Sunday, June 30, 2013

"It is what it is..."

Do you ever have those Sunday mornings at church where you are leaving and getting in your car thinking, "Wow, that was good. I am glad I was there this morning!" A few weeks ago that was the case for me. The head pastor was not present on this particular Sunday so another pastor stepped in to preach. The first words that popped up on the screen were:

"Stop trying to be in control of everything." 

Even now a few weeks later and typing it out I still get that "feeling" in my stomach. The Lord was talking to me for sure! I wanted to share a few things he said that Sunday because I know there are other women/mama's out there who would benefit from hearing it. His words have blessed me and I would love for it to do the same for others. 

"Stop trying to be in control of everything," really-I mean what mom doesn't want to me in control. We all feel like that's our job right?!!? What wife doesn't try to make everything just perfect for their husband when he comes home from work??!!?!? We need to stop and ask ourselves who are we trying to please. Who are we working for? "Are you trying to change reality?" The more we try to do/fix as humans the more we mess up. We work hard to make our selves, our house, our children, etc. a certain way when in the end we just wear ourselves out. We work so hard to impress all these "people" when really we should only be impressing JESUS! 

The pastor said " God has no interested in the fake you, neither does anyone else who really cares for you." That sentence has so much power. Everyone has different areas of struggle. Being honest, (because I truly believe God laid it on my heart to post about this.) I don't feel I struggle with being a "fake me." I am who I am. Do I sometimes wish there were parts of me who were different? Yes. But I don't struggle with the "fake me" person as much as I struggle with the "be in control" part. It's easy to say that's just how I am, I can't be calm if I am not in control, but that's not at all what the Lord wants. He wants to be in control. He wants us to let go. He wants us to let go when we don't want to, not only when it's easy to. 

I challenge you to make a list of areas of your life where you need to "let go and let God take control." Really pray about the areas that you feel wear you out. More than likely those will be the areas you find yourself trying to please someone other than the Lord. 

*As I was writing this post my mom sent me a text message telling me to listen to Amy Grant's new song Don't try so hard. It was PERFECT. God is GOOD. ALL. THE. TIME. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wyatt's 3rd Birthday Party #1

Wyatt is really into Batman right now. He is loving Super Hero's as well so it wasn't tough to decide what theme to make his 3rd b-day party! Because I am not really a "character" themed kind of person Mark and I agreed on a generic Super Hero Party. I love the way it turned out and it was super fun too! 

We rented a pavilion in the park near our house. The weather was perfect! The sun was shining and there was little wind. We started the party at 11 am so we served small sandwiches, chip, water, and soda. The "kid table" was down the center with their cape, Kelley and I made ;) as their party favor. I also made "3" cookies as favors as well. 

The cape's were decorated with starts and lightning bolts but Wyatt had a special cape, thanks to "Aunt" Kelley! Most of the kids loved their capes and wore them during the entire party! 

Catherine's Cakery made the cake for us! She is AMAZING and the cakes always taste SO good too!!! I wanted the cake to reflect the simple Super Hero look as well. I sent her a few pictures of some ideas I had and she ran with it. Catherine always makes it perfect! 

We weren't quite sure the amount of people we would have so we also got a few of the famous SAMS cupcakes. ;) They are always so good too. I stuck with the easy colors of icing right!?!?!? Ha! 

We added a bit of candy and small sweets with the rest of the food. I purchased a few containers from Target and Party City to help with the food table! 

All the printables I ordered from ETSY. I worked with LilFaces Printables. Sabrina was also GREAT! I had a few issues on my end and she was nothing but helpful. The prices were great and the quality was amazing! She was fast too! 

I had Sloane and Wyatt's shirts made for the party too! They were SUPER cute. I love A Cute Little Gift for all our embroidery needs. Shawn is so good at what she does! So creative and we always LOVE the finished product. ;) 

The turnout was great and we even tried to get a "little group shot." It was kind of a mess but we did our best! We had a great day and couldn't be happier about how the party went! Yahoo for another successful birthday party. Happy 3rd Birthday Wyatt!!! 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Red, White, and Blue

It seems like summer is just flying by...I can't believe July 4th is RIGHT around the corner! I enjoy summer so much I can't even think about pumpkins and falling leaves. (It keeps me away from Hobby Lobby since they already have out Fall stuff.) We have spent SO MUCH time at the pool this summer! I am so happy the kids are LOVING the water this year and I pray it's the same way next year. ;)

We plan to enjoy the 4th with some friends, BBQ, and a pool! Sounds pretty amazing to me. I am so happy the holiday is on a Thursday this year. It makes for a happy Daddy because Mark has a 4 day weekend!!

