Thursday, July 28, 2011

little things

a few small additions to our home:
our fireplace our family + sunflowers

these wooden tulips i found at a craft fair (diy vase)

my watermelon bowl i bought for $4 thrifting

this little porcelain watering can i bought for $1 at a flea market

a small fraction of landon's library

landon's bedroom. no longer a nursery.

toys toys and more toys

found here

bedroom dresser

our willow family <3
given to us as a gift but all different kinds found here

jewelry case handcrafted in Austria from my grandmother
little bird bathing jewelry stand from TJ Maxx

& found the little pot of sunflowers @ Michaels

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Adventures of Landon Christopher

Welp, gone are the days of having a precious little swaddled baby. I now officially have a babbling, crazy, mobile toddler.
Not walking just yet, but we are soo close I can taste it. He walks really well with his little lawnmower and train toys and when you hold his hands he will walk with you, and as of yesterday will walk alongside you, holding on with one hand. He is really fast for having such stubby little legs and all he wants to do is motor around the apartment with his toys and I am thankful we live so close to the park, where we spend many evenings trying to burn out his energy.
Much like his mumma, he is a total thrill seeker and loves living life dangerously - he loves being thrown up in the air, fake wrestling, being spun around and around real fast, jumping into pools, being hung upside down from his feet, and pillow fights.
He has his 4 top teeth and 4 bottom teeth totally in (with an adorable space in between his top two) and his bottom left molar fully in, while the rest of his molars are all coming in. This is the first time I think his teething has caused any pain for him, and for the past 3 weeks I really haven't slept much. I know I can't complain, I've had an angel baby sleeping soundly through the night from 5 months to 1 year...but still, a tired momma is a cranky momma :/
A glimpse into the life of my crazy little toddler...(all these were taken between 12 and 13 mo.)
just playing in my ball pit and taking over the living room

thanking Carolyn for this

@ the car dealership

becoming the proud owners of our new tahoe 

he goes by DJ deadrat

swimming with aunt vanessa

V + T

@ the park with his boys & toys

hotel parties ( = no bedtime for this guy)

my lunch, a black bean burger & a dc

landon's lunch, just beans please

toy story 3 playhut

his friends

taking over

new birthday crocs & widgets from mama + dada

Lakeshore East park

practicing walking

giving up

edemame bebe

gettin' ready for aunt caro + uncle D dog's wedding!

<3 his little smirk

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Motherhood is a Calling

I just read such an incredible post, Motherhood is a Calling, and wanted to share it below:

Motherhood Is A Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)
July 14, 2011 by Rachel Jankovic

A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup had found a place and we were ready to go, my two-year-old turned to me and said, “Wow! You have your hands full!”
She could have just as well said, “Don’t you know what causes that?” or “Are they all yours?!”
Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen.

A Rock-Bottom Job?

The truth is that years ago, before this generation of mothers was even born, our society decided where children rank in the list of important things. When abortion was legalized, we wrote it into law.
Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get. In fact, children rate below your desire to sit around and pick your toes, if that is what you want to do. Below everything. Children are the last thing you should ever spend your time doing.
If you grew up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood, to think like a free Christian woman about your life, your children. How much have we listened to partial truths and half lies? Do we believe that we want children because there is some biological urge, or the phantom “baby itch”? Are we really in this because of cute little clothes and photo opportunities? Is motherhood a rock-bottom job for those who can’t do more, or those who are satisfied with drudgery? If so, what were we thinking?

It's Not a Hobby

Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.
Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.
Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die—and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.

Run to the Cross

But a Christian should have a different paradigm. We should run to to the cross. To death. So lay down your hopes. Lay down your future. Lay down your petty annoyances. Lay down your desire to be recognized. Lay down your fussiness at your children. Lay down your perfectly clean house. Lay down your grievances about the life you are living. Lay down the imaginary life you could have had by yourself. Let it go.
Death to yourself is not the end of the story. We, of all people, ought to know what follows death. The Christian life is resurrection life, life that cannot be contained by death, the kind of life that is only possible when you have been to the cross and back.
The Bible is clear about the value of children. Jesus loved them, and we are commanded to love them, to bring them up in the nurture of the Lord. We are to imitate God and take pleasure in our children.

The Question Is How

The question here is not whether you are representing the gospel, it is how you are representing it. Have you given your life to your children resentfully? Do you tally every thing you do for them like a loan shark tallies debts? Or do you give them life the way God gave it to us—freely?
It isn’t enough to pretend. You might fool a few people. That person in line at the store might believe you when you plaster on a fake smile, but your children won’t. They know exactly where they stand with you. They know the things that you rate above them. They know everything you resent and hold against them. They know that you faked a cheerful answer to that lady, only to whisper threats or bark at them in the car.
Children know the difference between a mother who is saving face to a stranger and a mother who defends their life and their worth with her smile, her love, and her absolute loyalty.

Hands Full of Good Things

When my little girl told me, “Your hands are full!” I was so thankful that she already knew what my answer would be. It was the same one that I always gave: “Yes they are—full of good things!”
Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. Grow them up in the clean air of gospel living. Your testimony to the gospel in the little details of your life is more valuable to them than you can imagine. If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work.
Stop clinging to yourself and cling to the cross. There is more joy and more life and more laughter on the other side of death than you can possibly carry alone.
Rachel Jankovic is a wife, homemaker, and mother. She is the author of "Loving the Little Years" and blogs at Femina. Her husband is Luke, and they have five children: Evangeline (5), Daphne (4), Chloe (2), Titus (2), and Blaire (5 months).

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

saving tiny hearts

Last weekend we attended the 6th annual Saving Tiny Hearts gala downtown. It was an incredible night, filled with amazing people with amazing stories, and lots of goosebumps and tears.

I am beyond happy that my husband is involved with this charity. When he was very little, he lost a brother to a congenital heart defect.  Congenital Heart Defects are the number one birth defect in infants. In the US alone, over 25,000 babies are born each year with a congenital heart defect. That translates to 1 out of every 115 to 150 births. (To put those numbers into perspective, only 1 in every 800 to 1,000 babies is born with Downs Syndrome). Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.

Saving Tiny Hearts is a grassroots organization that has helped raise over $800,000 in funding to support research projects to help prevent and cure Congenital Heart Defects that have caused many deaths and serious heartache in many families.
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