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My Favorite Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maris is four years old….

She is my favorite number…she is my favorite girl…

I had NOOOOO idea four years ago the magnitude of this gift God was placing in my hands….I had no idea that from that moment on, part of my heart would be out of my chest and walking around and saying things like…”Mommy, your I-pod is your responsibility!”….Or the pain I would feel as they held her down to administer her first stitches in her chin…Or the humility and awe I would experience as she sat at the kitchen table and talked about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection…Or the desperation as I stay up late at night to read books like The Spirited Child and The Strong-Willed Child so that I can get a little bit of help…Because she is such a fire-cracker….

One second she is brilliantly smart…and the next she is stubborn as the day is long….and then she is as sweet as honey…then she can be mean as a hornet….

She leaves me speechless.

And I still can’t believe that this little precious thing of a girly girly girly girl is in our hands…for a time…

Maris, You are My Baby Girl…

I Love you to the Moon and Back!

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Mr. Blue Eyes

 

 

 

Happy Weekend from Mr. Blue Eyes You Can Swim In Jr.

He gets those from his daddy ūüôā

Love to You!!!

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Before I had Mac, people would frequently ask if this is our first and then after telling them he will be our third and how old his brother is…“Bless your little heart…You’re gonna have your hands full!“…would be the typical response…

Laugh…

They were so so so so so so so right…( I use the overexagerated “so” in honor of Maris…she is into saying a lot of “so’s” these days)…

Yes…I have my hands full…And at times all I want to do is scream…”I CANT DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”…

And I have…

It was more or less in the form of an uncontrollable¬†sob to¬†Daniel as he looked on with bewilderment like…”well its too late now”….

It really is the hardest thing…I couldn’t have¬†dreamed it would be as hard as it is…

But a few reminders to myself.

1. I can’t do it.¬†On my¬†own.¬† That is what I think God has been showing me.¬† I have never been so needy of His help before in my life.¬† I cannot be the mother I know I need to be for my children without His ENORMOUS power helping me along the way.

2. This is going to fly by…and our children are going to grow up…so, I am going to try and savor these moments and let them burn in my memory…even the chaotic ones when I would rather crawl in the bed and pull the covers over my head than change another diaper or read another blasted Cat in the Hat book…

3.¬†My own selfishness doesn’t always want to give so much…but that’s what God has called me to do as a Mother…to give…give until it hurts…the past few weeks have hurt…but I am slowly learning the joys of being selfless…And there is so much fulfillment and satisfaction in it…

4. And I love…love…love being a Mother.¬† It is such a high calling….One I feel so unworthy of….I love hearing Maris say to me…”I love you Momma…to the moon and back!”….or Davis’ big ole self belly laughing so hard it makes me want to cry…it is THAT cute…or Mac’s little short breaths on my chest when I am holding him and he is so perfectly content….

There is nothing sweeter and nothing harder…

Being a Momma.

I hope you have an amazing Mother’s Day!!!

Love to You sweet friends! Thank you for all the Congrats on Mac!!

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John Mac McCrory

¬†Here is our boy…

John “Mac” McCrory

8 pounds 6 ounces…same as Davis…

21 inches long…his fingers and toes are about 10 inches long…

And the cutest sweetest thing…

Sorry about the first pic bud…

God got me through those last tough days and a really scary hour or so during labor….and from all of the pain and discomfort and un-ease…comes this precious gift…

Mac is doing so well and I am getting there!

Thank you Jesus for your never-ending, unfailing, unrelenting love and tenderness to me…for giving me so much richness and fullness…I love you.

“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 113:9

I am settled and happy!

I hope your Easter weekend is filled with love and joy!!!

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I’m going Crazy…

 

Seriously…

I don’t think I have ever been this miserable the last week of pregnancy…

The time just seems to tick…I have that stupid Madonna song stuck in my head…”Time goes by…so slowly”…

I have resorted to watching ridiculous shows on t.v. at night once the babes are in bed…tonight was The Hills…it was excellent entertainment, let me tell you…

During one of the commercial breaks, an advertisement for First Response Pregnancy Test came on and I almost threw a shoe at the t.v….

Then I cried.

Please pray that Monday will come fast!!!!!

I will hopefully get a sweet pic and post up of baby boy¬†by Wednesday….

Have a great weekend Loves!!!!!

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Not Long Now

I have been trying to wrap my mind around having three…

I asked Daniel at dinner tonight if he is ready…

He said No.

