Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thoughts on Ending Well

35 weeks

Pregnancy is a blessing IAMNOTCOMPLAINING and children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) b u t for many women, there comes a time when things get hard. Physically,emotionally,PASSMETHATDONUT. So, I'm faced with a conundrum (college degree what what) of enjoying the last few weeks of the journey- a journey special only to me + baby and Wow, I can't feel my legs and why am I walking like my 87 year grandmother? The emotional swing can be steep and quick at times. THIS IS A MIRACLE, I AM SO THANKFUL to I CAN NOT GO ON, SOMEBODY HOLD ME in about 2 seconds.

Same goes for moving. We have a unique situation, but I'd venture to say that most people come to a point in packing and moving where they think, BUCK UP this isn't the end of the world hold on a second this is the end of MY world.

I'd like to end my pregnancy and our our move well.

Ending well for me looks quiet (because without enough sleep, I'm bound to say some crazy things and make my family want to run for the hills) and sad and occasionally super motivated and minimalistic (but only occasionally). It's allowing the two second swings to happen and moving on. Crying alone in the car after a doctor's appointment "just because" (but totally freaking Kent out when I get home muhahaha) Praying simple prayers. Smiling at overused advice like, It's in God's timing and He's got something better for you out there and eating too many french fries at IKEA.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Making: Plans with Kent about The Move on August 31st   
Cooking: Homemade mac n cheese, but not much else 
Drinking: Iced coffee, water
Reading: Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman 
Wanting: To be a capital i Introvert(-ed) hermit for the next 7 weeks
Looking: At things on the floor and ignoring them winkyface
Eating: Scrambled eggs with a slice of cheese on toast for breakfast 
Wishing: I had job news to share with you (I don't)
Enjoying: A day trip to the beach today
Thinking: About my nightly serving of ice cream. Next up: mint chocolate chip  
Celebrating: Aside from one potty break, sleeping through the night
Loving: Baby movement    
Hoping: And praying for a job 
Needing: To write thank you notes   
Listening: To a Strawberry Shortcake DVD 
Feeling: Belly-less when I'm in the pool 
Wearing: Jammies 
Watching: Master Chef
Texting: A group of moms about a play date

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Stars Aligned

 Happy Cow Appreciation Day (3 meals) and 7/11 (1 Slurpee)!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Blessing {& Caris Quotes}

May your thankfulness be evident 

(after handing her a peach for breakfast) "GOOD THING I'm not allergic to peaches like Daniel Tiger is!" 

May your problems be small

"I need a comb. To fix my eyebrow"


May your compliments be heartfelt 

"Liza. I have to say. You're getting berry, berry good at coloring and painting" 

Sunday, July 9, 2017


The ultimate Time Out death stare

1. Potty Training

Is going well. Less accidents, more jelly bean rewards. It just involves a lot of bending over (ooph!) and huddling in public bathroom stalls together.

2. "Treat others the way you would want to be treated"

Would you like for her to take the toy out of your hands? How would you feel if she chased you until you were scared? Would you like for her to start singing while you're singing a song? The Bible says to treat others the way you would want to be treated...yatayata x a millionHOW MANY MORE YEARS OF THIS

3. "No one likes being ignored" 

I overheard my older, wiser, more organic (Jokes. But not really. She uses raw sugar and roasts her own peanuts) friend tell her child this when he was ignoring his sister. I like it much better than "answer your sister" as it makes them think of the other person instead of just following a command. Thoughts?

4. "Stay three feet away from me"

Don't poke my belly. Don't hug my left leg while I'm trying to walk in public. Don't try to sit on my lap. Let's settle for a side hug until September.

5. Outdoorsy play

We're in the middle of the indoor season here in Florida. Swimming has been a nice option, but I need to suck it up and venture outside. It's not too terrible if we're back inside early rather than later. We take a walk/bike ride and are home by 8:30 am or visit a park at 8 am and then the splash pad. It's less than pleasant, but the girls don't mind, and it's better than sitting at home having my belly poked. winkyface 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 4th

Hope you kids had a nice July 4th! Ours included swimming, Messy Pigs (BBQ+Cole Slaw+Bun) and wearing our outfits made from Kent's Grandma's skirt by Rachel C! 
See last year's outfits here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

4 Month/4 Year {Shots}

The days are long, but the years are short 
 The days are like, really long. It's only occasionally that you get a glimpse at "the years are short" part, but when you do, it takes your breath away, makes your eyes sting and makes your heart feel like it's getting pounded by a meat tenderizer. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A List of 3's

A friendly reminder that when my life gets overwhelming, I make lists in my head. 

