Calvin Merritt Krause

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Time sure does fly when you not only have 2 children but THREE! Yes, our youngest son, Calvin was born on March 12, 2015 weighing in at 8 pounds 9 ounces and 20.5 inches long! I was SO HAPPY finally holding him in my arms. My older boys both adore him, constantly wanting to make him laugh. Owen can’t stop kissing and hugging him. Cal has all 4 of our hearts. He is the most contented, sweet, cuddly baby and I am so blessed to be his Mommy. Now he is 5.5 months old and has grown so much! He is already wearing size 18 month clothing and weighs about 22 pounds! He is one chunk. Im not sure how tall he is but will find out in a few weeks for his 6 month check up. There’s one thing I do know is that he takes after his Daddy in the way he is built and no doubtedly will tower over his older brothers in the following years to come. Baby Cal is our Gentle Giant, our Sweetheart, and our Tiny Little Baby. We (as in all of us) are obsessed and so happy he is ours.

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Published in: on August 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Growing Family

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Davina –

First of all I just want to say that I love my family. There was a time when I would say, “my little family” but I dont think thats very accurate anymore. This March (2 months away) we will be a family of 5 with me as the only girl….yup! 3 little boys with Dad equals one crazy house full of men! Im getting more and more excited. Sometimes, Im not looking forward to the end of my sleep and the helpless baby that always needs something (if its your first baby- no big deal but with two crazy kiddos running around its hard to take care of a delicate helpless babe when the older siblings are jumping off couches and making a mess in the hallway lol). But then at the same time I am totally looking forward to nursing again, cuddling with a tiny ball of cute, tiny diapers, and newborn scrunchie faces ❤ .

Harry, my oldest son, is really looking forward to his baby brothers arrival. He is constantly talking about him and referes to him as “the new baby”. And no, he doesnt know his name haha. He asked once and I told him that he will find out when the baby comes. He was OK with that response. He is just continueing to mature and grow but still so sweet and lovable. Every 10 minutes it seems, he comes up to me for a kiss and a hug. It makes me sad to think that one day (before I know it) he will grow out of needing a kiss and a hug from Mommy so I pray I treasure every moment of his need for me. Its hard to constantly be ready and willing to stop whatever im doing to give him the attention he needs but when I contemplate how much he still wants me it makes my heart melt.

Owen is adorable and is just in love with Harry. He knows there is a “new baby” somewhere but according to him, he and Harry are my babies. When I talk to him about the baby he says, “Harry baby, me baby”. Which is totally accurate because after all, they both are still (and always will be) my babies. Owen’s cheeks are as kissable as ever and every chance I get I give his cheekies a run for their money! He is such a happy, lovable, funny, and smart boy. I just cant get enough of my Chunkers. I love his hair too, so blonde and curly. Bobby is giving me until he turns 2 to cut it all off but he thinks once I see my newborn Ill be ready for him to have a “big boy hair cut” (because thats what happened with Harry’s long curly blonde baby hair too). So, I am enjoying it for now.

Bobby is just great with the boys. He loves to get on the ground with them and wrestle. The boys love this. They both jump on Daddy and he throws them onto the couches. I calmly sit on the far couch with my drink watching them, my heart full of happiness. Its so great to see my husband being such an amazing dad to our boys. He not only is so good with the kids but also with me! Wow, am I a lucky woman to be married to him. Everyone who knows us very well knows that Bobby is the “cook” in the family. He enjoys it so much- making delicious meals and making sure we have enough for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We eat well in the house 🙂 He also has been so kind while I am in my last trimester. Not only does he cook but he refuses to have me help him in the cleaning of the kitchen/dinning room. I sit on the chair and we chat while he perfects cleaning the entire kitchen. Its sparkling each night.

