Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Holiest of Callings

A few pictures of our hot Louisiana summer:

Here is Samuel and his best little friend from next door, Jack!!  They got in this chair by themselves and rocked together.. too sweet!

Can I take a minute here and brag on my Vannie..??  She is supposed to start second grade in the fall, but we have slowly still been doing school over the summer.  The last book that she read by herself was a 2.8 AR level..  which is an advanced second grade book!!  I am so proud!!  Reading is such an important skill and one that I've longed to give my kids a deep love for.. And I believe Vannie does!!

"Get a library book and go read on the deck" has been a familiar saying around here this summer!

They even took turns being the teacher reading to the class, ha!!

Those boys get hot out there on that deck, though.. so we broke out the clippers and went to work!!  With 4 boys in the house needing haircuts once a month AND haircuts being $15 a head, we are learning how to just do it ourselves, ha!! Dave Ramsey would be so proud. ;)) 

Lovely little Livi!!

Maybe my most favorite picture of Savannah yet.  Oh, my heart!!

This is what happens when Andrew gets to pick out a prize at the store, chooses Trix, gets home, tears into the box and is so excited, he twirls the box in the air and they all pour out.  MINI Trix at that. Sighhhhh.  They all got a handful off the ground and then we enjoyed scooping them up as they rolled around, leaving their sticky sweetness everywhere.  #momlife

My Baby Grant!!

Scuse. I'm on a call.

Hello, cutiest little thing with your little scrubs on!!

Borrowing some of "Maw Maw's" milk. ;))

Okay, so this was just adorable.  Grant heard a big noise coming down the road and started screaming for Andrew to hurry up and come see!!  Lo and behold, there appeared a GARBAGE TRUCK!!  They both stood in the doorway, absolutely fascinated..

Please look at Grant's expression!!  They were SO EXCITED about this big truck that stopped for 15 seconds outside of our house, they just stood there totally captivated!!  Hahaa, it's the SUPER simple things, y'all.
I read a story last night called, "Motherhood - It Will Change Your Life," about a woman considering starting a family with her husband and asking her friend's advice..  The friend says, "It will change your life!" While the first woman takes that to mean no more spontaneous vacations, no more free nights, etc.. the mom begins thinking of ways to adequately explain motherhood. How it changes us.  How we fall more in love with our husbands (for things her friend would now think unromantic), like when they never hesitate to play with the kids or willingly change that dirty diaper. How our once oh-so-important ambitions pale in comparison to what we hope for our children.. how we get to experience the excitement of simple things (like garbage trucks!) through our children's joyful eyes and expressions.. and ache through sleepless nights when our children are feverish. 

The story ended with this:
"I want to describe to my friend the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to hit a baseball.  I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog for the first time.  I want her to taste the joy that is so real, it actually hurts.  My friend's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes.  "You'll never regret it," I say finally.  Then reaching across the table, and squeezing my friend's hand, I offer a silent prayer for her and me and all the mere mortal woman who stumble their way into this..
the holiest of callings."

I am not just a stay at home wife and homeschooling mama..  Ladies, we are not simply humble housekeepers. We are not merely babysitters or dishwashers or chauffeurs.  We aren't just teachers or nurses or people who can read a chapter book aloud.

 We are so much more.

As mothers, we all carry the heavy responsibility to daily bring our children to the feet of Jesus.  To pursue holiness in our homes.  To say no to certain things in order to say YES to more intentional family time together.  To guard over our households with wisdom and keep watch over those the Lord has graciously bestowed to us.  To persevere in prayer for those little people who can't go to bed without water and a banana and extra hugs and kisses, those tiny faces with their runny noses and dirt-smeared cheeks.  Let's see beyond those precious faces to the lives that they will one day touch, the nations they may one day reach.

 Let's join together, as we face the evilness and insanity of this world, to raise up a generation that craves Christ, desires His Word, and knows how to love and obey Him by our example.  Let's hold our heads highly as we boast in the cross while walking humbly to the weighted calling the Lord has given us. 
The holy calling of motherhood.

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.