7 and 8 Months

We love you little man and have had such fun seeing you get older!

What we have learned…how to sleep in the Nuna, army crawling, sitting, and exploring!

What we are enjoying…warmer weather, walks/runs, smiles and laughs, and playing.

What are struggles…still could use some help in the sleep department and finding time to finish some projects.

Most exciting milestones…army crawling, sitting, trying new food, and sat in the cart at the store. He has 2 teeth on the bottom and one barely coming through on the top.

What Canon seems to like…exploring, eating cars, being held, sitting, chewing everything, and being by Asher and Melea.

Dislikes seem to be…being overtired and being smothered by his siblings.

What sleep looks like…he still loosely naps around 10 and again around 1 or 2 and then usually sneaks in another before going to bed about 8. He’s up around 8 still too. Nights are still a wildcard.

He’s eating…milk and more or less whatever we are eating. Still nurses maybe every 3ish hours.

Who we have seen…same people!

At the last doctors appointment…he’s wearing size 3 diapers and can fit both 9 or 12 month clothes. Not sure about weight and height.


Brave Surrender

I recently finished Kim Walker-Smith’s book Brave Surrender. I was not sure what to expect from the book and was worried it might be a testimony trying too hard to be non-fiction. This was not true! I was thankful to find that the book was easy to read and really focused on her story. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the backstory of the song How He Loves and more about Kim’s life. There is power in our testimony and this book showed that! She shared in a way that felt relatable and real. She wrote about her struggles as well as personal areas of victory. I’m glad I got a chance to read this one!

I would recommend this book if you are interested in hearing more about her story or if you like reading memoir type books. There are some mature topics discussed within the book to be aware of such as suicide, abuse, and death.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own!

Monday after Sunday

Monday is here and Sunday has gone. A fresh, new week. Sometimes after holiday weekends, I find myself longing for something else to anticipate. I don’t always like going back to routine. As I’ve been reflecting on Easter this year and reading through Translating God by Shawn Bolz, I am reminded that God doesn’t want us to “go back” to how things were.

Monday does not have to be seen as back to “normal.” Jesus came and changed things! No longer are we slaves to sin. No longer do we need someone else to talk to God for us. We get to! I get to talk to God and so do you. I am a child of God seated with Him! He has greater works for me to do just as he did with the disciples and each of us.

After his resurrection, Jesus found some of the disciples out fishing. They went back to their familiar jobs and routines. Instead of saying, “Yes, guys, this is great. Keep fishing. Go back to who you were.” He calls them higher and gives them a mission.

Sunday has gone (and thank God that Jesus rose from the dead) and Monday is here (and thank God that we do not go back to “normal” instead we can be transformed and get to “work”).

While I am thinking of what Monday looks like for each of us and how mine is fairly “normal,” I am thinking and praying too for all of those who are in Sri Lanka in light of the devastating attacks on Sunday. Those who have lost loved ones and who have had their churches wrecked. Of the hotels (one of which I have visited) that were attacked. I am praying that what the enemy meant for evil that God will use for good. Churches are on the ground doing good works and I pray that people will come to them. I’m praying for an increase and a healing for that nation.

Sunday may be over but the work of the cross does not end there.


When there’s a blizzard in April, I need an extra dose of gratitude…

I’m thankful for…

  1. A warm house with heat that works and extra blankets.
  2. A stocked fridge and ice cream in the freezer
  3. Revelation Wellness workouts to do from home
  4. Books to read
  5. Homework to do
  6. Kids to play with who bring lots of joy and laughter
  7. Worship music to play

Made for This

I was not sure what to expect with Jennie Allen’s Made for This. I was a bit nervous that the content would be repetitious of her other books and would not be new. I had seen a lot of buzz and decided to give it a chance by requesting a review copy. Thankfully, I was wrong! Granted, it has been a while since I have read her other works but what I love most about this one is the interactive format.

The book is setup with 40 days of content, questions, scripture, and reflection. I appreciate that everything goes back to the Word and gives real stories. The questions are challenging and encouraging. I have been slowly working my way through the book and find myself going back to reflect again.

This book would be great for someone who likes to dig a little deeper into their own story through questions and scripture.

Disclosure: I received this book for free but all opinions are my own.

Friday Finds

Friday is here and I am excited to be headed into a weekend where we are finally NOT car shopping! Our beloved (by me) Lexus died and we have been on the hunt for a new one. We finally pulled the trigger on a Ford Flex and I am so thankful to move on from that decision. While I am a bit sad to be using the money for a car instead of travel or staying in our emergency fund (hello Dave Ramsey) or something else, I am very grateful we were able to use cash to buy something that will fit our kids better and give some extra space.

I’m hoping the weekend will include time outside and that the weather will cooperate for a walk or two! We’ve been loading the younger two in our BOB stroller and Asher has been big into scootering lately. I have a feeling this summer will be a fun stage for being outside with everyone!

I recently listened to a sermon by Francis Chan while we were out on a walk and he talked about prayer. You can find it here!

This morning my devotional included this little verse…

I also found this article to be intriguing and convicting. I definitely use my phone more than I would like and could use to change my habits.

Well…kids are waking up so time to set down my phone and pay attention!

Weekend Thoughts

Here we are heading into the weekend! This week has both been full and slow. A few of the kids have been rocking colds still so sleep has felt a little like Russian roulette of who is going to wake up when and how long will it take to get them back to sleep. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for these kids who snuggle and teach me so many things.

Lately, they’ve been challenging me in stepping out of my comfort zone. My oldest loves to talk (er yell? We work on using a talking voice…his voice just is so loud naturally and then he amps it up anytime he starts talking). When we have been out enjoying the (finally) spring weather, he starts talking to everyone we meet. When we are at the grocery store, he decides to ask if he can pray for anyone who is sick.

I love his boldness and the way he assumes people want to talk to him. He does not appear to shrink back or question the worth of his words. He assumes that others will talk to him and that he can bring prayer everywhere.

(Now, granted, he is still learning tact and social skills…he is four after all! We have many, many conversations and role plays about how to start conversations rather than just say very loudly, “Are you sick??”)

Right now at least he is little enough to still hold the cute factor for most people and quite a few will engage with him. He’s opened doors to conversations and opportunities to share God’s love that I haven’t even seen or taken the time to see.

I find myself feeling convicted of how I can be friendly and smile but rarely “see” people beyond that. What have I missed? Who could I have prayed for? Am I too focused on my tasks?

I want to surrender my agenda and hold my time with open hands so that I can respond to God’s promptings. I want to help cultivate my son’s eyes and perspective so that we can bless others as we go about our day.