To prepare for the baby, one big thing we did was buy a new car! Its amazing. We got a Toyota Sienna ❤ It is so spacious and perfect for our growing family. We put the baby’s carseat in already so the boys will get the picture that a baby is actually truly coming. The funny thing is, is that we were going to wait to buy a car but after our 2 week vacation driving up and down California in our Toyota Corolla Bobby realized how badly we needed a bigger car since we were about to have 3 kids (meaning, 3 big carseats). So, instead of coming straight home from our long exhausting trip, Bobby drove us straight to the Toyota (yes, that is our favorite car brand) dealership and we bought our car. We also have a list of nessesities that we (meaning me) need to be ready for the baby’s arrival. Some things we already purchased or took out of storage such as: the beautiful family bassinet, new cloth prefolds, jumper, baby’s first stuffed animal, baby quilt for bedding, and the activity gym! Things we need are: finishing touches on baby’s nursery (like a diaper stacker and rug), a bouncer, a video monitor (still dont know which one we want!), and some random other baby stuff lol.

Anyways, God is good and all 5 of us (im including Birdknee) are ready to meet and welcome Baby Krause #3 into our family.

Published in: on January 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm  Comments (1)  

Baby Essentials

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So, I took a long while trying to figure out (in MY opinion) what were the main baby essentials needed for new moms. I left out the obvious things such as: diapers, wipes, crib, rocking chair, changing pad, ext. Although, I may have left out some obvious items in my list, I hope whoever is reading this gets some help from my experience and suggestions. Obviously, I know all moms work and think differently along with each child being completely unique. What I may think is extremely important, another may think it is not a necessity. And vise versa, what I may have left out of my list because after having two kids it never struck me as important, others may be shocked I left it out. So, enjoy my thoughts on Baby Essentials!

Baby Essentials:

Feeding

Burp Cloths– Receiving Blankets. these blankets have no give to them and aren’t very good for swaddling. they are great for burping because they cover a lot of your clothes when thrown over the shoulder…and if you ever burped a baby before then you would know that the “burp clothes” are too tiny to catch any of the spit up coming from baby. Its great to have a couple of these in your diaper bag.

Muslin Swaddling Blankets. These are huge and perfect for making the tightest swaddles. 🙂 They are kind of expensive (4 for $50) so make sure to put these on your registry!

Nursing cover– Balboa Baby. I love this brand for nursing covers. I’ve seen a lot of nursing covers and the majority of covers come too short! Meaning, the cover only covers the boob….not the stomach/side. The balboa baby covers everything and makes me feel confident whenever I nurse in public.

Nursing Pillow– Boppy. Its the most popular brand for a good reason too. Boppy’s are great because it hurts your arms to hold the baby up and to have your arms free is soooo nice! The baby just lays there and is so comfy!
Nursing Pads- There are so many options out there. Ive had the disposable pads and the reusable pads. Its really personal preference here 🙂 But for at least the first couple weeks these are needed unless you want milk wetting your bra/shirt!
Nipple Cream– HPA Lanolin by Lansinoh. There are a ton of brands and I know I have used more than one. Any brand will be helpful but for the first two weeks of nursing your nipples will be very sore, cracked, burning, blistering, maybe even bleeding. Two weeks of pain! Lanolin helps a lot but seriously if you stay with nursing longer than two weeks, pain will become joy and comfort for both you and the baby. Being able to nurse your baby is one of the most incredible things about having a baby.

High Chair– I’ve had a normal high chair for 3 years now and honestly, I think its bulky and takes up a ton of space. I would almost like one of those high chairs that hook onto the table or something like that. It does the same thing without a huge extra piece of furniture. But the thing I like about the regular high chair is the attached tray! You can give the baby food without him/her throwing the plate (which i know what would happen). This kind of makes me stay with the regular high chair. Don’t have to deal with plates and all the food being tossed to the ground haha.

Straw Cups– nuby. the rubber no drip straw top is great and easy for young babies to suck out of. I skipped the sippy cup with both of my boys and went straight from nursing to the nuby straw cup. (and after that to a regular cup).

