Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve! and a Birthday Video

Merry Christmas Eve! It's just me and little man today as Tyler is working until 7:30, which is kind of a bummer, but I'm thankful he has such an awesome job that is one of our biggest blessings in 2012 so it's ok =) He is off tomorrow and we will cook breakfast, open presents, go to church, and relax the rest of the day....

On Saturday, Wyatt had his 2nd mini birthday party with his Grandma and Grandpa here in Texas. He was MUCH more into opening his presents this time which was SO FUN. He even tried soo hard to blow out his candles! And of course I didn't get it on video, but Gammy did so I'll have to get it from her! We just had to post this video of Wyatt opening a present from my mom... He has never reacted to a present before like this so it was just hilarious! We have watched it over and over. It's really just the beginning of the video but I uploaded the whole thing...

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all our family (and friends!) who sent gifts for Wyatt's 2nd birthday. It made it SO special for him and us! =) Love to all!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Wyatt!

Wyatt turned 2 on Wednesday! Since Tyler doesn't go into work until 11, we had a little birthday celebration with just the 3 of us that morning. (I didn't do a big party with friends this year, which I was feeling a little guilty about, but after having such a sweet, stress-free time with just us, I couldn't be happier with that deicison =) ) So, Tuesday night after he went to bed we hung up streamers on his doorframe, in the dining room and in the kitchen. I hung up a birthday banner and got him a birthday balloon. Tyler blew up about 20 small balloons that we just had on the living room floor and then we set out half of his presents for him to open (from my side of the family).
 When we brought him out of his room Wednesday morning he was in awe! He noticed and pointed to every little thing! It was so special to my mama heart. We had a little birthday breakfast and opened presents. Here's a little peek into our morning singing, "Happy Birthday" to him....

(I have a candle lit in the kitchen almost every day that he loves blowing out, but of course he didn't want to blow out his birthday candles! lol)
Teddy Bear toast
He LOVED his balloon.. he held it the entire time he ate and then it did not leave his side alllll day, too funny

 So excited

 So proud of his banner by his table =)

 The aftermath, with the tornado running through ;)
 New fridge magnets

Later in the day (and still in jammies) we watched "UP" and he sat and watched with his balloon in hand
The morning is his best time of day so we had such a sweet celebration. This boy was spoiled rotten from family so tomorrow we are having another mini birthday party with Tyler's parents and opening his presents from his side of the family!
I'll do his usual update after his 2 year Dr. appt. next week!
P.S. Our Christmas tree is having lighting technical difficulties, don't judge, HA

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Pause

I've had a couple posts in mind I've been meaning to get to and now that it is the eve of Wyatt's 2nd birthday I know I will have pictures to share over the next few days.... but I didn't feel right without at least pausing to mention the horrific tragedy that has forever changed the lives of the people in Newtown, CT. I have sat down to write about it a couple of times, but there are just not words adequate enough. I will be coming back to it though.
For now, just lifting those families up in prayer that they would feel the peace, comfort, and presence of Him Who has come into the midst of our darkness to bring hope.

Hanging on to this promise and awaiting that glorious day when He comes again.....
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Revelation 21:4

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oh, Give Thanks

It's November for a few more hours! I still have time to do a Thanksgiving post, right?! ;) Just a little behind, as usual. =) Our Thanksgiving was spent in Fredricksburg with Tyler's mom and Gary, and, Ashly and Jason. We had a great visit with family, but unfortunately Wyatt was a little out of sorts... He's starting to come back around after a rough couple of weeks so it had to be teething. That teething stuff is no joke, whew.

Some pictures of our day....

Watching the train
Tree Swing 
Going across the street to see the sheep (only in Frederisckburg)
 Thanks Uncle Jason!


A trip to Gammy's isn't complete without a wheelbarrow ride!

Sweet Picture =) 

Love it

We got some good ones at the end!!
I loved this post over at called "Fantasy and Reality." She talks about how we envision how holidays and certain events will go and it is usually "perfect" in our minds and that rarely matches up with reality. I've been particularly guilty of this now having Wyatt... but the truth is, little ones are so unpredictable and things aren't near as "perfect" as we plan for them to be! Wyatt screamed the majority of the night keeping us and Aunt Ashly and Uncle Jason awake... we felt SO bad, but we tried everything we could. LOL Such is life. And that doesn't mean those things aren't good... because they are! It's just real life, but there is still so much JOY to be had!
This year I am particularly thankful for our HEALTH (and the health of all of my family!)... we are all healthy, happy, and whole. I have been hearing so many stories of sickness, cancer, surgeries and even death. Health is something we take for granted until something happens. So I am giving lots of praise to God for blessing us with our health!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A little off topic from the usual day-to-day posts, but I couldn't let this go by without writing a little something about it. Last week I finished up a bibly study at church as one of the small group leaders, which was a pretty big deal for me. So let me back up a little bit... I've grown up in church so, of course, I know all the common bible stories (Noah's Ark, Daniel in the Lion's Den, David and Goliath, Jesus!, ect, haha). I really haven't been involved in actual bible study since high school youth group though. At our last church in Florida, we didn't really get all that involved.. we didn't go to Sunday School, just church. And we didn't attend the women's/men's weeknight bible study. To many excuses I guess you could say.

