Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time for a Time Out

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Let's take a second to all acknowledge that my family cleans up good.  Also that Nate wears flip flops and Caleb goes barefoot to weddings.  #classy 

PS.  You should invite my family - Nate, Caleb, brothers, sisters, sisters in law, brother in law, niece, and nephew - to all your weddings.  We rock on the dance floor.  Not even kidding.  Also I like teaching everyone at weddings how to line dance to Cotton Eyed Joe.

Also, goodness, you guys, I just can't keep up with life right now!  Between packing to move, Nate having a week off word (yay staycation), and trying to say goodbye to all our friends in Portland I've realized blogging has to go for a hot second.  From now until we're settled into our new home (Which...  Guess what...  We don't know when that will be since they're replacing floorboards.  Basically we'll be homeless for a few days)  My blog is going to be silent.  :-(  I'll still be sending out prompts for the Solidarity Sisters and will still be running the top secret beta test facebook blogging group that Stephanie and I have been secretly planning but I won't be writing posts for a week and a half or two.

If you can't stand going that long without Simple Moments Stick here are a few of my favorite blog posts from the archives to keep you entertained.  You're welcome.

Marriage
Our Love Story
The Sixth Love Language
At Home Date Nights
Giving Ourselves Grace for Our Marriage Post Baby
Let's Talk About What Submission ISN'T
How to Protect Your Marriage Before It Needs Protecting
Five Ways to Love Your Husband Postpartum
Your Husband CAN Be Your Best Friend
Let's Start a Revolution!
Nate's Not My Spiritual Leader

Parenting
Caleb's Birth Story
The Sexualization of Babies
My Real and Raw Advice for Mamas to Be
Stop Body Shaming My Baby
Ways to Fit Exercise Into Your Post Baby Schedule
When Mother's Day Doesn't Go As You've Planned
A Woman I'd Like to Be
Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy Walked Into a Bar
Once Upon a Time...
Dear Strangers at Winco...

Faith
Prescriptive vs. Descriptive
I Don't Do Evangelism
Is There Something Wrong With Your Faith?
I Desire to Be Eshet Chayil
A Contemporary Girl with a Liturgical Heart
But I'm Flat Broke!
A Feminist Who's Sick of Feminism
Dear Sister Who Struggles
The Problem with Blessings
Helpmeet or Co-Warrior?

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Boy's Becoming a Boy - Caleb's Nine Month Update

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I don't even know what to say about this little boy.  He is the most precious little guy.  Daily he becomes more and more like a little boy and less and less like a little baby.  This month I cried for the very first time about him growing up.  I'm excited about the boy he's becoming but I miss the baby he was.

Weight: 23 lb 7 oz - 94% (Up from 20 lb 15 oz at 6 months)

Height: 29.75 inches - 95% (Up from 28 inches at 6 months)

Sleep:  I wrote a whole blog post about his sleep and how amazing it's becoming.  After writing that post, though, Caleb learned how to stand up in his crib.  That's become a whole new issue since he doesn't know how to sit down yet.  For a few nights Caleb thought standing up was the best but, as soon as he remembered that he actually wanted to be sleeping he started crying.  Those were long nights but, thankfully, the novelty of standing has worn off a little.

Likes:  Crawling, Standing up, Someone helping him walk, Chewing on cords, Trying to stick his hand in the fan, Looking at himself in the mirror, Brushing his teeth, Eating everything, Being attacked with kisses by mommy and daddy, Playing with his toys, Pulling people hair, Mama's boobs, Daddy, His cousins, going for walks in his stroller, Bath time, Swimming, "Talking," Wrestling

Dislikes:
Being Tired, Mama and daddy trying to help him eat, Being told he can't chew on cords/put his fingers in the fan, Laying himself back down in his crib

Clothes:
  Caleb is still in size 4 diapers and has stuck with wearing both 9 month and 12 month clothes

Milestones:
  Caleb is developing by leaps and bounds!  It seems as though every day he's learning something new.  This month he perfected the art of crawling.  He made friends with our friend's dog and decided that crawling got him to the dog quicker!  I was kind of afraid that my little monster would injure the chihuahua.  Caleb's really not the most gentle kid.  Beyond chasing dogs, Caleb also loves his three month old cousins.  His love is very aggressive so we have to protect the babies from him.  Someday they'll all be able to wrestle together but, until then, we trying to teach Caleb to love a little more gently.  We took Caleb swimming for the first time this month and he ADORED it!  He kicked and splashed all by himself and even got to the point where he was dunking his own head under the water.  I think we need to take him swimming more often!  Toward the end of the month Caleb learned how to pull himself up into a standing position.  He now does that all the time, especially in his crib.  He hasn't quite learned how to let himself down gently so he'll either fall down or cry until we help him down.  It's cute...  Except when it's 2 in the morning.  Caleb loves mimicking us and having us mimic him.  He enjoys us copying him when he shakes his head back and forth (as if he's saying "no") and when he makes sounds like "ma-ma-ma" and "la-la-la."  I like to pretend that he knows what he's saying when he says "ma-ma."  This month Caleb cut four more teeth!  It was grumpyville at our house but, once he was done, he got so much more happy!  Nate was gone for five days this month and, once he got home, Caleb began showing us just who his favorite person is.  Every time Nate even leaves the room Caleb is in he starts fussing and crawls after his daddy.  It doesn't matter if I'm right there, he still wants his dad.  I really am chopped liver in Caleb's eyes.  I think he has PTSD from having his dad gone for so long.