Strollers and Carriers

Travel System– BOB. I love this stroller. Its really the most superior stroller out there. But because of the price I know its not everyones first choice. With my first child I didn’t get the BOB but instead got a three wheel street stroller (safety 1st brand). I loved my stroller but if I could go back in time I would get a single BOB. I now have the double BOB and its AMAZING. Again, if you don’t want to spend the money on either a used one (from Craiglist) or a new one then make sure to get a stroller with three wheels. I notice they move and turn a ton easier then the four wheel strollers.

Carrier– ergo, I love this carrier. the straps are ergonomic and help distribute the weight so carrying your baby doesn’t kill your back. the baby is super snug and close to mommy in this carrier plus has a hood to keep strangers/the sun away from baby. I also enjoy having different options to carry baby. The side carry is nice for a quick carrying session when you need both hands but this position really kills your shoulder. The back position is GREAT for older babies! They love being carried that way! There is now an Ergo 360 that I strongly recommend you check out if you are interested in the ergo. This one just came out recently and whats cool about it is it has an option to carry the baby outward! This is huge because when my second baby was born he hated being carried inward (My first LOVED it but my second hated it.). Because of this I had to buy a new carrier which was: Baby Bjorn Comfort Carrier. I really liked this one. The straps are the same as the ergo which is nice. And pretty much the same except the hood and the extra carrying positions. This one only does out facing and inward facing.

Diaper Bag– Pottery Barn Kids. This is the one I have now. My first diaper bag was a generic one from Babies R Us and it served me well but was always a little snug. What I mean is, when you have a baby you might not realize how many things you need to bring wherever you go! There are blankets (multiple during the winter), swaddling blankets, muslin blankets, toys, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, snacks, nursing cover, ext… plus all of your stuff! Keys, wallet, chapstick, phone, random things you buy at the store, ext!!! I like the Pottery Barn Kids bag I have now because of how big it is! It fits everything and more! My advice is to get a bag you like but be aware of how much can fit inside it!

Infant Car Seat– anyone you like but make sure the fabric is removable so you can machine wash it! I had one from Safety 1st with my two boys but now I want to get a new one since I have the double BOB (I want one that works with it as a travel system).

Convertible Car Seat– Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Air. This is the one I have! I have two in different colors for each of my boys. I love it for these reasons: 1) the cover is removable and machine washable. I don’t even remember how many times either of my kids threw up/ smeared random food all over their seat and it needed to be washed. 2) it has multiple incline levels. This is great when the child is still rear facing (a child should stay rear facing until at least their SECOND birthday because until then their neck isn’t strong enough to hold their head back in an accident). We have been on many road trips and I love knowing my kids are comfortably laying down asleep (almost) flat. I think that is a huge plus. 3) the cup holder is sturdy and big enough for any cup! Also great for a snack holder too. 4) super safe and comfortable. 5) its attractive 🙂

Diapering- Diaper Ointments

Every Day Use– Mom to Mom- This is the generic brand from Safeway/Vons. I love it because its not expensive and works great to keep the wetness off the skin. I also like how this brand’s smell is very tolerable!

Small Rash– Desitin brand works wonders. I like to have some handy and use it when I notice a rash starting.

Bad Rash– Desitin maximum strength (purple bottle). My first son had the WORST diaper rashes and I found this strong version cleared up the rash the best.

bathing and care

Baby Bathtub– Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub. This tub is great! It works with infants all the way to when they can sit up. Normally baby bathtubs are for 0-6 months but when my first son was 6 months I wasn’t ready to put him in the huge tub so I found this Boon Naked tub. The only thing about this tub is the bottom is slippery but an easy fix would be to buy those grip stickers for tubs and stick it on the bottom 🙂

Towels– regular towels! I don’t really see the reason for buying baby towels. Some of the older kid pool or beach towels are cool but for everyday bath time- it doesn’t make sense. Regular towels work great and you already have them so no extra money is spent 🙂