I don’t think you can “get ready” mentally for another child…I think God brings them into the world…and just, by His grace, you learn…you live each day at a time…and you make it…you love¬†those babies… and it becomes your life and you can’t really picture it any other way…

I am ready for that.

We are again back at that place of not knowing his name.¬† April 18th will be his birthday…if he doesn’t come before…and we don’t know his name…

It’s hard.¬† Boy names are super boring.

So, sweet friends, pray me and Daniel can agree on a name….soon!

So Much Love to You!!!!

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So…in the past few weeks I have been thinking about birth control…laugh…

Honestly, I have been scared of having a fourth soon after little boy is born…

And I am all about children being a blessing and having a house full…but I just know I need a break for a while…and I believe God cares and sees my heart in that…

So, I decided to do a little research of my own regarding birth control, as I was considering talking to my doctor about getting on the pill.

One of my all-time favorite authors is Randy Alcorn…he is an impeccable researcher and author…he wrote an ENORMOUS book on Heaven that changed my life…so as I was looking at his website, I came accross this book…

I immediately ordered it and I read it in 3 days.¬† I have dealt with several emotions while reading it…guilt, saddness, shock…

I guess I didn’t think the answer was “yes” or maybe I just really didn’t want it to be.¬† But, in fact, the pill can cause abortions.

I’ll give you a brief overview…

We know that life begins at conception…when an egg and a sperm meet…(fertilization)…the baby then travels to the uterus to implant several days (6 I think) later…

A contraceptive is anything that prevents conception.

Well, birth control pills do that and more…

BCP’s (birth control pills) have 3 main functions:

1. inhibit ovulation (primary function)

2. thickening of the cervical mucus, which makes it harder for the sperm to travel to meet the egg

3. thinning the lining of the uterus to where it is less likely or unable to allow the newly fertilized egg (baby) to implant

The first two functions are preventing conception…the last one is aborting a baby…

In doing all of this research, Randy Alcorn contacted many leading birth control pill manufacturers to ask questions…

He¬†talked with a man at¬†Ortho-McNeil, one of the largest Pill manufacturers and asked questions regarding those three main functions of the pill I just listed…

“I asked him, ‘Does the Pill sometimes fail to prevent ovulation?’ He said ‘yes.’¬† I asked, ‘What happens then?’ He said, ‘The cervical mucus slows down the sperm.¬† And if that doesn’t work, if you end up with a fertilized egg (baby) ,it won’t implant and grow because of the less hospitable endometrium.” pg 49.

(which means an abortion took place)

Once again, he asked a lady at Wyeth-Ayerst, another pill manufacturer a similar question regarding the 3 ways the Pill works…

“I said, ‘Okay, let me try to summarize, and please correct me if I’m wrong.¬† There are three different ways the Pill operates.¬† #1 usually works.¬† When #1 fails, #2 may work.¬† When #1 and #2 fail, # 3 may work.¬† And sometimes all three fail.’ ( Because we all know the Pill is not 100 % effective.)

She said ‘Yes, that’s correct.'” pg. 47

I know that is a little confusing. I had to sit and re-read several times…but his main point, which was confirmed by the people at these places and his extensive research elsewhere¬†was that we know for a fact birth control pills don’t work all of the time…so that has to mean that sometimes the pill fails to inhibit ovulation, fails to make the mucus thicker…(or the sperm DOES reach the egg), but the third, abortive action of the pill succeeds in creating a hostile enviroment so that the baby cannot thrive and implantation does not happen.

So, what is the big deal…why am I going on about this…?

It is a big deal because I have been on the Pill in the past and I know that millions of women are…countless Christian women¬†are on it…and I just can’t believe we haven’t known about this sooner…

Some may say…”I don’t believe that…that can’t be true.”

Well, I would advise you to read this book and do your own research before stating what you believe and don’t believe…

As Christians, are we going to be Pro-life some of the time but not all of the time?¬†¬†Regarding those babies later in pregnancy with more concern and outspokenness… or are we going to be Pro-life at all stages and do our best to avoid any risk of hurting¬†the un-born¬†no matter how early in pregnancy it is?

I am just still in shock over this book.

Go and order it! It was super cheap…3 dollars.¬† And I pray that this will come into the light and more women will gain understanding about what is really going on¬†regarding the pill…

As for us, natural family planning as well as prayer¬†is on the horizon!!!! Yay horray…as Maris says.

Here is a link to Randy Alcorn’s website…

Eternal Perspective Ministries

Much Love to you!!! Have a great weekend!!!

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