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My little Bubbu, it's so fun to watch you grow and change on a daily basis.  You are such a precious, kindhearted, funny, strong-willed, opinionated little man and it's amazing to see how those characteristics are playing out as you're developing into a kid.  I adore spending my days with you and adore it even more now that you take decent naps.  You're so much fun to play with and your smiles and laughs fill my life with joy.  As we move in a few days, I'm excited to see what God will do in your life in our new home.  I'm excited for you to meet the kids that will be your friends for the next season of your life.  I pray that, even from a young age, you develop friendships that will point you to Christ!
 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop


Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:


Me, Coffee and Jesus

Susannah's Blog Post Pick:


Kaitlyn Bouchillon
This is My Brave

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


Thursday, August 20, 2015

What My Son Has Taught Me About Trust

What My Son Has Taught Me About Trust

Caleb has a thing for fans.  He loves watching them, he loves feeling the air blow on his face, and, recently, he loves sticking his fingers in them.  Yesterday, while he was crawling around, Caleb (Mr. One Tracked Mind) decided he wanted to stick his fingers in the box fan in our living room.  It's all he wanted to do and no distraction would dissuade him from it.  I spent probably a good hour moving the fan away from him, moving him away from the fan, and trying to play games with Caleb to keep him away.  He wasn't having it.  He was getting so mad at me for not letting him do the one thing he really wanted to do.  Finally, after I thought I moved the fan high enough away from him, I went into the kitchen to fill up my water bottle.  As I was gone I hear Caleb start crying.  I went into the living room and, sure enough, he had pulled himself up so his finger could reach the fan and he had stuck his finger inside the grate.  This fan stops if something gets in its way so Caleb wasn't truly hurt but he was startled enough that he needed to be comforted for quite a while.  I wish he could have understood that me keeping him from the fan was for his own good.

As I pondered how to use this to teach Caleb a lesson about obedience and trust I realized that I'm so much like Caleb.  When it comes to my relationship with God, I am often an untrusting baby.  God knows what is best for me and, all too often, I refuse to trust Him.  I'm like Caleb, crawling toward the thing that's going to cause me harm and refusing to listen when God gently guides me away.  In God's eyes, I'm often a stubborn nine month old, deliberately heading toward something that He knows isn't what's best for me.

I don't want to be an untrusting child of God.  I want to be mature in my trust in Him.  This was a good kick-in-the-pants reminder for me that His way is best and that I need to submit to His leading.  Sure, at times it may not appear to my human eyes that His way is best - just like Caleb doesn't think it's best when I take him away from the fan and try to have him play with his bear instead - but it always is!  His ways have an eternal mindset and I desire to be a woman who follows those ways.

What amazing lessons I learn from my baby boy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Simply Loving ~ Nido Design Studios {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received this product in return for a review.  Everything I say in this post is my honest feedback.

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I put a ton of thought into the outfits my family wore for our family pictures.  I wanted our colors to coordinate but not look too matchy-matchy and I wanted to be trendy but timeless as well.  Nate's and my outfits were pretty easy to pick out but I wasn't loving anything Caleb owned.

Thankfully, my best friend owns an etsy store called Nido Design Studios.  One of the things she sells is adorable harem pants for babies - both boys and girls.  I knew right away that I wanted to dress my little man in one of her pair of pants.  She sent me tons of fabric ideas and, after a ton of deliberation (she has some GREAT fabric!), I settled on blue with white arrows.  After that his outfit came together easily - grey shirt and beige moccasins.

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When I got the package from Heather she had included an extra pair of pants for Caleb AND matching headbands for me!  (The headbands are all packed up since we're moving in just over a week, though, so you don't get to see them.  I know, I'm bummed too!)  I was so excited to see the little fox pants and love the way Caleb looks in them!

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Heather is super awesome so she's offering one of you the opportunity to win a custom pair of pants for a little one in your life!  Like she did with me, she'll send you pictures of fabric options and you'll get to tell her what fabric and what size.

For those of you who don't win she's set up a discount code to appease you.  ;-)  You can use the code DROP15 to get 15% off at Nido Design Studios!

Make sure you check out the other awesome things available at Nido Design Studios! 


Black & Cream Elephant Harem...
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Premie/Newborn Headband: Kno...
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6-9mn blue chevron harem pan...
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Turban headband: scroll stri...
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Winter Feathers with Customi...
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Winter Feather Harem Pants w...
$18

Blue & Gray Elephant Harem P...
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These bloggers made this giveaway possible: Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos and Charlene from From Bisons to Buckeyes

If you would like to take part in a future Simply Loving Giveaway I'd love to have you as a sponsor.  Click here for more information and remember that every spot is always available for a swap!  If you run a business and would like to be featured in a future Simply Loving Giveaway please email me at susannah.kellogg@gmail.com.

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