Holy Emotions

2:38:00 PM

Emotions. We all have them. Sometimes we let them get the better of least I know I do. Having self-control over whatever emotion I am feeling and not letting it dominate who I am or how I perceive my situation is probably the hardest life lesson I am continuing to learn every day.

I have been doing this devotion the past few weeks and I have been really enjoying it. It is through the Bible Ap on my phone (if you don't have it, you need to get's totally free and has so many resources). The study is called Holy Emotions, written by Carol McLeod and Just Joy Ministries. It walks you through 30 days of everyday situations and emotions that can arise and how we are called as children of God to respond. 

The overall message I have been getting is to be joyful in ALL of life's circumstances. Even when things can be hard and out of our control, whether that it dealing with an illness or a difficult person (or child) the Lord has put in your life, we are called to be like Jesus. And what does that mean? We are called to love, to trust, to worship, to be joyful, to be strong...even if it feels like the world is crumbling all around us.

Obviously easier said than done, but when we have God as our partner in life anything is possible and it definitely makes going through tough situations so much easier. There is a peace that is beyond all understanding that He gives to us when we trust that He is good and that He is working good in our lives...even if whatever we are walking through isn't necessarily "good".

I wanted to share some of my favorite Bible verses that have come up in this study so far.

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
- Matthew 11:28-29

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
- Romans 12:12

"Rejoice in the Lord always...Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
- Philippians 4:4-6

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
- John 15:4

I hope that you will find some encouragement through this post and just know, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. The creator of the Universe wants to be your best friend and carry you through everything you will ever go through in life. If you will let Him.


Baby No. 3 :: 19 Weeks

3:58:00 PM

We are officially in our 19th week, which means unbelievably we are almost HALF WAY to baby no. 3's due date...holy moly!

Everyone has been asking if we have a name for this baby yet now that we know it is a girl. And the answer is yes, we do. We have actually had a girl name picked out since before my first son was born, but I'm not quite sure if I am ready to share it here just yet. So for now her name will be kept under wraps.

Here are the 19 week stats:

How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +9 pounds
Maternity clothes? none yet.
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: Already waking up tons in the middle of the night to turn over. I'm only comfortable sleeping on each side for maybe an hour or two. 
Best moment of this weekFeeling one little kick. 
Miss Anything? Just being able to sleep comfortably
Movement: Even though I think I should be feeling a little more movement by this point, I was told my placenta is high which can mean I might not feel baby move just yet. But loved that I got one clear kick the other day!
Food cravings: Depends on the time of day. I am good eating completely healthy and normal all day long, but when night time hits all I want is sugar. Trying to limit this by not having it in the house.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still not a fan of raw meat. I deal with it so that I can cook for the fam, but it definitely makes me a little queasy.
Have you started to show yet? Yes, the bump is starting to appear now.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs? nope
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? Pretty happy most of the time, but I have noticed I am a little moodier than normal. 
Looking forward to? Getting the boys into the same room so that I can start decorating the nursery. 


Baby No. 3 :: Gender Reveal

1:38:00 PM

This past Saturday we did a fun little reveal shoot with my amazingly talented friend, Kera (of Kera Photography). We had the ultrasound the Saturday before at Pregnancy Treasures (and if you are in the St. Pete area I cannot recommend them enough) and had them seal an envelope saying the gender of this new little baby. We took that envelope straight to Kera and entrusted her to hold the secret until our reveal. It was the longest week ever, but oh my goodness, so worth it!

We wanted to do something unique and fun, but still make it an intimate and special moment for just our little family. Of course we sent everyone a picture hours later with the BIG news, but it was a way to make finding out the gender intimate and memorable, especially for the boys.

So without further a do...we are having a little....

...GIRL!!!! Oh my word guys, I could not have been more surprised (I really thought it was another boy) but we are over the moon with excitement for our sweet new addition. I'm a little nervous, just because I know boys so well and obviously she will be a little different, but I know it is going to be so special to have a daughter of our own. The Lord is so good!

* All photos are copyrighted and courtesy of the very talented Kera Photography.
* Dress via Rent the Runway

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