So we move here to San Antonio a year and a half ago and find an awesome church that we join! I immediately feel the Lord's nudging on my heart to connect and get involved and really become a part of the church family. So one of the ways I do that is start attending the women's bible study. I started last fall in 2011 and did 1 study and then did 2 in the spring of this year. God ever so gently laid the idea on my mind of me leading one of the small groups for bible study. To which my inital response was, "NO WAY, God!" haha

Fast forward to July.... I get a voicemail one afternoon and it is from Sheila who is the leader/coordinator of women's bible studies. She just asks me to call her back. I KNEW that she was going to ask me to be a group leader. Insert - Freak out moment, ahhhhh!!!! Sure enough, I call her back and she says, "I need you to pray about being a bible study leader. I've been praying about it all summer and God has put you on my heart." Even though I knew it was coming I was still not any more prepared for it.... I was literally sick to my stomach the rest of the day. Not even joking. And here was my list of excuses, "I'm to shy, I don't even like talking in front of people." "I don't know the Bible well enough." "I've hardly ever even prayed in front of people." "I'm just not the right person! I'm introverted and keep my thoughts to myself." .... and the list goes on. I may not be a bible scholar, but I know enough to know that God always uses the least likely of characters and he never, ever leaves their side when He calls them to do something.

The rest is history and we just finished up the study last Wednesday. We did "The Patriarchs" by Beth Moore, Genesis 11-50. And if you just think that Genesis is just about the creation of the world, pick up a bible and read, because, WOW! It has love stories, wars, infertility, adultery, angels, death, miracles, family dysfunction and betrayal, stolen birthrights, famines, weddings, dreams coming true, and more!! And the most amazing thing of all is that it is history and it is true and we have it recorded for us in God's Word! It all took place in modern day Syria and Egypt and it is amazing to learn how it relates to a lot of what is happening in those countries even today.

I think my biggest "take away" from the study is the amazing sovereignty of our God. Just when the situation was looking bad and it seemed no way could it be fixed, God would step in and turn it around. Romans 8:28 says that "God works all things together for good" and it was true back then and it is still true today. He take impossible situations and makes them possible for the glory of His name. He told Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and that a whole nation would come from him, yet he and Sarah struggled with infertility and couldn't even have 1 baby! Yet, God kept His promise and answered their prayers and blessed them with Isaac (which led to Jacob, which led to the nation of Israel). And there is story after story that testifies to His sovereignty.

My second "take away" is how personal God is with people. It will always continue to amaze me that the God of the universe pursues us, individually, into a relationship with Him. He did this in Genesis and He does it today. Sure, He doesn't speak audibly or send bright shining angels down to us but He sent His Son and the Spirit and now we have all access to the Creator of the universe. We can talk to Him and question Him and He hears us and answers us.

So, I didn't have to be a bible scholar or super outgoing or experienced in speaking to lead a bible study group.... He was with me the whole way and I am glad I took a step of faith. I would have missed out on experiencing yet another way that He has proved faithful in my life. (And now I am actually looking forward to leading the next study that we start on January 9th! That. is. a miracle. LOL)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

What a fun night!! Wyatt's first trick-or-treating experience! We went to a friend's house to trick-or-treat with Wyatt's best friend, Garrett. These boys are 3 days apart and just so cute together. I can hardly stand it. They play together, laugh at each other, give high fives, and say each other's name =) What gifts they are..... And who would have known that 22 month olds could trick-or-treat so well!! After the first house, they figured out what they needed to do. Garrett was great at knocking on the door and then they would just stand and wait, get their treats, say thank you and wave bye and go on to the next house. So much fun with these 2! Enjoy the pics...

Happy Halloween! Love to all =)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pinterest Party and a Perfect Fall Saturday

I'm all caught up now! On Wednesday night I had a "Pinterest Party" with MOPS friends at Kelly's house! We made a burlap wreath and it was SUCH a fun time!! Yummy food, awesome friends, and a crafting, it just doesn't get any better....

Today we had such a nice Saturday, I made sure I got right on here and posted pictures =) This morning we went to Hobby Lobby and I finished my wreath. Well..... I have to give most of the credit to Tyler!! His perfectionist tendencies kick in when I am doing a craft and he jumps in and works his magic, hahaha! So thanks babe!
It's super simple, but I LOVE it! I just mod podged scrapbook paper onto the wooden letter.
After naptime we went to a mini "pumpkin patch"

Then we went out to dinner at Cracker Barrell. Wyatt did SO good playing with that little game they have on the tables while we waited for our food. He's getting so big.

And we ended the day at the park! Of course! I feel like I spend half of my life at the park, LOL ... it's Wyatt's 2nd home, we know all the good parks in town ;)

The park we went too is really close to the airport, so we got to watch a couple airplanes take off too!

Happy FALL! My favorite time of year! We are going trick or treating with Wyatt's best bud, Garrett, on Wednesday night. I'll be back with pictures =)


About Me

Hi, I'm Jenna! Wife of 9 years to my high school sweetheart, Tyler, and stay-at-home mama to our 3 year old, Wyatt, and 1 year old foster daughter. I blog about our extra-ordinary days to keep family updated and because I enjoy journaling and documenting the things that bring me joy... faith, family, and friends!


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