Friday, June 6, 2014

Praying for your Marine through Basic Training: Week 2

With Joshua off at MCRD for Basic Training, many of my prayers are centering around his safety and well being. I want to share my prayers and verses I've studied with you and hopefully it can be of some help to another Marine family. I have shared these verses and prayers with Joshua in his letters, feel free to do the same!
Week 2: First Week of Training

For I know the Plan I have for you, Declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.
Jeramiah 29:11
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Phillipians 4:13
  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Matthew 14:28-29
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
  Psalms 28:7
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  
Mathew 11:28
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
Psalms 91:2    

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Coralie - 6 & 7 months old

Auntie Kim's Rehearsal Dinner
These last two months have been amazing and rather trying. It was a very, very busy month in April. Cora did great with everything going on. She has been drug in and out of so many stores in preparation for all the stuff we hosted. She's been left in her walker to entertain herself while I frantically rush around the kitchen cooking. I'm just so proud of how she's acted, she is such a social baby that loves being in public!

 Unfortunately, all of our activities and commitments have kept us out past her bedtime a few too many times and we have entirely messed up her schedule. That coupled with her teething (she has 4 teeth cutting, top 2 and bottom 2), it's just been miserable for her at times and she has shared that frustration with us. That has made for an interesting May (and  some of June...) and is a lot of the reason I'm just now getting around to posting this update (and doing 2 months at once!)

It's amazing looking at the last two months how much development has occurred! She is fully crawling now and can pull up. I honestly think we're about 2 months away from walking!

April Updates: 
 We have started putting her in an amber necklace/anklet for teething pains, but either I have a dud of a necklace or it's a bunch of fooey. I have friends that swear by it, but I don't really see a difference in her teething with it. 

In April Cora mastered saying "Da Da"! She does say "Ma Ma" but only when she is upset and she blubbers it between tears as she reaches out and flexes her hands open and closed for me. *Melts my Heart!* There's not much of a surprise that Da Da was her first word, she is quite the Daddys Girl! 

In April, she mastered sitting up with full stability. She scoots around on the floor pretty well but hasn't quite figured out the crawling thing. We can tell that she has all the components of crawling but hasn't put them all together. She learned to walk in her walker with the assistance of Auntie Kim at Kim's rehearsal dinner (one of the events she had to compete with for my attention). She stayed with her Daddy by themselves while I was gone for Kims Bachelorette party! She was sick for the first time with a nasty cold and ear infection.

 Her first trip to Austin to visit her Great Grandparents and her first Easter. 
She joined us in sending her Uncle Joshie off to the Marines.

May Updates:

In May, Cora fully figured out the concept of crawling. This picture to the left is of Cora right after she crawled to see her Uncle Robert (after he enticed her with the idea of sucking on a pretzel rod... bad idea!)

Just one week after she fully mastered crawling (though she still usually prefers her army crawl or scoot to truly crawling) she started pulling up (first time, picture on right)! She mostly does it on the play pen we have in our living room to keep her contained, but she will pull up on her Grandpa's legs and is trying to on other pieces of furniture! 

She is babbling and talking more than ever. The four teeth she is trying to cut are all right below the surface, just haven't quite pushed their way through yet. She seems to not be in pain this month, I'm wondering if her inability to sleep on a regular schedule now has more to do with the great leaps in development that she has had recently than with teething/schedule problems. My guess is that it is all happening at once in addition to our busy lives making the issue worse.

In her 7th month: First trip to Lubbock, including her first Texas Tech sporting event & visiting her Great, Great Aunt M & Uncle B

My first Mothers Day with Miss Coralie and her first camping trip

Relay for Life with her Grandma Michele & Chipaw
(Michele is a two-time cancer survivor and a long time American Cancer Society volunteer)

and her first trip to Houston! We stayed with her Great Uncle Mike, Great Aunt Val and Cousin Matt while we were in town to attend John's childhood best friend, Mitchell, wedding to Becky.

Summer is here & I can't wait to share all the fun summer is with our little lady!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


This past weekend we traveled to Lubbock! 
Most of our trips to Lubbock center around family and the University (Wreck 'em Tech!) 

We went to the baseball game on Saturday, it was the first time I had been to Dan Law Field since we were students and I was so excited to see the improvements and renovations! 

The bleachers all have backs now (gasp!)! Little things like this make all the difference to me in enjoying the game! The new awnings over the upper seats made it possible for us to have Cora out there in the sun for the whole game. 

Something I love about Lubbock is it still gets Texas hot, but their 100 degrees is so much more bearable because it's so dry and those Lubbock Winds keep you cool! I'd take a 100 degree day in Lubbock over a 90 degree day in Dallas any day!

For dinner Saturday night we went somewhere I had never been before, but if you're in Lubbock you should check it out, Bryan's Steaks! 

The prices are great! You aren't getting the best cut of meat, the steaks are sirloin, but the meat is tender and full of delicious flavor! {just an FYI, they don't take debit/credit cards so be prepared with cash/check!}

You can't miss the restaurant as you drive up and see this ginormous bull in the front. 
(Cora was less than impressed, John thought she was going to pet it??)

After you order your steak in a buffet line of sorts, you're given a plate and access to the salad bar! Then your steak & baked potato comes out, all the other sides are on the salad bar.

