It's Friday

This picture gave me a good chuckle this morning.

In all reality, my job does not end at 5pm today. Haha. But what Friday evening does bring is Chris. For the whole weekend
And that, we look forward to. A lot. :)

Thanks, Chelsie, for taking this picture!!


Family Pictures

A week or so ago, I gave you all a glimpse of our family pictures done by my dear friend, Chelsie. She just never ceases to amaze me, really. You should check her out here and here.

I honestly had to just randomly pick the photos to share, because I was literally in love with every single picture she took, and 60+ pictures would have been a few too many to share. *grin*

Also, if you remember, the picture we used for our announcement was from this session.

Ok, enough talk. Time for pictures. :)

Also linking up with Emily today! It's a little tough to have family pictures and NOT embrace the camera. :) :)


Randoms for your Wednesday

I guess Molly girl is paying me back for this, because she's been up early every morning this week. For a mama that needs her "me" time, that's been tough. 


I've been scouring knitting patterns (ravelry is the best!) and I found this little sweater that I can't wait to make for Molly!


Molly is big into babies these days. And apparently she wants her baby to have a tattoo on her face:


Love this girl's blog. Her kiddos are adorable and her writing is really enjoyable to read. This post especially resonated with me.


I'm loving this homeschooling room. Maybe someday :)


I've had a lot of inspiration lately for my shop, and new items are coming soon! I'm super excited about it, but for now, I'm going to leave you in suspense. :)


Wouldn't you know, as I'm wrapping up this post, my dear husband has gone and taken the kid and is bringing back donuts. What a guy. Twenty minutes of time to myself with the knowledge that donuts are on their way? Um, yes. Thank you. 

But seriously, I love you babe. Even though I may have to fight ice cream for your love. :) :) 


Friday Highs.v38

Because it's been a while, hasn't it? 

Going on 1.5 hours of "me" time this morning. Kinda makes up for approximately  t w o  hours we were up with our little girl in the middle of the night. :)

image found here.


Molly is at the point where she knows what a kiss is and how to give it. It is just one of the most precious things of my life right now.

*giving mouse a kiss:


Still praising the Lord for my little girl's healthy heart.


Dreaming of my little boy last night. 


This song.


And lastly, a repeat from my very first Friday Highs (see here), 
freshly washed sheets. *sigh* Such a lovely feeling.

image found via pinterest; sold here.


The Farming Festival & Update

Update from this post: 

Our precious baby girl has a beautiful, perfectly healthy heart. 
We are praising the Lord!

Thank you all so much for your comments, texts, and most importantly your prayers! They were definitely felt! 


This past weekend, we went to a "Farming Festival" in a small town nearby. It had elements of a fall festival, but definitely had lots of farming vibes as well.

Molly saw a sheep for the first time! She kind of had this blank stare the whole time we were looking at the animals. I think she was working hard to piece together that this is the animal that says "Baaa!" (And oh my goodness, this particular sheep baaa-ed really loudly!)

Delicious ice cream!

This picture cracks me up. She's like a little bird! :)


On my heart about Molly's heart

Today, Molly has an appointment with a cardiologist to have an ultrasound of her heart. Her pediatrician has heard a heart murmur at her last couple of well-visit check-ups, and wants to have it checked out. It's one of those things that could be absolutely nothing, or it could be something serious like a hole in her heart.

I can't help but think back to the song that I wrote for her at our formal dedication when she was 5 months old. (I say formal, because we had obviously had already dedicated her to the Lord. In fact, it's a continual thing, hence this post. *grin*)

Anyway, the second verse of the song says, 

There have been times we've been scared.
There have been times where we've not known what to do.
And I imagine there'll be many more times,
when there is nothing we can do but to cling to Him.

and the chorus:

We give you to Him. 
We give you to Him.
He gave you to us, and now we give you back to Him.

These last few weeks have been somewhat of a battle in my heart. I believe what I wrote in that song with all of my heart, but there's that human part of me that worries. BUT, Jesus commands us in Matthew 6 NOT to worry. So it's a continual battle... "Jesus, I give her and her heart to you." "But what if she needs heart surgery?" "But what if she has heart problems for the rest of her life?" "Jesus, I give her and her heart to you."

The other day, I was listening to this song in the car, and the bridge hit me like a ton of bricks:

I am yours. I am yours. All my days, Jesus, I am yours.

And I thought, yes, Jesus, I am yours. For all of my days. 

*cue bricks*

And Jesus, my daughter is yours. Not only do I give her to you, but my job as a parent is to show her with my life how to live that out.

I hope and pray with all that is within me that I am able to come back and tell you all that Molly has a perfectly healthy, normal heart.

But the faith that I must have, the faith that I want to show my daughter, is that 

even if she doesn't

We will still give the Lord glory. 
We will still praise His name.
We will still continue to live our lives as an offering to Him.

Thanks in advance for your prayers. :)


His blanket

Back when we found out about number two, I had the idea of making him or her a blanket but questioned whether or not I would have the time. Molly's blanket took forever. But I didn't want this little baby to feel jipped. 

Now, I feel like Molly has been jipped, because I like this blanket SO much better than hers. In fact, I don't think I ever even blogged about it because I was so unhappy with how it turned out. Oh well. Maybe someday I'll make her a new one :) 

Onto HIS blanket....It's kind of funny to me that I am only 23 weeks pregnant and already finished with it. But I think I started it when i was around 13 weeks or so. I had chosen the gray through the yellow, and then picked the remaining colors when we found out he was a boy. 

It's honestly a little bigger than I thought it would be, probably a little big for a true baby blanket, but I am so happy with how it turned out. :)

my inspiration blankets: here and here.



*Warning: there are a LOT of pictures in this post. I just couldn't narrow it down.

This was one of those "Grab your camera, who cares if the settings are right" moments. So they're not high quality, and a lot of them are even blurry. But it was one of those pee-your-pants moments that was too funny not to record, and too funny not to share.


Mmmm. This water looks pretty good.

Wait a sec, do I spy a remote?

This is how I watch Praise Baby! Yah!

Ok, back to this water. I can't believe they haven't taken it away from me yet.

Here, Dad. Try some.

Are they still letting me do this? I'm going to head into the kitchen for a few more sips.

Gulp. Gulp...

So very pleased with myself. I'm so good at this.

**Oh my gosh, I'm laughing so hard at the look on her face that I can't even come up with a caption... do you see the water ALL over her shirt and dripping down her pants?!?! 

Ahh, water is so good for the soul.

Is there any more left? 

Yep. Oh gosh, I underestimated how much was left!

Ok, now it's really gone, but let me see if I can get the last drops with my fingers.

*You can't really tell in this picture, but she's licking her fingers.

I hope at least one person enjoyed that as much as Chris and I did. And yes, there was a puddle of water on the floor. But it was so worth it. :)