Lily is 18 Months!

That's right! She's already 18 months, which means we will be celebrating her second birthday in just 6 months. Oh my! What will the theme be this year....?

My little VK, just a few weeks old 

Lily was 6 lbs 11 oz and 19 inches long when she was born. Today at the doctor she was 22 lbs 11 oz, 31 1/4 inches, and her head circumference was 47 cm. She's 25th percentile for weight, 50th percentile for height, and 75th percentile for head circumference, which is right where she was at her 15 month appt. Dr. B. said that other than her ears she is a healthy girl :) Thankful!

Our day started at 7:45 with oatmeal and bananas. Lily helped me dust a few rooms in the house. By helping I mean she got about 15 wipes from her bedroom and wiped them all over the floor. No need to mop! Then we met Daddy at Dr. B's office for her appointment. We went by Gigi's Cupcakes on the way home to get some goodies for our mini birthday celebration. When we got home, I made some pink homemade playdough that Lily shared with the dog. I cleaned up throw up three times before I could get the dog outside. I have no idea how many more times she got sick outside. Lily ate lunch and watched YouTube videos of Aubie. She loves all things Auburn and is always looking for an "aubie" object. After lunch, Lily took a nap. She woke up around 3 and ate a ton of grapes for snack. She shared them with her stuffed Aubie, saying "Aubie eat". He hasn't left her side all afternoon. Grapes have become a competitor with bananas as Lily's favorite snack. She ate close to 40 grapes, no lie. Daddy came home soon after that and played with Lily until dinner time. We ate Lily's favorite meal, spaghetti, and the yummy cupcakes for dessert! 

Here are some pics from our mini celebration: 

Playing with fresh pink playdough...

while Mommy cleaned this up several times. Can you spot the playdough?

 Watching Aubie highlights on YouTube. I've GOT to paint my kitchen. Yuck!

Feeding Aubie some of your milk
 After you took your picture in the chair you wanted your baby doll to have a turn. 

 Making Minnie/Mickey ears with Daddy!

 Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse

 The good stuff :)

Birthday Surprise for you, Key Lime Pie for Daddy, and Midnight Chocolate for Mommy (of course).  

First attempt at the mound of icing 

 Upset that it fell over. Everything is the end of the world these days. 

The icing fell off and you weren't too interested in the cake. 

 All done! 

Things were a little messier the first time you ate cake. 

 Mommy and sweet Lily girl

 Daddy and sweet Lily girl

 Making Daddy eat the icing

The leftovers

I thank God for 18 healthy and joyful months. Before I know it, I'll be thanking Him for 18 YEARS! Time is flying! We love you sweet girl :)


It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This post is not about him. Sorry to disappoint any excitement you had about Mr. Rogers.

My parents, Ben, and Granny Rosie came up yesterday for an early dinner. We ate at Macaroni Grill then came back to our house. Lily, of course, asked to go on a walk as soon as we pulled in the driveway. And my dad, of course, had to grab his camera.

 When Lily is on a mission to get somewhere fast, she swings her right arm like crazy. My mom kept imitating her and Lily thought it was HILARIOUS!

 I do believe this is one of my all-time favorite pictures of her :)

 My parents

The whole gang


A Must Read for Mothers

An excerpt from an article I read today:

It is easy to think you have a heart for orphans on the other side of the world, but if you spend your time at home resenting the imposition your children are on you, you do not. You cannot have a heart for the gospel and a fussiness about your life at the same time. You will never make any difference there if you cannot be at peace here. You cannot have a heart for missions, but not for the people around you. A true love of the gospel overflows and overpowers. It will be in everything you do, however drab, however simple, however repetitive.    ~Motherhood as a Mission Field by Rachel Jankovic

Here's the whole thing. Every mother should read it.


Better than Manchu Wok

Okay, a lot of things are better than Manchu Wok. But the whole time I was cooking this meal I was thinking of Manchu Wok because of the smell.

If mall food court Chinese doesn't sound good to you, then keep reading.

I made Sweet and Sour Chicken tonight. Delicious!

I was a little concerned with the amount of vinegar in the recipe, but the sauce was perfect as was the chicken. This meal is not an easy one to make with a toddler around, simply because you have to dip the chicken in egg and corn starch then fry it before you bake it. It's just messy and you have to keep an eye on it. But it worked out well for me; my shoes were babysitting Lily while I was frying chicken.

It's rare that I make a new recipe unless it also comes with a picture. So, to encourage you to make this fabulous meal, here are some pictures.
 The chicken fried in corn starch waiting to be covered in sauce and baked in the oven. 

 The sauce: sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, soy sauce, garlic salt. Would also be great on fried rice. I think next time I'll make this with Splenda to cut back on calories. 

