Saturday, May 14, 2016

Graduation


Today, M graduated from seminary.



There is so much I could say. God's faithfulness has been the theme of our lives, certainly the theme of the past three years. At the commencement ceremony today, we sang a hymn, and the words of that hymn moved me to tears. They capture what I feel so perfectly:

What heights of love,
What depths of peace,
When fears are stilled,
When strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all - 
Here in the love of Christ I stand. 


One of the most tangible ways in which God has demonstrated his faithfulness is through all of you, our family and friends. Thank you for supporting us, for loving us, for encouraging us. Thank you for walking with us through these past three years. It means more to us than we will ever be able to say. 


Lucy's Field Day

Last week, Lucy had Field Day at school, and it was pretty much the cutest thing ever. 






Afterwards, all the kids received a gold medal and a Popsicle. In a few short years, I think Lucy will be ready for the Olympics. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

This morning, M made coffee and cooked breakfast for us, while Lucy presented me with a Mother's Day card. "Happy Mother's Day!" she shouted proudly. Alice waved her arms and kicked her chubby, little legs, which was her own way of saying, "Happy Mother's Day, Mama. Now, will you please put some of those eggs in my face?" 

Then, it was off to church and the usual Sunday morning chaos. After church, we walked over to Steuben's for brunch...


During brunch, Lucy had a little accident while going potty. Of course, being the supermom that I am, I forgot to pack an extra change of clothes in the diaper bag. Lucy (who is 3 and has been potty-trained for almost a year) ended up wearing one of Alice's size 2 diapers. Needless to say, she was not happy about it. Meanwhile, Alice decided that it would be the perfect time to have a diaper blow-out. I spent most of brunch in the bathroom, cleaning up poop. 

Even at the time, it was funny. I couldn't help thinking how completely un-glamorous motherhood is. It's hard, and it's messy, and some days I cry more than my kids. But here's the thing. Motherhood is beautiful. All I have to do is look into those little eyes, one pair of green and one pair of blue, and I am reminded that there is tremendous beauty in the messiness. Changing diapers, cleaning up spills, wiping away tears. One day, when they are all grown-up, I will long for these days. My heart will ache to hear them say one more time, "Mama, will you hold me?" 



Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, old and young, expecting or longing. You are beautiful.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lucy's Birthday Party

We had a little party for Lucy's third birthday. She requested a princess birthday party, so that is exactly what we did...





Impossible to get anyone in my family to look at the camera... Ever.


Also, here is a video of Cinderella singing "Happy Birthday" to Lucy. It pretty much made her year.




We had so much fun celebrating our sweet Lucy! I can't believe she is three years old!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday, Lucy!


Three years ago, at 7:33 in the morning, we first met. It was a Sunday. When they placed you in my arms, and you looked up at me, I felt as if my heart would burst. I had never seen anything more beautiful. Those perfect lips, those tiny hands, that head full of wild, dark hair. I fell in love. 

It has been such a privilege to be your mama, to watch you grow and learn and explore the world around you. I look at you, and my heart still feels as if it will burst. I love you. Happy birthday, sweet Lucy! 

{photo by Katie Jenkins}

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Big News

Most of you probably already know at this point, but I felt I should share our news here just in case. M will - finally! - be graduating from seminary on May 14th. He has accepted a job as Assistant Pastor at a church plant in Athens, Georgia. This means that we will be saying goodbye to Colorado, our home for the past six years, and moving back to our Motherland.



When I started this little blog, almost six years ago, we were newlyweds preparing for this exciting, new adventure in Colorado. We had no idea what God had in store for us. In the past six years, we have fallen in love with this wild state, the mountains and plains and wide-open sky. Our girls were born here. We have grown and changed in so many ways during our time in Colorado. It will always be a part of us, no matter where we happen to live.

Obviously, we are sad to say goodbye to our friends and loved ones here, but we are also very excited for what comes next. I have been thinking about what to do with this blog. It very much began as a way for me to keep in touch with family and friends when we moved out to Colorado, but it has come to mean so much more to me over the years. This blog chronicles all of our adventures - from our newlywed days when we were poor as church mice to my pregnancies and the births of our daughters. I have so loved being able to share my heart with you, and I want my children to be able to go back and read this one day, to have a sort of archive of our simple, beautiful life together.

I will do my best to continue to write. Many of you who read this blog are friends we have made while here in Colorado, and I would love to be able to keep in touch with you, even as we move so far away. I'm not sure how often I will be able to post, but this will continue to be the place where I share news and pictures of our family life. If you would like more frequent pictures, you can follow me on Instagram. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart, to be open and honest and vulnerable at times. Thank you for caring enough about us to keep up with our story. It's humbling to be loved so well.

xo, L.



Sunday, April 24, 2016

9 Months


I can't believe my eyes. According to the calendar, our Alice is nine months old. That can't be right. 


At nine months of age, Alice is crawling all over the place. She is "cruising", holding on to furniture and standing up. She eats everything in sight, and she is currently cutting her two, front bottom teeth. 

Every day, we learn more about Alice's sweet personality, and every day, we fall more in love with her. She is such a content, calm, snuggly baby. She is also a sneaky little daredevil, and her favorite thing to do is dive off of the furniture. We have to keep a very close eye on her. 



This week, we will celebrate another big milestone - Lucy's third birthday. We are planning a little party for her, and I promise a lot of pictures!