A post on parenting

I'm not exactly sure where to start this post, but I've been super reflective lately. Maybe it's my baby's first birthday that is just around the corner? I'm not really sure, but I've had this on my heart for a while, so I thought I'd better put the words to paper. Or, screen. You know what I mean. (see what I did there?)

Somewhere in the last year, since having my third baby, my perspective has shifted in regard to raising my children. I'm not exactly sure what to attribute it to. I honestly think it's been a great handful of things. But one thing is for sure. It's a work that's been done deep in my heart, and I am so grateful to the Lord for it. 

I think I can best summarize it by saying that I am deeply and richly enjoying this time with my kids. So much of my earlier years of parenting were spent just waiting for the next moment, the next phase, or waiting for the difficult times/phases to pass. 

Waiting for my first period after Molly was born so that we could have another baby. 
Waiting through my difficult pregnancy with Cooper so that he could be born and my body could feel back to normal.  
Clenching my teeth through the hellish adjustment we had from one to two kids, praying it would pass.
Waiting to buy a house.
Wishing our way through fixing up our house so we could just move in already. 
Learning about our sweet surprise baby and waiting through yet another pregnancy that challenged me so deeply to learn that God is bigger--even bigger than pregnancy. 

Then something sweet happened. Maggy Michelle was born, and for the first time ever, I relished that newborn stage. I didn't wish it away, because I knew--I absolutely, positively knew--how it would flash by in the blink of an eye. I wanted to be able to look back on that phase and think, "There's no way I could have cherished it any more than I did." And that is exactly how I feel.

If you're a parent, you have probably heard more times than you'd like to admit, "Enjoy these times, one day you will miss them," or something like that. There was a time when I would seriously roll my eyes at those statements. It was so annoying to me. Don't they remember what this is like? Obviously not! This is the hardest thing I've ever done! 

And ya know what? I don't know what it's like yet to be past the little years. Mine are presently 4, 2.5, and almost 1. It's crazy town, folks. But I have to think that if this is the overwhelming advice I get from people that are past my stage of parenting, that maybe there's something to it. 

And so I choose joy. I choose to relish these moments that are fleeting. The giggles over something silly. The lengthy eye-contact with them, because staring into someone's eyes is like seeing their soul. The repetition, no matter what it may be, because they find delight in such simple things. The holding 60 lbs worth of children on your hips, because someday (soon!) they'll be too big to hold on my hips. Life is made up of these little moments, these "in-the-gap" moments. I certainly don't want them to go by unnoticed, just waiting for the next thing.

Please don't read this and think that my life is perfect and I never struggle with my kids. Hang around for one day, and you will know it's the complete opposite. But I'm learning that life is a dance. A step forward, two steps back; two steps forward, one step back. And we will truly wish away our whole lives if we don't stop and live life right now, for all that it is. 


Christmas Ideas. Yes, Christmas!

I had to double check my this, but today is November 25th, which means Christmas is just ONE month away! That's four weeks, people! 

Maybe you're one that totally loves the madness of holiday shopping, but that is definitely NOT for me. If I can sit in the comfort of my home and get all my shopping done, than you can bet that's what I'm going to do! :)

I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of a few ideas, in case you're stumped on what to get anyone on your list. Bonus? All of these can be purchased sitting* exactly where you are! 
*unless of course, you're standing ;)



Lindsy's auction 

My sweet friend Lindsy is having an online auction to bring her baby girl home from China! The auction starts Friday, so please head over and help her family while getting some of your Christmas shopping done! Win, win! (Auction link here.



Natalie is an Ohio native and makes some amazing things! I have one of her beautiful mugs (it's a favorite!), but she also sells some amazing jewelry! Check out her shop here. :)


Doterra Essential Oils (shop here.)

If someone you know is interested in starting out their essential oil journey, the beginners trio is the perfect place to start. You can get these two ways: The Introductory Kit which is $26.67 and comes with 5ml bottles of each Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint, as well as a CD and booklet. Or, you can purchase the Beginner's Trio, which comes with 15ml bottles of each of these oils. 

(both kits can be found here.)

Another suggestion would be any of these "mood" oils. My absolute favorite, can't-live-without-it oil is Balance, but I personally use Balance, Serenity, and Citrus Bliss on a very regular basis. Any of these oils would make wonderful gifts. 
(these four can be found here.)


Wandering Stitch

I only know Davi through Instagram, but her family is precious, and she makes these ADORABLE Custom families. This would make an absolutely amazing gift for any family you know! (Her shop here.)