Lubbock in general is really family friendly, Bryan's Steaks certainly fits in that category. You can feed a family of five steaks for under $60 (? or really close to this, my Aunt picked up the bill so I'm getting this number from my sketchy math skills & my distracted memories of steak prices as I was focused on Cora). 

I'm linking up with Crystal and Amanda for Texas Tuesday!
Next To Heaven

Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekend Recap - Lubbock!

This past weekend we took Cora for her first trip to Raider Land! 

Miss Cora and me at the Tech v. West Virginia Baseball game!

Anytime we visit Lubbock we of course stay with my Great Aunt M and Uncle B that I lived with through college. They loved having Miss Coralie with them and showing her off during church on Sunday. 

Photo: Weekend visitor, Miss Coralie and family plus her grandad .  What joy! Our cup runneth over. This last two month we have had nephews and nieces visiting.    Super fun!!!

It was also an exciting weekend for other reasons. We got 3 (three!!!!) letters from Joshua at MCRD and my brother Jacob and his girlfriend Stephanie got engaged!! 

I can't wait to welcome this sweet lady into our family & I'm pretty excited about wedding festivities!!

How was your weekend? We loved our trip & I will share more tomorrow for Texas Tuesday, you should join us!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finish This! (19)


1. A lesson I learned from my mom … to have a servant heart. My parents taught us to serve others in any way we can. It started simple enough, we would show up early for events at church and set up chairs, or stay late and break things down. Later it evolved into middle of the night projects at the church because the staff knew they could call on our family. Some of my best memories of "family time" are at the church (usually late at night) serving the congregation in some way, big or small. Through all of the various ways we served I learned more specific things from my Mom, how to teach childrens choir (something I still do today), how to cook for large huge groups (She would prepare Wednesday night dinners for the church and we would help). There are many more lessons, but those are the ones that come to mind.

2. To burn calories, I … breast feed. Does that count?? I really need to get back in the gym, I've sucked it up and bought a membership but we haven't quite worked out when I can actually go to the gym as there isn't childcare there and it's rare that John can watch Cora and I can get out and go.
I take Cora on walks for exercise (to get me out of the house and keep me sane!) on days when I'm home with her. She naps well in the stroller and decent length naps have become a struggle so starting tomorrow I plan to take nice long walks at about nap time. We will see if that plan works or if I end up pushing a screaming 6 month old through the neighborhood.

3. My best hair day was … My best hair days in general are when I've just had my hair cut and styled... which happens like twice a year. Generally my hair is towel dried and brushed out. However it dries is how I wear it. Depending on the day (aka humidity levels) it is wavy and somewhat curly, other days it is straight as a board and I fight frizz.

4. I am grateful for …  my family! I really don't know where I would be without them! I'm grateful for a God who loves me enough to let his Son die for my sins. Now that I'm a mom I think I'm beginning to grasp what a sacrifice that was and it makes me even more appreciative of my Salvation.

A big thanks to the hosts of Finish This!
Linking up with Nicole (Three 31) Lisa (The Costal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums) and Becky (The Java Mama) for this weekly series, Finish This!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lake Texoma - Eisenhower State Park

For Mothers Day weekend we took Cora on her first camping trip!

John grew up going to Eisenhower State Park with his Dad for swimming and hiking. It was so special to get to go somewhere he frequented as a kid and see him share those memories with Coralie! 

 Cora loved the sand! It was quite a task keeping her from eating it!

By the time we took this picture, Cora was "over" the lake. It was cold and she wanted to go to sleep!

Hiking in the park was great! Lake Texoma is a man-made lake, but it's a very mature lake. The terrain around the lake is great with hills and big beautiful trees! 

Hubby sleeping in...
I'm linking up with Crystal and Amanda for Texas Tuesday!

Next To Heaven

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My First Mothers Day

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person that makes leaning unnecessary." Dorothy Canfield Fisher quote

When my mom was diagnosed with cancer I was 18 years old. We knew that in her case it was a death sentance, it was simply a matter of when the Lord would call her Home. This quote really stuck with me during that time and I feel like now that I'm a mother, it is coming full circle.

When I was pregnant with Coralie, I had so many emotions going on at once. I was so excited but there is no doubt that I was scared and anxious as well. Everyone I knew that was becoming a mom still had their Mom to help with the transition into motherhood. John and I had several conversations that revolved around "she has her mom...".  I just didn't see how I could do it alone. Mind you I was never alone in my journey of motherhood, I of course had John and other family members, but I wanted my mommy.

With this being my first Mothers Day, I've been reflecting on the journey of motherhood so far and appreciating all my mom taught me during her time here with us. Motherhood hasn't been this giant daunting task that I once believed it to be. It isn't a walk in the park by any means, but I'm able to handle it much better than I expected I would. I'm so grateful that my Mom equipped me for life that I'm now able to stand on my own two feet, leaning optional. While leaning may be unnecessary, I'm able to choose when and who to lean on. This Mothers Day I'm grateful for the shoulder my Dad and John have offered me to lean on. I may not have my Mom here with us, but Cora is so blessed with such an amazing Daddy who loves her so much and such a caring Grandfather who would do anything for her. 

Motherhood doesn't look like what I envisioned it to when I was younger, I can't say it is better because I would love for my daughter to know my mother, but it's a new version of good.

If you too are a Motherless Daughter, I have found comrodery in a couple of other bloggers, check out these posts by Gayle and Terez!