Monday, August 31, 2015

Keep my eyes above the waves.

This is how our first week back at work felt:

Slow breathing: 11x14" Archival Print - Signed

Three feet below: 11x14" Archival Print - Signed
(these are paintings by SamanthaFrench. She has an Etsy store and one day I will buy that first one!)

Like I was just keeping my head above water.
Then, I heard it. We hear it most Sundays but this time it was different.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine  

Think about the struggle and the fear of having no where to stand. How desperate it feels to need to find breath. Imagine those pictures from the opposite angle. With eyes just above the water. Then add the waves of everyday life. Well, my answer is still, and always has been, in faith.

It helps to know that this week will be less hectic but even not knowing, I hope my trust will be without borders. My "issues" , "struggles" are nothing in comparison to the heartbreak occurring in the world but by meeting my conflicts with faith, I hope I will be better prepared to tackle the big things. 

I hope your week is one of trust.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The end of summer.

Summer is officially over.
It was more beautiful than I ever expected. In so many ways.
So many memories made with the family. So many milestones for the little one. When summer started she was just walking! Now shes dancing and chasing her pups! I do admit, I was too busy to write about all the fun we had, but I'm okay with that. I counted. We (Reyna and I) had exactly 100 days of summer. Tomorrow I go back to work and I know she will have a bit of trouble going back to daycare but in the past couple of days, I realized that I am too! No one ever told me that separation anxiety goes both ways!!!

 Some lost pictures of summer.

 Good bye summer.

Monday, July 27, 2015

15 months.

Baby is 15 months TODAY.
I thought it was time for an update. Its been awhile. The last 3 months have gone by so fast! 

This is our girl today. She has outgrown the laying postion but REALLY likes posing!

25 pounds
30 inches tall

Life involves:
eating spaghetti - separation anxiety - throwing and kicking balls - blowing bubbles in the pool - swimming - bike rides behind daddy - about 45 words - looking at pictures of family - making animal sounds - putting things in and out of boxes - a belly button obsession - growing out of shoes - wearing pigtails - knowing what a NO, NO is  - repeating what I hear - learning my pups' names - skyping - taking long naps -  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Staying Busy.

Keeping a toddler busy is no joke!
With a 5 minute attention span, it tough to keep her entertained. 

We have made MANY trips to the Mayborn Museum. Too many to count. But it seems that every time we go she finds something new (that was always there). This time she got into pretend play.

We try to exercise first thing in the morning. Sometimes that turns into a nature walk. With so many trees and flowers on campus, she can stay entertained for a good 10 minutes!
We signed her up for swim lessons at the Y. Its for toddlers to get comfortable in the water.  It was a two week program. This was the first day. Now, we can't get her out and she has too much confidence in the water!
 We go on bike rides. She loves sitting behind her Papa and points at ducks and birds, trees, and people as we go by. This is also done around 8:30 am. Maybe we will try an evening ride!
 When its too hot, we can always go shopping! She loved this little hat!

At home, she spends lots of time looking at books. Some time playing with toys. We have a water table and kiddie pool that she asks for sometimes. I am setting up a little play house outside but I think its still too hot to enjoy. There are a few homemade things/toys/activities I have tried. Ill post about those soon. Good luck to all you toddler moms out there. It's tough! 
Any good ideas?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Gull Lake 2015.

We had a great time in minnesota this year!
it was so fun to see Reyna try new things. and boy did she ever!!
her first turtle races.

we went strawberry picking. a first for me and Reyna..
she did eat more than she picked...

She rode on all the boats and even tried some water sports.
She loved tubing. See?

She showed no fear on the jet ski.

 It also happened to be the 4th of July. We celebrated at a little parade and a few fireworks.

We spent lots of time together and with family.




The summer of Reyna adventures.

Our traditional Minnesota picture.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hanging Back.

Everyday, I spend time with Baby. I am usually very hands on. I get on the floor and play. We read together. We talk all day. But some of my favorite moments are when I step back.
When I get to be a bystander in her life.
 I love to see her from these angles too!

The richness of relationships is so real.