Our Great Weekend!

We had a great weekend!

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Friday evening Darren and I headed to the Hillsong concert with our church’s youth group. We grabbed some coffee for the trip and chatted all the way there. I loved having that time with my husband!

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The concert was such a sweet time of worshiping our God.  They put on an amazing concert and didn’t spotlight themselves at all which was very impressive.

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Christine Caine spoke that evening and did a great job reminding us to not drop the baton of faith as we share it with the next generation.  She’s really an amazing woman who has a deep love for God and other people.

The last thing I wanted to share about that night was my favorite song from the evening.

It lays out what a Christian believes and brings unity to the body of Christ.

I especially love it because we’re in a time where Christians are more concerned with battling each other over doctrine and theology instead of coming together and using the gifts God gave us to love the people around us.

It’s a reminder to believers that when it comes down to it, we believe in the same essential things of God and that’s what unites us.
Here is the song..

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From the concert we made our way to Darren’s parents home. We had a really great time!

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on tractor

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Garrett loved his new toy that my mother-in-law found for him! He still has to work on steering but he’ll figure it out.

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We also spent some time on the boat! Garrett went tubing for the first time and loved every minute of it.

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Pure joy in his face!

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I have enjoyed the new stove top espresso maker so much. It allows me to make specialty drinks like a latte or mocha in the comfort of our home.

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The world of coffee as I know it is expanding! It’s been fun to learn new things that save us a little bit of money too.

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Hope you also had a great weekend! I’d love to hear from you.

What was the best concert you have been to?

Until next time,

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What we’ve been up to..

Garrett is on the move from the time he wakes up until we force him to lay down in the evening.  How one little person has this amount of energy amazes me!

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When the weather is good we have spent it outdoors mostly weeding the flower beds.  I am sure there is a solution for less weeds but I keep forgetting to take care of that. I don’t mind the time out there pulling up roots while Garrett runs around.  It’s good for both of us. dsc_0740

During the rainy days we enjoy baking, coloring, watching movies, and playing. I am finally starting to figure out our oven that is a little quirky. It makes baking a challenge but it’s better than no oven!

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If you didn’t know, my husband is a huge baseball fan.  He happens to now be in the center of a couple really great stadiums too.  So our family has seen a handful of games this year and that’s been a lot of fun.

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One of the funniest {to me!} races takes place at the Milwaukee Brewer’s stadium.  I love everyone getting excited about their pick to win this short run of the sausages. :) It’s the little things in life!

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Last year we purchased a treadmill and it has been wonderful but during the warm months it’s always great to jog outside.

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This week Darren has been great about me going for a run after he comes home from work.  It’s nice to have that quiet time with the Lord and breathe in some fresh air too.

Well Darren’s parents are headed this way for a short visit. I enjoy having them here and Garrett is going to be thrilled.  This Friday night Darren and I are going to the Hillsong Concert with the youth group and I’m really looking forward to that.  Can’t wait to share about that evening with you.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Until next time,

Laura

Something Good

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I rolled over and along my entire abdominal area a sharp pain spread.  It confirmed what I already wondered, we didn’t get pregnant this month. 

Staring at the white wall across our bed I started to feel disappointed as I calculated another month to the already lengthy list of months we have been trying to grow our family.

Wanting more children was part of our plan.  Darren especially wanted to have our children close together and we always talked about having at least three.  It was fun to dream with him early on in our relationship and we thought God would fulfill a good request like ours.  It came as a surprise to be where we are today.

I have loved being a mother to Garrett and count it a huge blessing. Recently he has started to connect how some of his friends have baby brothers or sisters.  He began talking more about that and said he wanted one too.  I told him it was definitely something to ask God for when we pray at night so now he does, and it does my heart good to hear his little voice asking God for a baby sister or brother.

As much as I long to have more children, I don’t want this present sadness to steal from the joy God has given.  I don’t want to live month to month with my hand out to God anymore waiting for something else while forgetting what He has already given me.

I’m confident of His love for me and that this pain is not without purpose.

Even though the circumstances don’t make sense to me, I love being confident of those two truths.

During these two years I have not lost hope that God is working out something good.  A stronger marriage, a closer family, a chance to be more grateful, and a deeper understanding of what so many other families have walked through or will walk through.

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Parenting requires a constant giving of ourselves and that’s not always easy. As much as I love Garrett, sometimes I love myself even more. I like comfort and quiet, with space to think.

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Little ones like to squeeze and push right against you and breathe in your face.  They want attention for things like performances in the living room, time spent inside of huge blanket forts, or re-reading the same book three times in a row.
But when I get outside of myself, I know God has used motherhood to make me more like Christ.  It has forced me to grow up in ways I didn’t realize I was immature in.

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I thank God for planning out Garrett’s life and including him in our family because he has brought a tremendous amount of joy to our lives!

As I think about the person who has seen me daily through this very tough thing, it has me smiling .  Darren has displayed patience, faithfulness, and understanding in a way that brings peace to a difficult situation. I’m glad we’ve been able to grow closer and I can truly say I love this guy more and more.

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Going forward with this blog I have prayed that God would help me to strike a balance. I would like to update those who asked and others who are wondering why I haven’t been writing as much as before.  I think that we’re turning a corner and it will be a little easier to write about other things now.  It’s also the end of summer and our life slows down a bit, making more room for me to sit down and write.

I really do appreciate your comments, messages, and emails.  It means a lot that you would take time to write-up your own story to share with me, or just simply tell me you are praying for me. Thank you!

To end with a less serious note..

I have browsed pinterest for decorating ideas for our home this Fall and the time spent on there really set me in the mood for Autumn.  Anyone else itching for crisp air or are you still holding onto the last bit of warmth summer has to offer?

Until next time,

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