Hello My Name is...Signs and More

My friend Carolynn is an amazing artist. She makes customs chalkboards and signs that you are sure to love. Message her through Facebook (Carolynn Marie Bruce) or ask me for her number--
she would be more than happy to work with you! :)


Jamberry Nail Wraps

Did you not see that one coming? ;)
I won't hound ya too much on this one, because if you've clicked over to read my blog, chances are you already know I'm selling these. Let me just say, these are affordable, and would make an awesome gift for any lady or little girl in your life. 
They are always buy 3, get 1 free
so a super great deal if you do that math. ;)
I could go on and on, so I'll just leave you with a shop link:


Happy shopping, friends! 
And in case you need reminded (as I sometimes do when I'm tempted to get stressed with my shopping lists)...
We give at Christmas because God gave us the greatest gift EVER: Jesus. 
His love is what compels us to give, no matter what that is, or how little or big it may be. :)


Maggy Michelle

Hello, blog! I have dreams of writing here more often, but I'm not sure this is the season for that. So for now, it will probably continue to be sporadic. :)


For now, let me introduce to our latest addition, 
Maggy Michelle Davis! 
Born 9/11/14
8lbs, 21in

She is perfect in every way! Thank you, Lord for this blessing!

And for fun, a comparison of Molly (left) and Maggy (right) flashing the same beautiful smile. :)


On my heart: mothering.

*I know it's been  f o r e v e r  since I've written here. Life does that, I guess. If you want more up-to-date happenings on life, follow me on instagram here (@amydavis356). :) :)

I've had more than one person say to me in the last week alone something to the effect that I'm "the best parent ever", or their "parenting role model". And to be quite honest, even though I'd like to gloat and take some glory, it's really SO very much NOT about me. 

You see, I'm about the second most impatient person that I know. For real. 

I'm hot-headed, and sometimes I inappropriately display my anger in ways that should not be displayed in front of children (or really at all). 

I am an introvert and recharge by being by myself, which doesn't always mix well with being a stay-at-home mom, especially when the aforementioned children don't nap or don't nap well.

I could go on and on about all the reasons why I make an unfit mother. But the bottom line is this:

I am a work-in-progress, continually being changed and shaped by none other than my LORD Jesus Christ. 

When I am patient, it's because of HIM.

When I curb my anger and express love instead of hate, it's because of HIM.

When I'm able to rise above myself and my wants and play with my children when all I want to do is run in my room and be alone, it's because of HIM. 

I'm hoping that you're catching my drift.

So while I appreciate the "you're an awesome mom" comments (really, it's very encouraging), I just have to be sure that it's made known that I am only that mom because of who Jesus is in my life. 

I never want to give the allusion that I have it all together or that this whole parenting thing is easy for me. I want other moms out there who may be struggling to know that there is hope, and His name is JESUS.

Just this morning, it was barely 9am and I was in tears, wondering how in the world I was going to make it through the long day ahead. I fully recognize the raging pregnancy hormones that for sure take all things to the next level, haha, but still. 

My mind turned to this passage in Isaiah:

Do you not know? Have you not heard?The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.He gives strength to the weary,and increases the power of the weak.Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall;but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.*Isaiah 40:28-31*

And ya know what was right on that exact same page? 

He tends his flock like a shepherd:He gathers the lambs in his armsand carries them close to his heart;he gently leads those that have young.*Isaiah 40:11*

Such balm to my soul. Such refreshment. 

I am so thankful that He cares. That He loves my babies more than I do and that He has designed ME to be their mother. 


Doterra essential oils

It's been a while since I've talked about my oils, so I just wanted to give you all a little update. 

Bottom line: I love 'em. 

It seems like I'm still learning more and more, but as I find what works for me and my family, I just keep loving them more. 

Here are a few of my recent testimonials/favorite uses:

Lemon is very inexpensive and so versatile. Recently, I used just a drop or two to get marker off a wall. I honestly thought I was going to have to repaint the wall, but I tried the lemon oil on a whim and it was gone in an instant!

Balance is a blend by doterra.  Friends, it has made SUCH a difference in my emotions, bringing me back to center and helping me keep calm in stressful situations. I cannot speak highly enough about this oil--it is my absolute favorite!

Eucalyptus has been incredibly effective for Cooper's most recent bought of congestion/cough. Literally any time I rub this on his chest (always diluted with fractionated coconut oil) he doesn't cough again. And after several days of applying it to his chest twice a day, his congestion is gone. :)

Lavender. So, so many uses for lavender. The last couple of mornings, I've woke up a little snotty/sneezy from seasonal allergies. I'll rub a drop on the sides of my nose/sinuses, and be totally fine the rest of the day! 
We also constantly use lavender for any boo-boos/cuts/scrapes. It soothes and helps it heal quicker!

