New Life

It’s been quite a while since I have been on here… I would apologize but there is really no reason to because sometimes life happens and we have to chose the important things and leave the rest.

I was pregnant for what seemed like a very long time in my mind. This pregnancy was a little harder then the first one and it seemed like I never felt completely good the whole time. But finally 8 days past my due date we had an adorable baby boy! And he was born on his sisters 2nd birthday! What a nice birthday gift :)  He was quite big and chubby and we all fell in love with him.

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Shania spent the night with Uncle Dan and Aunt Julia and got to come the next morning and meet her little baby brother! She was so excited when she saw him but wasn’t quite sure how to process it all. She quickly became very protective of him tho.

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Helping him have his first bath…

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Helping mommy burp him…

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He had pretty bad Jaundice for a few days so we put him under these lights to help get it corrected, she wanted to be like the baby too :)

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Just chilling with Daddy…

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My mom got to spend a week here with us and we all really enjoyed it! Shania loved getting to know her better too!

nwbrn (62) editedIn case I have been boring you with all my awesome pictures, here is a final collage of my sweet little prince!

PicMonkey CollageOh but wait, there’s one more, I’m sure you wanted to see his birth announcement yet ;)

Dustin announcement

Petting Zoo

We have been wanting to take Shania to a Zoo this summer and we kept pushing it off until finally we decided to take the chance on the way home from Missouri a few weeks ago. We had planned to stop in at Grant’s Farm in St Louis but when we got there they had 45 min to 1 hr wait (in the sun) and this pregnant lady was not in the mood for that :( so we decided to just head on home and try later. Once we left there we checked out google ;) and found Lazy L Safari Park in Cape Girardeau and it was really close to the interstate anyway so we decided to stop in and check it out. They don’t have alot of animals but it was enough to satisfy Shania and give us a little break from traveling!

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(3) editedThe Camels were kinda ugly! It looked like they were in the middle of shedding :(

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 Watching all the deer…

(6) editedMany different kinds of goats. Riding on Daddys shoulders was of course the best view!

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They were having quite the time of it!

(24) editedWe actually got her convinced to let a goat lick her hand! She still talks about it to this day :)

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So many beautiful birds! 

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 They even had a few Zebras!



I have only just one minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But its up to me to use it.
I must suffer if i lose it.
Give account if i abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it.

How much time do you really have?

Normally we can find time for most things that we ‘want’ to do, but when it comes to the important things and the things that really matter in God’s eyes, do you have time?


I’ve been reading the book Am I Messing Up My Kids?: …and Other Questions Every Mom Asks recently and talk about being challenged! Its a great book and offers so much encouragement for  me (and you) 

Heres a little bit from the book:

You may have developed bad habits of dismissing or disregarding your kids. You may have fallen victim to the worlds attitude of children being a nuisance. May I challenge you today to see your child from God’s perspective? I guarantee you will be blessed if you do!

My challenge this week is to spend time to really be there for Shania. Not just talk to her as I’m working, but stop and get down on her level and let her know that I am here for her and she is more important then any project I am currently working on.

What are your challenges this week?

Linking up with: 

This is All I Have to Give

Have you ever had those days when you felt like you had nothing more to give?

 Yesterday was one of those days for me. I felt like I was running non stop and nothing was getting done! I would try to complete this task only to walk by another task that I had mentally stored in my head ‘needs to be done today’ and then you know what happens, you decide to do that so you don’t forget it again and the next thing you know you have a whole lot of unfinished projects and its dinner time, and you forgot to thaw the veggies for dinner! Well that was me.

I tend to have a mental list of things I want to get done in a day and if I start forgetting them it frustrates me. But I have to remember God knew what He was doing when he made short term memory at the latter part of a pregnancy, as annoying as it is now I will appreciate it in a few months! 

This morning I decided to spend some time reading and spending time with God instead of rushing off to get everything done first thing. I already feel better about my day!

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. 

 All day long I put my hope in youPsalms 25:4-5

Thank you Lord for showing me the right path if I take the time to ask you!

everything happens for a reason


Here’s something I am working on remembering this week; 

Becoming frustrated and mad will completely drain me and make me feel defeated. Turning my circumstances over to God will right my heart, change the way I look at the situation, and help me recognize glimpses of God in the midst of my broken efforts. ~Lysa Terkeurst – Am I Messing Up My Kids

In fact I just made a printable and am hanging it in my kitchen as a reminder throughout the day. Click on the link below if  you would like the printable version for yourself as well!

Becoming Frustrated Printable



Blessings as you face the daily challenges. Remember, with God, you are never a bad Mom!

 I’m linking up with:

P31 OBS Blog Hop

Catch up Brag Post

It seems like this year has been busy and blogging has kinda been the last thing on my mind, but sometimes ya gotta just stop and take time to show a few adorable pictures of this little – big girl that keeps our life so interesting around here! She is definitely all girl and we can’t imagine what we did before she came into our lives. She keeps us smiling, sometimes shaking our heads in wonder at her latest antics, and does know how to try out our discipline areas as well!


 Watching the parade in town, she was in awe of all the different sites and especially loved all the candy they passed around!


 She was so tired she lay asleep on the couch and fell asleep with her baby, that seldom happens, we usually have to rock her for a while!


 Her expression says it all in this picture! We had this swing sitting on the porch for a few weeks waiting for a chance to put it up and she would ask for it about every day, finally one day we just went and put it up and this was her expression on the first ride! She can hardly get enough rides and when we drive out the lane she has to wave bye-bye to the swing. :)


 One baby is no longer enough!


 Helping Mom wash strawberries. Playing in water is one of her favorite things to do!


 I didn’t know they like coloring and writing at such a young age?! This color book and colors has entertained her for hours, yes almost every page has scribbles on it, but that doesn’t matter :)


 The pool wasn’t cleaned out yet but we had a lot of fun splashing in this tub of water and taking the baby in it too!


 You know its been a long day shopping when she falls asleep and we put her in the shopping cart and she keeps sleeping the entire time we’re shopping!


 Its alot more fun playing with play dough when Daddy joins in and helps make all sorts of interesting critters and even gets the tractors out! 


 Making Snowmen, kitties, and all sorts of fun stuff!


 We spent a week at my parents and she was quite intrigued with baby Evan getting a bottle. She still looks at the picture and says, “Baby”


 While we wait on Aunt Julia to get done with Therapy we clown around in the car with Daddy’s sunglasses. Her big grin is just priceless here!


 Our first time in the pool this year, she loved it!


 Combing the porcelain kitties hair.


 She got her bag of hair accessories and sat down and was busy combing hair for a while :)


 And ever since Aunt Julia had ACL surgery she is all intrigued with therapy and loves helping Julia get settled in the chair with pillow, ice packs and a towel. She was grunting and moaning around like her leg really hurt, and her baby had to be right there with her thru it all! She is quite the drama queen!

So now you can see we are quite busy with all her antics and quite in love with her!

These pictures were all taken with my phone so that is why they are a little fuzzy.

Homemade Wheat Bread

Today’s recipe is my Mothers own ‘Homemade Wheat Bread’. I am sad to say this will be my last recipe with Woman to Woman for a while. I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed with all the duties calling me and want to keep my priorities in the proper place so I have resigned from there for the time being.

Here is a picture of the delicious bread!

Homemade Wheat Bread


Click here to see the full recipe.