3 Foods I’d Give My Right Arm to Eat

1. Mayonnaise
Lately it's been tomato sandwiches using white bread and extra mayo C'MON
2. Bacon
My love for bacon has grown at a rapid pace over the last couple of years 
3. Ripe fruit 
My recent fruit purchases have left me disappointed. I'm picturing a juicy peach, perfect watermelon, etc. 

3 Male Singers that Grab My Attention (*For their voices winkyface) 

1. Josh Groban
I can pick out his voice from miles away (Say, at Christmas time) This dates back to high school 
2. Keith Urban
Also from my high school years, he pays homage to my introduction to country music. Also the early years of pining for a boy named Kent
3. James Taylor
Hard to explain this one, but it probably starts with my first memory of good ol' James here

3  {Expensive} Things I’d buy

1. Letterboard
I have both life changing and quirky things to say
2. Leather bag
This will happen one day. My birthday money is burning a hole in my pocket 
3. A patio set
Why are these so expensive? <in my long practiced whiney voice>

3 Things that Trouble Me

1. Reflux and heartburn
It'ssssss backkkkkkkk!
2. Random "in-between" household items
The minimalists say chunk it, the hoarders say keep it and the stuff just sits there and STARES AT ME
3. Sisters yelling at each other in the car while i'm driving
I see a lot of pulling-the-car-over in my future 

3 {Rip My Heart Out Movies} I Would Watch Right Now

1. About Time
I can't recommend this because of language and a hussy scene, but I cry every.single.time. Dad and son walking on the beach towards the end of the movie? STICK A FORK IN ME BECAUSE I'M DONE.
2. Return to Me
I need to own this one
3. PS I love you
Eh, again, I can't recommend this one, but it always makes me yell LET'S VISIT IRELAND! while at the same time yelling at Kent, DON'T YOU GO DYING ON ME, NOW! 

3 Places {that start with M} that I Would Visit

1. Maine
I'm picturing a cottage, overcast cool weather, me wearing a cardigan while sitting in an Adirondack chair drinking tea. 
2. Montana
Here we have a cabin in a meadow with a killer view of the mountains. I'm probably eating bacon. 
3. Maryland
My best friend's second baby is TEN MONTHS old and I haven't met him yet. Unacceptable!  

3 Moments in Time I’m Looking Forward To

1. Meeting our daughter
2. September 1st
Kent will have a job. Either at a church or K-Mart. We'll be in a new place and decisions will have been made. 
3. Bedtime
Anyone else want to throw out some high-fives and smile when it's time for bed? 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Big Life Events

This week we have five big events

1. Caris is attending Vacation Bible School 

This is the first time we've ever dropped her off somewhere and driven away from the premises. Deep breaths. She is having a great time and although it's abnormally quiet without her around, we're enjoying our one on one time with Liza. (And I can see why moms sing the praise of Preschool. It cuts your day in half!)

2. Liza is using big potties 

We have yet to take the plunge into panties, but she's rocking potty training (It's all about the candy reward and Kent's help) Also included:: she gets to say phrases that her big sister uses like, "I need pri-ba-cy. Don't look a me." And so there I stand, pregnant and huddled in the corner of the library bathroom stall staring at the wall.

3. Kent and I celebrated thirteen years

I realized that this week is The Edge Summer Conference, thus making it the week that we met back in 2004. And by "celebrated" I mean I hugged him abnormally and awkwardly tight and exclaimed how LUCKY he was to meet me on top of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee and how our JOURNEY IS REALLY JUST BEGINNING and LOOK! we're going to see our THIRD BABY on a tv screen TODAY. (!!!)

4. We saw our third baby on a tv screen 

I'm not sure if every patient gets an ultrasound to check the baby's growth or if it's because of my pregnancy with Caris or if he thinks I'm paranoid, but we got to see our lil' lump of sugar yesterday.  She's cute. I think. Won't be long now!

