout our house, click here.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Happy Day

Our little family had quite a happy day today.  Though nothing outrageous or fantastical happened, we enjoyed today like we enjoy most days that we are able to stay at home: with one another!  We ate well and played hard.  We cleaned out closets and packed one box {Hey, you have to start somewhere!}. We enjoyed a popsicle {including Lulu!} and cuddled on the couch.  I couldn't have asked for a better day!

May your week be off to a great start as well!  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Super Six

Well, when you get out of the routine of blogging, like I have, it's almost a daunting task of where do I start?  How do I pick this back up again?  

I've decided to start by documenting that Benjamin and I celebrated six years of marriage this weekend!  It's part of our celebration routine each year to make sure that the two of us have a quiet evening to recap the year.  A how'd we do in the past year.  Did we love each other well?  What were our favorite times? Most unexpected thing? Goofiest thing? What's one thing we could do better in the next year?  It's a great time for us to reflect and be honest with one another.  I think we always still surprise each other with answers which I find cool because we are still learning and growing together.

We said that this year was the most different year for us because of the addition of Winston to our family and our routine.  He has been an amazing addition and we are so thankful for him!  He has also made us cherish the quiet times we have to ourselves even more!  He was a huge part of our celebration of six as we took him to the zoo for the first time {and became members!}!

In having a Winston, I have seen and fallen in love with a completely new side of Benjamin; him being a Dad.  He is amazing at it!  Our philosophy from day one has been that we are a team and he is the best teammate I could ask for.  He squeezes the bath sponge after Winston and I have drenched the bathroom, he gets excited to see little manny in the morning and loves being able to take Winston to day care.  I smile to myself when I hear Benjamin singing to Winston in the other room.  My heart melts each time I see the two of them cuddled up together in the still moments before W's bedtime.  These small yet significant things are magical to my heart.  My husband continues to enchant me each day and I am willingly swept into it!

Our time of being baby faced and cuddled up together on our small red sofa are days past that we cherish...
 ...and those days have grown into two adults who still, after six years of wild ride, love each other to pieces and have a fur baby and a Winston baby to show for it!
Benjamin: Thank you for loving me unconditionally regardless of how sane, crazy or sing-songy I am on particular days.  Thank you for being such a great example of servant leadership in all that you do for Winston and me.  Thank you for my foot rubs, as I've told you time and again, they are magic.  Thank you for the way that you have dedicate yourself to follow God's calling on your life and taking our little family along for the ride!  You are my rock and I can't imagine my life without you!

Here are the highlights from Year 6:
  • Winston was born!
  • A family trip to Aberdeen, Scotland and San Antonio
  • Get-a-ways to Vegas and Philly
  • Benjamin signed with an Orthodontic practice
  • Starting construction on our next home
Eyes forward to Year Seven!
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