Jul 2, 2014

first post today [finish this]

It's 4:30. We're awake and getting ready to head to the hospital!! TODAY is J-Day. So, a quick fun little linkup for the morning and then a "real" post this afternoon introducing you to our third little man!

Last low-quality pregnancy selfie. 37weeks1day. Delivery day!


It’s never too late ... for anything. It's cliche, but today is the first day of the rest of your life! It's never too late to start over. It's never too late to embrace new possibilities. It's never too late to say I'm sorry. It's never too late for a second chance. It's never too late to step up into God's plan for your life. It's never too late to begin working towards the purpose for which He created you. It's never too late! So embrace this moment. Seize hold of today and remind yourself that today you decide who you are! You can accept yourself as a child of God, step up to the plate, and decide you are willing to be all He knows you can be and are willing to do all He desires for you. God will forgive you seven times seven times seventy times bad give you another opportunity to bear much fruit.


I compare myself to others … a whole lot more than I should. And it isn't healthy! The Bible commands us to stop comparing ourselves to other. In fact it says, “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.” (Galatians 6:4) And yet, I still struggle.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

When I spend my time comparing my life to others, it is too easy to overlook the good in my own circumstances and forget to be grateful. It is too easy to forget that I live in Him alone and don't need the approval of others. Their is always going to be a craftier mom. A fitter mom. A "crunchier" mom. A cooler mom. A more put together mom. A more fun mom.

I can't be all those things. Or some days, any of those things. I don't cook homemade, organic food every night. I'm not crafty. I don't workout ever as often as I should. I don't wear full outfits and makeup. I don't have it all together.

So, I'm the mom who gets down on the ground and plays so doesn't bother looking cute. I'm the mom who gets caught up reading books and has to quickly throw lunch together. I'm the mom who bought the boys crayons but hasn't ever had them do any craft but coloring. I'm the mom who prays for her boys and the men they will become and their future spouses. I'm the mom who loves her kids beyond all else. And that's enough.


My personality is … much more reserved and introverted than I appear online. I have been taught (trained?) in the art of small talk and how to come out of my shell in social situation. I can politely converse in a social setting with nearly anyone. However, I truly struggle to convert those acquaintances into friends. As in TRULY struggle.

I can ... NOT believe that in just a few hours we will meet Baby J!! Don't forget to head back to the blog later today to meet him and see his first photos! (Yesterday's thoughts on J-Day here.)


I embrace change … when I have to. Even if I do it kicking, screaming, and panicking. (Pregnancy panic series here.)


Join in the fun and "Finish This," by finishing the above prompts and linking up your post with the hosts of this party: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.




  1. I got chills reading your opening knowing that today is your big day having the little one :) So excited for you and looking forward to seeing the updated post with baby news!! And being that mom who simply plays with her kids is PERFECT my dear. I wish there were more mamas who cared more about playing than looking like the perfect model.

    1. Thanks! I LOVE playing with my boys. I figure as long as they know I will always be there, the rest will fall into place!

  2. EEEEK, I can't believe you linked up just before leaving for the hospital, that is some SERIOUS dedication!!!! Congratulations, I can't wait to see pictures. :)

    1. It was the perfect middle of night nerve calmer!

  3. Can't wait to see what your new little man looks like. Congrats!