‘just like jesus’

A few months ago my sweet eldest boy started asking questions about being baptized. The questions got really deep on day in the van.. as we chatted he mentioned he wanted to get baptized.. I WAS SPEECHLESS… I mean i was baptized at 7 and fully believed the commitment i was making and was so eager i could not wait. I had to attend a little class with the pastor to make sure i understand what it meant.. but looking back i see it as a HUGE day in my life!

So when my Son wanted to do it.. i was thrilled! We chatted a few more times about it and then talked with Superman! We felt he was ready! So we found out the next baptismal and began ‘getting ready’. He was very set on FAMILY being here.. so we planned it around Chickadee’s dedication. **due to  MOST of the family coming up for that we could squeeze in another celebration no problem!!

I created the Invites, he approved them, they were sent..

created by me

created by me

We was thrilled…. The sunday came and he was not nervous a bit.. We, as his parents had talked to him about it a TON.. read him stories int eh bible about it and showed him videos of it begin done.. As we were lined up in the back of the church.. I asked him “are you nervous” (CAUSE man i was about to pee myself i was so excited/nervous) His response was simple “no why?”! MM i don’t know why.. for him the discion to be baptized was simple.. if jesus did it, i should. He was right on.. no need to be nervous!

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His parents, all his siblings, 3 great grand parents, 1 grandparent, 1 aunt were able to to be there to see Levi make this bold act in his faith walk! As we walked out of the service, i leaned down and said lets take a picture.. And he simply said “i am like jesus now mom!” Yes my dear you are, you strive to honor him all he will make your ways right!!IMG_20140511_094355_190SOO proud of you MY first born son!

we are so proud of you!

we are so proud of you!

mommy loves you!

Quiet Time

YEP this describes my life….

“You’re picking up toys on the living room floor for the…15th time today
Matching up socks and sweeping up lost Cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip, color on your lips and head out the door
While I may not know you I bet I know you wonder sometimes
Does it matter at all
Let me remind you it all matters just as long as you

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you
To do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace with every move that you make
In every little thing you do” -lyrics and song by Steven Curtis Chapman “Do Everything”

Because being a mom is soo hard.. NOW dont get me wrong.. it amazing and one of the most blessed jobs EVER! BUT It does have its hard days where your oldest fights you on every word you say, your toddler hits your friends child and then your baby screams for no reason… Oh and then there is dinner to make, floors to clean, and all while staying calm… BUT I have to remember when my baby snuggles my shoulder in the morning for extra love, or my toddler brings me every flower from here to the mailbox..everyday.. and when my oldest will randomly sign “i love you” to me.. those are the moments… BUT all that being said, i can not do it alone.. Yes i am married to an amazing man “superman” but i need more..

Thus brings me to my nap time – quiet time. This is when me and God spent time together.. now don’t get me wrong, i am working on this to make it a MUST everyday.. things come up, i forget, kids dont sleep.. BUT i am making it a priority now.. WHY?? Cause i need it!

This is what my quiet time looks like…

Quiet time @ Naptime

My bible, NIV study Bible (love it, have had it since i was 18… lots of things i have written over the years!)

My Blue Letter Bible reading program

Prayers for My husband and Kids

& my newest addition.. their handprints.. found this idea over here

http://lillightomine.com/a-praying-mom—part-1.php

I traced each child’s hand and then prayed and chose a verse i wanted to pray this year over them… wrote it on it. Now i have to laminate it… 🙂

I feel soo strengthened by spending time with God.. its amazing how i know when i dont ..eek (and more than likely those around me know also)

God’s grace is enough.. for those hard times and those happy times.. i encourage you to find a time to sit and talk with God… it can be at anytime, anywhere.. when i was in college it was in my car in the parking lot between classes.. i LOVED the weather, and no distractions! See, just pick a time, place and then stick to it! Lets do this challenge together!

Let me know when you do your quiet time and what it looks like for you!

~jessica