Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
Needless to say, God has blessed hubby and I with an amazing 2012! How has God blessed you and your family this year?
We are looking forward to everything 2013 will bring! 
Love to you all
and a smile from our sweet pea to make the year complete!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Meet our Sweet Pea

I know you all have been anxiously waiting with me for the arrival of my baby girl!
Well, after about 18 hours of labor, she was born a week ago today on December 22, 2012.

Meet our Sweet Pea!
born at 8:30 PM on Saturday December 22, 2012
7 pounds, 11 ounces
20 inches long
and beautiful!
We ended up having to stay an extra day in the hospital because I had some complications, but we were able to head home Christmas afternoon with our daughter, the most amazing Christmas gift!

We made it home just in time to take a Christmas picture of our beautiful baby girl:)
And so the sleepless nights have begun! I've been peed on, hubby's been pooped on, and we are both in love with our beautiful daughter. 
Just a heads up, you may not hear a lot from me over the next few weeks.
I'm planning on enjoying my baby girl for a while and spending as much time with her as I can. I will do my best, however, to keep you updated and share photos with you whenever I get the chance:)
Oh and keep an eye out for my birth story...it was a day I will never forget, and I can't wait to share it with you!
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm due in 3 days!!!

Can you believe that I'm due in just 3 days???? It seems like just yesterday I wrote this post ( The Surprise ) letting you all know my big news...and here we are 6 months later about to have this baby. 
Yep. I am about to have a baby!

I learned SO much from you all last week on ways that I can prepare to have a natural labor. Thank you so much for all your great advice! 
I know there's always more to learn about pregnancy, labor and deliver, but since I'm so close to being the mom of a newborn, my question this week is about caring for a newborn...

What is your best advice for a new mom caring for a newborn?
And here I am at 39 weeks and 4 days!

How Far Along? 39 weeks and 4 days...and I haven't popped yet!

Movement? Not as much lately, but she's still moving around. She likes to come alive at night while I'm trying to sleep. She also kicks a lot when her daddy talks to her. I think she likes him:)
Here's my attempt at a video of her moving in my belly. It's nothing like it can get at times, but better than nothing!

Weight Gain: 21.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Nothing is really super comfy anymore. I'm sticking with my yoga pants during the day and a tank top or maternity shirt. I've been really hot so sweaters haven't been as fun to wear!

Best Moment of my week: I took a nap yesterday and it felt amazing. Sad that's the highlight of my week haha. That's when you know you are super pregnant!

Worst moment of my week: I can't really think of one. That's a good thing! 

Sleep: Still having a tough time sleeping. The past few nights I keep waking up to contractions!

Miss Anything: My body haha! I feel so large and just uncomfortable!

Cravings: I was craving banana nut muffins but I never got one...hmm

Aversions: eggs, peppers, onions, garlic. 

Gender: We are having a baby girl! I have the doctor check every time to make sure! You can read about her gender reveal party here!

Belly Button: Super out

Labor Signs: I am 2 cm dilated, was 50% effaced on Monday and she was dropped and engaged. Contractions off and on, sometimes as close as 8-10 minutes apart but not regular! I think we're getting close:)

Other Symptoms: Cramping, back pain, Sciatic nerve pain, swelling, heartburn, nausea, tiredness and anxiousness for our sweet pea to be born!

Mood: Tired and very happy to have a healthy baby on the way!

Looking Forward: to meeting our sweet baby! I can't believe it could be any day! I've been writing her little letters all along, starting on the day I found out I was pregnant! Here's one I added to my blog this week. Click on the picture to read...

And here's another peek at the nursery. I'm working on getting a post together with more pictures, so stay tuned!
And if you didn't get a chance to see our maternity photos, you can check them out by clicking here.

Thanks for following along with my pregnancy updates and for your sweet comments! I love reading each and every one of them even if I don't get the chance to reply!!

(I am on the lookout for guest posters while I take a break from blogging once our sweet pea is born. I would love for any of you who are interested to send me an e-mail at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com and let me know if you would like to be one of my maternity leave guest posters!)
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guest post by Megan

Hi The Life of Faith readers!
My name is Megan and I blog over at Just a Small Town Girl. That's what I am- a small town girl from Alabama who now lives in the big city in North Carolina.  I blog about my life and the things I think, do, and create along the way. I hope you'll visit me. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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As I am writing this guest post, the main topic of conversation wherever you go is the tragedy in Connecticut. So, naturally, that is what's on my mind. This morning as I sat in church, my pastor said a few words and had a time of prayer for the people involved. A thought occurred to me while he was speaking and that's what I want to share with you today. 