5. Caris is swimming

Coach Kent has a done a great job teaching her again this summer and she LOVES swimming alone (Don't be fooled- we're talking swimming alone in little spurts. Wall to steps. Steps to wall.) The exciting recent addition to her swim career is that she can swim down and grab the dive toy at the bottom of the shallow end. Although I cheer like a proud mom, I can hardly watch and it takes everything in me not to yell COME UP AND BREATHE, CHILD!! (in my Paula Deen voice) Where is Liza usually? Standing on the pool steps giggling while naked (+ a puddle jumper)
 Arm floaties no longer needed! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Making: Progress with packing 
Cooking: Things from our freezer and pantry. Operation Empty Out has begun. 
Drinking: A Diet Sunkist soda yesterday 
Reading: Princess Cora and the Crocodile. We wish it was part of a series! 
Wanting: I still wouldn't turn down a Chipotle burrito 
Looking: For stuff to donate. Leaving no corner unturned 
Eating: Cereal with strawberries for lunch 
Wishing: I had a Nifty Nabber to help with cleaning 
Enjoying: Running errands alone 
Thinking: About sleeping and packing and sitting down   
Celebrating: Having completed my glucose test this morning  
Loving: The sound of the lawn mower outside- Kent hard at work   
Hoping: Kent secures a job in the next couple of months (or tomorrow winkyface)  
Needing: Deep and wide boxes for random shaped objects  
Listening: To both daughters call my name during NAP&QUIET time 
Feeling: Hungry 
Wearing: Coral tank top, grey shorts, compression socks and sneakers
Watching: Random 30 minute HGTV shows with Kent at night. Mountain House! Log Cabin! Lake House! Beach House! 
Texting: A friend- trying to give someone (anyone!) a free bed

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Family {at the beach}

This was the first year we had someone unable to attend beach week (Wes) but we had one new addition, Karyn, Ben's fiancee.  We had an average walk to the beach, but it was a mosquito death trap. Turns out it's hard to run with small children and beach chairs strapped to your back. 
 We spent quality time with each other
 Enjoyed books by Pops
 and ice cream with Uncle Ben 
 We kept it classy with an indoor hair cut
 A day and a half of rain threatened to break our vacationing spirits, but we forged ahead with the help of Finding Nemo. All in all, a fun week, woot! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beach Week 2017

 We spent a week at the beach with the Parker side!
 Kent pulled Caris so fast on the boogey board and she loved it. I waited for the tumble and tears (that never came!)
 Ages 2 & 4:: great ages for the beach
 Leave it to my girls to care for a random caterpillar found on the beach 
 We drank orange juice from fancy glasses 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Some Details

Here are some deets, based on FAQ we get.

We hope to stay in our house until September 1. Our former church has graciously given us a severance package that will enable this to happen. The main reason for staying is my beloved, old, wise, Puerto Rican doctor. He set me up to have my dream delivery in 2015 (although he didn't actually deliver Liza) and I'm hoping to have a similar experience this time.

People are cute when they ask "Are you moving back to South Carolina?!" because Kent is ordained and looking in a certain denomination as well as looking for a specific position (assistant pastor) so it's not quite as easy as pinpointing a state and finding a job there. Although we'd love to be closer to family, we're casting a wide net throughout the South East. Having a husband that enjoys his job is more important to me than being near family. WHO AM I?? I never would've said that 3 1/2 years ago (and actually meant it). 

My kids are running into boxes around the house so we finally told Caris that "Daddy doesn't work at our old church anymore. He is going to look for a new job and we'll move eventually. In a long time. Like after the baby comes." We don't really talk about it, because a four year old's sense of time is frustrating limited,  but I do plan to pray with them for a new job in hopes of one day saying, "We prayed for a new job for daddy and God heard us!!"

A lot of local friends have asked us where we're attending church now. I've wondered if they think we're laying around on Sunday mornings eating pancakes drenched in syrup just because we can (TEMPTING, YOU GUYS. Tempting) We're going to a great church about 20 minutes away. The pastor has mentored Kent a bit (and had a role in Kent's ordination service) The actual service is a much slower pace than what we're used to and I l o v e the change. However, Liza has started to cry at both nursery and YMCA child care drop off. Total bummer!

Anddddd that's all, folks!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Frugal Friday

 Traffic+rain+large crowd. Nothing was going to stop us

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Donut Worry, Be Happy!

I feel as though it is my civic duty to tell you that this Friday, June 2, is National Donut Day. A few places are offering deals with an additional purchase, but good ol' Krispy Kreme is giving away one free donut of your choice to anyone one who stops in on Friday. Go getcha' one! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

And Just Like That

We're finished with soccer! 
I'm 28 weeks pregnant
and summer temps are back to stay

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Elephant in the Room

Allow me to address the elephant in the room. Ya know, the one shaped like a moving box.

At the beginning of May our church decided to end their professional relationship with Kent (possibly my only chance to use professional wordage on my blog? winkyface) I won't go into details here in case you're some creeper reading this from your basement in Montana and also, there's not even a big juicy story to tell (But if you buy me ice cream and find boxes for me, I'll share my side of the story with enough dramatic emphasis to make it worth your time) We have spent the rest of this month updating his resume and sending it to several churches. Both of our emotions and moods have swung from one end of the spectrum (God is good! He has a plan!) to the other (My life is over! Feed me more pizza!)  depending on the day. We are decluttering, packing a few boxes, eating too much and praying that another job opens up for Kent very soon. Please pray with us!
Can you find Caris? 

