Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mommy Moments #54

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to one of my personal favorite bloggers Paula from Beauty Through Imperfection! Her post 8 Reasons Childbirth is Easier Than Pregnancy definitely caught my eye in the link up as well!
8 Reasons childbirth is easier than pregnancy. Hilarious and so true!!! This will be encouraging to new moms nervous about the birthing process ;)
It's such a hilarious post, especially for someone who is pregnant and dreading childbirth! I had a pretty rough pregnancy and labor and I honestly can't decide which was worse. I'm just happy to have gotten my baby out of it all!

Our guest host for this week is Jennie from The Diary of a Real Housewife!

I'm just now exploring Jennie's blog and I think I'm gonna like it and I'm sure you will too!

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
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!

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!


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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Sweet Pea is 7 months old!

I'm actually beginning to dread writing these posts. It means another month has gone by and my sweet baby girl is growing up. A few weeks ago, I said without thinking in regards to something that happened earlier this year, "when Sweet Pea was a baby..." and my hubby laughed and said, "babe you know she is still a baby right?" 
I know it's silly, but you've changed so much in just 6 months. I don't view you as that little baby anymore. You're getting so big!

Milestones: 
You have become quite the crawling champ. I can hardly keep up with you. I still find it so adorable to watch your tiny little self crawl across the big floor! Every now and then you do a graceful face plant and look up at me with pitiful puppy dog eyes. Then you just resume your journey like the tough girl you are!

A few weeks ago you started waving. At first it seemed like it was random, but now you actually wave back at people! It's so sweet! You are so friendly. When I take you out places you smile and wave at everyone and it always brings a smile to their face. 

I'm not sure if you have actually made the connection with words and their meaning yet, but you do say dada! You also babble A LOT...I find it adorable...unless we are somewhere where we need to be quiet! Your favorite noise to make is "bababababa". You repeat that for 5 minutes at a time sometimes!

I also caught you reading a book all by yourself last week. Look at you so grown up!

You have gotten very good at pulling yourself up on things. I even find you in your crib standing up, which is so not helpful for nap time!

Sleeping: Listen sister, we've got to work something out with your nighttime habits.  There have been nights where you were up 7-8 times. I lose track after that many! I think your teeth bother you at night, so I have been babying you a bit. I do like our nighttime cuddles, but let's keep them down to 1-2 alrighty? 
You've been going to bed anywhere from 8-9 and getting up for the day about 7. 

I know you are sleepy when you start to make this little sighing noise. When I lay you in your crib or are cuddling you to sleep, you just keep sighing until you fall asleep! In order to fall asleep, your little hand has to be stroking something, whether it's a blanket, sheet, mom's hair, or your cuddle bear. 
I can't help but fall more in love with you every time I watch you sleeping!


Eating: It has been so much fun introducing you to new foods this month. So far you have had:
Oatmeal cereal
Avocado
Prunes
Applesauce
Sweet Potatoes
Cantaloupe (your favorite)
Bananas
Carrots
Broccoli (your least favorite)
Peas
The mesh feeder has been a lifesaver. You get in moods where you want to do everything yourself and don't want help from mom. I just put some fruit or veggies in the feeder and you have at it. You do some major damage to that thing!

Special Memories:  
You are still a little squealer. Your voice is so cute...you are always making little noises. Your favorites are "dada" and "baba". We started having to take you out of the service at church because you talk so much! Oh boy...we are in for trouble once you really start talking:)

You started mimicking us like crazy this month. You watched me eating some chips a few weeks ago and now you like to pretend you are eating chips just like mama!
When you get excited about something, your eyebrows go up, your eyes light up and you start this cute little huffing and puffing thing. When you are crawling, you huff and puff all the way to whatever you were excited about!

You had an awesome first 4th of July! 
We went to a friends house where you hung out with your friends...
And this was your firework face lol!
 

It has been a lot of fun watching you make friends and play with other kids. I'm glad you have cousins and friends so close to your age to play with!

Now that you are big enough, I've been letting you ride in the front of the cart for shopping trips. You LOVE it! You laugh and squeal out loud and catch everyone's eye in the store isles. I'm glad I have a shopping buddy...and such a cute one at that!

One of my favorite moments of each day is watching your face when your daddy gets home from work. Even if you have had a rough day and are tired out your face instantly lights up. You always squeal and get so excited! 
You love it when he reads you your alphabet book. Your favorite page is the one with the mirror!
 When you're feeling extra sweet, you give your dad and mom kisses. We love it:)

You had your first trip to the fair this month and have already been to two little outdoor country concerts!
You even have your own first pair of cowgirl boots. How cute are they!

We are having such a great summer as a family of 3! We love having all these new experiences with you!

Looking Forward To: 
I can't wait to hear you call me mama and say I love you back. I know it might be a little while, but it's something I'm looking forward to!

Taking you camping! We are a little busy right now fixing up our house and getting ready to move so we haven't been able to go camping. It's something your daddy and I love. Hopefully in about a month and a half we will be ready to take some weekend vacations with you!
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My sweet daughter, even in the busyness of life, I love every moment that I have with you. You are so much fun! I wish I could stop time and keep you like this forever, but since I can't, I'm trying to enjoy every cuddle, every kiss, every smile, every giggle, and even every cry for your mama because I know I'm going to miss this. We thank Jesus for you and for the little sunshine you are in our lives. We love you so much!

Love,
your mama

Friday, July 26, 2013

BLoglovin' Blog Hop #20

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #20! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word. Last week we had over 50 link ups. Yay!!

Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

First, make sure you follow me so you can stay up to date on all of the future link ups and posts

Host: The Life Of Faith
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 50 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Life Of A Homeowner

I've kept a big secret from you all for the past couple months. Not really intentionally, I just never found the time to share it officially! 

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!
WOOT WOOT!
We were pretty ecstatic to have purchased our very first home. Makes us feel like grown-ups...if having a baby didn't do the trick! 

Needless to say, our life has changed drastically since purchasing the house. You see, it's a fixer upper, which could be code for you have no idea what you just got yourself into. We bought it as is, thinking we would just have to do a little cosmetic work. However, as we dug a little deeper, we found mold, asbestos, and other issues which resulted in us having to gut the whole thing. 

So at the moment, owning a house is seeming a little overwhelming...especially for my poor hubby who works 10 hours a day and then heads to the house to work another 4-5 hours. He's quite the guy!

This week we finally started to dry wall, which makes it seem more like a home and not just a construction site. 
I've started the daunting task of picking out paint colors! I'm definitely an amateur, so share your best painting tips with me!

I'm excited to see the finished project and can't wait to start decorating and make this place our home. I will do my best to keep you all updated on the progress!
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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, July 21, 2013

Mommy Moments #53

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to April from Always Trusting God and her post I'm Going To Be A Nana!  
No matter what the circumstances, a baby is always a blessing from the Lord. That's what Mommy Moments is all about! Congratulations to April and her daughter!

Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
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!

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!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Don't forget to love your kids

It seems like a strange topic: loving your kids.
Isn't that a given?

Earlier this summer, when sweet pea and I were on the plane ride home from Minnesota, an older couple sitting across the isle from me approached me as the flight was almost over and told me that it was encouraging to see how much I loved my daughter. 
They said they see so many parents these days who aren't loving towards their children and it shows in the way the kids act! Kid's are often treated as an annoyance rather than a blessing. 

I thanked the couple and told them that sweet pea was a blessing from the Lord. I couldn't imagine not loving her!

The encounter with this couple was not only encouraging to me as a mom, but it was also very sobering. Is it that easy to get caught up in life and stop being a loving mom?
It was such a good reminder to me that even when I may feel like my job is mundane or insignificant, there really are people watching, and my "job" as a mom can be a reflection of Christ!

I struggle with insecurity when it comes to being a stay at home mom. I wonder if I should be doing more. Does what I'm doing really impact anyone?
I was so encouraged that someone noticed the love of Christ in the way that I mothered. I hope that He got the glory and that He continues to be glorified in how I live my life. That's what is most important!

When you have bills to pay, a second job, errands to run, appointments to make, a house to clean, a yard to maintain, and so much more, your baby crying for you doesn't always seem like a blessing. 
It's all about perspective. In 20 years, what will matter? Will it be the money you made, your super clean house, your nicely manicured lawn, or all the people you impressed? I doubt it.

I bet in 20 years we will wish we had loved our kids more when we had the chance, that we had read that story for the 27th time, that we had left that load of laundry for tomorrow and rocked the baby to sleep. 

It's something I can't be reminded of too often. 
Remember, the world is watching. Let's be an example of Christ's love in the lives of our children!
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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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #19

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #19! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word.
Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our guest host for this week is Megan of VMG 206
Make sure you stop by and follow her blog this week!
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: VMG206
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 30 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mommy Moments #52

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We love all of the great posts!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to Kimber from Seeking, Striving, and Simplifying and her post 39 Week Gender Reveal!  Believe it or not, they waited to find out the gender of their baby until he was born. What a nice surprise!
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Now it's time to link up your posts! All you have to do is...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
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!

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!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #18

Welcome to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

We had a great hop last week, so welcome back for week #18! I can't believe how quickly the weekend got here! Thank you all for linking up and spreading the word.
Bloglovin' is one of the best ways to stay up to date on your favorite blogs! So let's make it bigger this week by spreading the word on twitter using the tweet button below.
 You automatically become my favorite when you tweet the hop:)

Our guest host for this week is Amber from Mommy's Me Time.
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This Amber girl is pretty amazing. She has a 17 month old and a set of newborn identical twin girls! Make sure you stop by and follow her blog this week!
Host: The Life Of Faith
Guest Host: Mommy's Me Time
 
 and then go ahead and start linking up! Please make sure you are linking your BLOGLOVIN' account and not just your blog! And don't forget to visit some of the other blogs linked up and make some new friends!!

Would you like to be a guest host and gain over 30 new followers?
If you are interested, please e-mail me at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com
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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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The LAShop

For those of you who know me, you are well aware that I have a hard time turning down a good sale, especially if it means I don't have to lug my baby in and out of the car to get it. I know there are a million websites out there to do online shopping on, but let me introduce you to a fun site called The LA Shop!
TheLAShop.com
Now I'm going to warn you, theLAShop.com is an addicting site. They have EVERYTHING...and it's all on sale! They carry beauty supplies, automotive parts and accessories, sports equipment, lawn and garden, and so much more!

If you are a photographer, or even just enjoy taking amateur pictures for you blog or shop (like me!), then make sure you check out the LAShop's awesome photography section. They sent me the Photo Cube Studio to try out.

 It's just one example of the various photography equipment they sell. It's such a nifty little thing and easy to use for taking pictures of products I'm putting in my Etsy shop!

Right now they also have a sale on gardening equipment...and if you are reading this, then LA Shop wants me to offer you as my readers a 10% discount by using the code bloggers. How sweet is that?
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What would make this even better? Free shipping! And that's just what you will get over the summer on theLAshop's products.
The Endless Summer Saving Free Shipping For All

Don't miss out on some of these great deals!
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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.

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