Noah has a shot gun which he loves. I mean loves...however, he doesn't get to shoot it very much because he needs more than one adult preferably to supervise and both girls must be occupied in the house. But on Labor Day, Nana and Papa came over for chili and a hot dog roast. Lil was napping and Annie was occupied with Nana so Noah Thomas finagled Travis and Papa into taking him out shooting. Their target, a watermelon which got a little too ripe in the previously hot week.
Poor unsuspecting watermelon...
Then it was my turn...Dad and Travis totally didn't think I could hit it
As a Mom with a third baby who is just learning to walk, I watch her take her steps. Sometimes she's steady and sure of where she is going and she gets there with no troubles. Sometimes, she loses her balance, falls, and pulls her self right back up with no help from me. Sometimes she falls and I don't interfere even though she struggles a little, and I know that she will get back up on her own and it will make her stronger, more sure of herself. Sometimes, though, sometimes, she loses sight of where she is heading falls, gets up, falls again, and out of frustration she starts to cry and reaches for me to help pick her up.
Even though she could pick her self up again, sometimes, she just needs mommy or daddy's arms to pick her back up and tell her it is ok and she can do it.
It sometimes astounds me how much love I have for my children. And then I think about the fact that my heavenly father loves me even more than than.
It's hard for me to comprehend and I lose sight of it sometimes.
But I know that God knows my every step before I even take it. And he is with me when I fall, even when I get up and move ahead.
Sometimes when I fall (or fail) I feel like he is watching me, knowing that I am faltering, but that I will learn my lesson through my failures. As a Mother, sometimes I watch my children try the same thing over and over and experience failure over and over, and I wonder to myself, why won't they just try my way? instead of having so much trouble. Then I wonder if God doesn't feel the same way with his children. He sees us try our ways time and time again, when if we would come his way our paths are so much simpler.
But sometimes, when I fall and and feel like I can't get back up, that's when I can feel him picking me back up. And you know what? No matter what, no matter how many times I have fallen, everytime I reach for him, he's always there.
I am a full time wife to Travis and a full time Mommy to Noah and Lilly Grace. I am a devoted Christian and am so blessed to have my family, friends, and church. In my "spare" time I also run my own business from home. I have a photography studio in my home that allows me to do what I love, while still being at home with my family. We recently moved into our new home, which we our so so so blessed to have, and that my wonderful hubby put his own blood, sweat, and tears into for over a year!
I'm also a member of the Board of Directors of the FEAST group. This group raises awareness and serves as a support group for parents of children with life threatening food allergies. (My son has life threatening allergies to peanuts and eggs)