Monday, May 15, 2017


I'm writing from an undisclosed location in South Carolina using spotty internet connection. An update on life happenings will come soon, once I return to civilization regular internet connection 

Making: Plans to host a goodbye gathering for a church friend 
Cooking: Nothing (praise hands!) 
Drinking: Today I had coffee, water and a small cup of Sprite Zero
Reading: The Magnolia Story is waiting for me at the library 
Wanting: To know if we're adding a brother or sister to the mix. I think we'll look soon
Looking: At boy clothes, but not buying any
Eating: My Ma's cooking 
Wishing: We didn't have a seven hour drive in our near future 
Enjoying: Hanging with family 
Thinking: Too much these days 
Celebrating: Ben's engagement to Karyn and nephew James' baby dedication 
Loving: Watching our girls spend time with their extended family 
Hoping: To struggle well (What's blogging without a little vague writing?!)
Needing: A bathing suit for our upcoming beach trip   
Texting: Sweet supportive friends 
Listening: To the ceiling fan
Feeling: Pregnant + out of shape + like a Floridian when I try to walk up my parent's neighborhood hill  
Wearing: Black pants and a pink tank top. Old Navy tanks for life!! 
Watching: 101 Dalmatians for the first time with the girls tonight  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday

1. The guilt free relief of donating a car load of stuff to Goodwill
2. A German chocolate candy bar from Ilse
3. My daughters, in all their watermelon eating cuteness 
4. Two watermelons in one week
5. An active baby 
6. A cup of coffee. Half in the morning, half in the afternoon
7. A quiet post-library car ride home while the girls look at new books
8. Rest time. 2-3PMwoot!
9. The beginning of swim season- endless afternoon entertainment 
10. So many great local playgrounds with clean bathrooms(!)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April {phone edition}

Goodbye, April! Here are some pictures from the past month

With Aunt Anna on her last day at Disney
Caris locked her room and Kent had to tear a side of the door frame off  to get it open. Then he had to nail it back in place and paint it- all while Caris watched with a pair of shorts on her head. 
Watching the pool guy clean provides us with weekly entertainment 
I took Caris to Michaels to pick out a bridal shower gift. While I shopped, she walked the aisles and picked up random fake flowers and feathers (Have you ever looked for that stuff? Turns out it's everywhere!) She made a bouquet with it and the cashier gave her a bag to carry it in. 
Super Heros! A birthday gift from Anna
Kent's play dough creation (Zoom in on the barn and tractor) He has a gift. 
We took out first beach trip and all got sunburned. I said, "Ok! Woot! My righteousness is not found in adequately saving my children from skin cancer!" and "Holy Smokies! That is like, the cardinal sin of parenting young children- don't let them get sunburned!! Mom guilt!" 
Beach Belly (in a good way this year)
Little sis had a few weeks where she fought her nap and threw everything out of the crib.
 NO.PILL.OW! NO BANK.ET! And then magically she turned into a sleeping cherub when I snuck in to see her. Amazing how that works. 
Big sis has found a new portable pillow 
Here we come, May! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


 I bought this two days after Easter 
 I locked myself in our bathroom to Face Time my sister
 I took my kids to the library and let them play on iPads for thirty minutes 
 I start most days in real pants, but change into jammie pants half way through. Here I am at 3:30 one afternoon rocking all sorts of colors and patterns while watching my kids play outside
 Caris' birthday balloon has been on floating in our living room since March 12 with no signs of coming down. We ignore it (And are impressed by its longevity)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Big & Little

-Talks about the number one hundred and thinks that it is A LOT. "I have 100 kids!" "In the summer you'll have to give me 100 cups of water!"
-Loves soccer practice but not soccer games
-Thinks a boy on her team is really funny and giggles at him
-Is beginning to draw  detailed things like hearts, pigs, elephants (Inspired by Piggie and Gerald) and mice(Inspired by Cinderella) 
-When her sister is upset, she will sometimes say, "Liza. Liza. Can we talk about this?"
-Most mornings will only let Kent get her out of the crib "Need daddy"
-Likes to throw things, climb and tumble. She'll jump to you even when you're not ready
-Is good at cleaning up toys
-Wants to complete tasks by herself. "I do it, I do it. I.DO.IT!"
-Has dropped from a two hour nap to a one hour nap