There are so many fun ways to invite friends to a BBQ this summer. We can use fb, twitter, and other forms of social media but who doesn't love a little snail mail!!?!? I love opening the mailbox to a fun invitation! I think it says so much about a PARTY!!! I love the selection at  They have so many things to choose from but the summer and coming up holiday seems the most appropriate to show (4th of July cards) :

Aren't the super cute!?!?!!? 

They have all the holidays! Something else that's great is they also display the date of the holiday on their site. So for all those little holiday's people forget about it's a great reminder! Head over the Treat and check out the fun birthday cards, the greeting cards, and tons of other cool stuff! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Prepping for an Amazing Trip...guest post

Kendra contacted me about writing a guest post on They Call Me Mama and I couldn't be happier that I said "yes!" She is a mom of 3 who LOVES to travel. She has some awesome advice for all you Mama's out there...ENJOY! 
About Kendra: Bio, Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!

Summertime is here and with it comes BBQs, pool parties and your long awaited family vacation.  Whether it is a weekend trip to the beach or an adventure abroad, traveling with your kids deserves the utmost attention.  Below are some tips I’ve discovered along the way that should help make your trip an amazing experience.

ONE I like to plan trips for our family well in advance. I do this for several reasons. First, hotel and airline flights are much less expensive the farther ahead you book.  If your schedule is flexible, try researching when the cheapest flights are available to your ideal destination.  With a big family, saving a hundred dollars a ticket will really add up in your advantage! Second, I like to take my time in selecting where my family will stay. Some of your best resources can be found online using family travel forums or your own Facebook friends.  When my family traveled to Hawaii we were able to find a family recommended Honolulu hotel that provided fun for every member of our bunch.  

TWO Your airline may give you the option to check in before you arrive at the airport, which saves you and your children an extra wait in the check-in line. Avoiding additional lines can help your children tolerate the long wait prior to arriving at the hotel, resort or bed and breakfast. Your kids will have more energy when you check into your room, and will certainly be less cranky.

THREE As we prepare to go on a trip, I make sure to have plenty of water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. Even with air conditioning, it can be easy for children to become dehydrated in a vehicle or on an airplane. If you’re flying, you wont be able to bring a water bottle through security.  Instead of purchasing an over priced bottle in the airport terminal, bring an empty reusable water bottle in your carry-on to fill up at the water fountain. Dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and certainly crankiness in children so being proactive is well worth it.  

FOUR Always, always bring a fistful of extra grocery bags. You wouldn’t believe how many uses they have. On your trip, they’re great for carrying an impromptu picnic or relieving an overstuffed beach bag. When you’re headed home, you can use them to separate dirty laundry from clean clothes or hold a wet swimsuit from that last-minute dip.

I hope these help you and your family enjoy a safe and hiccup-free vacation.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Project Heal-Ryder

CarlyMarie created a sunset name picture for us/Ryder very soon after he passed away. She recently started creating sea creatures as well. Carly is VERY talented and has more than just a passion for what she does. You can visit her fb here...

She has a YouTube video posted here as well...

This is something we hold very dear to our heart. Thanks CarlyMarie for all you do, it warms my heart to know there are people out there like you!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Potty Training

So I couldn't think of a cleaver post title about potty training so just threw it out there...most of this is just because I want to remember this terrible, no good, very bad experience in parenting. We have enrolled Wyatt in a preschool for the Fall. To attend he has to be potty trained...when we signed him up he was NO WHERE NEAR being potty trained. ;/ We knew it was something that had to be done but didn't want to push the issue at all! When someone says they are about to start potty training it's almost as bad as having a baby...everyone has their story! ;) 

We knew better than to "push him" to do something he wasn't ready for...we learned that the hard way. It was the week of his 3rd b-day and I decided to give it a try, like a real try. We (I would go stir-crazy if I didn't leave the house for 2 days.) He spent 2 full days at home with me reminding him to use the potty about every 15-30 mins. At bedtime we still used a diaper/pull up. By the middle of the 3rd day we decided to leave the house. I was so nervous so I put him in a Pull Up. This continued for a few days..he would wear underwear at home and then Pull Up in public. He was great at home but then would wet when we went out. He wouldn't tell me, he would just go. 