Before I go any further, I know this is going to seem like a depressing subject especially amongst such a joyous time for Faith and her family. However, it's something that I feel led to share so I'm going to share it. 

Children die every day.

Why are we not outraged and saddened by these deaths? Why do we not dedicate time on our blogs to these children? Why do we not donate our money to help these families? 

A lot of these deaths are even preventable. 

Let me stop again to say that I am not trying to say that what happened in Connecticut does not deserve your emotions, time, and donations. What happened there is a very sad, tragic event. It was a senseless act of murder. My prayers go out to all the families involved. 

I also understand that this event is right in front of us. It's all over the media and it's on everyone's mind. It was a large number of people. It happened in our own country and in a place where you should be able to go and feel safe. 

Despite all this, I can't help but wonder why we aren't more concerned with the countless children who die every day. As my pastor spoke and prayed for the families in Connecticut, tears welled in my eyes thinking of the millions of children who die all over the world. Human life is precious. All human life should be valued. 

Every day children are murdered through a procedure known as abortion.

About 6 million children die from hunger related causes each year. 
About 9 million children die from preventable diseases each year.
Countless children are murdered in war torn countries-some at the hands of the United States. 
Children are the innocent victims in many crime ridden areas. 

Other children face an equally terrible fate as they are forced into modern day slavery. About 200,000 American children have been forced into the commercial sex trade. 27 million people are currently enslaved with about half of those people being children. Many of these children will end up dead as well.

These facts can seem overwhelming. Maybe the reason we don't think about it is because it can seem impossible to fix. We adopt the philosophy of "out of sight, out of mind."

One of my favorite passages of scripture is 1 John 3:16-18 NIV which says "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
A few years ago, verse 17 really jumped out at me-
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
We cannot just sit by and let more children die.
While it's great to help out the community of Newtown, Connecticut, there are people that we can be involved with helping all year long. There are many ways to help. If you're a blogger, the number one thing you can do is use your voice to raise awareness for worthy causes. Next, you can look for ways to get involved with your own personal time and money. One person cannot solve the world's problems by themselves, but each person can make a difference. 
Here are some websites that I know of that can get you started:

In closing, I wanted to share with you some other posts I've written on a similar topic if you're interested:

Thank you for reading my heavy thoughts today. My heart truly breaks for the suffering that is experienced all over our world on a daily basis. Yet amongst the pain, let's not forget what we have to be thankful for. If you have been blessed with a special talent, skill, or material possessions, I encourage you to find a way to use it to help others  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

To my daughter

Dear sweet pea,

It's only a matter of days before you are born! Can you believe it? I wish you knew how excited your daddy and I are to meet you. We love you so much already! These past 9 months of watching you grow (from the outside at least) and feeling you kick and punch in response to our voices has been amazing. You have already brought so much joy into our lives! I can't even begin to imagine how happy we will be once you are born. 

As excited as I am to meet you, I am also scared for you to come into the world. I wish I could protect you from from the pain, sadness, and evil that seems to be everywhere, but I know that's impossible. I pray that you learn to turn to your Father in heaven who can and will be your ultimate protector when I can't be. My prayer for you is that in spite of this world you grow to be a woman of God who fears the Lord and wants to serve Him above everything else.  
 I also pray that I will be the best mother to you that I can possibly be, and I hope you will be patient with me as I learn. 

As I prepare for your arrival, I can't help but wonder what you will be like; not just what color your hair and eyes are, 
but what kind of personality will you have?
 What kinds of things will you enjoy? 
Will you be crazy like your mommy, or more laid back like your daddy? 
Will you be a chatterbox, or soft spoken? 
Will you be all girly with pink and sparkles, 
or will you be more of a tomboy? 
Either way, know that you are and will be so very loved! 

So hurry up already! Your mommy wants to meet you......and it can't be that comfy in there anymore!
Love, your mommy
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mommy Moments Link Up!

