I Now Come With Experience…

Ok so I haven’t been consistently blogging like my usual self these past few weeks.  The girls are out of school and to my surprise that really turned my schedule upside down.  I love having the freedom of not chauffeuring them back and forth and I do love the spontaneity of summer where we can stay up a bit later, sleep in a little longer, and I enjoy that we are still scoping out new places in Florida we haven’t been to before.

BUT in the midst of all this–looks like my baby wants to grow up way faster than I’m ready (cough) prepared for.  She is doing a number on me these past few weeks.  We have a 21 month old who thinks she is as old as our 9 year old.  She oooh’s and ahh’s at the other one year olds and calls them, “baby!”  She refuses to sit in her high chair and made herself comfortable at the dining table now. I can no longer  feed her any of her food and I dare not forget to leave a spoon because even finger foods she will try to maneuver with a utensil. She is officially the Manners Police at our house. She will repeat “thank you” several times until you say “you are welcome.”  Hugs and kisses are currently a thing of the past as she quickly says to her mama, “eeew goooo” (eew gross) when I sneak some kisses and snuggles in. Of course she is a chatter box (a complete unanswered prayer as I secretly prayed just one of them would be a little on the quieter side). She totally thinks we get what she is saying as she makes her requests of what she wants.  “Nooo and taaappp ” (stop) are her new favorite words.  She completely believes by shooting me a smile will make all well and I will not discipline her.

So what does all this sum up to for me:  I’ve got an almost 2 year old on my hands!

But what Aliyah doesn’t realize is I now come with experience!  She may think in her little mind that she has gotten me beat as she sees my frustration, tired eyes, my hair frazzled from running around the room to try and get her into the car and putting on her shoes for probably the 5th time around only to have to put it right back on as we arrive at our destination. Nope not this time…this isn’t my first rodeo, Aliyah!

So how will I turn this stage around? Be thankful!  Thankful that I have an independent little girl who knows what she wants, thankful that I have experience, thankful, really, really thankful that this won’t last forever, thankful that I get to teach her what’s right and what’s wrong, thankful that she is expressive, thankful that she is persistent, thankful that she is opinionated, thankful that she shows leadership…simply thankful for a happy, healthy, normal, baby little girl!

 

Love One Another

In a world filled with pain, hurt and uncertainty– love can be the first step towards healing of a dry and thirsty soul. 

One Year–Already!

Today marks our one year anniversary of officially moving into our new home here in St. Pete where we launched our new life, ministry, and adventure in pursuing the dreams God planted in our hearts.

So are we officially Floridians yet?  Dan and I have noticed that we do tend to take those side streets now instead of the highway.  When we first moved here we couldn’t understand it but the highways were completely desolate compared to up North. We tend to stop and have conversations with the cashiers at the stores instead of rushing off to the next errand. I, personally, look forward to BOGO  (buy one get one free) at Publix! If some place is 30 minutes away, we actually stop and consider the distance! (This one cracks me up because back home anywhere you go is atleast 30 minutes away) When the girls ask me what to wear–“Yes shorts and a t-shirt is fine!” Sandals or flip flops year round, except January and two weeks in February you can pretend you are in the North and pull out the Uggs and/or Northface jackets. Tropical Storms are no joke and it’s totally treated like a snow storm.  Except here in the South being cooped up in the house more than 24 hours is seriously a thing–Floridians are always out and about. Speaking of being out and about–the Gulf beaches never gets old and neither do the sunsets. Even Aliyah, who is now 21 months old, ooh and ahhs at the scenery of the puffy white clouds or the palm trees swaying in the gulf breeze.

So my question: Are we officially Floridians?  Nah–I would say 4 out of the 5 of us are still Northerners enjoying our new life.  But that baby of ours has completely embraced beach life:  running towards the waves and playing in the sand! 🙂

We have also had our share of disappointments and unplanned set backs but through it all our God has shown Himself Mighty, Faithful and Just and He has made a way when there seemed to be no way…and He continues to.

Tonight, we as a family will celebrate all that we have enjoyed and overcame this past year. To God be the glory!

Adjust Your Crown

We all set out for that “perfect” life don’t we?  I remember holding our baby girls for the very first time–Dan and I envisioning their whole future as we gazed into their bright eyes as we held their tiny little hands.

But sometimes life may trip us up or knock us down flat on our face. We may not have planned for the way things worked out in our lives but we don’t have to stay there either, do we? It’s our choice to either let circumstances define who we really are and whose we really.

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Alaina (2 yrs)

 

I encourage you to get up off that floor, shake off the dust, put that smile back on your face, get the vision back in focus–

Adjust that crown becauseYou are the Child of the Most High Godand nothing that this life throws at you, He can not fix for you! 💕

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