Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mommy Moments #196


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us!  We are so thrilled about that and can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Elizabeth from This Little Home Of Mine and her post, I Will Not Be Silent where she shares her powerful testimony and journey as a mama of a sweet baby with Down Syndrome. Elizabeth takes a stand for all babies with Down Syndrome who are so often aborted when the discovery is made. Her words speak best for themselves...
"Now holding a child of our own who carries an extra chromosome…our hearts broke for these amazing children who are never given a chance…unborn children who are slain at the hands of those who see them as a burden…or an inconvenience…or a mistake – and not just the children who are diagnosed with a syndrome of some sort (sometimes inaccurately diagnosed, by the way), but for all of the babies whose chance at life is stolen from them."
I will not be silent...

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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!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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!
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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, April 20, 2016

7 Month Memories


Weight: 18 Pounds (40th percentile)
Height: 2 Feet, 4 Inches. (75th percentile)
Head: 17.5 Inches (68th percentile)

Milestones

This is happening.

You mainly crawl backwards...and face plant a lot. You're getting places though! Time to clean the house I guess.



You have some pretty good competition in the talking department with your 3 year old sister's expertise. You have learned to make the dada and mama sounds but haven't quite made the connection with who they belong to. I'm sure it won't be long though, your sister is a great teacher!

You are teething still but nothing has popped through yet. I'm ok with that since you are still mostly breastfed. This month you have enjoyed trying some new foods though and like it best when you can feed yourself.

You are doing a great job sitting up by yourself without falling over ever minute! I still feel better when you have a pillow behind you just in case you topple over, though.

Memories


We have made a lot of great memories at the Zoo with friends. We are so thankful to have such great friends to hang out with!


You took your first wagon ride with your cousin this month. You loved it!

Swinging is still a favorite and gets lots of giggles out of you. I just love that face!

Here's a little taste of the happiness you bring everyday :)

Family
This is how you feel about your sister most days. She means well, most of the time, but just loves you very aggressively. She is always so excited to see you when you wake up and she can make you smile and laugh more than anyone else. I hope you guys are always best buddies!

You are still a daddy's boy and light up whenever you hear his voice. I know it won't be long before you are tagging along behind him as his little helper!

This photo captures the happy in our family. We have our share of tough days, tears, impatience, frustrations, and stress, but those smiles make it worth it all. We are so blessed.

Dear sweet boy,

There are still moments when I look at your happy face and my eyes fill with tears because of how grateful I am for your life. Not only is your life a miracle, but you fill our lives with so much joy. Your smile and laugh has already made this world a better place. I'm so thankful that God made me your mama.  

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mommy Moments #195


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us!  We are so thrilled about that and can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Rebekah from Faithful With The Little and her post "7 ways to get motivated to start cleaning". I don't know about you, but I can use all the motivation anyone has to offer! Rebekah offers some simple but helpful tips for starting to tackle the house cleaning! Thanks for sharing with us, Rebekah! 

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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!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joy after heartache

Several months before I miscarried my first baby, my sister-in-law went through the pain of losing a child. God used her loss to comfort me in mine as we grieved the loss of our babies together and then went on to birth healthy boys within a year of each other. When someone understands the pain we are going through,it makes it a bit more bearable. In memory of the loss of her son, Kaci wanted to share her story with the hope that it will encourage other mamas who have gone through a similar loss. Here is her story.
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April 21st.


This date holds many memories for me just from the past two years. Some of the memories are extremely good while others are extremely bad. As this day approaches, I have many conflicting feelings. 
There is a sadness that starts to overwhelm me when I remember the events from two years ago on April 21st. I still can barely find the words to describe it.
 My husband and I went to my ultrasound appointment that day. We were looking forward to finding
out if we were having a boy or a girl. We already had names picked out: Claire Elizabeth for a girl and Clayton Tyler for a boy. Since both names started with a C, we had been calling our baby, “Baby C.”
I will never forget when the ultrasound tech told us she was not picking up a heartbeat or any movement. 
I began praying that there was some mistake and that our baby was fine. 
But it wasn’t a mistake. 

I can’t describe the heartbreaking pain we felt. I have never known so much pain. I will not describe in detail the next twenty four hours because I can’t seem to put it into words, even though I have relived it in my mind many times. I try not to remember it, but different things bring it to mind causing me to remember different parts of that day. 

At nineteen weeks pregnant, we found out we had lost our baby. 
They told me I would have to be induced and deliver my baby.