Hey guys! This week, I'm so thankful for Megan taking over as the new Mommy Moments host while I prepare to have my baby girl. No she's still not here yet, but we are patiently waiting:) Megan has sweetly offered to be in charge of the link up while I learn how to balance life as a new mommy. I will still try to join in the fun as often as possible, however and look forward even more to reading your posts on motherhood once I have my little girl in my arms. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of you as you have linked up your weekly stories. Last week we all loved this great post from Proverbs and Pacifiers! She's full term! How exciting! She asked about how we named our babies! My husband has always wanted a little girl named Madison, so there was no options there. I loved it, and thought it was beautiful. We had a hard time choosing her middle name, Lyric. RJ is very musical and plays several instruments. He also loves to sing - so Lyric seemed appropriate. Go share how you decided on your baby's name :)
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Let's get this party started!
To link up, just...

1. Follow Host: The Mrs
and our guest host for the week is


2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!
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4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


Let Megan know if you want to be involved in co-hosting :)
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friday, December 14, 2012

38 weeks

38 weeks! I thought maybe I would go into labor before I wrote another post, but I guess I shouldn't have had my hopes up cause I'm still pretty pregnant!
However...I did find out at my doctors appointment Monday that I am 2 cm dilated! That's 2 cm closer than I was last week so it's a start! I realize it could be like that for a while, but I could also go into labor tomorrow. It's crazy the suspense of not knowing!

Thank you all for your great suggestions on things to do to get ready! I've been cleaning and organizing and even freezing some meals. I feel more and more prepared every day!

I haven't really gone into my birth plan yet, but most of you probably are aware that I am going to attempt as natural of a birth as possible. Call me crazy, but it's what I believe is best and although I know it's not going to be easy, I've been trying to prepare myself for the pain.
One of the ways I've done that is by getting together some encouraging Bible verses. You can read those here.
I'm always looking for other suggestions as well, so here's my question this week...

Whether you had a natural childbirth or not, what are somethings that helped you prepare for and cope with labor and delivery pain?
And here I am at 38 weeks and 6 days!
I decided to wait for Nicole to come visit me and write on the board again this week since she did such a great job last week! 
We took this picture at like 11:00 at night after a day of Christmas shopping. (The picture on the right is really how I felt, but don't tell anyone:)

How Far Along? 38 weeks and 6 days! Can you tell I am ready for her to be born??

Movement? At night, sweet pea moves around like crazy, it's like watching the wave on my belly! I love it and am going to miss it.

Weight Gain: I've gained right around 20 pounds. I've been dealing with nausea again lately so I don't have much of an appetite anymore:(

Maternity Clothes: I can still wear some of my stretchy shirts and one pair of my pre-pregnancy jeans, but other than that, I've been rotating through my small stash of maternity clothes as that's pretty well all I'm comfortable in these days!
This is one of my favorite shirts. It's not even maternity, but long enough to fit over my belly!
Best Moment of my week: Getting the baby swing and changing table together! And we had 2 Christmas parties this week that were a lot of fun! I also had a lot of fun having Matt and Nicole come stay with us one last time before our sweet pea is born!

Worst moment of my week:  Sleepless nights have made it a rough kind of week...

Sleep: I can't really get comfortable anymore and whenever she moves around it wakes me up. I've been pretty tired but trying to find time to nap during the day.

Miss Anything: I miss being able to accomplish even the smallest of tasks without feeling like I've just run a marathon! Seriously, doing the dishes leaves me out of breath these days!

Cravings: Those little oranges...and I'm out of them too dang it!

Aversions: eggs, peppers, onions, garlic, and I found out this week that corned beef hash makes me pretty nauseous too just smelling it!

Gender: Still a girl! I have the doctor check every time to make sure lol. You can read about her gender reveal party here!

Belly Button: Popped out!

Labor Signs: I am 2 cm dilated, she's in place, I've been having contractions off and on so we are all ready to meet our daughter when she's ready to enter the world!

Other Symptoms: Cramping, back pain, Sciatic nerve pain, swelling, heartburn, nausea, tiredness...and I woke up last night with another one of those charlie horses in my leg. Those things hurt!

Mood: Anxious to get through labor, physically uncomfortable, and super excited that it's almost time for my baby girl to be born!

Looking Forward: to meeting my baby! I can't believe it could be any day!

Did you see our maternity photo sneak preview?
If not, you can check it out by clicking here.
Thanks for following along with my pregnancy updates and for your sweet comments! I love reading each and every one of them!

(I am on the lookout for guest posters while I take a break from blogging once sweet pea is born. So many of you as my readers are fantastic bloggers and I would love for any of you who are interested to send me an e-mail at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com and let me know if you would like to be one of my maternity leave guest posters!)
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The perfect Christmas gift Giveaway!

