Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Each year I honor Lent differently. One year I gave up Diet Coke (per my husband's suggestion - sometimes it really sucks to have someone who knows exactly what is going to hurt you the most). One year Matt & I designated days to fast and pray together, a commitment that proved all the more challenging as I was nursing at the time (nursing = HUNGRYALLTHETIME).

This year Lent is coming at the absolute most perfect time for me. I am not even two weeks into life with my third born and while I have never felt so full of love, I also feel terribly distant from God. I haven't opened my Bible in over a week, and my prayer life has taken the form of frequent cries for help from my exhaustion. I should be leaning into God now more than ever, and instead I am beating myself up for not doing all the stupid things I think I should be doing because I am sinking in the depend-only-on-myself-the-control-freak pit of quicksand.

So it's time to snap out of it. And since I am spending between 4 and 5 hours every day nursing this delightful little baby girl, I have the perfect opportunity to spend some time with my Jesus.

Here's the plan. And yes, y'all are invited to hold me accountable. Girlfriend needs a butt whoopin'.
  • I will check my personal email and facebook accounts no more than 2 times a day.
  • I will check my blog reader no more than once a day.
  • I will use my iPhone for the basics only: phone, text messaging, weather, maps, contacts, calendar, alarm.
  • I will not use my iPhone to check email or facebook. Nor will I use it to play any games.
INSTEAD, I will . . .
  • Read my Bible.
  • Pray.
  • Read my Bible app or Christianity Today app on my iPhone.
  • Read a Christian book or devotional.
  • Read one of the downloaded reading plans on my Bible app on my iPhone (YouVersion rocks).
  • Complete my BSF lessons.
It's important to note that I have put several restrictions on my iPhone usage but I have also given myself several exceptions. Reason being, my iPhone was practically made to be used while I'm nursing. When I have only one hand available, it's much easier to read on my iPhone than it is to open a book.

The two things I have not limited are the television and general Internet usage. I can honestly say that over 75% of my downtime is spent checking my email, facebook, and blogs. And much of the time I spend nursing I am simultaneously playing a game on my iPhone. Those four things need to be limited. They are the time sucks in my life. I don't watch a lot of television, and when I do, I am usually watching an episode of Parenthood or a Buckeye basketball game with my husband - it's one of the few things we do together after the kids are in bed.

Finally, we are kicking off the Lenten season today at the Catholic church down the street. We are going to get ashes as a family. It's a gorgeous church in walking distance, and it will be the perfect place to set the tone for this beautiful season of remembering Jesus and the life He gave us.

What about you? Are you honoring Lent in any specific ways?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Only hours after becoming the "big kids" . . .




. . . and they could not look any prouder.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Caesarean

This was my third caesarean delivery. It's strange to walk into a hospital and experience such deja vu as I relive the same sights and sounds from my first two deliveries.








I don't know that my first choice would be to have major surgery in conjunction with the birth of a baby, but I am confident that this is God's plan for our family. And I am so so so thankful. Because at the end of the day, I was gifted with a beautiful and healthy baby. I never ever ever want to take that miraculous blessing for granted. My sweet Greta is worth every poke, incision and staple - a million times over.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I have daughters.

On 1:18pm on Friday, February 10, we brought a second daughter into this world. Though I had no inkling whether it was a boy or a girl, I'm absolutely reveling in the idea that I have daughters. And with the birth of our baby girl on Friday, my daughters are SISTERS. I'm so so very thankful.


Welcome to the world, sweet and beautiful Greta Marie. You were 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches at birth, and I love every stinkin' speck of you.

Momma and baby are home and doing well. Thank you immensely for all of your love and prayers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gearin' up for baby

Matt shot a few pics of us on Sunday as it is officially baby week! My c-section is scheduled for Friday, and we are eagerly awaiting his/her arrival.









I told Matt that we have to set up the tripod on Friday morning and shoot a few pics with him in them. He played a major role in the creation of this precious babe, after all.