Head to Toe Wash– With my first son I used the Johnson and Johnson head to toe wash but with my second son I noticed it made his skin really dry. So, I changed to Shea Moisture and really like it. It smells good and ever since I switched my son stopped getting dry spots. The one thing I want to point out is to look for “head to toe” wash &shampoo. Whatever brand you end up with I found it way easier to have one bottle to wash the baby’s hair and body rather than wash the hair with shampoo and the body with a different bottle. “Head to Toe” is what you should be looking for. Every brand should have this option 🙂

After Bath Rub– With my first son I used Johnson and Johnson but then switched to Shea Moisture with my second and love it.
nail clippers- safety 1st (at least 5!) This brand is great and a popular one. You can find them anywhere. They are easy to hold and inexpensive. I recommend getting a few to have on hand. I always loose track of mine!

Thermometer– Braun forehead thermometer. It reads the temperature with a simple swipe of the forehead. There are different brands of that carry this kind of thermometer. I have the one where it lights up (great for checking in the dark to read the temp) green if its a normal temp, yellow if its getting hot, and red if its a fever. I love my thermometer and its so easy to use! You can use it on an infant without them even waking them up and the older kids think its fun! I admit, we check the temp a lot because its fun.

Runny Noses– Boogie Wipes. These are seriously the best ever. They smell good and are very soft/moist so that after wiping noses for the 100th time your baby’s skin doesn’t get raw from tissue. I love these wipes. They come in a big container for the house and small travel packages for the diaper bag.

Stuffy Nose– Nosefrida. Honestly, I never had tried this product! But two of my best friends swear by it. Plus, if you look it up online you will see SO MANY amazing reviews on it. I plan on getting this for my third baby!

Safety

Monitor– This is a tough one. There are a lot of different brands out there that look really promising. For my first two kids I had just the voice monitor and now that I used that for two babies I realize that I would much rather have a video monitor. I still haven’t decided which is best but I strongly recommend a video monitor rather than a voice monitor. And I know I will get at least two monitors to put one in the boys room haha…Im always curious if they are behaving lol.

Baby Gates– Munchkin Easy Close Metal Safety Gate Extra Tall & Wide. This is the one I have and I like it a lot! Its great because its so tall that my tall 3 year old can’t climb over it! It is durable and able to fit a lot of different spaces. Ive had cheaper gates and its obvious why they are less expensive. This particular gate is attractive and would look great in any house.

Cabinet Locks– Basically any brand you like 🙂

Outlet Covers– Basically any brand you like 🙂

Play Time

Walker– When babies are old enough to sit supported they really enjoy a walker (I personally like these better than a stationary activity jumper because the jumpers are really big, take up so much space and not very easy to move around). With my second son I put him in a something similar to the Bright Stars Walk-a-Bout. He loved being entertained while jumping/moving on “his own”.

Activity Gym– Bright Stars Baby’s Play Place Playmat. I LOVE this activity gym. With my first son I had a less expensive one and it broke after a few months! I was disappointed so I found this one and the quality is obviously higher. I like how the sides are able to stand up and make a safe box for the baby when he/she is starting to roll but you don’t want him/her to roll away. When the baby is older you can put the sides down to make it flat and still when the baby is even older you can take off the gym part and use the play mat for tummy time or at the park (or whatever suits you!).

Bouncer– Even after two kids I still haven’t had a bouncer. And I can assure you I will have one for my third baby. I love how small they are and how easily portable they are! When I was down in San Francisco I found a baby bouncer at a store named, “Giggle”. I have my eye set on that particular one because it not only is a bouncer but also turns into a rocker! I had a big clunky infant swing for both my boys and whats annoying about those is that they have to be by a plug in and if you use batteries instead the batteries die out SO FAST!

Toys– people will get you toys! lol

Sleep

Bassinet– We have a bassinet that was passed down in the family that we use for our kids, its beautiful 🙂 It looks like a bigger version of the Pottery Barn Kids bassinets. I recommend a bassinet for obvious reasons. When your precious baby is born you’re going to want him/her close to you for the first few months. Night time feeding is easier when they are close and as a mommy you feel calm with your new baby close to your side of the bed.

