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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Our Summer

Summer is almost over and I can hardly believe how much we have squeezed in the last month.

One of the highlights of July was spending two weeks in Washington visiting family.

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It was a gorgeous place!  There was tons of coffee, airplanes for Garrett to see, good conversations, celebrating my brother-in-law taking command of a squadron, and it ended too quickly.

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Since coming home we have enjoyed seeing our friends, playing outside, and taking a few hikes.  I spent some time cleaning out the flower beds around our home and feel better now that they’re weed-free again.

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Garrett has changed a lot over the last few months and I’ve accepted he is a little boy now.  It’s strange how you want your kids to learn new things and reach different stages but also keep them little. I will miss this time with him when he starts school.  Next year he’ll probably begin preschool and I can hardly believe that.

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I set up a learning corner for him last week and found an art class he can attend this fall.  We already did one morning last Thursday and had a blast playing with play dough and working on a few pages of his preschool book.

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I’m sorry it’s been quiet around here this summer! If you’re reading this, thanks for coming back.  I hope your summer was wonderful!

Until next time,

Laura