PeppermintFrankincense. A few days ago I woke up with a terrible headache. I was super bummed because we were going to see friends that day and I reeeealy didn't want to battle a headache while catching up with them. A lot of people rub diluted peppermint on their temples and back of the neck to relieve headaches, but that just wasn't cutting it for me. Layering a drop of frankincense on top of the peppermint, however, did just the trick. 

One more I want to highlight (even though I don't have a picture, haha) is Melaleuca. This is more commonly known as tea tree oil. The other day, I had shooting pain in my toe (ingrown toenail--so gross, I know. Sorry.). At first, I applied lavender, which didn't really do much. After remembering a friend's recent testimony about a different issue, I tried melaleuca, hoping that it's anti-inflammatory properties would at least take the swelling down and reduce the pain. No joke--almost instantly, the pain was gone. And after only a few applications, I am completely pain free. Amazing!!


If you are interested at all in ordering or have any questions at all, please let me know and I'd be happy to help! 
Email me at adavis356@gmail.com
(or you can send me a Facebook message if we're friends) :)

You can read more about the oils/blends do terra offers, as well as any ailments and the suggested protocols here.

Again, let me know how I can help you enter this amazing world of essential oils. I never ever intend to be pushy, so please know that the purpose of this post is simply to pass along the good that I've discovered in these oils! :) :)


Baby, Baby, Baby - 16 weeks

*wasn't really thinking when I wore a white shirt against a white background, haha. Makes the teeny bump a little tough to see*

How far along: 17 weeks. (the picture was last week) 
Baby's size: Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and he's around 5 inches long. 
Sleep: Meh. Nothing to do with pregnancy, though. And everything to do with the two little people that end up with us every night. 
Maternity Clothes: I've started wearing my pants, but my belly isn't really big enough to hold them up all that well, haha.
Food cravings: None.
Food aversions: Nothing anymore.
Symptoms I have: Nothing. It's crazy--Aside from the occasional heartburn, I don't even feel pregnant.
Doctor’s Appointment: Just had one yesterday--healthy heartbeat of 150! We scheduled the ultrasound for three weeks from now! So excited!
Movement: Finally starting to feel the teeny kicks. I assumed that since I felt Cooper so early on, that I'd feel this one early too. That was SO not the case! It honestly wasn't until last week that I was certain I was feeling baby. But yah for those tiny kicks! :)
Gender: Pretty sure it's a girl, but we'll find out in three weeks!
What I miss: Nothing! 
What I’m looking forward to: So much. Obviously so excited to find out the gender. I can't wait to start making the baby blanket! I already have the pattern/colors picked out for whether it's a boy or girl. :)

A few IG pics relating to baby #3….

*15 weeks*

*I started knitting a sweater for the little babe because I just couldn't wait another second! It's gender neutral though.* :)


You are not alone.

*a little humor for a not-so-humorous post.*

Some days are difficult. Like, really difficult.

Most days I'm excited about a third child.

On days like today, I'm completely and utterly terrified.

Driving home today after a rough morning of running errands, I saw a sign somehow through my tears that I had never seen before. 
I think it was an ad for the Army? Not sure. But here's what it said:

We don't take applications. 
Only commitment.

And good golly, that resonated quite soundly. 

You see, if I had to submit an application to be a mother, I would most certainly NOT get the job. By my own natural tendencies, I am a downright terrible mother. 

It's funny*, because I've dreamt of being a mom for my entire life. Somewhere in all that dreaminess, I just kind of assumed it would come naturally to me. Newsflash in case I've been fooling any of you: IT DOESN'T. 

*I chuckle only to keep myself from crying more tears--it's just so far from the truth. 

BUT. While my application would for sure be denied, one thing is even more certain: I am committed

First and foremost, I am committed to the Lord and allowing Him to change me. 

Second, I am committed to these children and becoming the very best mom that I can be to them. I realize this does not and will never mean perfection. But for me, the best that I can be entails surrendering my natural tendencies to the Lord and begging Him to change me and make me more like Him. 

I texted a friend when I got home (which is a rare thing for me when I need help) because I just felt so alone in this and needed to know if I was the only one who struggled. Guess what? I'm not. 

Sometimes it's easy to get tunnel vision and only see our own difficulties and along with that, it's so dang easy to believe the lie that noone else knows what we're going through.

I put all this out there as a simple message to others who may be feeling the same: 


If you're struggling as a new mom, experienced mom, young mom, older mom, mom of one, mom of twenty, working mom or stay at home mom, you are not alone. 

We were made to live in community, support each other, encourage each other, and spur one another on in our callings and commitments. Maybe many of you have already learned this. Maybe not. I just know I feel led to share. 

Be encouraged, fellow mamas. No matter where you are on your journey, the Lord wants to use you and teach you and make you more like Him. And do not forget that you are not alone. :)