Play Yard– Joovy Room2 Portable Play yard. This play yard (aka travel crib) is the only way to go when choosing a play yard. With my first I had a traditional play yard that came with all the cool accessories (bassinet, changing table, hamper, and shelves) and let me say I truly enjoyed it for the first few months. The reason for this is after baby is old enough to roll over you need to take off the cool accessories and it becomes a plain old play yard. Small and has a hard bottom. The Joovy2 Play Yard however does not come with the fancy accessories but is bigger and better. Its a square shape rather than a rectangle which gives more room. It comes with a very soft bottom and a sheet. The thing I love about this product is its so big and comfy that it will fit a tall toddler when the regular play yards become very snug for a growing toddler.

Black Out Curtains– I love my black out curtains from Pottery Barn Kids (but they sell them a lot of other places too!), any time of day I can turn my son’s room to a dark room. A lot of times when the time changes so that bedtime is still really bright out kids don’t like going to bed, but these curtains make it seem dark outside 🙂

Sound Machine– My Baby Lullaby Sound Spa Sound Machine and Projector. This is the one I have but there are more out there 🙂 I use this for older babies/toddlers when they are more prone to be distracted at noise and not want to sleep. I put it on the rain sound at a low comforting volume and I feel it helps the child focus on sleep and not hear every single daily noise (like the laundry, doors banging, people talking, dishes being put away, ext).

Sleep Book– Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Ok, hands down this is the BEST book on sleep out there! It is amazing and works so well. With my first child I didn’t really know anything about sleep training and my son would only fall asleep if I put him in the stroller and went on a long walk. After he fell asleep I would park his stroller in his room. This was very tedious and I was worried about what I would do if it rained during nap time!! When he was 10 months old I finally read this book and learned so much about the way children’s brain works and why its important to teach babies to fall asleep on their own. It took 4 or 5 days for my son to reach the point of me putting him down in his crib after reading a couple books, say goodnight, and shut the door behind me. He fussed for a few minutes and fell asleep! Anyways, I highly suggest this book. Its amazing.

Published in: on September 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Best Friends

 

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I am blessed beyond words because my husband is my BEST FRIEND! Bobby is seriously a fabulous man. He is so easy to get along with and is very sensitive to my needs. The reason that I am writing about how well we get along is because for the last few weeks I have been wanting to write a post on my blog and the most convenient time for me to write without distractions is after the  kids go to bed. The problem with that is that is when Bobby and I hang out! Every night is the same, we hang out. And the cool thing is- we never get tired of each other! Sure, we are human and need our space sometimes but its pretty amazing how every night turns into a date. We have been married for about 3.5 years and it has been an amazing journey! Here is a shout out to my very own handsome man! Love you Babe!

Published in: on July 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cloth Diapering