 My first child was born by csection, so I had never given birth naturally. 
I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it. All I could do was pray that God would give me the strength I needed. I had heard that once you hold your baby, you forget the pain of childbirth, but I didn’t have that to look forward to. I honestly don’t remember the physical pain, though, because the emotional pain was so much worse. 

On April 22nd, 2014, I delivered my second child. We found out later that it was a boy, Clayton Tyler. We will never forget him, even though, we never really got the chance to know him. 

The rest of 2014 was kind of a blur to me. 
I had never experienced so much heartache before, and my heart physically ached. I didn’t even know that was possible.
 I cried more times than I can count. I couldn’t sleep. I had a hard time joining in conversations about everyday life, especially if they had to do with babies or pregnancy.

 I clung to God and His word. Without Him, I never would have been able to keep moving. I memorized verses and searched scripture to find comfort, encouragement, and hope. I prayed to and relied on God like I never had before. I realized that God really is all that I need and that as long as I have Him, I can get through anything. 

Since we lost Clayton, I have been able to look back and see God’s little mercies throughout it all. I will probably never understand why we lost Clayton, but I know that God is good and He works all things for good for those who are called according to His purpose. God continues to show me grace and mercy and how he cares for me in my most vulnerable moments.

 My sister was pregnant the same time as me and was due only a week before me. My nephew was born on September 1st. I was so happy for my sister, but also knew that this would be a difficult time for me. God knew this, too, and gave us a special blessing. On September 2nd, we found out that I was pregnant again. 

I spent this pregnancy with many doubts and fears at times, but I tried to stay positive and keep my trust in God. I prayed that this pregnancy would go well, and in my heart, I knew that even if it didn’t, God would still be there to help me through. 

My pregnancy did go well, though I had to schedule a csection three weeks early due to how my csection was with my first child. It amazes me how perfectly God plans things. My csection was scheduled for April 21st, 2015. One year to the day that we found out we had lost our first son, our second son, Micah, was born into this world, happy and healthy. 

As his first birthday approaches, I am so thankful for the blessing that he is to us. I am also a little sad because he seems to be growing up so fast. I never want to take any time with him for granted. 
Micah doesn’t replace Clayton,and I know that the pain of losing him will never completely go away. However, God gives mecomfort and the strength to keep moving. I have learned to focus on God’s blessings instead of the pain. 

I pray that everyone who has lost a child will find their comfort and peace in God. He alone is the source of true joy, and He is able to bring us back to that joy even after immense heartache.

Listed below are some of the Bible verses and songs that I found encouraging during the hardest season of life. I hope they encourage you the same way they did me. 

Psalm 34:17-19-The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; 
Isaiah 30:18-Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! 
Isaiah 33:2-O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Lamentations 3:17-33But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 
Philippians 4:8-Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. 
1 Peter 1:6-9-In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
"The Broken Beautiful" by Ellie Holcomb 
"Broken Hallelujah" by The Afters

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Better Together (because you're not meant to mom alone) Book Review and Giveaway!

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the book Better Together Because You're Not Meant To Mom Alone, by Jill Savage and Anne McClane. I have often found this season of motherhood to be lonely in a lot of ways, particularly because I am far away from my parents and siblings and the deep friendships that I grew up with. I have come to terms with the fact that motherhood is hard, but in the words of Jill and Anne, "it doesn't have to be lonely." 

Making friends as a mom isn't always easy or natural. It's safer to hide out at home under the guise of getting the laundry done where no one can judge our messy hair and spit-up stained yoga pants.  Better Together reminds moms that they need each other and give psractical tips on how to connect with the community of moms that is available around us especially in a culture where we are often distanced from our community of relatives. 

For me personally, this book was eye-opening on the type of friend that I am and inspired me to be a better friend to my fellow mamas. I was also reminded in the very first chapter that I need to be better about accepting help from friends, something that my pride often gets in the way of!


I know that reading time is hard to come by as a busy mom, but this book was well worth the time spent. I have already found myself implementing the strategies shared in this book for deepening my friendships as well as cultivating new friendships with moms I meet at story-time or the park. We are all doing this mom thing, we might as well do it together, right? We will be better because of the lives that we let into ours.
 "Friendships fill your gaps.They allow you to tap into the strengths of others."
If you would like a chance to read Jill's new book, and learn how to fill in those friendship gaps, enter the giveaway below! But if you just can't wait to read it for yourself, order your own copy on Amazon, listed here.

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