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#5Faves: Political Links

Well, primary season is upon us once again and I say why can’t we have some fun during the political media barrage? I saw a few funny videos and a couple of serious articles that I loved this week so I thought I’d share. When I counted them up I realized that there were five so I decided to see when the Five Favorites link up is and ta-da, it is today! So, without further ado, here we go.

Five Indecision 2016 Favorites Around the Web
(in order from craziest to most serious)

  1. Vermin Supreme: This guy was a much needed laugh after all of the serious attack ad media. The only candidate with a zombie preparedness plan and FREE PONIES for every American! You have to watch. Trust me, it will bring a smile to your day.
  2. Candidates Sorted Into Hogwarts Houses: I loved that they actually used true to the books reasons for sorting each of the candidates. I must admit that I was sorted into Hufflepuff but my chosen candidate is in Gryffindor. (More on that in #5.)
  3. Trump Donald: If you need some quick stress relief, this is a good site to go to. Does anyone else want to see what his hair really looks like when it isn’t glued in place? Although I’m curious, I’m also scared to know how bad it actually is. Also, my favorite Donald Trump hair meme is below:
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  4. How to Fix Washington: Elect Generation X: This article actually gave me hope about the future of American politics. I am hopeful that one day politicians can resume getting things done without abandoning their own differing viewpoints. (Paul Ryan 2020, anyone?)
  5. My Candidate – Marco Rubio: (Last but not least…) A few months ago I asked a friend why they were complaining about the candidate who got elected after the race instead of before and now that Donald Trump won the NH primary, I decided I need to take my own advice to heart. I don’t normally broadcast who I’m putting my support behind, but this election is a special case. (Seriously, Donald Trump?!)
    So, here it is – I’m backing Marco Rubio. He’s certainly not perfect and I don’t agree with him 100% but that’s where I’m planting my flag for the primaries. I think he is sensibly conservative, decently bipartisan, and genuinely cares about social issues. Where do you stand?

That’s all I’ve got this week, for more fun in the form of five favorite lists, head over to the Big White Farmhouse blog!

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//January//

I’ve seen a lot of Moms do something called the 52 project where they post a picture of their child each week throughout the year. Well I like that idea but I know in reality it would probably just be week one for me. Instead I decided that one post a month would be more manageable. So let’s see how long I can keep this up. ;-)

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If I could only pick one picture for the month of January, this would be it. The eyes! The hair! That little face! I took this picture on the day she turned 4 months old when we were getting ready to send my Mom a happy birthday message.

I have to add a couple of honorable mentions though. January brought Catherine’s first big snow, and the pictures of her in her snowsuit are just too cute.

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It is safe to say that she fills our hearts and home with more love than we could have imagined. We love you sweet girl! <3

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An Advent Prayer

Wow, Advent really caught me by surprise this year. I’ve been so consumed by the day to day lately that it is easy to lose track of the long game.

I love that there are seasons preceding the big Christian holidays to draw us out of our day to day and remind us to fix our eyes on the thing that matters most – our God.

Last year my Advent was filled with a simple, heartfelt, direct prayer.

Lord, please give us a child. 

And God is so so good.

This year as we begin our Advent celebrations as a family of three, I know that I need this time of preparation to refresh my soul. These past few months my attention has been elsewhere (and I think appropriately so) but now it is time for a reorientation.

It has been a really big year with lots of life changes and I need some intentional time to evaluate and seek God’s direction for my life. So I enter this Advent with another simple, heartfelt, direct prayer.

Lead me, Lord, and give me the courage to follow your direction.

What is on your heart during this Advent season?

 

 

Life Lately

Our life lately… in the form of 7 Quick Takes.

  1. Catherine turned 2! months old on Monday. Our life pretty much revolves around her now and we’ve never been happier. I mean, just look at that face:
  2. I am now back at work full time. I came back at the beginning of a busy season, and although tiring I think it is a good thing because I don’t have time to just sit around and think about not being with Catherine. And, well, it is also nice to have money to pay our bills.
  3. If you’ve ever been a working, breastfeeding mother, you should read this post. Even though I have a very supportive work environment, it is just so true to my situation right now. I even ordered the book. I’ve never been more convinced that the modern American working environment was designed by men than I have since returning to work. I’m just saying.
  4. In my very short tenure as a mother, I have come up with two rules for the modern mother: 1) Never ever even think about posting something about your child’s sleeping on social media. She will make even the hypothetical post a lie. 2) No online shopping while the baby is crying. You will purchase something ridiculous, unnecessary, or more than you need.
  5. A topic I’ve been thinking about: Voting as a Christian – are we obligated to vote? If so, who would Jesus vote for?
  6. One of my bffl (best friends for life) is coming to visit this weekend and it is going to be awesome.
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  7. Another topic mulling around in my head: What are my dreams/goals and what am I doing about them? How do they fit in with my new role of motherhood? What are the things that if I don’t pursue now, I’ll regret in 20 years? What am I spending my time on that I shouldn’t be? No answers yet. ;-)

Well, that’s all for now. Just checking in from happy + tired new baby land. :)

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Isn’t She Lovely…

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We’d like to introduce you to our new daughter, Catherine Joy, freshly one week old today. We are pretty sure she’s the sweetest, most precious little baby ever but we might be biased. Her name means “pure joy” and so far she has been living up to her name.

I decided that James 1:2-3 is the the theme verse for her labor and delivery because… 35 hours… and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

I’ve had a few different thoughts since her birth and one of them is that I have so much more respect for single mothers now. I have been doing really well this week but that is only made possible by the loving support of my husband. I can’t imagine doing this without him. He has been my rock throughout this new adventure.

Just one week in, and she already seems bigger to me. I am trying to soak in and savor this newborn time because I know it is going to be gone before I know it. Last night we were eating dinner and I told Andy that I already feel like I am going to turn around and all of the sudden she is going to be 25 and bringing us our first grandchild to meet. He said, “How did you feel all of that just in the time it took for me to walk to the kitchen and back?” All I could think of was this scene from Harry Potter:

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Although, to be fair to Andy, I think his emotional range has significantly expanded since he became a dad. He is so in love with his little girl. The first day after she was born, I walked out of the bathroom to find him cuddling her and I thought my heart might just explode. Just look at that love:

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We love her so incredibly much and are so excited that she is ours. We are so blessed.

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