Cloth Diapering

Davina –

So, I admit…back in the day I used to say that I would NEVER use cloth diapers because they were disgusting, old fashion, and ugly. I was sold with the modern way of thinking that disposables are the only way to go. Then, when Harry was about 14 months I met a very good friend of mine named Carly. Her and I would hang out all of the time and I noticed she used cloth diapers with her son. I at first kept my distain to myself, but the more I saw her using the diapers with such ease and confidence I slowly started changing my mind. Especially when I noticed cloth diapers actually are totally cute and made for modern moms to enjoy! Slowly but surely I got super interested in them that sweet Carly let me borrow enough of her diapers to “try out” for a week with Harry! It definitely took some getting used to but in that one week I decided to make the switch and quit using disposables right before Owen was born. Plus, I would be saving SO MUCH MONEY each month in the long run. And so, the fun begin. First, I spent a long while researching which brand to stick with. Like all other things that involve raising children, moms have opinions that feel more like “facts”. For example, “this brand is better than that brand and this way is better than that way”……but thankfully, since I was able to try out first hand different brands myself I was able to have a small starting point while researching. There are a lot of different brands out there with different ways to diaper and so much information that can make one’s head spin. So many positive reviews and so many negative reviews on each item! Who to believe and what to settle on? I ended up settling on gdiaper brand for my cloth diapers. You can check out their page here: http://www.gdiapers.com I love everything about these diapers especially these 3 reasons: 1) they look adorable on with all the bright colors and styles. 2) they are in different sizes rather than one size to help have a more accurate fit. 3) the simple construction of the gdiaper itself. I could go on and on about why this brand is the best but like I stated before- I don’t want to be “that mom” that believes its my way or the high way. I love this brand and it works wonderfully but I hear a ton of great things about a bunch of other leading brands as well. Since switching to cloth diapers and cloth wipes I have saved more money than I thought possible for my family by cutting off the dread of buying box after box of diapers and wipes each month. I also noticed from having one child on disposables and one child on cloth how much less diaper rashes Owen gets compared to what Harry dealt with. Cloth diapers takes you back to natural, inexpensive (long term cost), and gentle care. And let me quickly take a moment to say that I am in no way trying to say that someone is a “bad mom” by using disposables or that I am better or anything like that. This is just my journey in mothering and by trial and error cloth diapers have come into our daily routine and we love it! Switching over to cloth diapering is something that takes time to get used to but if you are up to it, its worth the adventure. But as a warning to those who are interested…if you decide to make the switch you CANNOT go halfway because you not only will enjoy your experience but it is likely you will quit and waste the money you already spent on the diapers. Here are a list of items that are both a “must have” for cloth diapering and a “luxury” for cloth diapering. Just an FYI I use gdiapers, so my list will contain “musts” for this brand 🙂 Some moms might disagree with me on which items are must haves and which items are luxuries. But to each his own 🙂

Must Haves!
*between 6-12 (the more the less laundry) gpants- small, medium, and large
*at least 2 packs of gpant pouches
*at least 3 packs of gdiaper cloth inserts – small and medium/large
*at least 4 packs of the 10-12 count generic brand 3 ply pre fold diapers (I have Babies R Us brand but Gerber brand would work too)
*one pack of the 6 count generic brand 6 ply pre fold diapers
*at least 4 packs of GroVia cloth wipes, 12 count
*diaper sprayer (I use bum genius)
*simple diaper trash can for laundry (I use Safety 1st easy saver diaper pail)
*two pail liners (I use Planet Wise brand)
*wet bag for diapers (I use Planet Wise size medium)
*wet bag for wipes (I use Planet Wise wipe pouch)
*scent free detergent
*bleach & blue liquid dish soap (this is for “stripping” the diapers every few months)

Luxuries that I LOVE!!
*two small spray bottles for easy clean up on messy diapers (I use Soft N Style Mist Spray Bottle, 5 ounces)
*cloth wipe warmer (I use Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes warmer)

*diaper rack for drying in the sun- the sun is a natural bleach (I use Whitmor folding clothes drying rack)

*cloth liners (this is not necessary if you have a sprayer, I used gdiaper brand)

Published in: on June 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Owen turned One!!!!

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Davina –

Wow has time flown by! My baby is already a one year old! How can this be? It seems like just yesterday I was holding him in my arms for the first time. I was now a mother of two wonderful boys! And now my second child is starting to walk (with assistance) and crawl like a pro. Bobby and I like to call him “the bulldozer”, haha, when Owen is in the room- better watch out! He can get into anything if he sets his mind to it. I love to see his personality unfold. He is so independent, strong, smart, active, and adventurous. He is going to do so much in this life. My prayer for him though, is not that he will achieve greatness in the eyes of this world. But that he will achieve greatness in the eyes of the Lord. When it comes down to it, that is the main thing that matters. People can gain the whole world but what is that if you lose your soul? —

Lord God who made the heavens and the earth, what I want most in this life is to see my sons love You with their whole being. That they will do more for You than I was able to do. That you bless them with a heart that longs for righteousness. With You on their side they will be able to stand up from their enemies, they will be able to be a light in the darkness- to be the voice for those who have no voice. People will look at them and ponder at Your greatness. Let my two boys shine for you and do mighty things in this life. Please, give them the gift of eternal life. Save them.