Is spending time with Jesus something that you long to do every day? I know I desire to be in the word and to be spending time with Jesus, but I don't always make the time for it. It sometimes helps me to have some sort of devotional to get me started and keep me on track.

I don't believe in replacing time in God's word with a book or devotional, however both can be very useful tools in setting up structured time in the Word! 
I'm always on the lookout for a good book or devotional and I'm so excited to begin 2013 with Nancy Leigh DeMoss's new Devotional The Quiet Place.
The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings  -     
        By: Nancy Leigh DeMoss
"You want to spend time with God each day---and you'd love to find great joy in doing so---but it's not easy! Encouraging you to try again, DeMoss offers fresh and relevant reflections on the attributes, purpose, and character of God in this year's worth of readings selected from her best-selling books."

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your wife, mom, sister, friend, or even yourself (sshh we won't tell;)? Enter to win your very own leather bound copy of Nancy Leigh DeMoss's new Devotional The Quiet Place!
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Maternity Photos!!!

I've been waiting anxiously to see the maternity photos we had taken last weekend. Well, here is a sneak preview that Kelli from All Things Photo and Design was kind enough to let me post to my blog so you all can share in my excitement:) 
Looking through the photos makes me even more excited for our sweet pea to be born!

Now to choose which ones to get prints of.......help me make up my mind and let me know which of these are your favorites!
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mommy Moments #22

Welcome back for another week of Mommy Moments Monday Blog Hoppin'!  
A big thank you to all of you who link up so faithfully every week. I wish I could visit every one of your links, but time just won't allow it. I hope you are all making some new friends and learning lots of great mothering tips and tricks through this link up! I know I am!

Many of you are wondering what will happen to the link up once I (Faith) have my baby in just a couple weeks. Well, Megan one of our awesome co-hosts and one of my sweet friends has offered to take over creating the link up so that we can keep it running! Make sure you visit Megan's awesome blog, The Mrs. and follow along!

There was a lot of great activity on the links this week, but  Tiffany's from The Austin Family Diary had the most views with her post announcing the gender of their baby! 

Baby Austin is a...
...You will have to visit her post to find out! Congratulations Tiffany:) We are so excited for you and your hubby as you prepare for this awesome part of life!

 Let's get this party started!
To link up, just...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
Co-Hosts: The Not Quite Military Wife, and The Mrs. 

and this week's guest host: Holly from My Mommy and Wife Life

2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!
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4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!

And that's all! Thanks for linking up:)

(You will notice that we are one co-host shorter than usual. We said goodbye to Misty from Monkey's and Tutus this week as her schedule has gotten super busy. I hope you will stop by and follow along with her if you haven't already and thank her for being a co-host! We enjoyed having you as a co-host Misty and we hope you continue to link up with us!) 

*if you are interesting in joining Mommy Moments as a guest host or co-host please e-mail me this week at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com!*
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tulle Pom Poms

I have been making these pom poms off and on for the past few weeks and finally had enough to put up in the corner of the nursery, right above the rocker. I love them! They are fun, fashionable and bring some nice finishing touches to the nursery. Here's how they ended up looking in my nursery...
The best part is that they are SUPER easy to make. And I'm not just saying that. 
Here's how it's done...

1. You need a large hardcover book, pair of scissors, and a roll of tulle
(the bigger the book, the bigger the pom pom)
(the more tulle you use, the fuller the pom pom will be)
2. Cut a portion of the tulle about 12 inches long and set aside.
Holding the end firmly in place, begin to wrap the tulle around the book. Don't wrap too tight, but loose enough that you can eventually pull it off the edge of the book.
3. Wrap the entire roll of tulle around the book on top of itself.
It should look something like this when you finish.
4. Now slide the tulle off of the book being very careful to hold it in place.
5. Grab the tulle around the center length wise and place it on the piece of cut tulle you had set aside.
6. Tie that piece of tulle tightly as close to the center as possible. Double knot it.
7. Now take your pair of scissors and cut through all of the loops on either end.
8. The tulle with pop out and your pom pom will begin to form! 
Check and make sure you have all of the loops cut by combing through the pom pom. 
Then, trim the ends to make them as even as possible!
Voila! See how easy that was?  As always, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or if you have a question, I'd love to answer it!
Hope you have fun making pom poms:)
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