 The glue that stuck to everything. I should have known that corn starch mixed with any type of liquid turns into some nasty gooey sticky stuff. What teacher hasn't made oobleck before? Tip for the future, dip in egg and corn starch and immediately place in pan to fry. 

Totally unrelated...I was changing the sheets and dusting the guest bedroom today and Lily pulled a bunch of clothes out of a space bag. They are still sitting the in the floor. The door is shut. Out of sight, out of mind. 

 While I was cooking the rice and steaming the broccoli, Lily was attempting to dress herself. It kept her occupied for at least 30 minutes. 

Finished product...so good I had to go back for seconds. And I had enough of everything to have leftovers later this week!


Why I Don't Complain

I do complain. I do. I'm one of the worst.

Do all things without grumbling or questioning.
Philippians 2:14

I don't always follow that command. But I do when it comes to Lily. You won't hear me complaining about Lily. Slap me in the face if you ever do. Seriously.

She is a gift. For a reason that has nothing to do with anything I have done, the Lord decided to give her to Brent and me. Did He have to? Absolutely not. He chose to.

The Lord fearfully and wonderfully made Lily. She is a precious gift. May the gratitude never wear away. I don't complain because I have no reason to. The job is tough, yes. But never tough enough to be worthy of my complaints.

I think the same thing can be said for marriage. You won't hear me tearing down Brent or complaining about him. Again, slap me if I ever do.  I want to protect his reputation. I want others to think highly of him as I do.  Like Lily, he is a gift from God. To complain even in the slightest thing is to show God that I don't appreciate His gift.

I want my life and my attitude to show my grateful heart for His blessings. I will have reason to complain when I have nothing left to be thankful for. Regardless of how difficult, stressful, weary, painful this life may be, I will always have at least one thing to be thankful for--I was once far off and have been brought near.

Today was definitely a bad case of the Mondays. I have to remember that a rough day with my loved ones is far greater than my best day without them. I choose to not complain about my rough days.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29


Top Ten for Father's Day

Top ten reasons why I love my father (in no particular order): 
1.  He has never put his career above his family. 
2.  He makes the best chocolate milkshakes.
3.  He follows and trusts the Lord wholeheartedly.
4.  He is the most musically talented person I know.
5.  He is selfless.
6.  He taught me my purpose in life: to know God and make Him known. 
7.  He was/is involved in my life. 
8.  He is my hero and I'll always be his little girl. 
9.  He has had the greatest influence on my knowledge of God and a Biblical worldview. 
10.  He loves my mom as Christ loves the church.

7th Grade skating at Delta Flight (Dnow weekend at Philly). Gap Anorak anyone? THE jacket to have!

Before my 8th grade banquet with those awful teeth. Surprisingly he never really embarrassed me in my adolescent years. 

We're all crazy

My fav pic together...dancing and singing to "My Girl" on my wedding day. 

Top ten reasons why I love Lily's daddy (in no particular order):
1. He is patient.
2. He is selfless.
3. He puts God first so that he can be the husband and father that God desires. 
4. He loves spending time with Lily.
5.  He is slow to anger.
6.  He is forgiving and loves unconditionally.
7.  He is a fun father and finds laughter in every situation. 
8.  He doesn't worry.
9.  He willingly and joyfully helps with whatever Lily or I need.
10. He leads our home spiritually and wants to see our children know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

I can't forget to mention my other fathers!

The man that raised my husband, my father-in-law. He is a hard worker, loves his family, and fears the Lord. He is a fun-loving grandfather and Lily absolutely loves being with him. I knew him before Brent and I became an item and I honestly used to be jealous of the girl that would one day be Brent's wife and Mike's daughter-in-law (because in middle school I had a HUGE crush on Brent). He is such a family man and I've always liked that about him. Thankfully, Psalm 37:4 is true and I don't have to be jealous of that girl because it's me :)

Pop...my mom's dad. He is a hard-working selfless man. His lays down his life for his family. He finds joy in providing for and taking care of others. He loves the Lord and has a servant's heart. I am so thankful that Lily has had the blessing of knowing him. She adores him.

Pop Pop...my dad's dad. He went to meet Jesus on April 18, 2007, a little over a month before my wedding day. Lily is named after his mother, Lillian. What a great man he was! Like all the other men I've mentioned, he was also a hard worker. He was an inventor and loved to fish. He LOVED my grandmother. He called me "shug" and I can still hear him kissing me on the cheek saying, "Love you shug." He had a great sense of humor. I know without a doubt that he would have fallen head over heels for Lily the moment he met her. And likewise with Lily. I miss him greatly, but I am so thankful for the investment he made in my life and the memories I have of him. I will see him again and I look forward to that day!

The Lord has blessed me with wonderful fathers in my life. I know that I don't deserve the Lord's goodness to me, but I am humbled and thankful that He placed men in my life that seek the Lord and follow His ways. Happy Father's Day!!!


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