Saturday, August 31, 2013

House Challenge

Football season is in full swing and the baby is finally a little more independent! "Independent" may be a strong word, but he's capable of entertaining himself for periods of time! This has been the season I've been waiting for...the season that would finally allow me to start decorating this house! We moved last November when I was still newly pregnant and incredibly sick. Once I started feeling better, we had the baby to prepare for! All summer we've been busy adjusting to life as parents. Now Brett is gone a good chunk of the time (I hate that, but it's just for a season) and I have some extra time on my hands (do moms have extra time??) so I can finally dig in and do all the projects I've been dreaming of this last year!

Oh, except there's one little problem. We have a very tight budget, leaving basically no room for paint and furniture and curtains and the like. To some, the glass is half empty, to others, the glass is half full. To me, well I'm smashing the glass and thinking it could make a really cool mosaic! So I've decided I'm going to challenge myself to completely redo the main living areas in our house for less than $100 a room. I'm giving myself a year to work on our family room, dining room, kitchen, living room, entry way, and our bedroom. We also have plans for the outside of our house, so if the budget allows, we'll be working on that next summer as well!

In case you missed it, here's a post from last December of what our house was looking like then (and pretty much still now, with the exception of a few changes) to get an idea of what I'm working with. For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, here's where you can see a glimpse of what I'm hoping to accomplish, all with a small budget and in between diaper changes, feedings, laundry, and work.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

3 Months

Three Months

After the growth spurt you had this month, you are up to 18lbs by now! You were eating every 1-2 hours, and if you weren't eating, you were crying. Makes for a very tired Levi and Mama :( But we made it! You are back to your sweet self again!! This month, you rolled over for the first time! Thankfully it was when both your mama and daddy were home, so we got to watch and caught it on camera!! You have also begun to bat at toys which has made play time so fun! We've had fun going on walks and sitting on the swing in our backyard watching Sophie play! How quickly you've outgrown your 3 month clothes and are now entering 6-9 month clothes! You're growing up so fast, Levi, and your mom and dad are so proud of you! We hope and pray you continue to find joy in the simple things in life and that you would have a heart for Jesus and his people! We love you, Hammy!!

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Monday, August 19, 2013


Lord Jesus, 
  Thank you for Levi's growth spurt, for it means my baby is growing as he should. Thank you for the ability you've given me to nurse him and provide nourishment as his body needs. Thank You for allowing me to stay home with him so that I can comfort him in the midst of his exhaustion. Thank You for being my strength when I feel so weak and tired. I'm being reminded that when I am at my wits end and feel I can no longer do it, your grace is proven sufficient. Continue to work in my heart and in Levi's life. Be glorified even in this trying time, Lord. Amen.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Levi's Newborn Session

My brother's beautiful wife from D.I.A.images came over about a week and a half after Levi was born to snap a few photos of Brett and I with our newest little man. I'm so thankful to have these photos of him while he was still so little! Heaven only know he's not so tiny any more!

Time Flies...