What if….

Lately I have been asked a bunch..”hows Lydia adjusting to Asher?’ the simple answer is ‘she is doing fine.’ Our family is large..(according to todays standards.) We had 5 children in 7 years, one right after another. Why do we have so many children? Is it healthy for us? Do we make enough money? You will regret it… the comments could go on and on. But as of this past week, as I look around my little brood of humans.. I see something.. something different. baby #5

What if.

Yes I long to hold my little baby after 9 long months, Yes I love they way they smell, Yes watching them grow makes me giddy. But is that why we have them? Maybe. But what if that #2, #5, #9th child isn’t about you at all?

What if … its for them. The other humans (littles) in your home?
So the questions HOW is lydia… here are a few snap shots of the last 8 weeks.

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Lydia pulled the wipe pkg out and stood on it could she could not see ‘aaa’

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asking to hold him for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family is a reflection of love that grows.. grows within my heart as a mother but in the hearts of our other children. Our boys often say.. “when God blesses us with another baby..” Having each one is directly in part to the Fact God wanted the current kent kids to have another sibling. As I see Lydia (who’s first word is “aaaa’ -the simple sound of Aa) and her delight and excitment each morning when she runs room to room hollering “aaaaa” in search of her friend. Her brother. No where in her is jealously or hurt feelings.

Then I see today where Judah and Levi both took special time with her because they wanted to… loving on her showing her she is special.

IMG_20150325_173922 IMG_20150327_111112804_HDROne doing spelling while holding and gently talking to her, the other sharing a snack together.

What if she was born for them..

IMG_20150306_093324910_HDRWhat if my large family has nothing to do with me or superman but all to do with THEM…

them needing each other

them wanting each other

God loving them enough.

What if its NOTHING about us.. but all about God’s plan?

What if?!?!

~Jessica

 

 

Our soccer hero!

Our little Taco (Judah) turned 4 this year and when they are four we have allowed them to play a sport. Levi did when he was 4 and had so much fun! Judah has been looking forward to it for years.. Well this year was his year! We signed him up got his uniform and made the weekly trek to the field every tuesday night for practice and every Saturday for games.. Today was his last game, in which he made a goal (always good to end on a good note) and had his team party.

Here is a recap in pictures and captions of our sweet soccer boy!

making our weekly family trip for practice!

making our weekly family trip for practice!

He had no idea what he was doing so the first few games we did a lot of ball chasing!! BUT at least he looked cute doing it!

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About two games ago Judah suddenly realized that if he ran towards the goal when the other team had the ball he could block it. (yes it might have been 10 games in BUT hey he did it on his own:) AND he actually blocked quite a few! Proud moment for both judah and us!

working on his new skill- goalie!

working on his new skill- goalie!

As I mentioned today was the last game. His team was named team sharp..(that was the coaches last name) These boys played wither is was HOT (in which it was) or FREEZING (which many times it was) and WINDY!! These boys never complained and just played their little hearts out!

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such a cute group of boys! all 4 & 5 year olds!

After the game (and Judahs goal!!) they received trophies and got cupcakes!

Our Judah ben!

Our Judah ben!

His weekly fan club!!

IMG_20141115_114944_388 Not sure if Soccer will be on his agenda next year but with a little training i think he could do a great job! Not to mention Selah will be turning 4 and will be joining the tradition .. although lucky for us she wants to do an indoor sport.. ballet!

~jessica

 

 

‘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!

UpWard -AMAZING

Just turned 6 and has been dreaming of baseball.. NOW let me tell you.. he is not a strong ball player.. extreme sports YES but ball sports..not so much:/ SOO i thought why not sign him up for a week camp to see

DSC04551if he will like it.. I NEVER expected the quality or the learning about God or basketball my son would  receive!

 

Monday to Friday was full of

practice, small group, rally,

snack, laughter and fun!

The coaches and leaders in charge were very on top of things and from what I saw things ran sooo smoothly!

 

I am in no part part of Upward sports but I do know this group is something I will make sure to check out in the future for sports and camps.

My son did the basketball, they also had soccer & cheerleading camps.. (both basketball and soccer had girl camps also)

The neat part was at the end of the week they had a ‘show off’ kind of night. Each group showed their parents what they did and learned about all week. the whole family was invited to attend.
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Each Child left with a ball, shirt and a water bottle.. for $35 IT was SOOO worth every bit.. not to mention Brother now thinks he can play league.. soo I guess we will be attempting it with this Fall/winter with Upward Basketball:)

Wish me luck!

~Jessica

For more information here is the link!

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