Finally I decided to just take a chance...what was the worse that could happen I have to change his pants!??!!? Well, that only happened twice and he started catching on. He finally made improvement! It all of a sudden just clicked. ;) 

He is doing GREAT and tells us when he needs to go potty. He has even gone by himself and not let us know until he is finished and needs help washing his hands! Such a BIG boy!! 

Now...if he would just learn to go #2 in the potty. I won't fill you in on details but let's just say he hasn't quite mastered that part yet. ;( Maybe he needs this...

WOW!!! That's all I have to say about that has to be a joke! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Mama!!!

Today is my Mama's b-day...I wish I was at home celebrating with her!! 

I have the best Mama a girl could have! She is an amazing example of a Godly mom, wife, and friend. My mom always has the perfect words to say when I need her! 

She is the best Eesie Wyatt and Sloane could as for as well! We love her weekly visits, Tuesdays are our favorite day of the week.

Thanks Mom for always being there for us! You are the BEST! Love you and hope you had an amazing day! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Thankful Tuesday

Thankful for our 2 littles...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Little Fish...

It's officially summer around these parts...we have almost lived at the pool. I am so happy Wyatt isn't afraid of the water. With kids his age I feel it's a "year to year" basis. ;) We have 2 water babies FOR SURE!

Last Wednesday was a special day because Wyatt got to swim with his cousins. They had a blast! He hung right in there with the "big kids" and did great! 

Sister thinks she OWNS. THE. PLACE. She is already jumping off the side, going under, and coming up with a smile on her face! LOVE IT! 

We are so blessed that both sets of grandparent's have a pool. It's such a fun activity! We can't wait for so much more pool time this summer! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Today we celebrate Father's Day...we celebrate all the men in our lives who have been a part of shaping who we are. I am so blessed to have such amazing men in my life. My dad...

I am the child who made him a Father...

He is the first man I loved...

He has always treated me like a princess...because my mom is the only Queen. ;) 

He was always an encouraging to me but guiding me to make the right decisions...

He showed me by example the correct way a woman/wife/mother should be treated...

He is the man I call Dad...

and I couldn't be luckier...

He taught me right from wrong but still let me spread my wings...

He has been by my side through the worst moment's of my life. 

He has turned into my Mr. tough dad to a soft hearted Poppie...

He celebrated his first Father's Day as a Poppie...

And if his heart wasn't soft enough...little Sis came along...
(this picture says it all)

Dad, we are so blessed to call your OUR DAD! I love you so much!!! Thanks for everything you have done (and continue to do) for us!!! 

Then...not only do I have the honor to celebrate my Dad on Father's Day...I get to celebrate my FIL as well. ;) 

He is one of the hardest working men I know!!! 

He has the biggest heart and is ALWAYS blessing others!! He would do anything for anyone! 

He is a fighter...who helped mold Mark into the amazing man and father he is today! 

He is a teacher...

He is a man who is so enjoyable to be around!!! 

He loves with ALL of his heart!!! 

And our 2 little's have their Paw Paw wrapped around their fingers...

But, this post wouldn't be complete if I didn't talk about my husband, the Father to our children, my best friend...

This man has been through more than any father should have to bear. 
This picture makes my eyes fill with tears, happy and sad...

We learned more about each other the first 5 days of being parent's than we had ever learned about each other. I saw a man who was stronger than I thought was possible. I watched a man cry tears of happiness and sadness all at once.

I watched a man because a father right before my eyes. I went to sleep and woke up to a different guy, literally. 

He won my heart over again. To watch him with his first born, his son, his mini me is amazing! 

To watch him do everything he can to provide for us as a family, to keep us happy, and to still continue to grow as a man is amazing! 

He is a daily example to Wyatt. He is a Godly example to our children. 

I love watching him with his own father. I love seeing their relationship as adults. I love seeing the value Mark puts on family. It makes my heart explode with joy! 

Just when I didn't think my heart could take anymore the Lord blessed us with a little girl. Daddy's little girl...

She has his number...haha!!! 

He has a best friend and play date EVERY day with this little man! 

They are too cute together!!! 

I am so honored to call him my husband!! Thanks for providing, caring, and leading are the BEST babe, I LOVE YOU!!!! 

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