Monday, March 31, 2014

the rest of march and thoughts on parenting

life has been pretty crazy lately. 
march 2nd we handed over the keys of our little green house and made the permanent move to our new house which dave began building this past fall. 
it's beautiful and we are loving the extra space, all the natural light, and making it our own!

there are some odds and ends that need to be finished up, but hopefully before too long i can do a blog post w/ a little house tour

for now, here's my o so sweet (and sometimes rotten) kiddos!

somebody got into my mascara!
she has become a serious mess lately…so deliberately disobedient!
who knew parenting would be such a difficult job?

i have been so blessed here in Red Lake to be surround by many supportive and encouraging mamas. 
i never realized the world of parenting would be such a judgemental place!
(i should probably stop reading so many of the articles that pop up on my Facebook newsfeed)
it seems that no matter how you choose to parent your children, somebody thinks you are doing it wrong and probably ruining your kids for life

if i vaccinate my kids i am playing into a greedy system which obviously cares nothing about the health of my kids and cares greatly about my money
if i don't vaccinate my kids i'm putting my kids at a huge risk, and if they die of some rare disease i'll have no one to blame but myself

if i spank my kids, i care nothing about their hearts, and they will likely grow up to be violent
if i don't spank my kids they will be able to run all over me and won't learn to respect authority

if i let my baby cry it out at night, i'm just being lazy and i should treasure those 2 am feedings because one day i'll wish my baby needed me again
if i don't teach my baby to self-soothe, they will never learn to be independent

and the list goes on…and on…and on!
the thing that get me most about those articles is the hateful comments that follow
it's unbelievable the way parents verbally abuse other parents
it's as if all parents are out there to do what's the worst for their kids

but i think that in reality, most parents truly want to do the very best for their kids
it's kind of crazy how God gives us this huge job to carry out w/ absolutely no experience
no practice run…
it can be so very overwhelming to think about the impact and implications that my parenting will have on these little souls that i have been given to take care of
perhaps He does it to keep us on our knees
and to remind us that ultimately our kids are His kids
and He loves them so much more than we will ever be able to

it is my job to point my children to Christ
to raise them up to be lovers of God and of those around them

i will mess up
i will make the wrong choices sometimes
i will wound my kids
i will cause them hurt
but i believe that my God is a Redeemer
and He brings perfection out of imperfection

my prayer for my kiddos is that they will know the love of God
that they will surrender their hearts to Him while they are young
and my prayer for Dave and i is the same
that we will know the love of God and live our lives ever and always heading His gentle voice

i just read this on a blog today:

“We fear men so much, because we fear God so little.” 
 William Gurnall
How true this is.  It's so easy to care more about what people think than what God thinks.

i know i would do better to look more to Jesus and less to those around me
Jesus promises to lead His own
I am His own
and His promises never fail

 these legs crack me up!
so chubbers and so hilarious!

these two are entertaining each other more and more…i just love it!

i was so nervous about having a boy
i was really hoping we would have another girl!
but thankfully God plans the gender of our babies :)
and He chose to gave us this munchkin
when i found out we were having a boy i was seriously worried i wasn't going to like him very much
i shouldn't have worried :)

Brighton is becoming such a little mommy
today she gave her monkey a spanking 
(oops, gave that one away…guess you know where i come out on that issue now ;)
and then she gave him a hug and a big kiss and said "you're going to be ok"
it is so so fun (and scary) to see her growing up and learning new things

happy last day of March!
may April bring us lots of sunshine
and lots and lots of melting snow :)

half birthday party

our little guy turned 1/2 year old yesterday
o how i love him!
he just becomes more and more squeeeeeshable each and every day
we had a little half birthday party for him
which basically consisted us singing to him
and him tearing into his yummy little cake :)

we love you little asher smasher!
i could never have imagined the joy you would bring to my heart :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


baby layla
born february 15
welcomed by big brother dominic and big sister tirzah
and of course by mommy and daddy :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

4 month old sweetness

my baby boy is 4 months old
he really seems to be flying through the baby stage
he's a smiley little thing
doesn't take much at all to get a big ol' toothless smile out of him
he smiles w/ his whole face, and it just makes ya wanna squeeeeeeeze him :)
he loves standing…seems to be a prominent trait in my babies
he supports all his weight for quite a while, just holding onto my fingers for balance
he sleeps through the night fairly often, and if he does wake up, putting a soother in his mouth usually puts him right back to sleep
he puts himself to sleep at night, usually crying for no more than a couple minutes, if at all
he won't fall asleep unless he's swaddled though!
he's not an overly happy baby…fussing a good portion of the day, unless he is being held
i sure do miss that first week of his life when he was the most content baby i'd ever seen! barely knew he could cry back then…no question about it now though!
he usually takes a soother, but it's never long until he has his hands in his mouth

4 month stats: 13 lbs. 3 oz. - 25 in. - cute as a button.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2 years old!

this little cutie pie...

turned 2 years old while we were in VA!!!

she is such a blessing and such a disaster at the same time ;)
sometimes she is the cutest thing you ever did see
and other times she exemplifies and exaggerates what is known as the "terrible twos"

at two years old, she 
sings along w/ a few songs
counts to 12
recognizes letters, shapes, and colors
loves giving hugs and kisses
is still tied to her soother at both nap time and night time
usually takes a 2-3 hr. nap everyday
sleeps from 7:30-6:30
is quite the little social bug
looooooves going places
swims by herself w/ a little floaty tied around her waist
is always excited about skyping w/ her Mummsy
doesn't share so well
pushes boundaries all. day. long.
loves to do everything "by yourself"
has pronoun problems ;)
brings a smile to most anyone's face
seems to be slightly OCD
(she likes to put things in order, places certain things "just so," and when she draws, she just does these little petite squiggles :)
is a master pretender
(she plays mommy to her monkeys all day long! she feeds them, cleans up their messes, swaddles them, swings them, has conversations w/ them, combs their hair, sits them on the potty, puts them to bed, makes sure they have their soothers, etc.)

at this point, Bump doesn't really get birthday parties because it's just a tad too hectic for me to put something together while we are in VA

on her birthday she got to spend part of the day at Grandpa and Grandma Sonifrank's, and part of the day at Grandad and Mummsy's
she was thrilled w/ being the centre of attention, and was super happy about opening her presents :)

the bday girl:

we love you Bump!
you truly light up our lives :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Christmas w/ the Sonifranks

here's a look into the time that we spent w/ my hubby's side of the family
i am so blessed to have married into such a beautiful family!
they have done so much to make me feel like i belong :)

Christmas for the Sonifranks is always celebrated back at the cabin
the same cabin where Dave proposed to me :)

we spend the night

the next morning we have a yummy breakfast of sausage gravy, biscuits, and scrambled eggs. 
then it's present time…

Sandra and Al … Wesley and Angela

Angela always gets her nieces and nephews a Christmas ornament
I didn't get a picture of Brighton w/ hers last year, but i'm hoping i remember to do that from here on out.

Asher w/ his little polar bear ornament

Brighton w/ her sock monkey ornament

most of the rest of our time was spent hanging out
it was fun to introduce our little Asher to everyone!
he got lots and lots of lovin' :)

most evenings "Grandma" would light some candles for Brighton
the heat would make the little angels above them spin around
and then she would get to blow them out
she loved it :)

before Al and Sandra headed back to Michigan w/ their crew, i was able to get all the cousins together for a picture.
they wore their monkey hats from Brighton and Asher :)
Trent - Brighton - Brittney - Tyler - Asher
quite the good lookin' gang!