As for me, Jesus, I ask that you give me the will to raise them right according to Your Word. Give me a love for You that is so strong that nothing can shake it. Mold my heart and change it so that when I am with my boys day in and day out I will naturally point them to You. My flesh is so weak and I am constantly fighting the urge to be angry or frustrated at these little minions that are always crawling and shouting all over me 24/7. Its hard being a stay at home mom. Its hard to daily without a break be sweet, patient, and understanding to a 2 year old and a 1 year old that can care less about my needs but only care about their own needs. My flesh says its impossible to fight my anger when I am drawn to the limit, but You are my Strong Tower. You are my Rock. I lean on the cross of calvary and I plead with You that You make me a new creation so I am able to stay strong against my flesh and love my boys with a heart that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patients, goodness, kindness, and self-control. You are a good God and You give good things to those who ask. I love You, I love my boys, I love my life.

Amen

Published in: on May 29, 2014 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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My Life As It Is

My Life As It Is

Davina –

It has been almost a year since my last post! Ridiculous, I know. I will try harder to stay on top of my writings but no promises lol. Anyways, Here is a fast forward update on my life…we moved to Medford, Oregon when Owen was about 2.5 months old…..now he will be turning 1 this month! It makes my heart break to think how fast he is growing. I am literally obsessed with my chunk. Love him to pieces and am still in the way of thinking that he could do no wrong. Like, everything he does is cute. Then there is Harry lol. I LOVE my firstborn (just as much as Owen obviously) but age 2.5 is a lot harder than everyone says it is. Terrible twos is no joke! And what worries me is that all my Mommy friends say that 3 is WORSE! Ah! What in the world am I going to do?? Haha, but Bobby likes to tease me that I am getting pay back. Reason why is because, I confess, Harry is exactly like me. The things that he does that irritate me- I did (and do) the exact same things!! Hahaha…..Ive been realizing that Harry is not going to change and if I want to have a good relationship with him when he is older than I need to change fast. My prayer is for God to give me a calm spirit so I can handle stressful times with my child in a peaceful way. But motherhood definitely is a humbling experience. With just dealing with the day to day situations I become widely aware that I am no different than the worst sinner. Name the worst person who EVER existed……I can easily be an equal. The only difference is that I have Jesus in my life! He is what makes it even possible for me to be a “good” mom to my kids- if that. I strive daily to be more like Him and often I fail. I am a sinner and need Him constantly to guide me and help me throughout the day to survive! Haha. But, even though it is tough to be a mom. I would change it for nothing. My kids are my joy and they teach me so much!

Published in: on May 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

Harry is such a wonderful big brother!! All he wants to do is kiss baby Owen and play with him. Owen is showered with affection from his brother 🙂

Published in: on June 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Very Very Pregnant.

Davina –

Today, according to my written due date (June 8th) I am 36 weeks and 5 days pregnant. According to my sonogram, I am 37 weeks today. Needless to say, I am very, very pregnant. I am so uncomfortable that all I want to do is to lay down…but in order to have a clean apartment and a happy toddler, that is not an option. My main obstacle today is cleaning the kitchen. What especially makes it my main obstacle is a certain little person tugging at my leg complaining for me to play with him the entire time I am cleaning the kitchen. But on a positive note, tomorrow is Friday which means the weekend is just around the corner. 🙂

Published in: on May 16, 2013 at 6:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Mr. Bear

Mr. Bear

The day we found out we were having another boy we went to Pottery Barn Kids and picked out this stuffed bear for our new baby.

Published in: on January 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm  Leave a Comment